Real Name: Paul Steven Cosner
Location: San Francisco, California
Date: November 2, 1984
Occupation: Used Car Dealer
Date of Birth: June 10, 1945
Weight: 145 pounds
Marital status: Single, engaged at time of disappearance.
Characteristics: White Male. Brown hair and hazel eyes. Cosner has a birthmark on the center of his back. He was also wearing a full beard and mustache at the time of his disappearance.
Details: Cosner vanished from San Francisco California on November 2, 1984. He had advertised a used 1980 Honda Prelude for sale in the newspaper and left his apartment at 7:30 p.m. to meet with a potential buyer, whom he described to his fiancée as "weird".
Suspects: The potential buyer of his car.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on April 29, 1985 as part of Missing... Have You Seen This Person? Special #1.
Results: Unresolved. Paul Cosner is now believed to have been a victim of serial killers Charles Ng and Leonard Lake. When they were caught shoplifting in 1985, Ng escaped but Lake was arrested, and soon after Lake committed suicide after revealing their identities. They had been driving Cosner's car, and some of his possessions were in the trunk. On Lake's property, Cosner's glasses, driver's license and car title were found in a plastic drum, but his remains were not able to be positively identified there. The jury during Ng's trial was unable to reach a verdict in his guilt for Cosner's murder, though a judge in 2001 officially ruled that Cosner was one of his victims.
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- Paul Cosner on Find a Grave