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  1. #1
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    Dec 2008
    Penn's woods

    CA - Ronald David Kruska, 18, Los Angeles, 10 Oct 1978

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 749DMCA


    Ronald David Kruska
    Missing since October 10, 1978 from Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California.
    Classification: Endangered Missing


    Vital Statistics
    •Date Of Birth: April 23, 1960
    •Age at Time of Disappearance: 18 years old
    •Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'7; 165 lbs.
    •Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Blond hair; blue eyes.
    •Marks, Scars, Tattoos: Dragon tattoo on upper right arm with Japanese lettering below the dragon. Viking warrior tattoo on left arm.
    •Clothing: Blue Levis, tan tennis shoes, khaki backpack.
    •Dentals: Not available
    •Other: DNA available


    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Kruska was last seen hitchhiking from his Canyon Country home, down Interstate 5.
    Kruska was running with the wrong crowd, drinking and using marijuana, but he wanted to join the federal Job Corps, and he looked forward to being in his sister's wedding.
    Kruska's family didn't report him missing until February 1979, four months after a friend dropped him off near the I-5 to hitchhike.
    The former Saugus High School football player hasn't been heard from since.


    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Detective Richard Kennerly
    LASD Homicide/Cold Case Unit

    Agency Case Number: 79-0083606

    NCIC Case Number: M-306506010
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    California Department of Justice
    The Valley News


    Did not located as listed in NamUs.

    Could not located archived articles at this time.

    Ronald has been missing almost 32 years. Come home soon.
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  2. #2
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    Oct 2010
    The Land of Thousands of Lakes
    The circumstances in Ronald's disappearance seem to be a bit contradictory; according to Doenetwork he was in general feeling ok and looking forward to a family wedding etc. but according to Charley Project he left home very upset after finding out his father wasn't the same as his siblings'.

    If we go by the latter account, I think it's possible he just didn't want to come back home anytime soon. And if he then met an untimely end, it may well have been at least some months after the original date he left home.

    There are two entries on my "possible victims of Randy Kraft" list I thought to bring up:

    http://www.doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase1864.html is the more compelling one - the height is almost spot-on, and I think Ronald in the b/w photo looks like he might actually have reddish-blonde hair, not just blonde. But I'm afraid this is an obvious rule-out by DNA (if I've understood correctly, the database should make the match automatically?), since it says that both the UID's and Ronald's DNA are available. (NamUs link: https://identifyus.org/cases/4410)

    http://www.doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase795.html is another possibility. The hair is listed as brown with blonde shafts, but if it means light brown, this is a real possibility, I think. And, for what it's worth, in NamUs the hair is described as brown, dyed blonde. (NamUs link: https://identifyus.org/cases/4394)

  3. #3
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    Feb 2011
    Long Beach, CA
    There was an article published in the Los Angeles Daily News on February 16, 2007 http://www.thefreelibrary.com/DNA+TE...Y.-a0159974110 alleging that Doe Network Case File 772UMCA http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/772umca.html could be Ron Kruska, but the LA County Coroner had misplaced the jersey and remains. I wonder if they were ever able to track it down and if anything ever came of it?

  4. #4
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    Dec 2011
    I cannot find this case on MP Namus.

  5. #5
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    Feb 2011
    Long Beach, CA
    Ronald Kruska's NamUs page is https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/17575/35/

    It lists the city he went missing from as Saugus, CA 91350. His DNA is available and entered.

  6. #6
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    Mar 2015
    I've been browsing NamUs to see if I could find any matching tattoos on missing and unidentified persons.

    Does anyone else think the tattoo description for NamUs UP # 935 found 1979 https://identifyus.org/en/cases/935

    "Right upper arm. Fire breathing devil with pitch fork in right hand. There are Japanese or Chinese characters beneath the figure."

    sounds similar to that for Ronald Kruska?

    "Dragon tattoo on upper right arm with Japanese lettering below the dragon." Ronald Kruska last seen 1978 https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/17575/5/

    Could a dragon be described as a "fire breathing devil"?

    Hair colour is brown vs blond/strawberry though, and one of Ronald's tattoos is not mentioned in the case of UP # 935. So, does this rule out the possibility of this being a match?

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