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    CA - Dikran Knadjian, 20, Yosemite NP, 24 July 1972 *GRAPHIC*

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    Dikran Knadjian

    Missing Since: July 24, 1972 from Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: March 9, 1952
    Age: 20
    Height: 5'6-5'11"
    Weight: 150-182 lbs.
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Brown
    Race: White; Armenian descent
    Gender: Male
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Dark mole on back of right hand near wrist.
    Clothing: Red, white, blue polo shirt with the word "vote" on it. Blue
    bellbottom jeans, beige canvas top desert boots and black belt. Possibly wore
    brown short sleeve t-shirt. Mod style sunglasses w/ brown rims and square lenses.
    35mm Pentax camera with zoom lense and shoulder strap.
    Jewelry: Omega wristwatch with black band.
    AKA: Dick
    Case Number: 72-1784

    Details of Disappearance
    Dikran Knadjian was last seen at Camp Curry Village while vacationing in Yosemite on July 24, 1972. Dikran checked into Camp Curry Village on 7-24-72 and was never seen again. At the time of his disappearance Dikran was a medical student from Cambridge University vacationing in the United States with plans to visit Florida after his stay at Yosemite and then back to Cambridge. Case notes indicate that he asked the registration desk attendant how to get to Half Dome.

    Dikran is of Armenian descent and speaks fluent English with a British accent.
    http://www.nampn.org/cases/knadjian_dikran.html

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    Dikran is referenced in this book.
    https://books.google.ca/books?id=9Ue...adjian&f=false
    Death, Daring, and Disaster: Search and Rescue in the National Parks
    By Charles R. Farabee

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/19337/0
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    NamUs MP # 19337
    Dikran Knadjian

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    Any chance of an inadvertent arrest, perhaps under a different name?
    speculation, rumour, imo, ect.
    https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1...IS05517_b.html

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    Brought over from http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...1#post12356961


    Quote Originally Posted by NPS invest View Post
    Hello Websleuths. I am an agent with the National Park Service and have been assigned the Dikran Knadjian cold case. I have read through the original file as well as the threads on this site. If anyone has any information about this case specifically please feel free to contact me.

    The family is still very much invested in this case and willing to help me. It is quite possible that Knadjian did suffer a fall somewhere in the park but many of the remains found were not linked (at the time this was via dental records). I am pursuing getting the status of all of our DNA evidence that is in inventory. The original investigation was lengthy and conducted very well but perhaps there may be a way to make some progress now. I am not usually in the habit of reaching out to the online community with most of my cases (most my cases are not 40 plus years old either), but it seems that there is a lot of good information on here and this case has had no movement in a long time so any progress would be helpful.

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/19337/3/

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    Yesterday afternoon

    Quote Originally Posted by NPS invest View Post
    Hello Websleuths. I am an agent with the National Park Service and have been assigned the Dikran Knadjian cold case. I have read through the original file as well as the threads on this site. If anyone has any information about this case specifically please feel free to contact me.

    The family is still very much invested in this case and willing to help me. It is quite possible that Knadjian did suffer a fall somewhere in the park but many of the remains found were not linked (at the time this was via dental records). I am pursuing getting the status of all of our DNA evidence that is in inventory. The original investigation was lengthy and conducted very well but perhaps there may be a way to make some progress now. I am not usually in the habit of reaching out to the online community with most of my cases (most my cases are not 40 plus years old either), but it seems that there is a lot of good information on here and this case has had no movement in a long time so any progress would be helpful.

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/19337/3/

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    There should be a warning in title that this thread contains morgue photos.

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    Thank you for consolidating this information. I look forward to cracking away at it.

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    Rounding up his links all in one place. Most of these are elsewhere in the thread as well, but I thought it would be convenient to have them all together.

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/19337/0 (No ruleouts listed)
    http://www.nampn.org/cases/knadjian_dikran.html
    http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobe...howtopic=74715 (just repeats Namus info)

    This appears to be a death notice for the family matriarch in 2014. Dikran's name is included as a survivor: http://www.torontoarmenianchurch.com...ieda-knadjian/ She seems to have died in Toronto.

    This is an article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel from August 28 reporting on the search. You have to belong to newspapers.com to see it: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/61058702/
    Opinions expressed are strictly my own (who else would they belong to???)

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    Hello everyone I know that I have been gone for a long time. I am the one who suggested that Dikran may be the man that was under the mystery couple in South Carolina. If there is anything that I can help with or if you need me to pull up what information I had found the first time around I do not mind doing that. Not a day has gone by that I have not thought about him or what has happened. Something has just been pulling at me to log back in and I am glad that I did and I am glad that you are looking into this again

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    Being familiar with Yosemite and having climbed Half-Dome myself, I'd say the chances are pretty high that this a case where the body was never found or it was found too late to be identified with the technology of the period. Half-dome is not an easy climb and it is a LONG climb. If you start too late, spend too much time getting to the top, spend too much time at the top, you will be coming back through the back woods in the dark. It's easy to get lost, to get hurt on the trail, to slip and fall in multiple places. The mist trail alone is notorious in broad daylight, it's extremely dangerous (especially in wet years) after dusk. If you come back too late, the shuttle buses are no longer running the entire route and you have to hike an additional ways to reach either a shuttle or your campground. Sadly, there is nothing mysterious about someone going missing in Yosemite while hiking. Especially if they were hiking alone.


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    Oh, and did I mention the bears?



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