PA - John Chocha, 52, Harrisburg, 19 Jul 1969

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  1. CarlK90245

    CarlK90245 UID Moderator Moderator

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    Starting a new thread at the request of a newbie, who doesn't yet have thread starting capabilities.

    John Chocha Jr.

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    Above: Chocha, circa 1969

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

    Missing Since: May or June 1969 from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Age: 52 years old
    Height: 6'0, 145 - 173 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Gray hair, blue eyes.
    Medical Conditions: Chocha suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

    Details of Disappearance

    Chocha was confined to the Harrisburg State Mental Hospital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1969. His sister visited him sometime during May or June of that year. A few weeks kater, Chocha's wife called the hospital to say she was visiting him, and was told that he had disappeared. No one had informed his relatives of this beforehand. Chocha had privileges to visit the town at the time of his disappearance.

    Chocha has never been heard from again. There has been no activity on his Social Security number since his disappearance. He was declared legally dead seven years after he vanished, but few details are available in his case and it remains unsolved.
     
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    The big issues with this case are two-fold.

    One, there are a LOT of bodies buried around the hospital ground. Not all of the cemeteries were properly marked, and the ones that were have a lot of unsorted/uncatalogued remains. The area back then, and even now to a degree, has some heavy wooden areas. There is the possibility that he somehow ended up in nearby Wildwood Park and drowned. The Susquehanna River is also not too far away.

    The other issue is landscape changes. There are a lot more buildings and parking lots in the general area. It could very well be that his remains were paved over. A lot of construction has taken place on the hospital grounds and the general area.
     

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