McKinleyville Man Missing in White Van
“He went missing Tuesday, the 16 of October,” explained Susi Lippuner, Hans’ sister. “He had stopped eating, stopped being interested in his work projects and he had lost weight.”
Susi said, “He was living with his best friend and his best friend’s wife in McKinleyville. He had a little apartment and a shop…He traveled back and forth to Santa Cruz…He didn’t take any of his work gear or his climbing or his backpacking equipment.”
She said it took awhile for Han’s friend to locate phone numbers for their family. “My family and I became aware on November 1,” she said. After calling as many friends and co-workers as possible, she said, they quickly decided there was cause for concern and reported him missing on the same day.
“He has a pretty wide circle of friends,” Susi said. “He would always stay in touch with friends” so they are very concerned that no one has heard from him.
Susi said her brother “is a climber. He has been climbing for 40 years.” She added, “He loves working with tools and mechanical things. He is very, very gifted.”
Hans is 59 years old and had short cropped hair and a beard when he went missing. “He often limped as he has a lot of hip pain,” she said. “He is missing a couple of front teeth.” In addition, she said, her brother always wore a necklace. “It was a soft cord with a 2 or 3 ” glass dragonfly pendant.”
She hopes someone may have seen him or his white Ford Econoline van. “It is a cargo van without side windows and has a popup top,” she said. It has the California plate 4ANN813.
If any one has information, please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707 445 7251).