BY DARK SLEUTH
UPDATE: On Friday, February 19, there was a possible sighting of John Beck in Sebastopol, California. The family conducted physical searches in Sebastopol on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 20 -21.) with no results. They are continuing to search the San Francisco area. Please visit their site for more info:
This is an active missing persons investigation and you can help.
John Beck is a 73 year-old man from Alameda, California, who went missing on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.
On that day, he was dropped off at the 1300 block of Clay Street in Oakland at 9 a.m. for an appointment for which he did not show.
A few minutes later, he was caught on security camera footage boarding the 9:06 a.m. Millbrae-bound train at the 12th Street Oakland City Center BART station.
Incredibly, an Instagram user posted a picture of The Golden Gate Bridge at Land's End trail in San Francisco and captured what is believed to be an image of John Beck walking the trail on the day he disappeared.
Per the family's site, www.facebook.com/findjohnbeck, the picture was taken at 12:08 p.m. three hours after John Beck boarded the 9:06 a.m. BART train.
This is the Instagram photo:
Since Tuesday, February 9th, John Beck has had no contact with his family and they reported him missing.
What he was wearing on Tues Feb 9th:
- navy blue pants
- long-sleeved green/blue plaid shirt
- prescription glasses.
- possibly had a tan wide-brim cloth hat
John Beck is 5'11" and 180 lbs.
On their site, the family has requested that the public review their Instagram and other personal photos taken on the day he went missing. In particular, they request that individuals look for photos taken on Tuesday, February 9th at or near the Golden Gate Bridge on between 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
You may have captured another picture of John Beck which may locate him.
Please read the following link from the family site which shows more information and how you can help:
It is important to also note that John Beck was in the middle of a lengthy legal battle. In 2012, Federal Trade Commission won a court judgement against John Beck and his "Free and Clear Real Estate System" infomercials which the FTC considered a get-rich-quick system. Beck was ordered to pay $113 million to the federal government. He appealed the decision in 2013 and there were ongoing legal issues.
Watch this KTVU news report from February 15, 2016:
This is an active missing persons investigation.
If you see John Beck take a photo of him and call police. If you have any information please contact:
Alameda Police Department at (510) 337-8340, ref case #16-716
Please visit the family's site for updates and more information:
Sources of Information:
Beck Family Site: https://www.facebook.com/findjohnbeck/
KTVU News story from February 15, 2016:
Contra Costa Times News article from February 13, 2016:
FTC news report from May 1, 2012 on court judgement: