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Dos Palos Police Department
Friday November 4th, 2016 :: 01:07 p.m. PDT


Missing Person: Jim Vanburen, 55, Male, White, 6'00", 185 lbs. Last seen: Dos Palos, 3:00 P.M., UPDATE.


The Dos Palos Police Department has a person of interest in the disappearance of Jim Vanburen.

Patsy Garza has been named a person of interest in the disappearance of Jim Vanburen by the Dos Palos Police Department.

Patsy is a girlfriend of Vanburen and believed to have used his last name on one or more occasions. She has provided information to law enforcement that lacks good reasoning.

"We took an initial report, spoke to her again later the same day, and spoke with her during a search warrant several days later." It is obvious to all she is not telling all she knows, and we want to know why."

The Dos Palos Police Department is looking to determine why Patsy would not be honest and/or totally forthcoming regarding Jim's disappearance. Such inaccuracies, if proven intentional, could lead to charges.

Jim has family that is concerned about him. If you know Patsy or she has spoken to you regarding this investigation, we would like to hear what you have to say.

Dos Palos Police Department seeks your help in locating a missing "at risk" person:

Jim Vanburen, 55, Male, White, 6'00", 185 lbs.

Last seen: Last seen in the area of Blossom and Hwy 33 at approximately 2:45 P.M. on 10/26/2016.

Jim Vanburen failed to arrive at home. He was reported missing at 5:00 a.m. on 10/27/2016. Police located his abandoned work vehicle in the area of Pole Line Road and Nees Avenue at approximately 8:00 a.m. The vehicle was running. All personal property was in the vehicle.

If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Jim Vanburen, please call 911 or contact the Dos Palos Police Department at 209 392-2176. Vanburen may have received disturbing information within the last 24 hours, and may be depressed.


Dos Palos Police Department served search warrants over the weekend as part of its investigation. "We spoke with a person of interest." We believe this person has information pertaining to the whereabouts of Vanburen, however, they have denied knowledge.

Police investigators have also learned that attempts were made to change benefits recently, as well as, other personal items into the name of another.

"We will continue to follow leads." Vanburen is required to be in court this week and it is hopeful that he will appear on an unrelated matter.


If located please contact law enforcement subject may be extremely depressed.

Dos Palos Police Department
1546 Golden Gate Ave
Dos Palos, CA 93620

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