Louis Robert Piatt

louis_piatt_01Louis Robert Piatt is a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran who went missing on December 29, 2011 at around 1:30 p.m. in the water near the Malibu Pier in Los Angeles, California.  Louis Robert Piatt was last seen alone in a rented kayak one and a half miles off the Malibu Pier in Los Angeles, California on the afternoon of December 29, 2011. He started his trip at 1:30 p.m. and, at approximately 3:00 p.m., he called 911 from his cellular phone. He was breathing heavily and complained of of chest pains. He stopped speaking and the conversation was cut off before he could tell the operator exactly where he was, and it took an hour for the rescue squad to find him. By the time they arrived, Louis Piatt had vanished and they only found his overturned kayak with a life vest attached. He had left his vehicle in a parking lot near the pier.

The Coast Guard’s 23-hour search, covering 110 square miles, turned up no sign of Louis Piatt. Witnesses did see a 30- to 40-foot motorboat speeding away from near where he was last seen, just before search-and-rescue helicopters arrived. The boat had a very wide rear stern, a dark-colored hull, a white superstructure and a fly bridge-type enclosure astern.

Louis Piatt lived in Pacific Palisades, California and was a real estate executive at the time of his disappearance. He had served as second lieutenant in the Marines during the Vietnam War. His case remains unsolved. Authorities haven’t ruled out the possibility that he could still be alive.

Louis Robert Piatt was 66 years old when he went missing in December 2011.  Louis Robert Piatt is described as a white male standing 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds.  Louis Piatt had brown hair and was partially grey and balding. Louis Piatt had brown eyes.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Louis Robert Piatt, contact the Los Angeles Police Department Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800 reference case # 120804164. (NamUs MP#29931)

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