Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Police search for missing Twin Peaks man

Joe Balducci

Police are looking for a gay San Francisco man who appears to have been suicidal.

Joe Balducci, 60, a.ka. Joe Gulliver, was reported missing at about 2:30 p.m. September 5 by a family friend, according to a San Francisco Police Department email. Balducci “has a history of depression and is considered at risk,” police said.

He’s described as 6 feet 3 inches and 180 pounds, with gray/black hair, and brown eyes.

Arturo Jackson, a friend and former partner of Balducci’s, said he last spoke with Balducci about two months ago.

Jackson said that Balducci had little income and at the time of their last conversation, “he was struggling to hold on to his apartment, which he’d been living in for 30 years. He was very despondent, and very depressed.” Balducci lived on Corbett Avenue in the Twin Peaks neighborhood.

“He’d been having a hard time the last few years,” Jackson said. Balducci had sustained serious neck and back injuries from an auto accident and was in “a lot of pain,” he said.

Balducci, who Jackson said was a noted photographer, “would never leave San Francisco, not even to go out of town for a day,” and he had no idea where Balducci could be.

San Francisco police Inspector Anne MacKenzie said no notes, clothes, or other belongings of Balducci’s have been found. She doesn’t suspect foul play.

“He has not been located,” MacKenzie said. “He does have a lot of friends who are trying to help locate him.”

Anyone with information in the case may contact the SFPD missing persons unit at (415) 558-5500 or the dispatch unit at (415) 553-0123. The report number is 120 710 949.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, October 12, 2012 @ 5:08 pm PST
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