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28-Year-Old Moscow Resident Disappears at Crater Lake Oregon 29 Years Ago Today

On July 8, 1983, in Crater Lake in Oregon, 28-Year-Old Steven Linne Jonas, a Moscow Idaho resident, tried to drive his car off a 300ft cliff at Crater Lake, presumably to end his life. Jonas was a seasonal employee who’d worked at the park for five years, doing maintenance and janitorial work. He was reportedly depressed and very shy. His car became stuck on the rocks and did not enter the water.

A visitor saw him sitting by his car near Annie Springs Canyon, 9 miles south of Crater Lake Lodge. Jonas was never seen again, despite extensive searches and many tourists exploring this area since 1983. He was last seen wearing a black and white jacket, a white shirt, green pants, and a blue and white ball cap with the word “Mack”.

Was he injured and later died from the elements nearby? Did he leave the area? Are his remains still in the vicinity, waiting to be found?

He was the son of Robert and Arlene Jonas, who petitioned to have him declared deceased in 1988.

Klamath County Sheriff’s Office has this case.

Idaho Cold Cases did not have a photo of Jonas, so here’s one of the lake. Also, info on Annie Creek Canyon Trail is here:…/anne-creek-trail/