Missing Person: James Wernke

Update 12/15 11:30 AM:  ABC7 and KTLA are reporting that James Wernke’s body was found near a creek this morning, 100 yards from St. Jude in a wooded area. Reporting no signs of trauma. Think water swept him away.

Update 12/15 7:30 AM: KFI is reporting that joggers this morning found a dog wondering behind Brea Dam that matches the description of the missing dog.

Update 12/14 6:00 PM: The Office of Emergency Services has offered the use of their search and rescue team to do an all night grid search of undeveloped areas including and surrounding the Brea Dam area, and adjacent trails.  They will be staging at the Sports Complex, and the lights will be on all night.  In addition to the search the PD is pursuing additional leads which may have a bearing on the missing person case.

Fullerton Police are looking for James Wernke, who went missing on Saturday, December 12th in Fullerton. He was last seen with a yellow Labrador near Sunnywood Dr. and Hermosa Dr. around 1 p.m.


James Wernke is 6’4″ tall and weighs approximately 190 pounds. He has blue eyes and sandy blond hair.

James had no identification, jewelry, or money on him when he left, according to his family. He may have his cell phone with him because his family hasn’t been able to find it anywhere.


If you have any information about James Wernke’s whereabouts, please contact the Fullerton Police Department.

2 Replies to “Missing Person: James Wernke”

  1. So sad. The helicopters (3) were hovering for an hour over by our house.
    Condolences to his family. It’s horrible losing a child, but at Christmas it’s especially tough.
    Do let us know if the family needs funds to get his body back home to Colorado.

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