Pair of Yokota teenagers missing since last week
September 2, 2005
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Two teenage dependents were reported missing Monday three days after they were last seen by relatives, 374th Airlift Wing officials said in a news release.
Ray Hagston, 17, and his 14-year-old girlfriend, Michele Bakel, haven’t been seen since Aug. 26. That’s when the last known contact occurred between Bakel and her mother. It’s uncertain whether the two are students at Yokota High School.
Principal Richard Schlueter, contacted Wednesday, declined to comment on the matter, deferring to base authorities.
Yokota officials said Wednesday they don’t suspect foul play in the disappearance.
“We just hope they’re safe and can be located soon,” said Col. Scott Goodwin, the 374th Airlift Wing commander.
The two teens are believed to be together since they’re dating and went missing at the same time, the release stated. Base officials notified local Japanese on Friday.
Hagston, described as 5 feet 11 inches and 145 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes. Bakel is 4 feet 11 inches and weighs 90 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Both are of Philippine descent.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the two teens should contact Yokota’s law-enforcement desk at DSN 225-7200, or 0425-52-2511, extension 57200.