What We Know
The morning of June 3, 2014, began like any other day in Inverness, California. But by the end of it, a mystery had unfolded that continues to baffle us – the disappearance of John Joseph Deri.
John, a 63-year-old psychiatrist, was a man of many accomplishments. Born in New York City, he was a graduate of Columbia University Medical School and had a master’s degree in psychology from the New School for Social Research. He was not just a man of intellect; he was also physically active, being an Iron Man athlete with a love for hiking and biking.
He was the son of Hungarian-trained professionals – a cellist and a psychoanalyst. After his own medical school journey at Columbia, he moved to the University of California, San Francisco, to specialize in neurosurgery, but eventually shifted to psychiatry.
Passionate about Taoism and Tibetan Buddhism, John often traveled to wherever the Dalai Lama was speaking. He had a love for nature that drew him to the open trails of West Marin for hiking and biking. He was a man who sought to make a significant impact on humanity, with a warm heart that extended to everyone who reached out to him on social media.
The morning of his disappearance, John’s wife, Lucy Saler Deri, left home while he was still in bed. They had plans to meet at his office in Mill Valley later in the afternoon. When John didn’t show, Lucy returned home to find his cell phone, their dog, but no sign of John.
The next day, park rangers found John’s brand-new black 2013 BMW in the parking lot of North Beach, a place known to be dangerous. But, John was nowhere to be found. Even more puzzling was that his financial records showed no activity since his disappearance.
The investigation into John’s disappearance eventually wound down due to a lack of leads, but for those who knew him, the case is far from closed. His loved ones are left to grapple with the unsolved mystery, his life frozen in time on that summer day in 2014.