BY SARA TABIN
Daily Post Staff Writer
A pair of Palo Alto grandparents have disappeared while apparently on a hike in western Marin County on the shore of Tomales Bay.
Carol Kiparsky, 77, and Ian Irwin, 72, were staying at a rental house in Inverness, on the southwest shore of the bay 3.5 miles from Point Reyes Station. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said the couple were supposed to check out on Saturday but all of their possessions, including their phones and car, were left at the rental house.
Ian Irwin’s son Jonas Irwin said he last heard from his father on Friday via text.
“He was going to come down and watch my son play a game on Monday,” said Jonas Irwin. “He had every intention of coming back.”
Jonas Irwin said his father was a scientist who studied Parkinson’s disease and AIDS before he retired. Jonas Irwin said Kiparsky was a linguist and tech writer before she retired. He said the couple has lived on Cowper Street for 26 years.
The Sheriff’s Department missing persons bulletin says Kiparsky is 5-foot-2 with gray hair and blue eyes. Ian Irwin is 6-foot-1 with balding gray hair and blue eyes.
Jonas Irwin, who spoke to the Post at his father’s house, said he was “in a daze” yesterday. In between questions he took a phone call to coordinate with his siblings who were coming to town because of the disappearance.
He said he is grateful to the Marin County Sheriff’s Department and the 136 volunteers who searched for the couple yesterday.
People searched from the air and the ground.
No clues have been found yet to explain where the couple went. The Sheriff’s Office tweeted Monday night that the search will resume at 8 a.m. today (Tuesday).