Samuel Arthur Todd ** Manhattan, NY

Samuel Arthur Todd

Missing since January 1, 1984 from Manhattan, New York City, New York County, New York
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Date Of Birth: June 12, 1959
Age at Time of Disappearance: 24 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'11; 135 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Light brown hair; blue eyes. Todd wears eyeglasses.
Medical Conditions: Todd may be suffering from amnesia and may not know who he is.
Marks, Scars: Two small scars on cheek near left eye.
Clothing: Last seen wearing a dark blue sweatshirt with a circular emblem of Ecolint Geneve
stitched across the front; blue jeans; blue running shoes; and dark-framed eyeglasses.
Dentals: Not available
Circumstances of Disappearance
Todd vanished after stepping out of a New Year's party for fresh air. He was last seen walking near Mulberry and Houston Streets in Manhattan, NY on New Year's Day 1984.
Sam left his wallet and jacket at the party. He had no cash and no identification on him.
Investigators believes Sam is suffering amnesia from a hit on the head. Several persons, including one at the city-operated Men's Shelter in the Bowery, claim they saw Sam wandering in the area after his disappearance. A worker at the Men's Shelter told police he saw Sam, lean and hungry, eating soup. A day later, someone spotted a a thin man with blond hair washing car windows on a street in Greenwich Village.
Todd was a clergy student at the time of his disappearance.

If you have any information concerning Todd's case, please contact:
New York City Police Department

Agency Case Number: KNMP00061

NCIC Number: M-113959440
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information: New York City Police Department
Yale Bulletin
Yale Divinity School

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Comment by Brenda on November 26, 2011 at 11:33am


A Yale student vanishes on New Year’s Day 1984
November 26, 2011
In the early morning of January 1, 1984, 24-year-old Samuel Arthur Todd took a break from a party at 271 Mulberry Street to get some air . . . and was never seen again.

His disappearance is one of those New York cold cases that seems to be forgotten, but it shouldn’t be.

Sam was a Yale Divinity School student who had graduated from Vassar in 1981. Active in social justice causes, he’d planned to be a minister, like his father.

On New Year’s Eve 1983, he and his brother met friends to celebrate at different parties in what articles later reported as Chinatown, today’s Nolita.

“At their third stop, a party in a second-story loft on Mulberry Street, Samuel told his brother he had drunk too much and his head was spinning,” The New York Times reported in March 1984.

“He went down to the street to get some air, shrugged off [his brother's] offer to join him and was last seen by his brother as he began jogging the half-block toward [Houston] Street. He never returned.”

On New Year’s Day and in the weeks after, friends and family scoured the city looking for him, posting thousands of fliers and checking in with police frequently.

They insisted that Sam was “solid and stable,” someone who had no reason to disappear. He’d left his wallet, ID, and coat at the Mulberry Street party, as if he had intended to return.

But no leads, clues, or trace of Sam have ever been found.

Various theories have been introduced over the years. Was he solicited by a cult? Was he the victim of a gay basher, even though he was straight? Did he have a mental breakdown?

Sam’s friends rejected these scenarios. Sam would be 52 years old this year. But whether he’s even alive remains a mystery.


Comment by Brenda on January 1, 2011 at 3:48pm
Missing 27 Years today..  :(


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