David Robert Sampson
Sampson, approximately 1977
Date reported missing : 03/01/1977
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 05/17/1955 (66)
Age at the time of disappearance: 21 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 140 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A dark blue or green ski jacket, blue jeans and hiking boots.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Sampson has small moles on his chin and upper lip.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Sampson was last seen in Seattle, Washington on March 1, 1977. Prior to his disappearance he exhibited personality changes; he may have undergone a religious conversion.
He left abruptly, carrying a packboard with a green pack, a light blue sleeping bag, a Bible and other religious materials, and extensive survival gear, but no money or identification. He has never been heard from again.
Sampson was born in the Bakersfield, California area. He was a student at the University of Washington in 1977. His interests included botany, hiking and environmental issues. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
King County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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Washington State Missing Persons Search
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