George Jay Vandermark
Vandermark, approximately 1976
Date reported missing : 08/01/1976
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 12/17/1923 (97)
Age at the time of disappearance: 52 years old
Height / Weight : 6'2 - 6'4, 190 - 200 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Gray hair, brown eyes. Vandermark wears eyeglasses with black plastic frames, and hearing aids in both ears. He has spot-type burn scars on his right elbow and right shoulder. He may go by his middle name, Jay.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Vandermark was last seen in August or September of 1976 in the area of 24th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix, Arizona. He has never been heard from again.
Prior to his disappearance, Vandermark was a supervisor of the slot machines at the Stardust Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Authorities believe he was working for the Mafia, stealing coins from slot machines. The Nevada Gaming Commission uncovered the slot machine skimming in May 1976, but by then Vandermark had fled.
Authorities determined $7 million had been stolen over the years; Vandermark had apparently given $4 million to the Mafia and kept $3 million for himself.
Investigators tried to get in touch with Vandermark through his son, who lived in Las Vegas. The son said his father was in Mexico and would be in contact shortly. Vandermark's son was murdered a short time later and Vandermark never got in touch with police.
Foul play is suspected in Vandermark's disappearance. It is believed to be related to his organized crime activities.
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Phoenix Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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