Left: Sumpter, circa 1974; Right: Age-progressed image of Sumpter at age 42 (circa 2011)
Cynthia Lynn Sumpter
Missing since April 27, 1974 from San Jose, Santa Clara County, California.
Classification: Non Family Abduction
Circumstances of Disappearance
Sumpter was last seen playing outside of her residence, on Elm Street in San Jose, California on April 27, 1974. Her mother discovered her missing at between 13.30 and 13.45. She searched on her own for about a half hour, called her parents to see if they had her, then she contacted the police.
One neighbor told police that she had left her small son with Cindy while she dashed to her apartment for a baby bottle. When she returned a moment later, her son was alone. Another witness spotted Cindy from her car and reported that the outgoing little girl had stuck her head in the window to say hello. Others said they had seen her in a blue car accompanied by a mysterious young man with blond hair and a mustache.
At first, police considered Cindy's father, a suspect, as the parents were divorced. Eventually, both parents took lie-detector tests that showed they knew nothing of Cindy's disappearance or whereabouts. Police decided they were in no way involved.
If you have any information concerning Sumpter's whereabouts, please contact:
San Jose Police Department
All information may be submitted anonymously.
Agency Case Number:
NCMEC #: NCMC601913
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
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