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Case File 3940DMDC


Robert Clifton Newell Sr.
Missing since December 1974 from Washington DC.
Classification: Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Robert C. Newell has been missing since Christmas Eve, 1974, when he was seen carrying a red-and-green checked suitcase. It was 7 p.m. and the people who saw Newell asked him where he was going. He said he was going to see his girlfriend in Boston or maybe his brother in Tennessee. His last known address was in the Langdon area of DC 20018.
He used to attend the Thursday night church suppers at the Capitol Hill United Methodist Church. On the Thursday after Christmas, Newell didn't show for the church dinner and the next Sunday he didn't show for the service either. He used to come and sit through the sermon. A search was made at the request of a United Methodist Church minister, the police was contacted, but found no signs of foul play.
Newell had been in the service and on Veterans' Day he would dress up and walk around Capitol Hill.
Newell had said he visited Boston and Florida from time to time. He apparently made a habit of drinking at the American Legion, and boasting that he had lots of money.

Newell had been homeless for several years prior to 1974 and he was known to have frequently stayed at the Salvation Army shelters for the homeless. He is described as eccentric, and a had become a loner in his later years.
He left behind a small amount of money.
Several Newell family members think that he left the District of Columbia boundaries during his final days, and he may have died in the Virginia suburbs south of DC.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department
Detective James Tranium

Source Information:
Washington Post, The (DC) - July 14, 1977
Written account by Neil Scott, investigative reporter, who worked on Newell case in 1975-1976.
Martin Shepherd - Grandson

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