Scott Andreas Douglass Sims
Missing since December 9, 1961 from Wichita Falls, Texas
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
On December 9, 1961, Andy Sims vanished. Andy, who was in the fifth-grade at Jefferson Elementary School, lived at 4600 Stanford, a corner house tucked into a quiet neighborhood. Andy was home with his brother Donald, who was older by a year, that morning while their mother, Ellen, a nurse, was working. The boys’ stepfather, William Sims, was in the National Guard and had been called up with the 49th Armored Division to go to Fort Polk, Louisiana, during the Berlin crisis.
Andy was home between 12.00 and 12:30 when his mother called the house and talked to Donald. Donald reported Andy left the house between 12:45 and 13.00 to go out to play. Ellen Sims returned home about 14:30.
Members of Andy’s family were the first to search for him. The boys’ mother sent Donald out to look for his brother, and other family members joined in the unsuccessful search.
The family called the police about 20.00, and later called again.
Fort Sill, Civil Defense, Marine Reserves, members of the Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol and others worked with volunteers to comb the area, searching Andy’s usual hangouts and places it seemed a child might have gone to escape the cold.
One person reported seeing someone who matched Andy’s description at the Boy Scout Hut near Lake Wichita about 15.00, December 9, just a few hours after Andy left his house. Lake Wichita was searched several times, and it was dragged. Nothing turned up any trace of Andy despite searches by land and by air.
Some of Andy’s friends told police he liked to play in some caves near Fairway Boulevard, but checks there turned up nothing.
Andy’s family had lived in Wichita Falls for just a short time.
Investigators Wichita Falls Police Department
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Detective Tony Fox
Wichita Falls Police Department
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