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5043DMWA - Marty Dean Small


Name: Marty Dean Small
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: November 19, 1981
Location Last Seen: Seattle, King County, Washington

Physical Description

Date of Birth: circa 1934
Age: 47 years old
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 160-180 lbs.
Hair Color: Blond/Strawberry
Eye Color: Blue
Nickname/Alias: Dean
Distinguishing Marks/Features: He has naturally fine and straight blond hair, but close to the time of his disappearance he had a permanent wave added to his hair for curl. He is ordinarily clean shaven, with perhaps 1-2 days worth of stubble on the day that he disappeared. He was diagnosed as having Maniac Depressive Disorder, and having had experienced suicidal ideation.


Dentals: Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Green down jacket, denim jeans.
Jewelry: Possibly a gold chain choker-type necklace around neck.
Additional Personal Items: Sneakers, reading glasses.

Circumstances of Disappearance

Marty Dean Small went missing on November 19, 1981 from the Coast Guard Cutter ‘Fir’ near Seattle, Washington. He had committed himself into the Veteran’s Administration Psychiatric program and was residing in the Psychiatric Ward at the Veteran’s Hospital in Seattle, Washington. He had agreed to participate in a holiday cruise on the Coast Guard Cutter Fir (WLB 213), sponsored by the VA hospital, with Elks Club members as chaperones.

At the time the mentally ill patients boarded the vessel in the early evening, the head count was 29 patients. Once the cutter docked back on Lake Union, the vessel’s starting point, and the patients had disembarked from the vessel, only 28 patients were able to be accounted for by the staff.

Marty Small could not be located, nor has he been seen since. His wallet was located on board the vessel. His remains have never recovered from the Puget Sound or from Lake Union, where the holiday cruise had taken place. He has been considered to be ‘missing, presumed drowned’ and a death certificate was filed with the King County Coroner’s office in 1989.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Agency Contact Person: Special Agent Jay Campbell
Agency Phone Number: 360-257-1605
Agency E-Mail: [email protected]
Agency Case Number: 24JAN14-NWWH-7HNA

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 20998

Information Source(s)

Missing Veterans

Admin Notes

Added: 11/29/2016; Last Updated: 11/29/2016

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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