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Case File 7DMNY

McLaughlin, 1975McLaughlin3

Michael Scott McLaughlin
Missing since October 23, 1975 from Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: March 1, 1954
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 21 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'11, 165 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Blonde hair; blue eyes. McLaughlin's hair was approximately shoulder-length at the time of his disappearance.
  • Clothing: Dungarees and T-shirt.
  • Dentals: Information/Charting is available.

Circumstances of Disappearance
McLaughlin was last seen by his roommates on October 23, 1975 in Syracuse, NY. He withdrew from the Syracuse School of Art just days prior to his disappearance in order to visit his girl friend but he never made the trip. He did not attend classes after October 20th, three days before he vanished, by arrangement with the College of Visual and Performing Arts. He had planned to leave for England from his home December 1.

Friends who lived with him on Harvard Place said he left there without incident October 23 to "go to lunch" on Marshall Street, although police later learned McLaughlin already had lunch, and had not been observed in the student shopping area by anyone they interviewed.

Friends said he was carrying $3,000 that his father had sent him to buy a car.

The truck he then owned, for which he already had buyers, was found parked in the driveway of the house on Harvard Place where he lived with other students. A later check of his room revealed another $250 in a tool box. The student was not reported missing until early November, after his father unsuccessfully tried to reach him by phone. It was most unusual for him to be gone more than a day or two.
His check book was also missing but had not been used since October.

If you have any information as to the whereabouts of McLaughlin or the circumstances of his disappearance, please contact:
Syracuse Police Department

Anonymous Tip Form

Agency Case Number: W-89068

NCIC Number:
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Source Information: The New York State Police
Syracuse Herald-Journal
Syracuse Police Department

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