Christopher James Harvey

Left and Center: Christopher circa, 1984

Right: Age Progressed to age 42

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: July 11, 1984

Missing From: Hinsdale County, Colorado

Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Date Of Birth: August 9, 1969

Age: 14 years old

Height and Weight: 5’11” and 135 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Male, Brown hair, Hazel eyes, Christopher has moles on both of his arms and on the upper right side of his chest, his hair was light in color at the time of his disappearance, Christopher might use the nickname “Chris”

Clothing/Jewelry Description: A long sleeved brown plaid shirt, a pair of blue jeans, a leather Western styled belt with the inscription “Chris” on the buckle, red laced Nike hiking shoes, and a black digital wrist watch

NCMEC Number: 603350

Details of Disappearance

Christopher was last seen in Hinsdale County, Colorado on July 11th 1984. He disappeared when he went to go walk his dog which eventually returned to his residence at the time. Christopher has never been seen or heard from again.

Christopher visited a neighbors trailer that day and talked about a band camp that he had plans of joining later in the summer of 1984. He and his family were living in their summer trailer home at the time of his disappearance which was located in a mobile home park. This was at the edge of the San Juan National Forest.

Authorities initially believed that Christopher had gone hiking in the woods and got lost. While he was a good backpacker, he did not have the necessary supplies for any extended length of time he had planned to stay in the forest. Extensive searches of the area by both law enforcement and volunteers turned up no trace of Chris. The FBI joined the search for Christopher approximately 6 days after his disappearance.

Due to the fact that no trace of Christopher was found, authorities assumed it unlikely that he was still in Hinsdale County. In September of 1984, authorities believed they may have located Christopher. A badly beaten teenaged boy was found wandering the roadside in Eagle County, Colorado. His parents, Judy and Jim Harvey both went to the hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado where the boy had undergone surgery.

The unidentified males physical description matched that of Christopher’s but a comparison of dental records proved that the boy and Christopher were not the same person. The male was later identified as Scott Yoos who was traveling across the country and taking photographs. His parents and Christopher’s parents developed a great relationship and kept track of Scott’s progress. They continued to spread the word about their son’s disappearance and sent out posters with his information displayed on them.

Scott’s disappearance remains unsolved. Authorities now believe that foul play was involved in Christopher’s disappearance. He lived in Andrews, Texas in 1984 and authorities from there are assisting in the investigation into his disappearance.

Investigating Agency

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

Hinsdale County Sheriffs Office 970-944-2291

Texas Department of Public Safety 800-346-3243

Source Information

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The Charley Project

The Doe Network


The New York Times