Douglas Charles Chapman

Left and Center: Douglas circa, 1971

Right: Age Progressed to age 48

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: June 2, 1971

Missing From: Alfred, York County, Maine

Classification: Endangered Missing

Date Of Birth: February 5, 1968

Age: 3 years old

Height and Weight: 3’0″ and 35 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Male, Sandy hair, Blue eyes, Douglas has a mole located on his right shoulder and his nickname is “Dougie”

Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red/blue plaid shirt, a pair of red or blue shorts, and loafers

NCMEC Number: 779029

Details of Disappearance

Douglas was last seen in Alfred, Maine on June 2nd 1971. He was last seen playing in a sand pile approximately 25 yards away from the front of his home at 10:30 am. He lived in a mobile home on Alfred Gore Road. His mother was talking on the telephone at the time. When she concluded the call she went out to check on her son but he had disappeared by then.

He was never seen or heard from again. Investigators initially thought that Douglas had wandered away from the area and got lost. The area around his home is rural, wooded, brushy, and swampy. Extensive searches, however, did not turn up any trace of him. They soon started to doubt that Douglas had simply wandered away.

Police utilized tracking dogs. They followed Douglas’s scent through a field and past an apple orchard. The scent then went onto a farm and down the driveway to the main road. Douglas’s father stated he believes that his son was placed into a vehicle at that point. His mother finds it odd that the family dog didn’t bark when Douglas went missing.

His father believes that Douglas was abducted and killed by a sexual predator who lived in the area at the time. The person has since died. The person was never charged with involvement in the case.

At the time of his disappearance, Douglas’s father was an auxiliary police officer. He requested that Douglas’s case be reopened in 1993. Both of his parents have since divorced and his mother moved to New York. Investigators have stated that no one in Douglas’s family is a suspect as they were all cleared in the initial investigation into his disappearance.

Douglas’s disappearance remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

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

Maine State Police 207-657-3030

Source Information

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The Charley Project

The Doe Network


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