Theodore Frederick Kampf

Kampf, circa 1981; Kampf's pickup truck

  • Missing Since 07/13/1981
  • Missing From Oaklyn, New Jersey
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 03/30/1935 (84)
  • Age 46 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'9 - 5'10, 180 - 190 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Sandy brown hair, blue eyes. At the time of his disappearance, Kampf's hairline was receding and his hair was gray at the temples. He occasionally wears eyeglasses. He wears an upper dental plate. Kampf has caps on several of his lower teeth. He has a surgical scar on his spine that is eight inches in length.

Details of Disappearance

Kampf left his residence in Oaklyn, New Jersey on July 6, 1981 for a vacation in Canada. He drove his 1980 brick/brown Chevrolet pickup truck on the excursion. A photo of the vehicle is posted at the end of this summary. Kampf's family received correspondence from him until July 11, five days after he departed.

On July 13, he called his parents and said he was in Mount Vernon, Washington and going to cross the border into Canada. This was the last time anyone heard from him.

That same day, $500 in Kampf's travelers' checks were exchanged for Canadian currency at a bank in Richmond, British Columbia. The bank was only fifteen miles north of the border and would have been the first bank a person encountered after crossing.

Investigators learned that Kampf's pickup truck had been involved in a traffic accident on July 27. An unidentified person was driving the vehicle at the time and impersonated Kampf during the course of the traffic incident. Both Kampf and an impersonator had cashed several of Kampf's travelers' checks from July to October 1981.

Kampf's pickup truck was located in a Montana ravine on October 29, 1981, three months after he initially disappeared. The vehicle was abandoned and there was no sign of Kampf or anyone else at the scene. He has not been seen since 1981. There has been no report about anyone continuing to impersonate him.

Investigating Agency

  • Oaklyn Police Department
  • 609-854-0049
  • Camden County Sheriff's Department
  • 609-225-5470
  • 609-225-7661

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated June 4, 2013; date of disappearance corrected, two pictures added, details of disappearance updated.