Jefferson Brian Arms

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Above Images: Arms, circa 1992


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 18, 1992 from Plattsburgh, New York
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 7, 1970
  • Age: 22 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 165 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Arms wears wire-framed eyeglasses and a temporary retainer in his lower teeth. He has a scar on his knuckle and a chicken pox scar near his eye. His nickname is Jeff.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A life jacket and possibly green shorts and a red flannel shirt.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Arms was seen at approximately 8:00 p.m. on September 18, 1992, in his 16-foot Sunfish sailboat on Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh, New York. He and two male friends sailed approximately one mile east of Schuyler Island and into an open area of the lake. The boat hit rough water and flipped over twice, knocking Arms and his companions into the lake. Arms and his friends were wearing life jackets and decided to swim to Schuyler Island. His two friends went ahead and saw Arms swimming behind them most of the way, but they reached the island and Arms did not. His life jacket and the sailboat were later found by the Coast Guard, but Arms himself has never been heard from again.

    Arms is from Westminsterset, Vermont and was visiting the Plattsburgh area at the time of his disappearance. He remains classified as a missing person.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New York State Police


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing Adults
    The Syracuse Post-Standard


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 2, 2006; casefile added.

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