Richard Thomas Basgier

Above: Basgier, circa 1987


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 3, 1987 from Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Age: 33 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Basgier has a scar on his forehead above his eye.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue jacket and brown or blue shorts.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Basgier was last seen sailing off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virginia on October 3, 1987. He and a companion, Marc McDaniels, were headed towards the Chesapeake Light Tower in a fifteen-foot green or blue Sea Eagle fishing boat. That day, a storm blew through the area, creating 10- to 12-foot waves. The two fishermen never returned to shore and their boat has never been located. A photo of the boat is posted below this case summary.

    McDaniels was 27 years old at the time of his disappearance; photographs and additional information for him are unavailable. He and Basgier are presumed to be lost at sea.

    Above: Missing boat


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Virginia Beach Police Department


    Source Information
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch
    Virginia State Police


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 27, 2017; age corrected, details of disappearance updated.

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