Charles Howard Bolter

Above: Bolter, circa 1972


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 23, 1972 from Waterford, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 21, 1903
  • Age: 69 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Bolter's nickname is Bill.
  • Medical Conditions: Bolter may have been suicidal at the time of his disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Bolter was last seen at his home in Waterford, California on December 23, 1972. He has never been heard from again. Nine days before his disappearance, he was robbed of $30,000 by three men. The men first took the money from his wallet, then one of them made Bolter drive him around in his own pickup truck for nearly four hours. They visited three banks and Bolter withdrew three $10,000 checks from his bank account and then cashed them and gave the money to the man.

    Bolter's truck later was found parked along Highway 132 east of Waterford, with the keys still in the ignition. His loved ones stated he was despondent over the loss of his money and may have committed suicide. Bolter is a retired cattle rancher. His case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Modesto Bee
    The Redlands Daily Facts


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 28, 2012; details of disappearance updated.

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