Michael Henry Brushingham

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Above: Michael, circa 1979

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 27, 1979 from Boynton Beach, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: August 31, 1944
  • Age: 35 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 230 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Michael was last seen leaving his mother's Boynton Beach, Florida home at 8:00 a.m. on December 27, 1979. He never returned and has never been heard from again. He was reported missing on July 31, 1981, a year and a half after he was last seen.

    Michael is one of seven children, two of whom died in childhood. All of Michael's six siblings believed their father, David Brushingham Sr., was involved in his disappearance. He had told his mother no one would have to worry about Michael anymore, and Michael's own mother also suspected her former husband may have harmed him. A photo of David Sr. is posted below this case summary. In February 1980, one of his sons, 18-year-old David Jr., confronted him about it and David Sr. threatened his son with a .22 caliber gun. David Jr. was able to disarm his father, but ten days later, on March 4, David Sr. shot and killed him. On the day of his death, David Jr. was drunk and went to his father's home in Delray Beach, Florida to borrow some money. David Sr. refused to let him inside, and David Jr. smashed the sliding glass door attempting to gain entry. David Sr. then shot him in the chest. He was charged with manslaughter, but pleaded self defense and was acquitted at trial in December 1980.

    David Sr. lated pleaded guilty to check fraud, and he was charged with murder in the March 1990 death of his sister, Marcia Brushingham, a New York City stage actress. He beat her with a hammer in her Manhattan apartment, tied a plastic bag around her head and strangled her while their elderly mother was in a nearby room. David Sr. was convicted of murder and sentenced to 39 years to life in prison. He died in 2002, still incarcerated in New York.

    Authorities dug in the backyard of David Sr.'s former home in the 700 block of Bond Way Delray Beach in 1990, looking for Michael's remains, but their search turned up nothing. He is presumed deceased and his case remains unsolved.

    David Brushingham Sr
    Above: David Brushingham Sr., circa 1990

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Boynton Beach Police Department
    561-742-6137

    OR
    561-742-6100

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    Source Information
    The South Florida Sun Sentinel
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    The New York Daily News
    The Palm Beach Post
    NamUs

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 26, 2017; casefile added.

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