Rosemary E. Hamilton Buck

Above: Buck, circa 1973


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 11, 1973 from Syracuse, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 2, 1953
  • Age: 20 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, hazel eyes. Buck's nickname is Mary. Her two front teeth overlap slightly.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white coat and blue jeans.
  • Medical Conditions: Buck has previously been hospitalized for mental health issues, and she may have had an alcohol problem at the time of her disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Buck was last seen in Syracuse, New York on August 11, 1973. She was hitchhiking at the corner of Sixth North Street and Wolf Street at noon, and may have ridden away on the back of someone's motorcycle. She lived in the 1100 block of Wolf Street. Buck has never been heard from again. She left behind a two-year-old son, who was later legally adopted by his grandparents in Florida.

    Buck frequented the now-defunct Yellow Balloon Bar on Thompson Road near Erie Boulevard east in 1973. She frequently traveled to attend rock concerts, and she told friends she planned to go to Boston, Massachusetts to meet an unknown male friend. Buck was having personal problems at the time of her disappearance. She had mental problems and struggled with alcohol, and her husband was incarcerated for breaking and entering. She was worried that the state would take her son away from her. She had dropped out of high school at age 16 but planned to complete her education and start nurse's training. Her loved ones initially theorized Buck ran away to avoid the difficulties in her life, but they now believe she could have met with foul play.

    Buck's case remains unsolved. There has been no activity on her Social Security number (SSN) since 1973.


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


    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The St. Petersburg Times
    The Syracuse Post-Standard
    Syracuse Police Department


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 11, 2010; date of birth added.

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