Richard Neil Forsyth

Above: Forsyth, circa 1979


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 18, 1979 from Waterloo, Iowa
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 11, 1952
  • Age: 27 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 185 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, blue eyes. Forsyth has thinning hair.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Forsyth was last seen in Waterloo, Iowa on October 18, 1979. He has never been heard from again. There has been some speculation that his disappearance is connected to the disappearance of another Waterloo man, Steven Kirchhoff, a known drug dealer who disappeared from Waterloo on January 24, 1978. Authorities believe he was carrying up to $8,000 in cash when he disappeared, and he may have been robbed and killed.

    There were rumors that Forsyth was seen carrying something wrapped in a rug the day after Kirchhoff vanished, and he bought a 1972 Cadillac for $2,000 the next day, paying in $100 bills. His face was bruised and bloody at the time, and he said he'd fallen on a wine bottle and had to get stitches. He left town that day and had his stitches removed in Manhattan, Kansas on February 1. After that he traveled to an uncle's home in Tucson, Arizona. By the time the police and Kirchhoff's parents tracked him to Arizona, Forsyth was gone.

    In mid-1979, the Cadillac Forsyth bought was found in storage in Grand Forks, North Dakota. A man calling himself David Gates had left it there a year earlier, paying only one month's storage fee. The same day the car was left in storage, a man who called himself Richard Steves rented a room in Grand Forks, paying one month's rent, but he didn't stay even one night. Kirchhoff's parents believe believe Forsyth and "Richard Steves" may have been the same person, but the landlady couldn't identify Forsyth's photograph. The Kirchhoffs think Forsyth may have gone to Canada; the Canadian border is only 75 miles from Grand Forks. Forsyth's Cadillac was bloodstained, but the stains could not be matched to Kirchhoff's blood.

    Forsyth was reported missing from Waterloo a few months after Kirchhoff's car was found. Both men's cases remain unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse
    The Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier Online
    Iowa Cold Cases
    The Des Moines Register


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 21, 2016; details of disappearance updated.

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