Christopher James Harvey

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Left and Center: Christopher, circa 1984;
Right: Age-progression to age 42 (circa 2011)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 11, 1984 from Hinsdale County, Colorado
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: August 9, 1969
  • Age: 14 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Light brown hair, hazel eyes. Christopher has moles on both of his arms and on the upper right side of his chest. His nickname is Chris.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A long-sleeved brown or tan plaid shirt, blue jeans, a leather Western-style belt with the buckle inscribed "CHRIS", Nike hiking shoes with red laces, and a black digital watch.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Christopher and his family were staying at their summer trailer home in Hinsdale County, Colorado in July 1984. The residence was located in a mobile home park on the edge of the San Juan National Forest, approximately 17 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Christopher visited a neighbor's trailer on July 11, 1984 and spoke to him about a band camp he planned to attend later in the summer. He left the friend's home at approximately 3:30 p.m. He disappeared when he went to go walk his dog. The dog came back home, but Christopher has never been seen again. Authorities initially believed he had gone for a hike and gotten lost. They stated he is an excellent backpacker, but did not have the necessary supplies for an extended time in the forest. An extensive search of the surrounding area turned up no sign of him, and investigators concluded he was almost certainly not in the county.

    A badly beaten teenager was found wandering around on a mountain road in Eagle County, Colorado six weeks after Christopher's disappearance. He couldn't say who he was and he wasn't carrying any identification. He was taken to the hospital and fell into a coma, suffering from extensive brain damage. The boy had severe facial injuries, but Christopher's parents identified him as their son. Several days later, they began to have doubts about the identification and did a dental records comparison. The injured boy was not Christopher.

    Foul play is now suspected in Christopher's disappearance. His case remains unsolved. He was a resident of Andrews, Texas in 1984; Texas authorities are assisting with the investigation.


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

    Texas Department of Public Safety

    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Texas Department Of Public Safety
    The Denver Post
    The Dallas Morning News
    The Santa Fe New Mexican
    The New York Times


    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

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

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