Kurt Ronald Newton

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Kurt, circa 1975
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 12 (circa 1983)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 1, 1975 from Chain Of Ponds, Maine
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: June 28, 1971
  • Age: 4 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'8, 45 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A navy blue jacket with baseball emblems, a navy blue sweatshirt, a red jersey, red and black speckled corduroy pants, mismatched white socks and dark brown high-top shoes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Kurt was last seen at the remote Natanis Point Campground in Chain Of Ponds, Maine, six miles from the Canadian border, on September 1, 1975. He was camping with his parents, his older sister and three other families from their hometown of Manchester, Maine. Kurt was riding his Big Wheel tricycle near the family's campsite when he disappeared between 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. He has never been heard from again. That same morning, his tricycle was found at a dump site eight-tenths of a mile from his family's campsite.

    Kurt's family stated he was very shy at the time of his disappearance and didn't like being separated from his mother even for a short time. He had no history of wandering away without permission, and his parents didn't believe he would have gone into the woods alone. An extensive search of the surrounding woods, which involved the use of bloodhounds and several military helicopters and is described as the biggest search in Maine history, turned up no sign of Kurt. Police theorized that he became confused while trying to get back to the campsite and went in the wrong directon. The night after his disappearance, temperatures in the area dropped below freezing; he couldn't have survived long if he had been out in the elements without shelter.

    Kurt's parents speculated that someoned abducted him and took him across the Canadian border into Quebec. French-language missing child posters were distributed in Quebec with this theory in mind, but to no result. After years had passed and Kurt became old enough to be in school, his parents mailed posters with his picture to every school district in the United States. There were many reported sightings of the child in the United States and Canada, but none could be substantiated.

    Kurt has never been found and is presumed to have been abducted. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Maine State Police
    207-289-2155

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    Source Information
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Operation Lookout
    NewsLibrary
    Newspaper Archive
    KPLC 7
    Yankee Magazine
    The Lewiston Sun Journal

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 28, 2012; two pictures added.

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