Charles Daniel Earl Samek

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Above Images: Samek, circa 2014


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 30, 2014 from Farmington, New Mexico
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 25, 1949
  • Age: 65 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 200 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Gary hair, blue eyes. Samek's nicknames are Dan and Danny. He is missing three teeth in his upper jaw. His hair was long and he wore it in a ponytail at the time of his disappearance. Samek has a scar on his back and red marks on his neck below the hairline. He wears eyeglasses for reading.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Blue jeans. Carrying a blue backpack and a black contractor bag.
  • Medical Conditions: Samek suffers from schizophrenia.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Samek was last seen in Farmington, New Mexico on August 30, 2014. He told his mother he wanted to leave home and left with his blue backpack and black contractor bag, and she never saw him again. Samek was a frequent traveler and had left home for the first time when he was nineteen years old. He always kept in touch with his mother on those trips, however, sending postcards, letters and emails and posting on his Facebook account. After he left in August 2014, his mother never heard from him again.

    Samek's mother stated he excelled early in life; he was elected student body president in high school and got a National Merit scholarship. He attended St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland; it's an alternative college with a "great books" curriculum, focused on the classics. Samek dropped out of college after two years, however, and began drifting all over the country. His mother stated his mental illness caused him problems; he was paranoid and unable to hold a job, developed a drinking problem and had minor trouble with the law. He was estranged from his father, but moved in with his mother in 2014, after his father died.

    Before he left, Samek told his mother he'd found a traveling companion. He didn't tell his mother the man's name, but he was about half Samek's age, dark-haired, and claimed to be a Hopi Indian and an artist. They left together on August 29, intending to travel to Moab, Arizona. On August 30, Samek used an ATM in Farmington and called his mother to ask her to refill his phone card. This is the last time she heard from him, and there hasn't been any activity on his bank account since his disappearance.

    Samek may be in Arizona or Utah. His mother is afraid for his safety because of his schizophrenia and the circumstances surrounding his disappearance. His case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    New Mexico Department of Public Safety
    The Albuquerque Journal


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 21, 2016; clothing/jewelry description added, distinguishing characteristics updated.

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