Frank Ray Santmyer Jr.

Above: Santmyer, circa 1977


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 2, 1977 from Ellicott City, Maryland
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: December 12, 1952
  • Age: 24 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'9, 168 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Santmyer had a mustache at the time of his 1977 disappearance. He has a scar on the back of his right hand extending to his index finger, a surgical scar behind his right knee, and a small appendectomy scar on his abdomen. He has previously broken his collarbone, and he may have an electrical stimulation device around his waist to treat nerve damage in his leg.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A brown double-breasted waist-length jacket, a blue crew-neck pullover sweater, blue jeans, tan calf-length Frye boots, a turquoise and coral bracelet on his left arm, a turquoise ring on his right ring finger, a silver Timex watch, and a black leather belt with two brass rings or a tan and brown belt with turquoise stones.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Santmyer was last seen in Ellicott City, Maryland on December 2, 1977. He was facing drug charges at the time of his disappearance; he and two other men had been arrested at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport with ten ounces of cocaine in their possession. Santmyer has never been heard from again. Authorities believe he was shot to death during a robbery, but no one has been charged in his presumed murder. He was declared legally dead on October 28, 1980, nearly three years after his disappearance, but his remains have not been recovered.


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


    Source Information
    The Doe Network


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 23, 2016; distinguishing characteristics and clothing/jewelry description updated.

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