Samuel Arthur Todd

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Above Images: Todd, circa 1984


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 1, 1984 from Manhattan, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: June 12, 1959
  • Age: 24 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Todd wears eyeglasses with dark frames. He has a slim build. Todd's nickname is Sam. He has two small scars on his left cheek near his eye.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A dark blue sweatshirt with circular emblem that had "ECOLINT GENEVE" imprinted on the front, blue jeans, blue sneakers and a plastic Timex watch.
  • Medical Conditions: Todd may be suffering from amnesia.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Todd attended a New Year's Eve party with his younger brother and some friends in the New York City borough of Manhattan at Soho's Puck Building during the early morning hours of January 1, 1984. He walked out of the party for a moment at approximately 2:00 a.m. and disappeared. Todd was last seen walking in the vicinity of Mulberry Street and Houston Street in Manhattan. He left his wallet and jacket at the party and carried no identification or cash on his person when he vanished. He was drunk at the time of his disappearance and investigators believe he may have been assaulted and possibly struck on the head while walking that night. He may be suffering from amnesia as a result of his injuries.

    An employee at the Men's Shelter in the Bowery in New York City told authorities that a man resembling Todd's description was in the shelter's area days after Todd disappeared. The worker also stated that the individual had a meal at the shelter, while another witness said that the man was later seen washing car windows on a Greenwich Village street.

    Todd attended an international school in Geneva, Switzerland and is a 1981 graduate of Vassar College. He was a clergy student at Yale Divinity School at the time of his disappearance, and had passed the first round of qualifying exams for Presbyterian ordination. He had pre-registered for five courses for the spring semester, but he wasn't performing well academically and wasn't on track to graduate from Yale on time. Todd was interested in jazz music and in peace and justice issues in 1984, and he volunteered for several charities. He was born in New York City and lived all over the United States and in several foreign countries during his life, and he's described as streetwise. His case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    New York City Police Department
    The New York Daily News
    New York State Police
    California Attorney General's Office
    Yale University
    Sam Todd: Fugitive From God, Country and Yale
    The New York Times


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 4, 2014; picture added, clothing/jewelry description and details of disappearance updated.

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