William Martin Vosseler

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Left: William circa 1986;
Right: Age-progression to age 32 (circa 2016)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 9, 1986 from Rochester, New Hampshire
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: April 21, 1984
  • Age: 2 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'0, 36 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. William may use the last names Amidon, Foster and/or Wilson. His nickname is Billy.
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    Details of Disappearance

    William and his brother Charles disappeared from Rochester, New Hampshire on October 9, 1986. They were abducted by their non-custodial father, Charles Martin Vosseler Jr. A photograph and vital statistics for Charles Martin are posted below this case summary. A federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was issued for him on April 3, 1987. The state of New Hampshire issued warrants for him earlier, on February 5, 1987, for interference of custody.

    Charles Martin told the boys' mother, Ruth Parker, that he was taking the children out of state for the weekend to visit relatives. After they didn't return, she went to the real estate office where Charles Martin worked and discovered he'd shut down the office and let all his employees go. He'd taken all of Charles and William's photographs as well as address books and credit cards and many of Parker's belongings, emptied the family bank accounts and auctioned off a lot of things the family had in storage. The only photos of Charles and William that remain are stills taken from a video of a friend's birthday party.

    Parker later determined that Charles Martin had been planning the abduction for a long time. He had removed her name from their joint checking accounts and stopped the automatic payments to her car, so that by the time of the abduction she was months behind in payments and her car was about to be repossessed and she didn't know about it. Charles Martin had been married twice before and, when he divorced his first wife, told her she was lucky they had no children because he would have taken them. A private investigator who has worked on the case believes Charles Martin deliberately selected Parker to bear his children because of her good background and high intelligence, but he planned to keep the children for himself.

    The Vosselers may be traveling in a 1979 GMC Jimmy truck with the Nebraska license plate number 2R6093 or the Virginia license plate number IBV565. Charles Martin has ties to Connecticut, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Florida. In Stillwell, Oklahoma in 1987, a woman he was seeing recognized the boys' photos on a missing child poster and called a hotline about it. Charles Martin was using the name Dr. Charles Wilson. By the time authorities arrived to arrest him nine days later, he had burned his house, his car and some other possessions and fled. He was known to have been in Oklahoma in December 2006, but there has been no indication of his, Charles or William's whereabouts since then.

    Parker now lives in North Carolina and still hopes to hear from her children someday and verify their well-being. Charles Martin is considered armed and dangerous, and caution is advised when approaching him or either of the boys. The children's cases remain unsolved.


    Charles Martin Vosseler Jr.
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    Left: Charles Martin Vosseler Jr.;
    Center and Right: Age-progression to age 68 (circa 2010)

    Date of Birth: March 6, 1942
    Age: 44 years old
    Height and Weight: 6'1, 220 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Charles Martin's nickname is Charlie. He may use the middle names Malcom and/or Martin, or the last names Amidon, Foster and/or Wilson. He may use the alias dates of birth March 6, 1943 and/or February 6, 1944. Charles Martin may wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. His right eye twitches when he is stressed. He was born and raised in Connecticut, graduated from Coe College in Iowa with a bachelor's degree in economics.


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


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    For the Lost
    Never Stop Looking
    The Bangor Daily News


    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 15, 2016; age-progression updated.

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