Newton Humphrey Whidden

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Above Images: Whidden, circa 2012


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 20, 2012 from Sarasota, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 8, 1927
  • Age: 85 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'9, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Gray hair, hazel eyes. Whidden has a large mole on the middle of his back, a large scar on his abdomen, and a scar on his thumb from when it was nearly severed. His right pinky finger has a tendon contraction and is bent as a result. He may use the nickname Newt or his initials, W.H. Whidden wears eyeglasses for reading.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A long-sleeved plaid button-down shirt, tan corduroy pants and suede sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Whidden was last seen at a pharmacy in the 4800 block of 10th Street in Sarasota, Florida on August 20, 2012. He left his cellular phone behind at the pharmacy and has never been heard from again. After his disappearance, his white 2000 Dodge Caravan, which has minor damage on the front bumper and the Florida license plate number A18-3XI, was found abandoned in a ditch in a rural area outside of Okeechobee, Florida, nearly 100 miles from Sarasota. An extensive search turned up no sign of him. Whidden's keys, wallet, checkbook and identification could not be located; he was evidently carrying them when he disappeared.

    Whidden was in good health at the time of his disappearance, although his daughter stated he sometimes became confused. He is described as a history buff and avid outdoorsman who may visit sites of historical interest. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service and, after his retirement in 1973, sold real estate. His case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Sarasota County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    The CUE Center for Missing Persons
    The Sarasota Herald-Tribune
    Project Jason


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 21, 2013; casefile added.

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