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02-06-2012, 03:29 PM
This man's disappearance has remained unsolved for 75 years.

Charles Gazzam Hurd, 32, Missing 18 Feb 1937 from New York City, NY

Charles Gazzam Hurd
Missing since February 18, 1937 from New York City, New York
Classification: Missing

Vital Statistics:

Date Of Birth: September 21, 1904
Age at Time of Disappearance: 32 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'10"; 180 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; blue-grey eyes.
Clothing: A gray overcoat, tan shoes and a gray fedora.
Dentals: Not available

Circumstances of Disappearance:

Charles G. Hurd, a member of a well-known New York family, vanished without a trace on February 18, 1937.

At the time, he was separated from his wife, and living at the Kenmore Hall Hotel, at 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue in New York City.

He was a Manager of the real estate and mortgage department of Dows Estates, Inc., 15 William Street, NY. Hurd had gone to work on February 18, 1937, and left at the close of business. He had dinner at a restaurant and night club on East 54th Street, leaving sometime before 21:00, after cashing a small check.

He was seen getting into his car, a Ford convertible coupe, New Jersey license plate I-E 65231, NJ. Around 21:00, he crashed his car into a pillar of an elevated railway structure at 3rd Avenue and 37th Street, but appeared to have suffered only minor injuries. He drove away, but was never seen or heard from again.


If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

New York Police Department
Missing Persons Bureau
Acting Cpt. John G. Stein

Source Information:

Amy Hurd Fetchko
The Doe Network: Case File 1775DMNY



Robin Hood
02-08-2012, 03:46 PM
From LDS, 1920 Census https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MJBP-5C9

Name: Charles Gazzan Hurd
Residence: , New York, New York
Estimated Birth Year: 1905
Age: 15
Birthplace: New York
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: Alabama
Film Number: 1821213
Digital Folder Number: 4313936
Image Number: 00735
Sheet Number: 16
Household Gender Age
Parent George Arthur Hurd M 50y
Parent Emily Gazzan Hurd F 43y
Arthur Walenethin Hurd M 21y
Katherine Hurd F 17y
Charles Gazzan Hurd M 15y
Clarissa Hurd F 15y
Margaret Conner F 42y
Rose Imhoff F 37y
Olga Olson F 26y

And 1930 Census https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X4NX-NW6

Name: Charles G Hurd
Event: Census
Event Date: 1930
Event Place: Summit, Union, New Jersey
Gender: Male
Age: 25
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Birthplace: New York
Estimated Birth Year: 1905
Immigration Year:
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Father's Birthplace: United States
Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
Enumeration District Number: 0154
Family Number: 336
Sheet Number and Letter: 15B
Line Number: 90
NARA Publication: T626, roll 1389
Film Number: 2341124
Digital Folder Number: 4662325
Image Number: 00949
Household Gender Age
Charles G Hurd M 25
Spouse Marie L Hurd F 22
Child Charles G Hurd M 1

Two things strike me, first the different spelling of 'Gassan' and the fact the news of the day carried very little about this prominent man going AWOL. I wonder if maybe the family reported it as a missing person but they didn't pursue it too much for one reason or another. IMO it should have been all over the news.
Just my opinion.

02-08-2012, 08:01 PM
"Gazzan" was most likely his mother's maiden name. Great information from the Census. I wonder what other information is available. Back in the 1930"s a lot of folks moved away for various reasons and seemed to "disappear".

Whole families packed up during the depression and Dust bowl days and moved.

This guy, however, seems to have come from a well-to-do family with the means to afford a serious search - or at least get his name in the papers.

Robin Hood
02-09-2012, 02:19 AM
Yes Richard, very much so, people were moving for work to feed their families but this guy was different.
He was working in the financial district, his car was top of the range and he was living from one of the most extravagant hotels in the area. The hotel was turned into private appartments (over 22 floors) during the 1990's.
I tried to find his family grave site but wasn't able to, I'm sure it should be quite large and opulent if the rest is anything to go by.
Surely a family with money would employ, at any cost the best folk to investigate and keep it in the news but it's strange they didn't.
If anybody can find his son there might be living relatives that either know what happened and/or can shed more light on it.

11-04-2014, 05:31 AM
If anyone is interested, this thread was started last year.


11-04-2014, 06:34 AM
Is this a picture of him for sale on EBay?


Graham Clayton
11-07-2014, 05:55 AM
This man's disappearance has remained unsolved for 75 years.
Around 21:00, he crashed his car into a pillar of an elevated railway structure at 3rd Avenue and 37th Street, but appeared to have suffered only minor injuries. He drove away, but was never seen or heard from again.

Seeing that he crashed his car into a solid structure, I would think that he wouldn't have travelled too far in a damaged vehicle. Could he have abandoned the car and disappeared while walking?

11-10-2014, 09:12 PM

Looks like the pillar and elevated railway structure he hit is long gone; I can't find it on this street view from any angle. ETA-He was about 3 or so blocks from the East River. I wonder if he became disoriented and drove right into it and drowned? Did the police or Coast Guard make a search of this area?