03-29-2006, 12:39 AM #1Registered User
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ME - Douglas Chapman, 3, Alfred, 2 June 1971Missing Since: June 2, 1971 from Alfred, Maine
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: February 5, 1968
Age: 3 years old
Height and Weight: 3'0, 35 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Sandy brown hair, blue eyes. Chapman has a mole on his right shoulder.
Clothing Description: A red and blue plaid shirt, blue pants and loafers.
Details of DisappearanceChapman was last seen outside of his family's mobile home in Alfred, Maine on June 2, 1971. He was playing in a dirt pile or sandbox in his front yard and his mother was inside talking on the telephone. When she went out to check on her son, he was gone.
Chapman has never been heard from again. An extensive community search lasting several days turned up no sign of him. The area around Chapman's home is heavily wooded, brushy, and swampy. Authorities originally believed he wandered away and became lost; however, this possibility is now deemed unlikely since he was never located.
Police tracker dogs traced Chapman's scent through a field, past an apple orchard onto a farm, and down the driveway to the main road. The scent apparently stopped there; Chapman's father believes he may have been placed in a vehicle at that location. Chapman's dog did not bark when the child disappeared, something his mother finds odd as the two were very close. Chapman's case was reopened in 1993 at the request of his father. His parents are now divorced. His case is unsolved.
02-05-2012, 12:09 PM #2
Kennebec Journal, Feb. 5 2012
Article includes age-progression side-by-side poster
Still missing: Parents never give up when children disappear
"Four years before Kurt Newton disappeared, Douglas Charles Chapman was last seen playing in a sand pile outside his parents home in Alfred on June 2, 1971.
He was 3 at the time. Today, he would be 43.
A search dog followed Douglas' scent from the home, "through a field, past an apple orchard onto a farm, and down the driveway to the main road," according to the Charley Project.
The ensuing six-day search was one of the largest ever for a missing person in York County, according a 1993 Associated Press story. It included about 3,000 volunteers, aircraft from the Navy and National Guard, and scuba divers.
Officials even pumped local wells dry to look for the boy, the story reported.
In 1993, the boy's father, Gary Chapman, successfully pleaded with police to deepen the investigation.
He said police had been convinced Douglas had wandered off, died and would eventually be found, but Chapman wanted investigators to consider abduction.
The boy's parents are divorced. His mother, Carole Allen, moved to New York, and his father to Waterboro. Neither could be reached for comment."You can hold back from the suffering of the world. You have free permission to do so and it is in accordance with your nature.
But perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could have avoided.
Be not simply good. Be good for something.
12-13-2012, 07:35 PM #3
by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 13, 2012 5:24 PM
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 1,000 children are reported missing each year in Maine. The vast majority are quickly reunited with loved ones, often within hours. Over 40 years, only three missing-person cases involving young children remain unsolved.
Three-year-old Doug Chapman was last seen playing with his toy trucks in a sand pile behind his family's home in 1971 in Alfred. When his mother went outside to check on him, he had vanished. Road workers nearby didn't see anything. Two bloodhounds tracked his scent to the road.
05-26-2013, 10:00 PM #4Former Member
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Since 1971, seven Maine children reported missing have not been found
Chapman was last seen playing by a sandpile about 25 yards from his home in Alfred while his mother was inside on the phone and his father was at work, according to a Maine State Police website dedicated to missing Mainers.
06-02-2015, 04:39 AM #5Registered User
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06-02-2016, 12:41 AM #6Registered User
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Disappearance of Alfred boy in 70's still affecting family
Gore Road in Alfred is such a peaceful place for something so terrifying to have happened here.
On June 2, 1971 three-year-old Douglas Chapman was playing in the sand pile just 25 yards in front of his house.
Doug's dad Gary says it's a tough thing to live with. " It's always there and never goes away. There is no closure."With the help of lie detector tests McDonough eliminated family members a suspects.
But with nobody, and no leads, the case is cold.
Gary Chapman is still hoping that even after all these years, someone will come forward with some piece of information that can bring him some peace.
06-02-2016, 08:08 AM #7
This case has always haunted me. It sounds like he wandered off and got picked up on the road by someone. It bothered me that the mum was inside on the phone while he was outside by himself, but I really can't judge. My mum used to do the same thing, and it's only by sheer luck that we all made it to adulthood.
In this video, they hint of someone in the neighborhood who may have been a pedophile, but they don't mention any names or that they searched near where that person lived. That was new information to me.All you need is love and. . . .(fill in the blank)
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