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    NY - Steven N. Chait, 20, New York City, 13 March 1972

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    http://charleyproject.org/cases/c/chait_steven.html

    Okay, I went to school with a kid named Steven Chait in Delaware. He was pretty much my best friend in highschool. I hung out at his house all the time, but never recall seeing his father - and I know he lived with his father. His father travelled a lot for work. I just had to go through my yearbook and found the boy's picture. I can't locate the younger Steve Chait's address or phone number, as we have went our separate ways when I graduated. I"m going to e-mail my mom to see if she remembers meeting his father and send this "missing" picture to her...

    The year of when this Steve went missing would add up to the age of the younger Steve. Is this just a coincidence? I don't want to waste LE's time or get family's hopes up, because it just seems too obvious.

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    I'm surprised that there hasn't been an older thread about him... He's been on the list for so long... with an interesting story.
    Here's a recent article about him: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/12/ny...gewanted=print

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohwell1971 View Post
    Link to Steven Chait

    http://charleyproject.org/cases/c/chait_steven.html

    Okay, I went to school with a kid named Steven Chait in Delaware.
    The NYT article (link posted by audrey77) says that the missing Steven Chait was from Queens, not Delaware.

    Did the pic at Charley Project look anything like your friend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoppyfrog View Post
    The NYT article (link posted by audrey77) says that the missing Steven Chait was from Queens, not Delaware.

    Did the pic at Charley Project look anything like your friend?
    Yeah, the Steven Chait that is missing is from NY, but whats the likeliness he just moved somewhere else and had a family? The Steven Chait I'm talking about could "potentially" be a child of the missing Steven Chait. That's what I"m thinking anyway.

    I e-mailed my mom to see if she remembers meeting my "teenaged" friend Steven Chait's dad...

    The timeline of the NY Steven Chait missing and the kid Steven Chait I went to school with match - with the NY Steven being a potential "father" of the kid I know. I'm 36 and the Steve I went to school with would probably be 34 - I have had this sneaky suspicion that I know this guy, as the father...

    I'm sorry, I can't seem to word this correctly.

    I am not good at looking at a yearbook picture (of my friend Steve) and the picture of the NY Steve and saying "they look exactly alike"...They have some similarities, but the nose on my friend is a little bigger than the NY Steve.
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    Now I understand what you mean. You worded it just fine.

    Hoppy

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    Delaware is pretty easy to get to from NYC as well... You could take a train if you wanted to.

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    That's what I thought. To add to the mystery, the young Steven Chait's house was always filled with artwork...him and his father were art (architectural) lovers to the fullest.

    Oh yeah, checked with my Mom, she never met his dad... I was hoping she did and could verify the picture. I'll keep hoping to catch up with the Steve Chait from highschool - maybe he'll contact me & I can ask him about his dad. I'm so bothered that I can't remember the family pictures at his house.

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    Let's see if I am following you. You went to highschool in Delaware with a young man named StevenJr. He was named after his dad, Steven#1. You have now come across a photo of a missing man, who you suspect to be Steven#1. Steven#1 went missing from New York City as a college student back in 1972. You are thinking that perhaps after this disappearance, Steven#1 moved to Delaware, married and had a child named StevenJr. who would grow up to go to highschool with you.

    Now, if I've got this right, you have presented us with one interesting scenario. I noticed that the mother received several phone calls during the first five years after Steven#1's disappearance which leads some credibility to the possibility he disappeared voluntarily, and did not commit suicide. SEcondly, the father of StevenJr. seems to have had similar interests to those listed for the missing Steven#1. Also, you have mentioned that the timeline is a good match for the missing Steven#1 to have fathered StevenJr. during a subsequent marriage.

    Something that occurs to me is that if StevenJr's dad IS the same Steven as the one in the missing poster, then he is using his real name and therefore, I would think it is safe to believe he would be using his real social security.

    Do you know for certain that the father of StevenJr. has moved away from Delaware? Because if he's still in the old house, it will be easy to just report your suspicions to LE and they can check the SSN. If he's moved away, you'll need to do a little search for him. I know you have stated that you cannot trace StevenJr. Have you tried Zaba search.....web address is http://www.zabasearch.com/ Another possibility is people search....web address http://pipl.com/ These two will be a good easy starting place.

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    kgeaux....yes, exactly...that's the way I should have worded it Thank you so much! I'm not sure if he moved away - he always loved Keith Haring and was sure he was going to live in NY one day (yeah, that's strange).

    If he's still using his same SS#, then technically he's not missing, and LE or PI's haven't really searched, have they? What's the possibility that he kept his name and lost his SSN or just wanted a new one? Strange - I doubt that happens, but its a thought, no less.

    I'll check both of those sites out, very good information and it is much appreciated. Thank you!!!

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    This is a link from a google search, and I think the age progressed photo looks different (as this one appears with no facial hair). The link has Steven's (dob 1951) SSN on it, so if he actually walked away from everything and is alive, wouldn't he have had to have a new SSN# issued? And the biography on this page also notes that Steven had/has 5 nieces and nephews who wish to meet their "Uncle Steve", is it possible that your friend may have been named after his uncle? There is an email address at the link, I don't know if it works, but maybe an inquiry could be sent there?

    http://www.orangetourism.org/~chait/index.html

    Sometimes if I use veromi.net I can find names (there are a couple of Steven Chaits on there) and then I use zabasearch.com (Several Steven Chaits on there as well) to see if I can get an address/phone number for a specific person I am looking for. (I was only actively searching for a couple of relatives that I found this way, so maybe it was dumb luck that I had success.)


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    Well, I found the Steven I went to school with on people search - he is the only Steven Chait that has been in Delaware and is around my age. His middle name is Mark....this would not make him a Jr. as the missing Steven's middle initial is "N".

    I'll try using that e-mail address that is on that orangetourism site and have them look at this site - to see if anything sounds familiar. Then at least I"d know that they aren't (or are) related.

    Thanks for all the help...you guys?gals? know your stuff

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    I hope he doesn't get pissed at you... It's kind of a weird out-of-the-blue question that might offend him FYI

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    I've thought of that audrey77, but the young Steve Chait is (was) very eccentric...nothing shocked him, but of course that was 20 years ago...lol!

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    The orangetourism e-mail address works!! I received an e-mail back and they are going to pass the information on. I gave them the link to this forum. They are pleased to see that there is something like this out there. Maybe it will relieve some of the stress the family feels by knowing that he is not forgotten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohwell1971 View Post
    kgeaux....yes, exactly...that's the way I should have worded it Thank you so much! I'm not sure if he moved away - he always loved Keith Haring and was sure he was going to live in NY one day (yeah, that's strange).

    If he's still using his same SS#, then technically he's not missing, and LE or PI's haven't really searched, have they? What's the possibility that he kept his name and lost his SSN or just wanted a new one? Strange - I doubt that happens, but its a thought, no less.

    I'll check both of those sites out, very good information and it is much appreciated. Thank you!!!

    I guess if it is the same Steven Chait, and he is using his real social security number, then he is "technically" missing on purpose.......we had a case recently on websleuths where a young woman had gone missing years ago and was found gainfully employed--she wanted no contact with the family she'd left behind. But I betcha that left behind family was happy, happy, happy to find out she wasn't dead in a ditch somewhere. If this man is voluntarily missing, he still has a "former" family who would likely be comforted to know he is ok. If it's a different man, there's no harm done!

    I've read through the thread and see you've sent an email! I hope you hear back quickly. Just speaking for myself, I would not be angry at all if someone contacted me to check on a family member, and I'm thinking StevenJr won't mind either. He might be intrigued, in fact!

    Quote Originally Posted by Boyz_Mum View Post
    This is a link from a google search, and I think the age progressed photo looks different (as this one appears with no facial hair). The link has Steven's (dob 1951) SSN on it, so if he actually walked away from everything and is alive, wouldn't he have had to have a new SSN# issued? And the biography on this page also notes that Steven had/has 5 nieces and nephews who wish to meet their "Uncle Steve", is it possible that your friend may have been named after his uncle? There is an email address at the link, I don't know if it works, but maybe an inquiry could be sent there?

    http://www.orangetourism.org/~chait/index.html



    Sometimes if I use veromi.net I can find names (there are a couple of Steven Chaits on there) and then I use zabasearch.com (Several Steven Chaits on there as well) to see if I can get an address/phone number for a specific person I am looking for. (I was only actively searching for a couple of relatives that I found this way, so maybe it was dumb luck that I had success.)

    Cool! I didn't know about veromi.net I'm adding it to my resource list right now.

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