On February 26, 1981, 22-year-old William “Willie” Woolheater disappeared from the city of Albany.

Woolheater told his family he was taking a bus to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras and find employment as a cook.

Two or three days after leaving Albany, Woolheater called his mother and during the conversation his mother asked where he was and if he had made it to New Orleans. Willie never responded.

The investigation could not determine where Woolheater had called from, or if he had in fact made it to New Orleans. Further, it was never determined if Willie actually boarded a bus for New Orleans.

At the time Woolheater disappeared, he had been living in downtown Albany and working as a cook at The Sign of the Tree Restaurant. The restaurant, which is no longer in business, was located in the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

Woolheater was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was prescribed medication.