NJ NJ - Steven Anderson, 17, & David Williams, 12, New Lisbon, 7 April 1975

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  1. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

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    Only two weeks prior to the boys going missing, and one state away, in Wheaton, Maryland 25 March 1975, two sisters, Sheila and Katherine Lyon went missing. They were apparently abducted in broad daylight from near a busy shopping center. (See their separate topic threads)

    The same day that the boys went missing, two eyewitnesses saw what they thought was a girl tied up in the back of a station wagon in Manassas, Virginia. Could there have been a connection between these cases?
     
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  2. JerseyGirl

    JerseyGirl Staff Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    Boys Who Disappeared From New Jersey Facility Added to FBI Missing Person Website

    Authorities say 12-year-old David Williams of Newark and 17-year-old Steven Anderson of Westville were roommates at what today is the New Lisbon Developmental Center. They had developmental disabilities and were unable to care for themselves without supervision.

    They were last seen on April 7, 1975. They were last seen walking towards their residence from a nearby ball field where they had been playing with staff members.

    An extensive search of the New Jersey Pinelands turned up nothing.

    Williams would be 55 years old and Anderson would be 60 these days.

    According to the FBI, Anderson had a chipped front tooth, was known to have trouble communicating, and was last seen wearing a blue hooded jacket and blue pants. He was 5-feet-8 and 140 pounds when he disappeared.

    Williams was an epileptic who needed to take daily medication, and generally wore a helmet to protect his head, the FBI said. Without the medication, he could have suffered a grand mal seizure. He was last seen wearing a blue jacket and striped pants.

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    https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/loc...ys-FBI-Missing-Persons-Website-453042243.html
     
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  3. 4SAM

    4SAM Kentucky - Texas - Kansas - Missouri

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    Where could they have gone??? Geez.
     
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    The disappearance here does not make sense, leading me to think it was a cover up for something else.

    was there anyone who actually saw them walking away?
    Was it just the staff members word that they had gone with them and then somehow disappeared? If so, how did they explain that happening? How many staff were involved and did any other resident go along for this outing?

    Many people with epilepsy do not have to wear a helmet, since it can be controlled with medication. Williams must have been a severe case where his was not controlled and so even with medication he would be likely to fall, that’s why it was necessary for him to wear the helmet.

    Even if they were labeled as lower functioning, that does not mean they were incapable of understanding and communicating things.
    Were they verbal? Were they possibly able to be a threat of reporting something?

    Did they have a close relationship where they were able to plan and orchestrate running away together? Even if they did, what would happen with Williams going without his medication? If they were so bad, they would most likely become unmanageable.

    Its always possible that they were abducted by a predator, but since they were supposed to be supervised by staff, I feel it’s more likely the danger came from the staff and not a stranger.
     
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    I wonder what the development is! Exciting! Maybe they found Williams helmet in that forest?

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    So pleased to see this case mentioned here on WS. My mother briefly (about two months) worked at New Lisbon in the early 1980's. I asked her years later why she left so quickly and she told me the staff at the school were horrible, the school itself was horrible and the residents were horrible treated. She couldn't stand to see the abuses taking place and the state refusing to do anything about it so she went to another facility.

    Besides these two boys who disappeared, there was another disappearance from the school. It was very common for sexual abuse between staff and residents to take place and even the residents were regularly caught having sex. The school itself was in a horrible state, it was in desperate need of repairs. All in all it was just a horrible place. Fortunately the state eventually addressed a lot of the problems with the center but that wasn't until the 90's. The school is still there and in operation.
     
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  11. DAnthrplgst

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    Staff saw them walking away from the baseball field back to their group home. Back then you had to walk along a trail that went through the woods to reach the homes.

    .[/QUOTE]Many people with epilepsy do not have to wear a helmet, since it can be controlled with medication. Williams must have been a severe case where his was not controlled and so even with medication he would be likely to fall, that’s why it was necessary for him to wear the helmet. .[/QUOTE]

    This was 1975, medication for epilepsy was still being developed, it wasn't as good as it is now. Williams was wearing a helmet not only because of the epilepsy but he was prone to have tantrums and bang his head.

    .[/QUOTE]Even if they were labeled as lower functioning, that does not mean they were incapable of understanding and communicating things.
    Were they verbal? Were they possibly able to be a threat of reporting something? .[/QUOTE]

    Yes, they were verbal but it's HIGHLY unlikely that even if they saw something untoward anyone would believe anything they had to say. New Lisbon was essentially abandoned by the state at the time, there were rampant abuses going on there. The state knew there were severe problems but they refused to do anything about it. Again, remember, this was 1975. LE didn't really pay attention to the word of "retarded" people or children, both were equally dismissed as being unreliable and too immature to be trustworthy. No one would have paid attention to anything the boys said.

    .[/QUOTE]Did they have a close relationship where they were able to plan and orchestrate running away together?.[/QUOTE]

    No, they lacked the intellectual sophistication to plan and orchestrate running away. Not to mention IF they did run away they would have been caught very quickly. New Lisbon was essentially in the middle of the woods. It still is today, it's a very small village that is relatively isolated. Theoretically they could have wandered off into the woods and gotten hopelessly lost and because of the vast area of woods they could have kept walking in their confusion, going further and further into the woods. But as soon as the boys were reported missing (which was that first day) there was a massive search conducted in the woods. If they were still in the woods, alive, they would have been found.

    .[/QUOTE] Even if they did, what would happen with Williams going without his medication? If they were so bad, they would most likely become unmanageable.

    .[/QUOTE]Its always possible that they were abducted by a predator, but since they were supposed to be supervised by staff, I feel it’s more likely the danger came from the staff and not a stranger.[/QUOTE]

    This is very unlikely. The staff was abusive and irresponsible but they were not killers.

    I know all of this information because my mother and one of her friends worked at New Lisbon (the friend worked there at the time of the disappearance) and I have their experiences and observations to rely on. I grew up near New Lisbon and I am very familiar with the area, both as it was then and as it is now.
     
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  12. Gardener1850

    Gardener1850 Well-Known Member

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    Bumping with Charley Project links:
    http://charleyproject.org/case/steven-eugene-anderson
    http://charleyproject.org/case/david-edward-williams
    [h=1]David Edward Williams[/h]
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    David, circa 1975; Age-progression to age 48 (circa 2010)



    • Missing Since 04/07/1975
    • Missing From New Lisbon, New Jersey
    • Classification Endangered Missing
    • Date of Birth 10/09/1962 (55)
    • Age 12 years old
    • Height and Weight 5'0, 113 pounds
    • Clothing/Jewelry Description A dark-colored polo shirt, a small blue corduroy jacket, striped pants and a protective seizure helmet.
    • Medical Conditions David is mentally disabled and has epileptic seizures. He is required to take daily medications, and he did not have his medicine with him when he vanished.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. David has previously fractured his left femur.



    [h=1]Steven Eugene Anderson[/h]
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    Steven, circa 1975; Age-progression to age 56 (circa 2013)



    • Missing Since 04/07/1975
    • Missing From New Lisbon, New Jersey
    • Classification Endangered Missing
    • Date of Birth 05/25/1957 (60)
    • Age 17 years old
    • Height and Weight 5'7 - 5'9, 141 pounds
    • Clothing/Jewelry Description A blue shirt, blue pants and a blue hooded jacket.
    • Medical Conditions Steven is moderately mentally disabled. He has trouble communicating and isn't capable of caring for himself.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel/blue eyes. Steven's upper front tooth was chipped at the time of his disappearance. He has chicken pox scars on his abdomen. He fractured his right clavicle as a child. Steven's nickname is Teeve.
     
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  13. amanda4374

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    The area they were searching is a town over from me. Mayetta Landing Road is one of those long roads that takes you through the marshland and out into Barnegat Bay. There are some homes on the road but also large sections of woods and tall marsh plants. It's not the type of place people can go walking through.

    There have not been any updates on the FBI search since December 2017. I wonder if they found any clues.
     
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