Thomas Hale Boggs Sr.

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Above Images: Boggs, circa 1972

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 16, 1972 from Alaska
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: February 15, 1914
  • Age: 58 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Boggs goes by his middle name, Hale.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Boggs, a Democrat, was the House Majority Leader in 1972. He was educated at Tulane University; he has degrees in journalism and law. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1941; at twenty-six years old, he was the youngest member of Congress at the time. Boggs lost an attempt at reelection and served in the Navy during World War II before making a political comeback, returning to Congress in 1946. He was reelected thirteen times before his disappearance.

    Boggs and his fellow Congressman Nicholas Begich were on a campaign fund-raising tour when they took a twin-engine Cessna 310 plane with the FAA registration number N1812H on a flight from Anchorage, Alaska to Juneau, Alaska. They were accompanied by the pilot, Don Jones, and Begich's aide, Russell L. Brown. Photographs and vital statistics for Brown are unavailable.

    Weather conditions along the route were not conducive to flying, and the plane disappeared near the Chugach mountain range somewhere in southeast Alaska. Despite a massive search lasting over a month, the men and the plane were never located. Although the circumstances indicate that Boggs, Begich, Brown and Jones perished in an accidental crash, their disappearances have been the subject of many conspiracy theories due to their positions. Rumors that the two Congressmen were assassinated have never been substantiated and their cases remain unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Alaska State Troopers
    907-269-5058

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    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    Check-Six
    Wikipedia
    NamUs

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 10, 2017; picture, height and weight added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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