David Robert Sampson

Above: Sampson, circa 1977


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 1, 1977 from Seattle, Washington
  • Classification: Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 17, 1955
  • Age: 21 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Sampson has small moles on his chin and upper lip.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A dark blue or green ski jacket, blue jeans and hiking boots.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Sampson was last seen in Seattle, Washington on March 1, 1977. Prior to his disappearance he exhibited personality changes; he may have undergone a religious conversion. He left abruptly, carrying a packboard with a green pack, a light blue sleeping bag, a Bible and other religious materials, and extensive survival gear, but no money or identification. He has never been heard from again.

    Sampson was born in the Bakersfield, California area. He was a student at the University of Washington in 1977. His interests included botany, hiking and environmental issues. His case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    King County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Whereabouts Still Unknown
    Washington State Missing Persons Search


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 8, 2017; date of birth added.

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