Richard Thomas Basgier
Basgier, approximately 1987; Basgier's boat
Date reported missing : 10/03/1987
Missing location (approx) :
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 33 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 170 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A blue jacket and brown or blue shorts.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Basgier has a scar on his forehead above his eye and a scar on his penis from an axe wound.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Basgier was last seen sailing off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virginia on October 3, 1987. He and a companion, Marc McDaniels, were headed towards the Chesapeake Light Tower in a bright green fifteen-foot Sea Eagle Trihull fishing boat with no cabin, a white 85-horsepower Johnson motor and the Virginia license plate number 2525K.
That day, a storm blew through the area, creating 10- to 12-foot waves. The two fishermen never returned to shore and their boat has never been located. A photo of the boat is posted with this case summary.
McDaniels was 27 years old at the time of his disappearance; photographs and additional information for him are unavailable. He and Basgier are presumed to be lost at sea.
Other information and links : ncy
Virginia Beach Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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October 12, 2004. August 12, 2019; Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
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