William Melvin Crawford
Crawford, approximately 1978
Date reported missing : 05/15/1978
Missing location (approx) :
Santa Cruz, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 02/08/1928 (93)
Age at the time of disappearance: 50 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 185 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A blue or black bathrobe and slippers.
Medical conditions : Crawford has an unspecified medical condition.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Crawford has a scar on his upper left arm and a scar near his left eye.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Crawford was last seen in Santa Cruz, California on May 15, 1978. He was staying at a convalescent home when he walked away from the facility and has never been heard from again. Few details are available in his case.
Other information and links : ncy
Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
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