Craig Allen Frear

Seventeen-year-old Craig Allen Frear was last seen on the 27th of June, 2004, in Scotia, New York. He had been visiting a friend who lived in the Cambridge Manor apartment complex in Scotia.

Craig was last seen at around 2:00pm that afternoon, walking into the nearby woods. It has also been reported that when Craig entered the woods, he put his finger up to his mouth and made an “sssh” gesture to two young children nearby. He told his friend that he was going to head back to his family’s home on Yorkshire Court, but he never arrived. It is also unclear as to why Craig decided to walk home as he had driven his own car to his friend’s apartment.

Craig’s mum reported him missing that evening when he didn’t return home, but the family didn’t want the case to go public immediately because they believed that Craig may have left on his own accord and they wanted to give him some time to work through whatever was bothering him.

Craig Frear. Credit: CBS News

His family learnt that Craig had lost his job at the Price Chopper Supermarket, and he had been pretending to work there for several weeks after he was fired. Craig had also lost his driver’s licence before he went missing, and he had never bothered to get a replacement.

Craig’s social security number has not been used since he has been missing, and he left behind his wallet and $40 in his bedroom.

The friend who Craig saw just minutes before walking into the woods said that Craig was upset about recently breaking up with his girlfriend, but that he showed no indication of wanting to run away or harm himself.

Craig and his mother also argued on the phone over the fact that Craig had lost his job, but he said that he would return home and he’d be there in 10 minutes – but he never made it.

The state police joined the search for Craig in 2006 but despite following over 400 leads, doing polygraph tests on his friends and family, conducting hundreds of interviews, and using cadaver dogs in the woods where he was last seen, there has been no trace of Craig whatsoever.

Investigators in Craig’s case don’t believe that he took his own life or left on his own accord. They believe that Craig may have become a victim of foul play. Craig’s family also believe that met with harm, but the circumstances leading up to and surrounding his disappearance remain uncertain.

Craig Frear. Credit: Times Union

In 2021 the police announced they were investigating a new lead in Craig’s disappearance. A former co-worker of Craig’s came forward and said that he believed he saw Craig in the passenger seat of a car that was driving north on Route 50 in Glenville, which is north of Scotia, sometime between the 27th of June and the 2nd of July 2004. The vehicle stopped at the traffic lights on Sheffield Road and then turned left.

The investigators are still working on trying to verify the lead.

At the time of his disappearance, Craig had just finished his junior year at Scotia-Glenville High School. He was the co-captain of the school’s soccer team, and several different colleges were interested in recruiting him for his athletic capabilities.

Craig was 5″11′ and weighed 190 pounds. He had red hair, brown eyes and dimples. He was last seen wearing a white long-sleeved t-shirt, blue jean shorts, white Adidas trainers with black stripes, and a yellow gold chain with a gold St.Christopher model attached to the chain.

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Craig’s missing poster. Credit: Disapperead Blog / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children


Unsolved, Missing, Missing Person, New York, 2004, True Crime, Mystery, Unsolved Cold Case, Craig Frear

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