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Joseph David Helt
Joseph David Helt
Joseph David Helt
Joseph David Helt
Joseph David Helt, age-progressed to 43 years
- Circa 1987 -
Age-progressed to 43 years

MISSING since January 16, 1987 from Ellenville, New York

Police Case #SJS3009202
NCMEC Case #NCMC1150362

Classification:
Endangered Missing
Hair Color:
Blonde
Age Missing:
17
Eye Color:
Brown
Gender:
Male
Height:
5'9"
Race:
Caucasian
Weight:
150 lbs.
Date of Birth:
July 18, 1969
Alias/Nickname:
Joe

Identifying Characteristics:
A camouflage jacket, a t-shirt, a long sleeve thermal shirt, a grey hooded sweatshirt, and white high-top tennis shoes.
Circumstances of Disappearance:
Unknown. Helt was last seen on January 16, 1987, hiking near Sam's Point ice caves in Ellenville, New York. Joe was partying that night with several friends at the derelict Mount Cathalia Lodge. In the early hours of Saturday morning, Joe and four acquaintances went for a joyride in the area near the Sam's Point Ice Caves. The car apparently got stuck in a ditch, but the four young men were unable to push it out. After some minutes, Joe lost his patience and decided to walk the approximate five miles back down to the village. Joe apparently never made it off the mountain, as this was the last time he was seen. Joe didn't show up for his shift at the Auction Barn in Napanoch the next day. Over the following days, searchers combed the area around Sam's Point. New York State Forest Rangers, state police helicopters, and tracking dogs were brought in to no avail. In fact, no apparent trace of Joe has ever been found, and his case remains unsolved.
Investigating Agency/Contact:

New York State Police: 1-845-626-2800
Or
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678

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