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Case File 39DMNY

Left and Center: Woolheater, circa 1979; Right: Woolheater, circa 1980

William Frederick Woolheater
Missing since February 26, 1981 from Albany, Albany County, New York.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: June 6, 1958
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 22 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 6'1; 150 - 200 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; brown eyes.
  • Marks, Scars, Tattoos: Woolheater has facial scars from an automobile accident and also has a healed fracture of his right ankle. He also has a scar on his left middle finger and has previously fractured his nose. He wears eyeglasses.
  • Jewelry: Turquoise mens ring
  • Medical Conditions: Woolheater is manic-depressive and requires medication. He has been institutionalized before for manic-depression and having nervous breakdowns.
  • Dentals: Available
  • DNA: Available
  • Fingerprints: Available

Circumstances of Disappearance
Woolheater left his Albany, NY home on February 26 in 1981. He told his mother he was taking a bus to New Orleans, Louisiana for the annual Mardi Gras celebration and to look for a job as a cook. Although relatives received a phone call from Woolheater saying he arrived in New Orleans, it is unknown if he actually arrived.
Before disappearing, Woolheater worked as a cook at the Sign of the Tree restaurant, an upscale eatery at the Empire State Plaza, and lived on Western Avenue in Albany with his younger brother.
Woolheater has never been seen or heard from again.
Several months before he disappeared he traveled to Long Beach, California, where a relative lived. While there he was arrested for walking in traffic while intoxicated.

If you have any information on this case, please contact:
New York State Police
Troop G
New Scotland Station


Agency Case Number: 92-109

NCIC Number:
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information: New York State Police Department
The Times Union


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