Left and Center: Woolheater, circa 1979; Right: Woolheater, circa 1980
Name: William Frederick Woolheater
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: February 26, 1981
Location Last Seen: Selkirk, Albany County, New York
Date of Birth: June 6, 1958
Age: 22 years old
Weight: 150-200 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: A scar on his left middle finger. Scars from facial lacerations due to a car accident. A healed fracture of his right ankle. Previously fractured his nose. Wears eyeglasses. Manic-depressive and requires medication. He has been institutionalized before for manic-depression and having nervous breakdowns.
Jewelry: Turquoise men's ring
Additional Personal Items: Glasses
William Frederick Woolheater was last seen getting on a bus enroute to New Orleans, Louisiana. He told his mother he was going 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.
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.
Prior to his disappearance, Woolheater worked as a cook at the upscale eatery Sign of the Tree restaurant at the Empire State Plaza. He lived on Western Avenue in Albany with his younger brother.
Agency Name: New York State Police - New Scotland
Agency Contact Person: Kevin Bouyea
Agency Phone Number: 518-768-8161
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 92-109
NCIC Case Number: M001855806
NamUs Case Number: 5544
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Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 2/7/16
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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.