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Case File 4346DMNY

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Joseph David Helt
Missing since January 16, 1987 from Ellenville, Ulster County, New York
Classification: Endangered Missing


Vital Statistics


Circumstances of Disappearance
Joseph 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. NY 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.


Investigators
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

New York State Police
Troop F, Ellenville Station
Ellenville, NY
845-626-2800

Agency Case Number: SJS#3009202

NCMEC Number: NCMC1150362

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

Source Information:
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
NamUs


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