Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Douglas was last seen playing in a sand pile outside his parents' home in Alfred on June 2, 1971.
A search dog followed Douglas' scent from the home, down the driveway to the main road. The ensuing six-day search was one of the largest ever for a missing person in York County. It included about 3,000 volunteers, aircraft from the Navy and National Guard, and scuba divers. Officials even pumped local wells dry to look for the boy.
In 1993, the boy's father, Gary Chapman, successfuly pleaded with police to expand the investigation. He said police had been convinced Douglas had wandered off, died and would eventually be found, but Chapman wanted investigators to consider abduction.
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