Joseph David Helt
North American Missing Persons Network
Joseph David Helt

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Above Images: Helt, circa 1987 Right: AP to age 43

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 16, 1987 from Ellenville, Ulster County, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: July 18, 1969
  • Age: 17
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Strawberry Blonde
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Clothing: Camouflage jacket, t-shirt, long john shirt, grey hooded
    sweatshirt, white high top tennis shoes.
  • Agency Case Number: SJS#3009202;

  • Details of Disappearance
    Joe was out late at night partying with three acquaintances in the hamlet of Cragsmoor NY (just outside of Ellenville)
    when,according to these acquaintances their car got stuck in the ditch and they could not get it out. They say that Joe
    left to walk down the mountain (approx. 5 miles) to get help. Two of the three acquaintances left 20 minutes after Joe to
    walk to Ellenville and the third left some time later. It was discovered that Joe never made it home when his job called
    his mother to let her know that he never made it to work. A search of the mountain in Cragsmoor ensured, but 6 days later
    no trace of Joe was ever found. 24 years later Joe's family and friends are left with more questions than answers.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    NYS Police
    Investigator Thomas Fortuna
    (845) 626-2863

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