Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Marty Dean Small was 47 years old when he went missing on November 19, 1981 from the Coast Guard Cutter ‘Fir’ near Seattle, Washington. Marty Small was residing in the Psychiatric Ward at the Veteran’s Hospital in Seattle, Washington, due to being diagnosed as having ‘Maniac Depressive Disorder’, and having had experienced suicidal ideation. He had committed himself into the Veteran’s Administration Psychiatric program.
Mr. Small agreed to participate in a holiday cruise, sponsored by the VA hospital, with Elks Club members as chaperones.
There was inadequate supervision on board the Coast Guard Cutter ‘Fir’. Once the cutter docked back on Lake Union, the vessel’s starting point, and the patients had disembarked from the vessel, Marty Small could not be located, nor has he been seen since.
Marty Small’s wallet was located on board the vessel. The body of Marty Dean Small was never recovered from the Puget Sound or from Lake Union, where the holiday cruise had taken place. He has been considered to be ‘missing, presumed drowned’ and a death certificate was filed with the King County Coroner’s office, in 1989.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS Seattle)