Lewis Barrett Welch
North American Missing Persons Network
Lewis Barrett Welch

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 23, 1971 from Nevada City, Nevada County, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 16, 1926
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Red; graying
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Clothing: "Frisco" jeans and a denim jacket, boots.
  • AKA: Lew
  • Case Number: 121571

  • Details of Disappearance
    Lew Welch was last seen around Nevada City, California on May 23, 1971. On that date, he was staying with fellow poet, Gary Snyder, at Gary's house. Welch walked out of Snyder's house, leaving behind a suicide note, into the mountains carrying a . 22 handgun that he took from the footlocker of Snyder's. His body was never found.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Nevada County Sheriff's Department
    (530) 265-7880

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