Bryan Michael Hamel
Hamel, approximately 2018; Hamel's tattoos
Date reported missing : 02/21/2018
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 35 years old
Height / Weight : 6'1, 180 - 200 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Hamel has colorful tattoos covering his arms, chest and back. Photos of his tattoos are posted with this case summary.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Hamel was last seen in Erving, Massachusetts on February 21, 2018. He drove his vehicle to the French King Bridge, which spans the Connecticut River. He stopped and jumped over the rail. Police arrived at the scene within a few minutes, but by then Hamel had disappeared.
Extreme weather conditions at the time prevented the recovery of his remains, and authorities don't believe they will be able to find them.
Hamel was married at the time of his disappearance and had a son, and his wife was pregnant with their daughter. He was in his sixteenth year in the U.S. Navy, and his hobbies included fishing, photography, writing and traveling. He is presumed dead, but remains listed as a missing person as his body has not been found.
Other information and links : ncy
Massachusetts State Police
September 2021 updates and sources
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