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Donald Nelson DeVinney

Missing Person Case September 2021

Donald, approximately 1975

Date reported missing : 04/18/1975

Missing location (approx) :
Wolcott, New York
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
Ethnicity :
Age at the time of disappearance: 16 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 130 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Donald was last seen in Wolcott, New York on April 18, 1975. He lived with foster parents on Younglove Road. He and his stepbrother had been fishing at the Red Lake inlet off Larkin Road when Donald decided to go canoeing in their seventeen-foot yellow fiberglass canoe. He left at 7:00 p.m. and was seen on the horizon, heading out onto Lake Ontario, at 7:30.
The canoe was later seen floating, empty, on the lake, and three days later, it washed ashore in Jefferson County, New York. The lake water temperature was 39 degrees on the day of Donald's disappearance, and the canoe wasn't equipped with life jackets or other survival equipment. He is presumed to have drowned, but his body has never been located in spite of an extensive search.

Other information and links : ncy

Wayne County Sheriff's Office

September 2021 updates and sources

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