John Dunwell Samen
Samen, approximately 2009
Date reported missing : 12/06/2009
Missing location (approx) :
South Boston, Virginia
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 24 years old
Height / Weight : 5'9, 165 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A red checkered coat with a hooded and blue jeans.
Medical conditions : Samen suffers from schizophrenia and takes medication for his condition.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Samen's hair was cut in a spikey style at the time of his disappearance, shorter than in the photos above, and he had no facial hair.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Samen lived in a group home for adults in South Boston, Virginia at the time of his disappearance. He was reported missing at 1:30 p.m. on December 6, 2009, after leaving the home on foot.
The last confirmed sighting of Samen was on north Main Street near College Street, but he may have been seen in the vicinity of Broad and Charles Streets that evening. In the days following his disappearance, he was possibly sighted on L.P. Bailey Highway, Route 501, headed north. He was also possibly in the Brookneal area.
Samen is interested in camping and outdoor survival and may have been walking or trying to catch a ride north after his disappearance. He has four brothers and three sisters; many of his relatives live in New York. His father died in 2014. Few details are available in his case.
Other information and links : ncy
South Boston Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Virginia State Police
The South Boston News & Record
Obituary for Samen's Father
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