Full Name: Craig Frear
Birthdate: Nov 14, 1986
Missing Date: 06/27/04
Missing From: Scotia, Schenectady County, NY
Age Then: 17
Age Now: 26
Race: White Sex: Male
Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
Weight: 190 lbs Height: 5’11”
Clothing: Last seen wearing blue jeans, a short-sleeved white shirt, white (Adidas) sneakers with three black stripes
Jewelry: A gold chain with a St. Christopher medal
Other: Craig has dimples and may have a goatee.
Photo above shows what Craig Frear looked like at age 17. He was several months away from his 18th birthday. Below is an age progressed photo showing what Craig may look like as a young man in his twenties.
Craig Frear, a Scotia High School Student, went to visit his new girlfriend at her mother’s Cambridge Manor Apartment in Scotia on the afternoon of June 27, 2004. He had driven to the apartment complex in a vehicle but when he left, he was seen walking into a wooded area near railroad tracks.
He hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
According to Craig’s brother, Matthew Frear, “He was last seen walking towards railroad tracks, and…in the direction of our house. He was never seen again.”
As the day wore on, his family became worried and went looking for Craig: “We had walked back in those woods later that day probably about 5 o’clock to see if maybe he had tripped or anything such as that,” his mother said.
“When the sun started going down, and friends were calling back, and nobody knew where he was…I really started getting scared,” said Veronica Frear, Craig’s mother.
The police were called and a local search yielded no clues. It’s as if he walked off into thin air. NYSPD, as well as Craig’s family, don’t believe he ran away nor do they believe he committed suicide.
“As far as the police are concerned if he had committed suicide then they would have found him by now.” said Mrs. Frear.
In the Fall of 2008, Lt. John Agresta of the New York State Police told WRGB that police believe Craig “did not run away or that he’s harmed himself. We believe some kind of harm has come to him.”
“The day my son went missing is etched in my brain.” “I had spoken to him on the phone…he was at a friend’s house…and he said that he was on his way home,” said Veronica Frear, in a 2011 interview with Crimesider.
NYSPD investigator Gloria Coppola told Crimesider that on the day he disappeared, Craig had argued with his mother on the phone after his parents found out he had lost his job – which Craig failed to tell them. He told his mother he’d be home in 10 minutes but when he left his girlfriend’s apartment he walked away from where he’d parked his car. Coppola thinks Craig’s father may have been waiting for him at the car, and that Craig chose to walk in a different direction to avoid a confrontation.
It’s believed Craig wasn’t carrying any ID or form of identification, and nothing else belonging to him, including his clothing has turned up since that Summer day in 2004.
Craig’s parents have left his room untouched since his 2004 disappearance. He was a soccer player at Scotia High and in the photo you can see Veronica Frear looking at her missing sons possessions including a trophy he had won for his soccer achievements, Charleston chews, photos, a video game controller, a movie, and other typical items you would expect to see in a teenagers room. The Frear family hope that one day Craig will be able to come home.
A website, Missing Craig Frear, was set up to post articles and information on Craig’s disappearance.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
New York State Police – Princetown BCI
NYS Missing Persons Clearinghouse
1-800-346-3543 (Ex. 2)