Flashback Friday: Charles Howard Bolter

This week’s Flashback Friday is Charles Howard Bolter, a 69-year-old man who disappeared from Waterford, California two days before Christmas in 1972. His car was found abandoned sometime after his disappearance with the keys still in the ignition, and this is the last sign of him.

Nine days before his disappearance, Bolter was robbed by three men who forced him to withdraw $30,000 from his bank accounts. (According to the Inflation Calculator, that’s the equivalent of about $165,000 in today’s money.) As far as I know, no suspects were ever arrested or identified. Although the robbery might suggest Bolter met with foul play — perhaps the perpetrators decided to silence him — his family thinks he may have taken his own life. If he did so, he certainly hid himself very well.

I don’t think we’re ever going to find out what happened to Charles Bolter. It’s been over forty years, after all. If he were still alive today he’d be 111 years old.