Dean Merlin Lewis
Lewis, approximately 2003; Lewis's van
Date reported missing : 09/25/2003
Missing location (approx) :
Hamlin Beach State Park, New York
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 02/18/1961 (60)
Age at the time of disappearance: 42 years old
Height / Weight : 6'1, 175 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Lewis wore his hair in a ponytail when he was last seen. He wears eyeglasses.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Lewis was last seen on September 25, 2003, entering Hamlin Beach State Park in New York, driving his 1987 VolkswAge at the time of disappearance: n van. A photograph of the van is posted with this case summary. Lewis, who is from San Francisco, California, was traveling the east coast at the time of his disappearance. He stayed in campgrounds in state parks. He has never been heard from again.
On September 29, his van was found abandoned at Hamlin Beach State Park; the park authorities contacted police and reported Lewis's disappearance at this time.
Lewis enjoys doing extensive traveling and has lived in his van, which has a kitchen and sleeping area, for months at a time. He relies on a trust fund to support himself. His family says he kept to himself but it is uncharacteristic for him not to contact them for this long a time. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
New York State Police
September 2021 updates and sources
New York State Police
The Child Seek Network
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October 12, 2004. February 14, 2019; middle name added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : updated.