Patrick D. Merrill
Merrill, approximately 1987
Date and time person was reported missing : 04/06/1987
Missing location (approx) :
Plymouth, New Hampshire
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 21 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 145 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Red hair, blue eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Merrill was last seen on the campus of Plymouth State College in Plymouth, New Hampshire on April 6, 1987. He was a freshman at the college at the time. He has never been heard from again. Few details are available in his case, but foul play is suspected.
Other information and links : ncy
New Hampshire Cold Case Unit
September 2021 updates and sources
New Hampshire Department of Justice
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October 12, 2004. February 27, 2014; middle initial, Height / Weight : added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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