Missing since: 03/13/72
Missing from : New York City, New York.
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 05/09/51
Age at disappearance: 20
Weight: 158 lbs
Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Green eyes; brown hair. Chait had a mustache and a beard at the time he disappeared. He also wore eyeglasses.
Marks, Scars: Scars around his left eye.
Clothing: A winter jacket and a scarf.
Circumstances of Disappearance
Chait was a student at Columbia University in New York when he disappeared in 1972. He resided at Furnald Hall on the campus of Columbia, where he was last seen. He said goodbye to his roommate without giving any indication he intended to leave for an extended period of time.
His family describes his mood as being “heavy of heart” at the time of his disappearance.
Chait also worked at Mama Joy’s Delicatessen in New York City at the time of his disappearance.
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Age Progressed to 56 years old.
Biography of Steven Chait
Steven Chait disappeared from his dorm room at Columbia University, New York, N.Y., on the morning of March 13, 1972. He had been lying in bed, fully clothed, listening to Classical records and was, apparently, very heavy of heart. He arose from bed, turned his stereo off, put on his winter jacket, wrapped a scarf around his neck, poked his head into his dorm mate’s bedroom, said, “Take it slow,” and walked out.
He left behind all his personal possessions, including money that he earned at a part-time job, his passport, his books, etc.
The Steven of 25 years ago was a serious, deep, complex youth. He was also studious, but working part-time to defray his expenses at Columbia had taken away from his study time and caused him to change his major from that of initially engineering to pre-med, and then, to art history. He loved Classical music, principally Beethoven and Wagner. He loved paintings and he was a member of the N.Y. Metropolitan Museum of Art and The National Gallery in Washington, D.C.
He was a regular donor of blood to the Red Cross. He was a person interested in saving our environment and was a member of the Sierra Club. Steven was also a serious competitive relay runner. He won numerous medals in high school competitions and was an active member of the Columbia team. His high school coach and mentor remembers him well and speaks highly of his character and team spirit.
Steven was in excellent health at the time of his disappearance.
We, his parents, ask for an opportunity to bridge the gap of 25 years in familial love and harmony. And Steven has five nieces and nephews that want to meet their “Uncle Steven.”
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