Police have new lead in disappearance

Teenager may have been sighted after June 27, 2004

  • Albany Times Union - 28 Jun 2021 - By Pete Demola


Two State Police officers walk along railroad tracks as they take part in a search of an area off of Alplaus Avenue on April 23, 2014, in Glenville. State Police were in the area resuming the search for Craig Frear, who disappeared in 2004. Authorities say they are currently investigating a new lead into Frear’s disappearance.


Seventeen years after the disappearance of a local teenager, authorities are investigating a new lead they hope will help solve one of the village’s most painful mysteries.

Craig Frear disappeared June 27, 2004.


The last information police had was that the 17-year-old soccer player left his car and walked into the woods behind a friend’s apartment in the Cambridge Manor Apartments on Washington Avenue.


Now State Police are investigating another possible sighting between June 27 and when Frear was reported missing to authorities on July 2, 2004, police said on Sunday. Police released the details about the new tip on the anniversary of Frear’s disappearance, but it’s unclear when investigators received this most recent information — and why it hadn’t been revealed by the witness before. State Police said no one was available to comment further Sunday.


A co-worker believes he saw Frear in the passenger seat of a vehicle stopped at the traffic light at state Route 50 and Sheffield Road in Glenville during that time period, police said.

The vehicle was traveling north on state Route 50, stopped at the intersection and then turned left onto Sheffield Road, authorities said. The witness could not remember vehicle specifics.


State Police, who are the lead investigators, are attempting to determine the sighting’s validity and are asking anyone with more information to call 1-800448-3847 or send an email to crimetip@troopers.ny.gov.


Authorities have conducted nearly 70 searches for Frear, a junior at Scotia-glenville High School, over the years, typically in early spring or late fall when there is the least amount of snow and brush on the ground.


Just prior to his disappearance, Frear had just gotten off the phone with his mom, Veronica Frear, who asked him to come home after learning that he hadn’t shown up to his Price Chopper job for a few weeks.


As that call ended, Frear’s dad arrived at the complex and saw the teen’s car parked outside. Frear didn’t have much cash on him and his Social Security number has never been used. His family and friends had no reason to believe he’d take his own life or run away, though police haven’t been able to rule anything out. An accident or foul play are also among many working theories.


Investigators have sent troopers and police dogs out on foot to search the route Frear would have taken home, places he was known to frequent and the woods behind Cambridge Manor. They’ve also used divers and boats to examine local waterways.


Frear is a white male with red hair and brown eyes. He was 5 foot 11 inches tall and weighed approximately 190 pounds.


Veronica Frear could not immediately be reached for comment on Sunday about the State Police’s announcement concerning the new information.


“All the time, I think about it: What would he be doing?” Frear said in 2016. “The worst part is, for all of us, for his family, is we just miss him. Horribly.”

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