The Disappearance of Douglas Legg

By Elise Haley AKA Crime Shark

Eight year old Douglas “Dougie” Legg.

Douglas Legg, also known as “Dougie,” disappeared when he was 8 years old near Newcomb, NY in the Adirondack Mountains.  Legg was a grandson of the Melvin family that owned the Santanoni Estate (now known as the Santanoni Preserve).

Saturday afternoon on July 10, 1971, Dougie was going on a hike with his uncle.  Due to the risk of poison ivy, Dougie’s uncle sent him back to the camp to change from shorts into pants.   They were about a half mile away from the camp when Dougie turned to go back. Dougie was last seen by his older brother and cousin about 50-60 yards from the main lodge.  He never met back up with his uncle, and he was never seen from or heard from again.

Although only 8 at the time of his disappearance, Dougie was familiar with the hiking trails and according to an article was a “mini woodsman.”

His disappearance sparked a massive search of the area, mostly funded by his very wealthy family. Almost 1,000 volunteers searched for Dougie as well as planes equipped with heat-detecting infrared FLIR.  All search efforts were unsuccessful. The New York State police called off the search after six weeks.

It is still unknown if Dougie simply wandered off and was lost, succumbing to the elements, or if foul play was involved.

If you or anyone you know has any information regarding the disappearance or whereabouts of Douglas Legg, please contact the New York State Police at 518-897-2044.

Sources and Additional Reading:

Strange Outdoors

The Charley Project

The Post-Star

The Doe Network


The New York Times

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