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Title: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: BC Ident on November 30, 2008, 04:02:52 AM
William James Lawrence Hamilton

Also Known As: "Bill" Hamilton

 

Date of Disappearnce: 1959-60

Location of Disappearnce: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Birth Date: July 25, 1935

Age at Time of Disappearnce: 24 - 25 years old

Height & Weight at Time of Disappearnce: 6'2"

Description: Caucasian male, blue eyes, reddish blond wavy hair, slim build, fair skin. He wears eyeglasses.

Medical File


Medical Report: William wears eyeglasses. He had previously broken his leg while in senior high school but it is unknown at this time which one.

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Case Details

Hamilton disappeared after he rented a boat and went on a fishing trip. The RCMP later found the boat floating empty in the water. Hamilton did not attend his fathers funeral in August of 1960, and no family members have heard from him again.

Before his disappearnce, the last contact with his family was a letter to his wife. The return address on the enevelope read "General Delivery, Victoria, B.C."

A missing person report was made sometime after his disappearance, however the police do not keep missing person files that old.

It is believed Hamilton drowned but it is also believed he may have disappeared from his family to avoid being a burden on them. He was facing financial difficulty at the time and he had recently seperated from his wife who took custody of their children.


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Background Information

William James Lawrence Hamilton was raised on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia but later moved to Victoria where he attended and graduated the infamous foundation "Victoria High School" during the years 1950 - 53. While there he was a commentator for Victoria High's basketball home games and helped out behind-the-scenes in the school operettas.

During '53, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served with them until 1958. One of the bases William served on was RCAF Station Trenton in Trenton, Ontario (now Canadian Forces Base Trenton). He was also stationed in Toronto, Ontario.

He was married in July 1955 in Toronto, Ontario.

William is an avid sports fisherman and an experienced boater.

In November 1958, William and his family relocated from Trenton, Ontario to Victoria, British Columbia.

In May 1959, William worked on a commercial fishing boat that travelled up the west coast of British Columbia.
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, Hamilton, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: BC Ident on November 30, 2008, 04:03:37 AM
A website run by his daughter Deborah:

http://groups.msn.com/MissingPersonsPage/p...llhamilton.msnw (http://groups.msn.com/MissingPersonsPage/pg1billhamilton.msnw)



A beautiful touching Youtube video by Deborah about the search for her father William James Lawrence Hamilton:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbDkg-M5luw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbDkg-M5luw)

"Please view the following video about my missing father. Time is passing, people are getting older and time is ticking. I fear, after all these years, I may never find out the truth behind my fathers disappearance."

Deb
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: billsdaughter on July 08, 2009, 11:33:34 PM
Hello
Hello.  This is Deborah.  The video url has changed, it is now http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFN9S2xCO_M (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFN9S2xCO_M)
I had removed it, and given up my search, closed down  the sites and blogs I had going for him.
But after a while I felt it did no harm to keep the video up, giving up is no way to find out anything.  Just gets weary sometimes and seems futile.  But, it is back up now, please pass the link onto anyone at all, the more people see it, the better chance of learning something.

Thought for a few exciting days I may have found the answer.  Someone did contact me, who had been watching the video for some time, wondering if it was a Bill Hamilton she knew in a seniors home, who passed away.  She thought he looked like my father, and he was 6 ft 2 and had the same glasses and everything. Talking, we both really thought it could be the same Bill Hamilton.

Unfortunately, the fellows death certificate showed he was much older than Bill.  It was spooky the similarities though, the fishing, the mysterious past, no family, nobody knew where he was from.

Thank-you for posting this thread, and for anyone who takes the time to check the video out. 
I do not know what Bill would look like now, as opposed to how he looked back then, if he is alive somewhere.
Hoping still someone will see the video, who knew him at some point in his life, and make contact.
Any tidbits of information are of interest to me.  Everything I know of him is based on the past, as I was too young to have many memories.
I wish I knew what happened, if he did drown, if so, was it by accident?  Or something more sinister?
It is hard to only know he vanished, and nothing else.
It is Bill's birthday on July 25th.  If alive, he would be turning 74.

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Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: Sleuth on July 09, 2009, 12:04:11 AM
Such a long time has elapsed Deborah, and I admire your inner strength in not giving up on finding your father or what happened to him. To grow up with a missing father somewhere out there is, emotionally and mentally very hard. I wish you all the best in your search. Never give up!
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: billsdaughter on July 09, 2009, 12:09:13 AM
Thank-you. :)
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: billsdaughter on August 15, 2009, 09:18:58 PM
Just thought I'd check in.   :)
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: Sleuth on August 16, 2009, 01:16:11 AM
Hi Deborah! How are you? I have a question for you. Do you know the day and time when your father was last seen?
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: billsdaughter on August 17, 2009, 04:14:07 PM
Good Afternoon Sleuth
No, I don't even know the month for sure.  The last "evidence" I have of his whereabouts is a letter where my mother says he is on the fishing trip.  That was dated  August, 1958.
 But I know she received one letter from him afterwards.  She didn't keep it, and she cannot remember the date, but it was probably fairly shortly afterwards.
 He was declared" legally dead" in 1965, so she could re marry.
The military told me legally dead is only a legal term meaning he has not been seen or heard from in 5 years and they do not consider it the same as a death registration or certificate.  They are the ones who started me wondering, could he possibly be alive?
Although they also told me his records were undisturbed\bed for 40 years, until my inquiry.
An old timer in the area told me he had been seen fishing on the Frasier River by one of his uncles friends, also a rumor he had jumped off Vancouver's  Lionsgate Bridge.  But there is nothing to back it up, and the person who told the person who told me, is long time deceased.
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: billsdaughter on February 05, 2012, 03:46:44 AM
Hello.  Just thought I would stop in and say I have not found any new information. 
Yet!
I did make a facebook profile for Bill, hoping he or perhaps an old friend of his would do a search.


Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: Trouble445 on February 05, 2012, 09:11:24 AM
I watched the video that billsdaughter posted on Youtube and when I looked to the right side there is another Bill Hamilton on Youtube.
I sent billsdaughter a PM about the other Bill Hamilton who looks a lot like an older version of the one posted in the video.
He is a writer in Phoenix, AZ facial features are very similar, what do others think?

I did a google search and found he goes by William H. Hamilton III and also William F. Hamilton?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv1JpE3UMWU&feature=related

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2166967237052946387




Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: solvy on February 05, 2012, 01:56:26 PM
Trouble, I think anything is possible, and it's great that you sent a pm to daughter.  I hope she will let us know the outcome.
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: billsdaughter on February 05, 2012, 04:47:45 PM
Thanks so much for your message and for looking around for Bill.  Although I did e-mail that same Bill Hamilton that  you  have found, several years ago, it was not he himself who replied, but someone connected with the website I found the address on.  They assured me it was not the same guy.  However, I just sent off an e-mail to the email address on the page you linked me too.
I will let you know how it goes.
I realize if someone starts a new life, they may invent a past.   My father was Canadian, and this Bill Hamilton appears to be American.  But I don't think it hurts to overlook that and to ask anyways.
Thanks again, I appreciate your help! :)
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: Trouble445 on February 05, 2012, 11:02:32 PM
billsdaughter,
after watching the video's it appears that his past history that he gives in interviews starts at around 1958-1959 when he claims he joined the Airforce in USA. (other reports state it was 1961 to 65 time frame that he was in the Air Force (USAF Security Service.) His past history does seem strange and  murky.
Wasn't your Dad in Canadian Airforce prior to that?
In one interview he said in the 70's he lived in and ran a rooming house in Los Angeles CA and had a wife who has since passed away (Pamela Hamilton).
He did live at some point in Las Vegas I believe but the last address I found was Phoenix, AZ.
He claims he is William (?) Hamilton III? He does use several different middle initials, I saw H. and F. in his name at various points on his books?
Alien Magic  by William H. Hamilton III
Martians Among Us By William F. Hamilton III
I have found several photos of him over the years and the resemblance is uncanny. He does wear glasses and the same type of frames as shown in  your father's picture. He seems kinda out there with this UFO business and some have called him a fraud and scam artist on another website I read.
I don't know if this is the same guy but again the resemblance is there, also he would be around the right age as well.
Worth checking into further I suppose.
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: billsdaughter on February 06, 2012, 03:50:18 AM
Hello

Well, the e-mail I sent him bounced.
My father was in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1953-1958.
My mother said the his head was shaped very much like the actor Ted Danson, you know the fellow that played Sam Malone on Cheers?
I don't know how to make those pics smaller, sorry they are so big.
She said his head was that squarish shape.  He had blue eyes and curly reddish blond hair, I assume will be grey or white now.
Well, he is most likely dead, but I would like to know and I would like to know what happened. 
Thank-you for your interest.



Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: billsdaughter on January 06, 2013, 01:29:49 AM
Hello
Well, here it is, 2013.  I imagine that Bill never knew that there would someone wondering what happened to him, so many years later.
My brother did DNA testing for genealogy,  and we have a lot of matches.  5th cousins type of matches, and more distant.
I secretly was hoping this DNA  genealogy testing would produce a long lost, unknown sibling, or niece or nephew
Happy New Year everyone, may this year bring the answers  you seek.



Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: eyeswideopen on January 06, 2013, 09:35:17 AM
billsdaughter I was rechecking here to see if you had had any luck in locating your father.  May this new year bring you what your looking for in your search for you father.  All the best in 2013
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: SAP on January 06, 2013, 10:43:51 AM
Bill's daughter, the video is very touching. I hope this year is the year you will have some answers. :)
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: billsdaughter on January 06, 2013, 08:27:14 PM
Thank-you eyeswideopen and SAP. 
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: billsdaughter on April 27, 2013, 11:23:10 PM
Just thought I would say I have no new information.   I wish I knew...where is his body?    It is as if he did not exist.  It is pretty sad to have lived, married, had kids, and years later...it is as if he vanished. 
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: billsdaughter on October 12, 2014, 02:57:54 AM

Just thought I would say I have no new information.   I wish I knew...where is his body?    It is as if he did not exist.  It is pretty sad to have lived, married, had kids, and years later...it is as if he vanished.

Every once in a while I google his name, and tonight I landed here, and just re-read this thread. 
It struck me after  the above post.... my dad is....Dr Who!




Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: Concerned on October 12, 2014, 11:49:52 AM
Billsdaughter, I'm sorry you are still without answers and searching. It occurred to me that we may be able to tell what he may look like from pictures of his brothers, uncles or father at the age he would be today. Is there any pictures of the men in the family that may have resembled him then, and perhaps now? 
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: billsdaughter on October 12, 2014, 10:37:12 PM
Hi, and thanks for your post.  I am not actively searching for Bill now, just look once in a while.  Bill does have one living brother, but they did not look alike, his other brothers and father died long ago.  I have only seen two pictures of my grandfather, and  a couple of old snapshots of his brothers, when they were younger.   I did find an aging (morphing) program on the  web a few years ago,  and aged a picture of Bill, but he basically looked the same, but with silvery hair a a few lines.  Feel free to try with the pic of Bill I have up if you want to, it's ok with me.   Just google face aging program or morphing program, there are a few free ones.
Happy Thanksgiving! (in Canada)
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: billsdaughter on May 21, 2016, 12:14:49 AM
Still nothing. 
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: billsdaughter on March 03, 2018, 09:33:58 PM
Another ten years has passed since this thread was started. 
Bill would be 83 this summer, if he was/is alive.
I posted an ad on the BC kijiji and will keep it going for a while. 
Not sure if I should pack it in...I mean, the chance he is alive is probably pretty slim. 






Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: Sap1 on March 05, 2018, 01:08:53 AM
I am sorry you did not have any resolves as yet, Bill's daughter. 83 is still young these days if people stay healthy. One never knows what is around the next turn. Hugs and good thoughts there will be answers.
:(
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: jobo on March 05, 2018, 02:43:52 AM
True Sap1....I wish you could get some answers, billsdaughter.
You never know who is searching around the www.
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: billsdaughter on March 08, 2018, 04:03:51 AM
Thank-you Sap1 and jobo for your support.
Yes, it is true, you never know who is reading.
To anybody who is reading, if your family has not heard from you in years,write them a letter/postcard.
Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: billsdaughter on June 05, 2019, 10:37:57 PM
Hello all.  How are your searches and cases going?  Nothing to report abut Bill..  Hoping his body will be found while I am living, but to be safe, I put my dna data on gedmatch.  Just in case it can help identify him.
Keep smiling!

Title: Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
Post by: Concerned on June 09, 2019, 08:59:49 AM
Billsdaughter, I'm sorry you are going through this. But, why I'm writing this is to say, even when found we often really don't have answers as to how and why. I don't know if that makes any difference for you. Just thought I would share in case it would.

When I look at the details in this thread, one thing stands out. If Bill did escape to another life and leave all of you behind due to financial difficulties, a lot of time has passed. His financial difficulties should no longer be a burden or hinderance, or a legal issue, to him allowing you, his child, to have at least some peace in life. I would like to leave a message for your father in case he finds this thread: If you are out there, William "Bill" James Lawrence, what would it take at this time to lend some peace to your daughter? Set her free. That's some kind of love for your child to have for you to want to know if you need to be found, if she should keep searching. Give her at least that. Contact her and let her know. You can set boundaries, discuss that you have a new life now, or whatever is your concern. But, do one huge favor for mankind and give her something that can take away the need to keep searching. Set her free. Let her live her life, especially if you have been able to live yours. It's a tough pain to wonder if there is someone out there that needs to be found. Set her free. Let her move on.

The same can be said for any possible friend or connection that may also have answers. Choose to be humane, take the burden off your conscience, and let Bill's daughter gain peace.

And, billsdaughter, here's a few thoughts to offer to you on your search:

Hope this may help. I'm sorry that you are still searching. There is peace in knowing your loved one doesn't need to be found any longer. I hope you may have your answers soon. Good luck to you.