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Joseph J. Bichrest

Missing Person Case September 2021

Bichrest, approximately 1976

Date reported missing : 10/16/1976

Missing location (approx) :
Shirley, Maine
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Ethnicity :
Age at the time of disappearance: 34 years old
Height / Weight : 5'11, 200 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Bichrest had a full beard and mustache at the time of his disappearance.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Bichrest was last seen in Shirley, Maine on October 16, 1976. He disappeared with his blue and white Jeep, which had the Maine license plate number 550-212. He has never been heard from again and his Jeep was never recovered. Two days after his disappearance, one of his credit cards was used in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bichrest is originally from that city and moved to Maine a few years before he went missing.
Bichrest was in the process of a divorce and was having financial problems at the time of his disappearance. He was an attorney and was being investigated for tax evasion and theft. He had allegedly borrowed large amounts of money and passed bad checks on overdrawn accounts. He had become despondent and made threats to take his own life.
After Bichrest's disappearance, there were rumors that he was murdered and that he and his Jeep were dumped in a quarry in the Greenville area. His case remains unsolved.

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Maine State Police

September 2021 updates and sources

Maine State Police
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