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Missing Nicholas Joseph Begich
Begich, circa 1972
Missing Since 10/16/1972
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 04/06/1932 (88)
Age 40 years old
Height and Weight 5'6 - 5'10, 150 - 175 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Begich's nickname is Nick.
Details of Disappearance Begich, a Democrat, was the U.S. Representative At-Large for Alaska in 1972. He had been born in Minnesota and had served in the Alaska state senate for eight years before joining Congress.
Weather conditions along the route were not conducive to flying, and the plane disappeared near the Chugach mountain range somewhere in southeast Alaska. Despite a massive search lasting over a month, the men and the plane were never located. Begich was reelected to a second term in the House of Representatives during the search; he was declared dead on December 29, 1972 and a special election was held to fill his place.
Although the circumstances indicate that Boggs, Begich, Brown and Jones perished in an accidental crash, their disappearances have been the subject of many conspiracy theories due to their positions. Rumors that the two Congressmen were assassinated have never been substantiated and their cases remain unsolved.
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