40th anniversary of boy’s disappearance in Alfred

Posted June 02, 2011, at 5:27 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is again asking the public for help in the case of a 3-year-old boy who vanished from outside his southern Maine home decades ago.

Officials say Douglas Chapman, of Alfred, disappeared 40 years ago Thursday from a sandbox in front of his family’s home in Alfred. The boy’s mother told police she was inside the house talking on the phone and that his father was at work.

The Alexandria, Va.-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has an age-progression photo on its website showing what the boy might look like as an adult.

Maine State Police say the case remains open, but there’s been no recent activity. Investigators say it’s believed the boy was a victim of foul play.

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