David Scott Abramovitz
Morristown, New Jersey
David Abramovitz was 23 years old when he was last seen on May 3 of 2001 at his family home on Bickford Drive in Morristown New Jersey, near the Randolph border. David is a Caucasian male with brown hair and brown eyes, standing at 6’1” in height, and weighed 145-155 lbs at the time of his disappearance. He has a gap between his two front teeth, and his nickname is Dave. He wears a rope choker necklace.
He loves mountainous areas and rock climbing. He struggles with depression, and was suicidal at the time of his vanishing. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2000. He is a writer and an artist, and he previously worked with seeing-eye dogs at a place called “The Seeing Eye.”
After he was reported missing, police tracked David via his cellular records to find he had made or received calls in Burlington, Vermont. After that, his trail went cold. He had discussed a certain bridge over the Quechee Gorge in Quechee Gorge Village in Vermont prior to his disappearance.
David wrote a “depressing letter” to his best friend, and it was discovered that he gave away one of his paintings and some other personal belongings. He also emptied his bank account.
Authorities searched the Quechee Gorge several times, even using climbers to rappel down the gorge’s walls, but they did not recover any evidence.
A search of hospitals and shelters in the area produced no leads.
David’s family members have suggested he grew tired of the east coast lifestyle and he may have traveled west, possibly near Wyoming. His sister shared stories about the Western U.S with him prior to his disappearance. His relatives hope he left and began a new lifestyle somewhere and did not commit suicide.
David’s sister Stephanie is quoted saying, “We know his depression is what made him escape the area. He wanted to be off with animals and nature… it’s always the super good people that suffer from depression.” David tried antidepressants, but he did not like them because they stunted his desire to paint.
Three days after David was last seen was when his friend called the family to say he had received a “depressing letter.” David recently had visited him in California for a few weeks. David wrote about how much their friendship meant to him and what a great time he had on his visit. “I’m going away,” David wrote.
According to his sisters, David hinted at this to them around Passover in 2001, after he quit his job at The Seeing Eye. “I’m going on an adventure. I need to figure things out,” he told Stephanie.
(Left to Right- sister Jill, David, and sister Stephanie circa 1997.)
David is mostly remembered for being a free-spirited animal rights advocate. I highly recommend reading this article, as it provides more insight from his family. https://morristowngreen.com/2021/08/02/im-going-away-two-decades-later-a-family-from-morris-township-still-hopes-david-abramovitz-will-return/comment-page-1/
This case remains unsolved.
If you have any information about David, please contact the Morris Township Police Department at 973-539-0777