More than 100 Orthodox Jews, many dressed in black felt hats and long coats, conducted a building-by-building search of the diamond district yesterday for a 25-year-old diamond broker who disappeared there last week while carrying a wallet containing between $100,000 and $1 million in gems.
Sergeant Howard Russell of the Missing Persons Bureau praised the work of the search crews. “You can’t conduct an investigation unless you have an open mind. Especially since we still have no concrete evidence of any sort.”
excerpt from NYT 9/26/77