According to Robert Mark, because of his medical conditions and the length of time he had been missing, he very well could have looked disheveled, possibly even appearing to be homeless. He said that he may have left his contact lenses in too long causing his eyes to appear bloodshot. He also has an eye twitch and a condition that causes him to walk in a stiff manner. But both Robert Mark and police emphasized that the public should not be afraid to approach him; he needed emergency care. His family urged people to make contact with him, if they saw him. "Just walk up to him slowly and say, 'David, it looks like you need some help,' " said Robert.
Investigators determined that David Mark was last seen at the Boston Beerworks, near Fenway Park in Boston, MA. Police were led there by Mark's computer history, which showed he had looked up the bar before he left. Police were then able to verify through Mark's E-Z Pass records that he had been on the Massachusetts Turnpike heading into Boston.
A waitress at the bar said she remembered seing Mark in the bar early that afternoon and that he was in "good spirits."
A cell phone tower detected that Mark's phone was in use soon after leaving the bar.
Mark’s car was found later near the Brimmer & May School at 10 Middlesex Road in the Chestnut Hill area. The location of the car was about a mile from his sister’s home. Mark was nowhere to be found. His family has left a note on the car in the event that he returns.
Witnesses told police that the car had been in the same spot since Wednesday.
Mark had about $40 cash in his wallet, and his debt card has not been used since he left Albany.
David Mark had just completed a master's degree in geography and G.I.S. at the State University of New York at Albany. Mark’s father, Robert, said that his son is very familiar with Boston and might be using the MBTA, particularly the Green Line. David also received a BA summa cum laude from the university in 2009 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
On Mar. 8, 2011, the body of David Mark was found on the shore in East Boston by a consultant for a local Boston fishing company. The body was found on the shoreline near 498 Meridian Street, downstream from the Andrew McArdle Bridge, after apparently drifting along the river. Police said that there were no signs of trauma.
Facts of Interest
Name/age: David Mark, 24
Last seen: 3/2/11, Boston Beerworks, Boston, MA
Physical description: 5'5", 150 pounds, dark hair, some facial hair. Last seen wearing: black leather waist jacket, a tan knit shirt with no collar, and black and gray Adidas sneakers.
Recovered: 3/8/11, East Boston near 498 Meridian Street.
Notes: IDavid requires insulin, and will need an ambulance and emergency treatment.
Investigating Agency: Newton Police, 617-796-2100.
Published 3/7/11. Updated: 3/9/11, 3/18/11.