Rosemary E. Hamilton Buck, age 20, went missing from Syracuse, New York on August 11, 1973.
Rosemary was last seen by her mother at Rosemary’s apartment at 1102 Wolf Street in Syracuse. According to her mother, Rosemary had been up most of the previous night crying. She was struggling with alcohol and a bad marriage, and was reportedly in danger of her young son being taken away by Child Protective Services.
She had been in a mental hospital at some point, and had been trying to get her life together at the time of her disappearance. On the morning of August 11, she’d told her mother that she was exhausted, and would run away if Child Protective Services continued to harass her. She’d asked her mother to please fight for Ronnie (her son) if this happened.
Later that day, her mother left, taking Rosemary’s young son with her. When they returned that evening, Rosemary was not there. Her family never saw or heard from her again.
A downstairs neighbor came forward and said that they had seen Rosemary hitchhiking on the corner of Wolf and 6th. The witness said that Rosemary got onto the back of a motorcycle.
A couple years after Rosemary’s disappearance, the wife of her brother, who lived in Texas, received a bizarre phone call. There were two females on the line, and they claimed to be calling from Cleveland. One of the women was heard telling the other, “Be careful what you say, don’t give your name.”
Rosemary’s sister-in-law told authorities that the caller appeared to know things about the family that only Rosemary would know. Strangely, there is no indication of what the caller wanted. I think that could be a huge clue.
I’m also curious to know, since it wasn’t specified, if the one of the women on the phone seemed to be ‘commanding’ the other, or if they seemed to be friendly with each other. Did Rosemary know anyone in Cleveland?
It’s been reported that Rosemary had told friends that she ‘eventually’ intended to go to Boston to meet a male friend. I’m not sure if ‘eventually’ would refer to ‘at some point in her life’ or if it meant that would be where she was trying to hitchhike to. There is also no mention of whether she took any belongings with her, which makes it difficult to conclude whether she likely did run away.
Rosemary is reported to have frequented The Yellow Balloon at the time of her disappearance. The Yellow Balloon was a music venue in Syracuse, but its name was changed to The Lost Horizon in 1971, two years before Rosemary’s disappearance. She also liked to travel to attend rock concerts.
Rosemary’s son is in his 40’s now and has only vague memories of his mother. He is eager to find out what happened to her, as are other family members.
I don’t see any UID’s that seem to match in New York, unless by chance she’d gone down toward New York City, but there’s no real reason to think she would have.