Saratoga County wife hoping husband will be found four years after vanishing

Mark Mulholland
Updated: November 22, 2019 05:26 PM
Created: November 20, 2019 05:23 PM

SARATOGA - Ruth Drumm has been searching for her husband for four years.

"I'm searching but I have no, I don't know where to look," said Drumm Wednesday afternoon.


Frederick "Fritz" Drumm, a former Saratoga Town Board member, was 68-years-old when he disappeared November 24, 2015.

He was last seen at the family's Burgoyne Road home.

Police fanned out from there, doing exhaustive grid searches over 900 acres. They used dogs, helicopters, drones and even underwater cameras - but found no sign of the avid hunter.

"It really is a case that lacks any specific piece of evidence that explains where he is," said Investigator Steve Brown of the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office.

Drumm's pick-up truck and his cell phone were left behind at his house, but one of his pistols was not, which didn't go unnoticed by investigators.

"It creates a concern for us to think that if a person who on a regular basis, isn't carrying a pistol, may have that day, that maybe there were concerns or intentions on his part," said Brown, the lead investigator on the case.

Fritz Drumm was a beloved father of two adult children, three grandchildren, and the love of Ruth Drumm's life.

They were married 48 years at the time of his disappearance and were high school sweethearts who both came from big farming families.

"We really loved each other," smiled Ruth.

He was a retired National Grid lineman and was enjoying his retirement by spending his time with his family and especially his grandchildren.

Fritz had battled cancer several years before his disappearance.

Ruth doesn't go a day without hoping her husband will turn up.

"I've laid awake at night. So many nights. So many years, actually."

She offers a $10,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts and holds out hope that maybe this will be the season a hunter finds something.

"He deserves to be found and be put to rest."

Those who have information are asked to call or email Inv. Steve Brown at or (518) 885-2471.

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