Real Name: George Gumbly
Location: Montreal, Canada
Date: October 21, 1954
Date of Birth: 1942
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Details: Twelve-year-old George Gumbley vanished while walking to school with his friend, nine-year-old Clifford Sherwood on October 21, 1954. The two were walking with a friend, Butch, when they decided to part ways with him. The two reportedly had planned on running away, but their families did not believe this. In fact, Clifford's mother believes that the two may have been abducted by his father, Tex Sherwood.
Suspects: Tex Sherwood is considered a possible suspect in the boys' disappearances. He used a false identity and apparently had pictures of his son from after his disappearance. However, the police determined that Tex was on the West Coast of Canada at the time of the abductions and was not considered a suspect.
Shortly after the boys vanished, witnesses reported seeing the two hitchhiking in the Vaudreuil area. It has been suggested that the two may have been killed by someone who picked them up or that they voluntarily disappeared.
In 1955, a year after they vanished, police received an anonymous letter claiming that their case was related to the disappearance of a middle-aged female florist who lived in Verdun at the time. They boys apparently worked for her as messengers. The three had apparently been seen together shortly before they all disappeared. The woman's name and further details about her connection to the case are not known.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the October 7, 1992 episode, which focused mainly on Clifford's disappearance.
Some sources spell George's last name as "Gumbley" or "Gumby".
Results: Unsolved. George's relatives have stated that they believe the two boys may have accidentally drowned in a lake about a mile from their homes. The lake was a popular fishing spot for children in the area. They also speculated that the boys may have fallen into the St. Lawrence River, which was also nearby. However, no trace of them has ever been found and the cases remain unsolved.
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- SitcomsOnline Discussion of Clifford and George (includes comments from George's cousin)