On Oct. 1, 2004, 26-year-old Quakertown resident and Iowa native Adam Brundage left his job at Applegate Farms in Milford Township and vanished.
Fifteen years later it is uncertain whether he is alive, but borough police earlier this month asked for help with solving his mysterious disappearance, which is still classified as a missing persons case.
According to information about the Adam Brundage case published on The Charley Project website, at the time he disappeared Brundage was living with a roommate, Daman Smoot, then 22, who he’d allowed to move into his home on Glen Meadow Court shortly before his disappearance.
In an October 2007 Morning Call article published to coincide with Brundage’s 30th birthday, his grandmother Betty Brundage recalled that Adam said he regretted allowing Smoot to live in his home.
After he disappeared, Smoot tampered with the home’s electric meter to restart service after the power was turned off, and later pleaded guilty to theft of services, the article notes.
“In 2006 (Smoot) was sentenced to up to seven years in state prison after pleading guilty to the 2004 indecent assault of a 14-year-old girl in Bucks County,” the Morning Call article states.
According to court records, as part of his sentence in that case, Smoot, of Green Lane, was required under Megan’s Law to register as a sexual offender for a period of 10 years.
As of this story’s publication he is a listed offender on the Pennsylvania State Police’s Megan’s Law site, which lists him as an inmate at State Correctional Institute Fayette, although the record hasn’t been updated since Aug. 8, 2013.
According to the 2007 Morning Call story, approximately three years after Brundage disappeared Quakertown police said they had interviewed about 100 people regarding his case, and did not believe he committed suicide.
Quakertown Police Sgt. Donald Bender told the Morning Call in 2007 that police had identified a person of interest in the case and believed “something happened to Brundage (because)…the person of interest gave conflicting accounts of what happened to the missing man.”
Police declined to identify the person of interest in the case.
Brundage is described as white, 5 feet tall, 135 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.
On the Charley Project site he is classified as “endangered missing,” and in his case description it is stated that “investigators believe Brundage was the victim of a homicide. … There has been no activity on his Social Security number or bank accounts since his disappearance.”
Anyone with information about him is asked to contact Quakertown Police detectives at 215-536-5002 or the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System at 855-626-7600 (NamUs #8110). Tips can also be submitted to Quakertown police via their Crimewatch site tip tool.