Jerry Dolphin

Dolphin, circa 1994

  • Missing Since 10/01/1994
  • Missing From New Haven, Connecticut
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Male
  • Race Black
  • Date of Birth 08/21/1974 (45)
  • Age 20 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'11 - 6'0, 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics African-American male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Dolphin fractured his arm as a child. His hair was styled in a short afro at the time of his disappearance.

Details of Disappearance

Dolphin was last seen in New Haven, Connecticut sometime during mid-October 1994. He was in weekly contact with his family and friends at the time of his disappearance, and never left the New Haven area unless accompanied by a relative. He has never been heard from again.

On August 21, 1994, approximately two months before Dolphin's disappearance, 74-year-old Gladys Punch and her 76-year-old brother, Warren Tarkington, were shot to death in broad daylight at St. Lawrence Cemetery off Derby Street. They had been putting flowers on Punch's husband's grave when they were ambushed in an apparent robbery attempt.

Investigators believe Dolphin was a witness to the crime and was probably killed to ensure his silence. Although police have a suspect in the double homicide, Punch and Tarkington's murders have never been solved.

It's uncharacteristic of Dolphin to leave without warning. Foul play is suspected in his case, which remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • New Haven Police Department 866-888-8477

Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated October 13, 2016; height and weight added, distinguishing characteristics updated.