Giannina Maria Colonna Aponte

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Left and Center: Giannina, circa 1974;
Right: Age-progression to age 37 (circa 2000)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 5, 1974 from Puerto Rico
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 19, 1963
  • Age: 11 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'1, 117 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Black hair, black eyes. Giannina has a small birthmark on her right cheek.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Giannina and her older brother John were supposed to go on an outing on the day of their disappearances. They had planned to meet up with a friend of their family and go to the beach with him and his three children. Giannina and John apparently never arrived, however, and have never been heard from again. Authorities believe the two children were kidnapped for a $72,000 ransom. Eight months after their disappearances, a man named Thomas Rodriguez committed suicide in Florida and left a note explaining the plot and his role in it. No arrests were ever made in the case, however.

    John and Giannina's father died in 1982. Their mother is still alive, but has cancer. She had them declared legally dead in 2012.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Puerto Rico State Clearinghouse


    Source Information
    Our Missing Children
    Primera Hora


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 15, 2012; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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