John Colonna Aponte

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Top Row and Bottom Left: John, circa 1974;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 38 (circa 2000)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 5, 1974 from Puerto Rico
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: February 19, 1962
  • Age: 12 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 119 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes. John's nickname is Gianot.
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    Details of Disappearance

    John and his younger sister Giannina 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; two pictures added, details of disappearance updated.

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