Bruce Blackwood

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Above Images: Blackwood, circa 2006


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 4, 2006 from Queens, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 55 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'3, 200 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Gray hair, hazel eyes. Blackwood may have a mustache.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Blackwood was last seen in the vicinity of 194th Street in the New York City borough of Queens at 3:00 p.m. on March 4, 2006. He called in sick that day only a few minutes before he was due to arrive at work, which is uncharacteristic of him. That same day, the police found his Cadillac SRX parked in front of a building he owned in the Bushwick area of the borough of Brooklyn. He has never been heard from again.

    Three and a half months after Blackwood's disappearance, authorities charged Luis Perez and another suspect with cashing $7,700 worth of checks on Blackwood's account. Blackwood had hired Perez to help remodel one of his apartment buildings on Hancock Street and let him live in another building while he was working. A few days before Blackwood disappeared, Perez went to his home and angrily demanded more money for his work. Their argument got so loud that Blackwood's neighbors called the police.

    Perez was the last person to see Blackwood. He said Blackwood gave him the keys to his Cadillac, then got into a black car with a man known only as "Mike." Blackwood's family doesn't believe he would have done this, however, especially since Perez did not have driver's license. Perez, who has a violent criminal history, is considered a suspect in Blackwood's case. He was convicted of the check theft and served 25 months in prison, but he hasn't been charged in Blackwood's actual disappearance.

    As well as owning several apartment buildings, Blackwood worked with the Off-Track Betting Corporation as a restaurant supervisor at O'Neill's Restaurant in Maspeth, Queens; he'd held the position since 2004. His case is being investigated as a homicide.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New York Police Department


    Source Information
    NY 1
    New York Police Department
    The New York Daily News
    The New York Post


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 29, 2011; casefile added.

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