Paul D. Cappo

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Above: Cappo, circa 1980

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 10, 1980 from Kansas City, Missouri
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: December 8, 1951
  • Age: 28 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 240 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Cappo was last seen in Kansas City, Missouri on June 10, 1980. He left his home driving a dark blue four-door 1977 Plymouth, which had a Kansas license plate and damage to the front fender, en route to Las Vegas, Nevada. He often went to Las Vegas to gamble and, at the time of his disappearance, he owed at least $75,000 in gambling debts. Cappo's wife tried to reach him on his pager at 5:30 p.m. each day, and he would either call her immediately or talk to her the next morning. He told her if he didn't get in touch after she paged him, she was to contact his attorney as soon as possible. He has never been heard from again.

    Cappo was an associate of organized crime figures in the Kansas City area. He told his lawyer his friends would "soon enough stab you in the back as look at you" and that he was afraid for his life, and before he left he told his wife he was meeting "some pretty bad people" in Las Vegas. His wife tried to collect on his $50,000 life insurance policy, but the insurance company refused to pay and the courts supported their decision, because the policy was only supposed to be for accidental death and Cappo had bought it anticipating that he would become the victim of a homicide eventually.

    No one has ever been charged in Cappo's disappearance, but he is presumed to have been murdered.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Kansas City Police Department
    816-234-5136

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    Source Information
    Kansas City Police Department
    Missouri State Highway Patrol
    The Kansas City Star

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 15, 2016; casefile added.

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