Patrick Joseph DiFrancesco

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Above Images: DiFrancesco, circa 1985

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 26, 1985 from Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 13, 1961
  • Age: 24 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'1, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Black hair, brown eyes. DiFrancesco has scars on both legs from burns and skin grafts. His nickname is Pat.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A button-up shirt, jeans and gray cowboy boots.
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    Details of Disappearance

    DiFrancesco and a friend, James Johnson, disappeared from Fort Pierce, Florida on August 26, 1985. DiFrancesco was last seen at his home on Sunrise Drive. He had a student pilot's license and reportedly left in a plane with Johnson, a pilot, for an overnight trip. They were supposedly going to pick up a shipment of marijuana in the Bahamas or at St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Neither man has ever been heard from again and no wreckage from their plane was ever discovered. There was a rumor that DiFrancesco had been found in jail in Jamaica after his disappearance, but this was never verified.

    The plane DiFrancesco and Johnson supposedly flew away in was owned by Jay Crouch. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking charges in 1988. DiFrancesco was a concrete worker who supplemented his income by flying cocaine for Crouch into St. Lucie County. He left behind two daughters and nine siblings, and his family stated he was devoted to them and wouldn't have abandoned them. DiFrancesco's brother believes he may have never left Fort Pierce and that he and Johnson may have been murdered and buried in the local area. Both men's cases remain unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office
    772-461-7300

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    Source Information
    The CUE Center for Missing Persons
    The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    The Fort Pierce Tribune
    NamUs

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 23, 2012; middle name and picture added, distinguishing characteristics and clothing/jewelry description updated.

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