Gabriel Minarcin

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Left: Gabriel, circa 1982;
Right: Age-progression to age 43 (circa 2014)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 14, 1982 from Tarentum, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: October 5, 1971
  • Age: 10 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'0, 60 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Gabriel has a mole on his right wrist. One of his upper front teeth was chipped at the time of his 1982 disappearance. A close-up of the chipped tooth is posted below this case summary.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A maroon jacket and boots.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Gabriel was last seen at approximately 5:30 p.m. in his hometown of Tarentum, Pennsylvania. He and his friend, Jon Dabkowski, finished dinner at Jon's residence and were walking three doors down to Gabriel's family's home. The boys never arrived at the house and have not been seen again.

    Authorities believe that Gabriel and Jon may have fallen through thin ice near their residences and drowned, as they were last seen walking together near the Allegheny River. Footprints in the snow led to the riverbank, but there were no prints leading away from the river. However, Jon had been told by his parents to stay away from the river, and he dependably obeyed this rule. An extensive search of the water turned up no evidence that anyone had fallen in.

    Police have lost touch with Gabriel's family, who moved away from Tarentum in the 1990s. Jon's family still resides in the house he lived in. Due to the lack of clues in the boys' cases, their disappearances are classified as non-family abductions.

    Above: Minarcin's front teeth


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


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Operation Lookout


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 27, 2015; age-progression updated.

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