Russell John Mort

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Russell, circa 1982;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 34 (circa 2013)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 5, 1982 from Wheatfield, New York
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: September 4, 1979
  • Age: 2 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'0, 30 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Light brown hair, brown eyes. Russell has a small cleft in his chin and a small mole on the left side of his chin. His upper left front tooth was chipped at the time of his 1982 disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Russell was last seen playing in the sandbox in his family's fenced backyard at their residence at Lynch's Trailer Park on River Road in Wheatfield, New York on May 5, 1982. Russell's mother went inside their home for to repair one of his toys. She stated she was gone for less than five minutes, perhaps less than one minute. Upon her return outside, she discovered her son was missing. The gate in the fence was still closed and was locked from the outside. Russell has never been seen again.

    An unidentified Caucasian male and female are wanted for questioning regarding Russell's disappearance. The couple was spotted in the area of the Russell family's home at the same time the child vanished. No one saw the couple interact with Russell and it is not known if they are connected to his case, but investigators would like to question them as possible witnesses, if nothing more. The sketches of the unknown individuals are posted below. The female had dark brown curly hair and was in her early to mid-twenties in 1982. The male had light brown hair and a mustache. He was in his late twenties to early thirties in 1982. The couple was seen riding in a white 1965 or older Corvette with a black convertible top. They were last seen in the area of Hyde Park Boulevard and Packer Road.

    Some officials do not believe Russell was abducted; they think it more likely that he fell into the Niagara River, which runs only about 100 yards from his home, and that his body was swept away. However, there is no evidence beyond conjecture to support this theory.

    In 2005, a man from Texas contacted authorities and stated he believed he was Russell. The individual was adopted, and stated his adoptive parents gave evasive answers when he asked about his history. He decided he may be Russell after he saw the child profiled on a missing persons website. Authorities tested the Texas man's DNA against DNA from Russell's family, but the samples did not match.

    Russell's case remains unsolved. Some agencies state that he disappeared from Niagara Falls, New York.

    Unidentified Female Unidentified Male
    Left: Unidentified female; Right: Unidentified male


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Niagara County Sheriff's Department


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Niagara County Sheriff's Department
    WBEN 930
    New York Metro
    The Tonawanda News
    The Niagara Gazette
    The Schenectady Daily Gazette
    WGRZ 2 Niagara County
    The Buffalo News


    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 15, 2015; picture added.

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