John Steven Rato

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Above Images: Rato, circa 1999

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 24, 1999 from Williams Township, New Jersey
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: May 9, 1974
  • Age: 25 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 220 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Rato has a black-colored mole on his left cheek near his mouth. He wears eyeglasses. Rato had a mustache at the time of his 1999 disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white t-shirt, jeans, a black blazer and black sneakers.
  • Medical Conditions: Rato suffers from mental disorders and is required to take medication to regulate his condition.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Rato was a newlywed and resided with his wife in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He drove to Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 24, 1999. Rato planned to spend the afternoon gambling, which he often enjoyed for relaxation. He was scheduled to return to his work shift in Philadelphia later in the evening. Rato never arrived as scheduled and has not been heard from again.

    Rato's black four-door 1994 or 1996 Plymouth Neon was discovered abandoned in New Jersey during the day. The vehicle had been parked in the emergency lane of eastbound Route 42, Black Horse Pike in Williams Township, New Jersey. Investigators determined that the car was out of fuel, but there was no indication of an accident or mechanical failure. Rato's case remains unsolved. Some agencies state that Rato disappeared from Philadelphia. Pennsylvania authorities are handling his case.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Philadelphia Police Department
    215-685-1177

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    Source Information
    Philadelphia Police Department
    NamUs
    The Missing Persons CyberCenter
    KYW-3

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