Joseph Rodriguez

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Above Images: Joseph, circa 1936


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 6, 1936 from New York City, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 4 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'0, 35 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Black hair, brown eyes. Joseph has a mole on his right wrist. He has a small scar above his right eye. Joseph's nickname is Joe.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A navy blue sweater with a red-striped collar and a yellow sweater underneath it, white knickers with blue dots and blue sandals.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Joseph lived with his aunt, Pauline Rodriguez, in 1936; she'd raised him since birth. They lived in the 1600 block of Park Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City. His mother, Dora Olivo, lived within walking distance, in the 1300 block of Fifth Avenue. On September 6, 1936, Pauline left Joseph with a neighbor for the day. The neighbor took him down the street early that afternoon to play with other children. When Joseph's babysitter returned later, she couldn't find him. He has never been heard from again.

    Joseph's aunt received a telegram on September 12, six days after his disappearance. It stated: "Joseph will be back on Wednesday. Doctor will not let me move him." Many reports are that the telegram was anonymous, but it was in fact signed with a name Pauline didn't recognize. The name on the telegram has never been released. There was no further communication from the writer and Joseph never returned to his aunt's Spanish Harlem residence.

    Joseph's case is one of the oldest in the New York City Police Department's files. His disappearance remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    New York City Police Department
    The New York Post
    Whereabouts Still Unknown


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 7, 2013; details of disappearance updated.

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