Russ Rolnick

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Above: Rolnick, circa 1984

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 24, 1984 from Coconut Grove, Florida
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: February 12, 1958
  • Age: 26 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 175 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Rolnick was last seen in Coconut Grove, Florida on February 24, 1984. He and a friend, Alan J. Hirsch, were on their 16-foot orange and white ski boat and, after having a short dinner at Monty Trainer's restaurant, they left to sail home. It was sunset at the time. Witnesses at the restaurant said the men appeared to be high on drugs and they were having trouble with their boat's engine. Neither of them arrived home and they have never been heard from again, and an extensive search covering 11,000 square miles over three states, the south Atlantic and the Caribbean turned up no sign of either them or the boat. They are presumed lost at sea.

    According to his mother, Rolnick had used drugs, including marijuana, during high school, and he began using drugs again shortly before his disappearance. He was stressed because his stepfather had been murdered three and a half months before he went missing. Rolnick enjoys water-skiing, boating and fishing; he's an excellent swimmer and he's owned a boat since he was ten years old.

    Photos of Hirsch are unavailable. His date of birth is October 15, 1957, making him 26 years old at the time of his disappearance. He's Caucasian, 5'9 and 140 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    North Miami Police Department
    305-471-8477

    OR
    305-899-2457

    OR
    305-899-2415

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    Source Information
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    The Chicago Tribune
    The Miami Herald

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 26, 2017; casefile added.

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