Vito Jack Russo

Above: Vito, circa 1988


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 4, 1988 from Los Angeles, California
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date Of Birth: July 17, 1953
  • Age: 35 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Vito had a moustache at the time of his 1988 disappearance. He may go by his middle name, Jack.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Vito was last seen on a trip in the Big Sur area of northern California on August 4, 1988. He was accompanied by his son, Jason Russo, and two employees, Stacy Sabal and Stephen LaSpino. The men were aboard a commercial fishing vessel named The Mission Bell. The United States Coast Guard employed an extensive search of the Big Sur area (sometimes spelled "Big Spur") after the group was reported missing on August 7, three days after they departed from port. The boat was never located and none of the passengers have been seen again.

    Vito, Jason, LaSpino and Sabal are considered to be missing under suspicious circumstances. Their cases are unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    Los Angeles Police Department
    California Attorney General's Office


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