Gaetano Richard Vallese

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Top Row and Middle Left: Vallese, circa 1979;
Middle Center and Right and Bottom Row: Age-progressions to an unknown age


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 14, 1979 from New York City, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 9, 1945
  • Age: 34 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Vallese has a tattoo on his right arm of a cross with a heart and the phrase "In Memory of Mom." His nickname is Guy and some agencies refer to him by that name. At the time of his disappearance, he was balding in the front and his hair was long in the back, and he had a thick mustache.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Vallese was last seen at 8:30 p.m. on May 14, 1979. He was driving out of New York City on the New York State Thruway at the time. He has never been heard from again. Vallese was reported missing by his estranged wife after he didn't come to pick up their daughters as scheduled. Nothing was missing from his home, and his blue 1977 Chevrolet was found at his home on Smithtown Road in Fishkill, New York on May 23.

    Vallese may have been involved in organized crime in New York City in 1979. Authorities would like to talk to Teddy Cohen, an associate of his from the Bronx. They've never been able to locate Cohen and the name could be an alias. Authorities stated they could find no evidence of foul play in Vallese's disappearance and it's possible he went into hiding, possibly in a witness protection program. His case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    New York State Troopers
    The Poughkeepsie Journal


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 24, 2013; name corrected, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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