Andrew John Amato

Left through Right: Andrew circa 1978


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: September 30, 1978

Missing From: Jefferson, Worcester County, Massachusetts

Classification: Endangered Missing

Date Of Birth: February 1, 1974

Age: 4 years old

Height: 3’6″

Weight: 38 pounds

Hair Color: Blonde

Eye Color: Hazel

Race: White/Caucasian

Gender: Male

Distinguishing Characteristics: Andrew has a one-inch scar on the right side of his head at the hairline, and a mole behind his right ear

Clothing/Jewelry: A maroon hooded zip up snorkel jacket, a pair of dungarees, a white Mickey Mouse t-shirt, and brown suede shoes with dark brown stripes on each side of the insteps

NCMEC Number: 600008


Details of Disappearance

Andrew was last seen in Massachusetts on September 30th 1978. He resided in a mobile home on Richards Avenue at the time and on the morning of his disappearance, he was playing in the woods behind the nearby Ash Avenue with his seven year old sister and six year old cousin.

Andrew and his cousin went deeper into the woods and at some point, Andrew tripped and fell. He injured himself and lost his favorite toy. He started crying and running in circles and stated he would not leave until he found his toy. His cousin told him to stay in that spot while he went to get help at 10:30 am.

By the time they returned to the woods, Andrew had vanished. He was never seen again. An extensive 10 day search uncovered no trace of Andrew or his whereabouts. He was actually forbidden to go into that forest but he snuck into it anyway.

Authorities believe that Andrew was abducted by a passing motorist. He disappeared about 50 yards away from Route 52 which is now known as Interstate 395.

Two suspects have been named in his disappearance. One was Nathaniel Bar-Jonah who is believed to have rapes and murdered multiple children through out his life. He is also presumed to be part of cannibalistic activities. He is a suspect in the 1996 abduction of Zachary Ramsey from Montana and the 1973 disappearance of Janice Pockett. He apparently had a list of victims in a book. Some have stated that Andrew’s name was on the list but this statements are incorrect.

In 1999, an unnamed man confessed to Andrews abduction and murder. He was elderly at the time of the confession and died soon after he made the confession. An area in Rhode Island was excavated as that’s where the man stated Andrews body was buried but nothing was found.

Andrews case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.


Investigating Agency

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Webster Police Department 617 -943-1212


Source Information

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The Charley Project

The Doe Network

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