John Colonna Aponte

Left and Center: John circa, 1974

Right: Age Progressed to age 38

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: May 5, 1974

Missing From: Luquillo, Puerto Rico

Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Date Of Birth: February 19, 1962

Age: 12 years old

Height and Weight: 5’0″ and 119 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic Male, Brown hair, Brown eyes, John’s nickname is “Gianot” and he can speak the following languages: English, Spanish, French, and Italian

NCMEC Number: 1163963

Details of Disappearance 

John was last seen in Luquillo, Puerto Rico on May 5th 1974. He was last seen along with his younger sister, Giannina. They were supposed to go on an outing to the beach with a family friend and his three children. The two left their home to do so bit apparently never arrived and were never seen or heard from again after they left.

Investigators believe both Giannina and John were abducted for a ransom of $72,000. 8 months after they were taken, a man named, Thomas Rodriguez, took his own life in Florida. He allegedly left behind a note in which he detailed the plot to kidnap both children and his role in their abduction.

Despite the note, no arrests have been made in relation to Giannina and John’s cases. Their father passed away in 1982 but their mother is still alive. She has cancer and she has legally declared her two children as deceased. Giannina and John remain missing.

Investigating Agency

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Puerto Rico State Clearinghouse 787-729-2457

Source Information 

For The Lost 

The Charley Project 

The Doe Network


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