John Basil Gelardi
Gelardi, approximately 2006; 1997 Ford Taurus
Date reported missing : 07/09/2006
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 10/19/1947 (73)
Age at the time of disappearance: 58 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8 - 5'9, 165 - 180 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A dark blue shirt and shorts.
Medical conditions : Gelardi was suffering from a mild form of dementia at the time of his disappearance. He becomes confused and distracted easily as a result.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Gray hair, brown eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Gelardi was last seen at his residence at Everglades Mobile Home Park in the 3000 block of southwest 53nd Way in Davie, Florida at 10:00 p.m. on July 9, 2006.
He left home driving his white 1997 Ford Taurus with the Florida license plate number V52VUA; a photo of a similar vehicle is posted with this case summary. Gelardi was driving erratically and hit several objects while leaving the mobile home park. He has never been heard from again and his vehicle has not been found.
Although foul play is not suspected in his disappearance, Gelardi is considered to be endangered due to his dementia. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Davie Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
North American Missing Persons Network
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
The Miami Herald
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October 12, 2004. July 3, 2015; alternate Height / Weight : and Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.