John Colonna Aponte
John, approximately 1974; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression to Age at the time of disappearance: 38 (approximately 2000)
Date reported missing : 05/05/1974
Missing location (approx) :
Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
Missing classification : Non-Family Abduction
Gender : Male
DOB : 02/19/1962 (59)
Age at the time of disappearance: 12 years old
Height / Weight : 5'0, 119 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes. John's nickname is Gianot. He can speak English, Spanish, French and Italian.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : John and his younger sister Giannina were supposed to go on an outing on the day of their disappearances. They had planned to meet up with a friend of their family and go to the beach with him and his three children. Giannina and John apparently never arrived, however, and have never been heard from again.
Authorities believe the two children were kidnapped for a $72,000 ransom. Eight months after their disappearances, a man named Thomas Rodriguez died by suicide in Florida and left a note explaining the plot and his role in it. No arrests were ever made in the case, however.
John and Giannina's father died in 1982. Their mother is still alive, but has cancer. She had them declared legally dead in 2012.
Other information and links : ncy
Puerto Rico State Clearinghouse
September 2021 updates and sources
Our Missing Children
El Nuevo Dia
October 12, 2004. January 4, 2018; Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : updated.