The Doe Network:
Case File 107DFNY

1 2 Age-Progression
Left and Center: Pena, circa 1976; Right: Age-progressed to age 48 (circa 2010)

Cesilia Pena
Missing since October 6, 1976 from New York City, New York
Classification: Non Family Abduction

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: September 4, 1962
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 14 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'9; 111 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White/Hispanic female. Black hair; brown eyes.
  • Marks, Scars: Scar on left forearm
  • Clothing: When last seen Pena was wearing her parochial school uniform, which consisted of a light gray jacket; gray skirt; and a white blouse.
  • DNA: Available in CODIS.

Circumstances of Disappearance
Detectives say Cesilia disappeared while on her way home from school. She attended St. Alphonsus Commercial High School in lower Manhattan. Everyday Cesilia would take the subway to and from school with other children. She was last seen by one of her friends at the 149th street stop on the #2 train around 15.00 or 16.00 on October 6. Her routine was to travel another five stops to her normal exit at the Simpson Street Station in the Bronx. From here she would take the #5 bus to her home. But on that day, Cesilia never made it home.
Several days later, her family says they were contacted by a woman in the neighborhood who said she saw Cesilia the day she disappeared at the corner of 163rd and Southern Blvd. The witness said a local man named was holding Cesilia by the arm and she looked scared. Cesilia was never seen again.
Investigators have talked with the man and he denies ever being with Cesilia. Right now, he's serving 50 years to life in prison for murdering a young girl in New York City.

If you have any information concerning Pena's whereabouts, please contact:
New York City Police Department
Missing Persons Squad

NCMEC #: NCMC601859

NCIC Number: M-253109416
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information: The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
Americas Most Wanted
New York City Police Department
New York State Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse

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