Name: Marlon Santos
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: November 05, 1998
Location Last Seen: Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts
Date of Birth: circa 1998
Age: 5 months old
Weight: 15 lbs.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
Dentals: Not Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Not Available
Additional Personal Items: Unknown
Circumstances of Disappearance Marlon Santos, disappeared from his Worcester foster home in 1998. He had been placed in the home in August 1998.
The foster mother didn't report the baby missing for two days. Investigators were told was that the foster mother left the baby and two other foster children, ages 2 and 3, in the house alone while she drove eight miles to East Middle School and back to pick up two of her biological children. She told police that when she returned, the baby was gone. Her husband was out of town. His wife had picked him up in New York before reporting the baby missing. Within a month, the foster father was charged with multiple counts of child rape of previous foster children.
The baby's birth mother had been in and out of a local shelter and, by some accounts, often left the child with friends and strangers for days at a time. The baby's birth father had sought custody of the baby.
In the first year after the baby's disappearance, police received information that Marlon could be found along the banks of the Wachusett Reservoir in Holden. A search turned up a baby blanket, diaper and several other items of interest, but the infant's remains were never found.
Despite a rumor that the child was sold, possibly in New York, the district attorney has operated primarily on the theory that Baby Marlon is dead. No charges were ever lodged in connection with Marlon's disappearance and he has not been found.
Agency Name: Worcester Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Detective Williams Donovan
Agency Phone Number: 508-799-8606
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: I98C9251
NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 8956
The Worcester Telegram
Added: 1/8/08; Last Updated: 11/22/17
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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.