The image on the left was taken circa 1984. The two images on the right are age-progressed to 27 and 33 years.
Name: Louis Anthony Mackerley
Case Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Missing Since: June 7, 1984
Location Last Seen: Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Date of Birth: February 15, 1977
Age: 7 years old
Weight: 44 lbs.
Hair Color: Dark Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Two odd-shaped, circular burn scars on the right side of his chest. He has a slow gait and often leans forward, holding his head down. Sometimes he stands with both hands on his hips. He needs twice-daily doses of Ritalin to control his hyperactivity. Without the medication, he may suffer from memory lapses.
Dentals: Not Available. He was missing four front teeth at the time of his disappearance.
Fingerprints: Not Available
Clothing: A maroon and white (or green)-striped Doggie short-sleeve shirt, blue pants with a red tag on the back, an elastic belt with trim and a small train belt buckle, pink socks and brown shoes.
Additional Personal Items: Unknown
On the day of his disappearance, a babysitter was watching Mackerley while his mother was undergoing surgery. The babysitter told police Mackerley came home from school and said he was going to walk two doors down to visit a neighbor's home. He never made it to the neighbor's house.
He was last seen walking between Fourth Street and Gordon Street. Carmen Marco, who ran Marco's Doggie Shop at 429 Gordon Street, remembered that Mackerley spent 45 minutes in his shop that day before leaving and walking east on Gordon. His parents believe he was headed to 391 Chew Street, the home of an elderly woman he liked to visit. Marco, now deceased, told police that Mackerley had ducked in to avoid two boys who were chasing him. Police later found the boys they believed scared Mackerley, but they were cleared of any wrongdoing.
After Mackerley was seen at Marco's Doggie Shop, there was another possible sighting. A witness reported seeing the boy at approximately 4:30 p.m., speaking with an unidentified man and woman in a park near Jordan Creek (one block from the child's home). This report has never been confirmed or denied.
When he had not come in by 11:00 p.m. and he failed to answer their calls for him, his parents called the police.
In January of that year, Mackerley told his parents, the school nurse and a psychologist that he had been molested by a couple named Frank and Elizabeth. The Allentown Police Department was notified and could not find evidence to warrant an investigation as Louis could not provide last names or locations. It is unknown whether this event or events happened and if they had anything to do with his disappearance or if they even existed.
Mackerley was one of the first missing children featured on milk cartons, grocery bags and billboards. He was a first-grader at Central Elementary.
Agency Name: Allentown Department of Public Safety
Agency Contact Person: Detective Tom Anderson
Agency Contact Person: Detective John Miller
Agency Phone Number: (610)-437-7721
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 84-28883
NCIC Case Number: M-359760385
NCMEC Case Number:601804
NamUs Case Number: 2908
Allentown Police Department
Missing Persons of America
The Morning Call - 12/29/1984, 3/27/1985, 6/7/2004
Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 9/30/2017
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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.