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790DMMA - Andrew Amato


Name: Andrew Amato
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: September 30, 1978
Location Last Seen: Jefferson, Worcester County, Massachusetts

Physical Description

Date of Birth: circa 1974
Age: 4 years old
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 3'6"
Weight: 38 lbs.
Hair Color: Blond/Strawberry
Eye Color: Hazel
Nickname/Alias: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: One-inch long scar on right side of head in front of hairline, mole behind right ear


Dentals: Not Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Maroon snorkle jacket with hood and zipper front, blue dungarees
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Brown suede shoes with dark brown jogger shoe stripes on each side of instep

Circumstances of Disappearance

Andrew Amato played in the woods behind Ash Street Trailer Park, with his sister and cousin during the morning hours of September 30, 1978. They lived in nearby mobile homes on Richards Avenue. Amato stumbled and fell down. Crying, he got to his feet and started to run around in circles. The other children ran for help at about 10:30. Amato had disappeared by the time they returned to the woods. It is possible that Andrew walked out to Route 52 and was abducted by a passing motorist.

A suspect soon emerged. Police were never able to tie their suspect to the case, and he has since died. Police came across information from someone the suspect knew, that he may have buried Andrew Amato among power lines in the Burrillville area. He was familiar with the area. The power lines run for miles, through Burrillville, Rhode Island, and on through Connecticut.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Webster Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Detective James Hoover
Agency Phone Number: (617) 943-1212
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: JOF

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 12691

Information Source(s)

Polly Klaas Foundation
The Worcester Telegram and Gazette

Admin Notes

Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 11/21/17

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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