Missing since September 30, 1978 from Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
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.
Investigators Webster Police Department
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Detective James T. Hoover
Webster Police Department
The Worcester Telegram and Gazette
Polly Klaas Foundation
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