Missing Persons

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Black and White image of young boy Andrew AmatoBlack & white image of Andrew Amato smilingAndrew Amato

  • Missing since September 30, 1978 from Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts
  • Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: 1974
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 4 years old
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Blonde hair; blue eyes
  • Clothing: Maroon colored snorkel jacket, dungarees, and a white Mickey Mouse t-shirt

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. It was about 10:30 a.m. Amato 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 a few years ago, the man died.

Police are still looking for Andrew Amato. This time, the search involves four teams using five cadaver dogs. The area, a stretch of Burrilville, Rhode Island. About ten miles away from where Andrew Amato was last seen.

Police recently come 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. And he knew it very well. The power lines run for miles, through Burrillville, Rhode Island, and on through Connecticut.


If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Webster Police Department
Detective James Hoover
Phone: 508-943-1212