Gafforio, approximately 1984; Andre Rand, approximately 1987; Rand in 2004
Date reported missing : 06/09/1984
Missing location (approx) :
Staten Island, New York
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 12/07/1961 (59)
Age at the time of disappearance: 22 years old
Height / Weight : 5'3, 125 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A red and white striped t-shirt, dark blue jeans and white sneakers.
Medical conditions : Gafforio is mentally disabled. He has a low IQ, but is able to communicate and functions at the mental and emotional level of a 15-year-old.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Gafforio's nickname is Hank.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Gafforio was last seen at the Spa Lounge in the Port Richmond area of the New York City borough of Staten Island at 4:00 a.m. on June 9, 1984. He had gone out drinking and first went to Mugs Away, but was declined service. He then went to the Spa Lounge and stayed there until closing time. Gafforio has never been heard from again. He was reported missing at 7:00 p.m.
Andre Rand, a mentally incompetent convicted child Gender : offender from New York, is considered a possible suspect in Gafforio's disappearance, as well as the disappearances of Alice Pereira, Tiahease Jackson, Ethel Atwell and Audrey Nerenberg.
He was convicted in connection with the 1987 New York kidnapping of a twelve-year-old girl named Jennifer Schweiger, had Down Syndrome and who was murdered on the grounds of the now-defunct Staten Island Developmental Center (formerly known as the Willowbrook State School) near his campsite. He was not convicted of her murder; the jury could not reach a verdict on that charge.
Rand was also convicted of kidnapping Holly Hughes, who is still missing. With the exception of Nerenberg, all of Rand's suspected victims vanished from Staten Island. Gafforio lived with his parents and three brothers in the 90 block of Heberton Avenue, on the same block as Rand and just around the corner from Holly's residence.
It has not been proven that Rand was involved in Gafforio's disappearance. His case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.
Other information and links : ncy
New York Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Doe Network
The New York Post
Staten Island Live
The New York Daily News
The New York Times
Interactive Missing Person Search Map