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2018-01-18 / Other News

Police Search For New Tips In Baffling Missing Child Case

By Linda Steinmuller

Courtesy of NYPD It’s been eight years since Patrick Alford mysteriously disappeared from his Starrett City foster home, but his family and the NYPD haven’t given up hope that they will find the missing boy, who is now a teenager.

Seven-year-old Alford was last seen in the lobby of 130 Vandalia Avenue on January 22, 2010. He vanished around 9 p.m. while his foster mother, Librada Moran, was throwing trash into an incinerator chute. When she turned around, the young boy was gone.

He was reportedly living at the Starrett City residence for three weeks, having been placed there after his birth mother, Jennifer Rodriguez, was arrested on shoplifting charges.

Alford was wearing a red t-shirt, blue jeans and black sneakers at the time of his disappearance.

The NYPD conducted an intensive search, which included coastal areas along Fresh Creek, Spring Creek and Jamaica Bay, and stretched as far as Staten Island, where Alford’s birth mother lives, and even Puerto Rico.

Investigators knocked on over 10,000 doors, conducted thousands of interviews and released an age-enhanced photo of the boy (lower right picture), but he was never found.

Anyone with information regarding this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish 1- 888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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