Jesus De La Cruz

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Left: Jesus, circa 1996;
Right: Age-progression to age 19 (circa 2009)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 28, 1996 from Lynn, Massachusetts
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: January 3, 1990
  • Age: 6 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'6, 60 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Jesus has a scar above his left eye. He has birthmarks on his left calf and on the left side of his forehead. Jesus's left ear is pierced. His hair was short at the time of his September 1996 disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white t-shirt, blue jeans and brown or yellow boots or high-top shoes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jesus was last seen at about 6:00 p.m. on September 28, 1996, walking with a nine-year-old male friend on Park Street in the Commons area of Lynn, Massachusetts, near his family's residence. Jesus was pushing his pink Huffy bicycle, which had two flat tires at the time. He was on his way home after playing in Bennett Circle.

    Jesus's friend told authorities that they were approached by an unidentified Caucasian man in his twenties or thirties with shoulder-length black hair. The man was walking with a shepherd/collie dog with one white eye and one brown eye. His friend said that the individual lured Jesus away by promising him a new bicycle. Jesus never returned home and has not been seen again. He attended Connery Elementary School at the time of his disappearance.

    Authorities identified the man as Robert C. Levesque, 26, shortly after Jesus vanished. Levesque's apartment was searched and investigators discovered duct tape and handcuffs. It is not known if the items were related to Jesus's case. Levesque lived just around the corner from Jesus's home in 1996. He owned a dog matching the description of the alleged abductor's animal in 1996, and his dog, named Peaches, was found at one of the seven addresses he had given as recent residences. He called in sick at his job the evening of Jesus's disappearance and was arrested after Jesus vanished. Levesque was charged with a parole violation, motor vehicle offenses, and possession of stolen property in mid-October 1996. He has never been charged in connection with Jesus's disappearance.

    The Massachusetts Department Of Social Services (DSS) accused Jesus's mother, Magdalena Rodriguez (some agencies refer to her as "Magdalena Ramirez"), of neglect in the weeks following her son's disappearance. The agency said that Rodriguez did not report Jesus as a missing child until midnight on September 28, six hours after his apparent abduction. Others speculated that Jesus was abducted as the result of theorized drug use by his family members. Rodriguez denied any wrongdoing in Jesus's case and maintained that the claims were the result of racism against Hispanic individuals.

    Various rumors concerning Jesus's case circulated after his disappearance. Some people claimed that he had been taken to Puerto Rico, New York City, or the Dominican Republic as part of a deal to keep Rodriguez out of unspecified trouble. She has denied the allegations. Rodriguez has been interviewed by the police regarding her son's disappearance and says she is not concealing any knowledge connected to his case. She has since moved to another part of Massachusetts.

    Jesus's father, Juan De La Cruz, had been accused of allegedly abusing his son and threatening to abduct him from Rodriguez's custody prior to Jesus's disappearance. Authorities stated that Juan was at home at the time his son went missing, however. Juan has never been charged in connection with Jesus's case, and maintains contact with the police handling the investigation.

    There have been many possible sightings of Jesus around the country in the years after his disappearance, but none of the sightings have been confirmed. Jesus has never been located and his disappearance remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Lynn Police Department
    781-595-2000

    OR
    Massachusetts State Police
    781-396-0100

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Massachusetts State Police
    Unsolved Mysteries
    The Boston Globe
    The Cape Cod Times
    SouthCoastToday
    City of Lynn Police Department
    The Daily Item

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 19, 2009; age-progression updated.

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