Alice Pereia

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Above: Alice, circa 1972

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 7, 1972 from Staten Island, New York
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: October 1, 1966
  • Age: 5 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'2, 35 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Black hair, hazel eyes. Some agencies give Alice's last name as "Pereira."
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Blue shorts with gold buttons, a red polo shirt and red sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Alice was last seen near her family's residence at Tysons Lane Apartments in the 600 block of Tysons Lane in the New York City borough of Staten Island on July 7, 1972. Alice was playing in the lobby of the building on Tysons' Lane with her brother. She vanished after her brother left her alone for a brief moment. Alice may have been sighted shortly thereafter in a park near the apartment building in the New Dorp area of the Island. She has never been heard from again. Her parents were separated at the time of her disappearance. She lived with her mother. Authorities at first believed the child's father had taken her, but he was later cleared as a suspect.

    Andre Rand, a mentally incompetent convicted child sex offender, is a prime suspect in Alice's case. Photos of him Rand are posted below this case summary. He worked as a painter in Tysons Lane Apartments at the time of Alice's disappearance.

    Rand, whose birth name is Frank Rashan, is also believed to be connected to the 1978 disappearance of Ethel Atwell, the 1983 disappearance of Tiahease Jackson, and the 1984 disappearance of Henry Gafforio among other missing persons' cases. There is speculation he may have been involved in the 1977 New York disappearance of Audrey Nerenberg as well. In 2004, he was convicted of kidnapping in the 1981 abduction of Holly Hughes. All of the victims vanished from the Staten Island area, with the exception of Nerenberg.

    Rand was previously convicted of the 1987 New York abduction of Jennifer Schweiger, a twelve-year-old girl with Down Syndrome whose remains were discovered near his former campsite on the grounds of the now-defunct Staten Island Developmental Center (formerly known as the Willowbrook State School). Volunteers continue to search the abandoned property twice a year for evidence related to Rand's other alleged victims, but nothing has been discovered. The Staten Island Developmental Center was several miles southeast of Alice's apartment building. Rand has maintained his innocence in all charges against him. Alice's case remains unsolved.

    Rand 1987 Rand 2004
    Left: Rand, circa 1987;
    Right: Rand in 2004

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New York Police Department
    646-610-6914

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    Source Information
    New York City Police Department
    The New York Post
    Staten Island Live
    The New York Daily News
    The Doe Network
    Cropsy Documentary
    NamUs
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 19, 2017; date of birth added.

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