Flashback Friday: Cesilia Pena

It’s Flashback Friday again and today I’m going to talk about Cesilia Pena, who disappeared from New York City on October 6, 1976. (This is the day after my birthday, but I wasn’t born for another nine years.) Cesilia was fourteen years old when she went missing but in the photos she looks much younger. She was tiny, only four feet nine inches tall and a little over 100 pounds. She disappeared while taking the subway from her parochial high school in Manhattan to her family’s apartment in the Bronx.

What makes Cesilia’s disappearance a little unusual is that someone might have actually seen her abduction in progress. A witness reported seeing Cesilia looking frightened, with a man holding her by the arm. The witness identified the man as Anthony “Rudy” Flores. Although he maintains his innocence (of course), Flores is considered a person of interest in Cesilia’s case and in the disappearance of another young Hispanic girl from Boston who also went missing in 1976. He was later convicted of the rape and murder of a mother and daughter and sentenced to life in prison.

If Rudy Flores was truly involved in Cesilia’s disappearance, she’s probably dead. I’ve tried to find more information about him, but drew a blank. I don’t know the names of the murder victims, and his own name is too common. There are probably at least a dozen men named Anthony Flores in the New York prison system and I’m not even sure this one is still alive.

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7 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Cesilia Pena

  1. L.A.S July 26, 2013 / 4:25 pm

    I didn’t want to overstep my bounds, but I was reading the Cesilia Pena entry and I saw a little error. You said she took the 2 train to 149th street in Manhattan. 149th street is actually the first stop in the Bronx on the 2. I just thought I should point that out.

    • Meaghan July 26, 2013 / 5:04 pm

      Duly noted. I’ve never been to New York City. I’ll fix it.

  2. Kat July 27, 2013 / 7:00 pm

    Off topic, read Lindy Boggs passed away. Maybe bring a little new attention to her husbands case……

  3. Becka August 1, 2013 / 10:52 pm

    One of my friends barely cracks 5 feet, and her daughter’s 4’10. I was told that 4’9 is the cutoff for dwarfism… not sure how true that is.

    • Meaghan August 2, 2013 / 1:23 am

      I’m quite sure that can’t be true. 3’9, maybe. I have a friend who’s only 4’10, and perfectly healthy. The average height of an American woman is around 5’4, so 4’10 is only six inches shorter than average.

    • Meaghan August 2, 2013 / 3:16 am

      I might also add that Shya Chittaley (the woman I stayed with in Cleveland) and one of Michael’s aunts by marriage are both only about four and a half feet tall. Neither of them are dwarfs. (Or was a dwarf, in the case of Shya, who died last year.)

      • Becka August 2, 2013 / 5:47 pm

        Yeah, figured it wasn’t quite true, or possibly I misheard/misunderstood her. I’m terrible with numbers.

        And wow, I’m 5’8, so looks like I’m above average. Color me surprised!

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