Flashback Friday: Joseph Sireci

Joseph Sireci disappeared from Philadelphia in May 1983 — thirty years ago. He apparently left home to drive to work. He planned to stop at the laundromat on the way. Sireci never arrived at either the laundromat or his job and was never seen again. His car disappeared with him and it’s never been found either.

A lot of times, when people disappear with their cars and there’s no evidence of foul play but no evidence that they left on their own either, it turns out they accidentally drove off a cliff or into a lake or something. But Sireci vanished from Philadelphia; I don’t think you could get into a fatal car accident there without people noticing.

I don’t have much more than that on his disappearance. There are a few distinguishing characteristics: a scar, a mole, and three teeth missing. His blood type is AB, the rarest kind; this Red Cross chart says only 4% of white people have AB blood.

A note of minor interest: Sireci was last seen sometime between 10:00 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. — an unusually large time frame — and his date of disappearance is given as May 27, but I’m not sure if they mean 10:00 p.m. on May 27 — in which case he might have really disappeared on May 28 — or 4:30 a.m. on May 27 — in which case he might have disappeared on May 26.

He was 63 years old at the time of his disappearance, so even if he didn’t meet with foul play, chances are Sireci isn’t alive today. But he may have children or grandchildren still living who, I’m sure, would like to know his fate.

6 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Joseph Sireci

  1. J. J. in Phila (the real one) August 16, 2013 / 1:37 am

    I know the neighborhood moderately well. It is still relatively safe to walk the streets and carjackings, especially of a 12 year old car, were unheard of in 1983.

    It was an organized crime area, and there were “mob wars,” especially in the period after 1980. The distance to South Street and time of day lead me to suspect an organized crime situation.

    Interestingly, on 2/14/05, a could, along with their SUV or pickup, also vanished from the South Street area.

  2. Kat August 16, 2013 / 12:59 pm

    Are you talking about Danielle Imbo and Richard Petrone? I know zero about Philly, even though I live in PA. Though I thought they disappeared later in the month. It was, and remains, a very odd case.

  3. Connie Stanchak November 8, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    I am Joseph Sireci’s daughter and our family has been actively searching for him since the day he disappeared.
    He went to be with my mother, now 92 years old and woke up her usual time – after he left for his job at Penn’s Landing around 5:30 AM. He supposedly stopped off to open the doors of a Laundry Mat located on South Street by a Frank Russo.
    His usual routine was to open the Laundry Mat and then head to Penn’s Landing Condominiums where he was a Maintenance person. He was to return home to pick up my mother and bring her to Grandparent’s Day in Cinnaminson, NJ.
    He never arrived home and never arrived at Grandparents Day.
    His car was never found nor has his remains.

    DNA was collected from his sibling, now deceased, myself and other pertinent family members and entered into the CODIS database.

    We have never given up our search for him.

    If there is anyone that has any information please contact the Philadelphia Police

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/7211/37

  4. Connie Stanchak November 8, 2013 / 10:24 pm

    I am Joseph Sireci’s daughter and our family has been actively searching for him since the day he disappeared.
    He went to bed with my mother, now 92 years old. When she woke up her usual time he had already left for his job at Penn’s Landing around 5:30 AM. He supposedly stopped off to open the doors of a Laundry Mat located on South Street by a Frank Russo.
    His usual routine was to open the Laundry Mat and then head to Penn’s Landing Condominiums where he was a Maintenance person. He was to return home to pick up my mother and bring her to Grandparent’s Day in Cinnaminson, NJ.
    He never arrived home and never arrived at Grandparents Day.
    His car was never found nor has his remains.

    DNA was collected from his sibling, now deceased, myself and other pertinent family members and entered into the CODIS database.

    We have never given up our search for him.

    If there is anyone that has any information please contact the Philadelphia Police

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/7211/37

  5. Connie Stanchak November 8, 2013 / 10:28 pm

    I am Joseph Sireci’s daughter and our family has been actively searching for him since the day he disappeared.
    He went to bed with my mother who is now 92 years old around 11:00 PM on May 26, 1983.

    When she woke up her usual time he had already left for his job at Penn’s Landing around 5:30 AM. He supposedly stopped off to open the doors of a Laundry Mat located on South Street, then owned by a Frank Russo.

    His usual routine was to open the Laundry Mat and then head to Penn’s Landing Condominiums where he was a Maintenance person.

    My mother and my father were planning to attend Grandparent’s Day at my children’s school. He was to return home to pick up my mother around 10:00 AM and bring her to Grandparent’s Day in Cinnaminson, NJ.
    He never arrived home and never arrived at Grandparents Day.
    It appeared he never arrived at Penn’s Landing Condominiums – his whereabouts from leaving his home and the Laundry Mat or thereafter were never determined.
    His car was never found nor has his remains been located.

    DNA was collected from his sibling, now deceased, myself and other pertinent family members and entered into the CODIS database.

    We have never given up our search for him.

    If there is anyone that has any information please contact the Philadelphia Police

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/7211/37

  6. Constance Sireci Stanchak June 27, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    I am joseph Sireci’s daughter and my mother died in 2015 never knowing what happened to her husband.

    Today bones and a head were uncovered at 1700 Tioga in an empty lot which was formerly the site of a laundromat.

    I need to find out who previously owned that propertu

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