Flashback Friday: Gerald Montrio

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Gerald Montrio, who vanished from Plymouth, Massachusetts on September 9, 1957. He disappeared together with his friend Bobby Rasmussen, but I don’t have a photo or any stats for Bobby other than his age — thirteen. Gerald was fifteen.

To all appearances, the boys drowned: their clothes were found by the harbor. But Gerald and Bobby’s sisters think there’s a chance they faked their deaths and ran away to escape a troubled home life.

If he’s still alive, Gerald would be 73 today.

(Appropos of nothing: I got a book out of the  library called Strange Red Cow: And Other Curious Classified Ads from the Past, by Sara Bader. When I took it off the shelf it fell open to a page about ads parents placed regarding missing children, and specifically the Charley Ross case. Strange coincidence.)

2 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Gerald Montrio

  1. Crystal October 24, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    Cases like this always make me think of Occam’s Razor–what’s the likelihood that two boys of those ages would fake their deaths together and never contact their families again? I could see one boy, but two?

    They drowned, I think. Undertow pulled the bodies out to sea.

  2. Margie October 26, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    I love strange coincidences!

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