National Hispanic Heritage Month: Marco Cadenas

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month I’m featuring a Hispanic missing person every day from September 15 to October 15. Today’s case is Marco Antonio Cadenas, a nine-year-old biracial black/Hispanic boy who disappeared from Miami, Florida on May 11, 1994.

I should note that Marco’s family background was troubled, to say the least. I’m not sure what role, if any, his biological father played in his life, but the man was killed in a police shootout in Ohio in July 1994, two months after Marco disappeared. There was some domestic violence between Marco’s mother and his stepfather, and some drug issues with the mom.

Marco, who called his stepfather “Daddy,” left on the day of his disappearance because he was upset that his mother had hit his stepfather with a bottle. His mother went into drug rehab later that year. I don’t know where his mom and stepfather are today, or if they’re still alive, or what other family Marco has.

So where is Marco? If this was an older child, the circumstances would indicate he left on his own: he was mad at his mother, they had an argument, and she threatened to punish him. He walked out the door and never came back.

But he was nine. Could a nine-year-old, even a streetwise one, have really managed to run away and never come back? And would he have done so without so much as a pair of shoes?

If he’s still alive, and I hope he is, Marco Cadenas would be 33 years old today.

3 thoughts on “National Hispanic Heritage Month: Marco Cadenas

  1. Christie September 27, 2018 / 1:45 am

    Well here is the good news there are only 18 kids in NamUs unidentified, that even come close to that description none of which are him, I looked. I will double check but, 99.9% sure. I will check other resources as well. He is in NamUs the link is not showing on Charley so here it is. Real cute kid.
    https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/5908

  2. Meaghan September 27, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    Her sister emailed me last night.

  3. Chris March 29, 2019 / 9:06 pm

    Marcos was my best friend when i was a child
    His mom died of a OD or Suicide in north miami not long after this. He was always beaten by his mom and the step father i remember. Parents were into drugs it was known in the Neighbourhood about them There were Rumors to what really happend.

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