MP of the week: Catalino Gomez

This week’s missing person is Catalino Gomez, a 54-year-old Hispanic man who disappeared from Orlando, Florida on June 3, 1994.

He was visiting relatives in Florida and someone accused him of molesting a ten-year-old girl. Afterwards, Gomez ran away without any of his belongings and was never seen or heard from again.

There’s a theory that he returned to Puerto Rico, where he’s from, and chose not to resurface because of the sex abuse allegation, but I’m not sure. As far as I know, there’s no warrants out for his arrest. Plus, how is he going to get to Puerto Rico? You would need to get on a ship or (probably) a plane, and would need money to buy a ticket and also probably identification, and he didn’t have those. I wonder if the possibility of suicide was investigated.

If he is indeed still alive and had gone into hiding in Puerto Rico, I highly doubt he’s going to reappear after 25 years. Given his age now (79) it’s possible he’s deceased.

9 thoughts on “MP of the week: Catalino Gomez

  1. Alice September 11, 2019 / 5:43 am

    Apparently William Moldt’s car was visible on Google Earth for twelve years. Looking at the picture, it feels rather creepy.

    • Meaghan September 11, 2019 / 5:44 am

      It must be very frustrating for his family to know that; he could have been found a decade earlier.

  2. marsyao September 11, 2019 / 8:25 am

    A link please ?

    • Meaghan September 11, 2019 / 9:43 am

      It’s on Moldt’s resolved casefile on the Charley Project. I heard the story, and got the photo, from a local resident. It happened right as Hurricane Dorian was dominating the local news so there were no articles about it.

      • marsyao September 11, 2019 / 11:14 am

        Saw it , thanks

  3. Patrick Kerrigan September 11, 2019 / 8:36 pm

    It is interesting, to see the vehicle on a satelitte image. I wonder why the vehicle was not spotted before. It makes me wonder how deep the water is in that spot. Also, from the shore noone could see the vehicle. Maybe we need to start getting satelitte images of more bodies of water. WHo knows how many vehicles we could find.

    There was a National Geographic program about a young woman, who identifies herself as a space archealogist. She uses satelitte images to find various ancient sites in Egypt, and a Viking settlement in part of Canada. She can see stuff on these images that we would not notice from the ground.

    • Meaghan September 11, 2019 / 8:37 pm

      The guy who emailed me said people went fishing at that lake all the time and nobody noticed anything untoward.

  4. Patrick Kerrigan September 12, 2019 / 8:52 pm

    Meaghan, it was nice of the two articles online to mention “The Charley Project”. It’s nice to get some free advertising. Now, we just need to start checking Google images for other bodies of water. Who knows what we might find. Maybe, Bigfoot, or Nessie.

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