Character Descriptions

Andy Puglisi

ANDY PUGLISI
Angelo (Andy) Puglisi was abducted from the Higgins Memorial Pool in Lawrence, MA on August 21, 1976. He was ten years old.

 

 

 

MELANIE PERKINS

MELANIE PERKINS
Andy’s childhood friend, was with Andy at the pool the day he disappeared. Perkins is an accomplished filmmaker having worked in documentary television for 15 years. In 1998 she began documenting the search for answers to Andy’s disappearance. "Have You Seen Andy?" is Perkins' directorial debut. It
won the Emmy Award for Best Investigative Journalism - Long Form
in 2008.


FAITH PUGLISI

FAITH PUGLISI
Faith Puglisi is the mother of eight children. Of Faith’s eight children, six remain. In addition to losing Andy, his brother, Chandler, died in a tragic accident at the age of 17. Faith remains a survivor and is a licensed nurse caring for disabled foster children in her home.

ANGELO PUGLISI

ANGELO PUGLISI
Angelo Puglisi is Andy’s father, and has been actively searching for Andy for the past 30 years. He remained in the area and is currently employed with the Lawrence school system.

 

MICHAEL PUGLISI

MICHAEL PUGLISI
Milchael Puglisi is Andy’s brother and is married with two children of his own. By all accounts Michael was among the last to see Andy the day he disappeared. Shortly after Andy vanished, Michael received a phone from someone claiming to be Andy but the telephone line suddenly went dead. It has never been determined whether the call was actually from Andy.

BILL AND JEFF PERKINS

BILL AND JEFF PERKINS
Bill and Jeff Perkins are Andy’s childhood friends who lived in the neighborhood and helped with the search. They are also Melanie’s brothers.

 

MIKE MOLCHAN

MIKE MOLCHAN
Mike Molchan was the Captain of the Lawrence Police Department having worked there from 1975-2006. He is currently retired.

 

MIKE CARELLI

MIKE CARELLI
Mike Carelli is a former Detective with the Lawrence Police Department from 1972 to 1997. He re-opened the investigation into Andy’s disappearance in the early 80s by bringing in psychic Andrew Barnhart and beginning an excavation in the area near the pool.

ANDREW BARNHART

ANDREW BARNHART
Andrew Barnhart is a psychic brought in to work on Andy’s case in 1982 by the Lawrence Police Department. A former truck driver, Barnhart reportedly helped law enforcement across the country in several missing children’s cases. He committed suicide in 2005.

JOHN (JACK) GARVIN

JOHN (JACK) GARVIN
John (Jack) Garvin is formerly a Sergeant with the State Police assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s office. Jack has been with the State Police since 1974. He worked on Andy’s case from 1998 to 2000. He has since been promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to another division.

AL MINTZ

AL MINTZ
Al Mintz a former detective with the Providence Police Department from 1968-1978. He is the only law enforcement official Wayne W. Chapman agreed to talk with. Mintz interrogated Chapman in 1976 and has never forgotten the experience. He remains haunted by unsolved missing and murdered children’s cases in which he believes Chapman was involved.

ANONYMOUS RAPE VICTIM

ANONYMOUS RAPE VICTIM
The Anonymous rape victim a man who in 1975 at age 11 was abducted and raped near the swimming pool where Andy vanished. Wayne W. Chapman, a suspect in Andy’s abduction, was convicted of the rape.  This is the first time the rape victim has spoken publicly.

PAULA ERICKSON

PAULA ERICKSON
Paula Erickson is a former therapist with the Massachusetts Treatment Center for the Sexually Dangerous (1988-1992). She is considered a ‘whistle-blower’ for what she claims is the illegal release and monitoring of dangerous sex offenders in Massachusetts. Several of Erickson’s former Treatment Center clients were released into the community against her recommendation only to commit more serious crimes including multiple murders.

RAY CLARKE

RAY CLARKE
Ray Clark claims to have witnessed the abduction of Andy Puglisi.He was interviewed by the Lawrence Police several years after Andy’s abduction, but because Ray was only 4 years old at the time, the police did not pursue his testimony. More than 30 years after Andy’s abduction, Ray’s account of what he saw that day has not varied.

ANNMARIE  MIRES, Ph.D.

ANNMARIE  MIRES, Ph.D.
Dr. Mires is a Forensic Anthropologist who works at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston and as a consultant to the Molly Bish Center for the Protection of Children and the Elderly.  She also teaches Forensic Anthropology as an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts, Anna Maria College, Bay Path College, and Southern New England School of Law. 

ERNIE ALLEN

ERNIE ALLEN
Ernie Allen is President & Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. He was co-founder of the private, nonprofit Center, which has helped recover 50,000 children, while increasing its recovery rate from 62% in 1990 to 93% today.

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