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12 years ago, this boy of Latino origin mysteriously disappeared in Brooklyn. His family and the police are still looking for him.


Patrick Alford was seven years old when he suddenly vanished from the sight of his surrogate mother. The researchers have conducted 14,000 interviews and reviewed 9,000 apartments without success. There is a hefty reward.

The New York police announced that they have not stopped searching for a boy of Latino origin who disappeared from a foster home in Brooklyn borough exactly 12 years ago.

Investigators have searched endlessly for him, conducting more than 14,000 interviews, visiting 9,000 apartments, and even trying to track him down with police dogs.

But the mystery still stands. 

Patrick Alford at the time of disappearance.

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Patrick Alford was seven years old when he disappeared on January 22, 2010, while accompanying his surrogate mother, Librada Morán, to take out the garbage from their home, located on the 11th floor of an apartment complex in East New York.

The woman assures that the child was next to her, but she turned her head briefly and when she looked again it was gone, according to the local channel Pix11.

Police have released sketches of how they believe the boy has changed and what he must look like now, more than a decade after he disappeared.

Investigators were scheduled to return this weekend to the apartment building where the boy was last seen.

There is also a $250,000 reward for anyone who can provide information on his whereabouts. 

Patrick, who would turn 19 last November, lived in the Moran home with his younger sister, Jayleen, after the children were removed from their birth mother's home in late 2009, just after Christmas of that year.

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Police initially believed that the boy had run away to return to his mother, or that her mother, Jennifer Rodriguez, was involved in the disappearance, and were subjected to extensive questioning.

But Rodriguez, who was struggling with depression and drug problems at the time, passed a lie detector test.

On one occasion, in 2014, the woman was visited by the local channel PIX11 and showed that she still had her son's slippers, sheets and toys stored in a corner of her apartment. 

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Rodríguez then recalled the last time he says he saw his son, during a supervised visit in January 2010. "He was pulling a chair and he wasn't looking at me," he said.

“'I want to go home, mommy,' he says she told him. 

The boy was having trouble adjusting to his new home and had threatened to run away because he wanted to return to his mother.

“His spirit of him was broken.

Patrick was distressed," his aunt Blanca Toledo, who was also on that visit, assured the channel.

They also interviewed other relatives in New York, Florida and Maryland.

Police dogs tracked her scent to a bus stop not far from the foster home.

Ray Kelly was an NYPD commissioner at the time Patrick Alford Jr. disappeared, once recounting that 14,000 interviews were conducted in the case and 9,000 apartments entered.

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Image of Patrick Alford at the time of his disappearance in 2010, when he was 7 years old, compared to what he would look like now according to a sketch released by the authorities.

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The Spring Creek complex, where the little boy lived, has 46 buildings.

Investigators questioned sex offenders in the area and scoured nearby creeks and other bodies of water.

But they could not find the whereabouts of the child. 

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In recent years, a $6 million trust was established for Alford after his family won a lawsuit in federal court against the city and a foster care agency, and of that amount a $250,000 reward has been earmarked for whoever Offer information leading to your finding.

Source: telemundo

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