Robert Louis Grossman
Grossman, approximately 1997
Date reported missing : 08/03/1997
Missing location (approx) :
Boca Raton, Florida
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 11/12/1978 (42)
Age at the time of disappearance: 18 years old
Height / Weight : 5'9, 135 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Blue shorts and no shirt or shoes.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Grossman has a large birthmark on the back of his left shoulder. His nickname is Bobby.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Grossman was last seen leaving his residence in Boca Raton, Florida on August 3, 1997. He got into a brief argument with his mother and left on foot at 9:30 p.m., without any identification or money. He has never been heard from again. His motherÂ at first assumed he had simply gone to stay with some friends for a few days. She reported him missing two days later.
Grossman's family suspects foul play was involved in his case. Three months after his disappearance, his girlfriend received a telephone call from someone who stated his body had been dumped in a canal near southwest 18th Street in Boca Raton. A search of the canal turned up no clues, however.
Authorities stated Grossman had no problems at home and wasn't involved with gangs. He was a senior at Spanish River High School, had a part-time job as a camp counselor at St. Andrews School, and planned to go to college. It's uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning or be out of touch with his loved ones.
Palm Beach County, Florida authorities are investigating Grossman's case.
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Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
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Florida Department of Law Enforcement
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The Palm Beach Post
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