Rafala, approximately 1966
Date reported missing : 11/04/1966
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 24 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4, 140 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A windbreaker, a white shirt, pants, and socks.
Medical conditions : Rafala is mentally disabled. Prior to his disappearance, he had complained of severe headaches, and was supposed to see a doctor about them.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Rafala speaks poor English.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Rafala was last seen in Middletown, Connecticut on November 4, 1966. He lived with his family on Spring Street. When his family woke up, he wasn't in bed. He apparently left home without his shoes or coat and has never been heard from again.
He had not been living in the United States for very long, and his English was poor. His was supposed to see a doctor about his headaches a few days after he disappeared, and his family believes he may have been frightened and left becauseĀ of the upcoming appointment. His case remains unsolved.
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Middletown Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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