During the last days of summer in 1976, 10-year-old Andy Puglisi went swimming at a public pool in Lawrence, MA, with his friends and younger siblings. By evening, everyone had made it home except for Andy, who seemed to have vanished into thin air.
Five child sex offenders were in the area where Andy disappeared, but police could never link his disappearance to any of them. More than 45 years later, the disappearance of Andy Puglisi remains one of the most perplexing missing children cases of the 1970s.
Andy's case gained renewed interest in the late '90s and early 2000s when a childhood friend, who had been with him the day he disappeared, produced a true crime documentary about her missing friend. In 2020, state police also vowed to solve the case once and for all.
Despite all the research and coverage the disappearance has garnered over the years, however, no one seems to know what happened to Andy Puglisi that day at the pool.
On August 21, 1976, Andy Puglisi Met Up With A Friend At The Pool Near His Apartment
Eventually, Melanie Perkins Asked Her Brother To Walk Her Home, Leaving Andy At The Pool
By 5:45 pm, Andy Had Vanished
Multiple Law Enforcement Parties Mounted A Search For The Child, With No Success