Montreal mobster mysteriously vanished in 2012, but only now are police talking about the case

The strange disappearance in 2012 of a Montreal man who was a quiet part of important moments in the history of the Mafia in Canada took an odd twist Tuesday when police suddenly released a public appeal to help solve the mystery.

Giuseppe “Joe” Renda, who would now be 56, vanished after leaving his Westmount home at lunchtime on May 4, 2012, Montreal police say. His car was later found in Montreal’s Little Italy. He spoke English and had a beard and a scar on his right ear.


Renda was linked to the powerful Mafia group in Montreal led at the time by Vito Rizzuto.

Renda shared a name with the more notorious and criminally powerful Renda family, that of Paolo Renda, who was Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto’s brother-in-law and consigliore, the third most powerful position in a mob clan.

His involvement in the family was far less than his distant relative, but he nonetheless played a role in three gangland events that marked the Mafia’s development in Canada.