Here is another potential suspect in the Lyon Sisters' disappearance. Although it is not known if he was in Maryland on 25 March 1975, he was active as a serial killer of children at that time, and similarities in victims and circumstances with his known crimes and that of the Lyon case bear looking into.
Andre Rand was born Frank Rushan March 11th, 1944. He changed his name to Andre Rand in 1968 after working as a janitor at the Willowbrook mental institution. A native of Manhatten, New York, he would have been 31 years old at the time of the Lyon sisters' disappearance.
On 25 May 1969, Rand had his first brush with the law when he abducted and tried to have sex with a 9-year-old girl. He was caught before the assault occurred and served 16 months for attempted sexual assault.
On 7 July 1972, five-year-old Alice Pereia went missing from her Staten Island home. She was last seen walking with Andre Rand, a janitor in her apartment building.
On 7 April 1975, Steven Anderson, 17, and David Williams, 12, went missing from a State School in New Jersey. Both boys were mentally challenged. Some investigators think that Rand could have been involved in their disappearance.
In 1977, Audrey Lyn Nergenberg, an eighteen-year-old went missing. Her disappearance is believed by some to be linked to Rand.
In 1979, Rand was accused of raping a young woman and a 15-year-old girl but since neither pressed charges, he was never indicted.
In 1981, Rand tried to entice a 9-year-old girl into his car with candy. When she refused, he followed her home. She hid from him and no charges were filed.
Another little girl, Holly Ann Hughes, was not so lucky. She disappeared 15 July 1981 and has never been found.
In 1983, Rand drove to the Staten Island YMCA and picked up a group of 11 children, bought them White Castle hamburgers and took them to the Newark Airport to watch the planes. Though no children were harmed, Rand was charged with unlawful imprisonment for which he served 10 months in jail.
On 14 August 1983, 10-year-old Tiahease Tiawanna Jackson went missing.
On 9 June 1984, Henry Gafforio, 22, went missing from his Port Richmond neighborhood. Last seen at the "Spa Lounge" shortly after 04.00 A.M. that morning, Gafforio was thought by some to have been a victom of Andre Rand.
On 9 July 1987, 12-year-old Jennifer Schweiger, a little girl with Down’s Syndrome, disappeared. A month later, her nude body was found in a shallow grave near Rand’s makeshift campsite on the grounds of Willowbrook State Mental Facility (now the College of Staten Island).
In 1988, Rand was convicted of the 1987 abduction of Jennifer Schweiger, a resident of Westerleigh, NY. The Staten Island jury could not reach a verdict on a murder charge in that case.
In 2004, Rand was indicted in the 1983 disappearance of 10-year-old Tiahease Tiawanna Jackson.
In October 2004, Rand was found guilty in state Supreme Court, St. George, of abducting Holly Ann Hughes, 7, as she walked on a street in her Port Richmond, NY neighborhood 23 years earlier (1981). Her body was never found.
Although never formally charged, Rand's name has surfaced in connection with several other disappearances back dating to 1972 on Staten Island.
The bodies of at least seven missing people - possible victims of Rand - are still unaccounted for including Alice Pereia, Holly Ann Hughes, Tiahease Tiawanna Jackson, Steven Anderson, David Williams, Henry Gafforio and Audrey Lyn Nergenberg.
One of the unusual characteristics of Andre Rand is that most of his victims were random strangers. Most kidnappers either know or are at least somewhat acquainted with their victims.
Rand is serving consecutive 25-years-to-life sentences for his two kidnapping convictions. He is not eligible for parole until 2037, when he'll be 93 years old.