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    PA - Louis Mackerley, 7, Allentown, 7 June 1984

    Missing Since: June 7, 1984 from Allentown, Pennsylvania
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction
    Date Of Birth: February 15, 1977
    Age: 7 years old
    Height and Weight: 4'0 - 4'1, 44 pounds

    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond/brown hair, blue eyes. Mackerley was missing four teeth at the time of his disappearance. He has two odd-shaped circular burn scars on the right side of his chest. Mackerley walks slowly and often leans forward as he does so. When he speaks, he puts his hands on his hips.

    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A short-sleeved green-striped or navy and white-striped shirt, long blue pants or jeans with a red tag on the rear pocket that reads "Doggie," an elastic belt with trim and a buckle shaped like a train, pink socks, and brown shoes.

    Medical Conditions: Mackerley has been diagnosed as hyperactive and must take twice-daily doses of Ritalin to control his condition. If he does not take the medicine, he may suffer from lapses of memory. Mackerley has a history of learning and emotional disabilities.

    Details of Disappearance:

    Mackerley came home from school and told his babysitter that he was going to walk two doors from his family's house in the 300 block of Chew Street to play with friends during the afternoon of June 7, 1984 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Witnesses observed Mackerley walking between Fourth Street and Gordon Street about a block from his second-floor apartment home in the 360 block of Chew Street, but what happened to him afterwards is unclear.

    The owner of Marco's Doggie Shop, a local hot dog stand, stated that Mackerley came in at 4:00 p.m. and spent approximately 45 minutes browsing around the store. Mackerley told the shop owner that he was in the store to avoid some teenaged boys who were chasing him. He left at 4:45 p.m. and walked east on Gordon Street that afternoon. His parents believe he may have been headed for the Chew Street home of an elderly woman he liked to visit. The two boys who were chasing Mackerley that day were later interviewed by law enforcement and are not thought to have been involved in his disappearance.

    Another witness claimed to have seen Mackerley talking to an unidentified man and woman in a park near Jordan Creek, approximately one block from his residence, at approximately 4:30 p.m. This area was about one block away from Mackerley's residence; the story was not confirmed, but it has not been ruled out as a possible scenario either. Mackerley has never been heard from again.

    Mackerley's parents did not report him missing until 11:10 p.m. that evening. His mother had been in the hospital undergoing surgery, and he was in the care of other relatives at the time of his disappearance. He liked to stay out late and usually did not return home until about 9:30 p.m. Once he left the house in the early morning hours and accidentally locked himself out; his parents installed a special lock on the door to prevent this event from occuring again. When Mackerley did not come home late in the evening of June 7 and did not answer parents' calls for him, they contacted police. An extensive search of the area turned up no clues to his whereabouts.

    Mackerley enjoyed playing near water, particularly near Jordan Creek and Lehigh River, at the time of his disappearance. Shortly before he vanished he mentioned that he would like to visit Dorney Park. No trace of him was found at any of those places. His parents took lie detector tests early on in the investigation and were ruled out as suspects in their son's disappearance. There were rumors that they had abused and/or neglected Mackerley, but the Social Services investigated and found the allegations to be without merit. Mackerley's parents have three other children, two boys and a girl; he is their second-oldest child.

    In January of 1984, Mackerley told his parents, his school's nurse, and a psychologist that he had been molested by a couple named Frank and Elizabeth. His accounts of the alleged incident differed; once he said he had been molested on the railroad tracks near Jordan Street and the Lehigh River and other times he said Frank and Elizabeth had driven him to an apartment in Allentown and molested him there before taking him back to his own neighborhood. There may have been more than one incident. Mackerley says the couple threatened to hurt him if he told anybody about what they had done. The Allentown police were notified but could not find enough evidence to warrant an investigation, as Mackerley could not provide any last names or addresses in his accounts. It is not known whether molestation(s), if they actually happened, have anything to do with Mackerley's disappearance six months later.

    In 1988, David Riggs, a self-proclaimed private investigator from New York who claimed to have founded an organization called Search Seven to look for Mackerley and other missing children, was arrested in West Virginia after he accosted five young boys and offered to pay them to pose wearing bikini underwear. None of the boys took him up on the offer. Riggs pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted child abduction and one count of sexual abuse in connection with the incidents and was sentenced to a year in prison. Investigators looked into the possibility that Riggs was involved in Mackerley's abduction, but they found no evidence indicating this and he was eventually ruled out as a suspect. He was at one time a doctoral candidate at Columbia University. He has previously served time in prison but not for child abuse-related crimes. Riggs does not have a private investigator's license in New York and the organization he had supposedly founded, Search Seven, is not registered as a non-profit corporation in that state.

    Eleven months after Mackerley disappeared, his family moved into the house in the 390 block of Chew Street that he liked to visit. The elderly female friend of Mackerley's who had lived there was moving to a retirement home and Mackerley's family wanted to be at a place he knew and might return to. He had often played at the residence and had dreamed of living there someday. Mackerley's parents were unable to make the mortgage payments for the home, in spite of contributions from community members who were moved by their plight. They filed for bankruptcy and moved to Effort, Pennsylvania in 1989. The Chew Street residence has been vacant since that time.

    Mackerley is described as friendly and talkative but a loner and a timid child who was afraid to sleep alone. He had a short attention span and had trouble writing and paying attention in school. Because of this, he was due to enter a class for learning-disabled students in the fall of 1984. Mackerley was born near Stanhope, New Jersey and moved to the Allentown area in June of 1983, a year before his disappearance. His case remains unsolved; he is believed to have been abducted by a non-family member. His parents believe he may be alive and not remember who he is. His case was re-opened in 2004, twenty years after his disappearance.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Allentown Police Department
    610-437-7721

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...ley_louis.html

    Last edited by KateB; 06-07-2015 at 03:52 PM. Reason: added photo.

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    I was in Allentown recently and put up some flyers of Louis at the park near his house. I wonder what happened to him.

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    It sounds like a stranger abduction to me. I don't think anyone in his family was involved, anyway.

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    Hi
    This is sweet what you have done for this little boy.He looked like such a sweet child.Did they ever find the couple he said molested him.I wonder what did his brother or sister have to say or where they are now.I wonder if the newspaper can run another story on him.I'll help any way I can to get his story out there.some one knows something.

    suzanne

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    Here's a picture of the park where I posted his flyer:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v368/ginad42/005.jpg

    I'm pretty sure this is the park referred to in his case description, where a witness reported him talking to an unidentified man and woman. The park is about a block or so from his house - it's called Jordan Meadows Park. Off to the right of the photo I posted, there is a creek hidden by a lot of brush. I assume they searched this area. On the goalpost you can see one of the flyers I posted. As far as I know, they never found out anything about the man and woman who were allegedly molesting him.

    The most recent article I can find is from 2004, 20 years after he disappeared:
    http://www.officer.com/article/artic...&siteSection=1

    This year he turned 30 years old. Maybe we can write some local newspapers and try to get them to run another article.

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    I am louis's sister. My brother has not been found. My family has not given up hope in anyway. We all wait and hope that he will be found.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grimmy6666 View Post
    I am louis's sister. My brother has not been found. My family has not given up hope in anyway. We all wait and hope that he will be found.
    Welcome.I'm glad your here.I'm so sorry that this happened to you all and to little Louis.I pray you find the answers one day.Please do not give up.The answers are out there.
    ALL EVIL NEEDS TO SUCCEED IS FOR GOOD PEOPLE TO DO NOTHING!!!!

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    He's still in my prayers to find him.
    ALL EVIL NEEDS TO SUCCEED IS FOR GOOD PEOPLE TO DO NOTHING!!!!

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    I thought I would bump up little Louis to keep his picture and information out there to help find him.
    ALL EVIL NEEDS TO SUCCEED IS FOR GOOD PEOPLE TO DO NOTHING!!!!


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    There is a time discrepancy in the narrative. The hot dog shop owner said Louis was in his store from around 4 pm to 4:45 pm but "another witness" claims he/she saw him talking with a couple in a park at 4:30. I guess this could be due to witnesses approximating the time but it's interesting nonetheless.

    I notice his parents were quite lax with him, no way I would ever have been allowed to wander the neighborhood streets at 9:30 in the evening when I was 7, in fact I had to be in bed by 8:30 on school days, and I don't think the times had changed that much between 1970 and 1984, a young kid out by himself that late must have stood out. I can easily imagine all sorts of troubles a kid with that much freedom of movement can get himself into. He may even have accidentally drowned, it says he liked playing near the river.

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    As a young child in the early 1990s I regularly played in the streets after dark, but I live in a very small town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meggilyweggily View Post
    As a young child in the early 1990s I regularly played in the streets after dark, but I live in a very small town.
    Of course a child's freedom of movement varies according to the environment, for example during summers we stayed at our cottage on a lake island where all the neighbors were either relatives or close friends so we (my kid sister, my cousins and I) were afforded a lot of freedom even after dark as long as we stayed clear of "the beach" at the end of the bridge to the mainland where all the "hippies" hung out. To my parents and aunts and uncles anybody aged 16 to 25 was a "hippie" and those were by definition bad influence on us kids. Naturally we found them fascinating. There are about 30 cottages on the island so it's like a very small town I suppose.

    However, Allentown may not be a large city but it's a big town, not the kind of place 7-year-olds should be let free to roam alone in the evening. There were teenaged boys harassing Louis earlier in the day, who knows what sort of demented scheme such kids sometimes come up with, maybe they did something to him, perhaps meant as a joke, that turned ugly?

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    Any chance this is him, it resembles him a lot.

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/96umfl.html

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    The polaroid photo from the Florida Van...

    Quote Originally Posted by AmandaBrown23 View Post
    Any chance this is him, it resembles him a lot.

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/96umfl.html
    The boy in the doe case file is estimated to be 12 years old in 1989, five years after Louis disappeared from his Allentown, PA home.

    The photo was a polaroid which fell from a van in Florida. There was also a picture of a girl whom some believe was Tara Calico, who went missing in 1988.

    There is a resemblence between Louis and the unknown boy, but the five year difference between the two incidents would make for a very remote chance that they are the same boy.

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