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  1. #1
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    May 2005

    PA - John Lango, 17, Pottsville, 1 Jan 1988

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    Missing Since: January 1, 1988 from Pottsville, Pennsylvania
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: February 5, 1970
    Age: 17 years old
    Height and Weight: 6'1, 185 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Red hair, blue eyes. Lango has a burn scar on his upper right arm.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A gray jacket, jeans and tennis shoes.

    Details of Disappearance
    Lango was last seen leaving his family's residence in Pottsville, Pennsylvania at approximately 12:00 a.m. on January 1, 1988. He never returned home and has not been heard from again. Few details are available in his case.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pottsville Police Department

    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children


  2. #2
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    May 2005

    20-year Mystery Unsolved

    On New Year’s Day 1988, John Francis Lango, 17, left his Pottsville home about midnight.

    He never returned.

    Twenty years later, Lango’s disappearance remains unsolved, although the investigation is still continuing, Pottsville police said last week.

    “This is still an ongoing and active investigation,” Pottsville police Capt. Ronald J. Moser said. “Detective (Glenn) Dove is assigned to the case, and he is in contact with numerous missing persons organizations and has contact with family members of John Lango.”

    There are not many details available about the circumstances surrounding Lango’s disappearance, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

    A press release from the agency said Lango, born Feb. 5, 1970, was wearing blue jeans, a gray jacket and sneakers when he left his home. Blue-eyed and red-haired, Lango was 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. He also had a burn scar on his right upper arm.

    Lango, who would be 37, is classified as “endangered missing,” by the NCMEC


  3. #3
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    Feb 2005
    It's good that John got some publicity after all this time, but I wish the article provided more information about his disappearance. I mean, is there evidence that he ran away? What are the circumstances? It was New Year's, perhaps he was intoxicated? Those details would be useful.

  4. #4
    This article seems to indicate foul play:

    Someone can help solve 1988 case of missing teen


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    A 17-year-old boy or girl should not just vanish.

    John F. Lango, then a Pottsville Area High School student, walked out of his home about midnight on New Year’s Day 1988 and has not been seen since, at least not by anyone who’s talking.

    Law enforcement has followed leads. Lango’s family has provided DNA samples. Nothing has come of these efforts.

    Some people might think that, given the fact that this boy who went missing is now a man three years shy of 40, if he is still alive, that it doesn’t matter if this case is ever solved.

    On the contrary, it is more critical than ever that this case be resolved.

    If John Lango met with foul play Jan. 1, 1988, or sometime thereafter, that means there are people out there who need to be brought to justice. If he is alive, we need to know that so we need not worry about justice going undone.

    So much time has passed and many leads have grown cold. However, someone out there either knows or knew what happened to John Lango and, if that person, or persons, are still living, they must talk now while they still can.

  5. #5
    Though well no... yes they should say, it's like so many other missing, I've seen some cases in which they acted as if foul play was involved and once the person is found they start talking about suicide notes they had written.

  6. #6
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    Mar 2010
    Very few details are available in this case. It would be interesting to foind out:

    1.) Where John was going?
    2.) Any actions or activities leading up to his leaving home near Midnight on New Years Day?
    3.) Had John been drinking? Previously at a party on New Years Eve?
    4.) Any witnesses or leads in the investigation?


  7. #7
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    Mar 2010
    Bumping up for John.


  8. #8
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    Aug 2010
    The picture of him is his senior picture from the 1988 yearbook. There are also pictures of him in the other yearbooks.

  9. #9
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    Nov 2013

    Question More info?

    Hey all, so I know this is quite delayed and I'm not even from the Pennsylvania area, but I had family who lived out there. Pottsville seems like a tiny town, I'm sure everybody knows everybody but let's rewind 26 years ago. Hard to believe that I was born in 1988 and am inquiring about this even now. I am simply interested in this case.

    People go missing all the time, and I've always found these cases to be extremely interesting. Too bad I didn't go into this field of forensics or solving cases like these. Did John leave directly at midnight via car? Did he just run away while he was intoxicated? Was he depressed about something? There has to be more information about this case. Should I resort to seeking out his old classmates? Ayyy just may need to do that

    I came across John's picture last year and I always wondered whatever happened to him exactly, does anybody know if he has been found deceased by any chance? It's unfortunate, but for some reason, I think we deserve some closure here regardless how long it's been. So if anybody knows any information, please let me know!
    Last edited by z_dubzz8; 06-11-2014 at 06:37 AM.

  10. #10
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    Dec 2013
    NSW, Australia
    He was featured in the first Runaway train vid with Aundria Bowman. Some brilliant & very dedicated WS members managed to track it down somehow for Aundria's birth mother - it's linked in Aundria's thread which is the only reason I knew where to find it.

    This is the version I saw first over 20 years ago in Australia. Eventually they pulled it & re-released it with Australian cases, unfortunately most had already been identified as victims of Ivan Milat & their were complaints that they were labelling kids who had left involuntarily as runaways.

    With hindsight, it's hard to argue John & Aundria weren't incorrectly labelled voluntary runaways too.

    John is at 1.06.


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  11. #11
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    Jan 2014
    Puerto Rico
    27 years missing this year. How can a person just vanish like that?

  12. #12
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    Mar 2010
    Bumping up for John,

    Why is there not more information? Is it known how many relatives he had? How many are still living?


  13. #13
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    Mar 2010

    There is a public Facebook page claiming to be by John's brother Tim. It states that there are very little updates on the case, but Tim says that there was chaos in the Lango home that night because John and his friend David had been drinking. The police came to arrest David, who was "flipping out." John said, "I am out of here!" Tim followed John down the street, and a car picked up John. Tim does not remember anything about the car itself.

    That was the last Tim ever saw of John. (As this is a public page, I hope this is OK to post.)


    Last edited by Satch; 03-18-2016 at 07:08 AM.

  14. #14
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    Jun 2014
    New England
    Hey all,
    I wanted to know if there appears to be a resemblance to the John Doe found in 1990 in Virginia, link to facial reconstruction below. Note that the lower jaw bone was not found. I can see a resemblance through the nose and eyes but wanted to run it by others.
    Doe Network case file 2467UMVA


  15. #15
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    Jan 2012
    John and a friend had been drinking that night. There was an altercation at our house involving John's friend. John walked down the street to the corner and a car was waiting for him. I do not remember the make and model. I was only 10yrs old.

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