See Worcester’s Unsolved Murders and Missing People Cases

 by Tom MarinoMay 23, 2022

WORCESTER – There are more than 70 active unsolved murders and missing persons cases being investigated by the Worcester Police Department. These homicide and missing persons cases cover nearly 70 years from 1951 to 2019.

If anyone has information about any incident they can send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at 508-799-8651.

The following information has been compiled from data provided by the Worcester Police Department.

John Sousa

Unsolved Homicide
Was
56 years old on Jun 05, 2019
Location of Incident:
536 Park Ave
Cause of Death
Blunt force trauma
Body was found in van at Early’s garge after being towed from a parking lot at 645 Park Ave.

George Saydee

Unsolved Homicide
Was
33 years old on Nov 30, 2014
Location of Incident:
3 Duncannon Ave (Wexford Village)
Cause of Death
Gunshot wound
Shot during argument in rear of 3 Duncannon Ave.

Jonathan Kapulka

Unsolved Homicide
Was
33 years old on Jul 03, 2012
Location of Incident:
220 Grafton St
Cause of Death
Gunshot wound
Shot in head while watching fireworks with family members.

Nathan Otero

Unsolved Homicide
Was
27 years old on Oct 17, 2012
Location of Incident:
20 Clason Rd
Cause of Death
Gunshot wound
Was found in the parking lot of Clason Rd Beach with a gunshot wound to the head.

Ryan Deans

Unsolved Homicide
Was
32 years old on Jan 26, 2011
Location of Incident:
5 Rice Ln.
Cause of Death
Gunshot wound
Shot while sitting in car outside 5 Rice Ln.

Edwis Pena

Unsolved Homicide
Was
20 years old on Oct 31, 2010
Location of Incident:
28 Preston St.
Cause of Death
Gunshot wound
Shot during a home invasion.

Luis Rosario

Unsolved Homicide
Was
25 years old on Apr 12, 2009
Location of Incident:
8 Hammond Street
Cause of Death
Shot Heart
25 year old male was shot on 4-12-09 at 8 Hammond St. He was shot during an after hours party by a Spanish male late teens to early twenties who fled in a small 4 door vehicle.

Patricia Santos

Missing Endangered Person
Was
36 years old on Mar 19, 2009
Location of Incident:
2 Sigourney Street
Cause of Death
N/A
36 year old female reported missing 2-19-2009 from 2 Sigourney Street. Santos was in a volatile relationship in the past and investigators are concerned.

William Smith

Unsolved Homicide
Was
19 years old on Aug 21, 2008
Location of Incident:
59 N. Ashland Street
Cause of Death
Stabbed Chest
19 year old male was stabbed on 8-21-2008 at 59 N. Ashland Street after a fight broke out at a house party he was attending.

Luis Acevedo

Unsolved Homicide
Was
24 years old on Oct 31, 2007
Location of Incident:
4 N. Ashland Street
Cause of Death
Shot Heart
24 year old male was shot on 10-31-09 at 4 N. Ashland Street along with Andrew Robinson.

Andrew Robinson

Unsolved Homicide
Was
29 years old on Oct 31, 2007
Location of Incident:
4 N. Ashland Street
Cause of Death
Shot Heart
29 year old male was shot on 10-31-09 at 4 N. Ashland Street along with Luis Acevedo.

Waldemar Feliciano

Missing Endangered Person
Was
23 years old on Dec 26, 2005
Location of Incident:
63 Eastern Avenue
Cause of Death
N/A
23 year old male missing from 63 Eastern Avenue since November of 2005. Spanish male, 5'7", 170 pounds, last seen by his girlfriend. Feliciano was involved in the sale of illegal narcotics.

Andre Edmonds

Unsolved Homicide
Was
29 years old on Jul 18, 2004
Location of Incident:
Lakeside Avenue Apartments
Cause of Death
Shot
29 year old male was shot to death on 7-18-2004 at the Lakeside Avenue Housing Complex. Gang activity is suspected in this death.

Salorin Lopez

Unsolved Homicide
Was
24 years old on Aug 19, 2004
Location of Incident:
275 Pleasant Street
Cause of Death
Shot Abdomen
24 year old victim was shot to death while seated in his car on Hawley Street on 8-19-2004. A female passenger was also struck by stray bullets but survived her injuries. Weeks earlier, Lopez was involved in a fight in a bar where his face was slashed. Gang activity is suspected in this death.

Kwaku Osei-Owusu

Unsolved Homicide
Was
21 years old on Aug 01, 2003
Location of Incident:
50 Franklin Street
Cause of Death
Multiple Gun Shots
21 year old male was shot to death on 8-1-2003 along with Frank Vanney while seated in a car at the intersection of Franklin Street and Portland Street. A newer model white sedan with tinted windows was described as the suspect vehicle.

Frank Vanney

Unsolved Homicide
Was
23 years old on Aug 01, 2003
Location of Incident:
50 Franklin Street
Cause of Death
Shot Chest
23 year old male was shot to death on 8-1-2003 along with Kwaku Osei-Owusu while seated in a car at the intersection of Franklin Street and Portland Street. A newer model white sedan with tinted windows was described as the suspect vehicle.

Candace Scola

Unsolved Homicide
Was
32 years old on Jul 05, 2002
Location of Incident:
3 Knox Street
Cause of Death
Stab Chest
32 year old female brutally stabbed to death in her residence at 3 Knox Street. The last person to see her alive was her estranged husband.

Carlos Tirado

Unsolved Homicide
Was
34 years old on Oct 08, 2002
Location of Incident:
100 Front Street
Cause of Death
Head Trauma
34 year old male died as a result of a fall from the Worcester Center Parking Garage at 100 Front Street. Foul play is suspected in this death. A 911 call for service to his brother's address on the same day revealed his brother being shot in the arm.

Juan Carlos Gonzalez

Unsolved Homicide
Was
22 years old on Feb 10, 2001
Location of Incident:
141 Chandler Street
Cause of Death
Shot Thigh
22 year old male was shot to death on 2-10-2001 at an after hours party at 141 Chandler Street with approximately 20 to 30 witnesses. No witnesses came forward in the case. It was believed that Gonzalez was not the intended target of the shooting.

Elizabeth Matos

Unsolved Homicide
Was
16 years old on Mar 15, 2001
Location of Incident:
30 Parker Street
Cause of Death
Shot Head
16 year old female was shot dead along with William Vega while walking down Dewey Street on 3-15-2001.

William Vega

Unsolved Homicide
Was
19 years old on Mar 15, 2001
Location of Incident:
30 Parker Street
Cause of Death
Shot Back
19 year old male was shot dead along with Elizabeth Matos while walking down Dewey Street on 3-15-2001.

Paul Mairano

Unsolved Homicide
Was
21 years old on Jan 25, 2000
Location of Incident:
5 Shrewsbury Street
Cause of Death
Gun Shot Head
21 year old male was found in the trunk of his vehicle with a gunshot wound to his head. The vehicle, a gray 1999 Lexus CS300, was towed from the area of 108 Eastern Avenue prior to his body being discovered. He was last seen alive on 12-26-1999 by his father.

Florence Jette

Unsolved Homicide
Was
47 years old on Dec 31, 1998
Location of Incident:
12 Wellington Street
Cause of Death
Asphyxia/Neck Trauma
47 year old female was found dead at 12 Wellington Street, Apartment 2 on 12-31-1998. An autopsy showed she died of asphyxia and neck trauma. She was found unresponsive by her boyfriend.

Marlon Santos

Missing Endangered Person
Was
5 Months years old on Nov 07, 1998
Location of Incident:
175 Eastern Avenue
Cause of Death
N/A
5 month old male missing from 175 Eastern Avenue on 11-5-1998. Last seen by his foster mother who failed to report him missing for two days.

Eddie Wheeler

Unsolved Homicide
Was
26 years old on Dec 26, 1998
Location of Incident:
Millbury Street
Cause of Death
Multiple Gun Shots
26 year old male was shot to death in the rear of Honey Farms on Harding Street on 12-26-1998. He had been at Festa's Dog House on Millbury Street prior to the shooting and there was a large altercation between Wheeler and his friends and members of a local gang.

Alfredo Burgos

Unsolved Homicide
Was
21 years old on Aug 17, 1997
Location of Incident:
50 Great Brook Valley Drive
Cause of Death
Multiple Gun Shots
21 year old male died on 8-17-1997 outside of 50 Great Brook Valley Drive after being shot multiple times.

Herbert Mikell

Unsolved Homicide
Was
35 years old on May 02, 1997
Location of Incident:
179 Pleasant Street
Cause of Death
Stabbed Abdomen
35 year old male was stabbed to death outside of 179 Pleasant Street on 5-2-1997.

Eddy Reynoso

Unsolved Homicide
Was
25 years old on Oct 18, 1997
Location of Incident:
108 Piedmont Street
Cause of Death
Shot Chest
25 year old male was shot to death on 10-18-1997 at his apartment located at 108 Piedmont Street. He was believed to be involved in the sale of illegal narcotics.

Peter Alario

Unsolved Homicide
Was
46 years old on May 14, 1996
Location of Incident:
25 Eckman Street
Cause of Death
Blunt Head Trauma
46 year old male was bludgeoned to death in his apartment at 25 Eckman Street on 5-14-1996. Alario was involved in the sale of illegal narcotics.

Edwin Beltran

Unsolved Homicide
Was
24 years old on Oct 28, 1996
Location of Incident:
169 Tacoma Street
Cause of Death
Shot in Back
24 year old male was shot in the back at 169 Tacoma Street on 10-28-1996. Beltran was believed to be the victim of a gang war that was going on at the time.

Isais Feliciano

Unsolved Homicide
Was
20 years old on Jan 03, 1996
Location of Incident:
272 Pleasant Street
Cause of Death
Shot in Back
20 year old male was shot to death while walking up Pleasant Street in the area of Piedmont Street on 1-3-1996. Three male suspects were seen fleeing the scene toward Newbury Street.

Vincent Martin

Unsolved Homicide
Was
44 years old on Dec 28, 1995
Location of Incident:
578 Millbury Street
Cause of Death
Massive Head Trauma
44 year old male was bludgeoned to death outside his apartment located at 578 Millbury Street on 12-28-1995. Martin was a cab driver in the city. He was last seen leaving Madigans Again on Millbury Street on 12-27-1995 after playing darts.

Robin Vaudreuil

Missing Endangered Person
Was
28 years old on Apr 19, 1995
Location of Incident:
2 Pineview Lane
Cause of Death
N/A
28 year old female missing since 4-19-1995. Vaudreuil is 5'1", 120 pounds, brown eyes and brown shoulder length hair.

Helen Chevalier

Unsolved Homicide
Was
27 years old on Mar 12, 1994
Location of Incident:
34 Beacon Street
Cause of Death
Undetermined
27 year old female was reported missing late February 1994. Her body was discovered by a neighborhood youth on 3-12-1994 in the rear of 34 Beacon Street after a spring rain had melted away the snow.

Selso Cruz

Unsolved Homicide
Was
41 years old on Jul 13, 1994
Location of Incident:
34 Catherine Street
Cause of Death
Multiple Gun Shots
41 year old male was shot to death at his apartment at 34 Catherine Street on 7-19-1994. He was involved in the illegal sale of narcotics. Evidence would suggest he was tortured prior to being executed.

Sonia Blanco

Unsolved Homicide
Was
23 years old on Feb 04, 1993
Location of Incident:
28 Dix Street
Cause of Death
Manual Strangulation
23 year old female was found dead on 2-4-1993, along with Evelyn Cruz. Blanco was found on 28 Dix Street. Both died as a result of manual strangulation and both were known prostitutes in the city.

Evelyn Cruz

Unsolved Homicide
Was
26 years old on Feb 04, 1993
Location of Incident:
Summit Street
Cause of Death
Manual Strangulation
26 year old female was found dead on 2-4-1993, along with Sonia Blanco. Cruz was found on Summit Street. Both died as a result of manual strangulation and both were known prostitutes in the city.

Julio Velez

Unsolved Homicide
Was
22 years old on Sep 15, 1993
Location of Incident:
8 Congress Street
Cause of Death
Multiple Gun Shots
22 year old male was shot to death at 8 Congress Street on 9-15-1993. Three male suspects were seen fleeing the scene.

Paulette Andrea

Unsolved Homicide
Was
43 years old on Sep 22, 1992
Location of Incident:
Crompton Park
Cause of Death
Strangled
43 year old female was found strangled in Crompton Park on 9-22-1992. She was last seen with her husband leaving Barney Googles bar on Washington Street.

Jose 'Apache' Esquilin

Unsolved Homicide
Was
36 years old on Aug 05, 1992
Location of Incident:
26 Woodbine Street
Cause of Death
Shot Neck
36 year old male was shot to death at 26 Woodbine Street on 8-5-1992. He was believed to be involved in the sale of illegal narcotics. Investigation suggests it was a drug robbery.

Richard Gragowski

Unsolved Homicide
Was
39 years old on Jun 15, 1992
Location of Incident:
Main Street at Lagrange Street
Cause of Death
Head Trauma
39 year old was bludgeoned to death on 6-15-1992 in the rear of the gas station at Main Street and Lagrange Street. Gagowski was a homeless male with a history of alcohol abuse.

Antoinette Perkins

Unsolved Homicide
Was
31 years old on Apr 07, 1992
Location of Incident:
Bailey Road
Cause of Death
Hypothermia/OD/Suicide
31 year old female was found on Bailey Road on 4-7-1992. The cause of death was undetermined skeletal remains.

John Volungis

Unsolved Homicide
Was
21 years old on Feb 03, 1992
Location of Incident:
5 Porter Street
Cause of Death
Multiple Stab Wounds
21 year old male was found at his home at 5 Porter Street on 2-3-1992. He died as a result of multiple stab wounds. Volungis had enlisted in the military and was scheduled to leave shortly.

Donald Wallace

Missing Endangered Person
Was
37 years old on Jan 01, 1991
Location of Incident:
May Street at Park Avenue
Cause of Death
N/A
37 year old male was last seen on 1-1-1991 at May Street and Park Avenue.

Bruce Wood

Unsolved Homicide
Was
28 years old on Sep 23, 1991
Location of Incident:
Chestnut Street
Cause of Death
Multiple Stab Wounds
28 year old male was stabbed on a Chestnut Street sidewalk by a robber who had fled with his wallet on 9-23-1991. Bruce P. Wood looked at his frightened 5 year old son, Bruce Jr., and whispered, "I love you."

Trevor Rose

Unsolved Homicide
Was
35 years old on Sep 25, 1991
Location of Incident:
21 Jacques Avenue
Cause of Death
Shot Chest
35 year old male was shot in the chest on Jacques Avenue on 9-25-1991. Investigation suggests it was a low level drug transaction that went awry.

Loi Vo

Unsolved Homicide
Was
26 years old on Jul 25, 1990
Location of Incident:
88 Birch Street
Cause of Death
Stabbed Chest
26 year old male was stabbed in the chest at 88 Birch Street on 7-25-1990.

Angela Jones

Unsolved Homicide
Was
23 years old on Jan 31, 1989
Location of Incident:
Multiple Stab Wounds
Cause of Death
Multiple Stab Wounds
23 year old female was stabbed to death and dumped out of a car at the loading dock at 60 Mason Street on 1-31-1989. The suspect vehicle is a small, dark vehicle with a broken window.

Nereida Melendez

Unsolved Homicide
Was
17 years old on Jun 05, 1989
Location of Incident:
Elliot Street
Cause of Death
Ligature Strangulation
17 year old female was found by her family on 6-6-1989 in Bell Hill Park after being reported missing the day before. Melendez was supposed to graduate from North High School on 6-5-1989 but never showed up to her graduation rehearsal at 9:00 AM. Melendez was last seen returning her work van to Sani-Mate on Shrewsbury Street. UPDATE: Forensic evidence is currently being tested.

Helbert Moreno

Unsolved Homicide
Was
41 years old on Dec 10, 1989
Location of Incident:
353 Chandler Street
Cause of Death
Shot Head
41 year old male was found shot to death in the hallway of his apartment at 353 Chandler Street on 12-10-1989. Investigation revealed that Moreno was involved in selling narcotics.

John Riley

Unsolved Homicide
Was
72 years old on Aug 05, 1989
Location of Incident:
16 Millbury Street
Cause of Death
Multiple Stab Wounds
72 year old male was stabbed to death at 16 Millbury Street on 8-5-1989. He had 29 stab wounds to the neck and chest.

Patricia Evans

Unsolved Homicide
Was
30 years old on Aug 08, 1987
Location of Incident:
118 Piedmont Street
Cause of Death
Crushed Neck/Rape
30 year old female was the victim of a sexual assault and strangulation. She was murdered on 8-8-1987 at 118 Piedmont Street.

Brian MacAlister

Unsolved Homicide
Was
30 years old on May 02, 1987
Location of Incident:
48 Millbury Street
Cause of Death
Shot Head
30 year old male was shot in the head while in the front seat of his car which was parked at 48 Millbury Street (Billy's Lounge) on 5-2-1987.

Guy Barnes

Unsolved Homicide
Was
82 years old on Dec 04, 1987
Location of Incident:
118 Norfolk Street
Cause of Death
Stab Chest
82 year old male was stabbed in the chest at his kitchen table at 118 Norfolk Street on 12-4-1987.

Patricia Gonyea

Unsolved Homicide
Was
17 years old on Oct 22, 1984
Location of Incident:
95 Grand Street
Cause of Death
Massive Head Trauma/Rape
17 year old female was sexually assaulted and bludgeoned to death on the railroad tracks near Southgate Street on 10-22-1984. Gonyea was found outside the window well of the Branson Wire Company.

John Mineau

Unsolved Homicide
Was
1 years old on Jun 30, 1984
Location of Incident:
163 1/2 Grand Street
Cause of Death
Child Abuse
1 year old male died on 6-30-1984 at 163 1/2 Grand Street on the 3rd floor.

Ethel Bosworth

Unsolved Homicide
Was
24 years old on Oct 12, 1982
Location of Incident:
Crescent Street
Cause of Death
Multiple Trauma (Run Over By Car)
24 year old female was murdered on 10-12-1982. She died of multiple blunt trauma after being run over by a motor vehicle on Crescent Street.

Charles McArthur

Missing Endangered Person
Was
39 years old on Sep 14, 1982
Location of Incident:
Shrewsbury Street
Cause of Death
N/A
39 year old male missing since 9-14-1982. Was last seen on Shrewsbury Street at the Italian Kitchen Restaurant.

Marion Kerswell

Missing Endangered Person
Was
59 years old on Dec 23, 1982
Location of Incident:
31 Margin Street
Cause of Death
N/A
59 year old female missing since 12-23-1982 from 31 Margin Street.

Joseph Dufresne

Unsolved Homicide
Was
48 years old on May 06, 1981
Location of Incident:
244 Chandler Street
Cause of Death
Stabbed Chest
48 year old male was stabbed to death at 244 Chandler Street (Sheridan's Tavern) on 5-6-1981. Warrants had been sought for a Jose Antonio Melendez 11-3-1954 of 5 King Street. Melendez was never located and warrants are still in effect.

Florence Horton

Unsolved Homicide
Was
71 years old on Nov 28, 1980
Location of Incident:
11 Salem Street
Cause of Death
Stabbed
71 year old female was stabbed to death at 11 Salem Street on 11-28-1980. She was attacked by an unknown intruder described as a white male 5'8" stalky build with a mustache.

Louise 'Gidget' Gomes

Unsolved Homicide
Was
29 years old on Jan 10, 1979
Location of Incident:
718 Main Street
Cause of Death
Stabbed
29 year old female was stabbed to death at 718 Main Street on 1-10-1979. Her body was found in the rear alley.

Robert Largess

Unsolved Homicide
Was
52 years old on Jul 11, 1979
Location of Incident:
82 Millbury Street
Cause of Death
Shot
52 year old male was murdered on 7-11-79 while working at his liquor store at 82 Millbury Street by three unknown suspects. The perpetrators were not caught and the case went unsolved. In 2003 while reviewing the evidence in this case, Lieutenant David Grady located latent prints, which were developed from a carton of cigarettes that were dropped by the killer during the shooting. These latent prints were not mentioned in the written narratives.

Anthony Mattero

Unsolved Homicide
Was
53 years old on Nov 13, 1977
Location of Incident:
Gold Street at Summit Street
Cause of Death
Run Over
53 year old male was murdered at Gold Street and Summit Street on 11-13-1977. He had been run over by his car, which had been recovered two days later across from 79 Illinois Street. The vehicle was a 1973 brown Cadillac.

Vicke Lee Lamberton

Missing Endangered Person
Was
24 years old on Feb 01, 1974
Location of Incident:
Assumption College
Cause of Death
N/A
24 year old female missing since 2-1-1974.

Robert 'Hippy' Parini

Unsolved Homicide
Was
26 years old on Oct 31, 1973
Location of Incident:
208 Pleasant Street
Cause of Death
Shot Head
26 year old male was shot in the head on 10-31-1973 at 208 Pleasant Street. Suspect is a Spanish male wearing a blue jacket and dark pants.

Ronald Clarkson

Unsolved Homicide
Was
49 years old on Sep 03, 1973
Location of Incident:
Salem Street at Myrtle Street
Cause of Death
Head Trauma
49 year old male was murdered on 9-3-1973 at Salem Street and Myrtle Street. Clarkson was bludgeoned to death with a large rock.

Sarah Cox

Unsolved Homicide
Was
21 years old on Nov 03, 1967
Location of Incident:
N/A
Cause of Death
Strangled
21 year old female was strangled to death on 11-3-1967.

John Zuromsky

Unsolved Homicide
Was
51 years old on Oct 16, 1967
Location of Incident:
731 Millbury Street
Cause of Death
Shot Head
51 year old male was shot to death inside of Jack and Felicia's Cafe on 10-16-1967. The initial scene had the victim beaten with a sledge hammer but autopsy showed the victim was shot.

Stella Brown

Unsolved Homicide
Was
49 years old on Apr 18, 1965
Location of Incident:
N/A
Cause of Death
Beaten & Thrown From Car
49 year old female was beaten and thrown from a motor vehicle on 4-18-1965.

Theodore Clayton

Unsolved Homicide
Was
31 years old on Aug 01, 1965
Location of Incident:
St. John's Cemetery
Cause of Death
Shot Head
31 year old male was shot to death on 8-1-1965 while in St. John's Cemetery.

Sean Goggin

Unsolved Homicide
Was
20 years old on Mar 11, 1951
Location of Incident:
191 Fairhaven Road
Cause of Death
Shot Chest
20 year old male was shot at 191 Fairhaven Road on 3-11-1951. Goggin had recently came to the USA from his native Ireland and was staying with a family there. Two males about 30 years old came to the door and fired a gun killing Goggin. One of the suspects dropped his brown seal colored felt hat, size 7 Skyline model made by Merrimac Hat Co. of Amesbury, MA.
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