Lynn, MA

25 years ago, a 6-year-old boy was lured away by a man with promises of a new bike. He was never seen alive again.

Fatim Hemraj
Jesus De La CruzFBI

6-year-old Jesus De La Cruz was last seen on September 28, 1996, in Lynn, Massachusetts. According to The Charley Project, his friend told the police they were walking to Jesus’ home around 6 pm that evening when they were approached by a Caucasian man in his mid-20s. He had shoulder-length black hair and was walking a white and brown Collie dog.

The man noticed Jesus’ pink bicycle had two flat tires and lured him away with the promise of a new one. Jesus left with the man and hasn’t been seen since.

According to authorities, the man was later identified as 26-year-old Robert C. Levesque. He lived in Jesus’ neighbourhood and had a dog named Peaches who matched the description of the Collie. In his apartment, detectives found handcuffs and duct tape. Robert also called in sick on the day of Jesus’ disappearance. He has always maintained his innocence in Jesus’ disappearance and his friend was unable to pick him out of a police lineup.

Additional suspects include Jesus’ father, Juan who was previously accused of abducting the child. According to news reports, Jesus’ mother, Magdalena Rodriguez did not contact the police until 6 hours after his abduction. Despite rumours Magdalena sent her son abroad, she denies any involvement in his disappearance.
Age-progression photo of Jesus at 31FBI

Jesus has brown hair and brown eyes. According to the FBI, he was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and brown and yellow boots. At the time of his disappearance, Jesus was 4’6” and weighed 60 lbs. He has a scar above his left eye, a birthmark on his left calf, and a birthmark on his forehead. His left ear is pierced. If alive, Jesus would be 31 today.

If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Jesus De La Cruz, contact the Massachusetts State Police at 781 396 0100.

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