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Missing Ethel Louise Atwell
Atwell, circa 1978; Sketch of possible suspect in her disappearance; Andre Rand, circa 1987; Rand in 2004
Missing Since 10/24/1978
Staten Island, New York
Classification Endangered Missing
Age 42 years old
Height and Weight 5'4 - 5'6, 156 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description A long blue coat and black shoes.
Distinguishing Characteristics African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Atwell wears dentures. Her ears are pierced.
Details of Disappearance Atwell was last seen at the Staten Island Developmental Center (formerly called the Willowbrook State School), the institution for mentally disabled children where she worked as a physical therapy aide, in the New York City borough of Staten Island, on October 24, 1978. She arrived at 6:00 a.m., parked behind Building 47 and locked her car.
When authorities responded, they found Atwell's tan pocketbook, one earring, one black shoe, three black coat buttons and half her set of dentures scattered on the ground at the left side of her car, which was locked. Her keys turned up in the woods about seventy-five feet away.
Andre Rand is considered a possible suspect in Atwell's disappearance. Photos of him are posted with this case summary. Rand, whose birth name is Frank Rashan, was convicted of the 1987 kidnapping of Jennifer Schweiger, a twelve-year-old girl with Down Syndrome who was murdered on the grounds of the Staten Island Developmental Center near his campsite, and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. He was not convicted of her murder; the jury could not reach a verdict on that charge.
It hasn't been proven that Rand was involved in Atwell's case. She lived in the 80 block of Schuyler Avenue in Newark, New Jersey in 1978. Her presumed abduction remains unsolved.
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