Christina Leonardo Batista (left), 75, was last seen Sunday morning, when she left her home in The Bronx to go to the Blessed Sacrament Church at Gleason and Beach Avenues. She’s 5’4″, about 145 pounds, Hispanic, with black hair and eyeglasses. She was wearing a 3/4 length white sweater, black pants and black shoes when she went missing. That same day around noon, Michael Vecchio (right), a 34-year-old man with Down’s Syndrome, wandered away from his Bronx home. He is 5’2″, about 275 pounds, with brown eyes and short brown hair, and at the time of his disappearance was wearing a navy blue shirt, gray pants, and white sneakers, and carrying a black bookbag.
If you have information as to their whereabouts, NYPD asks you to contact 1-800-577-TIPS(8477), www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or text 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577.
Update: Batista has been found in good condition. Vecchio remains missing.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 12, 2009