Camden Anne Sylvia ** Manhattan, NY

Camden Sylvia
Missing since November 7, 1997 from Manhattan, New York City, New York County, New York
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Date Of Birth: July 28, 1961
Age at Time of Disappearance: 36 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'7; 125 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Black hair; brown/blue eyes; wears eyeglasses with dark colored frames.
Clothing: Sylvia may have been wearing a black jacket with a brightly-colored stripe on the front.
Nicknames: Camie
Circumstances of Disappearance
Sylvia and her boyfriend Michael Sullivan were last seen jogging during the evening hours of November 7, 1997 in the New York City borough of Manhattan. Sylvia and Sullivan were in the vicinity of Pearl Street and Hanover Square at the time of their disappearances. Neither of them have been heard from again.
The couple had been having problems with their landlord, who owned their apartment building at 76 Pearl Street in Manhattan. Authorities believe that the landlord was having financial problems and wanted to increase the rent for all of his tenants in his property in late 1997. He apparently threatened to turn off the heat if the renters did not agree to an increase. Sylvia presented the landlord with a petition signed by tenants at 76 Pearl Street on the day of their disappearances. The petition stated that the tenants would withhold their payments if the landlord followed through with his threat.
The landlord was a co-defendant with David King in a $13 million civil suit charging that they had conspired to loot software, business records and customers from a fire alarm company. King disappeared during the lawsuit in 1991.

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Comment by Brenda on May 28, 2012 at 11:14pm

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The landlord sold the building, and the police hurried inside with cadaver-sniffing dogs, tearing up the floor but finding nothing. Mr. Rodriguez was later arrested on tax fraud charges and pleaded guilty to larceny after admitting he had used a dead man’s identity to commit fraud. He served nearly six years in prison and was paroled in 2004.

There would be grim discoveries, the familiar mile-markers of missing-persons cases. A severed foot was found in the Hudson River; the police searched, finding nothing more. Ms. Sylvia gave blood in hopes of a DNA match to the foot, but none came.

No one was ever charged in the couple’s disappearance.

Ms. Sylvia is 70 now, and was cheerful on Monday when a reporter’s call interrupted her window-washing chores. She now lives in Centerville, Mass.

“I think about this every day, of course,” she said. “Every time anybody disappears, I go, ‘Oh, one more person.’ ”

She followed the news when the Patz case re-emerged last month, as federal agents dug up a cellar floor. “When they were digging down there, I was like, ‘Oh, I wonder if they’ll ever find anything.’ ”

She saw an outcome that she was very familiar with: nothing.

But the arrest last week of Pedro Hernandez, who the police said confessed to killing Etan, gave her hope, particularly because of the manner in which he came to their attention: a tipster had called the authorities.

“Other people must know something about Camden and Michael,” she said.” I hope somehow they’ll find some sort of evidence. I think somebody could speak. How do you get rid of two people?”

She has not spoken to the police, who have always said the case remained open, in a long time. “This is what they usually say: ‘We’re working on it, and we’ve got boxes of evidence, we’re looking at it,’ ” she said.

“The other side of the coin is, do you really want to know what someone did to your loved ones?” she said. “To hear the gruesome details might not be something you want to do.”

The apartment building on Pearl Street looks about the same, just as Etan’s building does, not very far away.

Comment by Brenda on May 28, 2012 at 11:14pm

Missing Couple’s Legacy: Shards of Hope
Published: May 28, 2012

In 1979, Laurie Sylvia’s daughter, Camden, was graduating from high school, a summer — an entire future — ahead of her. Her mother looked at the smiling boy’s face on the milk carton and thanked the heavens that her daughter was not a vulnerable 6-year-old anymore. She was safe.

Michael Nagle for The New York Times
Michael Sullivan and Camden Sylvia lived in a loft at 76 Pearl Street in Lower Manhattan. They argued with their landlord before they disappeared.
Thirty-three years later, with the boy’s face back in the news with an arrest in his case, Ms. Sylvia is reminded how wrong she was.

Camden Sylvia grew up and left her mother’s home in Hyannis Port, Mass., to move to New York City. She worked at a real estate office and lived with her boyfriend, Michael Sullivan, in a $300-a-month rent-stabilized loft at 76 Pearl Street near Manhattan’s lower tip. He was an actor who worked at an art gallery.

The couple argued with their landlord, Robert Rodriguez, about the lack of heat. It was an unusually cold November in 1997. They threatened to hold a rent strike.

The couple went out for a run one night, Nov. 7. And like Etan Patz that morning in SoHo, they disappeared.

After several days, Ms. Sylvia arrived at her daughter’s apartment, but she had no key; a neighbor let her in. They found wallets and passports in the loft, and a movie one of them had just rented, “Addicted to Love.” But no running shoes, and just one set of keys.

“She wouldn’t rent a movie and then just leave,” her mother said a few days later. “She’s a very predictable, conscientious person. For her to just leave without telling anyone is totally out of character.”

Ms. Sylvia called the police. Investigators called Mr. Rodriguez, the landlord, who was cooperative over the telephone from his home in Orange County, N.Y., but as the days dragged on, he himself disappeared. His family refused to allow officers onto his property, so the police searched with helicopters. They found nothing.

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Comment by Brenda on May 5, 2012 at 8:41pm

A downtown couple runs an errand—and vanishes
The last time anyone saw Camden Sylvia and her boyfriend, Michael Sullivan (left), the couple was returning a video to a rental store near City Hall.

It was the evening of November 7, 1997. After that, they pretty much vanished into thin air.

Sylvia, 36, and Sullivan, 54, both artists, shared a loft in a shabby 1840s fifth-floor walk-up at 76 Pearl Street for years.

Neighbors suspected their disappearance may have had to do with the fact that earlier in the day, Sylvia gave the building’s owner, Richard Rodriguez, a letter stating that unless he turned up the heat, tenants were going on a rent strike.

Rodriguez and the couple were embroiled in an ongoing battle over building conditions and rent, which was stabilized at $300 a month.

Police focused on Rodriguez. They searched the Hudson River, and they brought scent-sniffing dogs to his property upstate. But there was nothing to link him to their disappearance.

Rodriguez served a few years in state prison for tax evasion. But he was paroled in 2002, and though Sylvia and Sullivan are long presumed dead, no trace of them has ever been found.

Comment by Brenda on September 21, 2011 at 11:09am


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