Holly Ann Hughes ** Staten Island, NY * 1981

Holly Ann Hughes **  Staten Island, NY * 1981

Holly Ann Hughes

Missing since July 15, 1981 from Staten Island, New York.
Classification: Non-Family Abduction


Vital Statistics

Date Of Birth: January 23, 1974
Age at Time of Disappearance: 7 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'0; 50 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; blue eyes. Hughes has a fair complexion.
Clothing: Beige bathing suit; blue shorts and beige / brown shoes.
Circumstances of Disappearance
Hughes was last seen in the vicinity of Richmond Terrace and Park Avenue in Staten Island, New York at approximately 21.30 on July 15, 1981. Her mother sent her to purchase soap at a nearby deli at the time. She has never been seen again.
Andre Rand, a convicted New York murderer and child sex offender, was charged in 2001 with kidnapping Holly Ann. Authorities determined that Rand's aunt lived in the same Port Richmond apartment building where Hughes' family resided in 1981. He reportedly visited his aunt at the complex the day of Hughes' disappearance.
Rand is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence in the 1987 kidnapping of Jennifer Schweiger, a 12-year-old with Down's syndrome. He was also convicted in 1970 of raping a 9-year-old.
On October 19, 2004, a Staten Island jury convicted Andre Rand of first-degree kidnapping in connection with the abduction of Hughes.


Investigators
If you have any information concerning Hughes' case, please contact:
New York City Police Department
Missing Persons Squad
1-212-694-7781

Agency Case Number: KNMP00005

NCMEC #: NCMC601770

NCIC Number:
M-072555232

Source Information:
New York City Police Department
New York Post On-Line
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Staten Island Advance
Florida Missing Children Information Clearinghouse
NamUs

http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=601770&orgPrefix=NCMC&seqNum=1&caseLang=en_US&searchLang=en_US

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/136dfny.html

https://www.findthemissing.org/cases/case_report_html/2863

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Comment by Brenda on January 23, 2014 at 1:46pm

Happy Birthday Holly..  

Comment by Brenda on January 23, 2013 at 8:41am

Happy Birthday Holly... 

Comment by Brenda on July 23, 2012 at 11:55am
Comment by Brenda on July 19, 2011 at 9:54pm
Comment by Brenda on July 19, 2011 at 9:53pm
Plaintive echoes of a little girl lost on Staten Island 30 years ago

Published: Friday, July 15, 2011, 12:17 AM Updated: Friday, July 15, 2011, 1:14 PM
By Staten Island Advance
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This screengrab from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's website shows what Holly Ann Hughes looked like at the time of her 1981 disappearance, and what she may look like now.


On anniversary of Holly Ann Hughes' disappearance, a plea for missing children gallery (11 photos)

By STACEY SZEWCZYK
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Thirty years ago, 7-year-old Holly Ann Hughes left her Port Richmond home wearing a bathing suit, blue shorts and sandals, going to buy a bar of soap at the corner store. The cashier recalled that she was a nickel short and left the store empty-handed. Holly Ann never returned home.

As in the case of Leiby Kletzky, another child who vanished while walking along a busy street, a massive search ensued. Unlike Leiby, Holly Ann was never found.

A neighbor reported seeing a green Volkswagen cruising Richmond Terrace and Park Avenue at the time of the disappearance.

Andre Rand, a sex offender convicted of kidnapping Jennifer Schweiger, a 12-year-old with Down syndrome whose body was found in a shallow grave on the grounds of the former Willowbrook State School, was convicted of abducting Holly Ann. Rand’s makeshift campsite was nearby, but he was never charged with her murder — no body was ever found. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on the strength of eyewitness testimony that he drove a car similar to the one seen circling the neighborhood the night Holly disappeared, as well as boasts to fellow inmates.

It is unlikely that he will ever again know freedom.
To mark the 30th anniversary of Holly Ann Hughes’ disappearance on July 15, 1981, NYPD Detectives Edward Armstrong and Sean Hughes, Holly Ann’s brothers, have partnered with the Staten Island district attorney’s office and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to urge anyone with information on a missing or murdered child to contact the police. The appeal is an outgrowth of the Hughes family’s ongoing hope that Holly Ann will be found and that other children can be saved.

"There is no way to express how devastating the loss of Holly Ann has been to our family," said Armstrong, who continues to take comfort from the turnout of thousands of Staten Islanders to search for his sister in 1981. "They’ve always been in our thoughts. They’ve always kept her in their thoughts and prayers."

Armstrong believes that terrible events like Leiby’s death can present an opportunity for those who may be withholding information to unburden themselves of it.

"I hope that anyone who has information on a crime victim would come forward to bring peace to a victim’s family," he said.
If hope is the key to surviving the disappearance of a child, and community brings the possibility of healing, action points the way to resolution.

Donna Cutugno, founder of Friends of Jennifer, a missing-children’s advocacy group responsible for the recovery of Jennifer Schweiger’s remains in 1987, has since become a de facto point person for leads on missing children.

"We recently got a tip from a former [Staten Island resident] on a house in Port Richmond that Andre Rand had possibly stayed in and we passed that on to the district attorney’s office and they followed through. You never know what the outcome is going to be," she said.

In the 30 years since Holly Ann Hughes disappeared, the widespread use of Amber Alerts, the Internet, video surveillance and DNA testing has made it possible to get out the word about a missing child more quickly, locate her more effectively and convict those responsible for crim
Comment by Brenda on July 19, 2011 at 9:44pm
On 30th anniversary of Staten Island girl's disappearance, relatives, officials speak out against child crime

Published: Thursday, July 14, 2011, 1:38 PM Updated: Thursday, July 14, 2011, 2:15 PM

By STACEY SZEWCZYK / STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Marking the 30th anniversary of Holly Ann Hughes's disappearance in Port Richmond on July 15, 1981, NYPD detectives Edward Armstrong and Sean Hughes, Holly Ann's brothers, have teamed up with District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to urge anyone with information on a missing or murdered child to contact the police.

"All it takes is an anonymous phone call," said Donovan, encouraging anyone with information that might lead to the recovery of a missing child to come forward. "We owe it to [the families and loved ones of these victims] to do all we can to get answers, and to bring them some sense of justice."

Thirty years ago, seven-year-old Holly Ann Hughes left home dressed in a bathing suit, blue shorts and sandals to buy a bar of soap at the corner store. The cashier recalled that she was a nickel short and left the store empty-handed. A neighbor reported seeing a green Volkswagen circling Richmond Terrace and Park Avenue. Holly Hughes never returned home.

Andre Rand, a sex-offender convicted of kidnapping Jennifer Schweiger, a 12-year-old Down Syndrome girl whose body was found in a shallow grave near a campsite Rand had set up on the grounds of the abandoned Willowbrook psychiatric hospital, was convicted of abducting Hughes.

He was never charged with her murder -- no body was ever found -- but was sentenced to 25 years-to-life in prison on the strength of eyewitness testimony that he drove a car similar to the one seen cruising the neighborhood on the night Holly disappeared and reports by fellow inmates that he boasted to them about his crimes. He is currently serving that sentence, in addition to the 25-year conviction he got for the Schweiger kidnapping. It is unlikely that he will ever go free.

"There is no way to express how devastating the loss of Holly Ann has been to our family," said Deputy Inspector Edward Armstrong. "We still hold out hope that Holly will be found, and that other children can be saved from a similar horrific fate."

In the thirty years since Holly Ann Hughes disappeared the widespread use of the internet, video surveillance and DNA testing have made it possible to locate countless missing children and convict those responsible. Yet as communities continue to be ripped apart by child killings, Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC underscores the importance of direct community action to prevent abductions like Holly Ann's.

"With better laws, better technology and better training, we are saving more children than ever-- but we still can do more and we need the public's help."

http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/07/on_anniversary_of_stat...
Comment by Brenda on July 16, 2011 at 8:13pm
Missing 30 Years Yesterday..

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