Patrick Alford ** Brooklyn, NY * 2010

Missing Since: January 22, 2010 from Brooklyn, New York
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: November 28, 2002
Age: 7
Height: 4'8"
Weight: 65 lbs
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Race: Biracial
Gender: Male
Distinguishing Characteristics: Scar on left eyelid
Clothing: Red t-shirt, blue jeans
blue and black Michael Jordan sneakers
Case Number: NCMC1139843
Details of Disappearance
Patrick was last seen on January 22, 2010. He may be in or near Brooklyn, New York. He is biracial. Patrick is Black and Hispanic.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
New York City Police Department
(718) 827-3551
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

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Comment by Brenda on May 30, 2012 at 9:53pm

NYPD seeking tips in case of Brooklyn boy missing since 2010

Posted: May 30, 2012 6:09 PM EDT
Updated: May 30, 2012 7:16 PM EDT

Patrick Kennedy Alford, 7, disappeared January 22, 2010. At about at 9 p.m. he left his foster parents' apartment in East New York, Brooklyn, to take out the garbage. The 4-feet-8-inch tall Patrick has not been seen again by his foster family.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly brought up his case several times when asked about Etan Patz.

Children who knew Patrick recall the fear his disappearance spread among their parents and them.

Adults recall police setting up command centers looking for Patrick.

The NYPD would not say why it is focusing on Patrick Alford's case as opposed to any other missing child.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said New York State alone has 116 missing children. Some were as young as 5 and one has been missing for 40 years.

The police and Crime Stoppers are offering a $12,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Patrick's disappearance.

You can contact police at 800-577-TIPS.

Comment by Brenda on May 29, 2012 at 8:59pm

Police Commissioner Reminds New Yorkers Of 2010 Missing Child Case
By: NY1 News

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly drew attention Tuesday to the missing child case of Patrick Alford, who was last seen in Brooklyn in January 2010.
During a news conference, Kelly held up a picture of the boy, who was seven years old when he disappeared from his East New York foster care home.

The commissioner said the New York City Police Department has received more than 50 tips about this case, all of which have been investigated.

Alford was four-feet-eight-inches tall and weighed about 65 pounds at the time he vanished.

The NYPD says there is a $12,000 reward for anyone with information about the case.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit

Comment by Brenda on April 20, 2012 at 8:57pm

NYC police commissioner asks for public's help finding boy, 7, who went missing in 2010
First Posted: April 20, 2012 - 8:30 pm
Last Updated: April 20, 2012 - 8:30 pm

NEW YORK — New York City's police commissioner is asking for the public's help in finding a 7-year-old boy who went missing from a Brooklyn foster home in 2010.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly appealed Friday for the city's help in finding Patrick Alford.

There's a $12,000 reward being offered in the case.

Police say Patrick was last seen Jan. 22, 2010, at 9 p.m. in East New York, Brooklyn. The 4-foot-8 child was last seen wearing a red T-shirt, jeans and black sneakers.

The Staten Island Advance reported ( ) that his biological mother had lost custody of him and her two daughters in 2009. Patrick was placed in a foster home.

Kelly's appeal came as investigators tore up a Manhattan basement searching for clues to the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz, who vanished in 1979.

Comment by Brenda on April 20, 2012 at 8:12pm

12G reward for info on missing boy with Staten Island ties
Published: Friday, April 20, 2012, 6:33 PM
By Frank Donnelly


Patrick Alford Sr. is the father of Patrick Alford Jr., above, who at age 7 disappeared from an East New York foster home on Jan. 22, 2010.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly today appealed to the public to help cops find a young Staten Island boy who vanished from a Brooklyn foster home two years ago.
Kelly said a $12,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the disappearance of Patrick Alford.

Patrick, then 7, was last seen on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at 9 p.m. in the vicinity of 130 Vandalia Ave., in East New York's Spring Creek Development.
At the time he went missing, Patrick was 4-feet 8-inches tall and weighed 65 pounds, said police. He was wearing a red T-shirt, blue jeans and black sneakers. Patrick had a scar on his left eyebrow, cops said.

The boy had been placed in a foster home after his biological mother, Jennifer Rodriguez of New Brighton, lost custody of him and her two daughters on Dec. 26, 2009, following her arrest on theft charges. Patrick was placed with foster mother Librada Moran.
Ms. Moran told police Patrick was with her when she took out the trash, then disappeared when she turned to answer her cell phone.

Ms. Rodriguez was jailed a week later by a Family Court judge who believed she was involved in Patrick's disappearance. She was released after several days when the city Administration for Children's Services determined that was not the case.
Ms. Rodriguez has sued the city in Brooklyn federal court, accusing it of negligence.
The boy's father, Patrick Alford Sr. has filed a similar federal lawsuit. Both actions are pending.
Kelly issued his appeal during an NYPD SHIELD counterterrorism conference.

He asked anyone with information about Patrick's whereabouts to call the NYPD CrimeStoppers tip line at 800-577-TIPS (8477). Refer to CrimeStoppers poster number BK-1726.
Tipsters also can log onto, or send information via text message by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577. All calls will be kept confidential.

Comment by Brenda on January 1, 2012 at 10:30pm
Comment by Brenda on November 28, 2011 at 12:42pm

Happy Birthday Patrick!!

Comment by Brenda on November 16, 2011 at 8:51pm
Comment by Brenda on September 27, 2011 at 8:40pm

Lawyers for missing 7-year-old want NYPD files on case
Last Updated: 7:01 PM, September 27, 2011
Posted: 7:00 PM, September 27, 2011

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Attorneys representing the interests of a 7-year-old boy who disappeared from a New York foster home last year want the NYPD to hand over its case files so they can continue the search for the missing child.

But the city’s lawyers argue that the NYPD’s files contain sensitive information - including the identify of witnesses - and could reveal closely-held investigative techniques.

The issue grows out of a civil suit filed by the boy’s mother, Jennifer Rodriguez, claiming that the city and its child welfare agency - the Administration for Children’s Services - failed to properly care for Patrick Alford and ignored complaints about his substandard foster care.

The boy was last seen on Jan. 22, 2010, after he slipped away while taking out the trash with his foster mom at her East New York home around 9 p.m.

The 4-foot-8, 65-pound boy was last seen on that winter night wearing a red T-shirt, blue jeans, black sneakers — and no jacket.

He has never been found.

The court-appointed attorneys representing Alford’s interests want a Brooklyn federal judge to force the city to hand over the files.

“This is a failed investigation. It’s been more than 20 months. It’s time for a fresh look,” said Robert Fumerton, an attorney at the white shoe firm of Skadden, Arps that has volunteered to act on the boy’s behalf.
“We think the city’s sole aim here is to prevent anyone seeing the work that was done and second-guessing this failed investigation,” Fumerton said.

He stressed that the NYPD probe “did not involve undercover operations” and was “not a national security” case — both scenarios that might call for greater secrecy.
“This is a routine missing child investigation,” Fumerton said.

The attorneys want to enlist the help of private investigators to undertake a new search for the child, and say the NYPD's files are essential for such an undertaking.
City attorneys countered that such files belonged only in law enforcement hands and should not be handed over. The judge has not yet ruled on the issue.
The boy’s mother filed suit last fall, claiming that Alford was placed, along with his young sister, with a foster parent who did not speak English — and the boy did not speak Spanish.

The suit says Alford — who allegedly suffered from emotional problems — was unhappy in foster care and tried once to run away and later threatened “to commit suicide.”
Given the boy’s unhappiness, the city and ACS should have taken additional measures to safeguard his well being, the suit charged. The child welfare agency also should have investigated claims that the foster home was poorly run and the boy neglected, the suit said.

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Comment by Brenda on August 4, 2011 at 10:08pm
August 4, 2011 4:28 PM
Skadden Up Against NYPD in Search for Missing Boy

Posted by Sara Randazzo
Correction: 8/4/11, 4:50 p.m. The original version of this story referred incorrectly to U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson's status on the federal bench. That information has been corrected in the second paragraph below. We regret the error.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom attorneys involved in an unusual pro bono case--trying to find a boy who went missing from a Brooklyn foster home in early 2010--are butting heads with the New York City Police Department over their desire to review case files documenting the investigation into the child's disappearance.
Jonathan Lerner, counsel in Skadden's New York office, agreed to represent Patrick Alford pro bono on June 6 after being asked to do so by U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson. Alford was 7 years old and a ward of New York City's foster care system when he vanished on January 22, 2010, while taking out the trash from the Brooklyn apartment where he lived at the time.
In the wake of Alford's disappearance, his mother and father filed separate lawsuits in Brooklyn federal court against the City of New York, the city's child welfare agency, private childcare agency St. Vincent's Services, and the boy's foster mother, alleging that violations of the boy's constitutional rights committed by the defendants were to blame. After determining that neither parent was fit to represent Alford's interests, Gleeson tapped Lerner to act as the boy's independent counsel.
Since joining the case, Lerner has battled the NYPD over access to the department's files on the Alford investigation. He first asked the court to intervene in the dispute in a July 5 letter that detailed the department's reluctance to make the records available and emphasized why he felt "it would be futile to commence our own attempt to locate [Alford] without learning what actions had been undertaken."
Attorneys for the city responded with a letter of their own, saying outside involvement in the case "would interfere with and thus jeopardize the ongoing investigation."
The parties continued their arguments at a court hearing Tuesday that ended with Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven Gold denying Skadden's request to review the case files, according to the New York Daily News reports. (The police, the Daily News reports, have so far interviewed more than 14,000 people and scrutinized 81 surveillance videos in their search for the missing boy.)
At the hearing, Lerner says, Gold expressed an unwillingness to let the Skadden lawyers--associates Robert Fumerton, Thomas Haley, and Patrick Rideout are assisting Lerner--and the private investigator working for them, former FBI agent and onetime state inspector general Joseph Spinelli, see the case files absent an amended complaint laying out why that's necessary. Lerner expects to file that complaint Friday.
"It doesn't make a lot of sense to start a new investigation from something that happened 18 months ago," says Lerner, who questions whether police are even pursuing new leads. "Our case," he says, "is getting colder."
The New York Times reports that Alford is the only child under the age of 10 to go missing in New York during the past two calendar years who has not yet been found. The Times reports that as of July, missing person cases in the city numbered 5,790, including 3,480 involving children between the ages of 10 and 17. On average each year, New York clears 90 percent of its missing person files.
In court papers, Lerner has suggested there may be bias at work in how the police department is handling the Alford case. "It is hard to believe the City would stubbornly deny this missing child the advantage of having a highly professional private investigation firm join the effort to locate him if he were from a more privileged and influential background," he writes.
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Comment by Brenda on August 4, 2011 at 8:55am


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