Boston’s Mysterious Vanishing Men, part 2

To read part 1 please click here

To view an interactive map of all cases click here

A note from the author Cryptid/Elise:

It has been almost a year since I wrote a blog post called “Boston’s Mysterious Vanishing Men” and it has been an incredible journey for me since then. I have experienced heartbreak in talking more with loved ones of the men I wrote about, anxiety over sharing my work to a larger and larger audience, and pride in my readers and my city in working to find solutions to this bizarre problem. I want to make it perfectly clear that I do not have an answer, and I do not know what is really happening. I do not know if these water deaths are accidental or intentional, preventable or inevitable. But I believe that each of the men I write about has a story that deserves to be told, and that it just might help us stop these tragedies in the future. 

I apologize profoundly for taking so long to write another post. It has been a difficult year for me, with many personal and health related problems keeping me from investing the time that I believe these cases deserve. Finally feeling strong enough to delve back into this work, I bring to you a part 2 of “Vanishing Men” As you may notice, many of these cases occurred outside of Boston, but there are incredible connections and similarities. It is my hope that these cases combined with the others can start to piece together this puzzle more and more until perhaps some day the mystery is solved. I want to give a final reminder as you read however, that these are not merely “cases” but also individuals, people with loved ones. Please read and respond to these posts with utmost respect. Thank you.

The cases so far:

Jerald Gelb (44) 8/2001

John Daverio (49)  3/2003

Daniel Mun (20) 12/2003

David W. Crockett (45) 1/2004

Dustin Willis (26) 3/2007

John Pike (23) 6/2007

Neo Babson Maximus/Charles M. Allen Jr. (22) 10/2007

William Hurley (24) 10/2009

Eugene Losik (26) 2/2010

Justin Marshall (30) 6/2010

David Mark (24) 2/2011

Christopher Martin (24) 12/2011

Franco Garcia (21) 2/2012

D’Anthony Green (23) 7/2012

Pedro Colon-Rodriguez (69) 10/2012

Jonathan Dailey (23) 10/2012

Joseph A. Gage (32) 1/2013

Eric Munsell (24) 2/2014

Shilo Morgado (36) 8/2015

Josue Quispe (18) 10/2015

Dennis Njoroge (21) 11/2015

Zachary Marr (22) 2/2016


Jerald Gelb had a Master’s degree in computer science and was a former employee at IBM. He suffered a mental breakdown after being let go from his job in his 30’s, and his family members suspected he was battling schizophrenia. On August 16th 2001 he showed up unexpected at his parents home in Brookline, Ma. He spent the night, but was gone by approximately 5am the next morning when his parents checked on him. Jerald was 40 when he went missing, wearing a red sweatshirt, and has not been heard from since. The area he disappeared from is very close to the Muddy River, a small offshoot of the Charles.

If you have any info on Jerald please call the Brookline Police Dept. at (617) 730-2222


Daniel Mun was a 20 year old from Kirksville Missouri. He was a biology student at MIT and a member of a frat house. He was good at sports, particularly tennis, and was remembered as very friendly. Daniel went missing on December 5th 2003 at about 4am, and may have been intoxicated at that time. Daniel’s roommate recalled that he did not seem stressed or sad before his disappearance, though there was apparently a concerning note found in his computer suggesting a suicide was possible. Daniel’s body was found under the ice near the Harvard Bridge in March of 2004. His MIT ID was in his pocket, and he was wearing inline skates (not ice skates). Daniel’s death was ruled a suicide.


David Wayne Crockett was a service tech at an auto shop in Wareham, MA. He was an avid mechanic and loved car racing and motorcycles. He went missing in January of 2004 after last being seen at a restaurant near the water of Buttermilk bay. Three months later on April 3 2004, his body was discovered under a dock at the Continental Marina only 100 yards away. The water had supposedly been frozen until recently and authorities said it appeared to have been in the water for some time, though the marina owner described the body as “very visible”. David’s death was ruled an accidental drowning.



John Pike was a 23 year old Syracuse University graduate in Public Communications, where he made Deans List and honors society. He was an athlete and avid musician, the drummer for a band called Ra Ra Riot. In June 2007 his band had played a show and was attending an after party in Fairhaven MA. Several friends saw John step outside at about 3am, but were concerned when he did not return later. His girlfriend received a text from him around this time saying he loved her, but this was not unusual. The house backs up to a Buzzards Bay beach, but Pike was notorious for his dislike of water and the tide was out. Later on that day at about 3pm John’s phone was found in shallow water on the west side of Wilbur Point. The next day his body was found about 200 yards away in 7 feet of water. Police said no foul play was suspected. Ra Ra Riot was enjoying growing success and John was passionate about the band.



Charles M. Allen Jr. was a senior psychology major at Umass Dartmouth. In his past he had been a relatively famous online gamer, well known for his abilities in the  Valve game Half-Life. His passions shifted in college toward Tennis, and his dream was to become a professional player. “Charlie” had recently legally changed his name to “Neo Babson Maximus” perhaps in a effort to have a ‘famous persona’. His loved ones still knew him as Charlie, and insisted his name change was unrelated to his disappearance or mental illness. Charlie suffered from Bipolar disorder, though until not long before his disappearance it was well managed with medication. The trouble seemed to begin when Charlie’s sister contacted him asking him why he had deleted his facebook. Charlie became alarmed and insisted he had not. He told her that he believed he was in danger after sending some emails to “important people” and that she needed to be careful. He also said that the “answer” was in the “periodic table” then hung up. He later left a voicemail on his parents phone that sounded as if he was running through the woods. He was not heard from again until several days later when he reportedly broke into the second floor of a strangers house at 3am on October 13th 2007. He seemed confused and told the stranger he thought he was at his friends house, then he hurried off. Charlie’s car was found abandoned at his University’s parking lot, his backpack was found on Slocum Rd. and his shoes were found off Chase Rd.


His computer at home had been completely wiped. He has never been found.

If you have any info on Charlie please contact the Dartmouth Police at (508) 910-1700


Justin Marshall was a star high school football player, went to West Point, and graduated from Notre Dame. He then graduated from Suffolk Law with honors, and was working at Boston City Hall in Mayor Menino’s legal department. In June of 2006 Justin was out with friends in the Charlestown neighborhood on Pier 6, when the others in the group realized he was missing around 1am. His body was found in the water nearby. There has been little follow up to indicate a cause of death or other info.



Christopher Martin lived in New Bedford and worked at Barden’s Boat Yard in Marion. He was 24 years old  and intoxicated when he was last seen in Downtown New Bedford at 1:30 am on December 17th 2011. His girlfriend reported him missing at 3:45 am. His body was discovered in the water behind a seafood restaurant the next morning, tangled in several life preservers. Authorities found this suspicious, as it appeared that someone may have tried to help Christopher. The stairs to the water near where he was found had been ripped up. No further information is known at this time.


D’Anthony Green was a 23 year old student at Suffolk University. He was very athletic and active, as well as artistic, enjoying everything from photography to skydiving. Because he lived alone, the exact date he went missing is unknown. He was found in the water, having been there ‘several days’, wearing his running pants under his regular pants, as if he had been coming or going from a work out. D’Anthony was a very capable swimmer with no history of suicidal tendencies, leaving his family suspicious about his death. Despite this, police ruled his death a suicide.


Pedro Colon-Rodriguez had immigrated from Puerto Rico to Boston. He had five children with his late wife, whose death hit him hard. In his recent years he had become a heavy drinker, and spent most of his time with Cambridge’s homeless community. He was well liked for his giving nature. In early October 2012 Pedro went to Cambridge Hospital for treatment of a fall related injury. He was not seen again until his body was discovered in the Charles River monday the 8th. He was still wearing his hospital bracelet. Pedro was found the day before Jonathan Daily, leading to his case being largely underreported.


Joseph A. Gage was a 32 year old New Hampshire native with a degree in Mathematics from University of Hartford. He was athletic, a musically gifted guitar player, and loved to travel. On January 1st 2013 at about 3am, witnesses reported seeing Joseph crossing the Harvard Bridge with another man. Halfway across they hailed a cab, but instead of getting in Joseph apparently intentionally hurled himself over the rail of the bridge and into the Charles. Despite an intense search and theoretically knowing the exact location of the body, Joseph was not recovered until March 14th. One site described his death as a “tragic accident”.



Shiloh Morgado was from Vallejo California, and lived in Westborough Ma. He had two children. Shiloh was known by many to be a “tech wizard” and was happiest while doing things like building his own computers. His body was discovered near Quincy Yacht Club on August 30th 2015, at around 6am. No foul play was suspected.


Already the similarities between these cases and those in the previous post may be jumping out at you. You’ll notice in this group several technologically gifted men, several musicians, and many very intelligent individuals.

There are multiple men missing in a cluster around Buzzard’s Bay that I found intriguing.


Again, as far as I can tell, the locations of these similar deaths are not sporadic, and do not happen along every coast or waterway. There seems to be several “hot spots” in Massachusetts alone, indicating that whom or what is causing the deaths may have a sort of “territory”. Whether it is a single migrating cause or two separate causes I cannot say.

I have charted the cases I have researched so far here to better illustrate the cluster areas.


As most of Eastern Massachusetts is surrounded or in close proximity to water, it stands to reason that other cities should be seeing similar deaths if this was a “normal” occurrence, particularly areas with high populations of young people and bars (cities such as Salem and Provincetown come to mind). And if this was a problem related to college aged drinkers, surely students in the western MA college areas have many lakes and rivers that could pose dangers?

The average temperature of Boston Harbor varies greatly between October and March (the peak months for disappearances). Here are some stats:


Even at it’s coldest, Boston’s water never dips below freezing point at 32°, nor does it come close to the estimated 28° of the Atlantic when the Titanic sank. Death from hypothermia in freezing water can happen in as little as 15 minutes, but even in that small window it seems that someone could be crying out for help or trying to climb out of the water.

Normally alcohol in the system increases ones chances of hypothermia, but there is evidence to suggest that sometimes the exact opposite is true. Charles Joughin survived the 28° water after the Titanic for an astounding two hours until a lifeboat picked him up. Joughin was an avid drinker, carrying a flask with him everywhere, and said that thanks to his intoxication he barely felt the cold.

While this may be an unusual case, it does make one think. I have never heard of a case of a drunk college kid falling off a pier, climbing back out, laughing it off and going home to warm up. (If this has happened to you or someone you know, please let me know in the comments.) My only other thought on the matter is that perhaps in many of the cases the men suffer shock from the coldness of the water almost immediately as they hit it, causing them to gasp deeply and inhale water, speeding up the drowning process. Still, it seems unlikely that so many men would not survive the critical moments after entering the water, as hypothermia is a slower process.


I hope you have found part 2 of my research interesting and informative, and I hope you join me in the comments for discussion! Thank you.




174 thoughts on “Boston’s Mysterious Vanishing Men, part 2

  1. Seriously what the heck. The kid was trying to hail an über for Christs sake, then just ends up dead in the river? They better not just say “no foul play suspected”.

    • This makes me sick! WAKE UP Law Enforcement. We’re not stupid. Find the Common denominator before it happens again. What about the other cities? Kid from Duquesne University earlier this year. Same story only Ohio River!

      • A few years ago I was reading about young college age men in either Columbus or Cleveland or Cincinnati being found drowned in the Ohio river and some nearby creeks. Then I read about one found in the Monongahela river in Morgantown WV. The cases were very similar and very similar to these cases. Seems fishy to me.

    • I so agree Dan.. I’m sick of hearing no foul play suspected.. It’s obvious there is something going on.. Reminds me of the Long Island serial killer..

  2. Have you widened the map to see if there are any other similar cases on the new England coast or the East coast near the water?

  3. I used to live in Boston and dated a few people over the years who went to a Berkeley college of music. There was an older man who people all knew about that would hang out with men of that age. I don’t know if he pretended to be some sage older musician guru dude or what but I recall always seeing him around and I was creeped out every time. I don’t know but he’s the first image that’s popped in my head reading about these cases. There was a guy found in the river just a few days ago i think. Someone posted about it on Facebook and linked to his article. Anyways it’s interesting. Either serial or some seriously weird curse or water demon luring men to their death! No clue!

  4. Moved to Boston 8 years ago, and each time I hear of another young man missing, [the latest just in the last day or two (Southborough man)] can help but think something is not right. There are cites up and down both coasts, are the Boston men a statistical outlier, or do other city’s, based on their demographics, experience loss of life in their waterfronts?

  5. I have seen an extremely intoxicated person fall into the waters of Boston Harbor, only to climb out and fall back in again…and subsequently pull themselves back out. In fact, this particular incident was all caught on the surveillance cameras at the private docks down by the aquarium…

  6. How can the police think these young men are just wandering off and ending up in the Charles River or in Boston Harbor? Come on, something is definitely going on here! If they cannot figure it out, they should hire someone to come and take a look at all these cases.

    • That’s exactly it, most likely for economical reasons. Everyone would be scared to death to go out at night in Boston if the police admitted to a serial killer, and businesses would suffer. It really doesn’t make any sense though. Like, why wasn’t Kelleher’s
      Body found earlier? They already looked for it. Someone should set up a sting, but who would want to be the bait…not me.

      • Dan,

        I’m on the same page as you. Michael’s from my hometown; too close to home and it’s a moronic idea for anyone to consider these all “accidents”. Bodies don’t just ‘show up’; even if they did, the trends and patterns of these twenty something of age male individuals is no random accident. It’s infuriating and sad.

    • I think this weird vanishing of so many young men who are later found in the Charles River dead should be address by Governor Baker by now.. No authority seems to really care what is going on. This is not accidental; Cops had said for every victim found dead that it was likely accidental, not suspicious and that the victim was likely drunk? I don’t think that is right, they need to take this matter seriously and take action now.

      • How many more bodies will they pull from the Charles River before something is done?? Where’s the media?? Where’s Boston city police,. How can this be going on for so long and no one cares? Now that the weather is warming up it won’t be long before another missing man disappears for weeks and later floating in the river!!!

  7. They always show up like 3 weeks later. Do any of these guys have their phone on them when they’re found? Do they have some kind of app in common on their phone? Is this Whackjob using a taser? A Roofie in their drink? So many questions.

  8. I have been saying “Another one?!” for years now. I’m glad Cryptid took the time to research and lay it out. I thought I remembered hearing awhile back of another cluster near the Mississippi as well. I hope this gets figured out soon before yet another family loses a loved one. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Kelleher family.

  9. Has anyone ever fallen in and been rescued? If so, we don’t hear about it. They just pulled a kid from the Charles today. We met missing from the Celtics game earlier this winter.

  10. Has anyone ever fallen in and been rescued? If so, we don’t hear about it. They just pulled a kid from the Charles today. He went missing from the Celtics game earlier this winter.

  11. This is crazy that something like this is out.. They have to start looking to see if there are traces of this shit on anyone that pops up in the Charles or any body of water for that matter. RIP to all these victims and I hope the FBI starts taking this shit serious because something is clearly wrong.

  12. There was a young man just found dead in the river…he was from pa. Last seen leaving a cetics game. Something is going on here…

  13. perhaps the police and or F.B.I. have more information on the deaths of these men that theyre not releasing to the public…I hope thats the case.. and I hope to God that theyre close to figuring this out. That many men with as many similarities that there are connecting the cases, something has to break soon.

  14. My thoughts and prayers go to the families of these young men.
    With all the camera’s around these days it seems weird nobody sees anything.
    I hope the police, FBI can gets some answers real soon.

  15. It’s crazy that there have been so many incidents that are so similar, and not just in Boston. It seems pretty apparent to me that there is a serial killer. I know I’ve told me sons to not go out in Boston alone, not even for a cigarette.

  16. If these “accidents” keep happening in the sams places, WHERE IS THE POLICE PRESENCE DURING THESE HOURS BY THESE LOCATIONS?! Clearly that would make a hell of a lot of sense…it makes me think the police are in on it, to be honest.

  17. Some of these comments are really unfair. I’ve lived in Boston my entire life and know many Boston police officers. To say they don’t care about the case (or other cases) is simply untrue. It’s easy to draw conclusions from behind a computer screen, but police have to follow the procedures and the protocols that are *proven* to work in solving cases and much of that is not shared with the public.

    It’s easy to find a lot of common denominators in these cases, but the biggest common denominator is alcohol. I DEFINITELY don’t think foul play should be ruled out, but the fact of the matter is that people have been drowning in the waters around Boston since the colonial times. There are many spots in the city where the barriers between the water are too low or non-existent. I don’t think those are ever reasons NOT to investigate, but they are certainly reasons not to jump to the most wild conclusions.

    Also, it is incredibly laughable to think the police could literally be everywhere in Boston to monitor every drunk person and that the fact that they aren’t doing that suggests they are in on it.

  18. I lived in Charles River Plaza, then Commercial Wharf for about 6 years. My roommate at Commercial Wharf was mentally very unbalanced. He would find young men online, usually for a quick “hook-up”. Many times he would meet them in Christopher Columbus Park, and the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel. Bizarre, insatiable behavior. He would always walk, and only be gone for about 30 minutes. He would do this sometimes 3 times a night at odd hours. His “strangeness” made me move out of the place. I always thought he was creepy, but there always seemed to be an abundance of guys ready to “hook-up”. It seemed very dangerous to me then, and now, after reading your stories, it really creeps me out, especially since his favorite jacket was a red university letter jacket.
    I just now posted this on another blog….
    I think this one is more current.
    Poor guys. Rest in Peace.

      • I’ve retired and moved. If I thought for one minute that the FBI would listen to me, I would call right now. The creepy roommate still lives in the North End. No one would believe me…

    • what would he tell you about this? did he tell you what site/app? Did he seem physically fit enough to over power these guys?

      • When he came back I was usually asleep. When I was awake he acted like a little kid wanting my approval for whatever he did. I’d like to make it clear that this was a purely platonic relationship. To answer your last question… Yes. He is a big strong guy. I don’t know what apps he used.

    • wanting your approval to go “hook up”? Just seems so weird… I mean it’s not like he was technically doing anything wrong by, “hooking up”… right? So he would be making the initial contact, seeking out the guys? How old is he?

      • Re-read my comment. He did not ask for my approval for anything, he wanted me to tell him what a good child he had been when he returned, which I did not. I thought he was mentally ill then, and I still think he is, and still creeping around the North End.

    • Ah that is so creepy. If anything does come out from the BPD, State Police etc… that would be a good tip to send in! Not actually targeting your roommate, but just mentioning the whole “hook up” situation.

      It would be interesting to see what FBI, BPD etc could pull from these apps… I think if they are meeting via sites on mobile devices (craigslist and other dating sites) that info is much harder to capture since it is not on a desktop computer. May explain why the phones are usually smashed just in case. I could easily see some creep, planning a meetup and then it does not turn out to be who they claim- people need to be super careful.

      • No longer a roommate. Too creepy for me. I would be happy to give information to the BPD and the FBI.

    • Did you know him prior to moving in? Know anything about his past? not to say he’s the “one” but… I believe there is some sort of group preying/targeting, and maybe he knows some info

    • May I suggest that you contact the owner of this blog with the name of the person you suspect? What if something happened to you? (It won’t, I’m just saying)…the risk is that your tip could get lost forever. At least send her the name confidentially so that someone else has your tip.

      Also, you can walk into a station and demand to meet with a detective. Please with him or her to take this story seriously.

      You can also send a tip straight to the FBI via their website, however chances are it will get lost in the shuffle.

    • David, would you mind privately telling me his name? I’m part of the gay scene in Boston and want to make sure it won’t be someone I ever decide to meet.

  19. It’s seems to me that they are around the same time each time, except for a few. Most seem it happen in Feb/March and Oct, with a few other months in there. Info were to guess, it’s someone that travels to this area a few times a year. There just seems to be a very similar pattern in the months of the disapparences! Maybe someone has already mentioned this, I’m not sure, my wife just brought this to my attention and read most of it but could help but notice the months.

    • What about Franco Garcia? His disappearance happened in Feb of 2012 but the body was found laater in March/April in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir near Boston College; He had also left Mary Ann’s bar in Cleveland Circle for a few minutes apparently, but never came back to get his keys or jacket. So this case was not in the Charles River but another body of water near the Cleveland Circle area.

      • Mary Ann’s is not the nicest, but that area of Cleveland Circle is generally very safe. It’s strange! I also cannot imagine someone heading to the reservoir at that time of year unless they were doing something there (such as buying drugs or meeting someone) or walking with someone else (“hey, let’s walk near the reservoir”). It would be dark and cold.

  20. No mention of autopsy performed, just “no foul play” or “suicide”. I’m not buying it either. Has anyone looked into illegal organ harvesting for sale on the black market? Happens daily in China…..young 20 something men have viable and high value organs worth millions on the black market. God may they rest in peace and please give their families some sort of comfort.

  21. That is a very interesting series of events, even before identifying so many relevant coincidences (to say the least). Being from Providence I’ve spent a lot of time in Boston over the years and have been to many of the places mentioned. While I have no direct connection to any of the people discussed I appreciate your mention of them…it’s nice to see somebody without any relation consider their life, death and moments leading up to their disappearances. Hopefully some day you’ll discover the key to this puzzle but for now you’ve at least identified a situational pattern and brought attention to the people involved.

    Well done,
    Thank you

  22. Sorry but if someone’s coherent enough to walk out the garden and walk right into the water… Without knowing?

    If they were so drunk that they can’t feel water or know where they’re going they’re probably also stumbling around and falling so how did no one notice? Or he was just drunk enough to not stumble and fall but not quite sober enough to know what water is…

    I don’t buy it.

  23. I am from Rhode Island and we had at least one of our own – Greg Hart – whose 2010 death came on the heels of an independent but eerily similar report about what was known as the “Smiley Face Killer(s).”
    Whether the detectives stumbled onto something and later became a little too fond of the attention and veered off the path of investigation, there is still the truth that so many young men have been found dead in water after being out with friends, and the deaths are called “accidental.”

    There is even a Facebook page.

  24. I really think a lot of these guys are gay or at least meeting up with a guy for “fun”. I lived in Boston from 2010 to 2014 and let me tell you theres not a whole lot of people walking around Boston at night. Most bars close early and I have been one of those drink college students near the water. I have never seen people fall in regardless of how pissed drunk they were. The first time I looked into this I remember recognizing a few of these guys – maybe it’s from the posters for missing people but I swear I remember a few from posts on apps like Grindr or other hookup sites. Something struck me about this right away as someone who was constantly wandering around the streets of Boston late at night during my college years

    • Many of the men ending up in the Manchester, England canals were gay. I believe there have been close to 80 deaths. They call him the Manchester Pusher. On one CCTV film you see a young man being led away by another man and then, poof, he is gone!

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