North American Missing Persons Network
Christopher J. Benedetto

Above Images: Benedetto, circa 1998

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 19, 1998 from Riviera Beach,
    Palm Beach County, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: February 9, 1956
  • Age: 42
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: 210 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Scar on his back.
  • Case Number: 983230132

  • Details of Disappearance
    Christopher Benedetto and his wife, Janette Piro, were scheduled to attend a dinner date in 1998 but disappeared from their Singer Island home. Twelve days later, Piro's body was found in a garage freezer. When the couple was first reported missing, friends found Benedetto's fishing boat with a motor still running. His wallet, cell phone and pain pills were at home.
    In March 2005, Michael A. Koblan, Jr. was convicted of the murder of Piro and Benedetto. He was a relative of the couple, and owed them about $100,000. Federal authorities believe Koblan killed Benedetto on a boat and dumped his body in the ocean. Benedetto has not been found.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Riviera Beach Police Department

    Source Information
    United States Department of Justice
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    WPBF News
    St. Augustine News
    ABC Action