North American Missing Persons Network
Frank L. Black

Above Image: Black, circa 1996

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 24, 1996 from Newark, New Jersey
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 58
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male

  • Details of Disappearance
    Black was last seen leaving from Newark International Airport in Newark, New Jersey on a Kiwi Airlines flight to West Palm Beach, Florida on February 24, 1996. He told associates he was going to Florida to meet a client to discuss selling a part of his fleet of school buses.
    Black is the founder of Frank L. Black Bus Service, which has contracts with several school districts. One of his credit cards was used at a West Palm Beach gas station shortly after he arrived in Florida, but the police said they did not know who used it and had no evidence that he had rented a car. Investigators became convinced that Black's disappearance was no mystery and that the former school bus driver was a victim of foul play allegedly masterminded by a business rival and former friend, Alan Mackerley.
    On March 15, 2003, a jury found Mackerley guilty of the first-degree murder of Frank L. Black. At trial, a witness reported that Mackerley told him in detail about Black's demise. Mackerley's girlfriend had brought Black from the airport to Mackerley's home where Mackerley put Black in a headlock and shot him in the head. Black's body and the weapon were wrapped in tarp and taken to Mackerley's boat and dumped into the ocean. Another source said Frank was murdered on the plane and his body was dumped in the water in Florida.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New Jersey State Police
    609-882-2000 ext. 2894

    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The New York Times - 4/8/96
    Delaware Online 2/20/2006