Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
On March 3, 1974, Caporino, a married father of two daughters, left his home in Yorktown Heights, NY, for a weeklong business trip to Houston and New Orleans. Caporino was a 17-year executive with the coffee division of General Foods. He was a Navy veteran.
On March 7, 1974 he left the Intercontinental Hotel on Canal Street to go to the French Quarter to hear jazz. He drove his Hertz rented car to the location.
He had called home that evening to tell his plans for the evening, confirming a dinner date with friends for the weekend, and confirm his flight home the next day. Found in his hotel room were his return flight tickets and his suitcases partially packed with gifts for his family.
His rented car was found abandoned about 10 days later in front of a school by Spain and Ramparts streets with the keys stuck outside the vehicle in the door lock. Any fingerprints left in or on the car were wiped off.
A credit card statement showed that four days after Caporino disappeared, someone used his Sears card to buy a camera and some clothing. A FBI analysis obtained by Yorktown Police showed the signature was a forgery. The sales clerk identified the purchasers as “hippie types, two boys and a girl in their early 20’s.” He said they also produced Gabe Caporino's Allstate insurance card when asked for further identification.
Foul play is suspected. Caporino was declared dead by the Westchester Surrogate Court in 1979.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
New Orleans Police Department
The Middletown Press