North American Missing Persons Network
John Steven Rato

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 24, 1999 from Williams Township, New Jersey
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: May 9, 1974
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 220-240 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Black-colored mole on left cheek
    near mouth. Wears eyeglasses. Mustache.
  • Medical Conditions: Mental disorders that require medication.
  • Clothing: White t-shirt, jeans, black blazer and black sneakers.
  • NCIC Number: M-100169787
  • Case Number: 99-8-46032

  • Details of Disappearance
    Rato was a newlywed and resided with his wife in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He drove to Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 24, 1999. Rato planned to spend the afternoon gambling, which he often enjoyed for relaxation. He was scheduled to return to his work shift in Philadelphia later in the evening. Rato never arrived as scheduled and has not been heard from again.

    Rato's black four-door Plymouth Neon was discovered abandoned in New Jersey during the day. The vehicle had been parked in the emergency lane of eastbound Route 42, Black Horse Pike in Williams Township, New Jersey. Investigators determined that the car was out of fuel, but there was no indication of an accident or mechanical failure.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Philadelphia Police Department
    (215) 685-1177

    Source Information
    Philadelphia Police Department