Michael Sullivan
North American Missing Persons Network
Michael Sullivan

Above Images: Michael Sullivan, circa 1997

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 7, 1997 from New York City, New York County, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: March 3, 1943
  • Age: 54
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Weight: 135 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Gray
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Clothing: Athletic shoes.

  • Details of Disappearance
    Sullivan and his girlfriend, Camden Sylvia, were last seen jogging during the evening hours of November 7, 1997 in the New York City borough of Manhattan. Sylvia and Sullivan were in the vicinity of Pearl Street and Hanover Square at the time of their disappearances. Neither of them have been heard from again.
    The couple had been having problems with their landlord, Robert Rodriguez, who owned their apartment building at 76 Pearl Street in Manhattan. Authorities believe that Rodriguez was having financial problems and wanted to increase the rent for all of his tenants in his property in late 1997. He apparently threatened to turn off the heat if the renters did not agree to an increase. Sylvia presented Rodriguez with a petition signed by tenants at 76 Pearl Street on the day of their disappearances. The petition stated that the tenants would withhold their payments if Rodriguez followed through with his threat.
    Investigators theorized that Rodriguez believed he could receive his desired rental payments from other prospective clients and murdered Sylvia and Sullivan on November 7. There is no evidence to support this hypothesis, but authorities also believed Rodriguez may have dumped the couple's remains in a body of water in the New York City area afterwards. Extensive searches failed to produce any evidence of the couple's whereabouts. Rodriguez disappeared for two weeks afterwards without explanation. He returned to Manhattan by the end of November 1997. There have not been any arrests in connection with the cases, which remain unsolved.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New York City Police Department
    (646) 610-6914

    Source Information
    New York City Police Department
    The New York Daily News
    The Village Voice