CT JANICE K. POCKETT: Missing from Tolland, CT - 26 July 1973 - Age 7

85DFCT - Janice K. Pockett

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Images 5 and 6: Age-progressed to 39 and 47 years.

Name: Janice K. Pockett
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: July 26, 1973
Location Last Seen: Tolland, Tolland County, Connecticut


Physical Description

Date of Birth: October 15, 1965
Age: 7 years old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 4'0"
Weight: 65 lbs.
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown


Identifiers

Dentals: Available. She has a gap between her front teeth.
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Available


Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: At the time of her disappearance, Janice was wearing navy blue shorts with an American flag emblem, a blue and white striped pull-over shirt, and blue sneakers.
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown


Circumstances of Disappearance

Janice K. Pockett left her home by bicycle around 3 p.m. on July 26, 1973. She told her mother she was going to get a butterfly she had left under a rock in a wooded area on Rhodes Road.

Her bike was found six days later on Rhodes Road, near her home, close to a wooded area. An extensive search provided no clues as to her whereabouts.

A convicted murderer and known pedophile, confessed to Pockett's killing in the 1970s. He claimed that he buried her in an area near Lawrence, Massachusetts, near the grave of Angelo Puglisi. Her body has never been discovered and the suspect was never charged in her disappearance. He died in prison in 1999.

Janice Pockett is one of six young females either missing or found dead in the area since 1968.


Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Connecticut State Police
Agency Contact Person: Detective Robert Given
Agency Phone Number: 860-779-4940
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 000000014

NCIC Case Number: M239254040
NamUs Case Number: 2555
NCMEC Case Number: 923957


Information Source(s)

Namus
NCMEC
The Boston Globe News Archive

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Kimster

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I mentioned this on our old thread before our website crash, but I met a woman who went to school with Janice when she went missing. It was interesting to talk to her about it because she said that she remembered her and her friends wondering what happened to Janice and then they were scared it would happen to them. She still wishes they would find out what happened to her school mate.

She said Janice was a typical happy young girl.
 

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
Staff member
Janice was last seen leaving her family's home on Anthony Road in Tolland, Connecticut on July 26, 1973. She planned to ride her metallic green Murray bicycle, which had a bell and a banana seat, through the neighborhood to search for a butterfly she'd caught and left on a rock a few days earlier. She was carrying an envelope to carry the butterfly in.

It was the first time she'd been allowed to go out by herself. She never arrived home and has never been seen again. Janice's mother found her bike half an hour later, on Rhoades Road near a wooded area less than a mile from her residence.

The butterfly and envelope were never found. Authorities believe something happened to Janice after she had picked up the butterfly and was on her way home.

Janice was one of five people to disappear in the general area during a ten-year time period; another was Lisa White. All of the missing were female; they ranged in age from 7 to 20 years old. Two of them were found deceased years after their disappearances but the other three, including Lisa, remain missing. It is not clear whether the cases are related.

The late Charles Pierce, a pedophile who was suspected in many child disappearance cases in New England throughout the 1950s - 1970s, confessed to Janice's murder. A photo of Pierce is posted with this case summary.

He claimed to have buried her in the Lawrence, Massachusetts area near an unidentified boy who was another victim. The boy was thought to be Angelo Puglisi, a Massachusetts child who vanished three years after Janice in 1976. Neither of the supposed graves has been discovered.


MUCH more at link, including another suspect in her disappearance.
 

Mel70

Special specialist
I mentioned this on our old thread before our website crash, but I met a woman who went to school with Janice when she went missing. It was interesting to talk to her about it because she said that she remembered her and her friends wondering what happened to Janice and then they were scared it would happen to them. She still wishes they would find out what happened to her school mate.

She said Janice was a typical happy young girl.
Wow. That would be frightening.
 

FightingCrime247

Well-known member


The first article is from a cold case file report and it names Charles Pierce as well as another man, Nathaniel Bar-Jonah as suspects in the disappearance of Janice. The second suspect would have been 16 at the time Janice was abducted and lived roughly 20 miles away. The article details why he was named a suspect but also states that there was never evidence sufficient to bring charges against him. The second link is to a website that gives more information and insight into the crimes of Nathaniel Bar-Jonah.
 

Mel70

Special specialist
That guy was extremely sick and was given slaps on the hand starting at a young age. From what I remember he liked to prey on boys.
 

Mel70

Special specialist
I remember Charles Pierce being the strongest suspect and that he had said he pulled her into his van, Killed her and had sex with her after death. This hasn't been proven as a fact but seems most credible. I remember this from the documentary about Andy Puglisi. I believe it's called "Where's Andy?" Made by his childhood friend. Charles Pierce is thought to be an accomplice in the abduction and murder of Andy. Charles Pierce and the other suspect are now deceased.
 

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