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Astuccio was last seen at Brown Square in Ipswich, Massachusetts at 9:30 a.m. on April 1, 1992. He owned business and residential properties there and planned to collect rent from two tenants that day. His 1987 Cadillac Roadster, which was blue with a white roof and license plates numbered 993-KVZ, disappeared with him. A photo of the car is posted below this case summary. It was found abandoned near a landfill in Middleton, Massachusetts on April 20. The windows were broken, the ignition had been damaged, the tires were covered with mud, and the only items in the car were Astuccio's appointment book and his coat and hat.
In February 1992, Astuccio went to the police to report someone had fired a .22 caliber bullet into the front doorframe of his home. He was at home at 11:00 p.m. when the shot was fired. He went to bed afterwards and reported it the next day. The shooter has never been identified and it's unclear whether the incident was related to Astuccio's disappearance months later.
There was a possible sighting of Astuccio a week after he disappeared; someone who knew him thought they'd seen him at Logan Airport, boarding a plane bound for Orlando, Florida. The airport had no record of him flying out that day, however. Astuccio may have worked at a bakery in Peabody, Massachusetts in the mid-1990s, and he may also have lived in Holiday, Florida for a time. None of this information has been confirmed. Astuccio did own rental property in Florida at the time of his disappearance.