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Andre's mother, Monique Rivera, had been taking Andre and her two older sons for a walk in their Brooklyn, New York neighborhood on March 28, 1989 when she encountered two African-American women driving a 1988 or 1989 burgundy Pontiac Grand Am Sports Edition with tinted windows and possibly Maryland license plates. One of the females was approximately 30 years old in 1989 and the other was appoximately 22 years old and had red hair. Both were about 5'7 tall and 130 pounds.
The women engaged Rivera in conversation about her children and convinced her to go shopping with them. They bought her some clothing and took her home. Rivera told her boyfriend's sister, Patricia Bryant, that the women used a fraudulent credit card to make their purchases and that she planned to go shopping with them again the following day. Patricia agreed to babysit the children while Rivera shopped.
On March 29, Patricia went to Rivera's apartment on Madison Street to babysit. The two female companions did not pick up Rivera outside her apartment, but called her home from a pay phone around the corner and asked her to come out and meet them. They insisted that she bring Andre with them on the shopping trip, so Rivera took the baby with her and left her other children with Patricia.
On the morning of March 30, Rivera's body was found in the woods near City Island Road in the Bronx borough of New York City. She had been struck on the head and strangled. There was no sign of Andre, Rivera's companions, or their vehicle at the scene. Andre has never been heard from again and the two women who accompanied him and his mother on the shopping trip have never been identified. A photo of Rivera is posted below this case summary. She was twenty-five when she died, and left behind two other sons besides Andre.
Authorities believe Andre may have been sold into an adoption ring. At the time of his disappearance they thought his presumed abduction might be connected to the disappearances of Shane Walker and Christopher Dansby. Walker, 1, and Dansby, 2, both disappeared from the same Harlem park three months apart in 1989. All of the missing children are African-American. All of the cases remain unsolved and it is unclear what happened to the children.