Giovanni Ernesto Gonzalez
Giovanni, approximately 2008; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression to Age at the time of disappearance: 12 (approximately 2015); Ernesto Gonzalez; Daisy Colon; Giovanni's Spiderman sandals
Date reported missing : 08/16/2008
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 05/01/2003 (18)
Age at the time of disappearance: 5 years old
Height / Weight : 4'1, 40 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A red t-shirt, blue jeans, black sandals with a Spiderman logo, and a braided silver chain necklace. A photograph of the sandals are posted with this case summary.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies refer to Giovanni as Giovanni Colon-Gonzalez or Giovanni Gonzalez-Colon. He has a small scar above his right eyebrow, a small birthmark on the inside of his left ankle, and a faded skin pigmentation mark on the lower right side of his chest. He is of Puerto Rican descent.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Giovanni's mother, Daisy Colon, dropped him off in the area of Brightwood TerEthnicity : in Lynn, Massachusetts at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15, 2008. He was carrying a Transformers backpack containing some of his clothes and toys. He had a weekend visitation with his father, Ernesto L. Gonzalez Jr.
Colon was unable to reach Ernesto or Giovanni by phone all weekend. When she came to pick Giovanni up on Sunday, no one answered the door at Ernesto's apartment. Colon called the police, who came over and got inside.
Ernesto was there, but Giovanni wasn't with him. Giovanni's toys were inside the home, but not his backpack or any clothing. The child has never been heard from again.
When questioned, Ernesto said he wasn't aware of any scheduled visit with Giovanni and hadn't seen the boy since August 10. However, witnesses at the Lynn Behavioral Clinic on Union Street say Giovanni accompanied Ernesto to a scheduled appointment between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on August 16, the day after Colon last saw him.
That's the last confirmed sighting of Giovanni, but Ernesto's neighbors say they heard a child's voice coming from his apartment later that day.
Photographs of both of Giovanni's parents are posted with this case summary. They separated when Giovanni was two years old. Colon says Ernesto had little contact with his son until the summer of 2008, when he asked to become part of Giovanni's life.
Colon and Ernesto went into counseling so they could maintain consistent parenting techniques. They developed a verbal agreement for scheduled visits until September 15, at which time they would go to court and work out legal custody and visitation rights. Ernesto also filed for joint custody of Giovanni in June 2008.
On August 18, authorities arrested Ernesto and charged him with child endangerment in his son's disappearance. He reportedly refused to cooperate with the investigation, and he had a cut on his left finger and wouldn't say how he got it.
Several days after Ernesto's arrest, police searched his apartment and seized several items, including knives, a bloodstained bottle of household cleanser and a bloodstained mop that had been cleaned with bleach. Testing later proved the blood wasn't Giovanni's.
Ernesto has a history of substance abuse and violent behavior. He has been arrested three times, the last time in 2001, when he punched his girlfriend, chased her with a knife and damAge at the time of disappearance: d her car. He was convicted of multiple assault charges and served three months in jail. Colon said that, while Ernesto had violent outbursts and once threw a chair at her, she never saw him abuse Giovanni.
In November 2008, in an interview with the Boston Globe, Ernesto confessed to Giovanni's murder. He said he'd stabbed his son to death, dismembered the body in the bathtub and discarded the six parts in trash bins around Lynn. Ernesto said the murder wasn't planned, he didn't know why he'd done it and he regretted it. Authorities have expressed skepticism of Ernesto's statement, however; there's no evidence in his apartment to corroborate his story.
In December the child endangerment charge against Ernesto was dropped and he was instead charged with parental kidnapping and misleading police. The parental kidnapping charge was dismissed in June 2011, but restored a year later. In November 2011, he was additionally charged with assaulting a cellmate in jail.