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Missing Man: John Lima - MA - 10/28/2005

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Endangered Missing Adult

If you believe you have any information regarding this case that will be helpful in this investigation please contact:

Middleton Police Department at (978) 774-4424

Name:  John Lima

Classification:  Endangered Missing Adult 

Date of Birth:  1979-08-29 

Date Missing:  2005-10-28 

From City/State:  Middleton, MA 

Missing From (Country):  USA 

Age at Time of Disappearance:  26 

Gender:  Male 

Race:  White 

Height:  70 inches 

Weight:  170 pounds 

Hair Color:  Brown 

Eye Color:  Brown 

Identifying Characteristics:  Tattoo of "barbwire" around upper arm, possible start of a tattoo on back of neck, very light scar across top of nose. 

Clothing:  Red T-shirt, blue jeans. 

Circumstances of Disappearance:  Unknown. John was visiting a friend in Chelsey, MA. A relative saw his vehicle return at approximately 2:00am to his residence in the vicinity of S. Main St. and River in Middleton, MA. 

Investigative Agency:  Middleton Police Department 

Phone:  (978) 774-4424 

Investigative Case #:  05-4890 

NCIC #:  M-335310921 

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Police seek public's help in locating missing man

By Transcript Staff  Thursday, November 17, 2005

Middleton and State Police are asking for the public's help in locating a 26-year-old Middleton man, who has been missing since late last month.

John Lima, of River Street, was last seen at his home on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 28. Police investigators have not ruled out foul play.

Lima is a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He has tattoos on his arms and back.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Gayle Haley at the Middleton Police Department, 978-774-4424.

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After three weeks, 26-year-old still missing

By Jill Harmacinski  Staff writer

MIDDLETON - Three weeks ago today, John Lima vanished.

Police and relatives are continuing their search for the 26-year-old construction worker, who was last seen at his family's River Street home on Friday, Oct. 28.

No one knows if Lima simply walked away from his home or if someone may have hurt him.

"My family is leaning toward foul play, and so am I," Lima's sister, Liz White, said yesterday.

To date, police have combed Lima's neighborhood with search dogs. A state police helicopter flew over the area looking for him. Yesterday, the district attorney's office sent out a media alert about his disappearance.

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Family of missing Middleton man offers reward

Friday, January 20, 2006

The family of John Lima of Middleton, who has been missing since last fall, has posted a $5,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts.

Lima, 26, a construction worker, was last seen at his family's River Street home on the evening of Friday, Oct. 28. Middleton and State Police investigators have questioned numerous people about Lima's disappearance, and have combed the area of his residence with search dogs, but have thus far been unsuccessful in their efforts. Police have not ruled foul play in or out

Anyone with information is asked to contact Middleton Police at (978) 774-4424, or State Police at (978) 745-8908.

John Lima is described as 5-foot-10-inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He has tattoos on his arms and back.

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Family of missing man increases reward to $20K

June 14, 2006 By Bruno Matarazzo Jr.

MIDDLETON - The family of a 26-year-old River Street man missing since October is increasing the reward to $20,000 for any information leading to his whereabouts.

John Lima disappeared Oct. 28 when he left his girlfriend's home in Chelsea at 1:30 a.m. He is believed to have arrived home at 2 a.m. at 28 River St., where he lived with his parents.

"We literally have nothing to go on - just frustration after frustration after frustration," said Lima's sister, Liz White. "We didn't know what else to do. Since we do believe foul play (was involved in his disappearance), the money will hopefully make some of these people that know what happened talk. Because somebody does know what happened."

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Reward hiked for clues on missing man

June 18, 2006

Last week, the family of a Middleton man who has been missing since last fall increased its reward offer to $20,000 for information leading to his whereabouts.

John Lima, 26, a construction worker, was last seen at his family's River Street home on the evening of Oct. 28, according to the office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.

Middleton and State police assigned to Blodgett's office have questioned numerous people about Lima's disappearance, and have combed the area of his residence with search dogs.

But as of yet there have been no firm leads on his whereabouts, according to Blodgett's spokesman, Steve O'Connell.

He said authorities have not ruled out foul play.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Middleton police at 978-774-4424, or State Police at 978-745-8908.

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John Lima

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: October 28, 2005 from Middleton, Massachusetts

Classification: Endangered Missing

Date of Birth: August 29, 1979

Age: 26 years old

Height and Weight: 5'10, 170 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Lima has a tattoo of barbed wire on his upper arm and he may have a tattoo on the back of his neck. He has a very light scar across the top of his nose.

Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red t-shirt and blue jeans.

Details of Disappearance

Lima was last seen at 1:30 a.m. on October 28, 2005, when he left his girlfriend's Chelsea, Massashusetts home. He is believed to have arrived at his own residence at south Main Street and River Street in Middleton, Massachusetts at 2:00 a.m.; a neighbor saw his vehicle there. He has never been heard from again.

Lima was employed as a construction worker at the time of his disappearance, and resided with his parents. His family believes he met with foul play and police are not ruling that possibility out. His case remains unsolved. Middleton police are investigating.

Investigating Agency

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Middleton Police Department  at 978-774-4424

OR

Massachusetts State Police  at 978-745-8908

Source Information

The Salem News

The Tri-Town Transcript

The Boston Globe

The National Center for Missing Adults

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Family offers $25K reward in man's disappearance

By Julie Manganis Staff writer

MIDDLETON - Things can change a lot in three years, and that's one of the things that has kept the Lima family of Middleton going since John Lima disappeared one night in 2005.

"Alliances change," said Liz White, Lima's sister. "Maybe someone who knows what happened will decide now to come forward."

The Lima family announced yesterday that they have increased the reward for information leading to Lima's whereabouts, from $20,000 to $25,000.

"Twenty-five thousand dollars is a lot of money, and maybe that will be enough to drive someone," White said. She said she hopes the amount - a significant amount for the family - will push someone to do the right thing and help Lima's family find him.

"That number sounds big," White said. "Maybe people will pay attention."

Lima was 26 when he disappeared sometime during the night of Oct. 28, 2005. His parents heard his Toyota Avalon pull into the driveway of their River Street home around 2 a.m. but didn't see him come inside, though his wallet, sneakers, keys and a pack of cigarettes were all still inside the house.

The next morning, they noticed an open window at the front of the house.

White wonders whether her brother slipped outside to meet someone, thinking he would be right back, and was instead led into some sort of trap.

His cell phone died shortly after he disappeared, and investigators believe it was destroyed. He had no credit cards or cash on him.

Lima had been in trouble in the past but had been working to turn his life around in the four months before he disappeared.

"John wasn't involved in good things," White said. "That's not the point."

At first, investigators told the family that Lima may have just run away. "We know John," said his sister. "We know how he was. He did not just walk away. We know there was foul play."

Investigators have not ruled that in or out and have followed up leads, but so far nothing has panned out. "They still have nothing, not even to pull us in one direction or another," said White, who credits Middleton police Sgt. Gayle Haley and Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett for their continuing interest in the case.

Lima, who is now 29, is 5-foot-10 and weighed 170 at the time of his disappearance. He has brown eyes and hair and tattoos on both arms and his back.

The family has set up a Web page, www.myspace.com/findjohnlima. They are also asking anyone with information to contact Middleton police at 978-774-4424, state police at 978-745-8908 or the state police anonymous tip line at 508-820-2121.

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Middleton Man Still Missing After 5 Years

By Eileen Curran, WBZ-TV

October 27, 2010 5:50 PM

MIDDLETON (CBS) — Five years ago, Maria Lima said goodbye to her son John before racing off to work. She didn’t know then, it would be the last time she would see him. John, 26, disappeared from their Middleton home without a trace. Now, every time she sees a tall young man on the street, she thinks it might be John.

“I have to go close to see if it’s him,” she said.

On October 28, 2005, Lima heard her son drive up to their house about 2 a.m. She looked out the window, saw his car and went back to bed.  The next morning, his car, keys and wallet were all still there, but John was gone.

“I thought one day or one week I would find him, it’s been five years.”

The family admits John had a drug problem, but they say he was turning his life around.  Police believe he left the house through a window, perhaps to meet someone.

The family didn’t report John missing for two days. It was Halloween weekend and they thought he was with friends.

Unfortunately, they raked the yard and there was even a small snow storm, so by the time police got there with search dogs, any evidence was gone.

The family is offering a $30,000 reward for information in the case.

Sgt. Gayle Haley has been on the case since the beginning. She checks in with the Lima’s once or twice a month. She believes someone out there knows something that could help.

“Definitely,” said Haley.  “The information that somebody might have that they think isn’t important could be the key to breaking this case.”

John’s sister Liz White has been busy raising her two children the past five years and running her gift shop. But her thoughts are never far from her baby brother.

“A day doesn’t go by that we don’t think about him,” she said.  “We either grieve or we are hopeful.  It’s just that up and down, it’s an awful thing to go through.”

The family is hoping and praying the reward will help them find John and end this suffering.  Maria Lima describes it as “hell.”

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