Frances L. Tuccitto, 43-45, went missing from Portland, CT in June 1953.
I was unable to find any details about the circumstances of her disappearance on any of the Missing Persons databases, so I started digging around to see if I could find out anything about her.
NamUs states that she was missing part of a finger as a result of a factory accident, while working at Russell Manufacturing Company in Middletown, CT.
A still unmarried Frances L. Macklin first appeared in the Middletown city directory in 1928. Frances, who was residing at 327 High Street, was the only Macklin listed. Due to the fact that she would have been in the 18-20 age range in 1928, I would venture a guess that she was in Middletown for the purpose of attending Wesleyan University. On a side note, her address of 327 High Street was also the residence of its owner, Louis deKoven Hubbard. Hubbard was a prominent member of society, a textile businessman, whose ancestors had settled in Connecticut in the 1600’s. Louis deKoven Hubbard has been mentioned in news articles across several states. After Hubbard passed away in 1934, his property at 327 High Street was sold to Wesleyan University by his heirs, and was later converted into an infirmary for the school. I do not know if Frances was somehow related to this man, or just rented a room from him, or maybe even worked for him.
At some point in 1928 or 1929, Frances married Joseph V. Tuccitto. They moved around Middletown throughout the 1930’s, showing up at a different address nearly every year. Around 1940, they moved into this home at 17 Commerce Drive, in Portland CT, the home where she was last seen:
Joseph and Frances had several children during the 1930’s, some of whom were married themselves by the time Frances went missing in 1953.
The 1940 census states that both Joseph and Frances were born in Connecticut, although I cannot find any sign of her on any earlier census. There were a couple Macklin famlies in Connecticut at the time, but obituaries of those families do not mention anything about a Frances.
For that matter, neither does her husband’s. Frances’ husband, Joseph, died suddenly in Middletown, in March 1956, at the young age of 49. He never remarried. In fact, his obituary is the only indication of her being missing, outside of her sparsely populated missing person form. Not that she is mentioned as such, but the fact that she is not mentioned at all leads me to believe that the family weren’t sure how to list her – surviving or not, so she just wasn’t mentioned. This happens quite a bit in the obituaries of parents of missing persons.
Newspaper searches haven’t turned up any mention of her disappearance. I wish I knew more – if she seemed unhappy, if she had planned to go anywhere that day, what type of marital situation she was in…
Of course, logic would say that she’s deceased now, as she would be over 100 years old, but that’s not the point. Her children have been missing their mother for 60 years, and I’m told time and time again by families of the missing that it does not get any easier with time. I’d like to see a resolution for them – and a proper burial for her, if she has not received one.
As far as I can tell, all but two of the Tuccitto children are still alive, and I do hope one of them will submit DNA so that she can be matched against unidentified remains. Without DNA, it would be particularly difficult due to the fact that we have no photograph of Frances.
If you are a member of Frances Tuccitto’s biological family, please contact The University of North Texas Health Science Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your local law enforcement agency, and offer to submit DNA. It’s easy – just a saliva swab – and it can make all the difference!
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