Laurie Jean Amico, age 22-23, went missing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Februrary 20, 1976.
According to her husband at the time, Anthony Amico, she left home to go to the drug store and never returned.
This article, which is basically a life story of Anthony “Tony” Amico, alludes to mob connections, gambling, shoddy business dealings, and his continually blocked quest to own a casino.
“At 20, he married Laurie Peccole, a high school friend and daughter of one of Las Vegas’ most powerful real estate developers. The couple had a son. His wife and mother-in-law pressed him to quit the casinos and join the family business, but he refused. Eventually the couple split up.”
It was sounding less and less like it would have a happy ending.
The article continues:
“In 1980, after the divorce, Amico moved to Atlantic City, then in its gambling infancy.”
I was instantly curious when I saw that there was an actual divorce. I wondered if it may have been a divorce that was granted following Laurie’s disappearance. I searched her name, and nothing came up. I searched her maiden name, and lots of stuff came up – lots of stuff, that indicates she is alive and well, remarried, and back living in Las Vegas with her family. It doesn’t appear that she’s hiding.
Several weeks ago, before I even considered profiling her on my blog, I sent an email to the law enforcement contact listed in NamUs, explaining what I’d found, and that I believe Laurie is not really missing. I got no response, and she is still listed as missing on NamUs.
I may remove this post once this case is officially resolved, as I certainly don’t want to violate her privacy, but in the meantime, I feel that it’s necessary to bring attention to the fact that, unless there is some crazy coincidence with names, ages, and places, Laurie is not going to match up to any unidentified remains, such as this one where she was suggested as a possible match, and I would hate to see valuable resources spent trying. I’d guess that Laurie would hate that too.