Mauch Chunk, PA Possible Drowning, Aug 1915

EAST MAUCH CHUNK.---Stephen Luicci, of New York, aged four, who, with his mother, was visiting relatives here, wandered away from home and nothing has been heard of him the last two days. It is feared the boy fell into the Lehigh River of the Lehigh Canal and was drowned. The woods have been scoured by searching parties day and night.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 21 Aug 1915

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Father Refuses to Believe That Boy Was Drowned

Special to The Inquirer.

MAUCH CHUNK, Pa., Aug. 29.---Refusing to believe that his four-year-old son, Stephen, was drowned despite the story told by his daughter, who is four years older, Stephen Luicci, of Coalport, has offered a reward for the child or his body. Young Stephen has been missing for more than a week.

The two children, with their mother, were visiting their grandparents here at the time of the boy's disappearance. Young Stephen and his sister went for a walk alone, the girl returning alone an hour later. When questioned concerning her brother the child at first professed ignorance of his whereabouts, but later said that he had fallen in a creek near her grandfather's home. Since then every effort has been advanced by the father and the police without result.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 29 Aug 1915

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GYPSIES BELIEVED TO HAVE TAKEN BOY

Missing Lad Thought to Have Been Seen in Stamford, Conn.

From The Inquirer Bureau.

NEW YORK, Sept. 12.---The police of this city, as well of neighboring States, are today keeping a sharp lookout for a band of gypsies who are believed to have kidnapped the four-year-old son of Salvatore Luicci, a grocer, of 505 West 133d street. Luicci went to Stamford, Conn., today, having received word from the chief of police of that city that a boy answering the description of his son had been seen with a band of gypsies that had been camped near that city. The boy was crying and protesting against being taken away.

Luicci sent his son to his grandmother, at Coalport, Pa., near East Mauch Chunk, in the middle of August. He had been playing in the street, but when the usual time for the boy to come home arrived he was missing.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 13 Sept 1915