CUBAN INFORMATION ARCHIVES
MISSING OVER CUBA SEP. 1963
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IN ACTION OVER CUBA
...Believed Held in Cuba in 1963...
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$25,000 Reward Offered In Sullivan, Rorke Case
A $25,000 reward was offered yesterday for the return alive of two
missing Americans, one a Waterburian Geoffrey Sullivan, who disappeared
last Sept. 24 during a flight over the Caribbean area.
The offer was announced at the New York Stork Club, operated by Sherman
Billingsley, who is the father-in-law of one of the men, Alexander I.
Rorke, Jr. The Associated Press reported yesterday.
Twenty-eight-year-old Sullivan, a commercial pilot, Rorke, 37, and a
passenger identified only as Enrique Molina Garcia, took off from Fort
Lauderdale, Fla., Sept. 24.
They were last seen when they were kidnapped or captured and are being
held by the agents of an unfriendly government or, possibly, by that
Points To Cuba
He added that his reference to an unfriendly government meant Cuba, but
he said he had no evidence to support the belief that the men might be
Rorke and Sullivan had made several flights over Cuba, relatives said,
including a bombing raid on a refinery area near Havana last April
25. The bombs failed to go off.
Sullivan, whose last city address was 86 Lexington Ave., and Rorke, a
free lance newsman had flown Rorke to Florida last April but had not
taken part in the Cuban raid.
Rorke who admitted participation in the raid, said homemade bombs had been dropped on oil refineries during the flight.
Sullivan's plane, based at Meriden Airport, was impounded the following
month by the Federal Government and later both men warned by Federal
authorities not to violate U.S. laws with their Cuban activities.
Rorke's Wife Present
Also attending the news conference yesterday at the Stork Club was
Rorke's wife, Jacqueline, who said her husband's last flight was paid
for by Luis Somoza, former president of Nicaragua and a staunch
She said her husband told her he was going to Mangua to see Somoza
about opening an export-import business, but that he and Sullivan filed
a flight plan in Fort Lauderdale for Panama. After refueling at
Cozumel, they changed the flight plan to make Tegucigalpa, Honduras,
Rorke's father, a former Manhattan district attorney, has offered a
$1,000 reward for information on his son's whereabouts, but the uncle
made it plain the $25,000 --in unmarked money -- would go only to the
person who delivered Rorke and Sullivan alive.
Tegucigalpa DC (Por Correo Aereo). Especial para EL TIEMPO N.
Y. Acaba de visitar la capital de la Republica, el norteamericano
Mr. William H. Rorke con el proposito de establecer contacto con alguna
persona que ofreciera indicios sobre el paradero de su sobrino y un
joven acompanante, desaparecidos misteriosamente durante una travesia
en avioneta el 24 de Septiembre de 1963.
Los norteamericanos Geofery Sullivan y Alexander Rorke Jr., abandonaron
el aeropuerto internacional de Broward en Miami, Florida, un martes 24
de septiembre de 1963 a las 3 p.m., tripulando una avioneta Beechcraft
registrada con el numero 6795 T - Bimotor de color azul y blanco.
El plan de vuelo estaba trazado hasta Panama - sin embargo, durante el trayecto cambiaron de ruta para dirigirse a Honduras.
En Conzumel, al Sur de la Peninsula de Yucatan se reabastecieron de
combustible y despegaron con rumbo a esta capital, aproximadamente a
las 7:30 de la noche de la fecha antes indicada. Versiones sin
confirmar suponen a los dos jovenes norteamericanos localizables en
algun pais centroamericano.
El tio de Alexander Rorke Jr., ofrecio una recompensa de $25,000 a la
persona que los conduzca a cualquier puerto o ciudad de los Estados
El Sr. William Rorke agrego que su sobrino Alexander puede
identificarse al informante diciendole algo asi como el santo y sena o
el lema de sus antecesores o tambien el nombre del clerigo que lo caso
- o el nombre de sus abuelos. Agrego que el Sr. Sullivan - piloto
acompanante de Alexander Rorke, puede identificarse diciendo el nombre
de su esposa e hijos o el de su senor padre.
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