Another broker, it was reported, had been missing for more than two months, with as much as $300,000 in gems. The brother of Abraham Shafizadeh said the he might have been slain because he had informed on several persons for cheating or violating the diamond industry’s code of honor. He has been missing since July 27, the day he was suppose to go to Puerto Rico on a business trip. His car was found at JFK. This broker operated out of the same building as Mr. J.
The police said that the missing persons squad carried 30,000 cases a year and that it this instance it had been assumed that the missing man had vanished in Puerto Rico and was therefore the responsibility of the police there.
excerpt from Leonard Buder NYT 10/1/77