Joint Statement from the Suffolk County Police Department and New York State Police:

The Suffolk County Police Department and the New York State Police are extremely saddened by the death of two-year old Jovani Ligurgo. We express our deepest sympathies to his family.

Throughout this investigation, the Suffolk County Police Department worked quickly and diligently to seek the safe return of Jovani. This includes reaching out to multiple law enforcement partners, including the New York State Police. While circumstances did not trigger an AMBER Alert based on the established criteria, the investigation did not stop there. Both agencies continued to investigate throughout the night and morning to determine the whereabouts of both individuals. These efforts included accessing the resources of the New York State Intelligence Center, and working together with law enforcement agencies throughout the region, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the NYPD. The priority of all involved was to locate the child and father, and ensure their safe return.

As is standard procedure, both agencies will review the steps and guidelines ensure that best practices were followed. The Suffolk County Police Department and the New York State Police have worked closely on countless cases, and remain committed to continuing our close partnership.

We want to reassure the public that every aspect of this investigation will be thoroughly reviewed. Our number one priority is to provide for the safety and security of our residents that we serve. 


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A similar vehicle bearing New York license plate GAV4699 has been found in Rockbridge County, Virginia with two deceased occupants who are believed to be 2-year-old Jovani Ligurgo and his father, John Ligurgo III, 43.  A positive identification is pending.  

Suffolk County Police Department Commissioner Geraldine Hart, Chief of Department Stuart Cameron and Chief of Detectives Gerard Gigante will be available to provide an update today at 1:45 p.m. at Suffolk County Police Department Headquarters in Yaphank, NY.  

Bretton Woods Drive, Coram on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at approximately 7 a.m.

Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating a 2-year-old boy who was last seen with his father in Coram.


Jovani Ligurgo’s mother dropped him off at his father’s residence on Bretton Woods Drive in Coram at approximately 7 a.m. on June 5. When the child, who resides with his mother in Smithtown, was not returned to his mother’s custody at the predetermined time, 3:30-4 p.m., the mother called police.


Officers responded to a call of a house fire at approximately 3:35 p.m. at 265 Bretton Woods Drive, where the boy’s father, John Ligurgo III, 43, resides. The residence was unoccupied.


Sixth Squad detectives believe the child is in the company of his father, who may have fled the state in his black Jeep Grand Cherokee, New York license plate GAV4699. Ligurgo III may be in possession of a hunting rifle.


The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information to call 911 or contact the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652.


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