Henry Charles Salvatori
Salvatori, approximately 1990
Date reported missing : 01/24/1990
Missing location (approx) :
Palm Beach County, Florida
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 09/25/1966 (54)
Age at the time of disappearance: 23 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 175 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Salvatori was disappeared from Palm Beach County, Florida on January 24, 1990. He was a student pilot at the time. He was with his flight instructor and friend, Michael Mergen.
The two men flew out of Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA) in a Cessna 152 at 7:23 p.m., in clear weather with three hours' worth of fuel. They were on a routine training flight en route to Palm Beach County Park Airport in Lantana, Florida. They didn't file a flight plan or tell anyone where they were going.
They were seen practicing landings at Lantana, but they never returned to PBIA.
Mergen and Salvatori had met and befriended each other while attending Pope John Paul High School; Salvatori had moved to the area from London, England.
They stayed in touch after graduation, although Salvatori moved to Trinidad and Mergen remained in Florida and attended classes at Palm Beach Community College from 1984 to 1989. He was a certified flight instructor with 600 hours of flight experience.
Mergen and Salvatori are believed to have crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, but an extensive search, lasting months and covering a 250-mile radius around the Lantana airport, turned up no sign of them or the plane.
Other information and links : ncy
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
The Doe Network
The Palm Beach Post
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 12, 2004. March 31, 2018; middle name added.
Interactive Missing Person Search Map