Photos of Matthew A. Mullaney taken shortly before his 2003 disappearance
Matthew Mullaney was in his early twenties when he suddenly went missing nine years ago. He was born and raised in the United States but was attending college at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. He had previously attended Fairfield University in Connecticut but had flown to Italy in January 2003 to study art. It was his first semester of college abroad and he was excited at the opportunity to explore another country/culture. Loved ones described him as an outgoing, social, friendly young man with no known enemies.
A few weeks after arriving in Italy, Matthew disappeared. On the night of January 31, 2003, Matthew told his roommate he was heading to the Lions Fountain Irish pub in Florence, a local spot frequented by American students. Witnesses reported seeing him in the early morning hours (approx 2:30AM) standing outside the Pub, getting ready to leave. That was the last time he was seen. His roommate reported him missing the following day on February 1, 2003, when he didn’t return to their living-quarters and couldn’t be reached.
“According to the staff, his behavior was normal and he was chatting with other students in the bar while there,” the young man’s family would later say in a written statement posted on a website they created (http://www.matthewmullaney.com/)
The FBI has since become involved with this case and on their website under his case it lists him as possibly being in Europe. Those sightings are not confirmed and family members and friends say he would have most definitely contacted them unless he was put into a situation where he couldn’t reach out to them. (Ex; Abducted.)
A website titled Have You Seen Matt? was created by loved ones who’ve been without answers for years. At the top of the site there’s a little intro which says;
We are (Matt Mullaney’s family), a family desperate to find our son/brother. His gentle spirit, quick wit and beautiful smile is missing from our lives. Matt is loved and missed by so many. We have been relentless in our search for him since February of 2003. Please take the time to look at his face ( and read our story) We know this is our only hope of receiving word about him. We have faith that someone out there has an answer for us. We hope and pray that you will come forward. Please help us find Matt…
- Full Name: Matthew Alan Mullaney
- Birthdate: November 5, 1981
- Missing Date: January 31, 2003
- Age Then: 22 years ago
- Age Now: 31 years old
- Born In: Brockton, MA – USA (New England)
- Went Missing In: Florence Italy
- Race: White (has Irish decent) Gender: Male
- Hair: Dark Brown (thick and wavy)
- Eye Color: Hazel
- Ht: 5’10” Wt: 175 pounds
- Possible Locations: Europe, Italy, USA, Etc
- Other: He has pierced ears, but may not wear earrings. He has surgical scars on his left ankle, along with pins in his left ankle. He has a large tattoo of a shamrock with flames coming off the top of it in the middle of his back.
Photo of Shamrock design similar to Matthew’s tattoo
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact Matthew’s mother, Terri Mullaney at 781-545-6995 — You can also leave a tip by clicking Matthew’s FBI Missing Persons Poster (also click the Facebook ‘share’ button on his poster to spread awareness.)