The Missing and the Dead|
For Whom the Bell Tolls
MISSING: Ralph Licciardi
"Ralph is 30, six feet, 205 pounds, he has a little, about an inch, scar, on his upper chest," said his father, Sebastiano Licciardi. "He was born and raised in Queens. He bought a house last year in West Hempstead, Long Island. Ralph is married and has two sons, a two-and-a-half-year-old boy and a nine-month-old boy. It's not that I'm not worried about him, but thing that worries me most is the children."
Ralph Licciardi's family described him as a union electrician with Local Three. They think he was working a job on the 105th floor of tower two. "When he called his wife before the second hit, she says it was a couple minutes to nine, he called to tell his wife he was OK, he was on his way out, let me get out of here," his father said. "That's a couple of minutes before the other plane hit. We're going to call Verizon to find out the exact time. It's not going to make much difference. His cellular phone of today keeps ringing. He called from the 92nd floor, so he was already 13 floors down from the job on the l05th floor."
Ralph's brother, Anthony, also worked in the towers, for Lehman Brothers, but he was set to fly out to Chicago on business early Tuesday morning. When they heard the news about the hijacked planes, the family was initially more concerned about Anthony.
Then Ralph's wife called. The Licciardis have been looking for him ever since, sending Anthony to view the bodies pulled from the rubble, several of whom look like the missing son. The family has provided authorities with Ralph's hairbrush, toothbrush, and dental records to help with identification. "I hope my son comes home alive," said Sebastiano. "That is the best lottery I could hit, to have my son come back."