The Murdered Susan Davis and Elizabeth Perry

The Murdered
Susan Davis and Elizabeth Perry
Cape May County NJ

Susan Davis and Elizabeth Perry were both 19 years old when they went missing in 1969. The two girls were friends, and had both recently graduated from junior college and wanted some sun and fun, so they traveled together to Ocean City, NJ for the weekend. As their vacation came to an end, they decided to get an early start heading back home to Pennsylvania. They ate breakfast at Somers Point Diner before heading North on the Garden State Parkway. The two girls never made it home. Their parents notified authorities on the night of May 30, 1969.
Three days later, on June 2, 1969, a maintenance worker that went by the name of Elwood Faunce, discovered two bodies in a wooded area alongside the northbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway, between milepost 31.8 and 31.9. The crime scene was located in Egg Harbor Township, which is just outside of Ocean City, and 2 miles from the Somers Point Diner, where the girls were last seen just after sunrise on May 30.
Susan had been driving a light blue Chevrolet Convertible, which was found on the side of the parkway, about 200ft from their bodies.
Both victims were discovered concealed with leaves and twigs, and both had been stabbed with a sharp instrument, thought to be a pen knife or a paring knife, about 4-5 times in the upper chest and neck region. Each victim had been beaten severely. Susan was found completely nude and lying facedown. Her neck was tied to a tree with her bra. A different source states the bra had been tied into her hair. She died of a wound to the neck that severed her larynx, and she was also stabbed on the left side of her abdomen and the right side of her neck. Her clothes, her blue jacket with her initials, a blue print dress and underwear were piled neatly beside her. Elizabeth was found about ten feet away, lying on her back. She was completely clothed, but her underwear was ripped/torn. She died of a chest wound that penetrated her right lung. She had also been stabbed in the abdomen. She had knife scratches on the side of her neck.
There was information about the crime scene that had been withheld from the public. Elizabeth was wearing expensive jewelry, which was found untouched, thus ruling out robbery as the motive. Both women also had cash in their purses, untouched.
The coroner was never able to determine whether a sexual assault had been perpetrated on either Susan or Elizabeth, due to the delay between when the girls were murdered and the discovery of their bodies three days later. They were in an advanced state of decomposition. However, the coroner did conclude that Susan and Elizabeth were murdered within 45 minutes of eating breakfast at the Somers Point Diner, due to the contents of their stomachs. 
On May 30, 1969, the sun rose at 5:29 a.m, and both girls were seen in the diner at daybreak, and they had left the diner at around 6:15 a.m. Witnesses reported seeing a man with an arm sling in a dark colored Mustang parked near where Susan’s blue convertible was found.

  (Sketch of the person witnesses saw) 

 Detectives from the New Jersey State Police Major Crime Unit later questioned 3 young men from Pennsylvania who had pulled over onto the shoulder to sleep near milepost 31.9 after they ran out of gas, at about 4:30 a.m. They stated that when they woke up 3 hours later, they noticed Susans’ unoccupied Chevrolet convertible parked on the shoulder, approximately 100 yards in front of them. 

   SUSPECTS:
On two separate occasions, once in 1986 and in 1989, the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy hinted at his involvement in the murders of Susan and Elizabeth. During the year 1969, Ted had been living with his aunt in Lafayette Hill, outside Philadelphia, PA while attending Temple University in Philadelphia. During the weekends, he would often travel to New York City’s Time Square to watch the women in the area. He mentioned the winter of 1969 specifically in his interview, stating “After being more or less detached from people for a long period… I didn’t have any friends, didn’t go anywhere, just more or less had school and sort of entertained myself with the pornographic hobby, drove to the shore and watched the beach and saw young women lined up along the beach. You know, it’s like an overwhelming kind of vision. Eventually I found myself tearing around that place for a couple of days, and without really planning anything, picked up a couple of young girls. And ended up with the first time I had ever done it… this fear of getting caught. It’s an extraordinary trauma, you know. And then there’s, of course, the fear of detection and apprehension when you kill someone.” He did not mention the women by name.
In 1989, in his second interview before his execution, Ted Bundy returned to 1969 while speaking with a criminologist, Dorothy Lewis. “I went to Ocean City, New Jersey… and just hung on the beach, looking at the young women, trailing them around… I felt compelled to act out his vision.. I was just stalking around the downtown area of this small resort community and I saw a young woman walking along… I didn’t actually kill someone this time, but I really, for the first time, approached a victim, spoke to her, tried to abduct her, and she escaped. But that was frightening in its own way… I know that in Ocean City, I realized just how inept I was, and so that made me more cautious, and I didn’t do that again for a long time. It scared me, it really scared me.”
Obviously, Mr. Bundy traveled to and from Ocean City several times during the summer of 1969, which is where Susan and Elizabeth were spending their weekend. Apparently, however, the day after he spoke to the criminologist, he denied his involvement before dying in the electric chair. Ted’s aunt claimed during an interview that he had an alibi for the weekend of the murders. 
Susan and Elizabeth may have been one of Ted Bundy’s first murders, however, there is no irrefutable proof of that. There are some whole believe he may have actually committed his first murder in 1961, at the age of 14, when an 8 year old girl went missing in Tacoma, Washington. Ted spent much of his childhood there.
Another killer was also in the same vicinity at the time of the murders. His name is Gerald Eugene Stano. He also took credit for the killings, but there was no proof. Stano was convicted of killing at least 22 women in New Jersey, Florida, and Pennsylvania and claimed to have killed 41 women between 1969-1980. In 1982, he signed a confession to the murders, but later implied his confessions were coerced, and the information he gave to police did not add up. He was executed in Florida in 1998. He was known as a “serial confessor.”
There were several other suspects, including a man named Mark Thomas. Mark was a childhood friend of Gerald Stanos. An anonymous tip was received, and he was brought in for questioning. Unfortunately, there was no proof. Mark later became a visible figure in the Pennsylvania Ku Klux Klan and was involved in crimes all around the US.  
A drifter named Ronnie Walden was also a suspect. He was traced to Atlantic City and elsewhere at the Jersey Shore at the time of the murders. A wrist watch found at the murder scene was linked to Walden by a woman who heard about the murders in the press and stated she had recently been on a date with Walden shortly before he drive up to New Jersey from the South and she had seen him wearing the watch. In a bizarre connection to Bundy, Walden was being held at the Garfield County Jail in Glenwood Springs in the same cell that Ted later escaped from in 1977, when he famously exited through the ceiling. Walden had attempted to hang himself at the jail in the hours before NJ State Police arrived to interview him. He passed a lie detector test and authorities stopped pursuing him despite incriminating evidence; The police found half a finger print of Ronnie’s on the girl’s car. He is also a schizophrenic and had spent time in a mental hospital. Walden was in and out of jail for the rest of his life for various crimes, including a shooting in South Carolina that landed him in prison in 1984. In 1989, he took his own life using a smuggled gun, which he used during a hostage situation involving a prison guard. 
Research has pointed to Ronnie Walden as the suspect with the most corroborating evidence in the murders of Susan and Elizabeth. The Ted Bundy theory persists in part because of the lack of closure in the case. Elizabeth Perry’s mother, Margaret started, “We are convinced that when Ted Bundy died, our daughter’s killer got his comeuppance.” 
Over 50 years later and NJ State Police are still hoping to determine who killed Susan and Elizabeth. 

Sources:

https://newjerseygirlmurders.org/cases.htm

https://www.phillyvoice.com/ted-bundy-garden-state-parkway-murders-new-jersey-ocean-city-christian-barth/

https://www.christianbarthauthor.com/bl

og-1-1/peter-vronsky-phd-discusses-the-unsolved-1969-garden-state-parkway-murders 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/shadow-boxing/202003/serial-killers-and-tragic-cold-case

The Missing Carmela Yacavino

The Missing
Carmela Mildred Yacavino
Case #: 05-7895
Essex County

Carmela Yacavino was 43 years old when she was last seen on January 19, 2005 at her home in West Orange, New Jersey. She was wearing a blue windbreaker size small, a black sweatshirt size small, blue jeans, white socks and size 6 white running shoes. Carmela has a tattoo of a rose and a cross on her right shoulder, a tattoo of the name Jose on her right shoulder blade, she has burn scars on both forearms, and she also has pierced ears. She is 5’4” in height, 110 lbs, with brown hair, brown eyes, and a fair complexion. 

If you have any further information, please contact the West Orange Police Department at 973-325-4000.

Sources:

http://www.missingin.org/reg4515/carmela_mildred_yacavino.htm 

http://usa.51xrw.com/MissingPersonNotice-Missing%20Relatives/Friends%20-New%20Jersey%20Lost-2988-Carmela%20Mildred%20Yacavino_2988.html 

The Missing Joseph Robertson

The Missing
Joseph Robertson
Case #: 04-72
Ocean County

Joseph Robertson was last seen leaving the Dover Retirement Facility on January 2, 2004 in Dover, NJ. He has not been seen or heard from again. He does not have any scars, marks, or tattoos. He is allergic to Penicillin. He is a white male, 6 feet tall, 200 lbs, with graying brown hair and brown eyes, and a ruddy complexion. 

If you have any further information, please contact the Toms River Police Department at 732-349-0150 or the NJSP Missing Persons Unit at 800-709-7090.

Sources: 

https://patch.com/new-jersey/tomsriver/toms-river-man-10-years-missing-have-you-seen-him

The Missing Ulpiano Gomez

The Missing
Ulpiano Gomez
Case #: 10747-03
Cumberland County

Ulpiano Gomez was 84-85 years old when he was last seen on Sunday, March 1, 2003 at 12p.m leaving his home in Vineland, New Jersey. He planned to walk the 2 miles to Maintree Shopping Center, 301 South Main Street, Vineland. He wanted to purchase a remote control at Radio Shack. He never made it there, and he has never been heard from again. 
Ulpiano moved to Vineland from Brooklyn, New York, five months before his disappearance. He would sometimes gamble at casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, but did not do so after his move to Vineland. There have been no sightings of him since he vanished. 
Ulpiano is a Hispanic male with a dark complexion, 5’4” in height, a slender build, 150 lbs. He was last seen wearing glasses, a black hat with a black coat, black pants and boots. He has brown eyes, white hair and a white mustache.
Authorities say there is no evidence of foul play in his case, but they call his disappearance “puzzling.” According to his family members, Ulpiano was in good physical and mental health at the time. He is described as a reclusive man with no friends.
The family with whom he was living with, has since moved back to New York. His case remains unsolved.

If you have any further information, please contact the Vineland Police Department at 856-691-4111.

Sources:

https://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/2017/05/18/south-jerseys-missing/327464001/

The Murdered Gilda Ryan

The Murdered
Gilda Ryan
Middlesex County
(No Photo Available)

Gilda Ryan was a 34 year old housewife living at 8 Dolan Street, Sayreville County, Middlesex County, NJ with a man named Robert Lewis and her 3 children in 1969. She worked as a practical nurse, employed at the Metuchen Nursing home. 
On Tuesday, April 28th at 1:00 P.M, (another source states it was April 29th and it was at 2:00 P.M.) Gilda’s housemate Robert unfortunately found her dead inside their second floor apartment. She had been stabbed 3 times in the chest and was stabbed and cut around 10 times in the abdomen, scalp and neck. The murder weapon was determined to be a kitchen knife that was found at the scene. Her ultimate cause of death was a punctured lung. 
As of 2016, the FBI is assisting with the case. 

I found my information on:
https://newjerseygirlmurders.org/cases.htm

I will post a link that is not secure, but it has different information than the first website that is linked above. I’m not entirely sure which is accurate. But it is the only other information about her at all. So beware: http://www.crimeinfo.net/sitemenu.aspx?P=misc&D=1&ID=924&SID=938

The Missing Diana Moreno-Acevedo

The Missing
Diana Moreno-Acevedo
Case #: 03-1531
Monmouth County

Diana was 36 years old when she was last seen on February 20, 2003 from her home located in Freehold, NJ. She is a Columbian female and was last seen wearing an unknown colored shirt, blue jeans and brown boots. Diana has a tattoo of a fish on her right shoulder. She may be wearing a thumb ring and a ring on her ring finger. Diana has chest x-rays on file. She is 5’3”, 145 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes.
This is all the information we have.

If you have any further information, please contact the Freehold Police Department and 732-462-1234.

Sources: 

https://charleyproject.org/case/diana-moreno-acevedohttps://411gina.org/cases/MorenoAcevedoDianaMissingFlyer.pdf

The Nameless Hudson County Pt 3

The Nameless
Ashleigh Sommers
Unidentified in NJ
I will be posting my lists of unidentified persons in my own order of choice, continuing with an area of New Jersey called Hudson County (part
3.)
I am doing this to promote awareness of small town Doe’s that do not receive nearly enough media attention. 

All of my information came from: https://www.njsp.org/unidentified/hudson/index.shtml 

Unidentified Deceased White Male
Case #: U299687635
NIC #: 8805215
Body found on May 1, 1988
Estimated date of death: April 1, 1988
Estimated year of birth: 1958-1963
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’9”-5’11”
Weight: 145-155 lbs
Hair: Brown
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown 
Clothing: The victim was found wearing red striped socks, white Reebok brand sneakers size 8, white thermal underwear on his legs and nylon red and black print briefs.
Circumstances: The victim’s body was found on May 1, 1988 on a jetty in the Hudson River, Weehawken, NJ.
Full X-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos available.

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Unidentified Deceased White Male 
Case #: 8913966
NIC #: U362620839
Body found on May 18, 1989
Estimated date of death: May 16, 1989
Estimated year of birth: 1919-1929
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 160-170 lbs
Hair: Gray
Eye color: Brown 
Scars, marks, tattoos: The victim has a mole on his right cheek, an epidermal cyst on the outside corner of his right eye, and skin lesion on the bridge of his nose.
Clothing: The victim was wearing a gray flannel cap, a brown jacket with brown fur lining, a blue, tan, brown and white plaid shirt, black/charcoal gray pants, a pair of black/charcoal gray pants, a pair of black socks, white long john pants and black shoes. 
Other: The victim had in his possession a black wallet with money and a set of keys in a red key case. The victim also has a small mustache.
Circumstances: On May 18, 1989, a body was found in the marsh area near Newark Bay in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Full X-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Male
Case #: 89-335H
NIC #: U366233958
Body found on June 10, 1989
Estimated date of death: November 1, 1988
Estimated year of birth: 1949-1969 
Sex: Male
Race: Unknown
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 140-160 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: The victim has a scar on his left thigh.
Clothing: The victim was wearing wool navy blue gloves, an “Urban Equipment” navy blue denim winter jacket with green lining size large, “Bandini” blue denim pants size 31, brown Nike undershorts size medium, and a pair of sweat socks. The victim was also wearing 3 t-shirts. The first one is a white Adidas shirt with “Coco Keys Skim board Championship” on it, size Large. The second t-shirt was white and Nike brand, size Medium, and the third shirt was a white Artex brand with “#1 Dad” and a Snoopy design, size Medium.
Other: The victim had a thin build.
Circumstances: On June 10, 1989, the victim’s body was found in the New York Bay, Jersey City, New Jersey.
Dental records are available for comparison.
X-rays were not mentioned.
No photos are available. 

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Unidentified Deceased White Male
Case #: 8919035
NIC #: U371662046
Body found on July 8, 1989
Estimated date of death: July 8, 1989
Estimated year of birth: 1929-1939
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’1”
Weight: 135 lbs.
Hair: Gray
Eye color: Brown 
Scars, marks, tattoos: None 
Clothing: The victim was wearing a tan dress shirt, gray tweed pants, a white undershirt, and white Jockey underwear. He was also wearing a long sleeve jogging jacket that was red with white on the shoulders and sleeves.
Other: The victim has a gray/black beard and a black mustache. He also has a partial upper denture. He also has a left Inguino-scrotal hernia.
Circumstances: On July 8, 1989 the victim’s body was found in North Bergen Township, Hudson County, New Jersey.
Full X-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Asian Male
Case #: 229021
NIC #: U381862165
Body found on September 17, 1989
Estimated date of death: September 17, 1989
Estimated year of birth: 1929-1944
Sex: Male
Race: Asian
Height: 4’11”
Weight: 142 lbs
Hair: Black
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown 
Clothing: The victim was found wearing “Jordache” blue denim jeans size 11, a brown belt with a white metal buckle, bright red “Stubbies” shorts with elastic waist, black synthetic socks, black tennis sneakers (the underside says “made in China”), an aqua “Basset Walker” long sleeve sweatshirt size Medium, and a gray “Lands End” long sleeve shirt.
Jewelry: The victim was found wearing an elasticized wristband with a velcro attachment.
Circumstances: The victim was found on September 17, 1989 at the Holland Tunnel North Tube.
X-rays were not mentioned.
Dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available but there is a composite sketch.

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Unidentified Deceased Black Female
Case #: 90-216H
NIC #: U423128314
Body found on May 4, 1990
Estimated date of death: April 30, 1990
Estimated year of birth: 1950-1960
Sex: Female
Race: Black
Height: 5’6-5’7”
Weight: 137-138 lbs
Hair: Black
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown 
Clothing: The victim was not wearing clothing when she was found.
Circumstances: The victim was found on May 4 1990 in the Hackensack River, south of Path RR Trestle, near the West Bank of Kearny, Hudson County, New Jersey. She is believed to be a victim of a homicide.
Full X-rays are available for comparison.
No photos are available but there is a composite sketch.

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Unidentified Deceased White Male
Case #: 91-2918
NIC #: U48009250
Body found on March 29, 1991
Estimated date of death: March 22, 1991
Estimated year of birth: 1946-1966
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’8-6’0”
Weight: 160-180 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: The right lower end of the humerus shows orthopedic hardware consisting of a metal plate on the medial side placed in situ with 6 screws seen sideways and 2 at right angles on the viewing plane. The breakage in the bone has completely healed leaving no residual tell tale deformities or deposits of calcium or visible fracture line at this point.
Clothing: The victim was found wearing a pale green sports type jacket, a full sleeved plaid “Camtelco” shirt size small, a T-shirt with a figure of a person on a surfboard and “Hobie” written on it in the front, dark green “Dickies” work pants with no belt around the waist, size 32 x 32, boxer underwear which are held in place with a red color shoelace, 2 pairs of socks, the outermost socks are dark brown and the innermost are red, and a shoe on his left foot size 9, the shoes are worn down almost to the sole.
Other: He has a goatee and a mustache.
Circumstances: The victim was found on March 29, 1991 on the bank of the Passaic River in Kearny, Hudson County NJ.
Full X-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available but there is a composite sketch.

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If you have any information about these cases or the identification of these individuals, please contact:

The New Jersey State Police at 1-800-709-7090.

The Missing Thomas Hazen

The Missing
Thomas E. Hazen
Case #: 03-498
Somerset County

Thomas was 61years old when he disappeared on February 9, 2003 at his residence in Bridgewater Township, NJ. He was driving a 1971 blue Chevy van with a NJ registration at the time he went missing. Thomas was suffering from depression when he was last seen. His brother was the one to report him missing to authorities. Thomas is a Caucasian male, 5’09” in height, 136 lbs, with gray hair and hazel eyes. (some sources state he has blue eyes.) It was later determined that Thomas’s vehicle was sold in Florida in April 2003, two months after his disappearance. 

If you have any further information, please contact the Bridgewater Township Police Department at 908-722-4111.

Sources:

http://www.missingin.org/reg4937/thomas_e_hazen.htm 

The Missing Sierra Thomas

The Missing
Sierra Sahara Thomas
Case #: 02158598
Atlantic County

Sierra Thomas was 19 years old when she went missing on November 21, 2002. She has black hair, brown eyes, 5’0-5’2 in height, 150-160 lbs. Last seen wearing a waist-length black Guess brand coat with the brand’s logo on the left pocket, a dark blue or black shirt, light blue sweatpants with writing on the bottom of the right leg and the number 33 on her left thigh, and  multicolored scarf. She goes by the nickname “Sweetie.” 
Sierra was last seen by her boyfriend in the 800 block of North Maryland Avenue in the Back Maryland neighborhood of Atlantic City, New Jersey, with a male friend. Her sister drove her to the area to visit her father and one of her daughters. Sierra said she would call when she wanted to be picked up. Her sister waited in the car for an hour, then she went to a nearby store to pay some bills. Sierra never called her sister, and she has not been heard from since. She was carrying $33 in cash when she went missing. Sierra’s boyfriend at the time was the last person to see her. A short time after he saw her walking with a male friend, Sierra met with her boyfriend, and that is the last known contact anyone has had with her. Her boyfriend’s name is Robert Taylor.
Sierra attended Atlantic City High School and had previously held jobs in two resort hotels. She worked at Caesar’s at the time of her disappearance and lived with her two young daughters, ages 2 and 4. She had signed up for an adult education program and hoped to complete her high school diploma. Her family can’t think of any reason she would walk out of her life.
Foul play is suspected in her case, which remains unsolved. 

If you have any further information, please contact the Atlantic City Police Department at 609-347-5766

Sources:

https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/vicap/missing-persons/sierra-sahara-thomas

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/3165dfnj.html 

The Missing Jyrine Harris

The Missing
Jyrine Kyese Harris
Case #: 02-28954
Essex County

(age progression to age 18)

Jyrine Harris was last seen sleeping in his bed at home in Irvington, New Jersey at 1 a.m. on June 23, 2002. He was wearing only a diaper with Muppet characters on it. The 2 year old lived with his grandmother due to him being taken away from his mother, Janet Harris, on claims of abuse on May 31 of that year. There were 8 other people living in the house at the time. Jyrine has a rare disorder which causes brittle bones that break easily, and he had a fractured right leg with a cast on it at the time of his disappearance. He has previous fractures to his shoulder and his wrist. The cast extended from his knee to his toes, with writing on it that read “Get well soon fatboy.” He was given several nicknames in his life, such as “Fatboy”, “Fatman”, “Pooh”, and “Poppa Babba.”
Jyrine disappeared in the early hours of the morning while his teenage sister LaElisa Harris was watching TV downstairs with her boyfriend, Gregory Jones-McCrae. The family searched the house before reporting Jyrine missing to police at 5:00 a.m. His mother Janet was still in police custody at the time her son went missing. The charges against her were dropped, as it was determined that Jyrine could have sustained his injuries as a result of his bone condition rather than abuse. 
Police do not believe Jyrine was taken by either of his parents but it is also unlikely that he wandered away from home due to the limited mobility he had from the fractured leg. Jyrine’s 4 year old cousin that shared a bedroom with him, says a Caucasian man and an African-American man abducted the child. 
The sister’s boyfriend, George Jones-McCrae has not been cooperative in the investigation.
Janet strongly believes there was some kind of an accident in the home and Jyrine disappeared as a result. 
Most of the people who were in Jyrine’s house who were there the night he vanished have not been ruled out as suspects, but there is little evidence to go on.

If you have any further information please contact the Irvington Police Department at 973-399-6603.

Sources: 

https://missingchildren.wikia.org/wiki/Jyrine_Harris

http://www.pollyklaas.org/missing/kids/jyrine-harris.html 

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