Carla Vicentini was 22 years old when she was last seen leaving the Adega Bar & Grill located on Ferry Street in Newark, New Jersey on February 10, 2006 at 2:30 in the morning. She may have been intoxicated and may have been with a white male named “Antonio.” He was described as being in his thirties, 5’8” and 200 lbs with blue eyes, short salt and pepper hair and an unshaved beard, wearing a black t-shirt. Carla struck up a conversation with the man as she was in the bar with her friend/roommate that she had just moved in with. Carla told her friend that she was going outside to the man’s car to view a photograph and to talk. The friend told her she would meet her at home. She has not been seen since. Carla is a white female, 5’07”, 140 lbs with blonde hair and brown eyes. She was born in the country of Brazil, coming to the United States on January 19, 2006 as an exchange student on a Cultural Exchange Program. She was planning on staying for a few months. She saved up her money to come to the U.S and she was very happy about the opportunity. As part of this program, Carla was assigned to work at a White Castle restaurant and live in a small motel room with several other women in the program, but she became unhappy with the arrangement, so she then moved out and changed jobs. She was an engineering student at the time she went missing, newly living with her friend in Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood, and had just started a job at the Mediterranean Manor.
She was last seen wearing a white sleeveless shirt, a blue Hugo Boss brand jacket, a Mormaii sports wristwatch on her left wrist, a large silver ring on her ring finger and two silver rope necklaces, one with a pedant, blue or white jeans and high-heeled brown ankle boots. She has multiple body piercings, including a silver ball in her navel, a silver ball in her tongue, several ear piercings, and many tattoos including a tribal design on her lower back, a tattoo of a tiger on her stomach, a red and yellow chameleon on her left hip, and a tattoo of a gray angel on her back. Her case is classified as a kidnapping. She has previously fractured the right side of her collar bone. Her nickname is Carlinha. The man “Antonio” has not been identified, he and Carla were seen “drinking and talking” before leaving together, which is unusual because her native language is Brazilian Portuguese and she speaks limited English, but this man was reported to not speak Portuguese. He appeared “quiet and sullen.” He is considered a person of interest.
It is believed that Carla had made it back to her residence on Ferry Street, which is near the restaurant she was last seen at, because her jacket, wallet and passport were found there. But there were no other signs of where Carla had gone afterwards.
Several days after Carla went missing, someone called her boss’s cell phone and screamed for help. This caller had not been identified and it is unclear whether the call was related to the case.
Carla’s mother believes she was murdered since she never went more than a couple of days without getting in touch with her family. She stated that someone destroyed Carla’s dream of getting the chance to know a different country.
This is a sketch of the man last seen with Carla.
Her case remains unsolved.
If you have any further information, please contact the Newark Police Department at 973-733-4336.