Jan Andre Cotta
Case #: (NCMEC) 1005685
Jan Andre Cotta was 19 years old and 5-7 months pregnant when she was last seen at her family’s home in Wall township, New Jersey on June 26, 1973. Jan is a white female, 5’4” and 125 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes and has a mole near the left side of her mouth. She was last seen wearing blue Land Lubbers brand jeans, a white shirt with a blue design on it, brown loafers, and she was carrying a round tweed purse. She was also wearing a plain gold ring with the initials “JAC” and a gold ring set with a blue topaz birthstone and two diamonds. Her date of birth is listed as 03/26/1954. Jan may go by the alias name Jane Andrea Cotta. She is asthmatic and may also have epilepsy. She suffered temporary hearing loss due to measles when she was a child and had to wear a hearing aid for 3 months, but she overcame her deafness. She has also previously fractured her left wrist and lower left arm when she was 17 or 18 years old when she fell from a horse. She is club footed on her left foot and the foot would turn inward when she was tired. She also has a lazy eye that would droop when she was tired or getting a cold. Jan’s teeth were in poor condition at the time, as she had no dental work.
Jan had last been seen inside a barn tack house on her family’s property in the Allenwood section of Wall Township. Her brother Brian and a friend saw her some time between 11:30 p.m and midnight. A vehicle was heard driving away from the farm and afterwards, Jan was nowhere to be found. Her mother reported her missing the next day. She has not been heard from again.
Jan is the oldest of 8 children and is described as an avid equestrian who won awards in riding competitions. She was active in 4-H and was elected president of the “Jumping Brook Riders 4-H Club”. She attended riding classes at the Morven Park International Equestrian Institute in Leesburg, Virginia and the Princeton Riding Academy. She wasn’t involved with drugs and didn’t drink alcohol at the time of her disappearance.
The identity of Jan’s unborn baby’s father is not known. She wrote a letter to God before she went missing and referred to the baby’s father, but she didn’t say his name. In the letter she stated she was giving three of her favorite horses to a friend. Investigators believe she left of her own accord, at least initially.
In August of 1973, a newborn baby was found abandoned in a mailbox on a horse farm in Jefferson Township, NJ. The farm belonged to the friend that Jan gave her horses to, and the baby was born around the same time Jan’s baby was due. DNA tests however, disproved the theory that this was Jan’s child.
Jan’s parents have since passed away in the years following her disappearance, but her siblings are still searching for her.
If you have any further information, please contact the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip line at 1 800 671 4400 or the Wall Township Police Department at 732-449-4500.
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