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The Missing Robert Jones

The Missing 
Robert Jones
Case #: 1906-0377
Atlantic County

Robert Jones was 47 years old when he disappeared around May 16, 2019 in Atlantic County, New Jersey. He was not reported missing by his family until June 8, 2019 when it was finally realized that Robert had not been seen or heard from by anyone in his apartment complex for a few weeks.
He was last seen around the area of his home, at Jeffries Towers in the 200 block of North Vermont Avenue. He is a black male, 6’3 inches tall and weighs around 260 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. His date of birth is listed as April 27, 1972. He has moles that cover his face, sometimes wears glasses, and has medical issues that leave him confused and disoriented. His family is worried that he has not had the medication he needs and could be suffering as a result. Robert is known to frequent the boardwalk, fast food restaurants and local parks. A silver alert was issued.
Robert’s family has tried hospitals, jails and organized search parties to find him, with no success. A family member has been quoted saying “We’re beginning to think that maybe something has happened to him.”
In September of 2019, a tip was received that Robert had been spotted in the area of the New Jersey Transit bus station at Ohio and Atlantic Avenues. This lead was followed up on, but ultimately led police nowhere. 
Robert is still missing.

If you have any further information, please contact the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit at 609-882-2000 extension 2554, or the Atlantic City Police at 609-347-5766.


The Missing Kathleen Elkow

The Missing
Kathleen Elkow
Case #: 19-13115
Atlantic County

Kathleen Elkow was 86 years old when she was last seen on March 28, 2019 at approximately 4 p.m at her residence on Weymouth Road in Mays Landing, Atlantic County, New Jersey. She is a white female, standing at 5’4-5’5” and weighing 90-105 lbs. She has graying short length hair and blue eyes. Her nickname is “Kas”. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, tan sneakers and a red, white and black checkered shirt. Another source states she was wearing a red, white and black flannel shirt.  Kathleen loved nature, so much so that she created trails in the 16 acres of woods behind her home. These trails were lined with rocks and she would walk on them often.
Kathleen suffers from both dementia and diabetes. She does not drive and only gets around by walking long distances. She does not own a cellphone.
Since her disappearance, police along with K-9 units have conducted multiple extensive searches of the area around her home. By land, by water and by air. Many volunteers have also assisted, but no sign of Kathleen has been found.

If you have any further information, please contact the Hamilton Police Department at 609-625-2700 extension 1.


The Missing Yoni Vasquez

The Missing
Yoni Vasquez Y Vasquez
Case #: 2019-09059
Union County

Yoni Vasquez was 16 years old when he was reported missing by his grandfather to the Summit Police Department on March 1, 2019 in Union County, New Jersey. Yoni is a Hispanic male, standing at 5’6” and weighing 140 lbs. He has black hair and brown eyes. His date of birth is listed as 3/5/2003. 
He was previously apprehended by ICE while illegally crossing the border in January of 2019. He was turned over to the “HHS” and formally placed in the care of his grandfather. On February 27, 2019, Yoni left his grandfather’s house with all of his belongings including his Guatemalan passport, clothes and roughly $200 in cash.
Yoni’s cell phone was a prepaid Boost phone and was last used on February 28, 2019, pinged to the location of the 73rd Precinct in Brooklyn, New York. All attempts to locate him have been unsuccessful. 
There are little details in this case. 

If you have any further information, please contact the New Jersey State Police at 609-441-3586.


The Missing Dashand Stokelin

The Missing
Dashand Stokelin
Case #: 1611-0805
Atlantic County

Dashand (Das) Lahki Stokelin was 36 years old when he was last seen near the 200 block of N. North Carolina Avenue, in Atlantic City, New Jersey on November 23, 2016 at 1:45 a.m. He was driving his grandmother’s blue 2016 Subaru Legacy with the NJ License plate number C79-GVK. He has not been heard from and the vehicle has not been recovered. He is a black male standing at 5’05-5’06” and weighing 190-200 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. His date of birth is listed as 04/13/1980. He was last seen wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt with black Levi jeans, black, blue and yellow Huarache Nike Air sneakers and a Cleveland Cavaliers hat. 
Dashand had last spoken to his grandmother late in the evening of November 22. She said he was incoherent on the phone and he “couldn’t form the sentences to tell me where he was.”
Prior to his disappearance, he had not had any known health issues or substance abuse problems. He normally frequented the cities of Camden, Jersey City and Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
Dashand has a black birthmark on his right hip, a hernia operation scar, and a scar on his navel. He has a tattoo of the name “Marlene” on his right arm, and a tattoo of the outline of a skull on his left arm. He had a full beard and mustache at the time. 
Dashand left behind five children. The circumstances of his disappearance remain unclear. 

If you have any further information, please contact the Atlantic City Police Department at 609-347-5780.


The Missing John Fernandez

The Missing
John Paul Fernandez
Case #: 1512130055
Monmouth County

(Left to right) Parents Kelly and Ninia, with siblings Jonah, Kelly, John and Cindy.

John Fernandez, also known as “JP” or “Japes,” was 22 years old when he was last seen on December 13, 2015 at his family’s home on Kentucky Avenue in Middletown Township, New Jersey at around 1:30 a.m. One source states he was last seen on December 12 at 10:50 p.m. He is a Filipino man that stands at 5’09-5’10” and weighs 135 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. He has a birthmark on his left arm. He was last seen wearing a dark grey leather jacket with a light gray fabric hood and black and white high-top sneakers with wheels in the bottoms, commonly known as “Heelys.” He wears glasses and possibly had a red backpack with him.
The morning of December 13, the family thought he had simply gone out jogging his usual route. The night before, he was looking for an iPad cable, and his mother thought he was preparing for the jog by charging his iPad to bring it along for music.
John’s mother Ninia told authorities that her son left a six-page suicide letter behind, hidden inside of a stuffed eagle toy, where he talked about feeling “inadequate with amazing people” and wanting to end his life in a “high place somewhere in the woods.”
In the first few weeks after he disappeared, a dive team searched Natco Lake in Hazlet, Monmouth county, after finding John’s cell phone on the side of Rt. 36 in a Ziploc bag. Police believe that John may have walked off along the Henry Hudson Trail. ATV units combed through the wooded area around Natco Lake. Dozens of people took part in searches, along with police dogs on the ground and helicopters overhead. No other sign of the young man had been found. Volunteers also searched the Allaire State Park for John, and came up with nothing.
John was attending Seton Hall University studying accounting, and was set to graduate that May. He was also an active gamer.
John was a victim of bullying in high school and all the way through college as well. He was often ridiculed for wearing his Heelys and riding through campus. He attended Middletown North High School, and according to his mother, he would often come home with his shirt torn and spat on. Ninia said her son was having an identity crisis, and was isolated and lonely. Ninia described John as a socially awkward person who is very bright and loves to read manga comic books. 
As of 10/30/2021, John Fernandez has not been located. 

If you have any further information, please contact the Middletown Township Police Department at 732-615-2100.


The Missing Demetrius Branham

The Missing
Demetrius Brian Branham
Case #: 15030591
Middlesex County

Demetrius Branham was 45 years old when he was last seen on June 22, 2015 in the Avenel section of Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey. He is a black male, 6 feet tall, 220 lbs with brown eyes and black hair with some gray. His nicknames are “black” and “ponce.” He was wearing a red T-shirt and long denim shorts with sneakers.
He was last seen getting into the passenger side of a newer model Mazda 3 sedan that is either black or blue with rear-tinted windows and after-market wheels. This occurred outside La Mirage, 969 Route 1. It was reported that the driver was the only other person in the car.
Demetrius was reported missing by his mother on June 30 after not hearing from him for 8 days.
His case remains unsolved.

If you have any further information, please contact the NJ State Police Missing Persons Unit at 609-882-2000, extension 2554.


The Missing Meaghan McCallum

The Missing
Meaghan McCallum
Case #: 15-01235
Bergen County

Meaghan McCallum was 30 years old when she was last seen on March 11, 2015 leaving her grandmother’s home at 10 John’s Street, Montvale, New Jersey. Meaghan’s grandmother, Betty Sidow says she was in bed asleep when she was awakened by Meaghan’s beloved pit bull Sweet Pea barking. It was around 3:30 a.m. Getting out of bed, her grandmother looked into Meaghan’s bedroom, and she was gone. Looking outside, she noticed Meaghan’s vehicle was also gone.
“She left in a hurry.” Betty recalled.
She was driving a black 1998 Subaru Impreza with the New Jersey license plate number N32-EAY. This vehicle was found abandoned in Long Branch, NJ on April 11, in the parking garage of Edgewater East apartments on Avenel Blvd.
A few days later when Meaghan did not show up at her job at Visiting Angels, a living assistance service for the elderly in Ramsey NJ, a statewide search began. Authorities reviewed video footage of the parking garage which showed Meghan had arrived there at about 5:30 a.m. and walked away in the direction of the boardwalk. This footage was the last solid lead in this case.
Meaghan was last seen wearing boots, a light brown Shearling type jacket, a short sleeve shirt and either black pants or a black skirt. She is a white female, 5’3-5’5” in height, between 170-210 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes. She wears soft contact lenses.
Meaghan suffers from bipolar schizoaffective disorder since she was 25, and she has a history of suicide attempts. She had stopped taking her psychiatric medication 1 year prior to her disappearance, she disliked the dazed feeling it would give her. She has scars on her wrists, a tattoo of a dolphin and a castle on the right side of her lower back and a tattoo of a lotus flower and a black spider on her foot. She goes by the nickname “Meg.” 
There were no indications that McCallum had planned to run away. She was staying with her grandmother when she vanished, but the night before she had stopped at her parent’s home to pick up a phone charger. She left all her clothing and belongings behind, as well as Sweet Pea, whom she took to work with her. 
Theories have speculated the possibility that Meaghan took her own life by walking into the ocean in Long Branch where her car was found. However, there is no evidence to support this.
Her case remains unsolved.

If you have any further information, please contact the Oakland Police Department at 201-337-6171.


The Missing Barnett Zeldin

The Missing
Barnett D. Zeldin
Case #: C120201300316
Burlington County

Barnett Zeldin was 74 years old when he was last seen at his home on the morning of October 7, 2013. He indicated that he would be going hunting near Oswego Lake in Washington Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. He went to the Wharton Forest Park, there planning to bait his tree stand in preparation for deer hunting season. He was expected back at the Audubon Hunting Club on the same night and failed to return. His 1992 Chevy Blazer was found on the side of the road in close proximity of his hunting stand, with the windows down, his dog inside, and his keys in the ignition. His cell phone and wallet were both inside the vehicle as well. He was last seen wearing jeans, a T-shirt and a flannel of unknown colors. Possibly wearing tennis shoes that were a dirty white color, a gold wedding band, a gold chain with a gold marlin and gold pretzel charms. He is a white male, 5’07” in height, weighing 150 lbs with brown, greying hair and brown eyes. His date of birth is listed as 9/5/1939. He usually went by the nickname Barry. 

If you have any further information, please contact the NJSP Tuckerton Station at 609-296-3132.


The Missing Benjamin Ferguson

The Missing
Benjamin Ferguson III
Case #: 2013000689
Salem County

Benjamin Ferguson was 53 years old when he was last seen on February 9, 2013 in Salem, New Jersey. He is a white male, 5’10” in height, 220 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. His date of birth is listed as 7/8/1959. He sometimes goes by “Benny” or “Bird dog.” He has a skull and dagger tattoo on his arm. There are very few details in his case. 

If you have any additional information, please contact the Salem County Police Department at 856-935-0057.


The Missing Joan Conetta

The Missing
Joan E. Conetta
Case #: 2012-1171
Ocean County

Joan Conetta was 74 years old when she was last seen on June 10, 2012 leaving her residence on foot in Whiting, New Jersey. She was last seen wearing a grey sweat suit. Joan is a white female, 5’01”- 5’03” in height, 100-120 lbs. with gray hair and hazel eyes. She also wears reading glasses. Her date of birth is listed as 09/20/1937.  It is believed that she left her home with her .22 caliber Beretta handgun and $7,000 cash.
There has been no bank account activity since she disappeared.
Joan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and had her car taken from her by concerned family members after she had once been found wandering alone by the police. This was a recent occurrence and she had no previous history of leaving for an extended period of time.  
The woods behind her home were searched with police dogs, which yielded nothing.
5 days after she had been reported missing, there was a sighting reported of Joan walking along Route 530 on the day she went missing. 
There have been no confirmed sightings since.

If you have any further information, please contact the Manchester Township Police Department at 732-657-6111.


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