Archive for ‘The Missing’

The Missing Patricia Depunte

Patricia Depunte
Case #: 09-043045
County: Atlantic

  Patricia Depunte or Patty as friends often called her, a 32 year old beautician from Pleasantville, New Jersey was last seen on March 18, 1990. She was reported missing to the Atlantic City Police Department. She is between 4’8 – 4’11, 95 lbs, blonde hair and blue eyes. Last seen wearing a white shirt with blue jeans and high heels. One source I found stated she may have also been wearing a jade ring. 

On March 17th, 1990, Patricia went to a place called the Irish Pub on St. James Place in Atlantic City, near the boardwalk. While inside, she was seen arguing with two females as she was sitting next to a Caucasain man in his early 30’s. She then asked this man for a ride home and was seen leaving the pub with him sometime between 2:00 and 3:00AM. The man was identified (and it turned out he was married) and his car was impounded for a forensic inspection. This man stated that he dropped Patty off a few blocks away from the pub at 3AM in the pouring rain. (sources vary on the exact time and location Patty was supposedly dropped off at, one article reads that she was dropped off 3 blocks south of the pub, while another source states she was dropped off half a block from her apartment. I have linked both articles below.)

Patricia was born on April 14, 1957, she grew up in Pleasantville, and graduated from Pleasantville Highschool. She was single but an outgoing person, and she occasionally drank heavily. However, she was responsible at her job and kept in regular contact with family. 

Her case is still unsolved. 
Dental records are available.

If you have any further information on Patricia, please contact:
Sergeant Angelo Maimone with the Atlantic City Police Department at 609-347-5766.
NCIC #: M-413909954 – please refer to this number when contacting the agency with information.


The Missing Will Jones III

Case# 72911-09
County: Cumberland
William Jones III
Date of Last Contact: December 17, 1962
Date of Birth: March 5, 1959
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 3 feet tall
Weight: 30 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
William Jones was last seen on December 17, 1962 in his backyard on Taylor Avenue in Vineland, New Jersey at about 1:00 p.m. He was playing with his two year old sister and the family dog while his mother watched through the window from inside. William’s mother went into a bedroom to check on her other son, and when she came out, her daughter was standing in the doorway, holding a plastic poinsettia flower. She stated William had given it to her and that a man had taken William.
Family and friends launched an immediate search of the neighborhood, but found no sign of the child and called the police after an hour of searching. William has never been heard from again. At the time of his disappearance, he was carrying a dime his mother had given him.
William did not have very good verbal skills in 1962. He loved dogs and had been given a puppy shortly before he vanished.
He has a Giraffe-shaped vaccination scar on his left arm. He was last seen wearing a blue snowsuit with large silver buttons with a matching hat and tan high-top tennis shoes with yellow laces. He goes by the nickname “Billy.”
Both of Williams parents are now deceased, but his younger sister is still alive and hopes he may be found one day.

If you have any information, please contact Vineland Police Department at 856-696-1212


The Missing William Jamison

Case #: H25001-20
County: Union
William J. Jamison
Date of Last Contact: March 27, 1981
Date of Birth: April 29, 1947
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’9
Weight: 220 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Green
William Joseph Jamison was last seen on the night of March 27, 1981 in Linden NJ. (some reports say Roselle Park, New Jersey.) He left his home in the Colfax Manor Apartments in the 600 block of St. Georges Avenue after working a regular shift at his job in Kenilworth, driving his company car, a dark blue 1981 Ford LTD Station Wagon with New Jersey plates 861-PKY. He was employed by Haug Die Casting Co. at the time. William was wearing a dark brown suede coat, a blue or white Oxford dress shirt with dress slacks and dress shoes. He was also wearing a watch. first went to a bowling alley on Stiles Street after departing his home, and then to St. George’s Diner. He left the diner at approximately 1:30 a.m. and neither he nor the car has ever been seen again. Roselle park authorities are handling this investigation.
William is originally from Pennsylvania, and he is one of ten children. He graduated from Temple University in Pennsylvania in 1969 with an accounting degree. He is a decorated United States Army veteran who served in Vietnam. He has an inch-long scar on his chin and a half-inch scar on his right ear. His nickname is Bill. He wears a 6 1/2 in shoes, which is a small size for his height. Dental charts are available online. Williams case remains unsolved.

If you have any information, please contact the Roselle Park Police Department at 908-245-2300 or the NJSP Missing Persons Unit at 609-882-2000, extension 2554.


The Missing Nick Zizzamia

Case #: 79-13004
County: Camden
Nicholas Peter Zizzamia
Date of Last Contact: May 12, 1979
Date of Birth: 10/30/1956
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’11
Weight: 290 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Nicholas Peter Zizzamia left his parents’ house in Cherry Hill on May 12, 1979, to drive to Villanova University in Pennsylvania to pick up tickets for their graduation ceremony on May 12. He was a senior accounting major at the university at the time. He never showed up at the university. When his parents attended the ceremony, their son was not there. He has never been heard from again. The vehicle Nicholas was last seen driving was found parked and locked behind his father’s business, a barbershop on Grove Street, in Cherry Hill, on May 15, three days after his disappearance. Nothing suspicious was found inside the car. He was last seen wearing a tan sweater with blue jeans and white sneakers.
Nicholas never used his driver’s license, his Social Security number or his credit card after his disappearance.
One theory that has been brought forward was that Nicholas may have committed suicide or left on his own accord; his friends stated he was unhappy with his life and had spoken about wanting to vanish.
Nicholas was an only child. His parents hired a private detective to try and find him, but without success. His mother died in 2003 and his father died in 2012. His case remains unsolved.

If you have any information, please contact the Cherry Hill Township Police Department at 856-488-7828


The Missing Mario Saavedra

Case #: 08-28090
County: Hudson
Mario F. Saavedra
Date of Last Contact: April 11, 1986
Date of Birth: September 8, 1965
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 155lbs.
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown

Mario F. Saavedra was 20 years old when he was last seen by his mother on April 11, 1986 in Jersey City. He was a college student at Jersey City State College when he was last seen going to a Bible study group. He had later called his family to tell them that he was planning on staying at a friends house. He never came home. His vehicle was found abandoned in front of a pizza parlor in the neighborhood. Mario has an undisclosed medical condition. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with maroon athletic pants and a pair of white athletic shoes. He has a vertical scar on his left cheek.

If you have any information, please contact the Jersey City Police Department at 201-547-5494


The Missing James Hires

Case #: 81-31428
County: Camden
James W. Hires
Date of Last Contact: October 17, 1981
Date of Birth: April 29, 1963
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’11
Weight: 150 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Hazel

James William Hires was last seen on October 12, 1981, when he left his parents’ Cherry Hill home about 2:30 P.M. James had said he was going to pick up his brother. The vehicle James was driving was found on October 18, 1981 at the Philadelphia Airport. He was last seen wearing a brown jacket, tan V-neck sweater, white pants and dress shoes. He has a scar on his left eye and discoloration on his left knee.

If you have any information please contact the Cherry Hill Township Police Department at 856-488-7828


The Missing Charlotte Jean Loomis

Case #: 2011-6929
County: Monmouth
Charlotte Jean Loomis
Date of Last Contact: September 1, 1972
Date of Birth: March 24, 1958
Sex: Female
Race: White
Height: 5’2
Weight: 115 lbs
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Charlotte J. Loomis was last seen on September 1, 1972, at her sister’s residence, which was stationed on Fort Monmouth in Eatontown. She was believed to have left Eatontown and traveled from Newark International Airport to Midland Bay City Saginaw International Airport in Saginaw, Michigan. She was making her way back home to her parents who lived in Detroit. Charlotte never arrived in Michigan, although her luggage did. She has a scar on her forehead and previously broken arm.

Age Progression

If you have any information, please contact Eatontown Police Department at 732-542-0100


The Missing Charles Teets

Case #: 87-161796
County: Burlington
Charles G. Teets
Date of Last Contact: February 1, 1987
Date of Birth: May 3, 1949
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 6 ft.
Weight: 200lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue

Age progression Above

Charles G. Teets was last seen on February 1, 1987 in Mount Laurel. He has a scar on his right hand. He also has a full beard. He was born in Michigan. There are few details in his case.

If you have any information, please contact the Mount Laurel Township Police Department at 856-234-1414


The Missing Bonita Karen Sanders

Case #: 114-86
County: Atlantic County
Bonita Sanders
Date of Last Contact: September 14, 1986
Date of Birth: September 17, 1984
Sex: Female
Race: Black
Height: 2’6
Weight: 30 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown

According to her mother, who is also named Bonita, Bonita Karen Sanders was last seen on September 14, 1986 strapped in a stroller on her front porch in the Virginia Court Apartments in the 900 block of Baltic Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey at 6:00 p.m. She was eating a popsicle and Bonita’s other children were playing outside at the time.
Bonita claimed that she looked outside at approximately 7:00 p.m and discovered her daughter had disappeared from her stroller. Bonita claimed she searched Baltic Avenue and the surrounding streets for Bonita Karen, but she was not located. She reported her daughter missing at approximately 8:30 p.m. The young girl has not been seen again.

Bonita Karen’s father, Abdul Salaam, was immediately eliminated as a possible suspect in his daughter’s case. He had been seeking custody of Bonita Karen at the time she vanished and was imprisoned on a robbery charge. He and Bonita were together for 8 years and Bonita had four children at the time, two of whom were Abdul’s. But the two were never legally married. Abdul has stated that he does not believe Bonita’s account of their daughters disappearance. There is a picture of Abdul Salaam posted above.
Allegedly, Bonita tried to abandon Bonita Karen at birth and also attempted to abandon another newborn after Bonita Karen disappeared. Bonita reportedly walked out of an Atlantic City hospital in 1984 and left Bonita Karen at the facility. She was not charged in that case, but Bonita did face charges when she gave birth to a son in October 1986, one month after Bonita Karen was last seen.
Bonita checked into Atlantic City Medical Center under the fake name “Laura Smith” to deliver, and was discharged on October 7, 1986. Bonita then left with her newborn son and took a cab to an Atlantic City bus terminal. She boarded a bus to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and left the baby lying face-down in a terminal restroom in Atlantic City, where he was rescued shortly after.
Bonita was sentenced to nine months in jail for endangering the welfare of child in January 1987 and her three other children were placed in foster homes. She was paroled after 5 months, but served another 15 months when she was arrested for shoplifting baby clothes while on parole.
The father of Bonita’s newborn son told authorities that she lied to him and told him she had an abortion when she was pregnant with the child. He did not know she had carried the baby to term and given birth until he was contacted by law enforcement. Bonita had three more sons after the one she abandoned in 1986.
The prosecutor in Bonita’s case told the court that she was uncooperative during the investigation into Bonita Karen’s disappearance. She provided false leads and also lied to authorities. Bonita evidently never inquired as to the status of her daughter’s case.
Abdul believes that his daughter was not abducted and has asked investigators to search the yard in the back of the Virginia Court Apartments for human remains. Authorities used cadaver sniffing dogs earlier in the case but could not locate any evidence in the area.
Abdul also stated that New Jersey’s Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) was supposed to be checking on Bonita Karen’s well-being prior to her disappearance at his request. DYFS claims they arrived at the Sander’s residence, only to discover no one was home during their first visit. By the time DYFS prepared for a second attempt to see Bonita Karen, she had vanished.
Abdul Salaam still continues to search for his daughter.
In 2009, authorities began searching a wooded area in Pleasantville, New Jersey for Bonita Karen’s remains. Reportedly, Bonita’s best friend went to the police and said Bonita had buried her daughter there.
Nothing was recovered at the search site, and investigators discontinued their efforts after a week. A forensic anthropologist noted that given Bonita Karen’s age and the amount of time that has passed since her disappearance, it’s possible that even if her body had been there at one time, there would be no trace of it now.
Some law enforcement officials believe that Bonita Karen may have choked to death on the popsicle stick she was holding on the day of her disappearance and was buried somewhere off the family’s residence. There is however, no evidence to support this theory.
Bonita Karen’s disappearance remains unsolved and is still open. Police now believe she was never kidnapped, but died on the day she vanished.

If you have any information, please contact the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800


The Missing Darlene Conklin

The Missing
Namus #: MP10336
Darlene Ellen Conklin                                                                
Classified: Endangered
Date of Birth: 10/15/1959
Sex: Female
DNA: Available
Age: 21 years old 
Height/Weight: 5’8, 110-130lbs
Missing Since: 04/01/1981
Missing From: Monsey New York (Rockland County) 10952
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female, brown hair, green eyes.
Tattoos of words on both hands, possibly “love” on one hand and either
“terry, jerry or hate” on the other hand. Scars on her wrists. 
Clothing/Jewelry: blue jeans
Disappearance: “Darlene was last seen April 19, 1981 in the area of Monsey, New York. Victim may have been beaten to death and her body disposed of. This is thought to have occurred inside a home in Monsey, NY.”
 She was last seen in Monsey NY, sometime in April of 1981. (articles differ from April 1st to April 19th) She lived with her boyfriend, Stephen Szanyi in a house off routes 59 and 306, and she frequented the waterfront beach area off Haverstraw, NY, near the U.S gypsum plant. She has not been heard from since. 
Her mom reported her missing later that year after the family suddenly stopped hearing from her by phone, which was unusual. 
Her boyfriend at the time stated that Darlene would “drop out of sight from time to time,” and one day she simply “left and never came back.”
 In April of 2011, there was an anonymous tip given to the Ramapo NY Police, that led to the re-opening of Darlene’s case. She may have been the victim of a homicide. The tip stated that an acquaintance described killing a woman and disposing of her body in 1981.
  Ramapo police have been investigating another report that a woman’s body was found wrapped in a blanket with the name “Westchester County Moving Company” on it, shortly after Darlene vanished.
(SIDE NOTE: this is the only mention I was able to find about the company being referred to as Westchester Moving Company. All other references from this point on, are talking about the “Whalen’s Moving and Storage” company.)
Detectives aren’t clear on where the body was found or whether the description was a match. Ramapo police do know that an “as yet identified” law enforcement agency reached out to “Whalen’s Moving and Storage” of Mt. Kisco, NY, seeking information. 
When paid a visit, they had with them a polaroid photo of a deceased woman, wrapped in a Whalen’s moving and storage moving blanket. She was murdered and disposed of. At this point, investigators believe the body was in fact Darlene, due to her boyfriend Stephen being an employee of Whalen’s Moving and Storage. It is not known which agency investigated this homicide, Whalen’s is a national company with many locations. Every employee that was questioned remembered being shown the picture and recalled the woman had brown hair and was Caucasian. 


Conflicting Information: Looking around the internet for quite some time, I’ve noticed there are a few discrepancies in the articles.

  • The Charley project says Darlene was last seen on April 1st of 1981, but several other sites are saying she was last seen on April 19th.
  • There is also a mistake on the exact year the tip came in. Some say 2010, others say 2011. 
  • There are two different names being used, one says “Westchester County Moving Company,” and the other one is “Whalen’s Moving and Storage” 


(updated in 2014) *
(facebook page) *
(on websleuths, there is an article posted in the comments on a website called and it is no longer available.)

PART TWO: Stephen Szanyi
I have been doing some digging on Darlene’s boyfriend, Stephen Szanyi. I found an article stating as of 2014, he lived in Newton, New Jersey, which is close to where I live. I found this: 

(NOTE: this website has a crap ton of info on it that isn’t relevant. Scroll to the bottom of the page and you’ll eventually find a paragraph or so of his charges.)

Clearly this man has had many run ins with the law all over the place. Sentenced in Sussex county in 2013, but on the article, it shows that he is “currently in custody” so he may have other charges, or this is a mistake. It can’t be a coincidence that he worked at Whalen’s moving van company in the 80’s and then some picture surfaces of (supposedly) Darlene wrapped in a moving company blanket. 
Another puzzle to me, where is the polaroid picture? And also, why is it becoming impossible to find the law agency that took on the case in the first place? 
Too many questions and not enough answers! 
There have been no other suspects. 

Darlene’s mom passed away in 2006 without finding out what happened to her daughter. 
If you have any information about this case, I urge you to contact the proper authorities.

Ramapo Police Department : 845-357-2400 case # 10-37970

Regional Program Specialist is Lori Bruski : 817-718-7904

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