The Murdered Joan Carole Freeman

The Murdered
NJ Cold Case
Joan Carole Freeman
Passaic County

Joan Freeman was a hard working 22 year old woman working overtime on Saturday, August 31st, 1968 at her secretary job for the internationally known pharmaceutical firm “Hoffmann-LaRoche,” a huge campus located on the Nutley/Clifton New Jersey border. Joan was recording employees’ hours from time cards in a second-floor medical library in building 34, which is security-gated. At about 5:30pm, Joan was struck on her head from behind with a wooden mallet, which was found at the scene. She was also struck repeatedly in the face, and her throat was slashed, cut to the depth of the spine. Several hours after she was killed, a guard making a routine sweep of the building was the one to find her. Strangely, according to Clifton Police Chief Joseph Nee, Miss Freeman did not work in building 34 where the body was found. 
Joan’s ultimate cause of death was a skull fracture from being hit with the wooden mallet. There are conflicting reports as to whether or not she was sexually assaulted, however, some sources have stated that she was found clothed, and that there was no evidence pointing to penetrative rape. 
During the next few weeks afterward, detectives interviewed and performed background checks on more than 300 people, including all of the guards who were on duty that day. Dozens of people took polygraph tests but police declined to say if they had a suspect. Because of the restricted access to the campus, detectives were certain it was a co-worker who committed the crime. The wooden mallet yielded no fingerprints and the weapon used to slash her throat was never found.
Joan was a former Passaic Valley High School cheerleader who graduated in 1964, and had no known enemies, no habits or relationships that might have motivated her brutal demise. She was a B average student and, after graduating, she attended a New York secretarial school before joining the Hoffmann-LaRoche firm. Her older brother Raymond described his sister as “a very attractive, well-liked, friendly and outgoing girl.” He also added that he thinks Joan made friends easily and was too trusting. Joan’s mother, Mrs. Bertram Freeman, said her daughter did have a boyfriend but was not engaged. 
Joan’s murder remains unsolved.

If you have any information about this crime, please call the Clifton Police Department at 973-470-5900.

Sources:

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7657058/joan-freeman-courier-post/

http://newjerseygirlmurders.com/cases.htm 

https://www.nj.com/news/2015/02/from_the_archives_in_hunt_for_killer_police_will_r.html#incart_story_package

https://www.websleuths.com/forums/threads/nj-joan-freeman-22-clifton-31-august-1968.270576/

https://markmuellerjournalism.com/2015/02/08/death-in-the-water-tank/

The Missing Usha Iyer

The Missing 
Usha S. Iyer
Case #: 94-13923
Monmouth County

Usha Iyer was last seen December 26, 1994 in Eatontown, NJ when she was 22 years old. (Doe Network states she was missing since June of 1994. ) Her husband came home to their apartment and discovered she was missing and their 19 day old baby was left alone. She left her passport, clothing and personal belongings behind. She was last seen wearing a green coat with white and blue stripes, a yellow Indonesian type dress with brown Indian style pants and white canvas shoes. Usha is an Indian female that is 5’0” and 100 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. She has an olive colored mole on her left hand, her ears are pierced and she was born in India. Usha had married in India in January of 1994 and moved to the United States shortly afterwards. She and her husband lived in East Brunswick, New Jersey before moving to Stoneyhill Apartments on Stoneyhill Road in Eatontown. Their son was born on December 7th. Her husband stated she didn’t know anyone in the United States.
Usha is considered “missing under suspicious circumstances” and foul play is suspected. After she went missing, her husband and son moved to India. Her disappearance remains unsolved.

If you have any further information, please call the Eatontown Police Department at 732-389-7644.

Sources: 
https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/18052?nav

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1262dfnj.html http://eatontownnj.com/police/wantedmissing-persons/

The Nameless Essex County Pt. 9

WARNING: some of the people listed in this article do indeed have post-mortem photographs. Viewer discretion is advised.

The Nameless 
Ashleigh Sommers
Unidentified in NJ 
(PART 9)
I will be posting my lists of unidentified persons in my own order of choice, continuing with an area of New Jersey called Essex County. (pt. 9)
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/essex/index.shtml 

Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: B1700013
NIC #: U440000783
Body found on April 13, 2000
Estimated date of death: Unknown
Estimated year of birth: 1979-1984
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’10-5’11”
Weight: 185-195 lbs
Hair: Black
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: The victim had a tattoo on his left forearm. The tattoo said “JB” (see photo below.) 
Clothing: The victim was found wearing blue “U.S Polo Association” brand carpenter style jeans, two t-shirts, socks, a leather belt, thermal underwear bottoms, and one brown Timberland brand boot.
Other: The victim had $6.00 and a pair of work gloves in his possession.
Circumstances: The victim was found on April 13, 2000 in the Passaic River near the Kearny-Newark border. The victim may have been in the water for two to five weeks.
X-rays, thumb prints and dental records are available for comparison. 
Photo of forearm tattoo:

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: 0025692
NIC #: U380001092
Body found on May 15, 2000
Estimated date of death: April 15, 2000
Estimated year of birth: 1956-1960
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’4-5’6”
Weight: 93-110 lbs
Hair: Black
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown
Clothing: The victim was found wearing a blue sports jacket with the letters “GF” on the sleeve and “East Orange 1980 Rock the House NJ State Champs” logo on the back (size 3225). He was also wearing a blue and red shirt size XL and a t-shirt.
Other: The weight of the victim is approximated.
Circumstances: The victim was found on May 15, 2000 in East Orange. It is believed that the man died suddenly.
Dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: 00-62160
NIC #: U260002379
Body found on November 18, 2000
Estimated date of death: November 18, 2000
Estimated year of birth: 1960-1980
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’7-5’8”
Weight: 155-164 lbs
Hair: Unknown
Eye color: Gray
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown 
Clothing: The victim was found wearing denim pants, a ribbed t-shirt, a black belt, white socks and black and white boxer shorts. 
Circumstances: The victim was found November 18, 2000 in East Orange, Essex County NJ.
Full x-rays and dental characteristics are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: 01-38257
NIC #: U080001680
Body found on February 15, 2001
Estimated date of death: Unknown
Estimated year of birth: 1976-1980
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’7-5’11”
Weight: Unknown
Hair: Unknown
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown 
Clothing: The victim was found wearing a gold, green, and white checkered shirt, a white knit shirt, black Ralph Lauren denim jeans (size 10.5) and Puma sneakers.
Jewelry: The victim was found wearing a necklace with a Tweety Bird charm on it.
Circumstances: The victim was found on February 15, 2001 in East Orange, Essex County NJ.
Ful x-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased White Male 
Case #: 01-38257
NIC #: U140001762
Body found on September 2, 2001
Estimated date of death: (Blank)
Estimated age: 50-60 years
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’0-5’2”
Weight: 129-131 lbs
Hair: Partially Gray
Eye color: Unknown
Scars,marks, tattoos: Six inch surgical scar on abdomen, scar on left ankle, vaccination scar on upper left arm.
Clothing: Blue nylon jacket, white/red t-shirt, pants (size small) sweatpants and white Nike brand sneakers.
Other: His hair is 3-4 inches in length.
Circumstances: This unidentified male was found on September 2, 2001 in Irvington, New Jersey.
Dental charts, dental x-rays, body x-rays, and fingerprints are available for comparison.
Photo of the Victim: 

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Unidentified Deceased White Female
Case #: 01-27642
NIC #: U200003442
Body found on September 11, 2001
Estimated date of death: Unknown
Estimated year of birth: 1961-1981
Sex: Female
Race: White
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Hair: Unknown
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: None 
Clothing: None 
Other: The age of the victim is determined to be at least 17-22 years of age at the time of death but the time since death is unknown.
Circumstances: On September 11, 2001, a skull was found at a demolition site at 227 Park Avenue, East Orange, Essex County, New Jersey.
Full x-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Black Female
Case #: B13001121
NIC #: U630002594
Body found on October 24, 2001
Estimated date of death: October 1, 2001
Estimated year of birth: 1955-1968
Sex: Female
Race: Black
Height: 5’1-5’4”
Weight: 100-120 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: None 
Clothing: The victim was wearing a black bodysuit and a black thong. The victim was not wearing any shoes or socks.
Other: The victim was wearing a wig with bobby pins and has two partial dentures. The victim was also wearing a watch with a black face and a silver ring with clear stones.
Circumstances: On October 24, 2001, the victim was found in Newark, Essex County, NJ.
X-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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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 Lisa Ann Schmidt

The Missing
Lisa Ann Schmidt
Case #: 94-9918
County: Hudson

   Lisa Ann Schmidt was a 23 year old Caucasian woman that was last seen on Sunday, October 2, 1994 at her home on North 2nd Street in Harrison, Hudson County, New Jersey. She left on foot, at around 2:00PM,(weirdly, without a jacket) to walk to a K-Mart in Kearny on Passaic Avenue. She needed to make a layaway payment on an item, but she never returned home and has not been heard from since. She left her 3 year old son in the care of her mother when she left her home. Surveillance footage at the K-Mart shows Lisa never made it to the store. 
Lisa was last seen wearing a black shirt with blue jeans, black fringed suede boots, a yellow gold crucifix on a gold neck chain and was also wearing several rings including a silver toned happy face ring. With her she was carrying a small change purse with a photo ID and enough money to pay off her layaway. She’s 5’8”, 140 lbs, brown hair with red highlights, with brown eyes and a light complexion. Lisa was only 23 years old. (Doe network states she was 5’6”-5’8” and 109-119 lbs. Not sure which is accurate.) Lisa also has a slight dental overbite, a concave sternum and a possible medical history of a broken leg. Her ears are pierced.
Inside her home, Lisa left $600 in her dresser drawer. Everyone close to Lisa was questioned and cadaver dogs were also sent out, but no leads were ever found.

If you have any information, please contact the Harrison Police Department at 973-483-4100.

Sources:
https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/4381?nav
https://charleyproject.org/case/lisa-ann-schmidt
http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1713dfnj.html 
http://www.missingin.org/reg2546/lisa_ann_schmidt_.htm 
https://charleyross.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/select-it-sunday-lisa-schmidt/
https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/usedtobedoe/schmidt-lisa-a-october-2-1994-t5010.html

The Murdered Mary Ann Della Salla

The Murdered
NJ Cold Case
Mary Ann Della Salla
Bergen County

Mary Ann Della Sala



Mary Ann Della Salla was 17 years old when she disappeared in 1967. She was living at 150 Hobart Street in Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey. She was a senior at Hackensack High school that worked part time after school at a grocery store to help with family finances. The ShopRite at 330 Essex Street in Hackensack to be exact. At the end of her shift, 9pm on January 24, 1967, she was reportedly offered a ride by a female co worker, but Mary Ann declined, because it was a nice night and she chose to walk home instead. Mary Ann left the store and headed home. She never got there.
The employee ended up taking another co worker to Woodridge, and on her way back, she said she did not see Mary Ann along her normal walking route, and assumed Mary had already arrived home. Mary Ann went missing wearing a heavy light blue sweater and a suede jacket with tight fitting tan slacks, blue shoes and a blue headband. She was wearing a shoulder strap handbag and was also wearing her boyfriend’s high school class ring.  
Mary Ann’s parents reported her missing when she didn’t arrive home. They were worried because she was a good student and not the kind to stay out. She was missing for 80 days.
Monday, April 10, a factory worker was taking a lunchtime stroll along the banks of the Passaic River in Hawthorne, NJ behind a municipal sewage treatment plant. He spotted something floating in the river. It was the body of Mary Ann. She had been strangled. Police have concluded that she was killed elsewhere and then thrown into the river. The exact cause of death was not determined.
Mary Ann still had her pocketbook with her when she was found, it was somehow attached to her sweater. She had not been robbed.
There was apparently something “ritualistically sexual” about the appearance of the body, according to witnesses. However, there was no other sign of sexual activity. 
Since Mary Ann was a ways away from her home, It is theorized Mary Ann came to the Paterson/Hawthorne area by bus. The last reported place she was seen alive was at the Hackensack bus terminal. Passaic County detectives questioned several bus drivers trying to find out if she had taken a bus to Paterson, but nothing was put out to the public stating whether or not any leads were found. 
This is all the information I was able to find about this case, and her murder remains unsolved.

(The second source I have posted below is a long page trying to piece together the similarities between other murders in the area, but I posted it since it still mentions Mary Ann’s death and has a newspaper article about her.) 

If you have any information about this crime, please contact the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office at 973-389-5900.

Sources: 

http://newjerseygirlmurders.com/cases.htm 
https://murderincorp.wordpress.com/2020/01/24/richard-cottingham/

The Missing Elba Irizarry

The Missing
Elba Irizarry
Case #: 940622255
County: Camden

Elba Irizarry was a 43 year old hispanic woman living in Camden, New Jersey. She was last seen at 3410 Westfield Ave on June 22, 1994. She has depression and is a drug user. (it was not specified what kinds of drugs she used.) She is 5’1-5’3” in height, 110 pounds, with black/dark brown hair and brown eyes. There is not much further information about her.

Dental records are available for comparison.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the Camden County Sheriff’s Office at 856-225-5470.

Sources: 
https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/9839?nav

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

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1082dfnj.html 

http://www.missingin.org/reg5275/elba_irizarry.htm 

The Nameless Essex County Part 8

WARNING: some of the people listed in this article do indeed have post-mortem photographs. Viewer discretion is advised.

The Nameless 
Ashleigh Sommers
Unidentified in NJ 
(PART 8)

I will be posting my lists of unidentified persons in my own order of choice, continuing with an area of New Jersey called Essex County (pt. 8)
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/essex/index.shtml 

Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: 9813041
NIC #: U106071901
Body found on February 08, 1998
Estimated date of death: February 08, 1998
Estimated year of birth: 1968-1973
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 6’6-6’7”
Weight: 156 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown
Clothing: The victim was found wearing a red short-sleeve t-shirt that had the logo on the chest region “7 record” and another number 7 with the word “breaking”. He was also wearing a green full sleeve sweatshirt with the incomplete word “Phil”, white and blue boxer short underwear, a white sock, and a brown plaid shirt. 
Other: The victim’s hair appeared to be in dreadlocks measuring up to 6 inches in length. He had a beard.
Jewelry: On the victim’s right middle finger, he wore a silver toned ring that had a heart shape. On the left ring finger was a yellow metal ring with a heart shape containing turquoise-like stones. Around the neck lying loosely was a silver toned chain with a cross pendant containing the word “faith”.
Circumstances: The victim was found on February 8, 1998 in Newark, Essex County, NJ.
Full X-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased White/Hispanic Male
Case #: 9873772
NIC #: U185814466
Body found on August 16, 1998
Estimated date of death: (blank)
Estimated age: 29-39 years
Sex: Male
Race: White/Hispanic  
Height: 5’1-5’3”
Weight: 185-190 lbs
Hair: Black 
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: The victim has facial scars, a lower lip scar, old healed fractures of the skull and a 9 inch long midline abdominal surgical scar. A small projectile which was found in his lower back is from an old incident and did not contribute to his death. 
Clothing: The victim was wearing a long sleeve dark blue shirt, a pair of mismatched socks, brown trousers, a brown belt, one brown boot.
Other: His hair was straight and black, and he had facial stubble. He was carrying a paring knife with a black handle, $2.50, one stick of Juicy Fruit gum and a chili pepper. 
Circumstances: The unidentified male was found in Newark New Jersey on August 16, 1998. The victim is believed to be a Hispanic male in his early 30’s.
Fingerprints, Dental charts, Dental x-rays, and full body x-rays are available for comparison.

Photo of the victim: 

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Unidentified Deceased White Male 
Case #: 98-92369
NIC #: U162214914
Body found on October 13, 1998
Estimated date of death: October 12, 1998
Estimated year of birth: 1958-1968
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’7-5’9”
Weight: 200-210 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: The victim had a scar on his abdomen. 
Clothing: Unknown
Circumstances: On October 13, 1998 parts of a white male were discovered in Newark, Essex County, NJ.
Partial x-rays and fingerprints are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male 
Case #: 99-12879
NIC #: U200598825
Body found on March 15, 1999
Estimated date of death: March 15, 1999
Estimated age: 25-35 years
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’4-5’5”
Weight: 140-150 lbs
Hair: Black
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Scar on the left knee
Clothing: The victim was wearing a black vinyl jacket with white trim and “North Pole” printed on the right chest, a red long sleeve crew neck sweater with white and blue trim and the word “Results” as a front logo, a black t-shirt with the inscription “Rooky”, a black sleeveless undershirt, black denim pants with a brand named “Results”, a black leather belt, a pair of white sweatpants, boxer underwear, white sweat socks and a pair of DKNY suede boots.
Other: The victim has black hair braided into cornrows and a thin beard and mustache. He has pierced ears with yellow metal earrings.
Circumstances: The victim was found on March 15, 1999 in Irvington, New Jersey. The victim’s street name is “Youngun”
Fingerprints and dental available for comparison.

Photos of the Victim:

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Unidentified Deceased Caucasian/Hispanic Female
Case #: 9936910
NIC #: U213353503
Body found on May 5, 1999
Estimated date of death: May 5, 1999
Estimated age: 45-55 years
Estimated year of birth 1944-1954
Sex: Female
Race: Caucasian or Hispanic 
Height: 5’0-5’1”
Weight: 145-155 lbs
Hair: Gray/Blonde/Red
Eye color: Hazel
Scars, marks, tattoos: (blank) 
Clothing: The victim was wearing a pair of light blue pants with a blue elastic cloth belt and silver colored buckle, a pair of black sandal-like shoes size 9 with brand name “High Lites”, white long sleeve tuxedo-type shirt, white long sleeve sweater, large blue scarf with gold and blue flower design and a V-neck beige tank-like blouse.
Jewelry: A small gold colored earring with a purple stone in the left earlobe, A silver colored “Jordache” wristwatch on her left wrist and blackish aluminum crucifix. A small star with a small orange pendant was also found but was not on her.
Other: An Ace bandage on her left ankle and left knee, her fingernails and toenails were painted red in color. She has a space between her two upper front teeth.
Circumstances: The victim was found on May 5, 1999 on Miller Street in Newark, New Jersey.
Fingerprints and Dentals are available for comparison.

Photo of the victim:

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: 0024359
NIC #: U020001536
Body found on March 15, 2000
Estimated date of death: (blank)
Estimated age: 45-55 years
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’10-6’0”
Weight: 210-215 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: The victim had a blackish discoloration of the legs and feet as well as flat scars on the scalp. 
Clothing: The victim was wearing multiple layers of clothing consisting of a red long sleeve sweater, a multi-colored long sleeve sweater, two dark-colored long sleeve sweaters, two black short sleeve t-shirts, four pairs of denim pants, three pairs of thermal underpants, one pair of socks and one pair of brown boots. 
Other:  He had an unkempt beard and mustache and his hair is sparse, short and black with a few strands of grey. The victim had pulmonary emphysema.
Circumstances: This unidentified male was found in Newark, New Jersey on March 15, 2000. The victim is believed to be homeless and may have lived under a bridge.
Dental charts, dental x-rays, fingerprints and body x-rays are available for comparison.

Photo of the victim: 

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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 Murdered Carol Ann Farino

The Murdered
NJ Cold Case
Carol Ann Farino
Maplewood, Essex County, NJ

Carol Farino was a 17 or 18 year old Columbia High School senior living at 5 Jefferson Ave, Maplewood, NJ. She had just left work as a part time waitress on Thursday, November 3, 1966 from Milt’s Cup and Saucer at 174 Maplewood at 7:30 PM. She stopped at George’s Luncheonette at 153 Maplewood for a soda and she spoke with the owner from about 7:35-7:50 PM, she had once worked at this place and knew the owner and his wife well. Carol was last seen by one of her friends at Maplewood Center at 193 Maplewood at 8:00 PM. 
By 8:30 PM, Carol had been strangled with a stocking and dumped in the driveway of Vincent J. Vaccarella at 22 Sommer Ave. She was found five minutes later when Vincent and his wife were heading out in their car. The girl’s body had been brought to the driveway in a car and carried to a point about 20 feet from the curb. She was lying on her back, wearing a white waitress uniform. The buttons on the front of her uniform were open and her undergarments were in disarray. Her legs were exposed to the waist. Her shoes were missing and the only nylon stocking found at the scene was the one knotted tightly around her neck, so it is unclear whether the stocking was her own. The body was still warm when police arrived and it was estimated she was dead for about 25 minutes at that point. The only wound she seemed to have was the deep strangulation mark on her neck. The police theorized that this was a rape attempt gone wrong. They seem to think Carol was forced into a car by more than one individual and in attempting to rape Carol, the perpetrator(s) panicked upon realization that the stocking strangled and killed her.
A girl named Gail Gawlick was 16 at the time and worked with Carol Ann. She said that Carol had been followed by a man in a car that Monday as she walked to work from school. 
Gail said that the man was tall, thin, and in his 20’s with light hair and a mustache. He had tried to persuade Carol Ann into getting into his late model blue Chevrolet. Once Carol reached her job, she told this man to “get lost” and the man replied “Okay, I’ll catch up to you some other time.”
The place Carol’s body was found is near to the Maplewood Country Club and about 8 blocks south of the girls home at 5 Jefferson Ave, which is only 3 blocks Northwest from where she worked. (Milts Cup and Saucer) which is in the center of town at 174 Maplewood Ave. 
Carol Ann’s father, Frank, was a news delivery driver in Newark at the time. She also has a younger sister named Cynthia, who was 10 years old when her sister was killed.
Milton Miles, Carol’s employer said she had been working for him for two years and she was “very efficient, and very quiet.” That sentiment was echoed by her friends who said she was a good student and intended to go to college next year. 
Her father says Carol would never have gotten into a car with someone she did not know unless she was forced. 
Her case remains unsolved.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Essex County Sheriff’s office at 973 621 4111.

Sources:http://newjerseygirlmurders.com/cases.htm  https://www.newspapers.com/clip/23481621/1966-05-nov-carol-ann-farino/ 
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/92315511/carol-ann-farino

The Missing Lisa Bacote

The Missing
Lisa Bacote
Case #: 9426333
County: East Orange

Lisa Bacote was a 35 year old woman living on North Maple Avenue in East Orange, New Jersey. She was last seen leaving her family’s home to go visit a friend at South 6th Street in Newark on May 18, 1994. She was wearing a red short jacket, blue jeans and white sneakers. She has partial upper dentures and has a partial plate. She has pierced ears. She had a previous operation on her 2nd/3rd toes on one foot. She wears eyeglasses. Lisa had previously left home without warning, but she returned after two days. Following her May disappearance, she was never heard from again. 
Lisa is a black female, her birthday is July 30, 1958. She is 5’4” and 165 lbs. Black hair, brown eyes, medium complexion. Lisa suffers from bipolar disorder and requires medication to control her condition. She did take her medication with her when she vanished. She frequently hitchhiked on Central Avenue in East Orange. Her case remains unsolved. 

If you have any information about this person, please contact the East Orange Police Department at 973-266-5000.

Side note, there is one additional photo that was put on Lisa’s Charley Project page. It was updated in April of 2020 but I don’t personally see any kind of resemblance and I don’t believe this picture is of Lisa. There is no other context with the photo and I haven’t been able to find any other places in which this picture was posted. Of course I could be wrong. I will provide the photo below. What do you think? Completely different nose shape, face shape and the shape of her lips as well. Even her eyebrow shape doesn’t match.

I also tried to find Lisa on NamUs because it is listed as a source on the Charley Project page but when I typed her name in, no results came up. 

Sources: https://charleyproject.org/case/lisa-bacote 

https://www-lps.state.nj.us/NJSP_Amber/MissingPersonDetail.jsp?mp_id=22455&type=mp http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2864dfnj.html

The Nameless Essex County Pt. 7

WARNING: some of the people listed in this article do have post-mortem photographs. Viewer discretion is advised.

Unidentified in NJ
Essex County
(PART 7)
I will be posting my lists of unidentified persons in my own order of choice, continuing with an area of New Jersey called Essex County. (Pt. 7)
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/essex/index.shtml 

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: 9632070
NIC #: U930410840
Body found on April 17, 1996
Estimated date of death: April 17, 1996
Estimated year of birth: 1950-1960
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’5-5’7”
Weight: 179 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: The victim has a scar on his right arm and hand and has numerous freckles on his face.  
Clothing: The victim was wearing black sneakers with blue shoelaces, white socks, a green pair of corduroy pants, a green and orange baseball cap with the logo “Newport” and a pair of brown briefs. The victim was also wearing a black winter coat with blue inner lining, a white jacket with blue and white stripes on the sleeves, a white and brown sweatshirt with designs, a sleeveless white t-shirt with “Newport, Shoot for the Stars” in green letters, and a large lumbar support belt around the waist.
Other: The victim is balding, has a receding hairline and has a mustache and beard.
Circumstances: The victim was found in an abandoned building in Newark, Essex County NJ.
Full x-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
Photos of the victim: 

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Unidentified Deceased White Male
Case #: 9639712
NIC #: U929785641
Body found on May 11, 1996
Estimated date of death: May 11, 1996
Estimated age: 65-70 years
Year of birth estimated at 1926-1930
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’8-6’1”
Weight: 180-190 lbs. 
Hair: Blck/Gray
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Victim has a mustache and a grey beard. He has surgical scars on the lower left leg and upper right leg with metal hardware. He also had no teeth in his mouth.
Clothing: Winter coat with dress pants, a long sleeve shirt, a blue hooded sweatshirt and two other jackets.
Other: He was carrying cigarettes, a voltage tester, a can opener and ear plugs. The victim was known by people in the area as “Wayne” and is also known to walk on the highway. He was possibly an engineer who may have lost his wife in a house fire in Newark. Victim cashed change at the Penn Federal Savings Bank on Wilson Avenue in Newark, and he spent hours in the lobby. The Possible last name of the victim is “Campbell” and he may have lived at one time off of Exit 7 of the New Jersey Turnpike (Bordentown)
Circumstances: The victim was found near Delancy Street exit in Newark, New Jersey on May 11, 1996. Victim was living on Delancy street under the Routes 1 and 9 bridge. 
Fingerprints are available for comparison.
Photo of the victim:

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male 
Case #: 9643652
NIC #: U937057593
Body found on May 24 1996
Estimated date of death: May 24 1996
Estimated year of birth: 1950-1960
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’1-5’5”
Weight: 170-180 lbs
Hair: Black
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown 
Clothing: The victim was found wearing a white “Haines” athletic t-shirt (size 38-40), a pair of black “Sasson” jeans (size 34 x 30), a pair of gray socks with black and yellow horizontal stripes at the top, a brown belt with a yellow buckle, a pair of boxer shorts with the logo of “Marlboro Hospital”, a gold cap, and a pair of gray “All American Apparel” sweatpants (size Large)
Other: The victim had tight curled hair, about 4 inches long, a beard and a moustache.
Circumstances: The victim was found on May 24, 1996 in the Passaic River in Newark, Essex County NJ.
Full x-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male 
Case #: 9607534
NIC #: U959401499
Body found on September 6, 1996
Estimated date of death: September 6, 1996
Estimated year of birth: 1969-1971
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’6-5’8”
Weight: 170-180 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown 
Clothing: The victim was found wearing a dark blue green sweatshirt with the letters “PF” on it.
Circumstances: The victim was found on September 6, 1996 on a New Jersey Transit train.
Full x-ray, fingerprints, and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: 96104897
NIC #: U989724758
Body found on December 1, 1996
Estimated date of death: November 24, 1996
Estimated year of birth: 1955-1965
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’8-5’9”
Weight: 107-115 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: The victim had scratches on his upper left and right side of his back. 
Clothing: The victim was wearing a pair of green corduroy pants and a green sport coat.
Other: The victim had no back teeth. His other teeth were in poor condition. He had a mustache and beard, and short curly hair.
Circumstances: The victim was found on December 1, 1996 in Newark, Essex County NJ.
Full x-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos available.

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Unidentified Deceased White Male 
Case #: 9730471
NIC #: U023874836
Body found on March 30, 1997
Estimated date of death: March 30, 1997
Estimated year of birth: 1932
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’3”
Weight: 159 lbs.
Hair: White
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: The male had several healed fractured ribs. 
Clothing: The victim was wearing a gray coat, a khaki jacket, a red sweater, a white and blue striped shirt, a pair of black pants, a pair of blue pants, a brown belt, a pair of “argyle” socks, a pair of brown socks, and a pair of white sneakers. 
Other: The victim had a full beard and moustache. He was wearing a red and white striped hospital tag on his left wrist. It was dated February 15, 1997. The band appeared clean and new. He was also carrying $0.36 in his pocket.
Circumstances: The victim was found on March 30, 1997 in Newark, Essex County NJ.
Full x-rays, fingerprints, and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos available. 

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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.

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