The Missing Tomiene Jones

The Missing
Tomiene Mary Jones
Case #: MCU020072
Gloucester County

Tomiene Jones was 19 years old when she was last seen after a night out with a female friend on the evening of April 17, 2002 in Penns Grove, New Jersey. Tomiene is 5’5-5’07” in height, 135-145 lbs, and she was wearing a red/white/orange off the shoulder sundress. She worked in the postal service. Tomiene dropped off her 2 year old daughter, Janiyah, with a babysitter earlier that day, to spend a night out with her friend. After having a few hours of fun, Tomiene’s friend dropped her off at home at about 11:30 p.m. At about 1:00 a.m, Tomiene spoke to her friend on the phone from her apartment to make sure she had gotten home safely. The friend states they spoke for less than half an hour, and that it sounded like there was someone at the apartment with her, but she wasn’t sure who it was.
The following morning, Tomiene’s brother received a concerning phone call from Janiyah’s babysitter. She reported that Tomiene had not returned to pick up her daughter. This caused him to worry. This was unlike Tomiene, she was described as a dedicated and enthusiastic mother, who was always on time to pick her child up.
Her brother rushed to her Mullica Hill West apartment, where he found her 2000 Ford Focus parked in its usual spot. He approached the apartment and noticed the front door was open. He cautiously entered and yelled his sister’s name, but no answer. He took a few more steps inside before noticing the bathroom door was broken. He then walked back outside and called the police. Tomiene’s car keys and apartment keys were found inside the apartment, but her purse, wallet and identification were located locked inside her car. Besides the broken bathroom door, nothing looked out of place in the residence.
Since then, she has not been heard from and her whereabouts are unknown. Tomiene has pierced ears and an old burn scar on her left thigh. She went by the nickname Mimi/MeMe. She was studying for her GED and lived with her daughter. She had been known to frequent Salem City, New Jersey.
Police suspect foul play in her case. Tomiene’s parents believe her child’s father, Marc S. Goodson, was somehow involved in her disappearance. They began a relationship when she was just 15 years old and it was reportedly abusive. They had broken up and gotten back together on numerous occasions, and Tomiene was forced to take Marc to court to get him to pay child support in the year 2000 after Janiyah was born. She once attempted to escape him by living in a women’s shelter, and she had made it clear that she did not want him to know where she was. However, they had always made up, and family members reported that Tomiene was easily swayed by Marc. 

Photo of Marc Goodson

A month before Tomiene went missing, she had filed assault charges against Marc, claiming he punched her in the chest, causing her to fall backwards into her bathtub. When she fell, she injured her back. Marc was arrested, but was able to bail himself out of jail. The two were not supposed to have any contact after that, but a few weeks later, Tomiene was then arrested and charged with simple assault, harassment and contempt of court after she and Marc got into another altercation. Tomiene was not worried about the charges because she assumed the judge would understand that she had been acting in her own self defense when she struck Marc with an umbrella. 
Marc Goodson was arrested the same day Tomiene was reported missing, but on unrelated charges. He was put in prison for child molestation and drug charges. He was 25 years old when he filmed himself having sexual relations with a 13 year old girl.
A previous girlfriend of Goodson’s was murdered and her naked body was dumped in Alloway Creek in Quinton, New Jersey. Her body was found in April of 2000. Her name was Nyoka Brice, and she too had a child with Mr. Goodson. That crime is also unsolved, and Goodson is the prime suspect in both cases, despite having any tangible evidence against him. 

Photo of Nyoka Brice

Police dredged the Alloway Creek for two days and searched the surrounding wooded area after Tomiene vanished, but nothing was found. Police also spent days going through all of the creeks, streams and other waterways in the area, including Salem River and Mannington Lake. They still came up with nothing. 
Detectives searched Marc’s home, and found cocaine and other evidence of drug use but nothing to support the theory that Marc had harmed either woman. 
In jail, Marc wrote letters to Tomiene’s family, assuring them that he loved her and had nothing to do with her vanishing. 
In 2003, Marc Goodman was interviewed by a reporter, and he readily admitted to committing several crimes, including assault, sex with a minor and dealing drugs. He continued to maintain that he was not involved in Tomiene’s disappearance.

If you have any further information, please contact the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office at 856-383-5500.

Sources: https://www-lps.state.nj.us/NJSP_Amber/MissingPersonDetail.jsp?mp_id=735&type=mp 

https://www.nj.com/south/2009/04/seven_years_later_police_conti.html

http://www.missingin.org/reg977/tomiene_mary_jones.htm 

https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/1230

The Murdered Christopher Thomas

The Murdered 
Christopher H. Thomas
Morris County

On Friday October 1, 1982, a 16 year old Morris Catholic High School junior from Boonton Township named Christopher Thomas made plans to go to the Rockaway Townsquare Mall with a 14 year old female acquaintance. The two were dropped off at the mall at 9:16 p.m that night. They walked into the mall entrance, with the intention of going to see a movie at the Inner-Six Theatre and afterwards, purchasing an anniversary present for Christopher’s parents. Within seconds, Christopher was approached by a man. This man then pushed the female acquaintance aside, took out a gun and fired a single shot at Thomas point blank range in the chest. The shooter fled the scene on foot as Christopher stumbled a bit further into the mall and collapsed on the floor. 
The Rockaway Township Police Department and other emergency service workers rushed to the scene and transported Christopher to the Dover General Hospital on Rt 46 East, Dover. Unfortunately, Christopher was pronounced dead at 9:26 p.m. The case was then ruled a homicide.
There were at least 20 witnesses to this incident, and each one described the offender as a Caucasian male between 18-23 years old, 5’5 to 5’10” in height, and a thin build of about 135-155 lbs. He had dark medium length hair that was parted in the middle, which police suspect might have been a wig. He had a thin, dark colored mustache and some sources state he also had mirrored sunglasses on. He was dressed in blue jeans, a denim jacket and boots. There is a composite sketch posted above. Christopher’s friend said she did not recognize the gunman. 
According to his family, Christopher was a promising student and a talented athlete at the time of his murder. He was preparing to be inducted into the National Honor Society and was on the high school’s varsity basketball team and the soccer team.
Police would not comment on whether they believe this was random, a case of mistaken identity, or something else entirely. They have been pursuing all angles, and have still not come up with a motive.

If you have any additional information, please contact the Morris County Cold Case Unit at 973-285-6200. All calls will be kept confidential. 

Sources:
https://www.newjerseyhills.com/official-believes-christopher-thomas-murder-is-still-solvable/article_2a71d751-b6f7-5229-833a-3dc739a44672.html
https://patch.com/new-jersey/morristown/unsolved-mysteries-31-murders-morris-county-under-investigation-0
 https://www.nytimes.com/1982/10/05/nyregion/the-region-thin-bearded-man-sought-in-slaying.html

The Nameless Hudson County (Pt 2)

The Nameless
Ashleigh Sommers 
Unidentified in NJ
I will be posting my lists of unidentified persons in my own order of choice, continuing with an area of New Jersey called Hudson County (part 2.)
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/hudson/index.shtml 

Unidentified Deceased Black Male 
Case #: 859680
NIC #: U184992184
Body found on October 20, 1985
Estimated date of death: Unknown
Estimated year of birth: 1935-1955
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’7-5’9”
Weight: 150 lbs.
Hair: Unknown
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown
Clothing: The victim was wearing a maroon shirt and belt buckle with the letter “G” when he was found. 
Circumstances: The victim’s skeletal remains were found on October 20, 1985 in Kearny, NJ.
Full X-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased White Male
Case #: 86-114H
NIC #: U190355334
Body found on March 1, 1986
Estimated date of death: January 1, 1984
Estimated year of birth: 1916-1936
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 6’0-6’3”
Weight: 200-225 lbs.
Hair: Unknown
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown 
Clothing: The victim was found wearing light gray pants and a short sleeve shirt.
Other: There was no mandible or maxilla present when he was found. He was carrying a key case with 3 keys. 
Circumstances: The victim’s skeleton was found on March 1, 1986 in a rear underdeveloped portion of the Lincoln Park Pond area in Jersey City, Hudson County, NJ.
Full X-rays are available for comparison.
No photos are available.
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Unidentified Deceased Black Female 
Case #: J3118
NIC #: U201233264
Body found on April 15, 1986
Estimated date of death: Unknown
Estimated year of birth: 1946-1965
Sex: Female
Race: Black
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Hair: Brown
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown 
Clothing: Unknown
Circumstances: The victim’s skull found on April 15, 1986 at Bulls Ferry Road, North Bergen, NJ.
Partial X-rays are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased White Female
Case #: J5241
NIC #: U212789648
Body found on May 16, 1986
Estimated date of death: January 1, 1985
Estimated year of birth: 1937-1956
Sex: Female
Race: White
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Hair: Brown
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown
Clothing: None
Circumstances: The victim’s skull was found on May 16, 1986 in North Bergen, N.J
Partial X-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: 86-1276
NIC #: U206058105
Body found on July 6, 1986
Estimated date of death: July 6, 1986
Estimated year of birth: 1956-1966
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’05”
Weight: 130-135 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: The victim has scars on his chest, right elbow, left shoulder, and right thigh. 
Clothing: The victim was wearing a Sassoon white, gray and pink long sleeve shirt, white Bellavia pants size 31, white Roberto Chilini vinyl shoes size 8.5, white nylon socks, gray bikini briefs and a pink polyester/rayon scarf.
Circumstances: On July 6, 1986 the victim was found in Harrison, Hudson County, New Jersey.
Full X-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased White Female
Case #: 86321764
NIC #: U228681458
Body found on December 24, 1986
Estimated date of death: December 24, 1986
Estimated year of birth: 1906-1916
Sex: Female
Race: White
Height: 5’5”
Weight: 80-100 lbs
Hair: Gray
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown
Clothing: The victim was found wearing a tan jacket and 5 sweaters in the colors of black, pink, gold, maroon, and blue and black.  She was also wearing a blue and pink blouse, gray pants, an orange hat and black gloves.
Jewelry: The victim was found wearing 2 watches, one gold and the other white. She was also wearing 2 gold earrings.
Other: The victim was found carrying 3 combs, 3 pens and a red razor.
Circumstances: The victim was found on December 24, 1986 in Jersey City, Hudson County, NJ.
Partial X-rays 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 Margarita Medina

The Missing
Margarita Medina
Case #: 025481
Camden County

Margarita Medina was last seen on February 9, 2002 at her daughter’s residence on Williamstown Road in Gloucester Township, NJ. She had no other relatives living in the area. She was 82 years old at the time, she had white hair with brown eyes, 5’0-5’4”, 175 lbs. She has an oval shaped birthmark on her right leg, midway between her ankle and her knee. She was Puerto Rican, speaking mostly Spanish and some English. She was last seen wearing a blue denim dress, a black hat, black shoes with black laces, a tigers eye ring, a silver watch and a silver bracelet. Margarita suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. Otherwise, she was in good physical health at the time of her disappearance. 
Margarita was seen walking along Erial Road in the Fox Chase Development at 3:00 pm, and later near the Heritage’s convenience store at the intersection on Jarvis and Williamstown Roads. She has not been heard from again. 
The investigating agency believes she may have returned to her native Puerto Rico. 

Sources: https://www-lps.state.nj.us/NJSP_Amber/MissingPersonDetail.jsp?mp_id=930&type=mp
https://patch.com/new-jersey/haddon/gloucester-township-woman-12-years-missing-have-you-seen-her-haddon
https://www.nj.com/camden/2016/03/after_14_years_nj_cops_still_looking_for_missing_s.html
https://local.nixle.com/alert/6403661/
https://charleyproject.org/case/margarita-medina http://www.missingin.org/reg2222/margarita_medina.htm

The Missing Kenya Hickson

The Missing 
Kenya Hickson
Case #: 01111249
Essex County

Kenya Hickson was 28 years old when she went missing on August 14, 2001. She was last seen leaving her residence on foot in Newark, NJ. She is a black female, 5’7”, 145 lbs. Kenya was seen leaving with an acquaintance of hers, a woman that everyone only knew as “Cynth.” (Short for Cynthia?) Kenya struggled with substance abuse issues in the past. Her street name was “Boo Boo.” She was wearing a blue shirt with black jeans and a headscarf that day. She had pockmarks on her face. Kenya is also known by “Keysa Caldwell or “Grace Hi.”
Kenya has been known to frequent areas of 20th Street, Nye Avenue and Ells Avenue in Newark and Irvington, NJ.  There is not much more information on this case. 

Note:  I wanted to bring up an article that was published in the newspaper in November of 1996. In this article, there is mention of a 23 year old woman named Kenya Hickson as the passenger of a vehicle that was stolen by her then boyfriend, Nate. He ended up hitting and killing two people during this driving excursion. The couple had been trying to sell parts of the stolen truck to Dave’s Engine Rebuilding, and the owner was alerted that the pieces were considered stolen. In 1996, Kenya was 23 years old. I can’t exactly verify this article is indeed about her, but it came up as I researched. See below.

If you have any further information, please contact the NJ State Police at 609-882-2000.

Sources: https://www-lps.state.nj.us/NJSP_Amber/MissingPersonDetail.jsp?mp_id=644&type=mp 

http://www.missingin.org/reg975/kenya_hickson.htm 

The Missing Danielle Marie Day

The Missing
Danielle Marie Day
Case #: 01-5521
Camden County

(Danielle’s daughter Brianna Day, holding a picture of her mom)

Danielle Day was 28 years old when she was last seen at her brother’s girlfriend’s home on March 30, 2001 in Lindenwold, NJ in the late afternoon. It is not known whether Danielle walked or drove off. She was troubled by her addiction to heroin and crack cocaine, and it wasn’t uncharacteristic of her to leave without contacting her family for extended periods of time, so her family was not initially concerned when they hadn’t heard from her. Her brother reported her missing on May 15th 2001. She has a tattoo of the devil on her left buttock and a tattoo of a rose on her left breast. She also has breast implants. Danielle is a white female, 5’04” in height, 100-110 lbs, brown hair and brown eyes.
 At the time of her disappearance, Danielle worked as an exotic dancer for the “Fantasy Show Bar” (which no longer exists) on Black Horse Pike in Mount Ephraim, New Jersey. Danielle was also involved in prostitution, and she frequented the Brooklyn, New York area often, along with Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey.
Danielle’s two children, Brianna and Frankie, who were in foster care at the time, vaguely remember their mother visiting them on occasion. Brianna was six years old when her mom went missing. She strongly believes her mother became a victim of human trafficking. Neither child has any idea as to who their biological father is. Danielle’s mother eventually adopted her grandchildren out of foster care, and they are now adults, looking for answers as to what happened to their mother.  

If you have any information, please contact the Lindenwold Police Department at 856-784-7566.

Sources: https://www-lps.state.nj.us/NJSP_Amber/MissingPersonDetail.jsp?mp_id=346&type=mp 

https://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/2016/04/22/searching-mother-she-barely-knew/83342924/

https://www.inquirer.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20160420_S__Jersey_woman_seeks_clues_to_mom_s_15-year_disappearance.html

https://nj1015.com/have-you-seen-her-nj-woman-missing-and-cops-arent-giving-up/

http://www.missingin.org/reg3113/danielle_marie_day.htmhttps://camdencountypros.org/missing-2001-lindenwold-woman-41816/

The Missing Anwar Green

The Missing
Anwar Green
Case #: 01006569
Essex County

   Anwar Green was 19 years old when he was last seen with his friend Rahim Martin on January 19, 2001 in Newark, NJ. He and Rahim were seen on surveillance cameras at Independence Community Bank at the corner of Broad Street and Academy Street. The two men had planned to cash a check from a civil lawsuit. On footage, it appears Anwar is nervous as he keeps glancing towards the door. Rahim cashed the check for over $8,000. There was also another $4,000 check that had been issued but it was never cashed.
Martin and Green left the bank and went next door to the Prudential Building on Broad Street. Martin had once worked there as a guard for a private security firm. In the lobby, Martin called his uncle from a pay phone and they talked briefly. The uncle worked at the building but the two young men left without seeing him in person.
Neither Martin nor Green had drivers licenses at the time they disappeared. They asked others to drive them places. Anwar has not used his credit card since his disappearance and he left his cell phone behind. He is a Black male, 5’08”,148 lbs, brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a brown coat with a fur collar, blue jeans and brown Timberland boots. He was also wearing a gold necklace with a diamond cross pendant. Anwar has a chipped front tooth, and his nickname is “Head.” Anwar was very close with his family and it was uncharacteristic of them both to leave without warning. It is theorized that the men were robbed and murdered because of the large amount of money they were carrying. 
The day after the two were reported missing, a man’s body was found in a burned house in Newark. It was determined that he had been murdered and the house was intentionally set on fire. The victim was identified as Rahim Martin in August of 2010, but there was no sign of Anwar. Foul play is suspected in his case due to the circumstances. 

Info on Rahim:

If you have any information, please contact the Newark Police Department at 973-733-5400.

Sources:

http://www.missingin.org/reg624/anwar_green.htm 

The Missing Victor Richardson

The Missing
Victor Leonard Richardson III
Case #: 00026504
Hudson County

Victor Richardson was last seen on May 10, 2000, leaving his business in North Bergen, NJ when he was 24 years old. He drove away in his blue or black 1991 Honda Acura with NJ plates. He was wearing jeans and a T-shirt with Timberland boots with a gold ring on his right hand and a platinum Rolex watch on his left wrist. His home was later found unlocked and in a “state of disarray.” Victor has a scar on his abdomen. He is a black and hispanic male, 5’08”, 140 lbs, brown hair and brown eyes. He has a light complexion. His nickname is “Vic”.

If you have any information, please call the North Bergen Police Department at 201-392-2100.

Sources:

http://www.missingin.org/reg982/victor_leonard_richardson_iii.htm 

The Murdered Joseph Hoopengardner

The Murdered
Joseph L. Hoopengardner
NJ Cold Case
Ocean County

   Joseph Hoopengarder was a 44 year old plumbing business owner from Dover township New Jersey in 1981. On Saturday, January 26, he was found dead in the woods of the Greenwood Forest Wildlife Management Area. Joseph was found with blows to the head and 3 gunshot wounds. His truck was found the next day, January 27, parked in the Playdrome bowling lanes parking lot at Route 37 and Conifer Street, Toms River. The truck appeared to be wiped clean, no fingerprints were found.
The Ocean County medical examiner’s office states that Joseph had been dead only a few hours before the body was found at 2:30pm by a hunter near the intersection of Route 539 and Mule Road. His cause of death was a laceration and hemorrhage of the brain. He was shot three times in the head and body but the police have not determined the type of weapon used.
His wife’s name is Helen Hoopengardner, however I have been having trouble finding anything online about her. I was also unable to find a picture of Joseph, other than the one I posted above. 
No motive has ever been suggested. Unfortunately, this is all the information that was available.

Sources: 

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29326154/asbury-park-press/
https://www.the-dispatch.com/story/news/crime/2019/06/30/nj-cold-cases-unsolved-murders-cynthia-leeds-diane-mary-zaleski-raul-suarez-joseph-hoopengardner/1337947001/
https://www.nj.com/galleries/6X5Y3JNMQBEBXM2TKMAEMH4PHA/
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/78418985/joseph-l-hoopengardner http://ochistory.org/Index_Murders.php

The Missing Amanda Carroll

The Missing
Amanda Rae Carroll
Case #: 00-516
Hunterdon County

   Amanda Carroll was 20 years old when she went missing on May 1, 2000, from Flemington New Jersey. She rented a home on Greenwood Place with her husband, Matthew Carroll, and their two daughters. 
During the early morning hours of May 1, Amanda chatted online with a friend from Texas about her plans to take her children and move back to Arizona where she was born, to live with her father after her divorce was finalized. She seemed upbeat and looking forward to the move. 
At 6:30 am, Amanda spoke to a Canadian friend on the phone. After this phone call, she has never been heard from again. 
Matthew, her husband, a captain in the Marine corps, was the one to report her missing. He and their two young daughters were visiting his parents in New York on the last day Amanda was heard from. 
Amanda married Matthew when she was just 16 years old. The relationship seemed happy until the family moved to New Jersey six months before her disappearance. Amanda had become depressed and decided to seek a divorce. 
Of note, it turns out that the police were called to the Carroll residence two days before Amanda disappeared due to a domestic dispute, but no violence occurred and no charges were filed.
Matthew has stated he believes she left of her own accord, possibly with someone she met on the internet. The police investigated all of Amanda’s internet acquaintances, but have cleared all of them of any involvement. 
Amanda’s bank account and social security number have had no activity since the first day of May, 21 long years ago. 
Amanda was last seen wearing a white t-shirt with jeans and gold rings on her fingers. She is Caucasian with red hair, hazel eyes, 5’6”, 145 lbs. She has a tattoo of a sun and moon on her right ankle, a floral pattern tattoo on the back of her neck, and she has pierced ears. 
Police do not think this is an act of random foul play. Matthew was considered a key suspect in the case, but there was not enough evidence to charge him with anything.
Amanda’s father has since passed away, and her two daughters are living in Pennsylvania, hoping one day for answers. 

If you have additional information, please contact the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit at 609-882-2000, ext. 2554, or you can contact the Flemington Police Department at 908-782-8889.

Sources: 

https://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/2017/05/18/police-assist-families-search-missing-nj/328665001/

http://www.crimestoppershunterdon.com/2013-02-28-missing-person—amanda-carroll 

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