The Missing William Meehan

The Missing
William L. Meehan
Case #: 0142158 (New Brunswick Police) #: 00-3288 (Belmar Police)
Middlesex County

William Meehan was 32 year old when he was last seen driving his silver four-door Oldsmobile 88 (License plate #: YS-597J) leaving MacLearie Park. He was heading northbound on Highway 35 in Belmar, New Jersey. The vehicle was found to be involved in a hit-and-run accident on Route 22 in Green Brook, New Jersey, and William left the scene. He has not been heard from since. William was wearing a pink/gray shirt size 36, blue jeans and white “Avia” brand sneakers.
There are no further clues to his whereabouts. 

If you have any additional information, please contact the New Brunswick Police Department at 732-745-5200 or the Belmar Police Department at 732-681-1700.

Sources: https://charleyproject.org/case/william-l-meehan https://www-lps.state.nj.us/NJSP_Amber/MissingPersonDetail.jsp?mp_id=931&type=mp

The Missing Pietro Zarfino

The Missing
Pietro Zarfino
Case #: 001151
Essex County

Pietro Zarfino was 70 years old when he went missing on January 4, 2000. He was said to be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. On this day at around 2pm, he was last seen walking near his residence on Bloomfield Avenue in Newark/Belleville, New Jersey. He was wearing a light brown/tan suit. Pietro was 5’8-5’9”, 140-150 lbs, graying black hair with brown eyes. He spoke Italian and English.
This is all the information we have. 

If you have any further information, please contact the Essex County Sheriff’s Office at 973-621-4111.

Sources: https://www-lps.state.nj.us/NJSP_Amber/MissingPersonDetail.jsp?mp_id=1606&type=mp 
https://charleyproject.org/case/pietro-zarfino

The Missing Charles Strohm

The Missing
Charles N. Strohm
Case #: 990289145
Camden County, NJ

   Charles Strohm was 47 years old when he was last seen on December 17, 1999 in the area of the 300 block of Warren Street in Gloucester City, NJ. He is mentally disabled and has threatened to commit suicide in the past. He was wearing a grey hoodie, jeans, white socks, and athletic shoes. Some sources state he may have also been wearing a watch. Charles is 6ft 1, 160 lbs, greying blonde hair and blue eyes. He may have a mustache, beard or goatee. He has a raised mole on his abdomen, a previous fractured right wrist, right ankle and clavicle. He also has two missing front teeth. Authorities believe he may have attempted to travel to Texas. This is all the information we have to go on. His case is still unsolved.

If you have any information, please contact the Gloucester City Police Department at 856-456-0900.

Sources:

https://charleyproject.org/case/charles-n-strohm https://www.missing-person-database.com/missing-charles-n-strohm-located.html

The Murdered Jane Durrua

The Murdered
Jane Durrua
Monmouth County NJ
Suspected Killer: Robert Zarinsky

(sister Joan left, Jane right)

(Joan Conway left Jane Durrua right)

Jane’s sisters, Delores(left) and Joan.

   Jane Katherine Durrua was just 13 years old when she disappeared on her way home from visiting her older sister Joan’s house at 26 Dakota Avenue, East Keansburg, Middletown, New Jersey. On the evening of Monday, November 4, 1968, she was last seen taking a shortcut through a grassy field by a railroad track on her way back to her home at 51 Frazee place.
 The next morning, Jane’s brother in law, Ronald Connors, was the one to find her body in a ditch with waist-high grass, a few feet south of the railroad tracks she was last seen by. Her clothes were disheveled, she had a severe head injury above one eye. Jane was sexually assaulted and beaten to death. Her purse and shoes were found at the scene of the murder. Her shoes were actually found underneath Jane’s body. 
At first, it was determined that a man named Jerry Bellamy was the perpetrator, however, an examination was performed on the slip that Jane had been wearing under her outfit, and it cleared Jerry of the murder. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office presented evidence that showed a serial killer named Robert Zarinsky’s DNA was a match with semen found on Jane’s slip. See below.

Zarinsky was eventually charged in November of 2008 with the murder of Jane, but he died the night before facing trial. Robert Zarinsky is a suspect in four other killings. 
13 million dollars was awarded to Jane’s family in a wrongful death suit.
This case is still technically classified as unsolved due to Robert’s death before he was charged. 

Sources: 

http://newjerseygirlmurders.com/cases.htm 

https://www.nj.com/news/2008/03/robert_zarinsky_to_be_charged.html

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21146681/jane-katherine-durrua

https://murderpedia.org/male.Z/z/zarinsky-robert-victims.htm

https://www.nj.com/news/2010/03/paul_seitz_nj_investigator_who.html

More info on Robert Zarinsky:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Zarinsky

The Nameless Hudson County Pt 1

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 1.)

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 White Male
Case #: 81-218H
NIC #: U707436565
Body found on May 4, 1981
Estimated date of death: April 29, 1981
Estimated year of birth: 1941-1961
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’10-6’1”
Weight: 170-190 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: The victim had a tattoo of an outline of a cross on his upper right arm. He had a tattoo on his upper left arm with the word “Mike”, “Niko,” or “Nino”. He also has a pierced left ear.
Clothing: The victim was found wearing a white sneaker on his left foot, a pair of white sweat socks, blue pants with thin white stripes, and a pair of white “Jockey” shorts. The right sneaker was found on the embankment about 15 feet west of the body. 
Jewelry: The victim was wearing a gold colored loop in his left ear lobe.
Circumstances: The victim was found on May 4, 1981 in the Hudson River.
Partial x-rays, fingerprints and dental records are available for comparison. 
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: 09840003
NIC #: U192414842
Body found on January 1, 1984
Estimated date of death: January 1, 1983
Estimated year of birth: 1924-1934
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’9-5’10”
Weight: 160-170 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: None
Clothing: The victim was wearing 3 pairs of pants, 1 pair was olive green, 1 pair was blue, and 1 pair was gray and blue. The victim was also wearing a brown belt with a U shaped buckle and one white sock.
Other: The victim may have been homeless. The victim has a beard and mustache with gray mixed in.
Circumstances: The victim was found in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey.
Partial X-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: 84-175H
NIC #: U191941966
Body found on March 17, 1984
Estimated date of death: March 15, 1984
Estimated year of birth: 1984
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 1’8”
Weight: 7-8 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown 
Clothing: Unknown.
Circumstances: The newborn was found on March 17, 1984 in the water located in Bayonne, Hudson County, NJ.
X-rays are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased White Male 
Case #: 84-319H
NIC #: U201236681
Body found on May 15, 1984
Estimated date of death: January 1, 1984
Estimated year of birth: 1961-1962
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’0”
Weight: 150 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown 
Clothing: The victim was found wearing jeans and a t-shirt that is ribbed at the waist and wrists.
Other: Remnants of a long beard and mustache were found. The front teeth were missing as well as most of the other teeth in the upper and lower jaws. 
Circumstances: The victim was found on May 15, 1984 at the end of Cape
May Street, Harrison, Hudson County, NJ on the bank of the Passaic River. The death was determined to be drowning.
Partial x-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased White Male
Case #:84-768H
NIC #: U184667580
Body found on October 27, 1984
Estimated date of death: Unknown
Estimated year of birth: 1949-1966
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’5-5’7”
Weight: 110-130 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: None
Clothing: The victim was wearing a blue hooded raincoat size small, a dark sweater with a hood, a red sweater, Jordache jeans size 28, and a pair of white socks.
Other: The victim was wearing a yellow metal watch and black rosary beads. The victim has moderately wavy hair, about 2.5 inches long.
Circumstances: On October 27, 1984, the victim was found in the water at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey.
Full X-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: 85-146H
NIC #: U184097358
Body found on March 9, 1985
Estimated date of death: Unknown
Estimated year of birth: 1915-1935
Sex: Male 
Race: Black
Height: 5’4-5’6”
Weight: 125-160 lbs.
Hair: Unknown
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Fractured Lower right arm, Fracture lower right leg 
Clothing: The victim was found wearing black pants, brown corduroy pants, “work” boots, shorts, boxers size 36 and 42 when he was found.
Other: The victim had no teeth when he was found.
Circumstances: The victim was found on March 9, 1985 in Jersey City.
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 Antoinette Williams

The Missing
Antoinette R Williams
Case # 2259DFNJ (Doe Network)
County: Mercer

Antoinette Renee Williams was a 33 year old black female living on Monmouth street, Trenton, New Jersey when she went missing in November of 1998. She was last seen in Trenton in the vicinity of Monmouth Street and the Walnut Avenue area. Antoinette kept in touch with her family only once or twice a year, and as a result of that, she wasn’t reported missing until August of 2001. She was last seen wearing light colored sweat clothes and earrings. She is 5’2”, 140 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. She has a scar between her right thumb and index finger, and a scar under her eye. Her nickname is Toni. She has another alias name of Kim Watson.
Antoinette’s daughter was left in the care of her grandmother, who has still not heard from her daughter since November of 1998.
There is not much information about Antoinette. 

If you have any information about this missing person, please contact the Hamilton Township Police Department at 609-581-4008. Her case number for this location is 01-36456.

Sources: https://charleyproject.org/case/antoinette-renee-williams 
http://www.blackandmissinginc.com/cdad/index.cfm?MissingInfoID=354 
http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2259dfnj.html 
http://www.missingin.org/reg989/antoinette_renee_williams.htm 

Solved: Jacalyn Harp

SOLVED
Jacalyn Harp
Case #: MP18331
Murdered by Richard Cottingham

Jacalyn (Jackie) Harp, was 13 years old, living at 150 Birch Street, Midland Park, Bergen County, New Jersey with her parents and four sisters when she went missing on July 17 of 1968, failing to return home after she had band practice at Midland School field. She was a flag twirler for her school’s “All-Girls Drum and Bugle Corps” band. Practice ended at 9 PM, and she was last seen at approximately 9:50 PM walking home along Godwin Street near the corner of Cross Street. Her mother reported her missing at 1 am. 
Her body was found the next morning, July 18th. She was found along Goffle Creek only about 100 feet away from a house on a dead-end street called Morrow Road, beaten in the face and strangled with the leather strap of her flag sling. Her clothes were described as being in “disarray” and police thought the attack was sexually motivated, although she was not raped. 

The “Torso Killer” aka Richard Cottingham confessed to Jackie’s murder.  He is a known serial killer in the areas of New York and New Jersey, operating in 1967-1980. He also confessed to the murders of Irene Blase and Denise Falasca. He is currently incarcerated in Trenton with a sentence of over 200 years. As of April 27, 2021, he has also confessed to kidnapping, raping and drowning 17 year old Mary Ann Pryer and her friend, 16 year old Lorraine Kelly, in a motel bathtub in August of 1974. (link below) https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/2021/04/27/nj-serial-killer-richard-cottingham-admits-drowning-north-bergen-girls/7391371002/ 

Sources:

http://newjerseygirlmurders.com/cases.htm 

https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/hackensack/police-fire/lodi-serial-killer-confesses-to-1960s-bergen-schoolgirl-murders/781365/

https://www.drumcorpsplanet.com/forums/index.php?/topic/125535-1968-drum-corps-murder-still-unsolved/

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/205942961/jacalyn-harp

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/42594969/mp-murder-hx-jackie-harp/

https://www.newjerseynewsnetwork.com/story/41523136/author-the-torso-killer-suspect-in-at-least-another-12-murders-in-new-jersey

More info on the killer:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Cottingham

The Missing Robin Trivisonno

The Missing
Robin D. Trivisonno
Case #: 97-1485
County: Monmouth

Robin D. Trivisonno was a 28 year old mother of three living in Ventnor, New Jersey, when she went missing in January of 1997. Robin was raised in Pine Hill, NJ. In 1994, after separating from her husband, she began working as a dancer for a place called Heartbreakers on Route 35 in Neptune Township, which is about an hour from her home. Robin had been struggling to pay for her schooling and supporting her kids. At the go-go bar, Robin was known as “Toni”. The only other person that knew of her endeavors was her mother, and she had been sworn into secrecy, Robin’s mother said that Robin “hated dancing at the go-go bar with a passion.” She worked at the bar for two years, then quit to become a nurse and had been attending Atlantic Cape Community College to fulfill her ambition. However, the night she disappeared, Robin came to the bar to visit former co-workers, and stayed there for several hours talking to them. Robin had started asking around for a ride to Delilah’s Den in South Amboy, where “a friend of hers worked as a DJ.” Robin was last seen exiting Heartbreakers Go-Go Bar on January 19, 1997. (some sources say Jan 20.) She was reportedly intoxicated and left with an unidentified Caucasian male.
Robin is a white female, 5’02 inches tall, weighing 105 lbs, brown hair, hazel eyes. She was wearing a waist-length brown coat and a leather hair barrette with a wooden pin, and according to the Doe Network, she also had on 18k gold and silver earrings and a Cartier watch. She has a scar on her right eyelid. At least two of her teeth are capped. She may wear glasses, and she was wearing press-on nails at the time.

-Composite sketch of the man Robin was seen leaving with on the night of her disappearance. 

The unidentified man that Robin was seen leaving with was described by witnesses as appearing well-groomed with shoulder length, wavy, light brown hair (some sources say dark brown hair) and blue eyes. He was in his 30’s and stood at approx. 5’8-5’9”, about 180 lbs. It was also stated that the man had a tan and nice looking teeth. This man, along with Robin, have never been seen again. 
Robin’s black 1994 Jeep Cherokee was discovered abandoned in a handicap parking spot in the Heartbreaker’s parking lot the day after her disappearance. Then, four months after she went missing, 40 miles from where she was last seen, Robin’s purse, wallet (with $500 cash still inside it) and jacket were found in a wooded area behind a fence in the back of Delilah’s Den in Perth Amboy, NJ, which is where Robin was headed that night. However, no one at Delilah’s Den ended up telling police they saw her there the night she disappeared. 
After Robin’s disappearance, her three sons were raised by her estranged husband. Foul play is suspected, her family believes she is deceased. Her case is being investigated as a homicide.

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

Note: I am posting this link here, but i can’t confirm a bunch of the info that is written. I am sharing it with you guys because there are some very interesting comments on the bottom.

https://consideringcoldcases.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/robin-trivisonno-mother-of-three-who-went-missing-during-a-night-out-in-new-jersey/

Sources: 

https://www.app.com/picture-gallery/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/cold-cases/2019/12/09/robin-trivisonno/4272461002/

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1885dfnj.html https://mcponj.org/unsolved-crimes-1990-1999/

Solved: Nancy Schiava Vogel

SOLVED
Nancy Schiava Vogel
Case Closed in August of 2010
Killer: Richard Francis Cottingham

Nancy Schiava Vogel was a 29 year old mother of two in 1967 when she went missing. She was last seen leaving her home to play bingo with her friends at the local church in Little Ferry, NJ. Instead, Nancy ended up shopping at Valley Fair Department Store. (known by receipt and purchases that were found in her car.) At some point, Cottingham approached Nancy and abducted her, taking her to Ridgefield Park, where three days later her body would be found nude, bound and strangled in her own vehicle. Nancy had been beaten severely on the ride side of her face, she had a black eye and a large bruise on the back of her head. Her hands were tied in front of her with a thin cord, and she was strangled with a rope. Her naked body had an army blanket or seat cover draped over her that was originally on the floor of her vehicle at the time. Nancy’s clothes were found “folded neatly under her,” on the backseat. It is believed that he killed her inside her vehicle.
This had turned out to be Richard Francis Cottingham (AKA the Torso Killer)’s first known murder of his killing spree that took place from 1967-1980. Cottingham and Nancy Vogel were both residents of Little Ferry, and they were acquainted with each other. Richard worked as a computer operator at the downtown Manhattan Blue Cross Blue-shield, and was very well liked by his company and co-workers. He was married with three children, and seemed to be an upstanding family man.
Richard Cottingham first drew attention to the police in May of 1980, when he was arrested for the attempted murder and rape of an 18 year old prostitute at a Hasbrouck Heights motel. A maid heard screams coming from a room, where police found a woman with handcuffs on her ankles, bite marks on one breast and a knife wound below it. This investigation linked Cottingham to other attacks in North Jersey and New York City in the past few years. He was eventually convicted of two murders and the kidnappings and assaults of three other women in Bergen county and the murders of three prostitutes in New York, two of which he dismembered, cutting off their heads, hands feet and breasts. 
Richard Cottingham is in the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, and he received a life term for Nancy’s murder, totaling his sentences to more than 200 years for the 6 other killings he was convicted of. 
Cottingham has boasted of killing 85 to 100 people. He officially pleaded guilty to 6 murders, but he confessed to killing 9. Their names are: Nancy Schiava Vogel, Jacalyn Harp, Irene Blase, Denise Falasca, Maryann Carr, Deedeh Goodarzi and a Jane Doe that was found next to Deedeh that is still unidentified, Valerie Ann Street, and Jean Reyner. I urge you to click the links I’ve posted, there is a huge amount of information on each gruesome murder. 

Sources: 

http://newjerseygirlmurders.com/cases.htm 

https://www.nj.com/news/2010/09/bergen_man_who_killed_5_women.html

https://www.nj.com/bergen/2020/01/nj-serial-killer-now-linked-to-9-victims-but-will-his-murder-toll-rise-the-timeline-of-the-torso-killer.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Cottingham

https://www.crimeonline.com/2020/01/07/torso-killer-74-year-old-confesses-to-murdering-three-teens/ https://hellandhighhorror.tumblr.com/post/190784022029/richard-cottingham-the-times-square-ripper

The Missing Darlene DeWolff Polizzi

The Missing
Darlene DeWolff Polizzi
Case #: MP18331 (NamUs)
County: Bergen

Darlene DeWolff Polizzi was 19 years old when she went missing on Monday, April 24, 1967. She was a waitress at the Hangar Restaurant in Paramus, NJ. She was last seen at her home at the 400 block of Westminster Place in Lodi, Bergen County, New Jersey. Darlene has reddish-brown hair and brown eyes, 5’3”, and weighing only 100 pounds. She was wearing a brown blouse and a skirt with polka dots, along with a brown suede coat with a fur collar. Darlene was a regular at Tommy’s Diner on Paterson Avenue in Wallington, New Jersey.
According to her husband, (whose name I have not been able to find)  the couple were looking to move, so Darlene accompanied him to look at new apartments that day. After looking at three, they returned to their residence. At some point later, Darlene’s husband went out again, by himself, leaving his wife at home. When he returned, she was gone. She has never been heard from again. Darlene’s husband reported her missing the next day, April 25.
It was determined that Darlene had taken several clothing items with her, but she left behind the rest of her personal belongings, including her jewelry. Police did not have Darlene’s DNA until they obtained it from the last surviving sister, who passed away in 2016. 
Most of Darlene’s family members passed away, not knowing what happened to her. Her nieces are still continuing to look for their beloved “Aunt DeeDee.” 

Photo of the main suspect, Raymond Alves, a serial killer that was active in the area at the time, he was convicted of raping a teenage girl in Fair Lawn and pushing another teenage girl off a bridge in Clifton in 1976. A year later in 1967, he ended up living in Darlene’s neighborhood, and he actually worked with her husband at a sheet metal plant, and Darlene was friends with Raymond’s wife. Suspiciously, the Alves family moved away the day after Darlene disappeared. Raymond has not been officially connected to the disappearance. He eventually served 23 years of a 47 year sentence and was released in 2000. He is also suspected of the murders of 7 different teenage females whose bodies were found in Bergen County, NJ. He claims he has raped and killed more than a dozen women. 

If you have any additional information, please contact The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Lt Carmen Martino, at 201-226-5653.

Sources: 

http://newjerseygirlmurders.com/cases.htm 

https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/18331

https://www.websleuths.com/forums/threads/nj-darlene-polizzi-19-lodi-24-april-1967.335221/

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1544dfnj.html 

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