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.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.

The Murdered Janet Ipsaro Adams

The Murdered 
NJ Cold Case
Janet Ipsaro Adams
Paramus, Bergen County, NJ

Janet Ipsaro Adams was a quiet and introverted 18 year old woman living in Paramus with her new husband of just 2 days, Brian Adams, in a second story garage apartment at 329 E. Midland Avenue in 1966. The couple had only been together for about 5 weeks in total before they had a simple wedding ceremony on Saturday, April 12th in their attorney’s home. After the wedding they had a reception in their newly rented 3-room apartment that lasted all night and into Sunday morning. There was some indication of LSD being used at this after-party, but there was not enough information on whether or not Janet and Brian were the narcotics users, or it was guests at the party.
On Monday at about 8:00AM, Brian went to work. At around 1:15PM, Janet walked 2 blocks from her home to a shopping center and bought some household items. That was the last time she was seen alive.
Janet’s nude and beaten body was found on the bathroom floor of her new home 3 hours later with her husband’s red and green necktie around her throat and a pair of 4 inch scissors plunged into her heart.
It was about 4PM when Arnold Goldberg, the landlord, discovered Janet. He said he had entered the apartment after knocking and getting no answer, to make repairs on a door. Once he saw the body he called the police. A new yellow plastic pail and two new mops were neatly placed next to a dresser nearby to the bathroom.
Janet’s death was caused by strangulation and not the scissors in her chest. 
Officials said they could not rule out the possibility of a sexual motive, but there were no indications of rape in the autopsy. It also seems she attempted to fight off her attacker. 
Looking into Janet’s past, she never really had a home, and was a high school drop out who had trouble fitting in with society. She had foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.E Thibault of 27 Broad street, Emerson NJ, who took her in 3 years ago.
Police said Brian Adams was working as a mason/construction worker at the Marriott Motor Hotel in Saddle Brook. On the day of the murder, Brian came home to find the police investigating his wife’s death. Brian was questioned for more than 4 hours when it was announced that he is not a suspect in the murder, however Brian Adams does have a record.  He had been arrested several times, twice on charges of hitting police chiefs. One resulted in a conviction, the other, acquittal. 
Police believe the murderer is someone Janet knew. About 30 people that attended the after party were questioned and released. 
Janets murder remains unsolved.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Paramus Police Department at 201-262-3400 x1369.

Sources:
http://newjerseygirlmurders.com/cases.htm 
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/198019525/janet_ipsaro-adams
https://northjersey.newspapers.com/clip/57816997/the-record-feb-25-1967/
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/30391399/janet-adams/

The Missing Christopher Zahl

The Missing
Christopher Zahl
Case #: 946716
County: Monmouth

Christopher Allen Zahl was 43 years old in 1994 when he was last seen on May 12th in Holmdel, Monmouth County, New Jersey. He has not been heard from since. The day after he was last seen, May 13th, his vehicle was located abandoned at a train station in Red Bank, New Jersey. There had been no signs of him at the scene. The vehicle had been wiped clean of fingerprints, and Zahl’s eyeglasses, wallet and credit cards were inside it. 
Zahl’s disappearance was possibly related to a recent dispute with his brother. They had been fighting over the family’s tree farm. Christopher’s brother wanted to buy him out. He also reported Chris to the police for growing marijuana on the farm. The brother has never been charged as a suspect. In one article I linked below, it has a small newspaper clipping that states “Chris had been having an affair with his best friend’s wife.” But I do not have any proof of that.
Foul play is suspected in this case, but it is still unsolved. 
Christopher is a white man with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 5’9” and 200 lbs. His blood type is A positive and he has a scar on his right knee. What clothing he had on is unknown. He was usually wearing a watch and was carrying a keychain. (no details on what they look like.) His dental records, DNA and fingerprints are all uploaded into NamUs.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Holmdel Police Department as 732-946-4400

Sources: https://www-lps.state.nj.us/NJSP_Amber/MissingPersonDetail.jsp?mp_id=1600&type=mp 

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/875dmnj.html 

The Nameless Essex County Pt. 6

Unidentified in NJ
Essex County
(PART 6)
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 Essex County. (Pt. 6)
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 Infant Female
Case #: 44-91
NIC #: U493487195
Body found on May 10, 1991
Estimated date of death: May 09, 1991
Estimated year of birth: 1991
Sex: Female
Race: White or Hispanic
Height: 1’6”
Weight: 7 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown
Clothing: The infant was not wearing any clothing when she was found.
Circumstances: The infant’s body was found on May 10, 1991 in the
Second River, Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ.
Full X-rays and DNA are available for comparison.
No photos are available. 

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: 9147751
NIC #: U497324895
Body found on May 27, 1991
Estimated date of death: May 27, 1991
Estimated year of birth: 1951-1961
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 126 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: None 
Clothing: The victim was wearing a blue short sleeve polo shirt with white and blue stripes, blue jeans, a black leather belt with a white metal buckle, a two-tone blue t-shirt with a tropical motif on the front and the words “Puerto Rico Ser Boricua es un honor,” white underwear, a white t-shirt, and a brown bedroom slippers.
Other: The victim had a salt and pepper colored beard and mustache.
Circumstances: On May 27, 1991, the victim was found in Newark, 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 #: 9253277
NIC #: U574548595
Body found on June 16, 1992
Estimated date of death: June 09, 1992
Estimated year of birth: 1947-1952
Sex: Female
Race: White
Height: 4’11”
Weight: 82 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Victim had old suicidal cuts on both wrists and a midline abdominal surgical scar. 
Clothing: The victim was wearing a gray long sleeve sweatshirt (size small), a green an white bra, white panties with yellow hearts, blue jeans (size 3), white sweat socks, and a black low cut Olympian sneakers (size 5). The victim was also wearing a white satin cloth cross and a large cloth cross on her neck.
Other: The victim may be a Hispanic white female or a Caucasian white female.
Circumstances: The victim was found on June 16, 1992 in the Passaic River at the rear of 184 Doremus Avenue, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey.
X-rays were not mentioned in the report.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: 92115475
NIC #: U851587396
Body found on December 31, 1992
Estimated date of death: December 31, 1992
Estimated year of birth: 1937-1957
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’8-6’1
Weight: 180-200 lbs.
Hair: Unknown
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: An old bullet was found in the upper left thigh of the victim. The victims front teeth are missing and there are gaps between the rest of his teeth. 
Clothing: None
Circumstances: The victim was found on December 31, 1992 in a building in Newark, Essex County, NJ.
Full x-rays, fingerprints, and dental x-rays are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: 9417258
NIC #: U724424449
Body found on March 5, 1994
Estimated date of death: March 4 1993
Estimated year of birth: 1949-1959
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’7-5’10”
Weight: Unknown
Hair: Black
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: The victim had a healed fractured upper right leg. He had 5 surgical screws in the midportion of the right femur. Additionally, tracks consistent with screw placement are seen in the proximal femur and
the greater trochanter.
Clothing: The victim was found wearing a red checked woolen coat, size tall. The numbers 3x 13  are seen on the tag. He was also wearing a pair of blue “Expel” work pants (size 42x). The pants are held in place by a wire with white insulation. He was wearing a pair of sweat socks.
Other: The pockets of the victim’s pants contained a utility knife and a yellow cigarette lighter. The right breast pocket of the coat contains an application for Welfare benefits. The form has either not been filled out or the writing is effaced. Included with the remains on the right side of his head are a pair of  plastic framed prescription glasses.
Circumstances: The victim’s body was found on March 5, 1994 in an abandoned building.
Full x-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male 
Case #: 94-106834
NIC #: U834755290
Body found on December 23, 1994
Estimated date of death: January 01, 1994
Estimated year of birth: 1930-1940
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’6-6’0”
Weight: 125-130 lbs.
Hair: Gray
Eye color: Unknown 
Scars, marks, tattoos: None 
Clothing: The victim was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, gray or brown trousers, and black sneakers.
Other: The victim has a gray beard and mustache and has all his natural teeth with no fillings. 
Circumstances: On December 23,1994, the victim was found in an abandoned building in Newark, Essex County, NJ
Full x-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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 Catherine Baker

The Murdered
NJ Cold Case
Catherine Baker
Edison Township, Middlesex County/Jackson Township, Ocean County, NJ.

Catherine Baker was a 16 year old girl living at 48 Gurley Road in Nixon, Edison Township New Jersey. On Thursday, March 17 1966 at 7:00PM, Catherine left her home to go to the Edison Shopping Center on Woodbridge Avenue where she wanted to go into the local bakery to buy cupcakes for her mother. This was only located one block from her house. Witnesses place her in the area at about 8:50PM. This is the last time Catherine was seen alive. She was wearing a pink sweater with brown pants and a three-quarter length green suede jacket and glasses.  
About two months later on May 14, 1966, Catherine’s body was found in Metedeconk River near Cook’s Bridge, Jackson Township by three boys on a fishing trip. She was nude from the waist down, but sexual assault was undetermined due to decomposition. It was also determined she was beaten on the head. It was estimated that Catherine was in that spot for about eight weeks.
August 13 1966, a man named Ivan Joseph Rule, age 18, residing at 102 Mill Road, committed suicide in his jail cell when he was detained for questioning. Ivan Rule had briefly dated Catherine Baker. Police found a letter written by Catherine to one of her friends in which she stated that Joe Rule threatened to kill her if she dated anyone else. It is theorized that Joseph Rule was not yet aware that he was being detained as a suspect in the Baker murder, and upon realization, he became distraught at the possibility of going back to jail. He then hung himself with his own belt which police failed to confiscate prior to locking him up in a holding cell.

The Missing Renee Lamanna

The Missing
Renee Lamanna
Case #: 94-00205
County: Cape May

  Renee Martine Lamanna was 35 years old when she went missing on January 8, 1994.  She is a caucasian woman with brown eyes and dark brown hair, 5’2 in height, 100 pounds. Renee has a widow’s peak, and a keloid scar on one of her inner elbows. She converted to Muslim faith prior to her disappearance and she does not drink alcohol or do drugs as per her religious beliefs. Renee is considered the “bright light” of the family, being intelligent and caring for others. She also unfortunately has anorexia, depression and an anxiety disorder due to unspecified psychological trauma. This disorder causes her to have panic attacks and sometimes it makes her agitated and paranoid. 

At age 20, Renee held three college degrees, including a Master’s in History. She graduated from the University of Scranton. She also speaks five languages, traveled with the Peace Corps in Morocco and helped dozens of immigrants gain their footing in the United States.  In 1994, she was studying nuclear medicine technology, which left her with a great amount of stress. Her relationship was also apparently strained. After an argument with her taxi driver boyfriend of ten years on January 8, she stormed out of their apartment in Fresh Meadows, Queens, New York. (One article says the boyfriend asked her to leave.) The weather was freezing and Renee was not wearing proper attire, only wearing at the time a sweatshirt, red silk pajama bottoms, and white socks with no shoes. One article linked below claimed she was last seen in a red silk traditional Afghan wedding outfit. ( Can’t confirm which is accurate. )

According to her sister Margaret, Renee had been in love with an “immigrant taxi driver from Afghanistan for nearly a decade and devoted her life to the culture from which he came.” (which is probably why she converted her religion.) Something happened on January 8 that caused Renee and her boyfriend to have some type of disagreement. ( I am sorry but I can’t find his name. )

She was later found wandering in the bitter cold, barefoot and only in night clothes. She was in an incoherent and confused state and was taken to a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, and was cleared. (Some articles say Jamaica Hospital, others say she was at  Queens Center Psychiatric Hospital.) After that, Renee was taken to her sister Margaret’s house in the 2500 block of Wesley Avenue in Ocean City NJ, where they had dinner at approximately 7:00PM. Once at her sister’s residence, Margaret stated that her sister was in a “catatonic state.” 

An hour after she arrived, Renee once again suddenly ran outside for no apparent reason in freezing temperatures. At this point she was only wearing a sweatshirt, pajama bottoms and hospital slippers. She was carrying her navy blue bathrobe at the time.  One of the slippers and the bathrobe were found later on. Margaret is quoted saying, “She bolted out the door into the darkness of the beach, the police found her robe, but that was it. She was gone.”

She was last seen inside a Waterfront Bar in Somers Point acting “strangely” later the same night at 9PM. Her bathrobe was found approximately two blocks from the bar shortly after someone reported the sighting. Of note: Renee was now a Muslim and did not drink alcohol. 

A bloodhound traced her scent to two Ocean City homes on Central Avenue, but no evidence of what happened to her was ever found. Police can’t determine if she met with foul play or left on her own accord. She may have hitchhiked out of the area. There have been several reported sightings of Renee.

In May of 1995, she was reportedly seen in New Jersey but the sighting is unconfirmed. 

This case was aired on television for the first time on November 3, 1995 as a Special Bulletin episode, and shortly after the broadcast Renee was sighted in a subway station in Manhattan, looking at a missing persons flyer of herself, however she was not located. This lead made officers believe she is not in her right mind and could be unaware of her identity. It is suspected she is suffering from Dissociative Fugue Disorder. 

Since then, various sightings of her have been reported throughout the Eastern United States from Virginia through Tennessee, and Renee’s family has followed each lead with no avail.

A woman believed to be Renee was seen at a store in Asheville, North Carolina, in October of 2014, and the witness took a few photos of her. I have attached one below.

 The woman told witnesses she was headed to Florida and that she was looking for her family. She gave police officers several aliases, including “Renee LaMan” and “Josephine Pagano.”  Unfortunately, in January of 2016, the mystery woman was located in Florida and it has been confirmed through fingerprints that she is not Renee and did match another woman from upstate New York.

The last confirmed sightings were in the Chamber Street Subway in Lower Manhattan in December of 1994, and then once more in Northfield trying to get a bus ticket back to New York City in May of 1995. 

Renee’s parents passed away without knowing what happened to their daughter. Her older sister Margaret still hopes to locate her one day and she believes Renee is still somewhere in New York. 

Any further information, please contact the Ocean County Police Department at 609-399-9111.

Sources: https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Renee_Lamanna 

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/cold-case-spotlight/sighted-still-missing-21-year-search-renee-lamanna-n467306

https://www.pix11.com/2016/02/03/female-drifter-in-the-south-is-not-missing-queens-woman-who-vanished-22-years-ago

https://www.pix11.com/2015/08/24/im-looking-for-my-family-nj-woman-missing-for-21-years-possibly-spotted-in-sc-walmart/

https://patch.com/new-jersey/oceancity/family-still-hopeful-24-years-after-woman-disappeared-oc

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