The Nameless Essex County

The Nameless 

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.
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 White Male 
Case #: H207671
NIC #: U640793063
Body found on October 24, 1976
Estimated date of death: April 1, 1976
Estimated year of birth: 1926-1936
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’5-5’6
Weight: Unknown
Hair: Brown
Eye color: Unknown
Scars,marks, tattoos: Unknown 
Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: The victim was found wearing a “Hamilton Electra” watch.
Circumstances: The victim’s skeletal remains were found on October 24,
1976 in a wooded area off of I-80
Full X-rays are available for comparison.

No photos available.

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: H207857
NIC #: U640787887
Body found on December 30, 1978
Estimated date of death: April 1, 1978
Estimated year of birth: 1933-1938
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’5-5’8
Weight: Unknown
Hair: Black
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown
Clothing: Unknown
Circumstances: The skeletal remains of the victim were found off of a
highway.

Full X-rays are available for comparison
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Male
Case #: H207918
NIC #: U640775061
Body found on May 15, 1979
Estimated date of death: April 1, 1979
Estimated year of birth: 1942-946
Sex: Male
Race: Black or Hispanic
Height: 5’6-5’8
Weight: Unknown
Hair: Brown
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown
Clothing: The victim was found wearing a brown leather jacket, black leather boots with a zipper on the side (9”), a black “GENO” button down shirt, a light colored turtleneck pullover sweater, and “double-knit” brown trousers.
Jewelry: The victim was wearing a silver band with a Star of David and flowers on his right wrist.
Circumstances: The victim was found on May 15, 1979 in a wooded area on the southbound berm of the New Jersey Turnpike.
Full X-rays and dental records are available for comparison.

Photo of Dental chart

Photo of the bracelet with the Star of David

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Unidentified Deceased White Male
Case #: 8085554
NIC #: U201236069
Body found on December 22, 1980
Estimated date of death: January 1, 1980
Estimated year of birth: 1915-1935
Sex: Male
Race: White 
Height: 5’3-5’6
Weight: 150-170 lbs.
Hair: Gray
Eye color: Unknown 
Scars,marks, tattoos: None
Clothing: None
Circumstances: The victim was found on December 22, 1980 in Newark,
Essex County, New Jersey.
Full X-rays, dental records, and fingerprints available for comparison.
Photo of face reconstruction

Composite Sketch of Victim

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Unidentified Deceased Black Female
Case #: 07812451
NIC #: U220067286
Body found on September 29, 1981
Estimated date of death: September 1, 1981
Estimated year of birth: 1946-1951
Sex: Female
Race: Black
Height: 5’4-5’5
Weight: 145 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eye color: Unknown
Scars,marks, tattoos: Left ear pierced, unknown if right ear is pierced.
Jewelry: The victim was wearing a silver “cameo type” pin on her jacket lapel, a whitte post earring in the left earlobe, and a silver bangle bracelet on her left wrist. 
Clothing: The victim was dressed in a floral print blouse, blue blazer jacket, and a red skirt.
Other: X-ray revealed that the victim had suffered from a fractured right arm. She had 4 upper front teeth missing. The victim had received extensive dental work at a clinic.
Circumstances: The victim was found murdered in Newark on September 29, 1981.
Fingerprints, a full X-ray and dental records are available for comparison.

Photos of the victims reconstruction

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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 Cynthia Leeds

The Murdered
Cynthia Leeds
Brick Township, Ocean County NJ


Cynthia Leeds was born on March 29, 1955 in Queens County New York.
At 21 years of age, she was 8 months pregnant and living with her husband, Charles, in an apartment in Kentwood Village, in Brick Township, Ocean County New Jersey in August of 1976. On a Friday evening, August 27th 1976, Cynthia was found by her husband and a friend, strangled and stabbed to death in their first-floor apartment at approximately 5PM. She was found nude, on the bed. She had been stabbed in the chest, and a large slash wound exposed the fetus, leading investigators to believe that the killer might have wanted to take the baby, based on the fact the uterus was exposed by the wounds. A key piece of evidence in the murder, a bloody knife found in the kitchen, was destroyed when the knife was “inadvertently” washed off in the sink when someone washed their hands after police arrived at the scene. (What?!) Blood and any possible fingerprints were gone.
Robbery was ruled out due to money being left out on the counter in Cynthia and Charles’ apartment.
There is no reason to believe Mrs. Leeds let the assailant into the apartment. The most likely scenario is that entry came by removing a screen from a window and reaching around and unlocking a nearby door.
Cynthia’s husband says the last time he saw his wife alive was the morning of August 27, 1976 when he left for work. He was a truck driver for a beverage company.
“Charlie said he got up, went to the bathroom, made coffee and departed through the front door after saying goodbye to his wife.” according to James A. Churchill, head of the major crimes squad in the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
Due to her pregnancy, Cynthia stopped working about 2 weeks before the murder. Every morning while she was still working, Charles Leeds would drive his wife to the train station in Manasquan where she caught one of the earliest of the commuter trains, leaving for New York City sometime between 5:30 and 6:00 am. That practice continued, even after the couple moved from Manasquan to Brick Township, because Leeds place of employment was a short distance from the train station. During her days of commuting to work this way, Cynthia apparently became acquainted with a man who took the same route to work every day. This man has been called a “key piece” of the investigation.
It was Mrs. Leeds’s routine to get on the third or fourth car of the train and walk to the first car where she would either join or be joined by the man. They would sit and talk and appeared to be friendly, investigators learned from the few people willing to talk about it, they believe the man also boarded the train in Manasquan. The two both got off the train in Newark but went in separate directions. He headed toward the PATH trains linking Newark with the financial district in Lower Manhattan. Investigators would like to talk to the man who rode the same train even after Mrs. Leeds stopped working to await the arrival of her baby. The mysterious commuter stopped riding the train the day after the murder and although several people have confirmed that Mrs. Leeds sat with and talked to the stranger, this man has never been identified or questioned.
Churchill says “we believe he might be able to give us some important information about the victim.” He was described as a white man in his early 20s, no more than 5’9 inches tall. He dressed casually, wearing a golf jacket, sweater and possibly saddle shoes. The two never entered or left the train together.
Based on conversations the victim had with others, it was determined that the commuter may have been in the banking business and may have been transferred to Richmond, Virginia about the time of the murder.
Investigators questioned hundreds of apartment residents and employees, they even once saturated the early commuter train with leaflets and photos of the dead woman and asked for any possible information, but no one responded.
Churchill believes the murder may have been committed by a person suffering from monomania. (Definition- a mental disorder characterized by irrational preoccupation with one subject.) “This type of individual is usually a loner, and lives in close proximity to a victim, and they are usually five years younger or five years older than the subject of their attention.”
“This person has a crush on someone, and he makes his feelings known. Depending on how he is rebuffed, he can snap and do some pretty weird things. A monomaniac usually kills but once, because the person killed, and therefore eliminated the subject matter of the monomaniac.”
The last entry in the Leeds murder file was July 24, 1984, 8 years after the slaying. It concerned a possible suspect and it was investigated, but it led nowhere. There may be people living in the large apartment complex who may have seen or heard something that day or might know something about the victim that would help investigators. One witness who was outside one of the apartments the morning of the murder saw a Hispanic man wearing a white T-shirt running around behind the complex. That man has never been identified.
6 months after the slaying, police put out a composite sketch of an individual Mrs. Leeds was supposed to have argued with, outside of a physician’s office. After additional investigation, it was determined the woman who had supplied the information about the suspect had made up
the story about the man and the argument.
Cynthia’s grave is located at Saint Catherine’s Cemetery in Sea Girt, Monmouth County, New Jersey.


Anyone with information is urged to contact Ocean County prosecutor’s office at 973-929-2027 or brick townships detective peter ramsey at 973-477-7615.


Sources:
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/92387691/cynthia-leeds
https://img4.newspapers.com/image/clipping_id=23850652&fcfToken=eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJmcmVlLXZpZXctaWQiOjE0NTA5OTA0OSwiaWF0IjoxNjA2NzcwNTgwLCJleHAiOjE2MDY4NTY5ODB9.eiSdUa0_C_TfliXiEKLQw756rHT2HgZxofiUR23e6h8
https://www.app.com/story/news/crime/2019/06/30/nj-cold-cases-unsolved-murders-cynthia-leeds-diane-mary-zaleski-raul-suarez-joseph-hoopengardner/1337947001/

The Murdered Alys Eberhardt

NJ Cold Case
Alys Jean Eberhardt
Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, Bergen County, NJ
Alys Jean Eberhardt, an 18 year old student nurse was last seen leaving the dormitories at Hackensack Hospital School of Nursing at 2:30pm to go to her home at 3-34 Saddle River Road Fairlawn, on Friday, September 24th, 1965. When her father returned to the home at 5:30pm, he walked into a gruesome scene. He found Alys in the living room, lying on her back, with an 18-inch kitchen knife protruding from her neck. She had a fractured skull on both sides of her head, and a total of 61 post-mortem stab wounds to the neck and chest. Her white shirt and bra was pushed up around her neck, she was nude to the waist. A souvenir letter opener dagger was left at the scene on the floor in between her legs. No penetrative rape had been reported.
Alys’ ultimate cause of death was a double skull fracture with a blunt object to the left and right side of the head.
According to reports, the attack started in the bedroom upstairs and progressed down the stairs into the living room. There was no sign of forced entry into the home. She was murdered between 4:15 and 5:15pm.
The unique, curved dagger left at the scene turned out to be a four-inch souvenir from the Jordan Pavilion at New York World’s Fair in 1964 to 1965. There were only one thousand
daggers made and sold, between the fair and in New York City at a place called the House of Jordan Store, located on 38th Street and Third Avenue and the Acropolis 44th Street and Eighth Avenue. The sheath for said dagger was never found.
Her murder hasn’t been solved. Below I placed a picture of Alys.


I also found a video of the “Jordan’s Pavilion at New York World’s Fair in 1964” which is one of the places the dagger was sold:
https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVADIXB5P5PG13KQ7ISR6E1N1U9H-USA-JORDANS-PAVILION-AT-NEW-YORK-WORLDS-FAIR

Here is a photo of the Jordans Pavilion:


Source of Photo: https://www.worldsfairphotos.com/nywf64/jordan.htm
Source of information: http://newjerseygirlmurders.org/cases.htm

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office at (201)-336-3500.

The Murdered Anne & Mae Rubenstein

NJ Cold Case
Anne & Mae Rubenstein
Highland Park, Middlesex County, NJ
12 year old Mae Rubenstein,(some sources say 11) a 6th grader at Lafayette School, was left alone in her home at 437 S. Third Ave. while her mother, Anne, was food shopping, her father Robert was working with her brother Elihu at the Star Lumber Co., in town, on February 13, 1965. Upon Anne’s return from the grocery store, she ended up finding Mae, slashed in the kitchen. The mother confronted the attacker and, like her daughter, was savagely stabbed in the neck, face and chest. The Middlesex County medical examiner determined that Anne Rubenstein was attacked with a long-bladed kitchen knife about 35 times. Mae suffered 15 stab wounds and her jugular vein was slashed. Anne’s body was later found 2 hours later in the foyer by her 9 year old nephew Maurice Feller, who came to the home to get a drink of water. She was lying in a pool of blood, and the surrounding area showed signs of a desperate scuffle. Rubenstein was still wearing her heavy winter coat, and loaves of bread were scattered on the floor. Alarmed by the scene, Feller ran to a neighbor who lived on the second floor of the building. After seeing the mother, the neighbor discovered Mae’s body in the kitchen and called police. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
No one has been labeled as a suspect in the slayings, and no weapon was ever found. A motive or explanation of such a violent crime also has not been established, as investigators found no attempts of sexual assault or even robbery – with more than $100 left behind in the house. There have been theories, one rumor stating it was a case of mistaken identity, that the killer happened upon the wrong family.
As per their Jewish tradition, the mother and daughter were buried within 24 hours of their deaths.
This case has not been solved, but the investigation still remains active.

Cause of death: Child Mae stabbed 15 times and death caused by severing the jugular vein; Anne stabbed 35 times, stab wound to the left chest, heart, causing death.
Forensic Characteristics: Double Murder – no penetrative sexual assault reported – no theft – stabbing – female child 12 years old initial victim found in kitchen – mother found in entryway
Saturday afternoon. Took place between 12:30PM and 2:30PM.



Sources:
http://newjerseygirlmurders.org/cases.htm
https://www.nj.com/news/2011/09/cold_cases_double_slaying_of_h.html

If you have any information on this case, please contact the Middlesex County Police Department at (732)-356-1900

The Murdered Eleanor Sophia Lynch


NJ Cold Case
Eleanor Sophia Lynch
Mount Prospect Ave, Newark, Essex County, NJ
Eleanor Sophia Lynch, 28, was found deceased at 7:00AM on Monday,
January 28, 1964 at 372 Mount Prospect Ave, Newark, Essex County, NJ, better known as the Cromwell Terrace Apartments, in the basement boiler room. The door to the basement and boiler room was usually kept unlocked according to the custodian who discovered the body. She was last seen early Monday morning at 12:30AM at the diner next door to her place of employment. Eleanor was a desk clerk at the Dixie Motel on Route 1 in Woodbridge. Remnants of take-out dinner on a desk in the motel office were found, along with the victim’s purse and identification. Her car was found in the parking lot of the motel.
Eleanor lived at 153 Cooper Street, Iselin, Woodbridge, NJ. She was married but separated, and a mother of three. Her estranged husband Edward Lynch, 29, determined to have been living in California since October of 1963 and was residing there during a murder that happened at 3359 Canyon Crest Drive, Altadena, California. This case is strangely not in the newspapers.
According to Dr. Edwin Albano, Chief medical examiner for Essex County, Eleanors report was as follows:
Cause of Death: “Multiple stab wounds to both sides of the chest, penetrating both lungs; bi-lateral hemo thorax, stab wound of lower back penetrating the liver, hemo Peritoneum.” Forensic Characteristics: Victim was abducted shortly after 12:30AM from place of work (motel office) – transported in perpetrator’s vehicle to an apartment building boiler room – found face down on a rug pad – the victims green colored coat was lying under the upper part of her body and a coverless pillow was on the floor near the victim’s head. Hands tied separately to pipe situated about six-to eight inches above the floor by neckties taken from old clothes storage box in basement – man’s shirt and necktie tied around face – (according to news media reports: the dress and sweater she was wearing was raised to her neck – wearing a bra) – undergarments, shoes and a stocking scattered on the floor – 62 stab wounds to the chest, back and side inflicted by a 2 and-a-half-inch pocket-knife style blade – $93 and a TV set missing from motel – night of Sunday-Monday. No report of penetrative rape. Time of death estimated at 4:00AM.
The case has not been solved.


Source: http://newjerseygirlmurders.org/cases.htm

If you have any information about this case, please contact the NJ State Police of Newark, at (732)-441-4500

The Murdered Sophie Olejnik

NJ Cold Case
Sophie Olejnik
Hillsborough, Somerset County, NJ

Sophie Olejnik


On June 2, 1963, a 14 year old girl named Sophie Olejnik departed her home at 49 N. 11th Avenue, Mannville, Somerset County, NJ, to attend a dance at the Polish Falcons Camp. She was last seen at 2:30PM walking on Champlain Road and turning south down Sunny Meade Road. The Polish Falcon Camp on Falcon Road was approximately 1.2 miles away. Six days later on June 8, 1963, her body was found face down in 6 inches of water in Royces Brook, 200 yards upstream from Sunnymeade Road, and about 600-800 yards south of where she was last seen.
Cause of Death: Forcible drowning
Forensic Characteristics: abducted or ambushed, killed in the vicinity of
the encounter – on rural road and bush terrain – found facedown in six
inches of water on bank of creek – mud and sand found in mouth – clad in orange blouse ripped open in the front – peddle-pusher style pants partly pulled down – no penetrative rape reported or determined – walked or forced through bush on a footpath from road to creek – drowned forcibly by head being held in mud and creek – purse found on the opposite bank of the creek with contents intact. – Sunday afternoon.
Sophie’s case has not been solved.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Somerset County Police Department at 908-231-7140


Source:
http://newjerseygirlmurders.org/cases.htm

The Nameless Warren County

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 Warren County.
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/warren/index.shtml


Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: H0247610
NIC #: U233108807
Body found on January 29, 1976
Estimated date of death: January 01, 1975
Estimated year of birth: 1944-1948
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’5-5’7
Weight: 155-165 lbs.
Hair: black
Eye color: unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: none
Dental: the victim had a gold filling in his 3rd molar on the left side and a temporary filling in his 2nd molar on the right side. Partial dental records are available for comparison.
Circumstances: On January 29, 1976, skeletal remains were found in Knowlton Township, Warren County, NJ near the Delaware Water Gap.
X-rays are available for comparison.
Artist sketch of the victim:
Additional photos:


Unidentified Deceased White Female
AKA: Princess Doe
Case #: (blank?)
NIC# : U630870962
Body found on July 15, 1982
Estimated date of death: July 11, 1982
Estimated age: 14-20 years (estimated)
Sex: Female
Race: Caucasian
Height: 5’2-5’4
Weight: 90-100 lbs.
Hair: Brown shoulder length
Eye color: unknown
Clothing: This individual was wearing a red V-neck pullover shirt with yellow piping on the front portion of the shoulder and blue and black piping around the neck, sleeves and waist. The victim was also wearing a red/white/blue print wrap-around skirt with a wide border print of peacocks on the lower portion.
Jewelry: Victim was wearing a gold colored chain with small white beads spaced evenly within the chain. Attached to the chain was a 14k gold cross with an ornate design.
Dental: Lower anterior teeth are crowded
Other: Red nail polish on right hand, no nail polish on left hand. Left ear double pierced, unknown right ear piercings.
Circumstances: Victim was found in a wooded area in Blairstown Cemetery, Route 94, Warren County, NJ on July 15,1982.
X-rays: Dental and body X-rays are available.
Model of what the victim may have looked like:


Artist sketch:
Digital Rendering:


Unidentified Deceased White Female
Case #: (blank?)
NIC# : U525171945
Body found on October 26, 1991
Estimated date of death: Early October 1991
Estimated age: 17-19 years
Sex: Female
Race: Caucasian
Height: 4’10-5’2
Weight: 95-110 lbs
Hair: Light brown to dirty blonde, (may have been bleached or dyed)
Eye color: unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: A Bengal tiger going down the lateral portion of the
left calf
Other: Pierced ears, 4 holes in the left ear.
Circumstances: On October 26, 1991 a white female was discovered in a wooded area off of Route 94, Knowlton Township, Warren County, NJ. This area is at an exit off Interstate 80 near the Delaware Water Gap.
X-rays and dental charts are available for comparison.
Artist sketch of the victim:
Additional photos:


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 Will Jones Jr.

NEW JERSEY’S OLDEST MISSING PERSONS CASE
Case# 72911-09
County: Cumberland
William Jones Jr.
Date of Last Contact: December 17, 1962
Date of Birth: March 5, 1959
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 3 feet tall
Weight: 30 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
William Ebenezer Jones Jr. was last seen on December 17, 1962 in his backyard in Vineland, NJ. He has a Giraffe-shaped vaccination scar on his left arm. He was last seen wearing a blue snowsuit with large silver buttons and tan high-top tennis shoes.


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

Sources:
https://nj1015.com/nj-event-aims-to-help-identify-and-locate-missing-people/
https://www-lps.state.nj.us/NJSP_Amber/MissingPersonDetail.jsp?mp_id=738&type=mp

The Missing Will Jamison

Case #: H25001-20
County: Union
William J. Jamison
Date of Last Contact: March 27, 1981
Date of Birth: April 29, 1947
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’9
Weight: 220 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Green
William Joseph Jamison was last seen on March 27, 1981 in Linden NJ. On this date, William was driving a 1981 Ford LTD Station Wagon with New Jersey plates 861-PKY. He has a scar on his chin and a scar on his right ear. Dental charts are available.


If you have any information, please contact the Union County Police Department at 908-654-9800 or the NJSP, Missing Persons Unit at 609-882-2000, extension 2554.


Sources:
https://nj1015.com/nj-event-aims-to-help-identify-and-locate-missing-people/
https://www-lps.state.nj.us/NJSP_Amber/MissingPersonDetail.jsp?mp_id=70548&type=mp

The Missing Nick Zizzamia

Case #: 79-13004
County: Camden
Nicholas Peter Zizzamia
Date of Last Contact: May 12, 1979
Date of Birth: 10/30/1956
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’11
Weight: 290 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Nicholas Peter Zizzamia left his parents’ house in Cherry Hill on May 12, 1979, to attend a Villanova University graduation ceremony. He never showed up at the university. The vehicle Nicholas was last seen driving was found parked and locked behind a business in Cherry Hill.


If you have any information, please contact the Cherry Hill Township Police Department at 856-488-7828
Sources:
https://nj1015.com/nj-event-aims-to-help-identify-and-locate-missing-people/
https://www-lps.state.nj.us/NJSP_Amber/MissingPersonDetail.jsp?mp_id=1609&type=mp

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