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.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/2973?nav
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://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/1232?nav
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

The Nameless Essex County Pt.5

 Unidentified in NJ

(PART 5)
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. 5)
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 #: 88009886
NIC #: U287066777
Body found on February 19, 1988
Estimated date of death: February 1, 1988
Estimated year of birth: 1947
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’9
Weight: 150 lbs.
Hair: Unknown
Eye color: Unknown
Scars, marks, tattoos: None 
Clothing: None
Circumstances: On February 19, 1988, two legs and a torso were discovered near 520 Wilson Avenue, Newark, New Jersey.
No photos are available.
This post did not mention any X-rays.

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: NPD322
NIC #: U311524703
Body found on June 7, 1988
Estimated date of death: June 7, 1988
Estimated year of birth: 1918-1928
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’7
Weight: 190 lbs
Hair: White
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown
Clothing: Unknown
Other: The victim’s hair was in multiple braids. He also had a gray and white beard and moustache. His teeth were unkempt and in poor condition 
Circumstances: On June 6, 1988, the victim was hit by a car that was driving south on Rt 21. He was hit by the 1 & 9 South entrance. This man is a victim of an automobile accident. 
Full X-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Male
Case #: 8858774
NIC #: U316159230
Body found on July 8, 1988
Estimated date of death: July 8, 1988
Estimated year of birth: 1923-1938
Sex: Male
Race: White or Hispanic
Height: 5’6 – 5’7’
Weight: 173 lbs
Hair: Gray
Eye color: Brown 
Scars, marks, tattoos: Unknown
Clothing: Unknown
Other: The victim was found with $3.00 and a brown wallet in his pocket. The wallet had no form of identification in it.
Circumstances: The victim’s body was found in the Passaic River between Raymond Blvd and Jackson St.
X-rays, fingerprints and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: 9935399
NIC #: U422414001
Body found on April 15, 1990
Estimated date of death: April 5, 1990
Estimated year of birth: 1920-1930
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’10-5’11
Weight: 120-140 lbs.
Hair: Gray
Eye color: Unknown 
Scars, marks, tattoos: The victim has burr holes on the left parietal and left frontal bones from brain surgery. 
Clothing: The victim was wearing a gray “Palm Beach” jacket, a black “Drummond” sweater, a white short sleeve shirt, blue corduroy pants, black suspenders (used as a belt,) a pair of tan socks, a white t-shirt with the saying “Busch Gardens – I survived river rapids, a brown “Generra” sweater, a white long sleeve shirt with “Sammy Davis Jr.” on it. The victim also had on one brown “Hush Puppies” slipper on his right foot and a pair of black rimmed glasses. 
Other: The victim has a full beard-mustache and did not have any teeth in his mouth.
Circumstances: On April 15, 1990 the victim’s body was found in a building in Newark City, Essex County New Jersey.
Full X-rays are available for comparison
No photos are available.

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Unidentified Deceased Black Male
Case #: 9037823
NIC #: U106078310
Body found on April 22, 1990
Estimated date of death: March 1, 1990
Estimated year of birth: 1915-1935
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’7-5’10
Weight: 170-200 lbs.
Hair: Gray
Eye color: Unknown 
Scars, marks, tattoos: None 
Clothing: The victim was wearing  dark “Lucien Piccard” short sleeve shirt, black “Wrangler” jeans (size extra long 36), white socks, and moccasin type shoes.
Circumstances: On April 22, 1990, a body 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 Black Male
Case #: 91-6359
NIC #: U474326257
Body found on January 23, 1991
Estimated date of death: January 23, 1991
Estimated year of birth: 1946-1953
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5’10
Weight: 200 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eye color: Brown
Scars, marks, tattoos: The victim had a 5 inch vertical scar on his abdomen.
Clothing: Unknown
Other: The victim had a goatee and a mustache. The victim also had cirrhosis of the liver.
(Definition) – “Cirrhosis is a late stage of scarring (fibrosis) of the liver caused by many forms of liver diseases and conditions, such as hepatitis and chronic alcoholism. Each time your liver is injured — whether by disease, excessive alcohol consumption or another cause — it tries to repair itself.” Source- https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cirrhosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351487 
Circumstances: The victim was found on January 1, 1991 in Newark, Essex County NJ.
Full x-rays and dental records are available for comparison.
No photos are available.

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If you have any information about these cases or the identification of these individuals, please contact:
The New Jersey State Police at 1-800-709-7090.

The Missing Mark Himebaugh

Mark Himebaugh
Case #: 91-17695
County: Cape May

On November 25, 1991, 11 year old Mark Himebaugh lived with his mother and older brother in Del Haven, NJ and was a 6th grader at Cape May County Alternative Middle School. He was last seen walking towards a playground in the County Park, nearby to his home. The last person to see him was a park guard, claiming it was about 4:00 that afternoon. Mark was wearing a blue U.S.N sweatshirt, a gray jacket with a red blue and gray plaid lining and four outer pockets with velcro, a pair of gray docker pants and red and white sneakers. Mark’s mother Maureen told her son she was dropping off a neighbor to pick up their car at a repair shop in Middle Township. He did not want to go along because a fire had broken out in town and he wanted to watch what was happening a quarter mile away. By the time Maureen had finished her errand around 40 minutes later, her son was gone. At the time, Maureen assumed Mark was with neighborhood children, however he was never heard from again. His mother reported him missing at about 5:00 PM that evening after she still could not locate her son. Of note, the afternoon of his disappearance, traffic was rerouted past their house. 

Mark’s left foot was healing from a fracture at the time of his disappearance. He was also taking the antidepressant medication Prozac for his behavioral problems. Mark is classified as emotionally disturbed and he may have OCD. He frequently had tantrums and angry outbursts as a result of his conditions, but his behavior had been improving prior to his disappearance with the help of his meds and therapy. He had a habit of biting his fingernails and is right handed. He is a caucasain male, with blue eyes and red hair with freckles across his body. He was 4’6, 85 lbs.

There are unconfirmed reports from witnesses stating that Mark was seen at the entrance of a local park with an unidentified young girl at about 3:40 P.M. on the day Mark vanished. Her identity is still unknown. She was about 9 or 10 years old in 1991 with dishwater blonde colored hair. She was about 4 ft tall and 70 to 75 lbs. Wearing a dark blue ski parka that had a hunter orange stripe on the back. Police believe this girl has information about Mark’s disappearance, below is a sketch of what she looked like.

Two other men were also reported to have been seen with Mark on the day of his disappearance. One man was said to be 30 to 35 years old, ‘5’8 – ‘5’9 and about 150 lbs. He had dark reddish brown hair in a ponytail and had a scruffy, unkempt appearance. Below is a sketch. There is no available description of the other male.

Investigators did locate Mark’s left shoe, a hand-me-down L.A Gear sneaker at Sunray Beach approx. 75 yards from the family home later in the day of his disappearance. His footprints were also seen above the tide line, but these were the only solid clues ever found.

In 1993, A man named Thomas Butcavage Jr. was named as a person of interest in Mark’s disappearance. He resembled the sketch of the man Mark may have been seen with. A male prostitute named Daniel Coll approached the police and said that Butcavage was one of his regular clients and had shown him a video of himself having sex with a young boy who resembled Mark. The boy was handcuffed, gagged and appeared frightened. The prostitute asked Butcavage if the boy was Mark Himebaugh and Butcavage said it was. He also said he deliberately planted Mark’s sneaker on the beach to confuse the investigation. 

Butcavage has not been charged in Mark’s case but he has been imprisoned multiple times for drug offences and for sex with underage males. In 2015, authorities asked anyone who knew Butcavage in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s to please come forward.

Mark is believed to have been abducted by a stranger. The case is still unsolved. Mark’s mother has kept unopened gifts for Mark and still uses the same phone number in case her son might one day be found alive. 

Sources:
https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/1892?nav

South Jersey Mother Whose Son Went Missing 28 Years Ago Has Message Of Support For Mother Of Missing Dulce Maria Alavez

https://pressofatlanticcity.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/officials-continue-search-for-11-year-old-middle-township-boy-who-disappeared-almost-30-years/article_11492dc0-a654-5ecd-b294-2e0b272f02b9.html

https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/mark-himebaugh

https://www.capemaycountyherald.com/news/crime/article_6940ad04-2da3-11eb-9318-6b9a9f7fa33b.html

https://wpgtalkradio.com/today-is-the-28th-anniversary-of-mark-himebaughs-disappearance/

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Middle Township Police Department at 609-465-8700.

The Murdered Wendy Wolin

NJ Cold Case
Wendy Sue Wolin Fleischner
Elizabeth, Union County, NJ

This case has a lot of information so this will be an extensive write-up. 

  Wendy Wolin Fleischner was a 7 year old girl living in Elizabeth, Union County New Jersey on Irvington Avenue with her mother, Shirley Fleischner. On Tuesday, March 8, 1966 at 4 p.m, the mother and daughter planned to leave their Pierce Manor apartment to run errands and pick up Wendy’s older sister Jodi from Hebrew school. Shirley told her daughter to meet her at the corner of Irvington Avenue and Prince Street while she got her car from the back parking lot. As Wendy made her way to the corner, a man approached her, crouched down and stabbed her in the stomach, through her coat, with a knife. As Wendy fell to the ground and cried out in pain, the man kept on walking in the opposite direction. A few witnesses to this, three little girls, ran into the fire department across the street and told Director Edward F. Deignan what had just happened. The 7 year old was taken to the fire station. When police showed up and realized Wendy was bleeding, they rushed her to Elizabeth General Hospital where she passed away due to shock and hemorrhage from a punctured liver, shortly before 5 p.m. 
Witnesses who had been there stated the man who stabbed Wendy was 6 feet tall, wearing a green/grey/blue Fedora, a corduroy coat, and tan baggy trousers. His weapon was a hunting knife and it was later found at the scene. 
The police launched a massive search for the perpetrator, said to have been a white male in his mid-to-late-40s with pale skin, white hair and a muscular frame, about 220 pounds. He was also said to walk with a “stiff leg.” As officers searched door to door, it left no results to the man’s identity. Thousands of people were questioned, including a “boat load of Vietnam-bound troops aboard a ship in the Port of Elizabeth Harbor.” Trains and buses were boarded and searched. Police Chief Michael Roy happened to look similar to the apparent attacker, so he agreed to let makeup artists lighten his complexion and whiten his hair so a picture of him could be used for Wanted Posters to be distributed. A special phone line was installed to handle the tips that poured in from other potential eyewitnesses and concerned citizens. 
Still, the killer was never found. 
It is speculated that the killer was the same man who had attacked two other girls earlier on that same day. 10 year old Patricia Lavolpe had been wounded on the buttocks by a man with a sharp object. She was also rushed to the Elizabeth General Hospital, fortunately she made a full recovery. 45 minutes before this attack, a 12 year old girl named Diana De Nicola was struck in the face by a man while standing in front of a department store. She too was then taken to the Elizabeth General Hospital, suffering from a bruised right cheek and eyelid. She too made a full recovery. 
As time went on, there were several tips and numerous suspects that were thoroughly investigated. In 1995, a tip was received by a woman who stated she had seen something which had turned out to be significant in the investigation. She said she assumed it was a piece of information that was no longer relevant since so much time had passed. The woman named a suspect, however he had already been questioned. This tip caused an outpour of other phone calls from people with potential information. Investigators encouraged any of the original witnesses to please come forward so they could be shown photos of the new potential suspects to see if they were identifiable. 
The Union County Crime Stoppers Program offered a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Wendy’s killer. 
Sadly, all new leads did not pan out. This man was never identified. Police believe that the only way they will receive any closure for Wendy’s family is if a deathbed confession occurs. Otherwise, they have little hope of ever finding her killer. 
In 2016, as per the 50th anniversary of this incident, the site where she was attacked was used as a memorial to Wendy. 
The Elizabeth Police Captain, Todd Mooney, decided to post on social media about Wendy’s murder to pay tribute for the anniversary. He included a composite sketch of the suspected killer. Someone responded, they did recognize the face, but not in connection with Wendy. It involved the killing of another littler girl in the neighboring Highland Park, the year before Wendy’s murder, in 1965. 
A woman named Beth Moroney notified investigators that she is certain she saw Wendy’s killer on her block, the day her neighbor, 11 year old Mae Rubenstein, was stabbed more than a dozen times inside their home on South 3rd Avenue in February of 1965. Mae’s mother was also murdered by the unknown intruder after catching him in the act of killing her daughter. Beth said that right after the killing she described the man to police but there was never a follow up and no composite sketch. She still wonders whether Wendy’s death could have been prevented if police had taken her seriously. Authorities have never made an official connection. 
Eventually, there were even more bizarre coincidences established in the two cases. When the Rubenstein’s were killed, Wendy and her sister Jodi lived one block away in Highland Park in their grandparents house. Strangely enough, the grandparents last name was Rubenstien, but there was no relation to the murdered mother and daughter. 
Jodi Wolin now reveals that her mother suddenly moved the girls to Elizabeth just 11 days after the Rubensteins died, with no reason given. Jodi also stated that she had never heard of the Rubensteins murder until Facebook. A theory of mistaken identity was brought to light. Jodi also informed investigators that her grandfather did owe money to the mob and other powerful people. 
In 2016, DNA from Wendy’s coat was being tested but Mr. Todd Mooney said the evidence is so degraded, it will likely not produce any results. 
There was no DNA to use in the Rubensteins case because the blood at the scene was cleaned up very early on in the investigation. 
As of January of 2021, both of these cases are still unsolved. 
Below is a picture of Wendy, the knife used in the killing, and a composite sketch of the perpetrator. 
I have written about the Anne and Mae Rubenstein case previously, and I have linked the case as well. 
https://ashmysteries.com/2020/11/22/the-murdered-anne-mae-rubenstein/

Sources: 
http://newjerseygirlmurders.com/cases.htm


https://www.nj.com/union/2016/10/memorial_marks_spot_of_50-year-old_unsolved_child.html

http://kidnappingmurderandmayhem.blogspot.com/2011/10/stabbed-to-death-in-broad-daylight.html
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/threads/nj-wendy-wolin-7-elizabeth-8-march-1966.226708/

If you have any information about this crime, please contact the Union County Police at (908)-654-9800.

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