Tag Archive for ‘Missing’

The Missing Maryanne Ruffini

The Missing
Maryanne Ruffini
Case #: 96005234
County: Middlesex

Maryanne Jane Ruffini, also commonly known as “Missy”, “Missy Kontowt,” or “Maryanne Kontowt,” was last seen on January 26th, 1996 at her residence in Edison, NJ. She left her home after an argument with her husband during the early hours of the morning. She has traveled to Inglewod, California in the past but her whereabouts are unknown. Missy suffers from bipolar disorder. She was last seen wearing a Rangers jacket, size 13/14, blue jeans size 8, white socks and white Nike sneakers. She was carrying a black handbag. She has brown hair and blue eyes, 120-140 lbs, 5’04” in height. Maryanne has scars on both of her wrists and one under her eyebrow. Dental characteristics are charted in NCIC, and dental x-rays and fingerprints are available. 

– Artistic rendering of age progression

Any further information about this case, please call the Edison Police Department at 732-248-7400.

Sources:
https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/5592?nav

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2155dfnj.html 

http://www.missingin.org/reg3091/maryanne_jane_ruffini.htm 

The Missing Usha Iyer

The Missing 
Usha S. Iyer
Case #: 94-13923
Monmouth County

Usha Iyer was last seen December 26, 1994 in Eatontown, NJ when she was 22 years old. (Doe Network states she was missing since June of 1994. ) Her husband came home to their apartment and discovered she was missing and their 19 day old baby was left alone. She left her passport, clothing and personal belongings behind. She was last seen wearing a green coat with white and blue stripes, a yellow Indonesian type dress with brown Indian style pants and white canvas shoes. Usha is an Indian female that is 5’0” and 100 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. She has an olive colored mole on her left hand, her ears are pierced and she was born in India. Usha had married in India in January of 1994 and moved to the United States shortly afterwards. She and her husband lived in East Brunswick, New Jersey before moving to Stoneyhill Apartments on Stoneyhill Road in Eatontown. Their son was born on December 7th. Her husband stated she didn’t know anyone in the United States.
Usha is considered “missing under suspicious circumstances” and foul play is suspected. After she went missing, her husband and son moved to India. Her disappearance remains unsolved.

If you have any further information, please call the Eatontown Police Department at 732-389-7644.

Sources: 
https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/18052?nav

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1262dfnj.html http://eatontownnj.com/police/wantedmissing-persons/

The Missing Lisa Ann Schmidt

The Missing
Lisa Ann Schmidt
Case #: 94-9918
County: Hudson

   Lisa Ann Schmidt was a 23 year old Caucasian woman that was last seen on Sunday, October 2, 1994 at her home on North 2nd Street in Harrison, Hudson County, New Jersey. She left on foot, at around 2:00PM,(weirdly, without a jacket) to walk to a K-Mart in Kearny on Passaic Avenue. She needed to make a layaway payment on an item, but she never returned home and has not been heard from since. She left her 3 year old son in the care of her mother when she left her home. Surveillance footage at the K-Mart shows Lisa never made it to the store. 
Lisa was last seen wearing a black shirt with blue jeans, black fringed suede boots, a yellow gold crucifix on a gold neck chain and was also wearing several rings including a silver toned happy face ring. With her she was carrying a small change purse with a photo ID and enough money to pay off her layaway. She’s 5’8”, 140 lbs, brown hair with red highlights, with brown eyes and a light complexion. Lisa was only 23 years old. (Doe network states she was 5’6”-5’8” and 109-119 lbs. Not sure which is accurate.) Lisa also has a slight dental overbite, a concave sternum and a possible medical history of a broken leg. Her ears are pierced.
Inside her home, Lisa left $600 in her dresser drawer. Everyone close to Lisa was questioned and cadaver dogs were also sent out, but no leads were ever found.

If you have any information, please contact the Harrison Police Department at 973-483-4100.

Sources:
https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/4381?nav
https://charleyproject.org/case/lisa-ann-schmidt
http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1713dfnj.html 
http://www.missingin.org/reg2546/lisa_ann_schmidt_.htm 
https://charleyross.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/select-it-sunday-lisa-schmidt/
https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/usedtobedoe/schmidt-lisa-a-october-2-1994-t5010.html

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.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/9839?nav

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 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 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 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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