Nicole Russo

Nicole, circa 1995

  • Missing Since 03/12/1995
  • Missing From Brick, New Jersey
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Age 16 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'0, 98 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A green silk jacket, a gray skirt, white stockings and white sneakers.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Black/brown hair, hazel eyes. Nicole has a tattoo of a fighting Irishman on the inside of her right ankle. She has surgical scars on her back and right hip, and has a seven-inch metal rod implanted in her back to support her spine. She frequently dyes her hair different colors.

Details of Disappearance

Nicole was last seen in Brick, New Jersey on March 12, 1995. She had dropped out of tenth grade in Brick Township High School the previous fall, and decided to become an auto mechanic. A week before her disappearance, she began GED preparation classes at Princeton Avenue School.

Her boyfriend, 19-year-old Louis P. Urcinoli, often drove her to and from her classes. They had been dating for just a few weeks and seemed to have a good relationship, and Urcinoli regularly spent time with Nicole's family. When she disappeared, initially her family and police thought she'd run away to be with Urcinoli.

Shortly after Nicole's disappearance, Urcinoli was charged with her murder. Authorities believe he beat her to death in his apartment at the Parkside Motel, where he had been living at the time of her disappearance, after she told him she was leaving him because she wanted to reconcile with a previous boyfriend.

Police found bloodstains in several places at the apartment, and some of Nicole's clothes and her backpack were present. Urcinoli told his uncle, Bernard Mancuso, he'd hit Nicole six or seven times with a crowbar, slit her throat, wrapped her body in a carpet or garbage bags, drove it to Long Island, New York, and put it in a dumpster there. He fled the area after Nicole's disappearance, but was arrested at the airport in Los Angeles, California.

Urcinoli subsequently tried to hire someone to kill Mancuso and his wife to stop them from testifying against him. In November 1996, he was convicted of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and conspiracy, and sentenced to life in prison plus twenty years. He will not be eligible for parole for forty years.

Foul play is suspected in Nicole's disappearance due to the circumstances involved. Investigators believe her body may have been incinerated.

Investigating Agency

  • Brick Township Police Department 732-262-1100

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated February 19, 2017; casefile added.