Aferdita Gjergjaj

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Above Images: Aferdita, circa 2001

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 26, 2001 from Auburn Hills, Michigan
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: September 7, 1970
  • Age: 30 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3 - 5'5, 115 - 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Red/auburn hair, brown eyes. Aferdita's nicknames are Gina and Rita. Her last name is pronounged "Ger-jil." She is a native of Albania; she moved to the United States in early childhood. Aferdita has a scar on her forehead.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black top, a denim jacket, a black leather coat and denim slacks.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Aferdita was last seen in Auburn Hills, Michigan on February 26, 2001. She told her sister she was going to meet her ex-husband, Binak "Kola" Gjerjaj, and their children in the parking lot of Showcase Cinemas on Opdyke Road at 7:00 p.m. Images from a surveillance camera in the parking lot show Aferdita did arrive there, got out of her car, went to another one and sat inside it for half an hour. Then the vehicle drove away with her still inside. She has never been heard from again.

    Afterdita was reported missing after she failed to arrive for work at a clothing boutique in Troy, Michigan, where she was the manager. Her light blue Ford Escort was found in the parking lot of the cinemas shortly after her disappearance. Her cellular phone and purse were inside the vehicle and so was an unused round from Aferdita's handgun. The gun itself was missing and has not been recovered.

    A photograph of Binak is posted below this case summary. He and Aferdita married in 1987 and separated in 1996, and in 1998 Binak filed for divorce. Aferdita and Binak shared legal child custody, but physical custody was granted to Binak. Aferdita had been seeking more access to the children in 2001, and Binak had allegedly threatened to kill her if she tried to take them away from him. He fled the country shortly after Aferdita went missing, leaving his children, and hasn't contacted them since. Binak now lives Kosovo, a nation in Eastern Europe. In 2002, he was charged with felony assault for allegedly beating beating Aferdita in 1998. He could face ten years in prison if convicted; however, Kosovo will not extradite him, and as long as he remains there, Binak cannot stand trial.

    Authorities stated they believed Aferdita had been murdered in Binak is the prime suspect in her presumed death. Aferdita has been declared legally dead, but no one has been charged in her disappearance due to lack of evidence. Her disappearance remains unsolved.

    Binak
    Above: Binak Gjergjaj

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Auburn Hills Police Department
    248-370-9444

    OR
    Oakland County Sheriff's Department
    248-858-0692

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    Source Information
    Auburn Hills Police Department
    Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
    The Detroit News
    North American Missing Persons Network
    America's Most Wanted
    NamUs
    WXYZ 7

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 1, 2011; details of disappearance updated.

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