Kelly Eileen Morrissey

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Kelly, circa 1984;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 42 (circa 2010)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 12, 1984 from Lynbrook, New York
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: August 22, 1968
  • Age: 15 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Dark blonde hair, blue eyes. Kelly has a scar on her forehead. Her ears are pierced. Some agencies give her eye color as brown.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A pink sleeveless sweatshirt, jeans, white sneakers and a gold chain necklace with a charm.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Kelly left a female friend's residence at approximately 9:30 to 10:00 p.m. on June 12, 1984 in her hometown of Lynbrook, New York. She was last seen walking west on Earl Avenue and Merrick Road shortly thereafter. She is believed to have been destined for Captain Video, a now-defunct video parlor half a mile west of Merrick Road, but she never arrived there. Kelly has never been heard from again. She had a part-time job at a shade and venetian blinds packaging factory at the time she disappeared. She lived with her mother, stepfather, siblings and stepsiblings, and rarely saw her biological father.

    Authorities do not believe Kelly left of her own accord. She had laid out the clothes she was planning to wear for the next day, she never picked up her last paycheck and she left all of her money and personal belongings behind. She disappeared the day before she was supposed to take an important final exam in her summer school social studies class. Kelly had been experimenting with alcohol prior to her disappearance, was associating with older men, and sometimes broke her curfew, but her loved ones say she was no more rebellious than most teenagers.

    One of Kelly's friends, Theresa Fusco, disappeared on November 10, 1984, almost five months after Kelly. A photograph of Fusco is posted below this case summary. Her body was found three weeks later, on December 5, about five blocks from her home. On March 26, 1985, several months after Fusco was found, another area teenager, Jacqueline Martarella, 19, disappeared after she left a friend's Oceanside home to go to her workplace at Burger King. Martarella's body was found on April 22 on a golf course. Police are looking into the possibility that Martarella's, Fusco's, and Kelly's cases are all related. All three women were Caucasian teenagers who were last seen walking alone in the evening hours. Both Martarella and Fusco were sexually assaulted and strangled and both were found naked, their bodies dumped in open fields. Their clothing was never found.

    Dennis Halstead, John Restivo and John Kogut were convicted of murdering Fusco and served seventeen years in prison for the crime before they were released and their convictions vacated after DNA testing cast doubt on their guilt. The DNA found on Fusco's body didn't match any of them. Kogut, who had confessed to the murder, was the only one of the suspects to be tried again after the conviction was overturned. He was acquitted by a judge. Kelly had dated Kogut at one time, and she also knew Halstead and would occasionally visit his apartment with her friends.

    Fusco's and Martarella's murders are unsolved. Photographs of Kogut and the two murdered teens are posted below this case summary. Foul play is suspected in Morrisey's case; she is presumed dead by law enforcement and her family. Her mother now lives in Vermont. Kelly's case remains unsolved. Authorities are not sure if it has anything to do with the two murders.

    Fusco Martarella Kogut
    Left: Theresa Fusco;
    Center: Jacqueline Martarella;
    Right: John Kogut in 1984

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Nassau County Police Department
    516-573-5336

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Nation's Missing Children Organization
    New York State Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse
    Newsday
    Operation Lookout
    The Doe Network
    The New York Daily News
    Facebook Page for Kelly Morrissey
    The Innocence Project
    NBC New York

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 26, 2011; age-progression updated.

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