Darlene Polizzi

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Above: Polizzi, circa 1967

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 24, 1967 from Lodi, New Jersey
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: November 7, 1947
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 100 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Reddish-brown hair, brown eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A brown blouse, a polka-dotted skirt and a brown suede coat with a fur collar.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Polizzi was last seen at her apartment in the 400 block of Westminster Place in Lodi, New Jersey on April 24, 1967. She and her husband planned to move and were looking at other apartments. They viewed three apartments that day before coming back home. Afterwards, Polizzi's husband left the residence, leaving her there alone. When he returned, she was gone. She has never been heard from again. Her husband reported her missing the following day. Polizzi apparently took several clothing items with her, but she left behind the rest of her personal belongings, including her jewelry.

    Raymond Alves lived in Polizzi's neighborhood in 1967. He worked with her husband at a sheet metal plant, and she was friends with his wife. The Alves family moved away the day after Polizzi disappeared. In 1974, Alves was convicted of raping a teenager and tossing her off an overpass. He was released from prison in 2000, after serving 23 years of a 47-year sentence. Authorities believe he may be a serial killer responsible for the murders of as many as seven teenage females whose bodies were found in Bergen County, New Jersey. He has not been charged in any of the deaths, however, and he has not been connected to Polizzi's disappearance. A photograph of Alves is posted below this case summary.

    Polizzi was a waitress at the Hangar Restaurant in Paramus, New Jersey at the time of her disappearance, and was a regular customer at Tommy’s Diner on Paterson Avenue in Wallington, New Jersey. Her case remains unsolved.

    Alves
    Above: Raymond Alves, circa 2000

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Bergen County Prosecutor's Office
    201-226-5653

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    Source Information
    Bergen County Prosecutor's Office
    The New Jersey Record
    Illinois Department of Corrections

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 27, 2010; details of disappearance updated.

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