William Michael Zani Jr.

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Above Images: Zani, circa 2005


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 25, 2005 from Victor, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: January 17, 1964
  • Age: 41 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 200 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Zani's nickname is Bill. He wears eyeglasses and may have a goatee.
  • Medical Conditions: Zani suffers from mental illness requiring medication. If he doesn't take his medication he may become disoriented and need to be hospitalized. He is not considered suicidal or a danger to others, however. Zani is a dependent adult.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Zani was last seen in Victor, New York on October 25, 2005. He had his car, a gray 2000 Toyota, repaired at the Eastview Mall that morning. At 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. that same day, Zani's car was found abandoned on Walworth-Ontario Road north of Route 441 in Walworth, New York. Although it was raining heavily, the vehicle's windows were rolled down. It had three-quarters of a tank of gas and was in operable condition. It had been driven about 25 miles that couldn't be accounted for. An hour after the car was found, someone matching Zani's description was seen walking along the road. He has never been heard from again.

    Zani lived alone in East Rochester, New York at the time of his disappearance, but he was under supervision from a local group home. He is described as a loner with few friends. He divorced two years before his disappearance, but was still on friendly temrs with his ex-wife. He has two young children. At the time of his disappearance, Zani was due to inherit a substantial sum of money in trust from his mother, who had recently died. He normally pays for everything with a credit card, but it has not been used since his disappearance.

    Zani's loved ones stated he would not have willingly abandoned his vehicle. He worked part-time at Pliant Corporation in Macedon, New York at the time of his disappearance. Investigators believe Zani is missing under suspicious circumstances. His case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New York State Troopers



    Source Information
    The Democrat and Chronicle
    New York State Troopers
    The Times of Wayne County
    WHEC-TV 10


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 21, 2010; details of disappearance updated.

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