Nicholas Peter Zizzamia

Above: Zizzamia, circa 1979


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 12, 1979 from Cherry Hill, New Jersey
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 30, 1956
  • Age: 22 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 290 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Blue jeans, a tan sweater and white sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Zizzamia was last seen leaving his parents' Cherry Hill, New Jersey home on May 12, 1979. He said he was going to pick up tickets for his upcoming graduation from Villanova University, which was scheduled to take place on May 14. Zizzamia was a senior accounting major at the university. When his parents went to the ceremony, their son was not there. He has never been heard from again. His father's car, which Zizzamia was driving when he was last seen, was found locked and abandoned behind his father's Cherry Hill barbershop on Grove Street on May 15, three days after his disappearance.

    Zizzamia has never been heard from again. He never used his driver's license, Social Security number or credit card after his disappearance. It's possible he committed suicide or left of his own accord; his friends stated he was unhappy with his life and had spoken about wanting to "vanish." Zizzamia was an only child. His parents hired a private detective to try to find him, but without success. His mother died in 2003 and his father died in 2012. His case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Cherry Hill Police Department

    Camden County Sheriff's Office



    Source Information
    Cherry Hill Police Department
    Camden County Sheriff's Office
    The Philadelphia Inquirer


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 28, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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