A wooded area where a missing New Jersey woman’s boyfriend reportedly took romantic interests has been searched in an effort to locate her.
Stephanie Parze, 25, was last seen at her home in Freehold Township the day before Halloween, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement. Her parents said she vanished not long after seeing a psychic with family members on Wednesday, ABC7 in New York reports. She had promised to either call or text her parents when she returned home but they never received any message from her, local outlet WABC reports. Parze never made it into work the next day either. Her phone was later found inside her home and her car was in her driveway.
A wooded area of Staten Island was searched on Monday, not far from where Parze’s boyfriend works, unnamed law enforcement sources told the New York Daily News. The boyfriend was reportedly known for bringing women to the area for romantic encounters, according to those sources. The paper also claims that the boyfriend's phone GPS was traced to those woods for six hours in the middle of the night on one of the nights after his girlfriend vanished.
The search did not yield any findings, according to the Daily News.
The boyfriend has not been named nor has he officially been called a suspect. But, officials did say there is a person of interest in the case, according to ABC7.
Parde studied cosmetology and art and has worked as both a wax specialist and a professional makeup artist. She most recently got a job as a nanny, according to the Asbury Park Press.
"We just want to find her," her dad Edward Parze told Asbury Park Press. He called his daughter an “independent” and “tough kid" who is also “caring.”
Parze stands at 4'11'' and has brown hair and brown eyes. She weighs about 115 pounds. She was last seen wearing jeans, a burgundy V-neck shirt and burgundy sweater.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Det. Shawn Murphy of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-431-7160 ext. 7032, or Det. Daniel Valentine of the Freehold Township Police at 732-462-7908.
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