Investigators in New Jersey are trying to piece together what happened to a woman who mysteriously vanished after leaving a family gathering.
Stephanie Parze, 25, was last seen at her home in Freehold Township around 10 p.m. the day before Halloween, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.
Parze’s parents said she vanished not long after leaving a family gathering on Wednesday night, local outlet WABC reports. She had promised to either call or text her parents when she returned home but they never received any message from her. 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, but Parze was nowhere to be found.
Now, her family and investigators are trying to locate her.
"We just want to find her," her dad Edward Parze told Asbury Park Press. "She’s not the type of person who wouldn’t text, 'Hey mom, I’m on my way to work.'”
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.
"A tough kid," Edward Parze said of his daughter. "She’s independent. She always has to have the last word. But she’s caring, she loved children."
Her friend Amanda Gonzalez told the Asbury Park Press that, "Stephanie is unique. Stephanie is funny. Stephanie makes everybody feel welcome, regardless of who you are."
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Detective Shawn Murphy of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-431-7160 ext. 7032, or Detective Daniel Valentine of the Freehold Township Police at 732-462-7908.
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