Posts Tagged ‘Connecticut’

Pam-Jerome-PepperSketch of Pamela Jerome Pepper

Pamela Pepper was murdered over two decades ago and her case remains unsolved.

She was discovered deceased on January 13, 1986 by a Department of Environmental Protection Officer. She was found naked from the waist down, partially buried in snow on the Bridgeport Hydraulic Company, a property off of Valley Road in the town of Redding, Connecticut. She was wearing a dark-colored wool coat, tan-colored turtle-neck with maroon and brown stripes, tan pants and brown leather boots.

Pamela went by the nickname “Pam” and was last seen alive on November 25, 1985 in the downtown Bridgeport, CT area.

Pam was born February 2, 1942 and she was 42 at the time of her murder.

A reward of $20,000 is being offered for information leading to the suspect(s) arrest and conviction.

CASE Number: B-86-016709

Anyone with any information regarding this case is urged to please contact: Connecticut State Police – Western District Major Crime Squad at: 1-800-376-1554 and/or 1-203-267-2220

You can also send an anonymous tip by emailing: Western District Major Crime Squad

Atlantic Highlands Jane Doe.. Found 12/10/88.. Atlantic Highlands,NJ.Atlantic Highlands Jane Doe.. Found 12/10/88.. Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

Drawing and clay bust of Atlantic Highlands Jane Doe

On December 10, 1988, while local residents gathered to help clear a parcel of land that runs along the Sandy Hook Bay in Atlantic Highlands for a bicycle trail, a local volunteer found what he at first thought was a plastic ball, which turned out to be a human skull. The resident reported the find to the Atlantic Highlands Police Department who began an investigation into this found human skull.

Once the Monmouth County Medical Examiner’s Office and the State of New Jersey Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the skull was human, the Atlantic Highlands Police Department, with the assistance of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police, Connecticut State Police, Monmouth County Medical Examiner’s Office, State of New Jersey Medical Examiner’s Office, Burlington County Medical Examiner’s Office, the local Department of Public Works and Water Department, excavated the area by sifting the earth in four sectors, recovering more than 85% of the skeletal remains.

An anthropology examination was performed upon the skeletal remains, which were identified as a:


Caucasian female
between the ages of 15 to 18 years old at time of death
5’1″ to 5’4″
approximately 100 to 120 pounds.

The decedent was found to be wearing the following: 

Platform sandal shoes, composed of brown leather with brown painted plastic platform soles and a 2½ inch high heel, size 6½
knee high white acrylic socks
grey & red nylon long sleeved laced top
white brassiere.

Additional items near the remains: 

Portion of one pink rubber “thong-type” sandal
leather like shoe or small boot with a picture of a football scene on side in red and white.


A botanist reviewed the scene and clothing in the skeletal remains and estimated the body had been in that same location for approximately the previous fifteen years. This would put the year of death at approximately 1973 to 1975.


An investigation by the Atlantic Highlands Police Department was conducted in an attempt to identify the human skeletal remains. The human skeletal remains were mapped out and placed in the National Police computer system for all law enforcement departments to compare to their missing persons.


The local media from the tri-state area converged on the small town of Atlantic Highlands and broadcast the human skeletal recovery for about four straight days. Massive medical coverage was aired and a special program called Crime Beat highlighted this case.
No identification was made.


In 1992, with the assistance of the FBI, a clay reconstruction was made over the human skull and is a possible resemblance of what this recovered female skeletal remains may have looked like. Additionally, several parts of the skeletal remains were sent to LabCorp in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina for mitochondrial DNA profiling in 1997.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Atlantic Highlands Police Department now have a DNA profile that can be used to link this female subject to a family member as well as dental records.


Anyone with information concerning this matter is asked to call the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732/ 431-7012 or 1 800/ 533-7443 (toll free) or the Atlantic Highlands Police Department at 732/ 291-1212.

Janice Pockett.. Missing 7/26/73.. Tolland, Connecticut    Peter J. Henderson, Jr.

Photo Of Janice Pockett, Taken The Year She Disappeared.

Case Type: Non Family Abduction

DOB:  Oct 15, 1965 Missing Date: Jul 26, 1973 Sex: Female Race: White Age When Last Seen: 7 Age Now: 7y/o in 73′ – 46y/o (today) Height: 4’0″ (122cm) Weight: 65 lbs (29 kg) Hair Color: Blonde Eye Color: Blue Case Number: NCMC923957
Missing From: TOLLAND, CT. United States
Clothing Description: She was wearing blue shorts with an American flag pattern, a blue and white striped shirt and blue sneakers when she was last seen. Circumstances:Janice left her home by bicycle on the afternoon of July 26,1973 and was never seen again. Her bicycle was found nearby Rhodes Road adjacent to a wooded area. Janice has a gap between her front teeth. .  

New York (CNN) — On a July afternoon in 1973, a little girl set out on her bicycle in a pristine corner of Connecticut. Janice Pockett, 7, was looking for a butterfly she’d caught and left on a rock by the road a couple of days earlier.

“We were driving my mom crazy I remember,” said her younger sister, Mary Engelbrecht, who is now 43. “My sister and I had been bickering over something stupid — a toothbrush, I think.”

Janice asked if she could ride off by herself and their mother said yes. It was a big deal, Engelbrecht said, because it was the first time either girl had been allowed to go anywhere by herself.

Janice never returned and 37 years later, the mystery of what happened to her continues to trouble residents of Tolland, a quiet community in the semi-rural suburbs of eastern Connecticut.

Engelbrecht still has vivid memories of the day her sister vanished. She recalls that their mother gave Janice an envelope for the butterfly. She remembers how Janice rode off on her green, Murray banana-seat bicycle.

Half an hour went by, and there was no sign of Janice. Engelbrecht, then 6, remembers walking up the street holding her mother’s hand as they went looking for her sister.

They found her bike less than a mile away, abandoned on a dirt road close to the woods.

“We found the bike, but my sister was nowhere,” Engelbrecht told CNN. “Police later told us they never found her butterfly, or the envelope either.”

Connecticut State Police continue to work the case. According to Detective Dan Cargill, a member of the investigative team, police found the bicycle between the rock and the Pocketts’ home.

It appeared Janice may have been on her way back home when she was snatched,” he said.

Police searched on foot and horseback, and used cadaver dogs to search the woods near the dirt road where the child’s bike was found.

Photo Of Janice Taken Shortly Before Her Disappearance.

Over the years police and volunteers have continued searching. They say they’ve gone over every inch of the woods. No evidence related to Janice Pockett was ever found.

“I know in the initial search they scoured the woods for newly dug holes, but found none,” Cargill said.

Janice’s bicycle was tested for fingerprints and, more recently, was tested with newer technologies available to investigators. Again, no forensic evidence was found.

Hundreds of potential suspects were questioned; homes in the neighborhood were searched, tips were followed up, and criminal background checks were done. Still, nothing.

“The dirt road where her bike had been found had tire tracks on it from various vehicles and our investigators followed up, searching vehicles fitting those tracks but again no clues were found,” Cargill said.

Leads on possible suspects were followed, but investigators were frustrated by the dead ends.

“There were hundreds of names of possible suspects, but many were ruled out,” Cargill said. “Some who are still on the list, we simply didn’t have corroborating evidence to substantiate them as suspects.”

One potential suspect, now deceased, lived about 20 miles from Tolland at the time Janice Pockett disappeared. His criminal record included prison terms for the abduction and attempted murder of two boys in Massachusetts. And the man later was convicted of molesting two boys in Montana.

When police searched the man’s Montana home, they found fragments of a child’s bones, but could not match them to Pockett. The man died in prison in 2008, and the identity of the child whose bones were found remains a mystery.

Janice Pockett’s disappearance remains an open investigation, police said, adding that they still receive tips from time to time.

Map showing Vernon, CT and surrounding towns, etc.

ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)Connecticut State Police 1-860-779-4900 or 1-860-779-4940

You can also leave a annoymous tip on the tip-line at 860-896-3200.

Alexandra Marie Ducsay

Alexandra ”Zandra” Ducsay

At 4:44 p.m on May 16, 2006, twenty-six year old Alexandra “Zandra” Ducsay was found in a stairwell in her home on Boothbay Street in the town of Milford. She had been bludgeoned and died as a result of cranial and cerebral hemorrhaging. She had last been seen by friends that day at Bally’s Total Fitness in Stratford at 11am that day. While no suspect has been named, family members believe that someone she knew had been sending her threatening messages. There is now a fifty-thousand dollar reward for information leading the person(s) responsible for the murder of the bank analyst, dancer and television actress. Please contact the Milford Police Departmentif you have any information. They can be reached at 203-877-1465. All calls can be confidential.

UPDATE: Tiny piece of tape leads to arrest in Alexandra Ducsay’s killer. Exboyfriend Matthew Pugh (4) was arrested for the murder of Alexandra ”Zandra” Dugh six years ago. For more information, click:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2199352/Small-piece-tape-leads-arrest-ex-boyfriend-Connecticut-cold-case-murder-actress-years-ago.html

♦ Constance Christine Smith ♦

→ Constance Aka ”Connie”, born July 11, 1942 had just turned 10-years-old. Originally from Wyoming, she was staying at Camp Sloane in Salisbury, Connecticut in the Summer of 1952. She had one week left until camp was over. On July 14th, 1952 her mother visited the camp and said nothing was amiss and that Connie asked to stay at the camp longer.

However, less than 48-hours-later, On July 16th, 1952, the young wavy-haired brunette had some type of altercation with a group of girls shortly before breakfast which resulted in a bloody-nose.

She was seen walking off, but not before telling fellow campers with whom she shared a tent with, that she was planning on skipping breakfast and returning an icepack to the camp’s nursing unit. (The icepack was used for a previous, unrelated injury.)

Connie had different plans however, she started walking down Indian-Mountain-Road, leaving the icepack behind in her tent. It has been said that she was home-sick, although according to her mother, who had visited her less than 48-hours prior, she (Connie) seemed happy and asked to stay longer at camp Sloane and although she was told ‘no’, she didn’t seem to care, the altercation she had earlier could have changed her mind.

Camp counselors noticed the young girl missing later that day when they seen the ice-pack still in her tent and realized she hasn’t been seen for a few hours. They searched camp Sloane and the surrounding areas, asking people if they’ve seen Connie.

According to witnesses, Connie was seen picking flowers while hitch-hiking, she was seen asking several people how she could get to Lakeville, which was less than a mile from Camp Sloane.  She was again seen later that day on US-Route-44 in Salisbury, CT hitchhiking, looking for a ride. She was carrying her black-pocketbook which might have contained photos of her friend and/or friends.

She has not been seen or heard of since, nor has any of her possessions, including the outfit she was wearing.

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(Drawing Of Connie Smith)

♦ Connie’s disappearance gained national attention, dead-end leads and false-confessions. Numerous searches have been conducted to no avail. She was never found, neither were any of her belongings including her pocketbook containing photos of family and friends.

♦ Connie’s Grandfather, Nels Smith, was the former governor of Wyoming. He has since passed away. So has Connie’s parents, with her fathers recent death earlier this year (2012).

♦ Author, Micheal Dooling has written a book called ”Clueless in New England” which speaks of three unsolved cold cases including that of Connie Smith.

♦ Connie was an independent child who looked older than her age. A caucasian female who could have passed for a teenager at the time of her disappearance. She had wavy brown hair, blue eyes, and poor vision but wasn’t wearing her glasses while staying at Camp Sloane which would have made it difficult for her to see clearly or read.

♦ On July 16th, 1952 Connie was wearing A red windbreaker,  dark navy blue shorts with plaid cuffs, tan leather shoes and a red-hair-ribbon which would have helped keep her hair/bangs from blowing into her face.

♦ Connie, who had been at the camp for two weeks, had seen her mother the day before. Her tenth birthday was July 11th and Helen Smith and her parents had made the
two-hour drive from Greenwich to celebrate.

According to Sandy Bausch, a native to the area who has done extensive research on this case, the Police have tried very hard looking for Connie Smith. Sandy stated, ↔ ”The Connecticut State Police took charge of the investigation. Almost immediately, they checked a nearby gypsy encampment. In fact, investigators hid in the forest for several days to see if Connie was being held against her will. Nothing came of that lead. As the days passed, cops drove through forests and fields in an open jeep, hoping to locate the odor of a dead body. They tested scat in the forest, thinking maybe Connie had been eaten by wild animals. After receiving a lead that she had been buried in the earth of a fresh grave, state troopers visited cemeteries and plunged rods through the dirt until they hit caskets. The area is littered with Revolutionary War-era water-filled “ore pits,” and police searched these, again to no avail.”

1974 Cold Case – Clinton, Connecticut

On January 31, 1975 several children playing behind a store in Clinton, CT made a gruesome discovery. Deep within a path was a bag which was covered in weeds. They took a peek inside and noticed the deceased body of an infant child.  Authorities were alerted and the baby, who was described as being female with blonde-colored-hair, was given a name. Baby X. 

According to the medical examiner, Baby X had been born less than one month prior to her discovery and died from exposure to the chilly weather and possible suffocation.

Despite the case receiving local and national attention in the Winter of ’74, nobody came forward.  Authorities put up a $25,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the suspect(s) involved, most likely the infant’s mother. Six years after news broke out about the child, an anonymous caller phoned police. It was an unidentified woman claiming she knew who abandoned the baby. The unknown caller said she would call back but never did.

To this day no one knows what Baby X’s name is or who abandoned her. Almost thirty years after her death flowers are still routinely decorate her grave but by who?

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is asked to please contact Clinton Police Department (860) 669-0451

The Robberies below were all in Fairfield, CT. Please click the links for photos or videos of the suspects.

 

December 1, 2007. 5:30pm, two white males entered the Banana Republic, 1499 Post Rd., Fairfield during a five minute span. They stole over two thousand dollars of sweaters. To see both men click on First male suspect and Second male suspect. If you recognize any of these men please call Fairfield Police Detective Bureau at 203-254-4840.


July 14, 2007. A suspect at the Seagrape Cafe steals a wallet from a purse left at the bar. If you know who either of these two males are please contact the Fairfield Detective Bureau at (203) 254-4840. Seagrape Cafe theft


June 17, 2006. A white male suspect robbed a Webster Bank at 1177 Post Road. He is described as being 5’4 to 5’6 tall with a stocky build. He had been carrying a cannister a the time of the robbery. If you can identify the suspect please call Det. Bruce Peterson at 203-254-4840. Webster Bank Robbery 2006


June 2007. Two women, one black the other white cashed counterfeit checks at two different branches of the Fairfield County Bank. They had the checks written out to the name of Karen Maddox of Pennsylvania. If you recognize the suspects please call the Fairfield Detective Bureau at (203) 254-4840. Fairfield County Bank Counterfeit Checks Suspect 2007

The 2004 Disappearance Of Israel Rosado (CT)

Israel Rosado was last seen alive leaving his girlfriend’s apartment on Race Street in Bristol, Connecticut.That was May 13, 2004. According to police reports, the 21 year old New York City native had been in criminal court earlier that morning. That afternoon, he had received a phone call and later got into the car of an unknown person. Rosado is described as five foot five inches, 130 pounds and being of the hispanic ethnicity. He wears his hair in cornrows and has a birth mark on his neck under his chin. If you have any information about the whereabouts of Israel Rosado you are asked to call the Bristol police at 860-584-3000.

During the weekend of July 13, 2002, serious acts of vandalism occurred at the Lamson Corner Cemeterary located in Burlington, in Connecticut, at the corner of Scoville Road and Route 69. There was a group of youths that were seen around the cemetary around the time of the crime.  The Burlington Cemetary Association is offering a 1,000 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and convictions of those involved. If you have any information please call the Burlington Resident State Trooper’s office at 1-800-953-9949. All information can be kept confidential.

 New Haven, CT Murder Still Unsolved

Terrance Driffin was only 23 years old when his life was stolen from him. He had been on his way to visit his girlfriend when he was gunned down at 365 Shelton Avenue on May 5, 2007. His murder was the first of 11 that year in the city. Law Enforcement has run into problems with his case because people have not come forward with vital information. Driffin’s uncle is Ron Smith, the City Clerk of New Haven. Sadly this is not the first time, Smith has lost a family member to violence. He had a nephew and sister also die from gun violence. Someone knows what happened to Driffin and there is a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for his murder.

If you have any information about the murder of Terrance Driffin please call the New Haven Police Department at (203) 946-6304 or (866) 888-TIPS. All calls can be confidential.