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    Stephanie Parze (25) was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, who later killed himself

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/missing-w...onmouth-county

    The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said on Facebook that 25-year-old Stephanie Parze was last seen around 10 p.m. on Wednesday at her home in Freehold Township, located about 50 miles south of New York City.

    Family members told News 12 New Jersey the 25-year-old had gone to see a medium with some other family earlier Wednesday night before returning to her parents' home, which is about 10 minutes away.

    Her mother, Sharlene Parze, told News 12 the 25-year-old's phone and car were found at Parze's house.

    "She would never go out of the house without her phone," her mother told News 12 New Jersey. "Everything is just not her. You know, and I had just left her. And she was supposed to text me when she got home and she never did, but we know that she made it home because her car was in the driveway."

    Family members said that they knew something was wrong when the 25-year-old didn't show up to work the next day.

    Stephanie's father, Ed Parze, told WCBS-TV it's not like his daughter, the oldest of four children, to just go without contacting anyone.

    Stephanie Parze is described as 4-feet, 11-inches tall weighing 115 pounds with brown hair and eyes. The 25-year-old was last seen on Wednesday wearing jeans, a burgundy v-neck shirt and a burgundy sweater.

    The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office is asking anyone with information who has had contact with Parze 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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    http://newjersey.news12.com/story/41...tephanie-parze

    Law enforcement officials say that they have questioned a person of interest in the disappearance of a Freehold woman missing since Oct. 30.

    Stephanie Parze, 25, was reported missing after she failed to return to her home after spending the day with family members. The family says that the last known communication with Parze was a Snapchat video of Parze driving home.

    Law enforcement sources tell News 12 New Jersey that cellphone records seem to indicate that the person of interest was in the woods on Staten Island for a period of time around 3 a.m. on Oct. 31.

    Officials did not say who the person of interest is or what their connection may be to Parze.

    Police expanded their search for Parze to Staten Island on Tuesday. Offices were out in Long Pond Park. Police were also searching in New York City on Monday.

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    https://nj1015.com/5k-reward-child-p...ephanie-parze/

    Monmouth County's CrimeStoppers program is now offering a $5,000 reward for information that helps find Stephanie Parze, a Freehold Toiwnship woman missing since Oct. 30.

    The search for Parze has spanned two states, and a man linked to her has been arrested on what police say are entirely unrelated charges.

    Here's what we know — and don't — so far:

    Parze's parents called police after they couldn't get a hold of her at her late grandmother's home, where she'd been living, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. Her car was found by police at the house, along with her phone, purse, and the shoes that she wore the night of Oct. 30, prosecutors said.

    Police have said they consider the disappearance suspicious.

    Did anyone mean her harm? If so, Parze's parents say they can't imagine who. Edward and Sharlene Parez, said the “unknown” of what happened to Stephanie is "driving us crazy." They urged their daughter to stay strong, keep fighting and vowed to find her.

    “They're going to find you. I’m going to find you,” Edward Parze said during an appearance on CNN Headline News.

    Where have police searched? A law enforcement source told told ABC 7 Eyewitness News that a cell phone belonging to a “person of interest" triggered a search around Staten Island's Long Pond Park, a 91-acre park not far from Route 440 and the Outerbridge Crossing. The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office later confirmed that the search for Parze has extended to Staten Island and is ongoing in the area of Long Pond Park. A spokesman would not say what investigators are looking for.

    What happened the night of Parze's disappearance? Parze's father told the Asbury Park Press she had gone to a medium in New Brunswick for a girls night out the night she was last seen. She then went to her grandmother’s home, where she had been living since the grandmother died in 2018, the Press reports her father said.

    Has anyone been arrested? On Friday, police made an arrest at the home of a man seemingly romantically linked to Parze — but authorities say the charges are entirely unrelated to her disappearance.

    Prosecutors on Friday afternoon said that John Ozbilgen, 29, was charged with third-degree possession of child pornography. The Asbury Park Press reported earlier on Friday that Ozbilgen was the man seen in an "in a relationship" post on Parze's Facebook page. Both their Facebook pages have several pictures of them together.

    But the arrest itself raises questions — including whether authorities became aware of evidence against Ozbilgen while investigating Parze's disappearance. If authorities have any suspects in the disappearance itself, they haven't said so publicly
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    https://abc7ny.com/search-underway-i...woman/5694734/

    Authorities are conducting a search on Staten Island in connection to a missing woman from New Jersey.

    Stephanie Parze, 25, was last seen Oct. 30 after she spent a night out with family to see a psychic.

    On Wednesday afternoon, the search intensified as teams swarmed the northwest corner of Long Pond Park.

    Bloodhounds were used to find any clues in Parze's disappearance.

    Just last week, a man believed to be a person of interest in her disappearance was taken into custody on unrelated charges.

    Authorities say Parze's ex-boyfriend, John Ozbilgen, was arrested on child porn charges after police searched his home in connection to Parze's disappearance.

    It appears police also have evidence that he was in the park that night she disappeared.

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    https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/loca...564968022.html

    The New Jersey woman who for two weeks police and family have been searching for twice called the police on her boyfriend for abuse, law enforcement sources told NBC New York.

    During their months-long relationship, Stephanie Parze accused John Ozbilgen of abuse in two separate instances, sources said. Ozbilgen is a person of interest in the 25-year-old’s disappearance in late October.

    The first incident Freehold Township police were called for was in June, when Ozbilgen was accused of “grabbing her face, pulling her hair and dragging her by her hair causing minor injury and pain,” according to a police report.

    Parze asked for that charge to be dismissed sometime afterward.

    But three months later police were once again called, law enforcement sources said, this time for “striking the victim once and hitting her hand, causing injury to her thumb and thumbnail, then striking the victim a second time, making contact with the side of her head using his backhand,” the police report read.

    Police reports claim Ozbilgen appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during one of the times they responded, and both times Parze said she was going to end the relationship. The police report also noted Parze was afraid of future assaults.

    The second incident was five weeks before her disappearance. Ozbilgen’s brother declined to comment to NBC New York after answering the door at the family’s home a neighbor said they moved into last spring.
    Is it bad of me that I want to know if the psychic they saw that day warned her she was about to go missing???

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    https://www.nj.com/monmouth/2019/11/...utor-says.html

    The on-again-off-again boyfriend of a missing Freehold Township woman sent her 10 unanswered angry texts the night before she went missing, prosecutors revealed Tuesday shortly before a judge ordered him released from jail on an unrelated child pornography possession charge.

    Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Caitlin Sidley told Superior Court Judge Paul X. Escandon about the derogatory texts on Tuesday while trying to convince him to keep John Ozbilgen in jail as authorities continue to search for Stephanie Parze, 25, of Freehold Township. Ozbilgen blamed Parze for the failed relationship in the profane texts, Sidley said.

    “Detectives learned that this defendant was texting and Facebook messaging Parze the night before her disappearance," Sidley said. "Those messages spanned just over nine minutes long. There were 10 unanswered messages, concluding with calling Stephanie Parze (an expletive) and telling her that she ‘always has to make their relationship suck.’”

    Detectives also noted marks around Ozbilgen’s neck while they were investigating Parze’s disappearance, Sidley said.

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    John Ozbilgen, ex-boyfriend of missing NJ woman Stephanie Parze, found dead

    https://nypost.com/2019/11/22/john-o...ze-found-dead/

    The ex-boyfriend of missing New Jersey nanny Stephanie Parze — who had been named a person of interest in the case — killed himself in his home, law enforcement sources confirmed in a report Friday.

    John Ozbilgen, a 29-year-old stockbroker, apparently took his own life in his Freehold Township home overnight, the sources told NBC New York.

    In September, Parze, 25, filed a simple assault domestic violence complaint against Ozbilgen, who was arrested earlier this month on unrelated child pornography charges.

    Police say Ozbilgen was considered a person of interest in Parze’s disappearance but he had not been charged with a crime.

    Parze vanished after going to see psychic medium Cindy Kaza’s show at the Stress Factory Comedy Club in New Brunswick with her mother, three sisters and other female relatives on Oct. 30, her parents previously told The Post.


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    https://nypost.com/2019/12/05/john-o...ght-ex-claims/

    A former girlfriend of John Ozbilgen — who committed suicide as he was being eyed in Stephanie Parze’s disappearance — suspects her ex choked the New Jersey nanny to death during sex or a fight, according to a new report.

    The woman — who spoke to the Asbury Park Press on the condition of anonymity — told the paper that Ozbilgen choked her multiple times. It happened during sex, and was consensual, she said, but he’d also often choke her into unconsciousness during arguments.

    She said she believes Ozbilgen, 29, did the same to Parze, 25.

    “I think it was either during sex or during an argument that he most likely choked her and meant for her to go unconscious for a few seconds,” the woman said.

    She said she’s gone out of her way to help authorities with their investigation into Parze’s disappearance.

    “I told the police, ‘If she’s missing, it’s most likely because John killed her,’” she said. “I also told the police, ‘If he did it, I don’t think you’ll find her because he is so sick.’”

    The ex-girlfriend also said she saw Ozbilgen a day after Parze’s Oct. 30 disappearance — and he had a long scab on his neck that appeared to be the width of a girl’s fake nail.

    “I’ve seen him have sex scratch marks,” the ex-girlfriend told the Press. “I’ve given them to him. This one was much different. I actually went up to him and said, ‘John, that’s not from sex. That’s really, really bad.'”

    But Ozbilgen quickly dismissed any further questioning, she said.

    “Rough night,” he allegedly replied. “Don’t ask.”
    https://www.app.com/story/news/local...ed/2818567001/

    Stephanie Parze may have stayed with her now-deceased boyfriend at her Freehold home the night before she went missing, according to an NJ.com report on the 911 call Parze's mother made to police.

    During the eight-minute 911 call Sharlene Parze made on Oct. 31, she said the family had already contacted John Ozbilgen,who had been dating Stephanie off and on for several months.

    Ozbilgen told Sharlene Parze he had seen the 25-year-old Stephanie the night before, when he had stayed at Stephanie's house, but had not heard from her since.

    "I've been calling and texting her all day," Sharlene Parze can be heard telling the 911 dispatcher on audio of the call obtained by NJ.com. "....I've reached out to almost every friend that she has."

    Parze was reported missing after she did not show up for a babysitting job and also did not return several calls from family members. She had been living at her late grandmother's home in Freehold Township and caring for her grandmother's dogs.

    John Ozbilgen, ex-boyfriend of missing Stephanie Parze, arrives in State Superior Court in Freehold Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Judge Paul X. Escandon later decided to release him from jail on the one charge of having child pornography on his phone. (Photo: Thomas P. Costello)

    Prosecutors also revealed that the day before Parze vanished, Ozbilgen had sent her a series of 10 unanswered texts in nine minutes, ending with a expletive-laden complaint.

    Parze had filed a simple assault charge against Ozbilgen in September, authorities have said. According to court records, Ozbilgen allegedly hit Parze during a domestic dispute.

    Police have been tight-lipped about the investigation, which they maintain is "active and ongoing." They have confirmed they searched for Stephanie in Staten Island twice and also at her ex-boyfriend's house in Freehold Township.

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    https://www.nj.com/monmouth/2020/01/...s-confirm.html

    The remains of Stephanie Parze, a 25-year-old Freehold woman who has been the subject of massive searches for months, were recovered from a wooded area in Old Bridge on Sunday, authorities confirmed Monday.

    “It is with great sadness we announce that Stephanie Parze’s remains were recovered yesterday in Old Bridge,” the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said in a Tweet.

    A medical examiner confirmed the identified the body discovered in the woods off Route 9. The prosecutor’s office will hold a press conference later Monday.
    Parze was found just south of Old Mill Road on the southbound side of the highway around 2:45 p.m, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said Sunday. Police vehicles remained at the scene on Monday morning.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...tober-n1123896

    Weeks after Stephanie Parze was last seen, authorities had all but concluded that John Ozbilgen, 29, her ex-boyfriend, was responsible for her disappearance, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni told reporters at a news conference Monday.

    Their suspicions were confirmed soon after Ozbilgen was found dead by suicide on Nov. 22 at his home in Freehold Township, where he left a note admitting his involvement in Parze's death, Gramiccioni said.

    Authorities do not believe anyone else was involved, Gramiccioni said at the news conference, hours after authorities announced that her remains had been discovered Sunday.

    "That guilt belongs to John Ozbilgen and John Ozbilgen alone," he said.
    Gramiccioni said Monday that among the items recovered from the home was a note that Ozbilgen left for his parents.

    "In the note, Ozbilgen stated that he had had enough and that he could not do life in prison," Gramiccioni said. "He also admitted that what his parents would hear in the news was true except for charges of child pornography that were filed by our office on November 9."

    The note did not disclose the location of Parze's remains. Gramiccioni said he told Parze's parents about the note but did not notify the public because of the investigation.

    Ozbilgen was never charged in Parze's death.

    Two teenagers found Parze's body Sunday afternoon along U.S. Route 9 in Old Bridge, New Jersey, Acting Middlesex County Prosecutor Christopher Kuberiet said Monday. The location is near an area where police and others had previously searched, officials said.

    An autopsy Monday morning confirmed Parze's identity, according to the Monmouth County prosecutor's office. The cause and manner of death are yet to be determined.

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    "That guilt belongs to John Ozbilgen and John Ozbilgen alone," Gramiccioni said.

    The note to his parents, scribbled on the back of a shopping list, reads in part: "Sorry about all this crazyness, I've been miserable for so long now, I had enough. ... I can't do life in prison. Most of the stuff you will hear is true, exept (sic) the child porn, I would never do that."

    Ozbilgen closes the note by saying: "I dug myself in a deep hole, this is the only choice. I love you guys," then signed it with a smiley face.
    The day after her remains were found, Ozbilgen's parents released a statement through their attorney, Richard Incremona, rejecting the prosecutors' conclusion.

    "We are very sorry for her family and we hope they can find peace through this nightmare," the Ozbilgens said. "We don't truly know what happened to Stephanie, but what we do know is John never said that he hurt Stephanie to us or in the note he left us."

    "We believe he is innocent, but all the pressure from the false child pornography charges and the constant searches and relentlessness caused him to take his own life," the statement said.

    Ozbilgen's second suicide note was addressed to an unidentified ex-girlfriend. In it he apologizes for messing up their relationship, and then bashes Parze:

    "I love you so much little lady," he wrote. "I don't know what I was thinking when I (messed) our relationship up. ... I recently tried to reach out to you, you got a restraining order? Why? At that moment I felt like my entire world ended."

    "Look @ the mess I created, LoL. Don't beleve (sic) everything in the news," he wrote. Then he made an apparent reference to Parze: "The girl in the news with me was such a piece of s---, she hurt me over and over, when I was already at my lowest, she was a horrible person."

    He closes by saying: "Sorry for everything, I wish I could go back in time @ correct my mistakes, but I can't," and signs it with a frown.
    John Ozbilgen's second suicide note, provided by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office

    "He was a typical manipulator," Ed Parze said of Ozbilgen in a Patch interview two weeks before Stephanie's body was found. "He kept worming his way back in."

    Ozbilgen had dated Parze for just a few months, according to her family and her Facebook postings. Stephanie Parze had filed a domestic violence complaint against Ozbilgen in September, a month after posting the two were in a relationship.

    In addition to the complaint she filed there were two other women who had filed complaints against Ozbilgen, Gramiccioni said. He was awaiting trial on one of those in addition to the charge filed by Parze at the time of his death.

    The Parze family has said it plans to create the Stephanie Parze Foundation to help raise awareness of domestic violence and help women trying to escape it, as well as help families of those searcing for missing loved ones. The Parzes and their army of "Steph's Angels" searched more than 60 sites in New Jersey and on Staten Island over the 87 days that she was missing.

    Parze went missing from her Freehold Township home Oct. 30 after a night out with family. The next day, Ozbilgen told her sister he had been at the house but had last seen Stephanie getting ready for work.

    Ozbilgen was arrested Nov. 9 on the child pornography charge. In a Nov. 20 hearing, prosecutors told a Monmouth County judge he had multiple images of violent child pornography on his phone, NJ.com reported. The images were found when authorities seized his phone and other electronic devices during one of the searches as they investigated Parze's disappearance.

    Prosecutors also told Superior Court Judge Paul Escandon that Ozbilgen sent 10 angry text messages to Parze the night before she disappeared, NJ.com reported. Parze never answered the texts, which concluded with one calling her an expletive.

    Her body was found Jan. 26 in a wooded area along Route 9 in Old Bridge by two teenagers who were walking to work, authorities said. One of the teens told the Asbury Park Press that she was clothed and face-down when they found her. The boys saw her remains from the side of the road, acting Middlesex County Prosecutor Christopher Kuberiet said. Her identity was confirmed during an autopsy by the Middlesex County medical examiner, but a ruling on the cause and manner of death are still pending.

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