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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Penn's woods

    PA - Joseph Formica, 24, Northhampton Township, 24 Aug 1980

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 88DMPA


    Joseph John Formica Jr.
    Missing since August 24, 1980 from Northampton Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
    Classification: Endangered Missing


    Vital Statistics
    •Date Of Birth: July 27, 1956
    •Age at Time of Disappearance: 24 years old
    •Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'10; 150 pounds
    •Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; brown eyes. Medium complexion. Athletic build.
    •Medical Conditions: Formica is a paranoid schizophrenic. He was taking Stalazine regularly when he disappeared in 1980. •Dentals: There are no dental charts or dental X-Rays available.
    •DNA: Available


    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Formica was last seen at his home in Northampton Township, Pennsylvania on August 24, 1980. His family filed a missing persons' report with the Northampton Township Police on September 11, 1980.
    Formica traveled to northern California and Hawaii prior to his disappearance.
    Formica's case was reopened by the Pennsylvania investigators in December 1997. Searches throughout the Social Security databases and otherwise have shown no sign of Formica's existence since 1980. There is no criminal history record.
    Since 1980 there has been no contact with Formica through family members or local friends. Formica enjoyed Basketball, Water Sports and was an avid reader. He especially liked books by New Age author Carlos Castaneda.


    If you have any information concerning Formica's whereabouts, please contact:
    Northampton Township Police
    Detective Charles Wyant
    Pennsylvania State Police
    All information may be submitted on an anonymous basis.

    NCIC Number:
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    Northampton Township Police


    NamUs Profile:
    Dental: NA
    DNA: Sample submitted-tests complete
    Fingerprints: NA

    Case report is included word for word in the Doe network profile.


    (scroll to bottom of this page to visit home page of this school).

    Joseph John Formica, Jr. (on missing persons list after leaving The Prosperos)
    Joseph has been missing 30 years. Come home soon.

    Left: Formica, circa 1980; Right: Age-progressed image of Formica at age 40 (circa 1996)
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    Last edited by CarlK90245; 12-07-2012 at 10:31 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Southwestern PA
    It just came across my facebook page that Joseph Formica was identified as being this UID http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/689umnj.html

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    El Segundo, California
    Here's the confirmation from NamUs:

    For Immediate Release


    FORT WORTH, TX – With the help of public exposure, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) helped to resolve a 32-year-old case. Remains located on August 31, 1980 along the shore of the Delaware River in New Jersey were identified as Joseph Formica, Jr. Formica was last seen at his home in Northampton Township, Pennsylvania on August 24, 1980.

    The eyes of the public are one of many ways that NamUs helps solve cases. A private citizen saw similarities between this missing person from Pennsylvania and the unidentified body found in New Jersey. Circumstances, timing and similar physical descriptors of the two individuals were factors in the suggested match. The tipster also noticed that Formica's NamUs profile indicated that he liked water sports; the unidentified body was wearing swimming trunks.

    The citizen contacted NamUs to report the tip. At that time, Regional System Administrator Emily Craig passed the information along to New Jersey State Police Forensic Anthropologist Donna Fontana, MS. After receiving the tip, Fontana contacted officials at Northampton Township Police in Pennsylvania and discovered that they had fingerprints for Mr. Formica which had not yet been uploaded to his NamUs profile. Officials at Northampton Township Police Department emailed the fingerprints to Fontana for comparison. Fontana contacted the New Jersey State Police Crime Scene Investigations Central Unit, which compared the prints and made a fingerprint association. Hunterdon County Medical Examiner made the positive identification on December 4, 2012.

    Fontana states, "Packing the NamUs record with physical characteristics including medical, dental, scientific, and circumstantial information can only help to identify the thousands of missing and unidentified cases in this country. NamUs allows the public to assist law enforcement which, in this case, led to an identification of a 32 year old missing person case."

    Detective John Gross of Northampton Twp. Police Department states, "I appreciate all the hard work getting things on the [NamUs] site and placing the DNA into National Data base and the many other things you folks do. I also appreciate the dedication from all parties involved, [including] New Jersey State Police Forensic Anthropologist Donna Fontana and her diligent work in this case. Thanks to everyone; it’s definitely a group effort in these types of cases."

    RSA Emily Craig concludes, "The coordination of efforts with this case is a blueprint for success. The best of technology and humanity came together to solve a problem."

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Good job, private citizen!

    Something that may have delayed making the match is that the UID was found August 31th, the estimated time of death was August 8th but Mr Formica's last seen alive date was August 24th.
    Let that be a reminder that the timings may be a little off.

  5. #5
    it's very sad when it involves someone who is mentally ill. Who knows what happened, but it sounds like it may have been suicide. Terribly sad for the famiily.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Quote Originally Posted by smarties View Post
    it's very sad when it involves someone who is mentally ill. Who knows what happened, but it sounds like it may have been suicide. Terribly sad for the famiily.
    It is sad - but I think more likely that he drowned. He was found in water and wearing swim trunks.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    It's incredible that someone identified him so many years later as an unidentified male.

    RIP Joseph.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Sad that he's still listed on NJSP
    Email sent that it needs to be removed

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