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    PA - Edward Fonder, 80, Bucks County, 25 Aug 1993

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 3736DMPA


    Edward F. Fonder, III
    Missing since August 25, 1993 from Bucks County, Pennsylvania
    Classification: Endangered Missing


    Vital Statistics
    •Date Of Birth: July 13, 1913
    •Age at Time of Disappearance: 80 years old
    •Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'9"; 160 lbs.
    •Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown, graying hair. No balding. A full beard.
    •Marks, Scars: Previous heart-valve operation.
    •Medical: Needs heart medication.


    Circumstances of Disappearance
    On August 25, 1993 Edward Fonder, a retired machinist, disappeared August 25, 1993, from his family's 11-acre property at 3194 Winding Road, Springfield.
    The day he disappeared, his daughter woke about 07.00 to set the table for breakfast. Afterward, she went back to bed. From her room she heard her father walk down the hallway to the kitchen, open and shut the refrigerator, and then leave the house. She assumed that he was going to get the newspaper at the end of the driveway. She fell back to sleep, and when she awoke, her father was gone. She checked his bedroom and outside the house, then called police about 11.00.

    Search parties were formed, an infrared helicopter camera was used and scent-tracking dogs were brought in to try and find him. An extensive search around his Springfield Township home turned up nothing. A bloodhound tracked his scent from his front door to the road at the end of his driveway before it was lost.

    Other than the clothes he was wearing, his wallet, and the antique rosewood cane he used for walking, Fonder left behind all his belongings. His wallet was found by postal officials in Allentown nearly a year after he went missing.

    His children were interviewed by police as persons of interest, but they were never considered suspects. His adult daughter had moved in to care for him and his wife before her death.


    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Springfield Township Police

    NCIC Number: M-669372714
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    ABC News
    The Philadelphia Inquirer


    He is not listed in NamUs at this time.

    Articles of interest:

    September 23, 1994|by APRIL PETERSON, The Morning Call


    Fonder, was 80 when he vanished from his home on Winding Road on Aug. 25, 1993. At the time of his disappearance he was said by his daughter, Mary Jane Fonder, to have been restless and upset after a visit from two cousins, both elderly women. The cousins came for a visit about two weeks before his disappearance.

    Mary Jane Fonder had said that the cousins upset her father with their criticism of how she took care of him. Edward Fonder had heart trouble and leg problems and needed help getting around his 12-acre property, his daughter reported at the time.
    POSTED: April 2, 2008


    Fonder was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and possessing instruments of a crime. Defense attorney Michael Applebaum said his client maintains her innocence, and that he believes she will be exonerated after all the evidence is heard.

    But when asked about her mental health, the attorney said, ‘‘She’s not a well woman.’’ Fonder was denied bail and is being held at the Bucks County prison.

    Fonder was arrested at her home in Kintnersville - the same house where she and her father, Edward F. Fonder III, were living when he disappeared in late August 1993.

    Edward Fonder, then 80, was never found. Mary Jane Fonder complained to The Intelligencer of Doylestown in 1994 that police were treating her as a suspect in the case, although police never identified her as such.

    The disappearance of the elder Fonder is ‘‘not a closed matter,’’ First Deputy Assistant District Attorney David Zellis said Tuesday. He declined to comment further.
    Friday, October 31, 2008
    Mary Jane found guilty of first degree murder of another woman.

    Edward has been missing 17 years. Come home soon.
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    Mary Jane Fonder Wikipedia Article:

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