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  1. #1
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    Oct 2014

    CT - April Grisanti, 20, Norwalk, 1 February 1985


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    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    Missing Since: February 1, 1985 from Norwalk, Connecticut
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date of Birth: May 1, 1964
    Age: 20 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'4, 120 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black rabbit-fur coat, a black shirt, blue jeans that may be striped, white sneakers, a plain silver ring, a thin silver ring with a turquoise stone, and silver earrings.

    Details of Disappearance
    Grisanti was last seen leaving Anthony's Cafe, a bar on Main Street in Norwalk, Connecticut, on February 1, 1985. She was carrying a gray and beige clutch purse with a top zipper at the time of her disappearance, and accompanied by her boyfriend, James C. "Purple" Aaron Jr. A photo of James is posted below this case summary. A witness reported seeing a woman kicking and screaming in James's car as he drove away. Gristani has never been heard from again. Her car was later found near Ann Street, in the Norwalk River.

    Half an hour before her disappearance, Grisanti told the police she was having an argument with James. One of her fingers was bleeding, and she said he'd assaulted her. She refused to have him arrested, however, and left with James in his blue Cadillac at 12:30 a.m. He said she got out of his car at a stoplight three blocks away. Grisanti's mother reported her missing later that day. Her wallet with her credit cards, driver's license, and birth certificate was found abandoned in Norwalk a month later.

    James's estranged wife, Mary Aaron, disappeared in July 1981 and was found murdered in a wooded area in Norwalk a month later. They had been discussing divorce at the time of her disappearance. James was questioned in her disappearance, but no charges were ever filed. He remains the prime suspect in her death.

    Later in February 1985, Aaron was charged with kidnapping Grisanti. He was convicted and served nearly six years in prison before his release in 1991. Grisanti's mother filed a lawsuit against him for injuries her daughter suffered in the kidnapping; the suit was settled in 1992 for $50,000. Grisanti has never been located.

    Cold Case: Police Still Seek Norwalk Woman Who Went Missing 30 Years Ago

    Norwalk family hopes for justice for April Grisanti, missing since 1985 - January 2014

    A Norwalk family is hoping for justice and to give a proper burial to a woman who disappeared nearly 30 years ago.

    April Grisanti was last seen with her boyfriend James "Purple" Aaron in Norwalk in 1985.

    The family believes Aaron kidnapped and killed Grisanti after she broke up with him that night.

  2. #2
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    Nov 2015
    Here's the Norwalk, CT flyer for her: http://www.norwalkct.org/DocumentCenter/View/4956

    Definitely looks like he did it. I found a newspaper article about him pleading not guilty though. https://news.google.com/newspapers?n...,3946167&hl=en

  3. #3
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    Oct 2014
    Suspect in 1985 cold case dies leaving family with unanswered questions


    James Aaron, the only suspect in April Grisanti's 1985 death, died on Oct. 10.

    Aaron was convicted of kidnapping Grisanti and served five and a half years in prison. Police say they believe he killed her, but there was not enough evidence to prosecute him.

    Grisanti's sister says she hopes someone who knows something about the case will come forward now that Aaron is dead.

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