NJ NJ - Darlene Polizzi, 19, Lodi, 24 April 1967

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The Doe Network:
Case File 1544DFNJ
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Darlene Polizzi
Missing since April 24, 1967 from Lodi, Bergen County, New Jersey
Classification: Missing

Vital Statistics
  • Date Of Birth: November 4, 1947
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'3"; 100 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Reddish brown hair; brown eyes.
  • Clothing: She was last seen wearing a brown blouse, skirt with polka dots, and a brown suede coat with a fur collar.
  • AKA: Darlene DeWolff

Circumstances of Disappearance
On April 24, 1967, Darlene Polizzi of Westminster Place in Lodi, NJ, was looking at new apartments with her husband. They had reportedly looked at three new apartments before returning to their Lodi residence.
Sometime after their return home, Darlene’s husband went out, leaving Darlene at home.
On April 25, 1967, Darlene Polizzi’s husband reported his wife missing. Darlene’s husband believed that Darlene took several items of clothing from the residence, but left behind the majority of her belongings including her jewelry.
During this time, Darlene was a waitress at the Hangar Restaurant in Paramus, NJ. She was also known to be a frequent customer at Tommy’s Diner on Paterson Avenue in Wallington.

Investigators
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office
Lt. Carmen Martino
201-226-5653
Email
Source Information:
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I'd like to know more about her husband. Apartment hunting could be stressful and could lead to a heated argument...which could go either way, i.e. violence or a voluntary disappearance. If the husband didn't come home that night, Darlene could have decided he was a cad and a bounder and left, but if she never resurfaced, then my money's on domestic violence.
 

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Darlene DeWolff Polizzi

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Darlene DeWolff Polizzi has been missing for fifty years. Her family misses her. She may have been the victim of Raymond Alves, who is an already incarcerated suspected serial killer.
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Her nieces called her “Aunt Dee Dee.”
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There is some belief that Darlene might have been the victim of a serial killer. Raymond Alves worked with Darlene’s husband at a sheet metal plant and Darlene was friends with Alves’ wife. Some of the suspicion came about due to the highly suspicious move of the Alves family the day after Polizzi disappeared. Alves was convicted of raping a teenager in Fair Lawn and pushing another teenage girl off a bridge in Clifton in 1976.

He served 23 years of a 47-year sentence and was released from prison in 2000. Authorities suspected that the murders of seven teenage females whose bodies were found in Bergen County, NJ, might be laid at his doorstep, that he might be a serial killer.
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The AP reported that he claimed to have raped and killed more than a dozen women. Law enforcement officials also say Alves remains a suspect in the unsolved slayings of six young women in Bergen and Passaic counties between 1966 and 1976.
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There aren’t a lot of remaining family members of Darlene Polizzi, but they miss Aunt Dee Dee and have continued to look for her and urge that official channels remain open and looking for her.
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The police also did not have DNA until they obtained it from the last surviving sister, who passed last year. One niece wasn’t born when her Aunt Dee Dee disappeared but she is among those who still wants to know what happened to her.

http://youcansolvethiscoldcase.com/darlene-polizzi-has-been-missing-50-years-can-you-help/

Darlene's NamUs profile: https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/18331/107/

Dental Status: Dental information / charting is currently not available
DNA Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete
Fingerprint Information Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

Other profile:
http://www.missinginamerica.us/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194769300
 

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The mystery of Jane Doe is solved out. Thanks for all guys for helping me to find out this case. The solution to this case was a High School class ring. I quickly checked the main things of this case from this conversation. I found a lot of photos of vintage High School rings here on forum that were very similar to the silver ring from year 1917. An original owner of this class ring was Johanna Lizzie Nadler. Letters inside the ring are J. L. N. She was born in New Jersey on February 28, 1903 to John Heinrich Ludwig Nadler and Louisa Johanna Juliana Berndt. Johanna Lizzie Nadler had 2 children. She passed away on 30 May 1957.
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So Johanna Lizzie Nadler was grandma of Darlene Polizzi. Darlene was born in Germany (and moved to the US with her mother who had remarried a gentleman who lovingly adopted Darlene).
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I still would like to know the High School this ring is from.

Skigirl wrote about Darlene and her grandmother's initials and the ring in the photo: I've been tracking this case for so long that it's not infrequent for me to feel like I've make exciting new discoveries only to find out that they are discoveries I clearly knew about eight years ago. I had totally discounted Darlene because of the strong suspicion about the serial killer and the timing, but the info about her grandmother's initials and the ring in the photo (which I don't remember ever seeing before), has brought me around.

She does resemble the sketch. Also interesting, she has a ring hanging from a necklace. Looks like there’s a cross also hanging with it. The Doe also was wearing a handmade necklace. Just for comparison, put the rings in question together. They do look similar. Please, look at the attached photo of both rings.

I also enclosed the picture of two school rings. These rings look very similar, but they are from different years. They are made of gold and silver. There are initials for engraving. I think it's J. L. N. on the ring for her grandma. These would seem to be High School rings. They occurred to me that are signet rings.

She must have left her jewelry behind. This ring has had a special meaning and emotional connection to her. I would think she has always kept it around her neck. This ring has been one with her and her identity. This ring has not been a piece of jewelry for her, but it has meant much more to her... very special thing. Looks like there’s a cross also hanging with the ring. I guess she’s taken the cross off the necklace and just kept the ring. This ring could be from her grandmother, giving it more emotional value than her other jewelries. This ring has passed along with her.

The identity of the unknown woman is apparently Darlene Polizzi. Interestingly she was friends with a wife of a murderer. And there was a bank robbery by him in NJ. The fits the description and also has the spots on her cheek. The spots on the cheek are freckles. Darlene had brown/red hair and brown eyes. Redheads often have freckles. Darlene had spots (freckles) on her face. She does show spots on her face. Jane Doe had spots (freckles) on her cheeks.

Look at this! Clothing description of Darlene: A brown blouse, a polka-dotted skirt and a brown suede coat with a fur collar. Her clothes are very similar like Jane Doe had... the same brown color etc.
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Jane Doe had this clothing: Tan leather "wet look" vest, gold/tan sweater, brown tweed skirt, brown granny boots that go to the knees, and a yellow rain coat.

Darlene has reddish-brown hair and brown eyes, 5’3”, and weighing only 100 pounds. She was wearing a brown blouse and a skirt with polka dots, along with a brown suede coat with a fur collar. Skigirl wrote: James Gardner, accomplice to the murder, gave his wife some of the UID's clothes. Her name was Hilda Iemma and she kept the clothes in Rhode Island until they were seized by detectives in 1974.
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Skigirl wrote later again: This information was from an article in The Day, July 1, 1976.The clothes and rollers were intact because they were given to a girlfriend/wife of one of the killers. They were recovered in her home during the investigation into the deaths of Doe.

Jenny Doe was also White, Caucasian female like also Darlene Polizzi was a Caucasian female.

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

By bringing people, information, forensic science and technology together, NamUs helps resolve cases.
www.namus.gov


Darlene had curled hair. Found with Jane Doe was a set of Clairol rollers. Going to guess they were pretty important for her to have been on her person.

Darlene had styled hair. She used rollers for taking care of her hair. In all the pictures, her hair looks curled up. The curls have stretched out in the grave. I separate the hair put on the curlers because I am a woman myself. Curlers were still used by people older than me in the 1970s and 1980s. They even slept with curlers and a scarf on their heads.

Skigirl wrote about Darlene: Didn't some of the people who knew her say that they thought she'd been a dancer, but in New York? Some took that to mean that she was an exotic dancer, but maybe she worked in his club.
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She was a waitress at the Hangar Restaurant in Paramus, NJ.

I was recently reading up on this case, when the killers confessed they said the Jane Doe and her partner were killed on new years eve 1970, so anyone missing after that is likely not a match unless they were reported missing years after they actually disappeared. Also missing persons cannot be too young for their age.


Skigirl wrote: There are some interesting details in an article I found in the Hartford Courant (June 30, 1976). * Carmichael bought the car that was found after the murders in Bridgeport, CT on October 28, 1970.

* After his murder, it was found stripped in Hartford but the inspection sticker remained.
* LE was able to learn from the sticker that the car was registered on Dec. 15, 1970 in Portland, Maine to David Skaggs, an alias of Carmichael's.
* A woman named Sandra Maiden claimed that at 17 years old, she, her husband (Roger Brown), Carmichael, and Jane Doe traveled together to "an Inn in CT" after a bank robbery in New Jersey

* The bank robbery was committed in Hamilton Square, New Jersey on Dec. 22, 1970 by the men and netted them $60,000.

* Sandra Maiden was subsequently left alone in an apartment in Exeter, NH a few weeks after the robbery, caught a bus to Portland, Maine, and called the FBI.


This was the beginning of this case:

On May 30, 1974, the Connecticut State Police received a tip about two murders and dug up a shallow grave in a wooded area behind the house. The decomposed bodies of a man and a woman were found. The man was successfully identified as a convicted bank robber, Gustavous Lee Carmichael.

Carmichael was a serial bank robber and had even escaped custody from jail. He and the woman (who was his girlfriend) used the aliases, Dirk and Lorraine Stahl before their murders on December 31, 1970. "Lorraine Stahl" was an alias of a woman found deceased in 1974. She also used the names Sandy and Connie.

Two men have been convicted for their murders. The unidentified woman was murdered because the two men feared that if apprehended, the woman would divulge details of their illegal activity. Carmichael was murdered, as the two men thought it would be impossible to kill the woman without killing Carmichael as well, as he would likely intervene.

1313UFCT - Unidentified Female​

1313UFCT


The Missing Darlene DeWolff Polizzi

The Missing
Darlene DeWolff Polizzi
Case #: MP18331 (NamUs)
County: Bergen

Darlene DeWolff Polizzi was 19 years old when she went missing on Monday, April 24, 1967. She was a waitress at the Hangar Restaurant in Paramus, NJ. She was last seen at her home at the 400 block of Westminster Place in Lodi, Bergen County, New Jersey. Darlene has reddish-brown hair and brown eyes, 5’3”, and weighing only 100 pounds. She was wearing a brown blouse and a skirt with polka dots, along with a brown suede coat with a fur collar. Darlene was a regular at Tommy’s Diner on Paterson Avenue in Wallington, New Jersey.

According to her husband, (whose name I have not been able to find) the couple were looking to move, so Darlene accompanied him to look at new apartments that day. After looking at three, they returned to their residence. At some point later, Darlene’s husband went out again, by himself, leaving his wife at home. When he returned, she was gone. She has never been heard from again. Darlene’s husband reported her missing the next day, April 25.

It was determined that Darlene had taken several clothing items with her, but she left behind the rest of her personal belongings, including her jewelry. Police did not have Darlene’s DNA until they obtained it from the last surviving sister, who passed away in 2016.

Most of Darlene’s family members passed away, not knowing what happened to her. Her nieces are still continuing to look for their beloved “Aunt DeeDee.”


PLEASE, GIVE ME MORE EVIDENCE AND CLUES IF AVAILABLE!!!
 

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I tried to edit a previous message, but time was closed. I enclosed the pictures of Jane Doe for Darlene's relatives if they can identify her from drawings.

Now we need to find out the High School of this class ring. Papijoe 2002 wrote:

Here's the deal with the ring. Take the higher quality picture of the JHNS ring on Namus, and blow it up big. Blown up, it eventually becomes very obvious that the letters on the ring are not JHNS or JNHS. We've all maybe looked at it and assumed that there was an "H" in there somewhere but I never actually found one.

Easy to see under magnification, there is a shadow that creates an illusion of a break between the letters. Believe it or not the letters are actually........."BNS". The "J" is just the left side of the fancy "B". I havent found the exact font (please help if you can) but there are several Olde English/Gothic Fonts that have a vertical line going through the "S". The "S: ends up looking similar to a $ sign B$N are the letters.

We also know about Darlene and her grandparents. An original owner of this class ring was Johanna Lizzie Nadler. Letters inside the ring are J. L. N. She was born in New Jersey on February 28, 1903 to John Heinrich Ludwig Nadler and Louisa Johanna Juliana Berndt. Johanna Lizzie Nadler had 2 children. She passed away on 30 May 1957.

So Johanna Lizzie Nadler was grandma of Darlene Polizzi. Darlene was born in Germany (and moved to the US with her mother who had remarried a gentleman who lovingly adopted Darlene).

Now we need to know the school where Darlene's grandmother studied. Darlene's grandma was born in New Jersey on February 28,1903. She graduated from school in 1917. She has been about 14 years old at the time. Or do they get class rings during their studies? I don’t have any knowledge about the school system in America at the beginning of last century.
 

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I forgot to write: The letters are interlaced. They are clearly JN HS in the drawing. Sketch of ring done by Balfour Jewelers.
 

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Now we need to find out the High School of this class ring. Papijoe 2002 wrote on Websleuths:

Here's the deal with the ring. Take the higher quality picture of the JHNS ring on Namus, and blow it up big. Blown up, it eventually becomes very obvious that the letters on the ring are not JHNS or JNHS. We've all maybe looked at it and assumed that there was an "H" in there somewhere but I never actually found one.

Easy to see under magnification, there is a shadow that creates an illusion of a break between the letters. Believe it or not the letters are actually........."BNS". The "J" is just the left side of the fancy "B". I havent found the exact font (please help if you can) but there are several Olde English/Gothic Fonts that have a vertical line going through the "S". The "S: ends up looking similar to a $ sign B$N are the letters.

An original owner of this class ring was Johanna Lizzie Nadler. Letters inside the ring are J. L. N. She was born in New Jersey on February 28, 1903 to John Heinrich Ludwig Nadler and Louisa Johanna Juliana Berndt. Could this school have been located in New Jersey?

Back in the day nursing schools were known by the town, instead of University. Example Bridgeport School of Nursing. I wonder if she was a Nurse and it could have been a class ring from nursing school.

BSN means a nursing school (school of nursing). There are BSN Nursing Programs. For example The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. There are BSN courses. The Weatherford College where BSN program is decided for Registered Nurses with an associate's degree or diploma who are ready to earn their bachelor's degree to advance their nursing career. The Weatherford College was founded in 1869.

I am wondering if there has been a nursing school in New Jersey at the beginning of the last century. The owner of the ring, Johanna Lizzie Nadler, was born in 1903 in New Jersey. The school may also have been located in the vicinity of New Jersey.

Bridgeport had one in the late 1800 to early 1900's at their hospital in Connecticut. Not too far from New Jersey.
Also some were called school of Nursing before they were part of Universities.

Student Body and Teachers in Front of Bridgeport High School, Bridgeport, W. Va.



High School, Bridgeport, W. Va.



Bridgeport High School, about 1910 (the school, in a different building, is now Central High School)



I checked from Wikipedia Bridgeport, New Jersey. Bridgeport is an unincorporated community located within Logan Township, in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. I guess Bridgeport High School is that "nursing school" we're looking for. Are there any other nursing schools in that area in New Jersey or near this place?

I googled Nursing Schools 1917, found many pictures of them from that year 1917. She graduated from school in 1917. Johanna Lizzie Nadler has been about 14 years old at the time. Or do they get class rings during their studies? The nurses look like much older in the pictures. I found this article: Nursing goes to university.



Back then some graduated really young, due to one room schools. Some kids were way ahead of their age bracket. Back then age requirements were not regulated like now.

The nursing school may no longer be working like etc. the Baystate School of Nursing. :) The first record of a training school appears in the minutes of the Medical Staff meeting in 1981. In 1892 Miss Lucinda Howard, a trustee, convinced the Board that Springfield Hospital should have a School of Nursing. In may of that year, nine young women arrived to start a two year course. The Baystate School of Nursing officially closed in 1999.

BAYSTATE SCHOOLD OF NURSING HISTORY



Nursery Schools: History (1844 - 1919) - NURSERY SCHOOLS CHRONOLOGY



History of Nursing Education in America




I was also looking for nursing schools in Europe because Darlene was born in Germany (and moved to the US with her mother who had remarried a gentleman who lovingly adopted Darlene).

Last year, the British School in the Netherlands had its 90th anniversary in 2021, the 90th anniversary of its founding. This school was founded in 1932. Has this school operated somewhere else before? The class ring dates from 1917. You can see 90 years of BSN in the enclosed picture of this school.

However Darlene was last seen at her home at the 400 block of Westminster Place in Lodi, Bergen County, New Jersey. I assume her family lived in New Jersey where her grandmother was born and his great grand parents also lived.

Polizzi was a waitress at the Hangar Restaurant in Paramus, New Jersey at the time of her disappearance, and was a regular customer at Tommy's Diner on Paterson Avenue in Wallington, New Jersey.



Darlene's nickname/alias was Deidre.



I have tried to reach relatives, Dawn, daughter of Darlene's sister or brother. I am waiting for her response. Do hope, she writes me back soon.


Darlene Polizzi was presumed to have been murdered in Lodi, NJ in 1967, but she has never been located

Darlene Polizzi, nee De Wollf went missing at the age of 19 on April 24, 1967. Her husband, Leonard Polizzi, was the last person to see her after they returned to to their residence at 472 Westminster Place in Lodi, Bergen County, New Jersey. They had just gotten home from apartment shopping when Leonard Polizzi decided to go out, and Darlene Polizzi stayed behind. He came home to find her not present at their home, and he noticed some of her items were also missing. After several hours he reported her missing.

Polizzi had been wearing a polka-dotted skirt, a brown suede jacket with fur lining, and a brown and a brown shirt on the day she was last seen. It was determined that Darlene had taken several clothing items with her, but she left behind the rest of her personal belongings, including her jewelry. 1313UFCT - Unidentified Female - Jane Doe's belongings included a suitcase and clothes. There was also a Lady Clairol hair roller set. Darlene's hair was curly and styled in all pictures. She used curlers.

The weather on the day of her disappearance was rather clear, yet brisk, at about 44 degrees Fahrenheit. It surely is not the type of weather in which most people would take a leisurely stroll. All signs had pointed to her being abducted.

This missing person case has been taken very seriously by law enforcement since 1967 due to the nature of Polizzi's disappearance. A search of Polizzi took place with searching technology at the time. Due to how much time has passed since her disappearance, time is of the essence for anyone to come forward with any clues they may have.



I found this about Darlene's Great Grand Parents and Grandparents:

John Heinrich Ludwig Nadler (1862 - 1914) born November 28, 1862 in Berlin, Germany.
His arrival was in 1878 at the age of 16 years old - (there is also arrival year 1866)

He married with Louisa Johanna Juliana Nadler (born Berndt) May 30, 1891 in West New York, Hudson, New Jersey, USA

Louisa Johanna Juliana Nadler (born Berndt) born January 18, 1875 in Ober-Glassersdorf, Germany.

Her arrival was in 1885 at age of 10 years old.

Her death July 12, 1949 in Fort Lee, Bergen, New Jersey, USA


Johanna Lizzie Heisler (born Nadler) was born February 28, 1903, at birth place, New Jersey, to John Heinrich Ludwig Nadler and Louisa Johanna Juliana Berndt.

She had eight siblings (6 sisters and 2 brothers)

Her living place was in 1910 in Fairview, Bergen, New Jersey, USA

She was married (April 19, 1920) with William Hogan Heisler

Her death May 30, 1957


William Hogan Heisler (1895 - 1956)

He worked in a paper mill (Federal Paper Mill) in River Rd, Bogota, New Jersey

Johanna Lizzie Heisler and Willian Hogan Heisler had two children. One of the children is apparently still alive because her data was not visible. I know, that Darlene's mother should have been dead.

They daughter Lucille Elisabeth Heisler was born September 12, 1922 in Hackensack, Bergen, New Jersey, USA.


She was married with Edward DeWolff and divorced September 21, 1971 in Broward, Florida, USA

Her death October 10, 2000 in Paramus, Bergen, New Jersey, USA


Edward Dewolff was born July 12, 1922 in Hackensack, Bergen, New Jersey, USA

His death June 27, 1979 in Fort Lauderdale, Broward, Florida, USA

Edward Dewolff born to Jannes De Wolff (1886 - 1959) and Susanna De Wolff (born Burgel)


Jannes De Wolff was born November 15, 1886 in Cadzand, the Netherlands
His death February 14, 1929 in Middelburg, the Netherlands

Susanna De Wolff was born October 9, 1963 in Schoondijke
Her death June 3, 1948 in Koudekerke, the Netherlands

Jannes De Wollf's mother was Sara De Wolff
She was born April 17, 1933 in Cadzand, the Netherlands


Lucille Elizabeth Heisler and Edward DeWolff
They had one daughter Carol Joann Weigle (born DeWolff), that was born September 25, 1942.

Her death August 13, 2011 in Lodi, Bergen, New Jersey

Carol Joann Weigle (Born DeWolff) had one child, that was born Weigle.


Presumably, Darlene's siblings have not been listed in the genealogy database because they were alive. There should have been more children than only one child Darlene. All of Darlene's surviving relatives are missing from the database. Darlene is also missing from the database, because she is a missing person after her disappearance. She might have been alive.

Police did not have Darlene's DNA until they obtained it from the last surviving sister, who passed away in 2016.

Most of Darlene's family members passed away, not knowing what happened to her. Her nieces are still continuing to look for their beloved "Aunt DeeDee".

Darlene was her mother's or father's sister, that is still continuing to look finding out Darlene's fate. She wrote: Darlene DeWolff is my Aunt, I was in my Mom’s belly when she went missing and in May I was born and 54 years later still no closure for the Family that is still left.


After reading about Darlene’s disappearance, she had a husband when she went missing. So her last name Polizzi was from her husband. Her full name was Darlene De Wolff Polizzi. Her Great Grand Parents were originally from Germany in Europe.

Her last name De Wolff has been also written Dewollf. I think the correct spelling is DeWollf. Darlene's name was written Darlene R Dewollf when she married her husband Leonard Polizzi in April 1966 in New Jersey.

I read about Darlene’s Dutch and Croatian (Serbian) ancestry somewhere in connection with her disappearance notification, but I couldn’t find it anymore by googling anywhere. She seems to have had Dutch and German roots from Europe. That's why was also looking for nursing schools in Europe like the Netherlands. However, the class ring looks like an American High School ring. There have been pictured many High School class rings here on the Websleuth website.

Now we need to find out the High School (Nursery School) of this class ring.


ALL OF YOUR HELP IS HIGHLY APPRECIATED AND WELCOME. PLEASE, GIVE ME SUGGESTIONS!
 

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I found this very interesting story of the Dean High School class ring mystery also from year 1917.


CLASS RING RETURNED AFTER OVER 90 YEARS

Sometimes you find a historical mystery in an everyday object. This was the case for Lynda H. Andrews, history detective. A unidentified Dean High School class ring had been found in the floorboards of 71 Austin Street. It had passed from one owner of the house to the next. But whose ring was it? How could it be returned to the family of this 1917 graduate?

In the early part of the 20th century, the house at 71 Austin Street was occupied by the John McFalls family. The house was later owned by David and Susan Fenlong. During renovations, David and Susan found a 1917 Dean High School class ring in a crack in the floor. The owner of this memento was a mystery, but Dean High School was well known.

Gouverneur High School had once been named Dean High School, after its generous benefactors, the Dean family. Dean High School opened in 1915. In 1887, the Village of Gouverneur adopted the Union Free School system and at first, made use of the Wesleyan Seminary building, which had been built in 1840, for the new Gouverneur "Seminary." The idea at the time was that a "seminary graduate" would have more standing than a mere"high school" graduate. But in 1894, a new high school was built and was called "Gouverneur High School." A few years later, in 1914, Mrs. Mira Dean and her daughters Cora and Jennie Dean built and equipped the brand new Dean High School at the corner of East Barney and Rock Island Streets.

In 1914, when Dean High School was built, Elizabeth "Bess" McFalls lived at 71 Austin Street. She was in the 1917 graduating class of the new Dean High School. Bess must have been very sad on the day she lost her Dean HS class ring. She must have looked everywhere.

The admiration of antiques isn't just wonder that an object has survived the years, it's a fascination with what might have happened to the object along the way, its history.

Objects like those in the Museum's collection are links to the past. But they are inanimate and silent until the curious uncover their history. History isn't old and dusty when you can hold it in your hand. And if you have a curious nature and a bit of luck, you can sometimes uncover things about an object that would have remained hidden.

Such was the journey of "history detective" Lynda Andrews of Gouverneur.

Close to 100 years later, a class ring was found in a crack in the floor of 71 Austin Street. The owner of the ring remained a mystery, until one day, when at the local gym, Lynda Andrews, local history detective, struck up a conversation with David Fenlong, who was telling the story of the class ring he had found. How could they find out whose ring was it? David and Susan were anxious to learn more about its past and, if possible, see it returned to the family of the original owner. So began Lynda's journey through decades as she traced the lives of a local family who had moved away. One of them had been in the Gouverneur Class of 1917.

ynda wrote the following about her "historical detective" experience:

A change conversation at the local gym took me a wonderful journey through decades of the lives of a once-local family. The Gouverneur Class of 1917 ring that belonged to Elizabeth "Bess" McFalls, daughter of John and Harriet McFalls, who lived at 71 Austin Street has been returned to the rightful heirs because of the generous hearts of David and Susan Fenlong.

I enjoy research and was thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with Bess' daughter Alison Fuller, in California. She was so grateful for David and Susan's "find" and will pass the ring on to her beautiful 10 years old granddaughter, Claire.

A close examination of the ring revealed a letter engraved on the inside. It was either on "M" or a "W" depending on the ring's orientation. I consulted Harland Brown of Brown's Jewelry Store. He said if the ring had been done by professional, the letter would be an "M". This was an excellent first piece of the puzzle.

Tribune Press archives were my main source of information that led me the Bess' delighted family though many articles over the years. My first big break was finding her marriage announcement in the Northern Tribune to Dunlap Cameron Clark in 1923 (when the newspaper cost 3 cents). This article indicated that she graduated in 1917. It also included the information that the wedding reception was held at the family home at 71 Austin Street.

The Gouverneur Museum provided me with information about her graduation and also the year that she taught history during the school year of 1921-1922 at the Gouverneur High School.

I received a lovely letter from Bess' daughter, Alison Fuller, thanking me for the things I'd sent: the ring, copies of the newspaper articles, and the photos of the McFalls grave sites at Pleasant Lake, and other information I found in reference to her family. She enclosed a photo of herself and her cherished granddaughter, who will one day be the recipient of this treasure.

Thanks for letting me share this interesting adventure. June 8, 2009.


Alison Fuller, daughter of Elizabeth "Bess" McFalls Clark sent her best wishes to all who helped return a cherished memento to her family.

Granddaughter, Claire Bivins, will soon have the Dean High School Class of 1917 ring that belonged to her Great Grandmother.


 

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It would be really interesting to see the High School class ring from 1917 that was in a previous article. Would it be possible to get a picture of that ring here to this forum for us to see? Could any of you try to get a picture of that 1917 graduation ring?

I wonder where Darlene’s disappearance notice had come from an entry of Croatian or Serbian ethnic origin in addition to Dutch origin. Her family (ancestors) are from Germany and the Netherlands. The last name of her husband Polizzi is from Italy. Polizzi name meaning is Sicilian: habitational name from Polizzi Generosa in Palermo, Sicily. Source: Dictionary of American Family Names © 2013, Oxford University Press.

The letters on the ring are raised or interlaced. This makes it more difficult to distinguish and interpret the letters or initials correctly.

In this post, I have collected pictures and information about old, vintage High School class rings that you have found in different years since the beginning of the last century. It will be much easier for you to compare the rings.


More pictures of old High School class rings can be seen here:

Vintage Estate 1917 "MJC" Ornate Deco Crest High School Class Ring 10K sz 5.25




1928 Antique Design Solid Yellow Gold JR High School Ring




14K YG 1927 School Ring

 

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With Darlene's connections to Germany, there's a chance that the ring might have come from over there, their word for High School is also HS. By the way, here's a tidbit on my files for Darlene: Lodi is not far from Mercersville, where the Jane Doe was staying when the bank was robbed. She was also in contact with somebody in Levittown. Also note the proximity to NYC.



About the Jane Doe Case: 1313UFCT - Unidentified Female, Unidentified Person / NamUs #UP8909





On May 30, 1974, the Connecticut State Police received a tip about two murders and dug up a shallow grave in a wooded area behind the house. The decomposed bodies of a man and a woman were found. The man was successfully identified as a convicted bank robber, Gustavous Lee Carmichael.


Carmichael was a serial bank robber and had even escaped custody from jail. He and the woman (who was his girlfriend) used the aliases, Dirk and Lorraine Stahl before their murders on December 31, 1970. "Lorraine Stahl" was an alias of a woman found deceased in 1974. She also used the names Sandy and Connie.


Two men have been convicted for their murders. The unidentified woman was murdered because the two men feared that if apprehended, the woman would divulge details of their illegal activity. Carmichael was murdered, as the two men thought it would be impossible to kill the woman without killing Carmichael as well, as he would likely intervene.


She was murdered by David Brant and Richard DeFrietas murdered Carmichael at the same time. Brant was later killed in a shootout with police. James Gardner was a part of this trio. He confessed to helping dispose of the bodies. I've never been able to find the names of Carmichael's accomplices, but they were all active around these same areas.



THIS ALL IS KNOWN BEFORE THEIR MURDER:

The victim was found in a wooded area wrapped in a blanket. She had been known to have been driving around in a 1964 green Oldsmobile with either Massachusetts or Maine plates. The vehicle was found dumped in Hartford, Connecticut with a Maine inspection sticker.


There are some interesting details in an article I found in the Hartford Courant (June 30, 1976). * Carmichael bought the car that was found after the murders in Bridgeport, CT on October 28, 1970.

* After his murder, it was found stripped in Hartford but the inspection sticker remained.
* LE was able to learn from the sticker that the car was registered on Dec. 15, 1970 in Portland, Maine to David Skaggs, an alias of Carmichael's.
* A woman named Sandra Maiden claimed that at 17 years old, she, her husband (Roger Brown), Carmichael, and Jane Doe traveled together to "an Inn in CT" after a bank robbery in New Jersey

* The bank robbery was committed in Hamilton Square, New Jersey on Dec. 22, 1970 by the men and netted them $60,000.

* Sandra Maiden was subsequently left alone in an apartment in Exeter, NH a few weeks after the robbery, caught a bus to Portland, Maine, and called the FBI.

Skigirl wrote: I found a newspaper article saying that DeFrietas (convicted of murdering Jane Doe and Gustavus Carmichael) and his common-law wife, Joanne, had come to CT after he killed a man in NH in 1969. There are mentions of the murder in several articles in the Hartford Courant, including July 10, 1976. The timing sure fits.


Jane Doe had this clothing: Tan leather "wet look" vest, gold/tan sweater, brown tweed skirt, brown granny boots that go to the knees, and a yellow rain coat.

Clothing description of Darlene: A brown blouse, a polka-dotted skirt and a brown suede coat with a fur collar. Her clothes are very similar like the Doe had and the same brown color etc.

James Gardner, accomplice to the murder, gave his wife some of the UID's clothes. Her name was Hilda Iemma and she kept the clothes in Rhode Island until they were seized by detectives in 1974.

This information was from an article in The Day, July 1, 1976. The clothes and rollers were intact because they were given to a girlfriend/wife of one of the killers. They were recovered in her home during the investigation into the deaths of Doe.


Dentals: Available. No maxilla due to gun shot. #30 has two separate occlusal amalgams. #17 is mesially inclined.

DNA: Available



DARLENE DEWOLFF POLIZZI - 1544DFNJ - Darlene Polizzi - NamUs #MP18331


1544DFNJ - Darlene Polizzi



The Missing
Darlene DeWolff Polizzi
Case #: MP18331 (NamUs)
County: Bergen

Darlene DeWolff Polizzi was 19 years old when she went missing on Monday, April 24, 1967. She was a waitress at the Hangar Restaurant in Paramus, New Jersey. She was last seen at her home at the 400 block of Westminster Place in Lodi, Bergen County, New Jersey.

Darlene has reddish-brown hair and brown eyes, 5’3”, and weighing only 100 pounds. She was wearing a brown blouse and a skirt with polka dots, along with a brown suede coat with a fur collar. Darlene was a regular at Tommy’s Diner on Paterson Avenue in Wallington, New Jersey.

According to her husband Leonard, the couple were looking to move, so Darlene accompanied him to look at new apartments that day. After looking at three, they returned to their residence. At some point later, Darlene’s husband went out again, by himself, leaving his wife at home. When he returned, she was gone. She has never been heard from again. Darlene’s husband reported her missing the next day, April 25.

It was determined that Darlene had taken several clothing items with her, but she left behind the rest of her personal belongings, including her jewelry. She does resemble the sketch of Doe. Also interesting, she has a ring hanging from a necklace. Looks like there’s a cross also hanging with it. The Doe also was wearing a handmade necklace. Just for comparison, put the rings in question together. They do look similar. Please, look at the attached photo of both rings.

The identity of the unknown woman is apparently Darlene Polizzi. The fits the description and also has the spots on her cheek. The spots on the cheek are freckles. Darlene had brown/red hair and brown eyes. Redheads often have freckles. Darlene had spots (freckles) on her face. She does show spots on her face. Jane Doe had spots (freckles) on her cheeks.

Jane Doe's belongings included a suitcase and clothes. There was also a Lady Clairol hair roller set. Darlene's hair was curly and styled in all pictures. She used curlers. It was determined that Darlene had taken several clothing items with her.

Police did not have Darlene’s DNA until they obtained it from the last surviving sister, who passed away in 2016.



The enclosed photo of the main suspect, Raymond Alves, a serial killer that was active in the area at the time, he was convicted of raping a teenage girl in Fair Lawn and pushing another teenager girl off a bridge in Clifton in 1976. A year later in 1967, he ended up living in Darlene's neighborhood, and he actually worked with her husband at a sheet metal plant, and Darlene was friends with Raymond's wife. Suspiciously, the Alves family moved away the day after Darlene disappeared. Raymond has not been officially connected to the disappearance. He eventually served 23 years of a 47 year sentence and was released in 2000. He is also suspected of the murders of 7 different teenage females whose bodies were found in Bergen county, New Jersey. He claims he has raped and killed more than a dozen women.
 

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