NY NY - Isabel Lopez Rizzo, 1987

Discussion in '1980's Missing' started by mysteriew, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    I haven't found much on her disappearance yet, but the primary suspect has been arrested for the murder of a girlfriend.

    Back then, Rizzo was the main suspect in the disappearance of his wife, who left behind their baby daughter. Even though Rizzo's alibi was quickly disproved, Murphy said, there was never enough evidence to charge him.

    The wife's car was found burned, but no body was inside. Police searched a landfill, but no body was found. They even exhumed two bodies from a cemetery where Rizzo's brother worked, but still nothing.

    "I'm convinced to this day that he's responsible for her disappearance and death," Murphy said this past week. "But at the time we had no body, we had no witnesses, we had absolutely no physical evidence, we had nothing that could prove this woman was dead or even had been harmed."

    Rizzo, 54, denied any role in the disappearance and went on with his life, raising the couple's daughter in the New Rochelle house they had shared while running a contracting business.

    Then, two months ago, Rizzo drew the attention of police again.

    Police surrounded the Yonkers home of Rizzo's longtime girlfriend, Carmela LaPuma, 49, after hearing that he was holding her hostage. Gunshots rang out and police found LaPuma dead.

    Rizzo was arrested on murder charges. Police said the couple had recently broken up and Rizzo had been demanding the return of $60,000 worth of jewelry he had given LaPuma over the years.

    The evidence against Rizzo includes a videotape of Rizzo freely implicating himself after his arrest, said Ann Marie Corbalis, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Jeanine Pirro.

    The tape doesn't seem to bother defense attorney Michael Santangelo, who said he is considering a psychiatric defense.

    "The circumstances of his admission will support the defense we intend to proffer at trial," Santangelo said.

    He insists that the disappearance of Rizzo's wife, Isabel Lopez Rizzo, has no bearing on the new case and should not be mentioned during any trial.

    "As much as I think and feel he did it, there's absolutely no evidence at all that can justify making the case," the deputy police commissioner said. "We looked at everything."

    Murphy remembers Rizzo refusing to answer questions after his story that he was out playing cards and nightclubbing and came home to find the baby in the crib and his wife missing was not verified by the people he said he was with.

    Rizzo said his wife probably returned to her native Chile, although relatives there said they hadn't seen her.

    "He would say `Why are you saying she's dead? Do you have a body?'" said Murphy, then a lieutenant.

    "And of course we didn't have a body. But as best we can put it together, she was very devoted to that child. Her disappearance was certainly not reasonable. She left her clothing behind, she left her handbag behind, her identification, her money, her credit cards, her driver's license and such."

    "There is an active investigation into the disappearance of Isabel Lopez," she said.
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1369473&page=2
     
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  3. meggilyweggily

    meggilyweggily Member

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    I found this article about her disappearance but it has no picture of her. It's got a picture of her HOUSE but none of her! It always annoys me when I find articles about missing people but no pictures of them -- I want to profile her on my site but I can't without a picture.

    I'll keep looking. If anyone finds a pic of Isabel, send it to me and I will put up her case on the Charley Project.
     
  4. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    A 54-year-old man whose wife is missing was indicted Tuesday on charges that he tied his longtime girlfriend to a chair and shot her to death as police surrounded the house.

    Frank Rizzo, of New Rochelle, was named in nine counts of murder and kidnapping in the Oct. 7 killing of Carmela LaPuma, 49, at her Yonkers home.

    The indictment made no mention, however, of the 1987 disappearance of Rizzo's wife, Isabel Lopez Rizzo, who police believe was murdered and who left behind their infant daughter and her money, credit cards and identification.
    http://www.wnbc.com/news/5591573/detail.html
     
  5. petra

    petra Active Member

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    Thinking about Isabel Rizzo's daughter, now about 20+ yrs. old.

    Dad kills girlfriend, main suspect in mom's killing almost 20 yrs ago- she was raised by him. Feel bad for her. Dad sounds very abusive and is a cold blooded murderer.
     
  6. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    I wonder why Isabel isn't listed in any missing persons databases?

    I did find one pay per view article that describes a picture of Isabel but I couldn't get to it.
     
  7. Al Ka

    Al Ka Well-Known Member

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    Isabel Rizzo

    NamUs MP # 12256
    Westchester County, New York
    34 year old white hispanic/latino female


    Case Information
    *Status- Missing
    *First name - Isabel
    *Last name- Rizzo
    *Nickname/Alias- Isabel Lopez

    *Date last seen- November 23, 1987 00:00
    *Date entered- 09/08/2011
    *Age last seen- 34 to years old
    *Race- White
    *Ethnicity- Hispanic/Latino
    *Sex - Female
    *Height (inches)- 63.0
    *Weight (pounds)- 160.0

    *City- New Rochelle
    *State- New York
    *County- Westchester

    Circumstances

    Husband reports coming home at 2:30 AM 11/23/87 and finding his infant daughter in her crib and his wife missing. The victims car was found burned at the Baychester Avenue entrance to I95 North on 12/10/87.

    Physical

    *Hair color - Brown
    *Head hair- Collar length
    *Left eye color- Brown
    *Right eye color- Brown

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

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/12256/70
    http://www.missingin.org/reg6341/isabel_rizzo.htm
     
  8. Al Ka

    Al Ka Well-Known Member

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    October 2005 - Police in Yonkers are dusting off the case file of a woman who disappeared in 1987. Her husband was arrested just last Friday, accused in the murder of another woman.
    http://newyorkstatemissingpersons.n...2551950:Comment:39699&x=1#2551950Comment39699

    Dec 2005 - newspaper article - Police: Man killed two women, but can be tried only for one
    https://news.google.com/newspapers?...AIBAJ&sjid=XQkEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6534,1173355&hl=en

    2006 - Westchester County District Attorney announced that Frank Rizzo (DOB 03/05/52) of Clinton Avenue, New Rochelle, New York plead guilty today to Murder in the First Degree, a class “A1” Felony, in the kidnapping and murder of his ex-girlfriend Carmella La Pluma. (his picture included in the article)
    http://www.westchesterda.net/pressreleases/1006rizzoplea.htm

    October 2006 - Frank Rizzo of New Rochelle pleaded guilty in Westchester County Court to first-degree murder and agreed to a sentence of 25 years to life.
    http://50.56.218.160/archive/category.php?category_id=4&id=8882

    October 2011 - A New Rochelle man convicted of killing his girlfriend in 2005 committed suicide Friday in an upstate prison, where he was serving a sentence of 25 years to life.
    http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/index.php?showtopic=68294
     
  9. jessr927

    jessr927 Kim Raffo 2/12/71 - 11/20/06

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    Bumping for Isabel. Yesterday I happened to walk by the house where Rizzo killed his other girlfriend.
     
  10. Al Ka

    Al Ka Well-Known Member

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    Bumping the case and hoping one day pic of her is found.

    Maybe someone has access to news archives were her photo was once published?
     

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