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UPDATE: Authorities Continue Search for Missing Whiting Woman

Manchester and Ocean County authorities searching for 74-year-old last heard from Sunday

Authorities on Tuesday have no new information on the search for a 74-year-old Whiting woman who has not been seen or heard from since Sunday. 

Township police, as well as officers from the Ocean County Sheriff's Department and Prosecutor's Office, have been searching the area near Crestwood Village I, where Joan Conetta lives, said Manchester Chief of Police Brian Klimakowski. 

"Officers were out doing searches all day," the chief said. Conetta often takes walks to the Crestwood Village Shopping Center, according to Klimakowski.

The description of Conetta's clothing was updated Monday night; though originally thought to be wearing a pink long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and blue shoes, Klimakowski said that she is believed to be wearing a grey jogging suit. 

Conetta does not have access to an automobile and may be suffering from disorientation, said Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford in a statement. 

"Family and friends of the missing woman are quite concerned for her safety, since it is not usual that she would not be seen or hear from for this length of time," Ford said.

Conetta may be travelling on foot or received a ride from another person, authorities believe. The woman wears glasses, but only for reading, according to Ford. 

Conetta, who is Caucasian, is approximately 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighs 100 pounds, and has hazel eyes and dark grey hair, according to authorities.

Anyone who may have seen Conetta is asked to contact Police Department Detective Chris Hemhauser at 732-657-2009, ext. 4207, or Detective Brian Haggerty of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office at 732-929-2027.

barbara June 11, 2012 at 08:00 PM
hope they find her safe, will keep my eyes open.
Don Gottwerth June 11, 2012 at 08:09 PM
This is so inept not netting any help from anyone. Why are we not told what village she originates with or at least a couple streets she would be commonly seen. Really! I got the robo call from the MPD but it was very low voiced, no hint of what area one might by looking. At "rep" meetings I hear some people talking from time to time about a woman who walks thru yards, or someone looking around yards, strangely.
barbara June 11, 2012 at 10:43 PM
i was wondering what village she is from also and they should have said where she was last seen. I will keep my eyes open for a woman with pink shirt...
1stcav June 11, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I hope with the public's help she will be found soon, as it does get cold nights and at her age this could be a problem....Please be on the look out for this woman and call if you THINK you might have seen her.... Just dial 911 and give any info to them !!!!!!!
Mimi June 11, 2012 at 11:37 PM
It would help if information was released about what neighborhoods or streets where she takes her walks. Manchester75
joe June 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM
This is pretty sad I hope they find her safe. http://goo.gl/bXrFc
barbara June 12, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I live in Crestwood Village and have not seen one police car in my neighborhood. That shopping center is not to far away Thanks for the update on the clothing, i am still keeping my eyes open. So hope they find her safe. Anyone know what village she was from? Keep us updated....
Don Gottwerth June 12, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Per se, MPD does not patrol Crestwood villages because we are a co-op. If you called the police they will come, and certainly they will respond to emergencies, but patrol, no. This woman, I'll bet, her photo is not current. But we all agree the info is not adequate. In regard to patrols, again. They do not issue like traffic summonses on vehicles unless you are the individual complainant and sign the ticket.
PoliceChief June 12, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Ms. Conetta lives on St. John Place in Crestwood Village I. She frequents the Crestwood Shopping Center and surrounding area.
Don Gottwerth June 12, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Thanks Chief, but I got a robo call(11:46) about another missing woman. The name Rosemarie Carlo is what I thought I heard (You need a stronger voiced messenger) and Constitution ( a block from me on Bowie) was mentioned saying 160 lbs maybe saying 5'11". I took a ride around; nothing showing as Rush Limbaugh was coming on (: . Can you clarify that please?
barbara June 12, 2012 at 05:50 PM
i realize that, occassionally have seen a police car in the neighborhood, but you would think in a circumstance like this they would cruise around the streets. i am still on the lookout. So hope she is found.......
barbara June 12, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Constitution & Bowie close to me. Another missing woman? Any more info? Geesh.
Maria June 12, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I think for the safety of the missing, the police are doing what they are supposed to do. Narrowing down a 1 or 2 block radius might be to close for individuals to know the house is vacant. They already know the full name, which is public for obvious reasons. Remember, while we are out looking for the missing woman, their are people looking to take advantage of the situation, because thats the unfortunate truth.
George Schaffer June 13, 2012 at 12:39 AM
MS. Conetta is our next door neighbor in Village 1. SHE usually walks to the Crestwood Shopping Center. However, she has become very confused over the last several months and sometimes gets lost.
denise June 14, 2012 at 02:45 AM
It would be effective to make cares dial a ride aware as well as taxi services who are constantly driving around whiting. The message left on my machine was clear but not accurate. Clothing I was told was a long sleeve pink top and now I have read it was a grey jogging suit. Also message said she was last seen on fri 5:30pm and now I read it was Sunday?. All clubhouses also need to make announcement prior to activities such as bingo, game night, exercise etc
denise June 14, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Keep up the good work. As residents we need to be informed and updated. Police do a good job and response time is excellent.
Wolf June 14, 2012 at 04:27 AM
I hope she is safe and found soon! Prayers to guide her home!
Missy June 14, 2012 at 07:03 PM
They stated that she was from Village One.
Kathleen June 14, 2012 at 07:03 PM
During a visit with my mother, who suffered from Alzheimers, in Crestwood Village, I came across a man who I recognized as having dementia as soon as he had asked me if I knew where a street was. Told him I didn’t live in the area meanwhile was checking to see if he was wearing a bracelet with information, which he did not. This was right by Friendship Hall. Friendship Hall is normally closed up on the weekends, but that day it was open. Some of the people in there were spit-firing questions, which will only confuse the person even more so. I calmly asked him some questions, he was giving an address in Maryland. Asked him if I could see his license. His address was a distance away, especially out in the sun at 88 years old. There are many other villages and many other retirement communities in the area she could have wandered off to and people in the area need to spread the word.
Missy June 14, 2012 at 07:03 PM
They stated that she was from Village One.


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