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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.

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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