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Case File 1577DFNJ

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Right: Progressed to age 26 years (circa 2010)

Celina Janette Mays
Missing since December 16, 1996 from Willingboro, Burlington County, New Jersey
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: May 28, 1984
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 12 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'0"; 120 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Black / Hispanic female. Very long and wavy black hair; brown eyes; Celina's eyebrows grow together. Medium complexion.
  • Clothing: Long red coat
  • Medical: She was 9 months pregnant at the time of her disappearance.
  • DNA: Available.

Circumstances of Disappearance
Mays was last seen in Willingboro, New Jersey on December 16, 1996.
Authorities said Celina had gone to church - the Gospel of Christ Ministries Inc. in Mount Holly - with family members and then came home for dinner and dessert. Without explanation, police have said, she told a cousin "thanks for everything." A few hours later, the young girl who was due to give birth before the end of the year, stuffed a pillow into her bed, grabbed a few precious possessions and disappeared into the night.
Right after her disappearance, Celina was supposedly spotted in Lacey and Hopewell townships but the leads did not pan out.
She did not take any extra clothing with her and left all of her personal items at home as well.
It is believed she has given birth and may be in need of medical assistance.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Willingboro Police Department
Detective Al Kelley
609-877-2200 extension 6268

Agency Case Number: 96-3520625

NCMEC #: NCMC827787

NCIC Number: M986381735
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Child Protection Education of America
New Jersey State Police
Advance Polybag Inc.
NamUs MP #6370

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