The Doe Network:
Case File 1578DFNJ

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Susan Walsh
Missing since July 16, 1996 from Nutley, Essex County, New Jersey
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: February 18, 1960
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 36 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'6; 110-120 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Bleached blonde hair; blue eyes. Light complexion. Scar on her right wrist. Talks with a distinct Garden State accent.
  • Clothing: A gold ring with a black stone.
  • Medical: Manic-depression. Substance abuse, alcohol and drugs.
  • Dentals: Available

Circumstances of Disappearance
Walsh was last seen at her home in Nutley, New Jersey on July 16, 1996.
Walsh had been depressed and had attempted suicide.
She was a journalist, and occasionally worked as a stripper to support herself. Walsh had written a string of freelance stories for the New York weekly. Her most acclaimed article told how the Russian mob forced immigrant women to work in strip clubs. She also worked on her master's degree in writing at New York University.
At the time of her disappearance her life had taken on a downward spiral. She had started drinking after 12 years of sobriety, and was getting sick.
She was off her medicines and became increasingly paranoid, telling friends she was being targeted by stalkers and mobsters. She also worked as an exotic dancer at some skeezy places.

Her estranged husband told police that she went to use a pay phone less than a block from their Washington Street apartment in Nutley. According to police there is no record of any outgoing calls made from the pay phones near Walsh's apartment the morning of her disappearance.
Walsh and her son lived on the ground level of a rundown brick tenement in a mostly commercial strip on Washington Street. Her husband lived in a connecting basement apartment below. She left her purse, keys, pager and 11-year-old son behind, and was never seen again.
Foul play is suspected.

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

Nutley Police Department
Lt. Steven Rogers
New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit

Agency Case Number: 0716

NCIC Number: M945727001
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
New Jersey State Police
Unsolved Mysteries
NamUs MP #9841

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