Missing since July 16, 1996 from Nutley, Essex County, New Jersey
Classification: Endangered Missing
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.
Investigators Nutley Police Department
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Lt. Steven Rogers
New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit
Nutley Police Department
Agency Case Number: 0716
NCIC Number: M945727001 Source Information: Return to the Unexplained Disappearances' Index
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New Jersey State Police
NamUs MP #9841
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