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Case File 872DFNY

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Left and center: Crowley, circa 1980; Right: Circa 1978 Bottom Left: Age 15

Brenda Cecelia Crowley
Missing since March 1979 from Staten Island, Richmond County, New York.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: October 5, 1963
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 16 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'4"- 5'6" (163-168 cm); 110 - 130 lbs. (50-59 kg)
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Dark blonde, straight hair; blue/green eyes that sometimes appears hazel. Brenda may wear glasses/contacts due to a slight cross in her left eye.
  • Marks, Scars: Brenda has a small scar on her nose, and has a slight cross in her left/right eye. She had a fractured arm when she was 5-6 years old.
  • Other: Her blood type is O+, but A +/- cannot be ruled out.
  • Dentals: Available. Her teeth has some crowding.
  • DNA: Available in CODIS

Circumstances of Disappearance
Crowley lived with her mother in Staten Island, NY in 1979. The daughter of a mother who gave birth to eight children from three different men, Brenda had already disappeared from Curtis High School, which in February 1980 expelled her as AWOL, when she went missing. There was also an outstanding "PINS" (person in need of supervision) warrant issued for Brenda's arrest in Family Court. Her mother did not file a missing person's report with the police. On March 8, 1981, nearly a year after her daughter disappeared, Theresa Crawley was found strangled to death at a Castleton Corners intersection. The 40-year-old Stapleton woman was initially listed as an unidentified Jane Doe, until a Castleton Corners man whom Ms. Crawley knew from a bar pleaded guilty to attempted manslaughter and was sentenced to prison.
Crowley may have been placed in foster care. She has not been seen or heard from since March 1979.

Brenda lived with her mother and siblings in Staten Island, NY. According to the family, she and her seven siblings had run away from the family's various Staten Island addresses at one time or another, but everyone usually came back, everyone except Brenda Crowley. Brenda used to hang out in the Tompkinsville area as well as Stapleton, and Marinerís Harbor. She has not been seen or heard from since about 1979. (Date of last contact is only an estimation) The family thought that her mother had filed a missing person's report with the police, but later learned that was not the case, so a report was filed with the New York Police Department's Missing Persons Squad in Manhattan in 2007.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
New York City Police Department Missing Person's Squad
Det. Robert Dewhurst

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Source Information:
Teresa Crowley, Brenda's sister
Silive News
NamUs MP #12212
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