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NJ CURTIS McCOY: Missing from Newark, NJ - 18 November 1989 - Age 2

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    https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/6377/details

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    Missing Person / NamUs #MP6377 Curtis McCoy, Male, Black / African American

    Date of Last Contact November 18, 1989
    Missing From Newark, New Jersey
    Missing Age 2 Years
    Current Age 30 Years

    Case Information

    Case Numbers
    NCMEC Number 776157

    Demographics
    Missing Age 2 Years
    Current Age 30 Years
    First Name Curtis
    Middle Name--
    Last Name McCoy
    Nickname/Alias--

    Sex Male
    Race / EthnicityBlack / African American
    Height 1' 8" (20 Inches)
    Weight 25 lbs

    Circumstances
    Date of Last Contact November 18, 1989
    NamUs Case Created April 15, 2010

    Last Known Location Map
    Location Newark, New Jersey
    County Essex County
    Circumstances of Disappearance Curtis disappeared while shopping with his father in downtown Newark, New Jersey. He has two marks on his back.

    Physical Description
    Hair Color Black
    Left Eye Color Brown
    Right Eye Color Brown

    Investigating Agencies
    CASE OWNER
    Newark Police Department
    (973) 733-6000
    Miranda, Detective
    --
    FBI
    (973) 792-7311
    Dan Garrabrant, Special Agent
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    New Jersey State Police
    (609) 273-8336
    Paul Valles, Sergeant
    --
    Case Contributors
    NCMEC
    Brenda Galarza, NCMEC Administrator
    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

    1 (800) 843-5678

    NCMEC
    Ariel Kendall, NCMEC Liaison
    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

    1 (800) 843-5678
     
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    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/172dmnj.html

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    Name: Curtis McCoy
    Case Classification: Endangered Missing
    Missing Since: November 18, 1989
    Location Last Seen: Newark, Essex County, New Jersey

    Physical Description
    Date of Birth: October 6, 1987
    Age: 2 years old
    Race: Black/African American
    Gender: Male
    Height: 1'8"
    Weight: 25 lbs.
    Hair Color: Black
    Eye Color: Brown
    Nickname/Alias: Unknown
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Two marks on his bacl

    Identifiers
    Dentals: Not Available
    Fingerprints: Not Available
    DNA: Not Available

    Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: Green jacket, Blue jeans
    Jewelry: Unknown
    Additional Personal Items: Blue Yankees cap

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Curtis McCoy was last seen while shopping with his father in downtown Newark, New Jersey on November 18, 1989.

    Curtis Williams told Newark police back then that he reached for his son's hand as they walked down a street, but felt nothing but air.

    The last time La Shawn McCoy saw her son was in October 1989 in Gifford, South Carolina where she was temporarily living with her mother. Williams, her ex-boyfriend, asked if he could drive down from New Jersey to take his son home to Union City for the holidays, and she agreed.

    Curtis Williams told police his son disappeared during a shopping trip to Newark, where they were accompanied by Williams' girlfriend and their two children. After he reported Curtis missing, the child's mother returned to New Jersey.

    On January 13, 2006, the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office indicted Curtis Williams on charges of murdering his son. Authorities believe the child was killed in Union City, and buried in Jersey City.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    Agency Name: Newark Police Department
    Agency Contact Person: Detective Miranda
    Agency Phone Number: 973-733-6000
    Agency E-Mail: N/A
    Agency Case Number: 89108395

    Agency Name: FBI
    Agency Contact Person: Special Agent Dan Garrabrant
    Agency Phone Number: (973) 792-7311
    Agency E-Mail: N/A
    Agency Case Number: N/A

    Agency Name: New Jersey State Police
    Agency Contact Person: Sergeant Paul Valles
    Agency Phone Number: (609) 273-8336
    Agency E-Mail: N/A
    Agency Case Number: N/A

    NCIC Case Number: M-410536309
    NamUs Case Number: 6377
    NCMEC Case Number: 776157

    Information Source(s)
    NamUs
    NCMEC
    The Star-Ledger
    The Jersey Journal

    Admin Notes
    Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 11/27/17
     
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    http://charleyproject.org/case/curtis-mccoy

    Curtis McCoy
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    Curtis, circa 1989; Age-progression to age 22 (circa 2009)

    • Missing Since11/18/1989
    • Missing FromNewark, New Jersey
    • ClassificationEndangered Missing
    • Date of Birth10/06/1987 (30)
    • Age2 years old
    • Height and Weight1'8, 25 pounds
    • Clothing/Jewelry DescriptionA green jacket, blue jeans and a blue Yankees baseball cap.
    • Distinguishing CharacteristicsAfrican-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Curtis has two marks on his back.
    Details of Disappearance
    Curtis was visiting the family of his father, Curtis Williams, for the Thanksgiving holidays in Newark, New Jersey on November 18, 1989. His mother, Lashawn McCoy, had custody of him and they resided in South Carolina at the time.

    Curtis was last seen walking slightly behind his father, his father's girlfriend, Sabetha Moore, and the two baby daughters Moore and Williams had together. The family was window-shopping in downtown Newark.

    Williams said he reached behind to take his son's hand as the group crossed an intersection, but Curtis had vanished. The child has never been seen again. An extensive search yielded no evidence as to his whereabouts.

    Williams was questioned numerous times over the years by the New Jersey investigators regarding the child's fate. Lashawn claims that her son did not want to travel to New Jersey for the visitation and that she had to reassure him the trip would be fine. She moved her family to New Jersey after her son disappeared in 1989.

    Williams was jailed, along with Moore, on fraud charges in September 2005. They allegedly stole security deposits from prospective tenants of an apartment and also falsely reported Curtis as a dependent on a loan application.

    Authorities initially believed Williams had hidden Curtis in the local area and the child was living under an assumed name, but their search turned up no evidence that he was alive. In January 2006, Williams was additionally charged with his son's murder.

    Authorities stated they had opened a grand jury investigation into Curtis's disappearance and Moore testified that Williams killed his son and then reported him as a missing person to cover up the crime. Moore did not, however, know where Curtis's body was; nor did she have any other evidence to support her statement.

    In May 2007, Williams pleaded guilty to hindering apprehension in connection with his son's disappearance. He was sentenced to time served and five years' probation, and was released from custody immediately. The murder and fraud charges were dropped.

    Williams admitted to killing son and stated he buried the child's corpse in a shallow grave under the New Jersey Turnpike in Jersey City, New Jersey. Prosecutors stated they did not have enough evidence to prove the murder charge; hence, the plea agreement. Lashawn criticized the arrangement as being too lenient.

    Numerous unsuccessful searches have been conducted for Curtis's remains. Authorities believe Williams was telling the truth about the body's location, but they have not located anything at the specified place. His case remains classified as a non-family abduction with some agencies.

    Investigating Agency
    • Newark Police Department
    • 201-733-6123
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • 202-324-3000
    Source Information
     
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    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/25412810/curtis-mccoy

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    Curtis McCoy

    BIRTH 6 Oct 1987
    DEATH 18 Nov 1989 (aged 2)
    New Jersey, USA
    BURIAL Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Newark, New Jersey
    MEMORIAL ID 25412810 · View Source

    Two-year-old Curtis was visiting the family of his father, Curtis Williams, for the Thanksgiving holidays in Newark, New Jersey on November 18, 1989. His mother had primary custody of him, and they resided together in South Carolina at the time. Curtis reportedly did not want to leave his mommy to travel to New Jersey for the visitation, and his mother had to reassure him that the trip would be fine. Curtis was last seen walking slightly behind his father, his father's girlfriend and the two baby daughters Williams and his girlfriend had together. The family had been window-shopping in downtown Newark. Williams said he reached behind to take his son's hand as the group crossed an intersection, but Curtis had vanished. Years later, in May 2007, Williams admitted to killing his son and stated that he buried the child in a shallow grave under the New Jersey Turnpike in Jersey City, New Jersey. Numerous unsuccessful searches have been conducted, but little Curtis has never been found. This is his only place of remembrance.
     
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    http://missingchildren.wikia.com/wiki/Curtis_McCoy


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    Missing by Year, 1989
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    Two-year-old Curtis was last seen on November 18, 1989 in Newark, New Jersey. He was shopping with his dad, Curtis Williams in downtown Newark at the time of his disappearance.

    Williams told police that his son disappeared during a shopping trip with his girlfriend and two children. Curtis' mother, LaShawn McCoy last saw her son in October of 1989 in Gifford, South Carolina where she was temporarily residing with her mother.

    Williams (who was LaShawn's ex-boyfriend) asked if he could drive down from New Jersey to take his son home to Union City for the holidays which she agreed. LaShawn returned to New Jersey after Curtis Williams reported her son missing.

    On January 13, 2006, Williams was indicted on charges of murdering his son. Authorities believe that Curtis was murdered in Union City and buried in Jersey City.

    Curtis has never been found and his case remains unsolved. He was last seen wearing a green jacket, blue jeans and a blue Yankees cap. He has two marks on his back.
     
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    http://www.07020.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4313

    http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/jers...640.xml&coll=3

    After 18-year fight, an empty feeling

    Saturday, May 12, 2007
    There have been plenty of dark days for La Shawn McCoy Wooding over the past 18 years, but yesterday must have been one of the darkest.

    The mother who never gave up the search for 2-year-old Curtis McCoy since he went missing in 1989 had to watch the boy's father - who admitted killing him - walk out of court yesterday a free man.

    McCoy wanted closure, but this wasn't what she had in mind.

    "I want to know I fought this fight for a reason and didn't come all this way for nothing," McCoy Wooding told the judge in her plea to have Curtis Williams' plea deal vacated.

    The judge refused her emotional request.

    McCoy Wooding spent 17 years dogging Williams, at times parking outside his home and counting the children leaving in the morning. Over the years she visited Williams to speak about little Curtis - and he would just smirk, she said.

    In 2005, Jersey City Police Detective Keith Armstrong took on the case and put the clues together that led to Williams.

    "I cried with (Williams), telling him I hoped someone would leave the baby on the church steps," McCoy Wooding told the judge. "It's just not thinkable that someone could do something like this and get away with it."
     
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    http://www.07020.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4313

    http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/...ap3714783.html

    Man Who Admitted Killing Son Set Free
    By MATTHEW VERRINDER 05.12.07, 9:32 PM ET


    A man who admitted killing his son 17 years ago was sentenced to probation in exchange for saying where the toddler's body was buried - even though the remains were not found during a lengthy search.

    Curtis Williams said he buried the clothed body of 2-year-old Curtis McCoy under 3 feet of dirt on a hilly, brush-filled area beneath an elevated portion of the New Jersey Turnpike in Jersey City. Searchers sifted through soil covering hundreds of square feet last month but failed to find the remains.

    The plea deal - in which a hindering apprehension charge replaced murder counts that carried a life sentence upon conviction - remained in effect. On Friday, Judge Peter Vazquez sentenced Williams to five years of probation, the maximum allowed, prosecutor Debra Simon said.

    Authorities believe Williams was telling the truth about where he buried McCoy's body because he passed a polygraph test.

    Simon said the plea deal came about because the case against Williams was weak - there were only two witnesses, and both may have had ulterior motives to testify against him - and prosecutors wanted to give McCoy's family closure.

    "I didn't have a slam dunk of a case," Simon said Saturday. "If we go to trial for murder and we lose, and we ask him where the baby's body is, he would have laughed. And if we win, what motive would he have to tell us where the baby is?"

    Williams, 40, initially was charged with the boy's 1989 murder in January 2006. At the time, he was serving a sentence for fraud for claiming McCoy as a dependent in a loan application. As part of the plea deal, that charge was also dropped.

    Williams initially told Newark police that his son had gone missing while they were out shopping.

    The boy's mother contacted police in 2004, around the 15th anniversary of her son's disappearance. Jersey City police eventually found evidence implicating Williams, which led to the murder charge.

    Williams' lawyer, Jeffrey Jablonski, said the plea deal was the only leverage prosecutors had against Williams to get him to reveal where McCoy's body was buried.

    "If Mr. Williams knew where the body was, that was his largest bargaining chip," Jablonski said Saturday. "I know that sounds terribly, terribly harsh, but that's the reality of the situation."
     
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    http://www.07020.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4313

    http://edition.cnn.com/2007/LAW/05/11/nj.murder.plea/


    Man admits killing son, gets out of prison
    POSTED: 1657 GMT (0057 HKT), May 12, 2007


    (CNN) -- A New Jersey judge approved a plea deal Friday that will set free a man who admitted murdering his 2-year-old son 17 years ago.

    Curtis Williams confessed to beating son Curtis McCoy to death, after claiming for 16 years to have lost the child while shopping in Newark.

    Williams told prosecutors where he buried the body in exchange for a plea deal that would set him free with time served -- only 20 months in prison.

    When two days of digging in early April of this year failed to turn up the body, the victim's mother, La Shawn McCoy, hoped the plea deal would not stand.

    McCoy expressed her anger and disdain toward Williams in court Friday morning.

    "[You knew] all the time that you did not have him. That you had killed him," she said, in tears.

    "I used that to comfort me, thinking that you had him and you were taking care of him, and you just didn't want to give him back. Now what do I have? What do I have to ease this pain? Nothing," she said. (Watch the grieving mother scold her child's killer )

    Prosecutor Deborah Simon told CNN that had the plea deal been thrown out, it would still have been very difficult to try the case.

    There is no forensic evidence that incriminates Williams, and the only testimony comes from Williams' girlfriend at the time of the murder, claiming he killed the child.

    Williams is expected to be released from prison today.

    CNN's Allan Chernoff and Winnie Dunbar contributed to this report.
     
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    MISSING FOR YEARS: NJ WANTS YOUR HELP FINDING THESE PEOPLE

    Between 14,000 and 16,000 people are reported missing in New Jersey every year. And every year, about 99% of these individuals are recovered.

    But that pleasant statistic doesn't do much for the loved ones of the 1,000-plus missing persons whose cases have gone unsolved, dating as far back as 1969.


    Curtis McCoy
    Date of Last Contact: Nov. 18, 1989
    Date of Birth: 10/06/1987
    Height: 2 feet
    Weight: 25 pounds
    County: Essex

    Curtis McCoy, 2, was kidnapped on Nov. 18, 1989, as he walked a few steps behind his father in Newark during a shopping trip with his father’s girlfriend and his two half sisters. As the group approached an intersection, Curtis's father reached for his son's hand to cross the street, but Curtis was gone.
    The toddler was visiting his father and lived with his mother in South Carolina. Contact Newark Police Department at 973-733-6000

    https://nj1015.com/nj-event-aims-to-help-identify-and-locate-missing-people/


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