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NJ RACHELLE DESTEFANO: Missing from Manalapan, NJ - 20 April 1986 - Age 34

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  1. Scorpio

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    Asbury Park Press, 18 Oct 1990, Thu, Page 64

    Rachelle's husband plead guilty to federal conspiracy and income tax invasion charges in 1990. DeStefano admitted that he and a co-worker stole more than $1 million from a wall street investment firm between 1983 and 1988.
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    Posted Sep 6, 2002 at 2:00 AM

    A man who posted $100,000 cash bail on charges he fraudulently collected $4,900 in food stamps and other public assistance has vanished.

    Police and prosecutors, meanwhile, have been delving into the man’s past, including the 1986 disappearance of his then wife, Rachelle Goldenthal, in central New Jersey.

    Louis R. Destefano, 62, of Smallwood, was indicted Aug. 28 on grand larceny, welfare fraud and forgery charges. He is accused of using the missing woman’s name and forging her signature on a food-stamp application, and with using his estranged wife’s name and forging her signature to apply for money from the Heat Energy Assistance Program.

    Sullivan County sheriff’s deputies began their investigation into Destefano after his estranged wife’s car mysteriously went up in flames earlier this year.

    Destefano was supposed to be in court yesterday — but his lawyer, John Ferrara, told Judge Frank LaBuda he hasn’t seen or heard from his client. Assistant District Attorney Michael McGuire said Destefano failed to show up at work on July 26, and sold his car the same day. No one has seen him since.

    McGuire said investigators are still looking into the car fire for a possible arson case, and authorities are taking a hard look at Goldenthal’s mysterious disappearance.

    LaBuda issued a bench warrant for Destefano’s arrest.
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    Romulus In the earth of missing person

    Rachelle Elaine DeStefano


    Age last seen: 34
    Race: White female
    Hair color: Blond strawberry; long dirty blond hair
    Eyes Color: Blue
    Height: 65.0
    Weight: 115.0
    Scars and Marks: piercing ears
    Clothes/jewerly: short purple jacket; white sneakers with blue stripes; Gold wedding band

    Circumstances: Victim's sister contacted this agency on April 22, 1986 to report her sister missing

    Namus: Missing Person Case
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    Rachelle was last seen by her husband at their home on 34 Tracy Drive in Manalapan Township, New Jersey at around 2:00 am on April 21st, 1986. The couple had discussed preparations for a divorce her husband went upstairs to bed while Rachelle stayed downstairs. When the family awoke the next morning at 6:00 am Rachelle was gone.

    Rachelle’s mother and stepfather last spoke to Rachelle at about 7:30 am on Saturday. She asked for her stepfather to come down as that she and her husband were having issues. Her stepfather was ill so in turn she called her father whom came down that morning. Her father spent the night and left the following day by all his accounts Rachelle was in good spirits.

    Rachelle’s sister had called the house and was told by her brother in law Rachelle’s was not home. The next day her sister called again, and it was odd her brother in law was home from work. He explained that when they awoke on Monday Rachelle was gone. Rachelle’s sister became concerned and contacted police on April 22nd, 1986.

    Rachelle had left before however never without her children this was out of character. She had recently withdrawn a large sum of money from a bank account all except $ 500.00 was accounted for.

    Rachelle’s parents acquired the services of a private detective and consulted a psychic along with offering a $ 15,000 reward with no success in finding Rachelle

    Rachelle’s husband plead guilty in 1990 to a Wall Street fraud scheme that occurred between 1983 – 1988.

    Rachelle's husband was investigated again after his estranged wife's car mysteriously went up in flames in 2002.
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  10. Bearsquad

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    Please contact me or the investigating agencies if you have any information that would be helpful.
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  11. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Thank you for all this information, @Bearsquad ! :welcome:

    We will certainly make sure that you are contacted if anyone gets any tips. It makes me angry that this man is still out there preying on people.
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    Thanks Kimster! He is now 77 years old living on Monticello, NY. He has avoided prosecution of murder, attempted murder & arson. Any help would be appreciated.

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