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PA SUSAN CERRITELLI: Missing from Long Pond, PA - 11 May 1983 - Age 26

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    Missing Person / NamUs #MP11620 Susan Maria Ann Cerritelli, Female, Asian

    Date of Last Contact May 11, 1983
    Missing From Long Pond, Pennsylvania
    Missing Age 26 Years
    Current Age 61 Years

    Case Information

    Missing Age 26 Years
    Current Ag e61 Years
    First Name Susan
    Middle Name Maria Ann
    Last Name Cerritelli
    Nickname/Alias Chinese Sue

    Sex Female
    Race / Ethnicity Asian
    Height 5' 1" (61 Inches)
    Weight 100 lbs

    Date of Last Contact May 11, 1983
    NamUs Case Created July 8, 2011

    Last Known Location Map
    Location Long Pond, Pennsylvania 18334
    County Monroe County
    Circumstances of Disappearance Susan was reported missing by her husband on May 14, 1983. She was never heard from again.

    Physical Description
    Hair Color Black
    Head Hair Description Short.
    Left Eye Color Brown
    Right Eye Color Brown
    Distinctive Physical Features
    Tattoo behind right shoulder, Bird of Paradise

    Investigating Agencies
    Pennsylvania State Police
    (570) 336-0356
    Shawn Williams, Corporal
    Case Contributors
    Shawn Williams, Law Enforcement
    Pennsylvania State Police

    (570) 459-3890
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    Case File: 3089DFPA - Susan Marie Ann Cerritelli
    The Doe Network


    Susan Marie Ann Cerritelli
    • Case Classification: Missing
    • Missing Since: May 11, 1983
    • Location Last Seen: Long Pond, Monroe Co, Pennsylvania

    Physical Description
    ** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

    • Date of Birth: Unknown
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 26
    • Race: Asian or Pacific Islander
    • Gender: Female
    • Height at Time of Disappearance: 5'1
    • Weight at Time of Disappearance: 100 lbs
    • Hair Color: Black hair, worn short
    • Eye Color: Brown
    • Alias(s) / Nickname(s): Chinese Sue

    • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Bird of Paradise tattoo on back of right shoulder

    • Dentals: Available (Charting)
    • Fingerprints: Available
    • DNA: Not available
    Clothing & Personal Items
    • Clothing: Unknown

    • Jewelry: Unknown

    • Additional Personal Items: Unknown

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Her husband reported her missing to PSP at Fern Ridge Station on May 14, 1983. She has not been seen or heard from since.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    If you have any information about this case please contact;

    • Agency Name: Pennsylvania State Police
    • Agency Contact Person: Cpl Shawn Williams
    • Agency Phone Number: 570-336-0356

    • Agency Case Number: N03-126983
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
    • NamUs
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    ’83 Monroe missing person-murder case is closed

    By Andrew Scott
    Pocono Record Writer
    Posted Nov 10, 2016 at 5:28 PMUpdated Nov 11, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    “If you ever cheat on me, I will throw you down the hole where I threw my wife.”

    This is in the sworn statement, given by Debra Wheelis of Henryville to the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office in September, about what Wheelis said boyfriend Andrew Cesar Cerritelli told her regarding Susan Marie Rath-Cerritelli, his wife who disappeared 33 years ago.

    “He said he told her, ‘You cheat on me and I will kill you,’” Wheelis told the District Attorney’s Office. “I guess she cheated on him, you know, with some big wig guy, got money. He said he got a hold of her, took her for a drive and she never came back.”

    Andrew Cerritelli died from a drug overdose in February 2007 while living with Wheelis, her two daughters and his father in Pocono Township, according to information compiled by First Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso. At the time, state police had just begun investigating Susan Cerritelli’s 24-year disappearance as a murder, with Andrew Cerritelli as the prime suspect, though police had no physical evidence or admission from him that she had been killed.

    On June 1, 1983, Andrew Cerritelli, then age 21, gave state police a missing-person affidavit he had filled out on his 26-year-old wife. He claimed he had picked up the affidavit from police about two and a half weeks earlier (on May 14, supposedly three days after he last saw her) when reporting her missing.

    Cerritelli told police he left the couple’s home on Laurel Park in Long Pond for Philadelphia at noon on May 11, 1983, and returned at 6 p.m. that day to find her gone.

    Police started a missing-person investigation and contacted Susan Cerritelli’s family, all of whom lived out of state at the time, and friends. Her loved ones said it was unusual for her not to remain in contact with them, which led to her husband being the prime suspect of foul play.

    Those who knew the couple said Andrew Cerritelli was jealous, controlling and bragged about his alleged violent past as a Mob enforcer.

    Susan Cerritelli’s disappearance went unsolved as years passed. Andrew Cerritelli remarried, but remained a prime suspect and was arrested on multiple other cases in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

    In Summer 1989, police were unsuccessful in interviewing Cerritelli, a Monroe County Correctional Facility inmate at the time, who said, “If you guys are going to charge me, then charge me. I’m not saying a word.”

    In May 1998, a Lehigh County Jail inmate reached out to police, saying he had spent some time with Cerritelli when Cerritelli was locked up in Lehigh County. The inmate reported Andrew Cerritelli had admitted to strangling Susan Cerritelli over jealousy, dismembering her body and then dumping her remains off shore in Seaside Heights, N.J., where Andrew supposedly had connections.

    The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office found this information insufficient to file murder charges. The continuing investigation confirmed Andrew Cerritelli’s Seaside Heights connections, but nothing further.

    Police found women Cerritelli had been involved with in the past, verifying reports of his extreme jealousy, fits of rage and controlling nature, but the women were still too scared of him to testify against him. Meanwhile, police over the years were unable to match Susan Cerritelli’s body type, physical resemblance or dental records to unidentified victims’ remains found across the country.

    In Summer 2003, police learned Andrew Cerritelli had been arrested for violating a Protection From Abuse order his new wife filed against him.

    Police learned about letters he wrote her from jail, saying he believed she was cheating on him, boasting of his alleged Mob ties and threatening to “scalp” the man with whom he believed she was cheating. But, the letters didn’t mention Susan Cerritelli’s whereabouts.

    When the case was re-designated from missing person to murder in early 2007, police became aware of a 911 call at the residence Andrew Cerritelli was sharing with Wheelis, her daughters and his father. Learning he had been using heroin and cocaine and was now dying from a drug overdose, police rushed to his home in hopes of getting a dying confession from him, but he later was pronounced dead at Pocono Medical Center without having confessed.

    In Summer 2015, a police investigator, who has known Wheelis since her childhood, learned she was appearing at a district court hearing. The investigator approached Wheelis, hoping the passage of time had made her more open to talking to police, and began speaking with her to see if she could shed any light on Susan Cerritelli’s fate.

    Wheelis had never met Susan Cerritelli and did not meet Andrew Cerritelli until after Susan’s disappearance, but she agreed to talk and did tell police about what Andrew had told her regarding Susan. More than a year later, in September, Wheelis repeated this information in her sworn statement to the District Attorney’s Office.

    Wheelis said Andrew Cerratelli told her he had dumped Susan’s remains down a hole in what was once the town of Centralia in Columbia County. Wheelis recalled him saying at one point, “They will never find her.”

    Police are unable to search any holes in Centralia due to a multi-square-mile coal mine fire that has been burning underground there since 1962. The abandoned town has long since been uninhabitable due to noxious surface fumes caused by the underground fire.

    A former Centralia resident did tell police he has heard stories of the Mob dumping bodies there over the years.

    “And so ends yet another sordid tale of domestic violence and murder, a tale that echoes through time over and again,” said Mancuso. “A small consolation is the feeling perhaps of closure that Susan’s surviving relatives might feel. May they remember her fondly for her kindness and good nature, not for the horrible circumstances of her death and abandonment.

    “One more thing appears evident,” he said. “Her brutal murder and its inhuman cover-up bore into the soul of her murderer, fueling his drug addiction, driving his paranoia and hastening his demise.”
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    Monroe Man Gets Jail Term On Assault Charge
    July 25, 1990|by SEAN CONNOLLY, The Morning Call

    Andrew Cerritelli, a Monroe County man who is the prime suspect in a police search for his missing wife, was sentenced yesterday to two to four years in state prison for a 1988 conviction of simple assault and reckless endangerment.

    Cerritelli, 28, argued with Monroe Judge James Marsh to postpone the sentencing to allow him to find a new lawyer. But Marsh refused to postpone the hearing.

    "You've had all the time in the world to find new counsel," Marsh said.

    Cerritelli, who has eight adult convictions and several outstanding prison sentences, was convicted in January 1988 of simple assault and reckless endangerment for driving a sports car through a road construction site at a high rate of speed. Police said Cerritelli narrowly missed several construction workers.

    The offense occurred on Sept. 13, 1987, between Routes 940 and 611 in Pocono Township. At the time, Cerritelli was on parole after serving 33 months in state prison for trying to run down a state police officer in 1984.

    However, Cerritelli is probably best known in Monroe County for being the focus of a murder investigation during which state police dug up the basement of his former Long Pond home. Police suspected that Cerritelli may have killed his wife, Susan, and buried her body in the basement of the home. Susan Cerritelli has not been seen since 1983.

    Police dug up the basement but no body was found.

    The new owners of the home, Jean and David Rogers, recently filed suit against Monroe County District Attorney E. David Christine after it took months for the county to pay the excavation bill. Christine had promised the county would pay the bill, but a dispute between Christine and the county commissioners delayed the payment.

    In court yesterday, prosecutor Mark Pazuhanich jokingly referred to the excavation bill while he listed the fines against Cerritelli, sparking one of the prisoner's several outbursts.

    "You have a moronic DA who digs holes in people's basements and that's why I'm having all the trouble, isn't it?" Cerritelli said.

    Judge Marsh said he didn't know what Cerritelli meant, adding in jest that the court was not aware of the district attorney's IQ level.

    In February 1988, Cerritelli escaped from Northampton County Prison where he was being held on the simple assault-reckless driving charge.

    Police said Cerritelli was unloading milk at the prison when he ran from the prison and jumped into a waiting car, believed to be operated by his girlfriend.

    One month later, Cerritelli was apprehended in Seaside Heights, N.J., when police responded to a complaint of an argument between a girlfriend and boyfriend. Cerritelli led police on a foot race and pointed a gun at officers during the chase before he was tackled and subdued by an off-duty officer.

    Cerritelli is currently serving three to seven years in New Jersey after pleading guilty to resisting arrest and illegal gun possession. In addition to yesterday's sentence of two to four years, Cerritelli faces six months to two years for escaping from Northampton County and another 33 months in state prison for violating his parole.
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    Susan Cerritelli

    Status: Open
    Year: 1983
    Last Seen: Tobyhanna Township
    Susan Cerritelli, then 26, of Long Pond, disappeared on May 11, 1983. Her husband, Andrew Cerritelli reported that he returned from Philadelphia that day at about 6:00 P.M. to find his wife missing.

    After a lengthy investigation, much of which focused on her husband as a possible suspect in her disappearance, police were unable to solve the mystery of what happened to Mrs. Cerritelli.

    In 2007, Andrew Cerritelli passed away.

    In 2016, investigators uncovered information that leads them to believe that Susan was murdered and her body dumped in a mine fire in Centralia, PA.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Chief Detective Eric Kerchner at (570) 517-3109 or by email at ekerchner@monroecountypa.gov, or call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS.
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    Susan Maria Ann Cerritelli
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    Susan in 1974 (nine years before her disappearance; more recent photos are unavailable); Andrew Cerritelli in the 2000s

    • Missing Since05/11/1983
    • Missing FromLong Pond, Pennsylvania
    • ClassificationEndangered Missing
    • Age26 years old
    • Height and Weight5'1, 100 pounds
    • Distinguishing Characteristics Asian female. Black hair, brown eyes. Susan's nickname is Chinese Sue. She has a tattoo of a bird of a paradise on the back of her right shoulder. Some agencies give middle name as "Marie" or refer to her as Susan Marie Rath-Cerritelli.
    Details of Disappearance
    Susan was last seen at her home in Long Pond, Pennsylvania at noon on May 11, 1983. Her husband, Andrew Cesar Cerritelli, said he left their home at noon to go to Philadelphia, and when he returned at 6:00 p.m. she was gone. She has never been heard from again. Andrew reported her missing.

    All of Susan's family lived out of state at the time of her disappearance, but it's uncharacteristic of her not to contact them, and they all believed foul play was involved in her case.

    Andrew was known as a controlling, jealous husband with a substantial criminal record, mostly for violent offenses, and he had bragged about being an enforcer for the Mafia. A photo of him is posted with this case summary. He was the prime suspect in Susan's case, but charges were never brought against him. He remarried after her disappearance and continued having brushes with the law.

    In 1998, a jail inmate told police Andrew had told him he'd strangled Susan, dismembered her body and dumped it in the ocean off the coast of Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

    Andrew allegedly told a girlfriend he'd dumped Susan's remains down a hole in the uninhabited former town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, and threatened to put her in the same hole if she was ever unfaithful to him.

    Police are unable to search Centralia because a coal fire, covering miles, has been burning underground there since 1962 and the air above ground is poisoned by coal gas fumes.

    Andrew died of a drug overdose in February 2007. Susan has never been located and is considered to be the victim of a homicide.

    Investigating Agency
    • Pennsylvania State Police 570-336-0356
    Source Information
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    Pennsylvania Missing Persons
    and Unidentified Victims


    Susan Marie Ann Cerritelli
    Missing since May 11, 1983 from Long Pond, Monroe County

    Vital Statistics
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 26
    Race: Asian or Pacific Islander
    Estimated Height: 5'-5'1"
    Estimated Weight: 100 lbs
    Hair Color: Black
    Eye Color: Brown
    Nickname: Chinese Sue
    Distinguishing Characteristics: tattoo of Bird of Paradise on back of right shoulder.
    Dentals: Available
    Fingerprints: Available
    DNA: Initial inquiry underway

    Case Details
    On Saturday, May 14, 1983, Andrew Cerritelli went to the Pennsylvania State Police Fern Ridge Station to report that his wife, Susan, had been missing since the previous Wednesday, May 11th.

    Andrew, a convicted felon, has a long history of run-ins with the police, including attempting to run over a state police officer in 1984. It has long been suspected that Cerritelli killed Susan and disposed of her body, but he has never been charged with her murder and Susan has never been found.

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

    Pennsylvania State Police
    Troop N
    Cpl Shawn Williams
    NamUs MP # 11620

    Pennsylvania State Police Website
    The Morning Call
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    Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Susan Cerritelli

    May 19, 2018MeaghanLeave a comment

    In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Susan Maria Ann Cerritelli, a 26-year-old woman who disappeared from Long Pond, Pennsylvania on May 11, 1983.

    She’s listed as Asian and her nickname is Chinese Sue, but I don’t know if she’s actually of Chinese descent. I think the photo of her is a high school yearbook picture, so it’s probably like ten years out of date.

    Authorities believe Susan was murdered by her husband, Andrew, a violent criminal and generally a bad dude. According to one story, he dumped her remains in Centralia, Pennsylvania, an uninhabited hellscape that’s been on fire since the 1960s with no end in sight. If you can avoid getting poisoned by the coal gas fumes, it’s a very good place to put a body; the police say it’s too unsafe to search.

    Andrew Cerritelli died in 2007 and took whatever secrets he had to his grave. While poor Susan remains among the missing.
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    Long Pond
    Pennsylvania 18334
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    Long Pond


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    Police Close Missing Person Case From 1983

    November 16, 2016

    Police have closed a missing person-homicide case that happened 33 years ago.

    On May 11, 1983, Susan Marie Rath-Cerratelli, 25, disappeared from her home in Long Pond, PA and was never heard from again. According to her husband Andrew Cerratelli, he left that morning to travel to Philadelphia and when he returned home around 6:00 PM that evening she was gone. However, Andrew did not report his wife missing to the police until almost three weeks later.

    Police investigated Susan’s disappearance as a missing persons case and interviewed her friends and family. Her family members told investigators that it was not like Susan to not stay in contact with them regularly.

    Although investigators suspected that Andrew was involved in Susan’s disappearance from the beginning, they never had enough information to turn her missing person case into a homicide investigation. Twenty four years later, in 2007, Pennsylvania state police started investigating Susan’s disappearance as a murder case, with Andrew as the prime suspect.

    Unfortunately, Andrew Cerratelli died of a drug overdose in February 2007, shortly after the state police started to investigate Susan’s possible murder. As a result, the case went unsolved until recently.

    Andrew was living with his girlfriend Debra Wheelis at the time of his death in 2007. After almost 10 years of silence, Debra recently agreed to speak to the police about threats that Andrew had made to her when they were together.

    In September 2016, Debra stated in a sworn statement to police that Andrew had made reference to his missing wife in a threat he made to her. According to Debra’s sworn police statement, Andrew had said to her, “If you ever cheat on me, I will throw you down the hole where I threw my wife.”

    According to Debra, Andrew found out that Susan had cheated on him, so he murdered her and drove her body to an abandoned mine in a remote area and dumped her body down an old mine shaft in Centralia, PA.

    Unfortunately, the police are unable to search and find Susan’s remains. Centralia has been abandoned due to health hazards associated with the old mining operation and there is an underground fire that has been burning in the abandoned mine since 1962.

    However, thanks to Debra’s sworn statement, investigators and district attorney have decided that the missing person homicide case for Susan Cerratelli can finally be closed.
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    A case should never be closed even if someone is charged with the crime. They still haven't located her body. So it's still not solved as far as I am concerned. And I am sure her Family feels the same way.

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