Gonzalee Henderson was 72 years old when he was reported missing in the middle of last month. He has no known family. He never showed up to the Christian broadcast he regularly did on Citizens Television up on State Street. A friend reported him missing. He left his cell phone behind.
Henderson (pictured above) is one of seven “cold” cases, that is, persons reported missing without active leads. Some go back to as far as 1994. Others, Henderson’s, are fresher. The police are asking the public’s help to advance them to some kind of conclusion.
The task of finding missing persons falls to Det. Sgt. Elisa Tuozzoli, who described herself on a Friday visit to her office on the third floor of police headquarters as “obsessive-compulsive” when it comes to tackling these cases. She and her Det. Jesse Agosto, and newly minted sleuth Det. Ann Salamon in the department’s missing persons unit don’t give up.
They asked that anyone with information on the following seven disappearances contact Det. Agosto at (203) 946-6304, ext. 1307.
Click here on the Missing Persons tab of the police website for pictures and thumbnail description and last sightings of the seven.
Below is a slightly amplified rundown, with some additional information provided by the detectives.
• Gonzalee Henderson (pictured above) was reported missing on 3/14/14 after failing to report to his monthly television show at Citizens Television. Henderson is a black male approximately 5’6” and 140lbs. He has short gray hair, brown eyes and wears glasses.
• Marquita Jones last had contact with her family in the summer of 2011. Marquita is known to use drugs and may be staying in the Hill area of New Haven. She is a dark skinned black female with brown eyes and black hair.
Marquita is 5’2” tall and approximately 100lbs. She also goes by the names Keigha, Kecia, Luv and Quita Luv.
• Jerry Dolphin went missing in October of 1994 and has not been heard or seen from since. He was 20 years old at the time of his disappearance. Dolphin is described as a black male approximately 5’11” tall with a medium build. He has black hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion.
• Lisa Calvo was last seen on October 6, 2005.
She’s described as a white female, not quite five feet tall, with brown hair, brown eyes and tattoos on the right leg and right thigh.
• Andre Fan was last seen in the early morning hours of 8 August 2004 at his residence in the vicinity of 300 Eastern St. All his personal belongings, money and ID were left behind.
Andre has a medical/psychological condition. He’s described as five feet four inches, weighing 180 pounds, and with a bad kneecap.
• Jose Ortiz was born in 1986 and has brown hair and eyes. He was reported missing on Dec. 28, 2005; there was a subsequent report that he was abducted. That happened on January 1, 2006. Sgt. Tuozzoli said he was riding his bike around Poplar and Lombard streets when a car pulled up and people grabbed him.
“There’s no description of the vehicle or the people,” said Tuozzolli.
• Evelyn Frisco, 50, was last seen on June 29, 2004, carrying a black pocketbook. She’s described as five feet two inches tall, with blue eyes and blonde hair. She was last seen on that date after she left court. Her mother did not report Evelyn missing until the end of 2004, because she thought she had gone to jail. That’s not the case.
“No new information has surfaced [since],” said Det. Agosto.
She has a tattoo of a butterfly on her right shoulder, a scar on a leg, and there are upper dentures.
NCIS, The Real Thing
Such details, along with, increasingly other contact info such as social media links, are fed by the detectives into COLLECT. That’s the Connecticut On-Line Law Enforcement Teleprocessing data base.
That information in turn is fed into NCIS, the National Crime Information System (NCIS) the FBI’s national crime information data system.
The better and more accurate the information, the more “hits” in the quest for location or identification. Recently Sgt. Tuozzoli and her team have created a dedicated police report form because in the past some key information—including names of friends and contacts—appeared without uniformity in the arriving officers’ written narrative. No longer. Now the info is regularized, and transfers far more seamlessly into the COLLECT and NCIS systems.
Tuozzoli said the error rate of information coded into the state and federal systems to find people has been reduced to zero. Previously if a hair color or an identifying mark, for example, is not entered, then when the detectives use the data bases to check, for example, a list of found bodies, that “hit” or contact may not be flagged. The consequence is a possible identification or location missed.
Even though many of these cases are old, “they are not considered dormant,” said Det. Agosto.
“We need to serve their families. We keep in contact. We need to keep it [the cases] open and pursue it as best we can,” said Tuozzoli
In 2013 there were 688 reports of missing persons; only four are still open. In 2014 there are 130 thus far, with eight open, the detectives reported.