Father of missing woman rallies community as search for Stephanie continues

Stephanie Parze. Photo: Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – Family members and friends of Stephanie Parze, the Freehold Township woman who has not been seen since Oct. 30, will come together this weekend.

According to a social media post from Stephanie’s father, Edward Parze, “We are going to be gathering at Freehold Township High School, 281 Elton-Adelphia Road, Freehold Township, at 9 a.m. on Dec. 21 for a very large group aerial photo.

“We would love to see all of the volunteers, donors, first responders and anyone supporting our ‘Bring Steph Home’ efforts to be in the photo. Bring your families and friends, everyone is welcome to be in the photo.

“In order to be a part of this photo you must wear either one of the ‘Missing Stephanie’ white T-shirts or any plain white shirt you may have. We will have some shirts available on location, but there are limited quantities and sizes.

“The plan is to form a very large all-white heart with Stephanie’s banner in the middle. The white is to symbolize hope! A drone will be taking the photo,” Parze wrote.

He continued, “We will need hundreds of people to pull this off so please, come out and participate in this event. Also, from noon to 6:30 p.m. at Howell Lanes in Howell, the ‘Bring Steph Home’ bowl-a-thon will be taking place.

“There will be bowling, a large gift auction, a 50/50 raffle, a new bowling ball raffle and much more. Sign-up links have been posted on Facebook. Thank you all for the tremendous show of support and for continuing to help us find our baby girl,” Parze wrote in his message to the community.

According to The AWARE Foundation, on the evening of Oct. 30, Stephanie, 25, went out with family members. Following the evening out, she was supposed to send a text message to her mother when she arrived at her residence in Freehold Township, but she never sent a message.

Stephanie failed to show up for work the following day, Oct. 31, according to The AWARE Foundation, and that is when the search for her began.

Stephanie left behind her car, phone and other personal items. The young woman is 4-feet, 11-inches tall and weighs 115 pounds. She was last seen wearing jeans, a burgundy V-neck shirt and a burgundy sweater.

In the weeks since Stephanie has gone missing, her family members and volunteers have searched for her on Staten Island, N.Y., in Old Bridge and in Freehold Township.

Law enforcement authorities have conducted searches on Staten Island and have said their investigation into her disappearance remains ongoing.

Anyone who may have information about Stephanie’s disappearance is asked to call Detective Shawn Murphy of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-431-7160, ext. 7032, or Freehold Township Detective Daniel Valentine at 732-462-7908.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous, but who has information about a crime can contact the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip line by calling 1-800-671-4400; can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com