Cold Cases

Cold Case investigation is an integral part of the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor and our commitment to the residents of Hudson County. No Homicide case is ever closed until there is an arrest and conviction.  The Prosecutor’s Office fervently continues its investigation of unsolved homicides no matter their age. Unsolved violent crimes are investigated with the same dedication and passion as more recent crimes.

In these pages we are asking for your help.  Any information, no matter how small may lead to solving these cases. Please help to bring justice to those who committed these terrible crimes and closure to your fellow community members who have been scarred by this violence.

Click on the links below to find specifically where we are asking for your help.

HCPO #76-437H

On Saturday, November 6, 1976, 15-year-old Lisa Granato was murdered on the sunporch inside her residence located at 32 Pamrapo Avenue in Jersey City. Lisa was last seen at 8 p.m. after leaving her waitress job at the Broadway Diner in Bayonne. Lisa’s body was discovered by her mother and immediate family shortly before midnight after returning home from a family function. Lisa died as a result of multiple stab wounds. Lisa was very well known and it is possible that she knew the person(s) responsible for her death.

HCPO #86-215H

On Tuesday, April 8, 1986, 43-year-old Monica Espinoza Gomez was found murdered inside her residence located at 3707 John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City. She was found by her son shortly before 3:30 a.m. but it is believed that she was murdered sometime after 11 p.m. on Monday, April 7. Mrs. Gomez died as a result of multiple stab wounds. It is possible that the victim knew the person(s) responsible for her death. At the time of her death, Monica was employed at The Meadowlands Hilton Hotel in Secaucus.

HCPO #89-283H

 On Tuesday, May 23, 1989, at approximately 1 p.m., Nicola Manocchio was in his residence located at 42 Highland Avenue, Jersey City. He was showing a vacant upstairs apartment to two — possibly three — potential tenants. At approximately 2:30 p.m., one of his family members attempted to enter the home and discovered that the door to the victim’s apartment was locked. This was unusual because the family member was working in the rear yard. The family member climbed into the living room window and found Mr. Manocchio lying on the floor of his bedroom. The bedroom appeared to be ransacked. A large amount of money and jewelry were reportedly taken from the bedroom. Mr. Manocchio died as a result of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

HCPO # 94-043H

 On Tuesday, May 17, 1994, Pathmasiri P. Rathugama, age 38, was strangled in his residence located at 50 Reservoir Ave in Jersey City. Mr. Rathugama’s body was discovered by his roommate shortly before 10:30 p.m. It is possible that the victim knew the person(s) responsible for his death. Mr. Rathugama died as a result of being strangled. Mr. Rathugama was a Sri Lanka national and had recently worked at the Sri Lanka Embassy in New York City. In addition, Mr. Rathugama and his roommate lived in New York City prior to moving to Jersey City in April 1994.

HCPO # 94-062H

On Tuesday, June 21, 1994, shortly after 8 a.m., the body of 14-year-old Gladys Solis was discovered underneath a loading dock on Warren Street just south of 2nd Street in Jersey City. The physical address of the loading dock is 110 1st Street. Gladys was reported missing on the evening of June 20, 1994, by her mother. Gladys was last seen on the morning of June 20 by her younger brother as she left her residence at 234 Clinton St in Jersey City for school. Gladys was an 8th grader at P.S. 24 located at 220 Virginia Avenue and was scheduled to graduate a week after her murder. Gladys was in the first trimester of her pregnancy. It is possible that the victim knew the person(s) responsible for her death. Gladys died as a result of being strangled.

HCPO # 06-015H

On Monday, February 6, 2006, the body of 18-year-old Catrina Hinton was discovered inside Bay View Cemetery, 321 Garfield Avenue in Jersey City. Catrina was discovered by cemetery workers underneath piles of discarded construction debris. Catrina was last seen leaving her place of employment on Saturday, January 14, 2006, shortly after 7:45 p.m. Catrina worked at Mandee clothing store, formerly located at 556 Broadway in Bayonne. Catrina was reported missing by her family after failing to return home that evening.  It is possible that the victim knew the person(s) responsible for her death. Catrina died as a result of being strangled.

HCPO #17-015H

On Friday, November 4, 2016, at approximately 8:30 a.m., two men wearing ski masks entered Catlow Movers located at 704 Summit Avenue in Jersey City and committed an armed robbery. Irving Catlow was inside the office, when the men struck him about the face and head causing severe head injury. On April 1, 2017, at the age of 74, Mr. Catlow died as a result of the injuries sustained during the robbery. Mr. Catlow was robbed of $400 and his keys. The men are described as one being a tall black male and the other a short black male. One of the men was armed with a chrome-colored handgun. Catlow Movers is a family owned business operating in New Jersey since 1932.

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