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Renee LaManna

Real Name: Renee Martine LaManna
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Somers Point, New Jersey
Date: January 8, 1994


Occupation: Student
Date of Birth: May 2, 1958
Height: 5'2"
Weight: 100 lbs.
Marital Status: Dating
Characteristics: Caucasian female. Dark brown hair, brown eyes. She has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.


Details: Thirty-five-year-old Renee LaManna was considered the "bright light" of her family. At the age of twenty, she had received both her bachelor's and master's degrees. She later served in the Peace Corps and spoke both French and Arabic fluently. In 1994, she was studying nuclear medicine technology. However, according to her family, she later came under a great amount of stress. After an argument with her boyfriend on January 8, 1994, she stormed out of their apartment in Queens, New York.
Renee was later found wandering in the bitter cold, barefoot and dressed only in her night clothes. She was taken to a local hospital for psychiatric evaluation. After that, she was taken to her sister's house in Ocean City, New Jersey, where they had dinner. At around 7pm, just an hour after she arrived, she once again ran outside for no apparent reason into freezing temperatures. She was only wearing a sweatshirt, pajama bottoms, bath robe, and hospital slippers. One of the slippers and the bath robe were later found. She was last seen at a bar in Somers Point at around 9pm, acting strangely.
A bloodhound traced Renee's scent to two Ocean City homes, but no evidence of what happened to her has ever been found. Authorities cannot determine if she met with foul play or left on her own accord. In May 1995, she was reportedly seen in New Jersey, but the sighting is unconfirmed. Her disappearance remains unsolved.
Suspects: None known
Extra Notes: This case first aired as a Special Bulletin on the November 3, 1995 episode.

Woman thought to be Renee (left); Age Progression of Renee

Results: Unsolved. Shortly after the broadcast, Renee was sighted in a subway station in Manhattan, looking at a missing persons flier of herself. However, she was not located. This sighting led police to believe that she was not aware of her true identity. It is suspected that she is suffering from dissociative fugue disorder. Since then, various sightings of her have been reported throughout the eastern United States, from Virginia through Tennessee.
A woman believed to be Renee was seen in a store in Ashville, North Carolina, in October 2014. A witness even took several photographs of her; in the photographs, she looked almost identical to the age progression photographs of Renee. The woman told several witnesses that she was headed to Florida. She also said that she was looking for her family. She gave a police officer several aliases, including "Renee LaMan". In January 2016, the mystery woman was located in Florida. Police confirmed through fingerprints that she was not Renee.
Tragically, Renee's parents, Frank and Anne, passed away without ever finding her. Her sister Margaret still hopes to locate her. She believes that Renee may still be in New York.