Lori Ceci Bova

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Above Images: Bova, circa 1997

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 7, 1997 from Lakewood, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 26, 1970
  • Age: 26 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes. Bova's ears are pierced. Some agencies give her last name as "Ceci-Bova."
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A gray sweatshirt with "Freeport, Bahamas" imprinted on the front, gray sweatpants and white sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Bova, her husband and her sister went to dinner at the Red Lobster restaurant on east Fairmont Avenue in Lakewood, New York during the evening hours of June 7, 1997. She and her husband departed the eatery at approximately 10:30 p.m. Her husband told authorities that he and Bova had an argument after they returned to their apartment on New York Avenue and, at 2:00 a.m. on June 8, Bova went outside to smoke a cigarette and take a walk. She never returned and has never been seen again. Her husband notified family members of her disappearance a few hours later, and they searched Lakewood in their cars before calling police.

    Several months after Bova's disappearance, a clump of long human hair was found in Chautauqua Lake and authorities searched the water for her remains. No evidence was found and the hair turned out not to be Bova's.

    At the time of her disappearance, Bova worked at Kay Jewelers at the local mall. Her husband, who now lives in North Carolina, hasn't cooperated with the investigation and is considered a person of interest, but no charges have been filed against him or anyone else. Bova's mother died in 2010 without ever learning her fate, but her father is still alive. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Lakewood-Busti Police Department
    716-763-9563

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    Source Information
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Missing Person Hope Of Prayer
    The Village Law Review
    The Buffalo News
    NamUs
    The Post-Journal
    WKBW-TV

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 5, 2011; details of disappearance updated.

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