Jan Andre Cotta

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Left: Cotta, circa 1973;
Right: Age-progression to age 58 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 26, 1973 from Wall Township, New Jersey
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: March 26, 1954
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 118 - 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Cotta may use the alias Jane Andrea Cotta. She suffered temporary hearing loss due to measles when she was a child and had to wear a hearing aid for three months, but she overcame her deafness. Cotta has previously fractured her left wrist and lower left arm. She has a mole on her lower right cheek. She is clubfooted on her left foot and the foot would turn inward when she was tired. She also has a lazy eye that would droop when she was tired or getting a cold. Cotta's teeth were in poor condition in 1973; she had had no dental work.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white shirt with a blue design, blue Land Lubbers jeans, brown loafers, a plain gold ring with the initials "JAC" and a gold ring set with a blue topaz birthstone and two diamonds.
  • Medical Conditions: Cotta was five to seven months pregnant at the time of her disappearance. She is asthmatic and may also have epilepsy.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Cotta was last seen inside a barn tack house on her family's property in the Allenwood section of Wall Township, New Jersey on June 26, 1973. Her brother and a friend saw her sometime between 11:30 p.m. and midnight. She was carrying a round tweed purse at the time. A vehicle was heard driving away from the farm and afterwards, Cotta was discovered to be missing. She has never been heard from again.

    Cotta has seven siblings and is described as an avid equestrian. She was active in the 4-H Club and also attended riding classes at the Morven Park International Equestrian Institute in Leesburg, Virginia and the Princeton Riding Academy. She wasn't involved with drugs and didn't drink alcohol at the time of her disappearance. The identity of her unborn baby's father is unknown. Cotta wrote a letter to God before she went missing and referred to the baby's father, but she didn't say what his name was. In the letter, she stated she was giving three of her favorite horses to a friend. Authorities believe she left of her own accord, at least initially.

    In August 1973, a newborn baby was found abandoned in a mailbox on a horse farm in Jefferson Township, New Jersey. The farm belonged to the friend Cotta gave her horses to, and the baby was born around the same time Cotta's baby was due. Due to these circumstances there was speculation that the child was hers, but DNA tests disproved this theory.

    Cotta's parents both died in the years following her disappearance, but her siblings are still searching for her. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Wall Township Police Department
    732-449-4500

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    New Jersey State Police
    The Asbury Park Press
    America's Most Wanted
    The Doe Network

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    Updated 9 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 28, 2012; age-progression updated.

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