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Jan 28, 2020

The Parze Family Plans Domestic Violence Foundation in their Daughters Name

Ed and Sharlene Parze, parents of Stephanie Parze

The legacy of 25 year old Stephanie Parze will live on, as her parents plan to build a foundation in her name to bring awareness to domestic violence and missing persons.  Edward Parze, father of Stephanie, explained at yesterday’s press conference his overall frustration and anger toward, what he called “an epidemic” that our country is facing.

Mr. Parze stated how although Stephanie was home, efforts do not end here, “in the upcoming weeks, we plan to start the Stephanie Parze Foundation, to bring awareness to battered women and missing people, its an epidemic, totally an epidemic”.  While standing next to his wife, Sharlene Parze, Mr. Parze fought back tears while bringing attention to the missing persons statistics in the country, and specifically in New Jersey with 16,000 alone.

“Statistics state 3 out 4 missing persons are found within the first 90 days, and on the 87th day, we found her”.

Stephanie Parze went missing on Oct. 30th of last year after returning home to her grandmother’s house  from an evening out with her family.  Her belongings and car were found at the home the next morning,  with no sign of Parze, or forced entry.  Parze’s boyfriend at the time, John Ozbilgen quickly became a person of interest, before committing suicide at his Freehold home in mid November of 2019.

At approximately 2:45 pm Sunday, local police responded to the wooded area near the Grand Marquis Catering Hall on Route 9 to investigate a report of an unidentified, partially decomposed human body.  Two teenage boys walking southbound on Rte. 9 in Old Bridge, Sunday afternoon discovered the body and called authorities.  The human remains were positively identified as Stephanie Parze by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s office Monday morning.  

Her family has announced Stephanie’s funeral and visitation arrangements for this week.  Visitation will be held at Saint Rose of Lima Chapel,  51 Lincoln Place in Freehold from 3pm to 8pm.  Funeral services will follow the next day on Friday, Jan.  31st at St. Rose of Lima, Church, located at 16 McLean Street in Freehold at 10 am. An interment will be immediately following at St. Rose of Lima Cemetary at 299 Freehold-Englishtown Road in Freehold.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni explained that although criminal responsibility has been assigned to Ozbilgen, the investigation continues.  Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor, Christopher Kuberiek and the medical examiners office are still determining cause and manner of death which will depend on forensic examination.