Lori Bova ** Lakewood, NY * 1997

Lori Ceci Bova
Missing since June 7, 1997 from Lakewood, Chautauqua County, New York
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Date Of Birth: November 26, 1970
Age at Time of Disappearance: 26 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'4", 110 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown curly hair; green eyes. Ears pierced.
Clothing: She was last seen wearing gray sweatpants and a gray sweatshirt with "Freeport Bahamas" on it, white athletic shoes.
Circumstances of Disappearance
Bova was last seen in Lakewood, New York on June 7, 1997, after having dinner in a restaurant with her husband, sister and brother-in-law. According to her husband, they had an argument and she went out for a walk early the next morning and never came back.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Lakewood-Busti Police Department
Investigator Paul Gustafson
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office

NCIC Number: M-032519201
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office


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Comment by Brenda on June 9, 2013 at 7:31am
Comment by Brenda on June 8, 2012 at 9:26pm

Lakewood woman missing for 15 years
June 8, 2012
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LAKEWOOD - After 15 years, Lori Ceci Bova is still just as much a presence in her family and friend's minds as she was on June 8, 1997, the day that she went missing.

"For us it's an everyday thing," said Amy Cleveland, Lori's friend and the spokesperson for the family. "We don't forget. It's in the front of our minds every single day. It's difficult for us and we want everybody to remember that she's still missing and that the family still has questions."

Ms. Cleveland said that these 15 years that she and the family have been without Lori is time that they will never get back.

"We always have hopes that someone will come forward with some information that will help," said Cleveland.

She still displays the poster in her car window in the hopes that someone will see it and be able to give some sort of information that can give the family closure.

"I can't explain it, I just have to have the poster there. It still helps when people see it. If they forgot about Lori, they'll see that and it will be one more person that remembers her."

Lori, who was only 26 years old when she disappeared, was last seen leaving the Red Lobster restaurant in Lakewood with her husband, Tyrone Bova, on June 7, 1997. They had gone out for dinner with her sister and her sister's husband that night. According to reports, around 2 a.m., she went outside of her home on New York Avenue to smoke a cigarette after she had been involved in an argument with her husband. A little more than nine hours later, Sgt. Investigator Paul Gustafson of the Lakewood-Busti Police Department took the initial report that Lori was missing from her husband.

"There have certainly been a lot of frustrating moments throughout the investigation," said Gustafson. "Over that 15-year period we've taken multiple leads and spoken to multiple individuals. At times we've thought that we were very close to locating the information that was needed. We still actively have it as an open missing persons investigation."

The file that Gustafson has built on Lori Ceci Bova's case is massive, taking up a large portion of the evidence room at the Lakewood-Busti Police Station. Still, Gustafson said that he's confident that people in the community have the information that is needed to find her, which has been his goal since day one of this investigation. He makes it a point to follow up on each and every phone call related to the case to see what might develop from them. The last 15 years have provided the police with opportunities to conduct follow-up interviews, contact people that have returned to the area since the disappearance and continue to search for Lori.

"I want to be able to provide this family with closure. With any case I hope that I'm able to solve it and bring closure to the victims involved. We have many pieces to this puzzle and we're just missing a few that would help us solve this case," he said.

A $50,000 reward is still available for information leading to a conviction. Anyone with information about the case, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is asked to call Sgt. Investigator Paul Gustafson with the Lakewood-Busti Police Department at 763-9563. Calls can be anonymous.

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Comment by Brenda on July 10, 2011 at 10:14pm
Comment by Brenda on June 9, 2011 at 5:52am

Loved Ones Mark 14 Years Since Disappearance Of Lori Ceci Bova
June 9, 2011
By Jason Rodriguez (jrodriguez@post-journal.com) , The Post-Journal
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It has been 14 years, and Amy Cleveland still displays a poster inside her car announcing the disappearance of her best friend, Lori Ceci Bova.

"It's an everyday thing and nothing has changed," Ms. Cleveland said. "It's been long enough that I'm sure some people have forgotten but for all of us - her family and myself - it's every day that we hope and pray for something to come out of this."

She said those that are still keeping track of the years since she was last seen in 1997 are faced with the reality of a loved one who has been absent from much of their shared lives.

"It's very frustrating and depressing to know so much has happened," Ms. Cleveland said. "I was talking to Lori's sister the other day, and we were thinking how much time has passed. Your whole life changes in 14 years, and Lori has been no part of it and she has missed so much."

She noted there have been other solemn milestones, including the death of Lori's mother Susan in January of last year.

Closure is a difficult concept, Ms. Cleveland said, since the incomplete search process of finding her leaves one with an empty feeling. In particular she said Lori's father must carry on with the knowledge that the whereabouts and condition of his child is eternally unknown. But while her personal vigil continues, she said she and her family have found ways to come to terms with the incident.

"We will talk about her, laugh and cry about her,'' she said. ''Sometimes we will get into story about something she had said."

The missing person case of Ms. Ceci Bova has been joined in the past 14 years by Busti resident Corrie Anderson and Damien Sharp, who went missing from Warren, Pa. Recently, the remains of a pair of other women, Kathy Ann Wilson and Yolanda Bindics, were discovered after more than a year following their disappearances.

Sgt. Investigator Paul Gustafson of the Lakewood-Busti Police Department has 20 years of on-the-job experience with criminal investigations. He said nearly three-quarters of that time, the missing person case of Ms. Ceci Bova has been unsolved.

"I took the initial report June 8 at 11:14 a.m.," Gustafson said, referring to the call placed by Lori's husband, Tyrone Bova, in 1997. He said since that morning it has been an open missing person investigation.

The span of time has afforded the chance to perform follow-up interviews as well as contact people who have resettled in the community since her disappearance. He added the department has conducted another search in the Lakewood-Busti area.

"It's been important for us to keep it fresh in people's mind," said Gustafson, and he added "I still believe there are those in the community that know information concerning her disappearance."

A $50,000 reward is still available for information leading to a conviction. Anyone with information about the case, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is asked to call Sgt. Investigator Paul Gustafson with the Lakewood-Busti Police Department at 763-9563. Calls can be anonymous.



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