Valerie Cuccia  **  Brooklyn, NY *1974

Valerie Lorraine Cuccia

Missing since May 7, 1974 from Brooklyn, New York City, Kings County, New York
Classification: Involuntary

Vital Statistics

Date Of Birth: October 16, 1953
Age at Time of Disappearance: 20 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'6; 120 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Black hair; brown eyes.
Dentals: Available.
Marks, Scars: Cuccia has a scar on her left calf.
Clothing: A plaid coat with a fur collar; camel pants; striped polo shirt; and black boots with studs on the side.
Circumstances of Disappearance
Cuccia was last seen in Brooklyn, New York on May 7, 1974. She met a friend at the PS 211 Park and they hitchhiked together to a disco located at 96th Street and 3rd Avenue. Once they were inside the club, Cuccia and her friend separated.
Her friend observed Cuccia speaking with two Caucasian males later in the evening in the disco. This was the last time anyone saw Cuccia. Authorities believe that she was forced into the unidentified males' car, which is described as a passenger vehicle with a blue metallic finish. Cuccia may have been taken against her will to Massachusetts. She has never been heard from again.

If you have any information concerning Cuccia's whereabouts or the identities of her possible abductors, please contact:
New York City Police Department
Missing Persons Squad

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Source Information: New York State Police Department

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Comment by Brenda on July 9, 2011 at 8:59am

$2,500 Reward Offered Regarding Missing Person, Possible Abduction
JULY 7, 2011
by crimestoppers1
New York State Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to information regarding mssing person who may have been abducted from a Brooklyn Disco. Anyone with information is asked to call the hotline at 1-866-31-TIPS.

On May 7, 1974, Valerie Lorraine Cuccia went to a Brooklyn Disco with a friend. The friends separated and Miss Cuccia was later seen with two white males as she entered their vehicle, described as a passenger vehcile witha metalic finish. Valerie was never seen again. It is beleived that Miss Cuccia may have been forced into the vehicle against her will and taken out of state, possibly to Massachusetts.

Any information, however insignificant it may seem, could help to solve this case.

Comment by Brenda on July 8, 2011 at 8:19pm
Bruce Cuccia Is Convinced Someone Knows What Happened To Valerie Lorraine

July 8, 2011 6:54 PM

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It was 37 years ago that a 20-year-old woman disappeared from a Brooklyn disco. And while it’s a decades-old cold case, the woman’s brother has not given up on finding out what happened.

Bruce Cuccia told CBS 2’s John Slattery that even thought it been more than three decades, he still wants answers about his missing sister.

“She was a wonderful girl, full of life, a great person to be around,” Cuccia said.

His sister, Valerie Lorraine Cuccia of Canarsie, Brooklyn, was a college student who loved playing guitar.

On May 7, 1974, she came with a girlfriend to a location in Bay Ridge, which today is a restaurant. In those days it was a night club.

It was called the Mustard Seed and the girlfriend told police Valerie left with two men.

“She last saw her get into a car with Massachusetts plates. She described the two men as ‘hard looking,’ whatever that meant at the time,” Bruce Cuccia said.

Her brother knows the facts so well because he used to be a senior investigator with the New York State Police. He said he believes his sister was murdered.

“I think, unfortunately, she met her demise somehow, become of the number of years that have gone by without contact,” Cuccia said.

What he’d like to know about his sister, who would now be 57, is what happened to her.

“Maybe we can locate the remains and at least finish this, and possibly find a suspect,” Cuccia said.

As a former investigator, he’s never given up.

“I’m absolutely certain that somebody knows something about it. There’s always someone who knows something,” Cuccia said.

For this brother it’s particularly frustrating. Over the years he was able to solve similar cases, but the one closest to his heart remains a mystery.

New York State Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward, hoping to crack this long-running, cold case.


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