FREEHOLD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Family and friends will begin paying their respects to Stephanie Parze today New Jersey.David Gilbert, Man Convicted In Deadly 1981 Bank Heist In Rockland County, Granted Parole
Parze was reported missing when she didn’t show up for work on Oct. 30.
“We identified 29-year-old John Ozbilgen as a person of interest early on in our investigation, based largely on his on-and-off nature of his relationship with Stephanie and a number of social media notifications that we were made aware of,” Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced Monday.
“In the note, Ozbilgen stated he had had enough and that he could not do life in prison. He also admitted that what his parents would hear in the news was true, except for charges of child pornography,” Gramiccioni said. “Ozbilgen acknowledged that he had dug himself a deep hole and wrote at the end of his note that this was the only choice.”
Parze’s heartbroken parents attended Monday’s announcement, where her father thanked “Steph’s Angels” for tirelessly searching for their daughter.
“It goes without saying that our family is devastated,” Ed Parze said. “However, Stephanie is home. She’s coming home at last, right where she belongs. We have God to thank for that.”READ MORE: What's Causing Record Flooding? Experts Say Missing, Dying Trees Are One Reason
The medical examiner is still working to determine how Parze died. Prosecutors said Ozbilgen had a history of assaulting her.
Her wake is scheduled for 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church Chapel on Lincoln Place in Freehold, and her funeral will be held there at 10 a.m. Friday.
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