By Layne Lasseter and Max Cannon
Updated 1:15pm CST, December 11th, 2012
Nearly 40 years have passed since a local Marine Corps veteran vanished without a trace, the presumed victim of a homicide whose body remained missing for more than a decade following his disappearance.
Officials say 25-year-old Joseph Dziowgo of Bound Brook, New Jersey, disappeared on May 10, 1973. Yet neither the man’s family nor investigators ever gave up on solving the mystery – and thanks to a recent development, they’re now pursuing the case with renewed vigor.
The case remained cold until 2010 when detectives obtained DNA samples from his family. The results yielded a match to skeletal remains that were found in 1984 in Wawarsing, N.Y.
The Somerset County (New Jersey) Crime Stoppers is offer a $5,000 reward for information regarding his disappearance.
Joe was arrested on May 9, 1973 for malicious damage to property, and assault and battery due to a domestic dispute.
On May 10, 1973 Joe’s father went to the Bridgewater Police Department to see Joe. He was told that Joe was being transferred to the Somerville Police Department. Joe’s father then went to the Somerville Police Department and was told they knew nothing about the transfer. Joe has not been seen since.
Dziowgo was last known staying with a man known as “Bear” at a bungalow behind the former Alibi Bar in Branchburg.
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