The ex-boyfriend of a New Jersey nanny who has been named a person of interest in her disappearance sent her a number of angry messages the night before she was last seen.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Stephanie Parze, 25, was last seen at her Freehold Township home on the night of October 30. Since then, her on-and-off boyfriend John D. Ozbilgen has been named a person of interest in her disappearance, and was arrested earlier this month on child pornography charges after a forensic review of his iPhone found multiple images of children being sexually abused.
The Asbury Park Press reports that Ozbilgen appeared in court Tuesday for a detention hearing regarding the child pornography charges; the 29-year-old stockbroker, who is currently unemployed, has not been charged in relation to Parze’s disappearance. According to the report, prosecutors told the court that Ozbilgen had sent 10 unanswered messages to Parze the night before she disappeared, calling her a “f*****g c**t,” and writing that “she always has to make their relationship suck.”
The court also heard that Parze had filed a simple assault claim against Ozbilgen on September 23, after he allegedly hit her in the head. A police investigation has reportedly revealed that Parze told friends she was fearful of Ozbilgen, who continued to contact her after the assault complaint.
According to the Asbury Park Press, prosecutors said that Ozbilgen has three separate domestic assault allegations against him, and had been issued a restraining order in connection to a previous relationship in New York, arguing that he should not be released on bail. Ultimately, the judge sided with Ozbilgen’s defense team, and appears to have made a decision based solely on the child pornography charge, allowing for Ozbilgen’s release.
According to a release order obtained by the Asbury Park Press, Ozbilgen’s bail conditions require that he report to court by phone and in person twice a month, refrain from using drugs or the internet, and find new employment, as he was reportedly fired from his job as a stockbroker.
As the New York Post reports, investigators have searched a wooded area in Staten Island, where Ozbilgen once lived, in connection to Parze’s disappearance, but it is not clear what they were searching for or if any evidence has been found.
Anyone with any information about Parze’s possible whereabouts is urged to contact Detective Shawn Murphy of the Prosecutor’s Office at 732-431-7160, ext. 7032, or Detective Daniel Valentine of Freehold Township police at 732-462-7908.
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