Police in Brooklyn and Englewood, N.J., are conducting a search for Caroline Starkman, an 18-year-old Englewood resident who has been missing since spending Shabbat in Brooklyn, over the July 4 weekend.
Her family has offered a $500 reward for information leading to her safe return, and her synagogue, Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, has offered an additional $10,000 reward.
Starkman, a student at Touro College, is 5’5” – 5’6”, 110 – 115 lbs. according to missing flyers posted by the family. Last seen on July 11 on West 24th Street in Brooklyn’s Coney Island section, she was “wearing a pink bikini” and had a “bad sunburn,” the flyers stated. She has long blond hair, blue eyes, a 4-inch scar above her right big toe, and a beauty mark above her right eye.
Her parents, Cherie and Steven Starkman, immediately filed a missing person’s report, hired a private detective and reached out to “resources in the Brooklyn community” after their daughter’s disappearance, and last week “made the decision to issue a public appeal for assistance … as circumstances have developed,” according to a community announcement notice sent out by Rabbi Shmuel Goldin of Ahavath Torah, who has been assisting the family. “Nothing has materialized … no concrete leads” to aid the search, Rabbi Goldin says.
Starkman’s family “hopes she is still well,” the rabbi says.
Family friend Sara Lee Kessler has established a Facebook page to publicize the search.
Starkman also goes by the names Vicki and Victoria.
For information, contact Det. Barry Miller at the Englewood Police Department, (201) 568-4875 or (201) 871-6416; private investigator Jerry Clarke, (845) 264-5105 or (866) 357-4769; or the New York State Missing Persons organization, (877) 657-6481.