Search Underway For Missing Touro Student


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.

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.