Susan Maria Ann Cerritelli
Susan in 1974 (nine years before her disappearance; more recent photos are unavailable); Andrew Cerritelli in the 2000s
Date reported missing : 05/11/1983
Missing location (approx) :
Long Pond, Pennsylvania
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 26 years old
Height / Weight : 5'1, 100 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Asian female. Black hair, brown eyes. Susan's nickname is Chinese Sue. She has a tattoo of a bird of a paradise on the back of her right shoulder. Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies give middle name as "Marie" or refer to her as Susan Marie Rath-Cerritelli.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Susan was last seen at her home in Long Pond, Pennsylvania at noon on May 11, 1983. Her husband, Andrew Cesar Cerritelli, said he left their home at noon to go to Philadelphia, and when he returned at 6:00 p.m. she was gone. She has never been heard from again. Andrew reported her missing.
All of Susan's family lived out of state at the time of her disappearance, but it's uncharacteristic of her not to contact them, and they all believed foul play was involved in her case.
Andrew was known as a controlling, jealous husband with a substantial criminal record, mostly for violent offenses, and he had bragged about being an enforcer for the Mafia. A photo of him is posted with this case summary. He was the prime suspect in Susan's case, but charges were never brought against him. He remarried after her disappearance and continued having brushes with the law.
In 1998, a jail inmate told police Andrew had told him he'd strangled Susan, dismembered her body and dumped it in the ocean off the coast of Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
Andrew allegedly told a girlfriend he'd dumped Susan's remains down a hole in the uninhabited former town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, and threatened to put her in the same hole if she was ever unfaithful to him.
Police are unable to search Centralia because a coal fire, covering miles, has been burning underground there since 1962 and the air above ground is poisoned by coal gas fumes.
Andrew died of a drug overdose in February 2007. Susan has never been located and is considered to be the victim of a homicide.
Other information and links : ncy
Pennsylvania State Police
September 2021 updates and sources
The Morning Call
A missing person is a person who has disappeared and whose status as alive or dead cannot be confirmed as their location and condition are not known. A person may go missing through a voluntary disappearance, or else due to an accident, crime, death in a location where they cannot be found (such as at sea), or many other reasons. In most parts of the world, a missing person will usually be found quickly. While criminal abductions are some of the most widely reported missing person cases, these account for only 2–5% of missing children in Europe.
By contrast, some missing person cases remain unresolved for many years. Laws related to these cases are often complex since, in many jurisdictions, relatives and third parties may not deal with a person's assets until their death is considered proven by law and a formal death certificate issued. The situation, uncertainties, and lack of closure or a funeral resulting when a person goes missing may be extremely painful with long-lasting effects on family and friends.
Several organizations seek to connect, share best practices, and disseminate information and imAge at the time of disappearance: s of missing children to improve the effectiveness of missing children investigations, including the International Commission on Missing Persons, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), as well as national organizations, including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in the US, Missing People in the UK, Child Focus in Belgium, and The Smile of the Child in Greece.
October 12, 2004. November 12, 2016; date of disappearance corrected, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
Interactive Missing Person Search Map