Police Searching for New Jersey Missing Woman Feared Abducted in Her Own Car

Holly Kellum
By Holly Kellum
December 8, 2017US News
Police Searching for New Jersey Missing Woman Feared Abducted in Her Own Car
Shanaya Coley. (New Jersey State Police/Facebook)

New Jersey State Police are looking for a Paterson woman who they fear has been hurt and abducted in her own car.

In a Facebook post, the police said they are seeking the public’s assistance in finding Shanaya Coley, 24, who was last seen in the area of Colonial Avenue in Paterson shortly before 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

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Colonial Avenue in Paterson, N.J. (Screenshot via Google Maps)

She was on her way to a late shift at a nursing home in Wyckoff, the Paterson Press reported and kissed her son goodbye before she left.

“Detectives believe that Shanaya may have been injured and possibly abducted in her own car, a silver 2013 Nissan Altima, New Jersey registration R74HRX,” the New Jersey State Police said.

Prosecutors have not said whether they believe she was targeted or was attacked at random, NBC’s News 4 reported.

Her father, William Coley, told News 4 that her glasses and blood were found in the parking lot less than 50 yards from the house.

A neighbor who wished to remain anonymous told News 4 that police told him they were alerted by a witness who saw a woman being stabbed and put in the trunk of a car.

William Coley said police told him his daughter recently took out a restraining order against someone who was stalking her, but that he didn’t recognize the name and couldn’t recall it. He said she never mentioned a restraining order to him.

“I was never aware that there was anything wrong,” he told the Paterson Press. “She did her stuff and never said anything to me about it.”

Shanaya was not in a relationship with her child’s father anymore, he added, but they had an amicable relationship for the sake of their son.

He said he doesn’t yet know how to tell his grandson, who will turn 4 on Dec. 23.

“Right now I’m just sitting here wondering where is my child hoping she’s alright,” he told PIX11 on Wednesday. “She has a son to come home to.”

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An alert poster for Shanaya Coley. (Paterson Police Major Crimes Unit/Facebook)

Anyone with information can contact Detective Sergeant Marco Aliano of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office at 862-849-6019 or the Paterson Police Department Major Crimes Division at 973-321-1120, or 911.

Police said they will take anonymous tips.

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