The Crime Stoppers of Somerset County Inc. is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information concerning the 1973 disappearance and murder of Bound Brook resident Joseph Dziowgo, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano.
According to Soriano, on May 10, 1973, Bridgewater Township Police received a report that then 25-year-old Dziowgo, living on Drake Street in Bound Brook, was missing.
In May 2010, Soriano said, Somerset County Prosecutor's Office detectives spoke to Dziowgo's family about a DNA initiative through the University of North Texas. After obtaining consent from the family, Soriano said, they got a DNA sample from family members to attempt to locate the missing man.
Then, in September 2010 Soriano said, investigators from the New York State Police-SP Ellenville Troop "F" Barracks sent unknown skeletal remains of a "John Doe" to the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to try and create a DNA profile. These remains, Soriano said, were found by the New York State Police in Ulster County, New York, in August 1984.
According to Soriano, in May 2011 it was determined that the DNA samples of the remains matched those of Dziowgo's family. Investigators, Soriano said, have been working on the case since then to try and solve it.
Soriano said that interviews have been conducted within the tri-state area to try and build a timeline of Dziowgo's whereabouts between being reported missing and being found in New York.
At this point, Soriano said, investigators have determined that Dziowgo was last seen around the third week of May 1973 when he was staying with a male known as "Bear" at a rental bungalow in Branchburg.
Anyone with information regarding Dziowgo's disappearance or murder should contact the Somerset County Crime Stoppers' Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS, or by going online at 888577tips.org.
All calls are confidential.