Real Name: Yeda Sharon Rosenthal
Nicknames: Dede Rosenthal
Location: Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Date: February 25, 1991
Date of Birth: November 4, 1958
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150-160 pounds
Marital Status: Single
Details: Thirty-two-year-old therapist Dede Rosenthal vanished in February 1991 and was reported missing on February 25 after she did not report to work. When investigators arrived at her apartment, they found that the front door was unlocked and the Sunday paper was untouched. Inside, there were no signs of robbery or a struggle. Police learned that due to her over-spending, she was going to be evicted from her apartment. The possibility emerged that she left on her own accord.
Her family did not believe this, however. Her purse had been left behind, which contained her keys, credit cards, and identification cards. Her car was found in the parking lot of the apartment complex. Her briefcase, with all of her client records, was inside. Also, she had left her cat by itself on the balcony, which was uncharacteristic of her.
This led to the possibility that she may have been abducted and murdered, sometime between Friday night and Sunday morning. This seemed likely after a neighbor reported hearing a scream and a thud come from her room at 3:45 am on Sunday. Five hours later, the same neighbor heard the sound of Dede's sliding glass door open and close.
On March 1, 1991, bartender Gloria Brown believed that she saw Dede at the biker bar where she worked. The woman whom she believed was Dede claimed that she did not have any money, but Gloria decided to give her some soda for free. She claimed that her name was "Laurie" and that she was trying to get to Florida. Gloria felt that something was not right with the woman.
A few days later, she saw Dede's missing persons flier and realized that she may have been the woman that she had seen. However, the woman known as "Laurie" had vanished before police could question her. A biker claimed to have dropped her off at a liquor store near a main highway.
A few days later, Dede's aunt received a phone call from someone claiming to be Dede. The caller kept saying "Mama" and then said that she was okay. She believed that the voice was Dede's. Five weeks later, her brother received a tip that she was in Fr. Lauderdale, Florida. However, the tipster did not give any more information before hanging up.
A year later, on September 25, 1992, the woman calling herself "Laurie" showed up at the bar again. She had dyed her hair blonde and claimed that she was in Florida for awhile. Gloria was again working and decided to talk to the woman. She told her that if she was Dede, she needed to contact her family. The woman left and has not been seen since.
Dede has never been found and it was never determined if the woman seen at the bar was her.
Suspects: Bikers were suspected in her disappearance due to the sightings at the bar.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the April 28, 1993 episode. Dede's case was also profiled on On the Case with Paula Zahn.
Results: Solved. In 1995, Dede's maintenance man Charles Reddish was arrested and charged with the hatchet murder of his girlfriend, Rebecca Wertz, and rape of her fourteen-year-old daughter. After being arrested, he confessed to investigators that he had also killed Dede. He claimed that he had broken into her apartment, planning to steal from her. When she awoke, he smothered her with a pillow so that she would not identify him. He then stole $80 from her purse and left. A few days later, he returned and took her body. He dumped her in a remote area off Route 130 in Salem County. Sadly, her body has never been recovered.
In 2001, Reddish was found guilty of Dede's murder. He was given a sixty-year sentence plus two life terms for the 1995 murder of his girlfriend and rape of her daughter. In 2002, his sentence was converted to a death sentence, which he is still serving. However, this sentence was overturned by the New Jersey Supreme Court and commuted to eighty years. In 2007, New Jersey abolished the death penalty.
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