Blood and Glasses Found in Parking Lot in Case of Missing New Jersey Nurse

WNBC 4 screenshot
WNBC 4 screenshot

Police have issued an alert and are seeking the public’s help in finding a 24-year-old New Jersey nurse who has gone missing.


Shanaya Coley of Paterson, N.J., was last seen at her home shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday. A nurse’s aide, Coley was set to work that night at Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat in Wyckoff, N.J., HuffPost reports.

But somewhere between her front door and her car, a violent struggle occurred, and Coley never made it to work.

Coley’s father, Willie, spoke to New York’s WNBC 4 Wednesday night. Police told him they found blood and his daughter’s glasses in the parking lot of her apartment building. Coley’s car, a charcoal-gray 2013 Nissan Altima, has also gone missing—leading police to believe that she may have been kidnapped in it.

He said he was also told by police that Coley had taken out a restraining order against someone, though he doesn’t know who the person is.

Willie Coley told the TV station that he had driven around “half the night” Tuesday looking for his daughter, who has a 3-year-old son.

“Eventually he’s going to ask me where’s his mama, and I got not answer for him,” the father said. He hopes that his daughter will return home before her son’s 4th birthday, on Dec. 23.


According to WNBC 4, the FBI has now gotten involved in the search for Coley.

Police are soliciting information related to Coley’s disappearance. Coley’s car is a 2013 Nissan Altima with New Jersey license plate R74-HRX. 


Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sgt. Marco Aliano of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office at 862-849-6019 or the Paterson Police Department’s Major Crimes Division at 973-321-1120.

Read more at HuffPost and WNBC 4.

Staff writer, The Root.



Oh, this is terrifying. This poor woman. Whatever man she was trying to protect herself from didn’t want to hear no.