Stephanie Parze’s family plans search this weekend for missing 25-year-old in Staten Island

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The family of 25-year-old Stephanie Parzeis planning another search this weekend in Staten Island for the Freehold Township woman, who has been missing for more than a month.

At least 55 volunteers have signed up to meet at Tottenville High School off of Chisholm Street for a search near the school, Parze’s father Edward said. The search will begin at 9 a.m.

“We need as many people as possible. It’s a pretty big area,” Edward Parze told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday morning. Volunteers are asked to sign up in advance through a Google form.

Stephanie Parze was last seen on Oct. 30 leaving her parent’s Freehold home following an outing in New Brunswick at the Stress Factory. Her phone and car were found the next day at her late grandmother’s home where she had been living, and there was no sign of forced entry.

Authorities have combed through Long Pond Park in Staten Island multiple times in the past month.

Parze’s ex-boyfriend, John Ozbilgen, previously lived in the Tottenville section of Staten Island. Prosecutors say he fired off 10 angry, unanswered messagesto Parze the night before she went missing.

Ozbilgen, who was identified by authorities as a person of interest in Parze’s disappearance, killed himselfon Nov. 22 after being being released from jail on an unrelated child pornography charge.

Volunteers also twice searched in Staten Island, canvassing parts of Wolfe’s Pond Park in Prince’s Bayand Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve in Charleston and Bloomingdale Park.

“This is just the second half of what we started,” Edward Parze said.

Avalon Zoppo may be reached at azoppo2@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @AvalonZoppo. Find NJ.comon Facebook.

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