Catherine A. Parisi
Parisi, approximately 1997
Date reported missing : 04/18/1997
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 06/25/1971 (50)
Age at the time of disappearance: 25 years old
Height / Weight : 5'9, 140 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black leather jacket, a gray button-down sweater and blue jeans.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Parisi's nickname is Kathy. Her ears are pierced.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Parisi was last seen in the 9200 block of Clifton Boulevard in Cleveland, Ohio on April 18, 1997. She worked as a professional escort and that night went to an address in Parma, Ohio. At 6:30 p.m., she called the escort service she worked for and said no one had answered the door at the designated address. She has never been heard from again.
The next day, her 1991 Chevrolet Lumina was found in the parking lot of a shopping center on Pearl Road, with her keys inside and $350 in cash in the console. Authorities tEthnicity : d the phone her prospective client used; it was a pay phone at a Cleveland donut shop.
Parisi had worked as an escort for seven years. In January 1997, a few months before her disappearance, she was violently attacked by one of her clients: James Faia, a convicted drug trafficker, allegedly robbed her at gunpoint and tried to kill her by putting a plastic bag over her head. She survived and her assailant was indicted for attempted murder, aggravated robbery and felonious assault.
At the time of Parisi's disappearance, Faia was out on bail awaiting trial. It's unclear whether he had anything to do with her disappearance, however; police could find no evidence that he was involved.
Parisi left behind a live-in boyfriend and two young daughters. She was attending a trade school at the time of her disappearance and hoped to be able to give up escort work and become a fashion buyer upon graduation. Foul play is suspected in her case, which remains unsolved.
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Cleveland Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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The Cleveland Plain Dealer
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