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Patricia Viola - Feb. 13, 2001 - NJ
Post by FindCarrie on Sep 10th, 2004, 1:16pm

Exerpt from Patricia Viola's Website:
On Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, Patricia seemingly walked away from her life. But, where did she go and who did she speak to? Did she met up with trouble or have a seizure as a result of her epilepsy? Did she end up a hospital or similar facility around that time? Did she get into a car in front of our home on Chestnut Ave., Bogota, NJ? Was she picked up by a taxi or board a bus? Remember, Pat did not have access to a car that day. We have lot of questions, but still no answers.

We know it was a long time ago and everyone's memory may be fading. Let me give you some time sensitive reminders. It was Feb. 13, 2001, the day before Valentines Day. About three weeks earlier the New York Football Giants were defeated by the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV. President George W. Bush was recently inaugurated as our new President. The news was reporting about the first analysis of the human genome and a United States Nuclear submarine collided with a Japanese fishing vesssel off the coast of Hawaii. Please try to reconstruct where you were and what you were doing that day. From what we know, it looks as if Pat left our Chestnut Ave. residence between 1 PM and 2:30 PM on the afternoon of 2/13/01. You may have seen Pat. If so, PLEASE call the Bogota Police at 201-487-2400. They (and we) are waiting to hear from you.

Patricia Viola Website by Jim Viola:

Pat's Message Forum:

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Re: Patricia Viola - Feb. 13, 2001
Post by findlorne on Sep 25th, 2004, 11:47pm

May Pat return safe and soon to her family.

Jim, Christine, and Michael,
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Stay strong and keep the Faith,
Family still clings to hope for missing mom's retu
Post by FindCarrie on Dec 22nd, 2004, 09:16am

Family still clings to hope for missing mom's return
Wednesday, December 22, 2004

BOGOTA - He still talks about her in the present tense, as if his wife of 18 years took a quick walk and would return at any moment.

The reality is that Patricia Viola stepped out nearly four years ago and has not been seen since that February afternoon. Then 42, the mother of two left behind a puzzling mystery that has stumped her family and investigators.

Still, Viola's husband and two children cling to the hope that she eventually will be found alive and safe.

Continuing his efforts to spread the message - and, he hopes, find more concrete clues - Jim Viola said the family is kicking off two nationwide campaigns this month to raise awareness about the baffling disappearance.

Under a project called "18-Wheel Angels," truck drivers and business travelers throughout the country will be hanging fliers and posters of Patricia Viola on routes they travel. The locator program is assembled by a non-profit group called Project Jason.

Project Jason also has added Viola to its adopt-a-missing-person program. Under the project, someone can ask for information on Viola, or other missing persons, and will wear her photo button and share her story with others.

Project Jason is a non-profit organization designed to raise awareness about missing people. It is named after Jason Jolkowski, who was 19 when he disappeared from in front of his Omaha home on June 13, 2001.

Viola vanished Feb. 13, 2001, leaving behind her belongings, including her epilepsy medication. Earlier, she had gone to volunteer at a nearby library and called her mother.

"It's basically my opinion that we need the right person to see Pat's face," said Jim Viola. "It could be that she is in a hospital somewhere, maybe someone is taking care of her. But you don't know who will be that person who will help you."

"If we don't keep Pat's face out there, the story is just going to fade away," Viola said.

For more information on Project Jason, call founder Kelly Jolkowski at (402) 932-0095, or visit the Web site at
For Pat on Feb. 13, 2005
Post by FindCarrie on Feb 12th, 2005, 11:06pm

I wanted to say that my thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Pat Viola today on this unfortunate annivesary of her disappearance on this date four years ago. May they find answers soon for her whereabouts. I know that she is loved and missed by many.

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Re: Patricia Viola - Feb. 13, 2001 - NJ
Post by FindCarrie on Feb 12th, 2005, 11:07pm

This was sent in by Jim Viola. Please read his message and watch the video regarding Pat.

Hi everyone,
Last Thursday morning, 2/10/05, I had an TV interview on News12 NJ and the clip appeared several times
throughout that evening. It was shorter than I hoped (45 sec.), but I was happy for something. They omitted
the videos I gave them so I overlayed videos of Pat in the upper right hand corner of the news cast clip and
also added some titles. Please pass the word about it. It is around 2 MB in size.

See link below:

Re: Patricia Viola - Feb. 13, 2001 - NJ
Post by missingmywifepat on Feb 13th, 2005, 07:53am

Thank you Jill for initiating this thread for my Patricia. This is indeed a tough day for us as we remember hour by hour what was going on that day. We plan on going to church like our normal Sunday and say some extra prayers for Pat and all of the missing.

Pat, if you are out there, we love and miss you so much.

With all or Love,
Jim, Christine and Michael Viola

Re: Patricia Viola - Feb. 13, 2001 - NJ
Post by FindCarrie on Feb 16th, 2005, 05:36am

This is from Jim Viola:
Please read his note and then watch the video:

Hi everyone again,
On Monday afternoon, 2/14/05, I had an TV interview on WCBS2 and the clip appeared at 11 PM that
evening. It ran about 90 seconds and I added about 20 seconds with more information about Pat.
Please pass the word about it. It is around 3 MB in size. Nice coverage.

See link below:

Jim Viola
In search for my wife, Patricia Viola

Re: Patricia Viola - Feb. 13, 2001 - NJ
Post by missingmywifepat on Apr 20th, 2005, 12:09pm

Some short Windows Media Player Video clips of Patricia Viola:

Thanks for taking the time to watch these. I will never rest until we find her.
Re: Patricia Viola - Feb. 13, 2001 - NJ
Post by findlorne on May 8th, 2005, 9:24pm

Happy Mother's Day, Pat!

May the Lord guide you home to your loving family.
Broken Heart by Jim Viola
Post by FindCarrie on Jun 4th, 2005, 11:15pm

"Broken Heart
By Jim Viola

Our hearts came together during a job interview

The courtship that followed was not out of the blue

The attraction was immediate and mutual too

The eventual wedlock was heaven to me and you

The memories were built as we shared our lives

Our children arrived early and oh what a delight

In Christine and Michael I see mirrors of you

To have a beautiful family and you at my side

My sweet Patricia I love you so

I felt so blessed as we enjoyed our sweet life

From the Jersey Shore to Disney to Shawnee and more

To be so much in love and be without a fear

And then have it disappear is too much to bear

Our hearts are now broken and our guts ache so

Not knowing where you are or if you were forced to go

The pain is so great as the tears start to flow

We must keep on going and looking for answers

They say it's God's plan but still I ask why

It's hope that we have and with all the support

Our confidence is high

You'll be back soon at our home port"

Re: Patricia Viola - Feb. 13, 2001 - NJ
Post by missingmywifepat on Jul 6th, 2005, 8:27pm

My friends,
Attached is a video account of the day that my wife, Patricia Viola, vanished on Feb. 13, 2001. The original video was created for our 2/11/04 Montel appearance.

See link below:

Re: Patricia Viola - Feb. 13, 2001 - NJ
Post by missingmywifepat on Jul 19th, 2005, 10:01am

One way to help out in locating Patricia Viola and many other missing loved ones would be to Adopt them through the "Adopt a Missing Person Program". If you participate, you will receive a button and an information card in order to get to know the person you adopt at a personal level. This excellent program was created by Project Jason and has been very rewarding so far for all the participants.

See link below:

Thank and god bless.
For Pat on 8-18-05
Post by FindCarrie on Aug 18th, 2005, 9:08pm

Thinking of Pat today on her birthday. Hoping that she can be found soon. She's still missing but not forgotten.

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Re: Patricia Viola - Feb. 13, 2001 - NJ
Post by missingmywifepat on Sep 8th, 2005, 2:53pm

Hi everyone,
I wanted to share a very nice article (blog) that my good friend, Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski President and Founder, Project Jason,, put together to help increase to awareness to my wife, Patricia's, disappearance and for many other missing persons.

The direct link to Patricia's story is:
Please share this link with everyone you know.

The general link to all the blogs that Kelly has created can be found at the following link "Voice for the Missing" at

Thank you Kelly for all your efforts !

Thank you everyone for taking the time to read about Patricia.

Also, just a reminder about the new Message Forum for Patricia Viola. It's intention is to supplement Patricia's Web Site with providing information and in additional, allow feedback (i.e. Posts) from all of you. Also, if applicable, a section is available for you to post information about your missing loved ones.

Click on the following following link to access the Message Forum:

Thanks and we look forward to your inputs.

Jim Viola
In search for my wife, Patricia Viola
From Jim Viola
Post by FindCarrie on Sep 17th, 2005, 6:02pm

This very important subject demands everyone's attention. As missing persons have reached the
epidemic stage, a National Missing Persons Day is essential.

Please read the information enclosed by Doug and Mary Lyall, who are missing their daughter Suzanne,
since March 2, 1998, (
contact your congressman using the web link below and use the attached sample letter to get them
to co-sponsor the proposed bill, HR 189. If you need to locate your congressman, you can go to and plug in your zip code.

For more information about Missing Person proposed bills, go to and search for,
missing, to find this Bill and many others in need of support. You can also use that web site to see who
has signed on so far as a co-sponsor.

Jim Viola
Missing my wife, Patricia Viola -Bogota, NJ - Feb. 13, 2001

Patricia Featured in Webcast - 1/14/06
Post by missingmywifepat on Jan 14th, 2006, 11:05am

International Webcast featuring: East Coast Missing children and adults!
Gina Bos, Lorne Boulet, James Farrence Jr., Audrey May Herron, Sharon Ivy Jones, Asukile & Sakile Melchishua , Tina & Bethany Sinclair, William Smolinski Jr., Crystal Soles & Patricia Viola

Saturday Jan 14, 2006
8-10 PM PST (11PM - 1 AM EST)
"GINA for Missing Persons"
Featuring: Kelly Fitzgerald (Salem, MA, native)
& Jannel Rap the C Street Band
Kulak's Woodshed
5230 1/2 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA
To view click on link below
Join us and DO SOMETHING about it. If you can't make it to Hollywood you can do something about it anyway; by forwarding and watching! See you one way or another Saturday Night!
When singer/songwriter, Jannel Rap's sister (, Gina Bos, disappeared Oct 17, 2000 she had no idea that this would be a pivotal life changing moment. Gina's story had no scandal, no suspects and lacked the hook and intrigue to get the attention of the national public. Gina Bos had simply vanished after performing at a pub in Lincoln, NE. Six months of slamming doors woke Jannel up in the middle of the night to do what she already does. The concept of using entertainment to get attention for the missing was born. Since Oct 2001, 150 concerts nationwide, 2 nonprofit organizations (,, a TV show called "America Lost and FOUND" and now a monthly international webcast featuring east coast missing.

FEATURED ARTIST & Salem, MA native, Kelly Fitzgerald, just released her first solo CD "So Far." Kelly has shared the stage with such artists as Shelby Lynne, Nancy Griffith, Cheap Trick, Eddie Money, Vonda Shepard, the Gin Blossoms and more...

Thanks for your attention!
Jannel Rap

PS Scroll down for detailed instructions re: LIVE Webcast! NOTE: Just follow the instructions. You do not have to pay $5. to watch, so don't let that confuse you!

For a tax deductible donation & to help us stay on the air:
Donate $30. & you receive a gift of the DVD of Web cast
Donate $50 & you receive a gift of the DVD and Missing CD
Donate $75 & you receive the DVD, Missing CD and Jannel Rap CD
Donate $100. & you receive the DVD, Missing CD and Jannel and KELLY's CD.

Just go to
Click on: Take me to the Webcast (Performances from 8p-10p) PST
If you don't have it, download Windows Media Player (It's FREE!) from the site. It will be needed to view the live show.
Click on the speed of your internet access
56K (Dial Up)
256K/500K (DSL/CABLE)
Once the speed is selected, the show will begin on the internet.
During the Show, You can make a donation to the organization and Email the performers live. They will even talk back to you : )It is recommended that you try to get online ahead of time (follow the
prompts for webcast) to make sure you do not miss it.
Fundraiser for Patricia Viola
Post by FindCarrie on Jan 24th, 2006, 6:34pm


Please refer to the link below for information on our Shirt Fundraiser to support the search efforts for Patricia Viola. Patricia
will be missing 5 years this Feb. 13, 2006. Thanks in advance for your continued support.

Some of you are already fully aware of this fundraiser, especially our sponsors, or have even purchased your shirts already. Thanks again for
your continued support.

Feel free to contact me if there are any questions.

Jim Viola

Patricia Viola on MISSING
Post by FindCarrie on Jan 31st, 2006, 05:18am

The above link is Patricia Viola on the show MISSING.
Re: Patricia Viola - Feb. 13, 2001 - NJ
Post by findlorne on Jan 31st, 2006, 1:28pm

Wanting to let Pat's friends and family know that we are thinking of them.

We also want to thank Jim for all of the help and support he has provided us in our search for Lorne.

Thank You!

May this wonderful family receive the answers that they are looking for and soon.

Hugs and prayers to all of you,
Prayer Vigil Planned for Patricia - 2/13/06
Post by missingmywifepat on Feb 3rd, 2006, 07:42am

Patricia's daughter, Christine Viola, is taking the lead in organizing a Prayer Vigil for her mom on Monday, Feb. 13, 2006 at 7:30PM at our church, St. Josephs RCC in Bogota, NJ. The church is located at the intersection of East Fort Lee Road and Palisade Ave and is approx. 10 blocks from I80. Directions available upon request.

Feb. 13, 2006 marks 5 years that Patricia has been missing.

All are welcome.

Thanks for your continued support.
Re: Patricia Viola - Feb. 13, 2001 - NJ
Post by FindCarrie on Feb 5th, 2006, 3:54pm

We will be having a Prayer Vigil for Patricia Viola on Monday, 2/13/06 at 7:30 PM at St. Joseph's
RCC in Bogota, NJ. Our daughter, Christine, has taken the lead in organizing the event.
Feb. 13, 2006 marks 5 years that Patricia has been out of our lives.

For more Prayer Vigil information and directions, refer to the following web link:

Prayer Vigil Flyer:

Everyone is welcome. For those of you who are out of state and I probably cannot make it,
please keep Patricia and our family in your prayers.

For my friends in the media, please contact me directly at 201-390-2428 for interviews. Thank you.

Other initiatives:
I am working with Kelly Jolkowski of in a hugh effort to change some laws pertaining
to Missing Persons. The effort, "Campaign for the Missing 2006", is a state-by-state grass roots effort
to get new Missing Persons legislation passed in every state. I took on NJ and have already
retained sponsorship from my local legislator, Senator Loretta Weinberg. The proposal is currently
in the research/drafting stage.

If you'd like to know more about "Campaign for the Missing" and how you can become involved,
please read the following:

Read about some of our early success in NJ:

CUE Center for Missing Persons Missing Persons Conference 2006 in NC - March 24-26, 2006
We will be attending the above CUE Conference in March. Like last year, the conference will provide
Training and invaluable interaction with many Missing Persons Organizations and families of the missing.
This year I will be speaking about Patricia in the Victim's Hour.

The Center For HOPE - 5th Annual Missing Persons Day in NY - April 2, 2006
We will be attending the 5th Annual Missing Persons Day at the NYS Museum in Albany
on April 2. As in the past few years we attended, Patricia will again be remembered among
the missing in a touching ceremony. This event is usually well attended by the media.

We will also have a table set up at the same location the day before on Sat. April 1 as part of
Safety and Information Day. This day is open to the public and we will have Patricia's DVDs, Flyers,
other information available for distribution all day long. Patricia's DVD will be playing throughout the
day. Families of missing persons are encouraged to call Mr. Patrick Whalen at 518-473-2936,
to reserve a table if you are interested in setting up a display for your missing loved one.

National Children's Missing Persons Day - May 25, 2006
The Lakehurst, NJ Elementary School has contacted me and asked me to speak to their children, grades
3-6, at an event they are setting up for this important day. I am going to do it and organizers even said to
be sure to tell a little about Patricia as well. The history of this National Missing Persons Day will be
discussed. Keeping the children safe will be stressed. I am trying to get a video on safety tips. I also
am looking into child ID kits.

Please support H. Res 189 - National Missing Persons Day

The day of May 25th is set aside each year as National Missing Children’s Day, but currently there
is no day to recognize the families of all missing persons across the nation. In 2004, there were
47,890 persons over the age of 18 reported missing to law enforcement agencies nationwide.
Regardless of age or circumstances, all missing persons have families who need support and
guidance to endure the days, months, or years they may spend searching for their missing loved ones.

H.Res.189 would designate April 6th as “National Missing Persons Day.” The proposed date would
coincide with the birthday of Suzanne Lyall, a University at Albany student who has been missing
since March 2, 1998. Lyall, a computer science major, was last seen after working a shift at the
local mall. In 2001, Governor Pataki designated April 6th as Missing Persons Day in New York State.
The goal of this resolution is to bring missing person cases like Suzanne’s back into the public eye and
ensure that they are not forgotten.

CUE Center for Missing Persons Missing Persons On - On The Tour To Remember (OTTR) 2006 - June 2006
Patricia will be among the missing persons featured as CUE embarks on their 3rd annual OTTR this June
2006. CUE will be traveling the east coast and making media stops along the way. The featured case this year
will be Molly Datillo. As in the previous 2 years, I will be creating a special DVD for this trip. The DVD will
feature all the missing persons profiled and be played and distributed to the media along the trip.

Fund Raisers
To make a cash donation or purchase a pen or shirt following the link below:

Thank you everyone for your continued support.

Jim Viola
Husband of Patricia
Patricia's Main Web Page -
For Videos of Patricia, click here:

For Patricia on 2-13-06
Post by FindCarrie on Feb 13th, 2006, 6:05pm

Thinking Patricia on this anniversary of her disappearance. Hoping for answers soon. She's still missing but not forgotten.

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Video of 5 Year Prayer Service for Patricia Viola
Post by missingmywifepat on Feb 20th, 2006, 8:02pm

Attached is a link to a video created by Pat's husband, Jim, which includes the TV coverage provided by New Jersey 12 News for the
5 Year Prayer Service for Patricia Viola on Feb. 13, 2006:

Please share this with everyone. Thanks.
Re: Patricia Viola - Feb. 13, 2001 - NJ
Post by FindCarrie on Mar 11th, 2006, 05:47am

Please visit the link created by Jim Viola
Re: Patricia Viola - Feb. 13, 2001 - NJ
Post by FindCarrie on Jun 24th, 2006, 9:51pm

From Jim Viola

Click the link below to watch the News 12 New Jersey TV clip which aired
the evening of June 21, 2006 and focused on Patricia Viola's story being added to
the My Story section of the America's Most Wanted web site (

Thanks and please pass this information on through message boards and e-mail. We are hopeful that
new leads will be generated.


Patricia Viola - Daily Mail Article - 8/27/06
Post by missingmywifepat on Aug 30th, 2006, 10:06pm

This article appeared in the Sunday Aug. 27, 2006 Daily Mail paper in the Catskills, NY.

I had attended the Riding for Audrey (Herron) Benefit on Sat. 8/26 with my children, Christine and Michael, and had all of Pat's information on display.

Pass this article on.


Jim Viola

Media Coverage of "Patricia's Law"
Post by missingmywifepat on Nov 9th, 2006, 7:39pm

We are gaining some steam for "Patricia's Law" which has now been introduced in both the NJ Senate (S2255) and the NJ Assembly (A3643) in the past 3 weeks and assigned to respective committees. The committee meetings are coming up in a few weeks and I plan on testifying at these public discussions.

The following video link is the News 12 New Jersey coverage which ran on Oct. 30-31, 2006 at 7PM, 8PM, 9PM then another version at 10:30PM every hour into late morning the next day:

The Bergen News (weekly) covered "Patricia's Law" in two of their editions on Nov. 1, 2006. This covered around 15 towns in Bergen County where we live. See link below to article which contains other important links:

Thanks for everyones continued support and encouragement !

Jim Viola

Squeaky Wheel Tour 11/16/06
Post by missingmywifepat on Nov 14th, 2006, 07:51am

On Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006 Patricia Viola will be featured by all three bands as part of the Squeaky Wheel Tour at the Cherrywood Lounge in Clementon, NJ at 10PM.

For more information, see link below:
Squeaky Wheel Tour for Patricia Viola

A special thank you to Jannel Rap, missing her sister Gina Bos since Oct. 17, 2000, for organizing the entire Squeaky Wheel Tour which featured over 150 missing person. Please take a moment to check out Gina Bos Missing.

See attached Press Release for all the details, including a map and information on the great bands supporting us.

I know many of you are not from the area and it is a work night so please just pass the information on if you can not make it.

Thank you!
Patricia Viola Missing

Please support "Patricia's Law"
Link to sample letter to your Legislator:
Sample Letter to Legislators in support of "Patricia's Law"

Still missing: Patricia Viola
Post by FindCarrie on Feb 13th, 2007, 08:40am

WHO: Patricia Viola, 48, married mother of two

FROM: Bogota

LAST SEEN: 11:35 a.m., Feb. 13, 2001, by a school crossing guard. Volunteered at her son's school library that morning. Reported missing by her husband, Jim. Left behind epilepsy medication.

DESCRIPTION: 5-foot-2, 125 pounds, fair complexion, brown hair and eyes

QUOTE: "After all these years, it would be a miracle if she comes back," Jim Viola said Monday, "but we're still very hopeful that she'll be found."

CONTACT: Bogota police at 201-487-2400

PENDING: Some state lawmakers have proposed a measure requiring police departments to immediately accept any missing person's report, rather than wait a certain period before declaring a person missing. "Patricia's Law" remains in committee.

LINKS: (radio interview with Jim Viola: 8 p.m. today) (Viola Website, with videos, information) (message board)

"Patricia's Law" Update in NJ
Post by missingmywifepat on Jul 27th, 2007, 2:25pm

Please read below article. The article appeared in several local papers, including Bogota, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck, Little Ferry and Hackensack. As pointed out in the article, we need NJ residents to write letters (sample letter available on Pat's website) to their State Assemblymen and Assemblywoman to request their support for "Patricia's Law" - Assembly Bill A3643, when it comes up for vote at the end of this year. "Patricia's Law" promises to revamp the way Missing Persons cases are handled in NJ. Presently, with the exception of an obsolete Missing Persons Policy under the NJ State Police, there are no laws or statures governing the handling of Missing Persons in NJ. The Missing Persons Policy under the NJ State Police was last updated in the 80's.

If we do not pass A3643 before 12/31/07, the current state legislative session will end and we will have to start over. New Jersey cannot allow this to happen.

For more information on "Patricia's Law" see:

Click here for the latest version of "Patricia's Law" - A3643 (Model Missing Persons Legislation):

Click here to find the NJ district you reside in:

Click here to find your legislator (remember Assembly only, we already passed the Senate):

Friday, July 20, 2007

Hope is the best of things
"Patricia's Law" to go before State Assembly
Staff Writer

Six and a half years since his wife’s disappearance; Bogota resident Jim Viola continues to channel both his hopes and frustrations into “Patricia’s Law," a legislation focused on improving the way New Jersey agencies handle missing persons cases. Already passed in the Senate, the proposal will be on the Assembly’s plate in the fall.
The law is named after Patricia Viola, who vanished from a Bogota neighborhood Feb. 13, 2001. She was a 42-year-old mother and homemaker when she was reported missing without a trace.
According to the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit, since 2000, New Jersey has approximately 1,700 active unsolved missing persons cases; Patricia’s case is one of them. Viola explained that throughout the past several years, he has heard “horror stories” from several families that are also searching for missing people, saying that many police agencies are not helpful in this situation.
Fortunately for Viola, the Bogota Police Department, under the direction of Chief Frank Gurnari and Det. James Sepp, has been very responsive to the case. Viola refers to the relationship he has with the police department as “a good one," and one in which they “work together” to try and solve the case.
"After Pat disappeared, I started to talk to people who are going through the same thing and families have told me that police sometimes don’t even take reports of a missing person, nor do they follow through with the investigation;" Viola said.
The more Viola heard those stories, the more he knew that he needed to address the holes that existed in the legal and federal systems. In 2006, .Viola contacted State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) and requested support on what was then called the “Model Missing Persons' Legislation." He emphasized to Weinberg that the law strives to give hope to families of missing persons and keeps them actively engaged in the search and rescue efforts.
After hard work, on June 21, 2007, “Patricia’s Law” was unanimously passed, 37-0, in the New Jersey Senate. The Assembly Appropriations Committee will review the legislation in November.
Viola is urging residents to help him and the thousands other families who are searching for their missing loved ones to pass "Patricia’s Law." He created a Web site,, that contains extensive background information on his wife, and he tells visitors how they can help pass the law.

Patricia’s Law
Residents can write letters to their district assembly representative and voice their support when. “Patricia’s Law” comes to vote later this year. Under this legislation, law enforcement agencies shall accept without delay any report of a missing person and cannot refuse to accept such reports for any reason.
One of the more important elements to this legislative is that medical examiners and coroners will be required to work with the state police to promptly identify recovered bodies and body parts.
In addition, if a person is missing for more than 30 days, “Patricia’s Law” requires that a DNA reference sample is secured from the family and forwarded to the appropriate agency for analysis and entry into the Combined DNA Index System for Missing Persons. Once the DNA profile is available, the missing persons record in the National Crime Information System will be updated to reflect that DNA is available.
Though the legislation is on the verge of passing, Viola said he is no closer to where he was six and a half years ago to finding his wife.
“So many possibilities exist to explain what might have happened to her, and we have no evidence to prove anything;" Viola said.
According to Viola, Patricia has epilepsy, a seizure disorder, which caused her to take two types of medication daily, including Dilantin and Phenobarbital. VioIa and the Bogota Police Department believe that Patricia had not taken her medication since she disappeared -- her prescription has not been used in any participating pharmacy in the country
One of Viola’s theories explaining Patricia’s disappearance is that she may have had a seizure leaving her disoriented and with amnesia.
"She could be in a hospital or a ward and have no idea who she is. She could be a Jane Doe:" Viola said.
Viola and his children, Christine, 19, and Michael, 16, have sent flyers to numerous hospitals, shelters, and crisis centers. A letter was even written to Patricia and inserted into an envelope with her name, photo and description on it. These were brought to shelters in the area with instructions to deliver it to Patricia or a person matching her description, but no responses were ever received.
When Patricia disappeared, she was on foot and did not have access to a car. She was last seen at the Bixby School library, volunteering at her son Michael’s school.
The last person who saw her was the Palisade Avenue crossing guard. Days after Patricia’s disappearance, drivers and pedestrians were stopped on local streets and asked for any information, but no one had any leads.
Viola has pasted flyers with his wife’s picture and information throughout New Jersey, as well as in states across the country. He is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to Patricia’s safe return home.
Pictures of Patricia are glued to the front of Viola’s home and flyers
pressed up against the windows of a his car. Everywhere he goes, he passes out buttons that read, “Where is Patricia Viola?”
"I am trying to do everything that I can, but it is frustrating that we still have no clues, no answers," Viola said.
Similarly, Sepp said that there are so many possibilities of where Patricia might be, but there are no ways of validating any one possibility.
“This case will be opened until it is solved,” Sepp said. “If it still isn’t solved by the time I retire, I will see to it that the person who replaces me puts time and energy into the case."
At the same time that Viola thinks his wife could be in a hospital or shelter, he also acknowledges that the worst could have occurred.
“She could have been grabbed or put into an unknown vehicle,” Viola said.

Puttinq the word out
Today, Viola continues to spread the message that missing persons is a national problem. According to the National Institute of Justice, on any given day there are 100,000 active missing persons cases in the United States. Viola believes the number indicates that a lot of people are getting away with murder, since the majority of missing persons equates to the fact that they were killed.
“This number should alarm all of us. I don’t know why more people aren’t concerned about how many go missing every single day and how many murderers there are walking around;" Viola said.
As far as thinking about seeing his wife again, Viola said that he thinks it is a possibility that she will be found.
"We’re praying for a miracle."

Patricia Viola WIllbe on Disappeared Oct 24, 2011
Post by missingmywifepat on Oct 13th, 2011, 1:23pm

As most of you know, my wife, Patricia Viola, has been missing from our Bogota, NJ home for over 10 1/2 years since Feb. 13, 2001. Over the last few months we have been working with the Producers of “Disappeared” on an episode for Patricia. This one hour, Nationally shown show on Patricia on the Investigation Discovery (ID) Channel will be by far the best opportunity to generate tips and determine what happened that day.

Patricia’s episode “Missing Valentine”, will be the “Disappeared” Season 4 Premier Show and we are very excited about it since the promos for the 4th season will probably use clips from Pat’s episode.

Patricia’s episode will air on: Monday, Oct. 24, 2011
at 10 PM EST.Use the link below to find out what Channel Investigation Discovery is on your television service:

FIOS viewers should tune in to Channel 123 for Investigation Discovery.
Cablevision viewers in all regions is Channel 171 for Investigation Discovery.

Link for information on the show:

Sneak Peek of the show:

Link to the Event for Facebook Users:

Please pass this information to everyone you know to help us get the word out.
We are still looking for answers and no tip is too small. We feel the answer is there, but we are not seeing it. We need someone to come forward with that last piece of this mysterious puzzle. Please report any tips to the Bogota Police at 201-487-2400, sign the guestbook with information, contact the Viola family at or contact their Private Investigator, Gary Micco, at 908-303-1710.

Special Thanks go out to my Private Investigator, Gary Micco, 908-303-1710, of Gary Micco Private Investigations, who through his knowledge of Patricia’s
case and his investigative skills and savvy, was very instrumental to ensuring that Patricia’s “Disappeared” episode materialized. I sincerely would recommend Gary to anyone with a missing loved one.

To assist in locating Patricia please review the links below:

For more information about Pat’s disappearance, please review her families web site:

For a link to Pat’s family videos see below:

To view Pat’s information on National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS)
see the link below:

For a link to the Missing Flyer to post in a responsible way see below:

For a link to Mailing Label to print out and adhere to your outgoing mail see below:
To submit an anonymous tip, text your tip to 274637 or CRIMES and include the word
BergenTip or go to, select Bureau of Criminal Investigation,
then Select "Submit an Anonymous Tip"

Thank you for the support.
With Hope,
Jim Viola
Still Missing my wife, Patricia Viola
“Ten years is a terribly long time to not know what happened to your loved one”
“The smallest clue could break open the case; so please make the call”
“What may seem incidental to you may open the eyes of investigators”
“The not knowing is worse than knowing”
“Help to heal our family”
“Our grandchildren want to see their grandmother”
Bogota, New Jersey – Bergen County – 2/13/01
Bogota Police – 201-487-2400

Re: Patricia Viola - Feb. 13, 2001 - NJ
Post by FindCarrie on Sep 12th, 2012, 9:02pm

From everyone here at FindCarrieCulberson, we send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Patricia Viola. Very sorry to hear the news that her body has been identified, and she has been found deceased. Jim Viola, Patricia's husband is a very kind person who has worked so hard to find Patricia and so many others. May you all find all the answers in regards to Patricia's case.