On the 18th of August 2002, at around 11:40pm, 20-year-old Clare Cooper-Tognoli was found murdered in her Bronx apartment in New York. A cord had been tied around her neck, and she had been stabbed multiple times. At the time of her death, Clare was eight months pregnant.
Clare had planned to move in with her best friend, Venessa Mart, at the end of August. But those plans were sadly ripped apart.
Clare was pregnant with a baby boy, who she was planning on naming Quinton, and Venessa was going to be his godmother.
After Clare’s murder, Venessa joined the military. But she is now back in New York in search of answers. Venessa has expressed her frustration with talking to detectives: “I have one telling me that they have the evidence and they’re waiting for DNA, and then I have somebody else telling me that they have no new evidence.”
It is almost 20 years since Clare was murdered, yet detectives have never named a suspect or even a person of interest in her case.
If you have any information that can help identify Clare’s murderer, please contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-8477.
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