The Top-10 most read, watched Jersey Shore News stories of 2020: #6
We are continuing our simultaneous countdowns of the Top-10 Most Read Jersey Shore News Stories and Most Watched Jersey Shore News Stories of 2020.
Here is the 6th most read article followed by the 6th most watched video on our social media platforms of Facebook and YouTube across 92.7 WOBM, 94.3ThePoint, 105.7TheHawk, the new Beach 104.1 FM and the Shore Sports Network.
6th Most Read Article...U.S. Coast Guard searching for man last seen rowing boat in Toms River. (26,156 page views), Story Date: April 22, 2020.
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a statement hoping residents could help them find a man who at that point was last seen near the beach in Ocean Gate heading towards Toms River in a rowboat.
Information was minimal at that point from the Coast Guard who hadn't yet indicated whether the man is a suspect, person of interest or a missing person.
The story had a tragic outcome, the body of 67-year old Matthew Conway of Ocean Gate was found at Island Beach State Park two days later.
6th Most Watched Video...Light Up The Night For Stephanie Parze. (4,184 Video Views), Story Date: February 20, 2020.
Hundreds of people gathered in Freehold Borough on February 19 to celebrate the 26th birthday of Stephanie Parze (which is Feb. 19) and to celebrate her life and memories.
This was one of the most tragic stories of 2019 and many questions lingered into 2020.
Stephanie went missing on October 30, 2019, it was the last time she was seen alive by her loved ones.
She was murdered by her on-again, off-again boyfriend John Ozbilgen, 29, who committed suicide in his parents home on November 22 after being arrested for child porn charges.
Several hundred people marked the 26th birthday of Stephanie Parze — a young woman police say was killed by her on-again, off-again boyfriend — with a candlelight vigil and formal announcement of a foundation in her name Wednesday night.
Her body was discovered on January 26, 2020 along Route 9 in Old Bridge.
On the night they celebrated Stephanie's birthday, her father Ed also announced the creation of the Stephanie Nicole Parze Foundation.
In the months following her passing, her family and friends, who are known as 'Stephanie's Angels' who helped in searching for her last year and have since made sure that Stephanie's memory lives on forever and that they can help others who are victims of Domestic Violence attacks.
The Stephanie Nicole Parze Foundation provides help and brings awareness to domestic violence and missing persons and create a variety of different avenues to make help available.
Their mission is to provide education, intervention and support for families dealing with Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse and missing loved ones.
Previous reporting by Dan Alexander was used in this report.
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10th Most Read Article....Where Are They Now: A Football Story About Nico And Mario Steriti.
10th Most Watched Video: Ocean County Sheriff's Office Detective Phil Sickinger Battling ALS.
9th Most Read Article...Whiting man stole $5,000 worth of Power Tools at Brick Home Depot.
9th Most Watched Video....Lacey High School Football Coach Lou Vircillo enters 40th Season coaching the Lions.
8th Most Read Article...10 homes in Toms River deemed unsafe following Tuesday storm.
8th Most Watched Video....Ask The Chief with Marlboro Police Chief Peter Pezzullo.
7th Most Read Article...How the George Family has impacted decades of Shore Conference Athletics.
7th Most Watched Video...Ask The Chief with Stafford Police Chief Tom Dellane.