Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Jan was last seen at home on June 26, 1973. She was last seen by a family member inside a barn tack house on her family's property in the Allenwood section of the township. Cotta was last seen in the barn tack house by her brother, Brian Cotta, and his friend between 11:30 p.m. and midnight on June 26, 1973.
The next day, Dorothy Cotta reported her daughter missing. An investigation into the disappearance was opened.
Cotta was an avid equestrian and the oldest of eight children in a family that lived in Spring Lake Heights before they moved to Wall, where Cotta began participating in the 4-H Club. In 1971, she was elected vice president of the Jumping Brook Riders 4-H Club.
She attended the Morven Park International Equestrian Institute in Leesburg, Virginia, and the Princeton Riding Academy. And she provided riding lessons at her family's property on Ridgewood Road.
Cotta was not involved in drugs and did not drink alcohol. She had not revealed the father of her unborn baby and he remains unknown. Cotta wrote a letter to God before she disappeared in which she referred to the baby’s father, but did not identify him. In the letter, she said she was giving three of her favorite horses to a friend.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Wall Township Police Department