North American Missing Persons Network
Aferdita Gjergjaj

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Above Images: Aferdita Gjergjaj , circa 2001

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 25, 2001 from Auburn Hills, Oakland County, Michigan
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 7, 1970
  • Age: 30
  • Height: 5'4"
  • Weight: 110 - 130 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Auburn
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Aferdita has a scar on her
    forehead. She was born in the former Yugoslavia. Aferdita's last name
    is pronounced "Ger-Jl."
  • Clothing: She was last seen wearing a black top, a denim jacket,
    a black leather coat, and denim slacks (blue jeans).
  • AKA: Rita
  • Case Number: 01-3335

  • Details of Disappearance
    Aferdita told her sister that she planned to meet Binak Gjergja, her abusive ex-husband, and their children in the parking lot of Showcase Cinemas in Auburn Hills, Michigan at 7:00 PM on February 25, 2001. Rita was fighting for custody of her children. Aferdita has never been heard from again. Her Escort was discovered abandoned inside the Showcase Cinemas' lot shortly after her disappearance. Her cellular phone and purse were inside the car, along with an unused round from her handgun. The weapon has never been recovered.

    Binak fled the United States and returned to Kosovo shortly afterwards. Authorities located him in April 2002 and charged him in connection with an assault against Aferdita that occured in 1998. Binak may never be extradited from the former Yugoslavia as the result of international laws. He is the prime suspect in Aferdita's presumed murder.
    When Binak fled the United States he abandoned his two small children. The Oakland County Prosecutor's Office terminated his parental rights in a trial before Oakland County Circuit Judge John J. McDonald.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Auburn Hills Police Department
    Oakland County Sheriff's Department
    Fugitive Apprehension Team

    Source Information
    Auburn Hills Police Department
    Oakland County Sheriff's Department
    Detroit Free Press
    The Oakland Press