Richard J. Jargowsky
North American Missing Persons Network
Richard J. Jargowsky

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 8, 2008 from Steelmantown, Upper Township, Cape May County, New Jersey
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 11, 1961
  • Age: 46
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Weight: 240 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Medical Conditions: Possible depression
  • Case Number: A050-2008-00115
  • NCIC Number: M-477201555

  • Details of Disappearance
    Richard Jargowsky was last seen at his residence in Upper Township, NJ in Cape May County on February 8, 2008. Rround 2 a.m. he called his mother and said that his house was on fire, his mother subsequently dialed 911. Jargowsky expressed fears that people might think he set the fire. Firefighters found the home on on Homestead Road fully engulfed in flames when they arrived at the scene. The second story had already collapsed. Firefighters had every suggestion that Jargowsky was still inside the home when they arrived. His pickup truck was parked in the driveway. There was no trace of anyone outside the home. Authorities combed through the ashes, fearing Jargowsky perished in the fire. They also used helicopters, thermal imaging and search dogs to scour the thick woods, believing he may have become injured or disoriented from the smoke and stumbled into the woods. But the searches found nothing. Jargowsky is a former auto mechanic who ran his own excavating and site-preparation business. Jargowsky lived alone in the home. The bank was foreclosing on his home, which was scheduled to be auctioned at a Cape May County sheriff's sale. Jargowsky was preparing to sell the home and had found a buyer. He signed an agreement of sale on his home just hours before the fire. A neighbor saw Jargowsky walking in the opposite direction of his Homestead Road home with an unidentified man after the fire. Jargowsky spent his whole life in Cape May County. He has never disappeared before. He has not used his debit card or cellular telephone. Volunteer firefighters, search dogs and State Police scoured the woods by foot and by helicopter for three weeks in search of him but turned up nothing.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New Jersey State Police
    Woodbine Station

    Source Information
    New Jersey State Police
    The Press of Atlantic City