North American Missing Persons Network
Irene Silverman

Above Image: Silverman, circa 1998

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 5, 1998 from New York City, New York County, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: 1916
  • Age: 82
  • Height: 5'0"
  • Weight: 115 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Red
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Pierced ears, wears eyeglasses.
    Fracture left hand.
  • Clothing: Nightgown.
  • Case Number: KNMP05362

  • Details of Disappearance
    Silverman disappeared on July 5, 1998. She was last seen in her Manhattan townhouse. It is believed that Silverman was kidnapped and murdered by Sante and Kenneth Kimes. The Kimes were considered "grifters", leaving a long trail of victims in their path. Kenneth Kimes had rented a room from Silverman under a false name.

    In 2000, Sante and Kenneth Kimes were convicted of murdering Silverman. When the Kimes' were arrested, they were driving Silverman's stolen Lincoln. Inside the vehicle was evidence including Irene’s passport and keys to the mansion in the back seat, along with a fully loaded Glock .9 mm pistol and a .22 Beretta. Also located in the stolen vehicle were real estate transfer papers and a notebook that showed Sante practicing Silverman’s signature. There was an empty stun gun box, cassettes of Silverman's telephone conversations (apparently taken from wiretaps), blank Social Security cards, handcuffs, extra license plates, syringes, and walkie-talkies.

    Prosecutors have speculated that the Kimes smothered Silverman, stashed her body in a stolen Lincoln Town Car and dumped her in an undisclosed location. It is believed that the Kimes were trying to steal the townhouse that Silverman owned.

    In November 2000, Kenneth told police during an interview that he threw Silverman's body into a ditch at a New Jersey construction site. He said he dumped her in a hole and covered her up with tarp that was there.He had trouble describing the exact location, but what he described was close to water. Silverman's remains have never been recovered.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New York City Police Department
    (646) 610-6914

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