Police seek woman, man spotted with missing Anchorage nurse

Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police have released a surveillance video showing an Anchorage nurse in a mini-mart just hours before his June 18 disappearance.

Detectives hope someone will recognize the woman in the video with Thomas Anthony Nuzzi, 52, an itinerant nurse who vanished from Anchorage.

The four-frame tape shows fuzzy images of Nuzzi and the woman at a Williams store the night of June 18 near the Super 8 Motel on Minnesota Drive where Nuzzi was staying.

She matches the description of one of two unidentified people reportedly seen with Nuzzi in the days before he disappeared. The two were also seen without Nuzzi in his motel room and around his red 1997 Jeep Cherokee.

Stephen Reeves, Nuzzi's nephew, said witnesses he spoke with described the woman as a thin white female with dark hair just past her shoulders, about 5-foot-2 and 105 pounds, possibly in her 20s. She was seen over the course of several days wearing a long black dress and a black hat.

The other person reportedly seen with Nuzzi and usually accompanying the woman was described to him as a tall, thin black male with rotting teeth, Reeves said.

Nuzzi traveled often for work and did not have a permanent home, staying in hotels and motels near his job assignments. He was reported missing by co-workers when he did not report to work in Bethel on June 19.

After his Jeep was reported abandoned, searchers combed Chugach State Park for three days but found nothing.

Receipts from his purchase at the William's store were found in his Anchorage storage unit and led Reeves to the surveillance tape. Other information Reeves uncovered persuaded the Anchorage Police Department to assign two detectives to the case.

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