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40 Years Later, Norwalk Police Still Looking For Missing Teen In Cold Case

Brown-haired, blue-eyed Maria "Mia" Anjiras has been missing from her Norwalk home since 1976.
Brown-haired, blue-eyed Maria "Mia" Anjiras has been missing from her Norwalk home since 1976. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department
Maria "Mia" Anjiras was only 14 when she went missing from her Norwalk home in 1976. Police are still hoping to find out what happened to her.
Maria "Mia" Anjiras was only 14 when she went missing from her Norwalk home in 1976. Police are still hoping to find out what happened to her. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk police say they are still hoping to find out what happened to a teenage girl who disappeared in the city 40 years ago.

Maria Anjiras was 14 when her parents reported her missing, police said. Maria, who was also known as Mia, rode off from her Millwood Road home on her blue English Racer bicycle at about 2 p.m. Feb. 25, 1976, police said.

She was wearing a Norwalk High School jacket with the number “79” and her nickname on it, police said.

The brown-haired, blue-eyed teen was never seen again.

The bike was found abandoned on St. Mary’s Lane about a mile away, police said.

Sadly, Maria’s parents have both since passed away.

According to a posting on charleyproject.org , an online database of missing people, Maria was 5 foot 6 inches tall and weighed about 120 pounds.

The artistically talented teen was heading to a singing lesson and then to a babysitting job but never showed up, charleyproject.org’s posting said.

According to charleyproject.org, Maria had threatened to run away a few weeks before she disappeared and had taken money and clothing with her.

Norwalk police said they followed numerous leads and reported sightings in their search, including one at a restaurant on Main Street.

Charleyproject.org’s post said a classmate bumped into Maria at a bar on Westport Avenue nearly six months later and that she was with someone known to belong to the Charter Oaks Motorcycle Club in Bethel.

Police said that while those leads didn’t pan out, they have continued to interview friends and family, some recently, in the hopes of locating Maria, who would now be 53.

Police are asking anyone with information about Maria to call Lt. Art Weisgerber at 203-854-3028; or email him at aweisgerber@norwalkct.org

Anonymous Internet tips can be sent through the Norwalk police website at: www.norwalkpd.com. Anonymous text tips can be submitted by typing “NPD” into the text field, followed by the message and sending it to CRIMES (274637).

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