'My sister needs to come home': Norwalk woman pleads for help in search for sister missing 36 years

A Norwalk woman is refusing to give up on her push to bring her sister's remains home after her disappearance and presumed murder 36 years ago.

News 12 Staff

May 13, 2021, 9:51 PM

Updated 1,108 days ago

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A Norwalk woman is refusing to give up on her push to bring her sister's remains home after her disappearance and presumed murder 36 years ago.
April Grisanti would have turned 56 years old this month - instead she's forever 20 years old, with her family wondering what could have been.
A question haunts Gina Grisanti and her mother daily -- where is her body?
She’s now organizing her own search and has spent the past couple weeks papering the area with signs.
April Grisanti was last seen being forced into a car by a man she'd been involved with - James "Purple" Aaron. He was convicted of kidnapping and unlawful restraint, but there wasn't enough evidence for a murder charge.
He died in 2016 - possibly taking with him the answer Gina Grisanti is desperate for.
"There are people who are still around who know where my sister is," she says.
Gina Grisanti is determined to search every lead for herself, but she can't do it alone.
"I really would appreciate if I could get people to donate cadaver dog services, private detectives, anything to help in my search - sonar equipment, divers," she says.
She says her sister's car was discovered dumped in the water where the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium now stands - that’s one area she'd like to focus on.
"Picture your family member being tossed like garbage," Gina Grisanti says.
She says she's gotten tips about the old Norwalk Lighthouse Restaurant on Cross Street - that her sister could've been dumped under the bridge. Also of interest is where April Grisanti's wallet was found - Fillow Street near Stepping Stones Road.
"My sister needs to come home. She wants to come home, we know she does. She's never going to rest in peace until we bring her home. Please help," Gina Grisanti says.
If you’re interested in helping with the search, you can call 203-838-9009. To donate, click here.


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