Lois Marta Darnopuk, age 32, disappeared from Brooklyn, New York on or about April 9, 1989.

She had been living in an apartment with her boyfriend, and her father became concerned when he had not heard from her in several days.  He checked her apartment, and Lois was not there.  He found the cat crying as if it hadn’t been fed.  Nothing else appeared out of place.

Lois’s father then contacted her boyfriend’s parents, who said their son had been in contact with them, but they did not know anything about Lois.

According to NamUs, the NYPD would not take a report or even act as the law enforcement contact for this case.  They claimed that they did not have the resources.

Instead, NamUs’s “Investigating Agency” section refers to a K. Tontarski as the law enforcement contact, and directs us to their “Contacts” page for more information.  Unfortunately, the “Contacts” page has no information whatsoever on K. Tontarski.

After a bit of research, it appears that K. Tontarski is a forensic scientist out of a lab in Washington DC.  She apparently picked up the ball when nobody else would.  It seems she is taking care of the DNA samples and dental charts, which I am very grateful for.

Based on the information in NamUs, her family attempted to file a report in July 1989, and again in February 1990.  Alas, there is no case number for Lois.

So, who investigated her disappearance?  Who interviewed her friends, and her boyfriend?  Who checked the apartment for possible clues?

My guess is that no one did, no one is, and no one plans to.

From what little I could gather about Lois’s family, her father was a long time resident of New York, definitely a tax payer, and a contributing member of society.   He had a right to law enforcement services when his daughter went missing.

Things have changed since 1989.  Most states, if not all, now have laws which require them to take a report when a person is missing.  I hope that Lois’s family will go back and insist that they take a report and investigate what should have been investigated 25 years ago.

I don’t see any record that her parents have died, but her father would be 89 years old now.  I do not know if she has any siblings.  I don’t believe she had any children.

DNA is in process, and I hope it will bring much needed answers.


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5 thoughts on “Lois Darnopuk

  1. I think I may disagree with you re: police agencies taking missing person reports-my friend, a police captain in the NYC area tells me that his department no longer takes them (and probably always resisted taking them), except in the case of a person who is known to be endangered (physically or mentally disabled, or in cases where there is actual evidence of foul play). Amazing that the NYPD didn’t at least pretend to take a report that they would never follow up on like they so, often did.

    • Wow, I would have thought New York would have followed suit. Most states now have a policy in place that requires LE to take a report. But it is not federally mandated yet.

      California, New Jersey, Ohio, Connecticut, Maryland, Missouri, Vermont, and DC are examples of states that have these requirements – many have also eliminated the waiting period.

      I agree completely with your last thought, though. New York and Michigan are two places I would hate for anyone to be missing from.

  2. I sure hope her family lights a fire under LE (although not sure what would likely come of it after all this time). It actually outrages me that they (LE) can decide to either investigate or not when somebody goes missing-I am thinking that the boyfriend could shed some light…

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