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Stephanie Parze: Family of slain Freehold woman to appear on The Dr. Oz Show

The family of Stephanie Parze — the 25-year-old Freehold woman who was murdered by her on-again, off-again boyfriend — will appear on the “The Dr. Oz Show,” according to the New Jersey News Network

Parze’s parents, Ed and Sharlene, were reportedly invited as guests on the television program to discuss the Stephanie Nicole Parze Foundation. The Parze family started the foundation in their late daughter’s name in effort to bring awareness to domestic violence, sexual abuse and missing people.

The Press extensively covered Parze’s disappearance. Parze was reported missing after she failed to appear for a babysitting job and did not return several phone calls from family members. She was last seen around 10 p.m. on Oct. 30 after a trip to a psychic medium in New Brunswick.

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Over the nearly three months following her disappearance, her family led several searches checking for evidence in over 60 different locations spanning from Freehold to Staten Island.

In the end, Parze’s body was found just 15 miles from her home. Her remains were discovered about a half-mile from Jake Brown Road where the family searched for Parze in late November.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office deemed Parze’s former boyfriend John Ozbilgen responsible for her death. Ozbilgen killed himself in November and was never formally charged in connection with Parze’s disappearance. His parents have since maintained his innocence. 

The air date of the Parze family’s episode has not been announced yet.

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Contributing: APP reporter Keith Schubert

Jai-Leen James is a digital producer at the Asbury Park Press. She can be reached at jtjames@gannett.com or on Twitter @j_james17.

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