MISSING PERSON UPDATE / PLEASE SHARE
NAME: Assunta "Suzy" Tomassi
HEIGHT: 5' 08"
WEIGHT: 130-140 lbs.
CLOTHING: Black leather jacket, blue and white striped shirt, black pants, and gold colored wedged high-heeled shoes. She was carrying a black Coach brand purse with a multi-colored polka-dotted scarf attached to it.
ACCESSORIES: Multiple silver and gold rings, gold Rolex watch, silver and gold bracelets, white gold 36”necklace with pineapple pendant and Costa Del Mar sunglasses. (See attached photos for rings and watch.)
On March 16, 2018, at approximately 5:45 p.m., Assunta “Suzy” Tomassi was last seen on foot in the area of the exit driveway at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area on Oslo Rd. east of U.S. 1 in Vero Beach, Florida after traversing the sidewalk in front of the businesses of the South Vero Square Shopping Center from north to south. Mrs. Tomassi indicated she was going outside to read just prior to walking away towards the shopping center from her family owned restaurant, The Quilted Giraffe, located just north of the shopping center.
A witness reported seeing her near the conservation area exit drive and they looked away. They stated when they looked back they no longer saw her but did see a silver vehicle pulled into the exit drive the wrong way and noticed it back out then proceed back towards U.S. 1 west bound on Oslo Rd. There was no further description of the vehicle or occupants from the witness.
Mrs. Tomassi has advanced dementia but is lucid at times conversing regularly to the point a stranger might not recognize she has the disease unless they spend extended time with her. At the time she walked away, she was able to identify family, friends and was aware her family owned the Quilted Giraffe and Mr. Manatee’s in Vero Beach but more recently she would also sometimes meet strangers and think she knew them as friends. She has routinely walked back and forth from the stores in the shopping center and the Quilted Giraffe without incident in the recent past. She did not have a phone nor was she able to remember phone numbers. It is believed she had very little cash and no credit cards in her possession at the time she disappeared. Mrs. Tomassi is hard of hearing and has a very distinct Italian accent when she speaks. She is an avid animal lover and can be drawn to them if she sees them in public.
Extensive searches have been conducted in the areas surrounding her last known location and to date no signs of Mrs. Tomassi have been located, leading investigators to believe she left the area in a vehicle either voluntarily or involuntarily. The family issued a $5,000.00 reward immediately after her disappearance but no viable tip or information has been received. As of April 12, 2018 the reward has been increased to $10,000.00
Mrs. Tomassi has a daughter and granddaughter in Charlotte County / Rotonda. Several days prior to her disappearance she mentioned to her daughter she was very eager to see her granddaughter. No additional contact has been made since that conversation. It is unknown if she could have been attempting to reach the west coast for this purpose when she disappeared.
If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Mrs. Tomassi or have seen any of the listed jewelry or personal property please, contact Detective Michael Dilks or Detective Greg Farless with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office at (772)-978-6101.
These photographs are a few of the more distinct pieces of jewelry worn by Mrs. Tomassi at the time of her disappearance. Additional photographs of her bracelets and necklace are available.