Friends of missing Nassau woman revive cold case 28 years later

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It's been 28 years since a New Hyde Park mother of two vanished without a trace, and her family and friends are still searching for answers.

The last time Norine Higuchi Brown was seen was in 1990. Her husband John says she went to a supermarket at 11 p.m. to get Christmas cookies, but did not return home.

At a recent high school reunion, Brown’s friends Maria Agosta Przybylski and Sue Randazzi learned the case was never solved. They are both hoping to jumpstart the cold case.

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“We're just trying to poke around enough to get the interest so we can find our friend,” says Przybylski.

Six months ago, Brown’s friend received a tip about a well in the backyard of the apartment building where Brown was living at the time with her husband. News 12 confirmed the well had been sealed up and that the Nassau Police Department had been notified. The well has not yet been excavated.

Randazzi says she was “discouraged, but not disappointed” that the police have yet to check it out.


“We're a group of young 60-year-olds, we're not going to stop any time soon,” she says.

The women also wrote a letter to Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas asking her to assist in the investigation. A spokesperson told News 12, "We have passed along all information to the relevant units of the NCPD and will provide assistance in any way possible to bring this case to a resolution."

News 12 reached out to the Nassau County Police Department, which coordinated a meeting with the two friends.

Norine’s husband told News 12 that police have and can question him about “anything they want.”

“I'm not stopping them from doing anything, I've never stopped them from anything, other than when they started getting crazy with me, and my lawyer got involved,” he told News 12.

Police have never named a suspect and said they do want to speak with anyone with information on this case. The head of Nassau's Homicide Squad says the well is a "place of interest" and they are "looking into it." They say it's a "process that takes coordinated effort and planning."

Authorities are urging anyone with information about the disappearance to call police.

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