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Hillside Police Searching for Missing 43-Year-Old Man


Police in Hillside are currently searching for a 43-year-old man who went missing on May 18.

According to police, John Fontanez last spoke to family on May 17 while he was at Pyramid Detox for drug addiction.

According to his counselor, he was released on May 18 and transported to his home in Hillside.

Police said that Besides a heroin addiction, Mr. Fontanez also suffers from other medical and mental health issues. He is known to frequent the area of Independence Park in Newark to obtain drugs.

According to police, he is 5'11" and 180 lbs., has a light complexion with brown eyes and black hair.

Fontanez also has scars on his nose and a praying hands tattoo on his left arm.

Police said that they were unable to obtain a clothing description, but he regularly wears black stud earrings in each ear and a black/silver chain with a cross on it.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Fontanez is asked to please contact Det. Natalie Ogonowski at 732-540-2029 or