New Jersey's Most Wanted

Looking at the New Jersey State Police "Most Wanted" list the top spot is occupied by a woman that authorities are currently looking for and is considered very dangerous. She has been missing for years and her whereabouts (Cuba) are not confirmed. Let's give you some background on what she is wanted for and then a description in case you need any information. Authorities do stress that you do not approach this woman, she is considered armed and dangerous. If you somehow do encounter her be sure to call New Jersey State Police at 800-437-7839


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Her name is JoAnne Chesimard, although she goes by numerous aliases' including "Barbara Odoms, Mary Davis, Justine Henderson, Joanne Byron, Josephine Henderson, Assata Shakur, and Joanne Chesterman." She is wanted for escaping while serving life plus a 26 to 33-year sentence for the murder of a New Jersey State Trooper. The current theory is that Chesimard, following her escape, hid until getting away to Cuba where she has been now for a lengthy period of time. Despite her exact location is not publicly known, she remains atop the "Most Wanted" lists here in New Jersey.



The Suspect Is Considered Very Dangerous Do Not Approach



Height: 5'6"

Weight: 125-138 lbs

DOB: 7/16/47

Hair: Black

Eyes: Brown

Complexion: Medium

Race: Black

A round scar on left knee. Bullet wounds under the right arm and left shoulder.


If You Have Information About The Fugitive Contact Authorities


Report any information to the New Jersey State Police at 800-437-7839, e-mail us at, or contact your local law enforcement.

Remember all information about this fugitive will be kept strictly confidential. Again authorities remind you to not approach the fugitive. If you have information contact authorities.


JoAnne Chesimard
NJSP - New Jersey State Police (


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