STATEN ISLAND (PIX11) – PIX11 has learned exclusive, new details about the investigation into two, missing Staten Island women linked to the same Tottenville man. We also found the person of interest, 59-year-old Charles Chorman, who is married to the sister of one of the women. Both vanished in the 1990’s.
When we tried to ask Chorman if he had anything to do with the disappearance of 34-year-old Anna Marie Scivetti, who hasn’t been seen since 1998–or his wife’s sister, Elizabeth Bump–who’s been missing since 1993–Chorman told us to watch out for his dog and get off his property. You can see the encounter in our PIX 11 TV report.
“Both his wife and Chorman hired criminal attorneys, so they didn’t have to answer any questions,” said Scivetti’s sister, Angel DeRuvo, who has been on a crusade for nearly sixteen years to find out what happened to Anna Marie.
The District Attorney for Richmond County, Daniel Donovan, revealed new details in the case never reported before.
Donovan told PIX 11 the NYPD and his office has received two, anonymous tips in the last decade: one about Bump’s case and the other concerning Scivetti.
Bump, a one-time home health aide, was last seen leaving a patient’s home on April 9, 1993–when she was forced into a car by two men.
Donovan told PIX 11 a male caller used a pay phone in Nassau County, claiming Bump was buried in Cloves Lake Park, in the woods beyond one of the stone footbridges. The District Attorney used cadaver dogs and ground-penetrating radar to search but found nothing.
Another anonymous caller claimed he had dropped off Anna Marie Scivetti’s blue/gray Mazda at a dumping ground in 1998, near the Outerbridge Crossing. The DA’s office, with assistance from the FBI, dredged the waters near the Kreischer House on Arthur Kill Road. They recovered parts from many different cars, but none of them was linked to Scivetti’s Mazda.
The District Attorney acknowledged that when Scivetti vanished on August 19, 1998, investigators received information that Chorman showed up at Edkins Auto Sales and Salvage the next morning.
“He was described to us as being disheveled, anxious…with scratch marks on his face,” said Donovan.
Chorman’s attorney has declared in the past his client did nothing wrong, once calling him the “Richard Jewell of Staten Island”–a reference to the security guard wrongfully suspected in the bombing at the Atlanta Olympic games.
But the District Attorney said his investigators would have lots of questions for Chorman and his wife.
Chorman did federal jail time more than 25 years ago for a massive stolen car ring. He was once arrested and charged with assaulting Scivetti. Scivetti’s relatives said when the young woman tried to break off with Chorman,
the small cottage where she was living burned down. They always wondered if it was really an accident.
When Scivetti disappeared, a tenant in the Raymond Place apartment where she once lived with Chorman reported noticing that lots of cleaning went on.
“He changed the sink supposedly,” Angel DeRuvo said at the site.
“We found that some of the flooring had been sanded,” District Attorney Donovan told PIX 11 News, “We took apart the floor and sent that to the lab.” But the testing offered no evidence.
Scivetti’s sister is now offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever harmed her sister. But right now, there’s no body–and no evidence that any crime took place.
“How can one person have an affiliation with two women, and both of the women are gone?” Angel DeRuvo asked.
DeRuvo said her sister and the family didn’t know, at first, that Chorman was married. But they did know they didn’t like him.
“He isolated her from everybody,” DeRuvo said. “He was such a control freak, but when Anna disappeared, he never participated in looking for her.”
Anyone with information on the Scivetti or Bump case can call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
All calls will be kept confidential.
DeRuvo, when asked about the very generous $100,000 reward she’s offering, told us she was using her own annuity to finance it, with help from her beloved step-father.