Investigators have discovered that the ex-boyfriend of a missing New Jersey woman had sent her several threatening messages prior to her disappearance.

The messages were disclosed Tuesday in Freehold Township Municipal Court during a scheduled detention hearing for 29-year-old John Ozbilgen over unrelated child pornography charges. Ozbilgen was officially considered a “person of interest” in the disappearance of 25-year-old Stephanie Parze on Oct. 30.

According to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Caitlin Sidley, Ozbilgen allegedly sent 10 unanswered and expletive-laced messages in the lead up to Parze’s disappearance.

“Detectives learned that this defendant was texting and Facebook messaging Parze the night before her disappearance,” Sidley told reporters. “Those messages spanned just over nine minutes long. There were 10 unanswered messages, concluding with calling Stephanie Parze (an expletive) and telling her that she ‘always has to make their relationship suck.’”

It was also revealed Parze had filed a complaint about simple assault domestic violence against Ozbilgen on Sept. 23 He had also been accused of domestic violence by two other women.

“[Ozbilgen’s] violence against women is borne out in his history, as well as pornography he seeks out of very young children,” Sidley said. “There are no conditions that can keep this community safe.”

However, Ozbilgen’s lawyer has pushed back on the accusations, as well as the alleged child pornography found on his phone.

“My client maintains that he did not have these things on his phone intentionally,” Ozbilgen’s lawyer Robert Honecker Jr. told reporters. “That count in and of itself didn’t rise to the level that he should be kept in custody … He’s been held 11 days in jail on this.”

Parze disappeared the night of Oct. 30 after spending a day with her family before going home. Police were called to her home after she failed to contact her parents and discovered she was missing.

Investigators learned of her on/off relationship with Ozbilgen, who was arrested shortly after her disappearance on unrelated child pornography charges.

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