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Kidnapped Fair Lawn Resident Found Shot Dead In Mall Parking Lot

January 25, 1989

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) _ A kidnapped warehouse supervisor was found shot to death Tuesday, one day after authorities watched his abductor pick up a $25,000 ransom and escape into the night, officials said.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Holl said the kidnapper walked into a heavily staked out area Monday night to pick up the ransom paid by Marilyn Flax, the wife of the victim, Irving Flax, 58.

Holl said FBI agents, police and officials from the Bergen County prosecutor’s office were at the drop-off site, a restaurant parking lot on Route 4 in Paramus. They watched as a man signalled to Mrs. Flax to drop the paper bag about 7:30 p.m., Holl said.

After Mrs. Flax left, the man picked up the bag and drove away in a red sedan belonging to the victim. Holl said the surveillance team then lost track of the car.

″It was dark,″ he said Tuesday, adding that officials had not been able to observe the kidnapper clearly enough to give a description.

The victim was found in the front seat of his car about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday by a security officer at the parking lot of the Garden State Plaza, a shopping mall in Paramus.

Flax, a supervisor at the LDF Trucking Warehouse in Secaucus, had been shot in the back of the head, authorities said.

Officials said Flax left his home for work at 9:30 a.m. Monday. He called the warehouse an hour later and said he would not be coming in.

″Subsequently Mr. Flax’s wife, Marilyn Flax, received a phone call from an unknown male caller who informed her that her husband had been abducted and demanded a ransom payment,″ Holl said.

Later in the day, she received another call from the same man instructing her how to deliver the $25,000.

Holl said autopsy results would be available Wednesday.

He said it was not known whether Flax knew his kidnapper.

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