Rose Marie Bly

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Above Images: Bly, circa 2009


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 21, 2009 from St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: September 16, 1987
  • Age: 21 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown hair, brown eyes. Bly has a tattoo of red cherries on the outside of her right ankle; a photo of the tattoo is posted below this case summary. Her ears and navel are pierced. She frequently changes the length and style of her hair; at the time of her disappearance, her hair was cut in a chin-length bob. She may color her hair blonde or red.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white tank top, a green v-neck sweater, blue jeans and flip-flop sandals.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Bly was last seen in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin at 7:30 p.m. on August 21, 2009. She left her home in the 2300 block of River Road to travel four or five miles to Cushing, Wisconsin to meet a cousin at a bar. She was driving a white 2001 Pontiac Grand Am with a Wisconsin license plate numbered 535MAB. Sometime that night, Bly contacted her husband and said she'd be home by midnight. She never arrived in Cushing, however, and has never been heard from again.

    Bly's car was found in a parking lot near a post office in Grantsburg, Wisconsin five days after her disappearance. The lot is normally used by semi truck drivers to park their tractor-trailers. The car was undamaged, there was no evidence of foul play and the keys were missing. Grantsburg is about thirty miles from St. Croix and fifteen miles from Cushing. Bly has family living there and she graduated from Grantsburg High School.

    Bly left behind a husband and two daughters under the age of two. She doesn't have any credit or debit cards, and she left home with very little money. Bly's husband filed for divorce three weeks after her disappearance and sought a court order to prevent her from returning and taking the children. They had married in February 2009. Their relationship was troubled and police were called to the home at least once to intervene in a domestic violence incident; Bly's husband accused her of slapping him, and she accused her of putting her in a headlock and banging her head on the ground. He had previously filed for divorce in June 2009, but withdrew the filing after he and Bly reconciled. Bly's husband passed a polygraph and he isn't considered a suspect in her disappearance. His divorce petition was granted in 2010 and he has sole custody of their daughters.

    Bly fell off a horse a week before her disappearance. She told her mother she was having headaches after the accident and her mother advised her to see a doctor, but there's no evidence she ever did. Bly's mother speculated her daughter became disoriented due to her injury and wandered away. There is no evidence to support any theory, however. Bly's case remains unsolved.

    Above: Bly's tattoo


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Polk County Sheriff’s Department


    Source Information
    Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults
    The Country Messenger
    WQOW 18
    The St. Paul Pioneer Press
    WXOW 19
    Federal Bureau of Investigation


    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 18, 2013; distinguishing characteristics updated.

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