Judith Ann Chartier

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Judith, circa 1982;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 45 (circa 2009)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 5, 1982 from Chelmsford, Massachusetts
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: August 12, 1964
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Judith has scars under her chin and on her left wrist. She has a small mole on her right calf and a cap on her upper left front tooth. Her nickname is Judy.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A hip-length white sweater with brown toggle buttons, tan sandals and designer jeans or brown corduroy pants.
  • Medical Conditions: Judith may develop a rash on her forehead and on her knuckles due to an unspecified medical condition.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Judith resided in Chelmsford, Massachusetts in 1982. On the night of June 5, she attended a party in Billerica, Massachusetts with her fiance of of four months. They had an argument during their stay and Judith drove her fiance to his home, then continued back to the party by herself. Witnesses told investigators that she left the party alone at approximately 2:00 a.m. Neither Judith nor the black 1972 or 1977 Dodge Dart she was driving have been located since that time.

    Investigators with the Chelmsford Police Department received a tip from the US Secret Service in Washington D.C., who were investigating a counterfeiting operation. One of the ring's suspects, James Mitchell DeBardeleben, was also believed to be connected to a number of murders. Secret Service agents found a map of the Chelmsford region in the suspect's car, along with several photos of women involved in sadomasochistic acts. A receipt from a local motel in Chelmsford in the car; it was dated June 4, 1982, the day prior to Judith's disappearance. It is known that DeBardeleben liked brunettes, which fits Judith's profile, and he knew some of the people who attended the party in Billerica the night of Judith's disappearance. Chelmsford police detectives attempted to work with DeBardeleben regarding Judith's case, but leads never panned out and he denied having ever met her. It is worth noting that DeBardeleben was ruled out as a suspect in the 1982 Michigan disappearance of Kellie Brownlee.

    Judith was employed at a fast food restaurant in Chelmsford at the time of her 1982 disappearance. Her mother told authorities that Judith was being harrassed by a male co-worker at the time she vanished. Judith's mother also stated that her daughter was frightened of the employee. It is not known if the unidentified male is connected to Judith's disappearance. Her brother Joe stated she was going through a rebellious phase in 1982 and may have gotten involved in criminal activity. The day before she disappeared, Judith asked her father to look in the trunk of her car, saying she was too frightened to do it herself. Joe believes she may have become a drug mule, perhaps unknowingly. After she went missing, an unidentified female called the Chartier home to say she knew what happened to Judith but couldn't say anything more because someone had threatened her life.

    Judith's family believes she met with foul play at the hands of someone she knew. She has seven brothers, and was particularly close to Joe. Joe never thought she ran away, saying she was too close to mother to do that. He believes someone at the party she went to that night knows what happened to her. Joe describes his sister as a sweet, gentle person who loved animals. Judith's parents are now both deceased. Her case remains open and unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Chelmsford Police Department
    978-256-2521

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    The Detroit News
    The Boston Globe
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Lowell Sun
    Concord, New Hampshire Patch
    New England's Unsolved
    MyFox Boston
    NamUs

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 29, 2012; picture added.

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