Marilyn J. Roberts

Above: Roberts, circa 1988


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 1988 from New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 34 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 110 - 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Some agencies refer to Roberts as Marilyn Roberts Cardoza. She has tattoos and needle marks on both arms.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A t-shirt, blue jeans and sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Roberts was last heard from in April 1988. She was in the New Bedford, Massachusetts area at the time. Her family originally believed she had moved to the West Coast to live with a relative, but they later learned she had not been in touch with any of her relatives. Her father reported her as a missing person in June 1988.

    Roberts was involved with drugs and prostitution at the time of her disappearance and foul play is suspected in her case. Her disappearance is believed be related to the homicides of nine other women and the disappearance of Christina Monteiro in the New Bedford area. The murdered women's bodies were dumped along area highways in 1988 and 1989. Most of the victims were in their twenties and all of them had issues with prostitution and substance abuse. The murders, and Roberts and Monteiro's disappearances, remain unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New Bedford Police Department


    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The Boston Globe
    Bristol County District Attorney's Office


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 25, 2011; height, weight and clothing/jewelry description added, distinguishing characteristics updated.

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