Mildred Louise Butterworth Roche

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Above: Roche, circa 1976


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 31, 1976 from Mankato, Minnesota
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 17, 1938
  • Age: 38 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 115 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Mildred has a mole on her right cheek.
  • Medical Conditions: Roche suffers from a mild case of epilepsy and takes a small dose of prescription phenobarbital to control her condition. She was tapering off the medication at the time of her disappearance and hadn't seen a neurologist in two years. Roche is classified as disaled.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Mildred was last seen by her parents at their farm in Mankato, Minnesota on May 31, 1976. She and her husband, Ronald Roche, left to go back to their own home in Fargo, North Dakota, and she has never been heard from again. Ronald said she left him after he told her he wanted a divorce. He said she packed two suitcases, an overnight bag, some cash, and some traveler's checks totaling three to four thousand dollars. He stated she called him from Boston, Massachusetts in August 1976 and he thought she might be living there, but police could find no evidence to support this.

    In 1996 police questioned Ronald about Mildred's case again and dug up the backyard of his residence. They found nothing of interest, however, and charges have never been filed against anyone in Mildred's case. Since her disappearance she hasn't had her prescription refilled. Her disappearance remains unsolved. Fargo police are investigating.


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


    Source Information
    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 7, 2017; date of birth added.

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