Mary Leah Rodermund

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Above Images: Mary, circa 1978

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 2, 1978 from Morgan City, Louisiana
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: February 11, 1962
  • Age: 16 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A brown sweater, a brown shirt, khaki pants, brown loafers and a gold chain necklace.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Mary was last seen in Morgan City, Louisiana on March 2, 1978. She went to the pharmacy and never returned home. Someone later called her parents to demand a $5,000 ransom, and Mary got on the phone to tell them she was unharmed. This is the last time anyone heard from her, and the ransom caller never provided any instructions about where to deliver the money. Her car was found abandoned in the pharmacy parking lot.

    Authorities believe Mary was a victim of the serial killer Robert Carl Hohenberger, a former sheriff's deputy from California. He had abducted and raped four women in California, escaped from prison there and went to Louisiana. Investigators believe he used his police badge to lure victims to their deaths. He may have killed up to seven people over a three-month period before his death in June 1978. He committed suicide when the police tried to arrest him.

    Mary was a sophomore at Morgan City High School at the time of her disappearance. She is described as an average student who enjoyed dancing, listening to music and going to parties with her boyfriend. She had had a job as a department store cashier, but had recently quit. She planned to go to college eventually and become a psychiatrist. Mary is the youngest of six children. Her body has never been found. She is the only one of Hohenberger's presumed victims who is still missing.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Morgan City Police Department
    985-380-4605

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    Source Information
    Louisiana Repository for Unidentified and Missing People
    Murderpedia
    The Sarasota Herald-Tribune
    NamUs
    The Daily World Sun

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 5, 2017; details of disappearance updated.

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