Bernadette M. Stevenson Caruso

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Bernadette, circa 1986;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to an unknown age

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 27, 1986 from Baltimore County, Maryland
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: July 2, 1963
  • Age: 23 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 190 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown/blonde hair, green eyes. Bernadette has a mole on her left cheek. Her ears are pierced.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black tank dress over a pink tank top, a pink belt, sheer pantyhose, pink flat shoes, a pink cotton jacket, and possibly small earrings, a gold necklace and a wristwatch which was either gold with a small band, or had a Mickey Mouse face.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Bernadette was last seen leaving Shaw's Jewelry Store in the Eastpoint Mall in northeastern Baltimore County, Maryland on September 27, 1986. Caruso had completed her work shift at the jewelry store and was seen entering her car in the mall's parking lot at approximately 5:05 p.m. that day. She had told a co-worker that her estranged husband, Michael Caruso, had called her and she was going to meet him to discuss something. Caruso has never been heard from again. She was supposed to call a friend later that day, but never did. The vehicle she was driving, her grandmother's gray/green 1982 Chevrolet Cavalier with Maryland license tags numbered FYW-097, has never been recovered. Bernadette was carrying a bag containing a pink and black jacket at the time of her disappearance.

    Bernadette was separated from Michael, a Baltimore County police officer, at the time of her disappearance. They were involved in a bitter custody battle over their three-year-old daughter. Their daughter was spending the weekend with relatives on the day Bernadette vanished. Michael was later fired from the police department after being convicted of abusing a prisoner. Witnesses report that he often threatened his wife. He has not been charged in her case, however, nor has he or anyone else been named as a suspect.

    Foul play is suspected in Bernadette's disappearance due to the circumstances involved. Her loved ones describe her disappearance as uncharacteristic of her and they believe she came to harm. Caruso resided in the 4000 block of Rustico Road in Carrollwood, Maryland in 1986. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Baltimore County Police Department
    410-887-3943

    OR
    Maryland State Police
    410-486-3101

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    Source Information
    The Lost Child Emergency Broadcast System
    America's Most Missing Persons
    Southern Maryland Online
    Baltimore County Police Department
    WJZ-TV
    The Doe Network
    The Capital

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 19, 2007; details of disappearance updated.

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