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 father was a retired New Bedford police officer. 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. She was sighted in New Bedford in June, and her family thought she was safe, but they reported her missing a second time in December 1988 after they heard about a possible serial murderer in the area.

    The remains of nine women, all in their twenties and thirties, all of whom had issues with drugs and prostitiution, were found along highways in New Bedford in 1988 and 1989. Investigators believe they were murdered by a serial killer. Roberts fits this profile and is believed to have been another victim in the series, and so is Christina Monteiro, who disappeared from the city in July 1988. 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
    The Pensacola News Journal


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 12, 2017; details of disappearance updated.

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