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Case File 1077DFRI


Left: Marfeo in 1988; Center: Marfeo in 1978; Right: Marfeo in 1990.

Doreen Ann Marfeo
Missing since March 29, 1990 from Johnston, Providence County, Rhode Island.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
On March 30, 1990, Doreen Marfeo disappeared from her Johnston, Rhode Island, home. Doreen and Stephen Marfeo lived in a house in Johnston, Rhode Island, a small town west of Providence. They were married seven years, but in 1990, their marriage was falling apart. Marfeo had thought his wife was cheating on him, and hired two private investigators to follow her. 

March 29th  was the last day Doreen Marfeo was seen alive. Stephen Marfeo didn't report his wife missing for two and half days.  At the Marfeo house there was no sign of struggle. Doreen's car was still parked there.  Doreen didn't' take any of her personal belongings. Searches yielded nothing.

In June the police received two typewritten letters. The first was an account of the murder of Doreen Marfeo. The letter states Stephen strangled Doreen, then dumped her boy in a pond in providence. The second letter accuses Doreen of affairs at work, and names coworkers. Police believe her husband sent the letters. Investigators were able to identify the typewriter of the second letter,  as coming from Stephen Marfeo's mother's house. Stephen Marfeo denied having written the letters.
The local police suspects Doreen was murdered by her husband, though they have never been able to prove it.

In July 1999, nine years after Doreen's disappearance, Stephen Marfeo shot and killed his estranged girlfriend. Then, drove to Connecticut and killed himself.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Johnston Police Department

Agency Case Number: 9003559

NCIC Number: M-416067945
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Fox 25

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