The Doe Network:
Case File 2127DFMA


Marilyn J. Cardoza Roberts
Missing since circa April 1988 from New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 34 years old
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Dark brown/black hair; brown eyes.
  • Height & Weight: 5'4; 110-120 lbs
  • Tattoos: On both arms, also has needle marks on both arms
  • Clothing: Blue jeans, shirt and sneakers
  • Dentals: Available

Circumstances of Disappearance
Marilyn was reported missing by her father in June 1988. The family first thought that Roberts had moved to the West Coast to live with a relative, but later learned that Roberts, though she had not contacted relatives for months, had not left the New Bedford area. Foul play is suspected.

Her disappearance is thought to be linked to the homicides of 10 other women who's bodies were dumped along highways in the New Bedford area in the late 1980's, and the disappearance of Christina Monteiro. Victims were found along or near ramps for Interstate 195 and Route 140 and Route 88 in Freetown, Marion, Westport, and Dartmouth.

The women had substance abuse issues and some had turned to prostitution to support their drug habits. The first body was found July 3, 1988; the last was found April 24, 1989.

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

New Bedford Police
Or Unsolved Homicide Tip Line
Massachusetts State Police
Trooper Kevin Butler

Agency Case Number: 8810470980542

Source Information:
Killing Season
Boston Globe
Bristol County DA

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