Name: Charlotte Marcella Moriarty
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: June 21, 1977
Location Last Seen: Hauula, Hawaii County, Hawaii
Date of Birth: August 2, 1945
Age: 31 years old
Weight: 130 lbs. to 140 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Nickname/Alias: Char; Marcella Charlotte Moriarty
Distinguishing Marks/Features: scar on chin, scar on leg, pierced ears, chipped upper left incisor
Fingerprints: Not Available
Jewelry: Possibly wearing a turquoise wedding band
Additional Personal Items: Unknown
According to reports, Charlotte had taken her son, Marx Moriarty, for a walk in his stroller. The stroller was found at approximately 1:00pm at the Haaula bus stop at 54-295 Kamehameha Hwy. Mark Barnes, then-boyfriend of Ms. Moriarty and father of Marx, filed a missing persons report on July 10, 1977, more than two weeks after he found the stroller. In the report, he explained to police that Moriarty had gone missing on several prior occasions, but she had always returned home, and he thought this incident was just another similar episode. They had been together for about two years.
Marx Moriarty was found 35 years later in New Jersey living as Steve Carter, having been adopted by a couple at the age of 4. He got curious when he discovered his birth certificate was created when he was a year old, and did some investigating on the NCMEC web site. That's where he saw a composite image that looked just like him for Marx Moriarty. A DNA test confirmed his identity in October 2011.
Back in 1977, Charlotte and Marx had been discovered in an Oahu woman's home. Police were called, and Charlotte made up new names (Jane Amey and Tenzin Amey) and a new birth date for her son. Charlotte was taken to a psychiatric hospital while Marx went into protective care. A few days later, Charlotte left the hospital against the advice of medical staff, leaving Marx a ward of the state. He was placed in an orphanage and adopted by the Carters three years later.
Charlotte is still missing. She was once married to Donald Bell Monnheimer (listed as Marcella Moriarty). Their marriage is recorded both in Cuyahoga County, Ohio and Hancock, West Virginia for the year 1967. They had one child together, Jennifer.
Agency Name: Honolulu Police Department
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: (808) 529-3064
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: F50056
NCIC Case Number: M-741876289
NamUs Case Number: 595
Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 9/27/2017
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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.