Bones Found at Home of Girl Gone Missing in 1982

Judith Ann Chartier was last seen in 1982. On Thursday, bones were found at a house she once called home on Gorham Street, but investigators did not confirm any connection.


Chelmsford Police have found bones from a home where a girl who disappeared in 1982 never to be seen again was last seen.

A two-day search at the 54 Gorham St. property revealed that "several bones" were being taken as evidence by Middlesex County District Attorney Gerard Leone's office according to the Lowell Sun.

The Sun report indicated that neither the District Attorney's office or the Chelmsford Police Department would confirm that the investigation is centering on Chartier's disappearance, stating that it was only a "evidentiary search."

Chartier, 17 years old at the time of her disappearance, was believed to have been last seen at 2 a.m. shortly after driving her then fiancee home from a party in Billerica.

Her disappearance is classfied as a "nonfamily abduction" according to websites that track missing "cold case" files such as the Charley Project.

Some neighbors who live in the area like Joanne Graziano were unsure about what was happening as the search was underway.

"“[Thursday] afternoon when I got home from work I did see the yellow tape around the yard," said Graziano to WHDH. "I didn't know what was going on."

CORRECTION 9:43 p.m., 8/13: Chartier lived at 70 Gorham St. at the time of the disappearance, she was last seen at 56 Gorham St.

Maria Karafelis August 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Now if they could put all of the puzzle pieces together and solve this case to give this family some closure it would be a great day!
Donna Reed August 13, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I must have misunderstood the initial news report.....I thought I read that this was NOT the home SHE lived in, but was actually a few doors down.......I understood that her parents moved to NH from Chelmsford a few years after she went missing, then moved back to Chelmsford into the home where the bones were found, after receiving a "credible" tip.........If what I read or understood is true, that would certainly seem to make it an easier "puzzle" to solve. In any event, I think Chelmsford has a great group of detectives...they'll get to the bottom of it, and hopefully bring some measure of peace to her family.
Andrew Sylvia August 14, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Hi Donna, I apologize, you're correct. Updating now.


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