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Massachusetts dive teams find remains and car connected to teen girl who vanished in 1982


Massachusetts dive teams find human remains and 1972 Dodge Dart connected to a 17-year-old girl who vanished in 1982 after leaving a party

  • Investigators confirmed that divers discovered human remains in the Concord River after finding parts of a 1972 Dodge Dart Singer 
  • Police said that civilian divers were able to locate the Dodge 50 to 75 yards from shore in about eight to 10 feet of water using portable sonar equipment
  • The car’s VIN matched missing person Judith Chartier’s and officials called the find a ‘significant development’ in her 39 year old missing persons case
  • Chartier was reported being last seen leaving a party in Billerica at 2 am on June 5, 1982 when she was just 17-years-old 
  • In addition to the human remains and the vehicle, divers recovered a few pieces of clothing, a card case with a laminated work ID card belonging to Chartier
  • Officials said it will take ‘weeks and months’ to identify the remains and it is still too early to determine if there were any signs of foul play


A Massachusetts dive team found human remains and a car connected to a 17-year-old who vanished nearly four decades ago after leaving a party. 

On Wednesday, divers discovered a variety of human remains in the Concord River the day after they found parts of a 1972 Dodge Dart Singer with a Vehicle Identification Number matching that of missing person Judith Chartier.

Chartier was reported being last seen leaving a party in Billerica, about 25 miles northwest of Boston, at 2 am on June 5, 1982.

Authorities said that civilian divers were able to locate the vehicle 50 to 75 yards from shore in about eight to 10 feet of water using portable sonar equipment. 

Following the VIN match, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said divers returned to the murky waters the following day and discovered human remains, CBS Boston  reported.  

In addition to the human remains and the vehicle, divers recovered a few pieces of clothing and a card case with a laminated work ID card belonging to Chartier.

But despite the overwhelming evidence linking the discovery to Chartier, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said it will take ‘weeks and months’ to identify the remains and it is still too early to determine if there were any signs of foul play. 

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Judith Chartier (pictured) was reported being last seen leaving a party in Billerica at 2 am on June 5, 1982 when she was just 17-years-old

Police said that civilian divers were able to locate the car 50 to 75 yards from shore in about eight to 10 feet of water using portable sonar equipment

Police said that civilian divers were able to locate the car 50 to 75 yards from shore in about eight to 10 feet of water using portable sonar equipment

Back in May, Joe Chartier described his missing sister Judith as 'a very kind soul'

Back in May, Joe Chartier described his missing sister Judith as ‘a very kind soul’

Nonetheless, Chartier’s older brother Joe was glad the nearly four-decade-old mystery could be coming to an end.

‘It’ a relief,’ the brother said. 

Ryan said investigators will still continue to search for answers to uncover what happened to Chartier. 

‘For a long time, we knew where the story ended in those early morning hours. Now, we have a conclusion to where the car and these human remains were found, and now the question will be connecting them,’ Ryan said.  

Back in May, Joe Chartier described his missing sister as ‘a very kind soul.’

‘She could sit outside, animals would actually — no, I’m not kidding — would walk up to her while she was sitting outside,’ he told the Lowell Sun.   

Chelmsford Police Chief James Spinney said that the police department never gave up on solving the case and expressed condolences to Chartier’s family who has waited so long for answers. 

‘While this is a major, major case development, it affects a person and a family,’ The chief said on Wednesday. ‘This case has affected the Chelmsford community for the better part of four decades. We never closed the case.’

Divers found parts of a 1972 Dodge Dart Singer whose Vehicle Identification Number matched Chartier's

Divers found parts of a 1972 Dodge Dart Singer whose Vehicle Identification Number matched Chartier’s

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