Parts of a car driven by a teen who went missing successful Massachusetts astir 40 years ago person been recovered submerged successful astir 10 feet of h2o successful the Concord River, on with quality remains and the teen’s ID.
Judith Chartier, 17, was past seen leaving an outdoor enactment successful Billerica successful the aboriginal hours of June 5, 1982. Massachusetts State Police Dive squad and civilian divers, utilizing caller sonar technology, recovered elements of her 1972 Dodge Dart Swinger successful the stream adjacent Lowell connected Tuesday. The remains, discovered Wednesday, person not been identified. The origin of decease is unknown.
Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan called the improvement successful the decades-old acold lawsuit “very significant.”
“Sadly, this find comes aft astir forty heartbreaking years of Judith’s friends and household missing her and wondering astir what happened that day. We are committed to continuing the hunt for those answers,” she said.
“For a agelong time, we knew wherever the communicative ended successful those aboriginal greeting hours,” Ryan added. “Now we person a decision arsenic to wherever the car and these quality remains were found, and the question present volition beryllium connecting that.”
Chartier’s parents died without knowing what had happened to their daughter, said Ryan. Her surviving relatives person been informed of the development.
“As you tin imagine, aft each of these years — archetypal to perceive conscionable a small spot of quality yesterday that we’ve been capable to find the car, and past to perceive this greeting that we’ve recovered these quality remains — is some heartening, successful that they present person a consciousness of what happened to their sister, but besides distressing successful presumption of each the years they person waited,” she said.