Investigators said they recovered the car of a Massachusetts teenager nearly 40 years after she seemingly vanished into thin air.
On Nov. 2, the Massachusetts State Police Dive team and civilian divers searched the Concord River. Authorities recovered the 1972 Dodge Dart Swinger that 17-year-old Judith Chartier of Chelmsford was driving on June 5, 1982, the last date she was seen alive, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said.
According to the D.A., friends said Chartier had been at a party in Billerica, Massachusetts, and she left for home around 2 a.m. the day she went missing.
After the car was recovered from the river, the Vehicle Identification Number confirmed it belonged to Chartier.
“This is a very significant development in this case and we are still processing the car for any additional evidence,” District Attorney Ryan said. “Sadly, this discovery comes after nearly forty heartbreaking years of Judith’s friends and family missing her and wondering about what happened that day. We are committed to continuing the search for those answers.”
In 2017, Joe Chartier told NBC10 Boston not knowing what happened to his sister “hurts all the time.”
“It's a hurt I can't explain. It's heavy on the heart,” he said. “It's very hard because Judy was my best friend growing up; her and I did everything together."
The investigation is ongoing.