View Full Version : WI WI - Becky Marzo, 23, Milwaukee, 13 Dec 2003

12-01-2005, 05:36 PM
Karren Kraemer said she has been living a slowly dawning nightmare since Dec. 13, 2003.

That was the last day anyone saw her daughter, Becky Marzo, then 23, alive.

Marzo was living with her boyfriend in the 3100 block of North 5th Street in Milwaukee, where she was last seen in the late evening hours.

Kraemer said she believes her daughter was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of her 37-year-old boyfriend.

A spokesperson for the Milwaukee Police Department said the unsolved case is open and under investigation.

The Oconomowoc mother's pain and persistence over finding out what happened to her daughter has led her to organize a vigil Dec. 11 at the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

12-05-2005, 01:53 PM
mysteriw - are you a WI resident? Just curious.

I have never heard of this woman, and never seen her listed on a missing person's site. I am pretty up to date on all the WI related ones, and the national ones with a WI section. I'm glad her mother is pushing LE to continue the investigation.

IN Hope
12-14-2005, 10:01 AM
Although the official headcount was actually 118 attending, the information here is quite telling!

Come on Webslueths, do your thing and help us in finding Becky!

Wisconsin Missing Person's Advocate,,,,NO SHOW!
Milwaukee PD,,,NO SHOW, although they promised to the Foundation offering the reward that they would read the Reward info. Just gives another reason to put it in the Press when the "official Reward" is offered. I did not have a copy and You have to read EVERY word correctly! I did the reading at Karen Jo's Press Release in January of 2001.

Info is that Becky is still Missing, and She has a Homicide Detective as well as a Missing Person's Detective assigned to her case! LE have treated the Mother horribly! She is a Mother with a Missing Daughter who grew up in a close Family!

Many cases are lost as the LE will not release any Media, and they often tell the Family not to either!

It will Be 2 years since Becky disappeared and this is the First Media Release!


Old Broad
06-30-2006, 07:16 PM

The reward to find this woman is now at 100,000. maybe it will help find some clues!

Marzo, 23, was living in the 3100 block of North 5th Street, Milwaukee, where she was last seen in the late evening hours Dec. 13, 2003, at the residence she shared with her boyfriend.

Kraemer said she believes her daughter was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of her then 37-year-old boyfriend, who is considered a person of interest in the case.

Kraemer said she and her family became aware of Marzo's violent relationship when her daughter came to them after having been beaten in March 2003, allegedly by her boyfriend.

Marzo suffered a broken nose, had hunks of her hair pulled out and had been choked.

Old Broad

09-04-2006, 11:07 PM

There is an old thread about Becky in here but I could not post to it for some reason.

I am a friend of the Kramer family and have made a new website about Becky's disappearance.

www.FindBeckyKraemer.com (http://www.FindBeckyKraemer.com)

We are praying that her family can find out what happened to her and have some closure.

Thanks for your time!

09-05-2006, 12:29 AM
The website is very nice. I hope there will be answers soon...it has to be so hard on you all not knowing what became of her.

10-07-2007, 03:04 PM
MILWAUKEE-The 39 year old boyfriend of a woman who's been missing since 2003 was found dead in his apartment Friday.

Carl A. Rodgers had been questioned but never charged in the disappearance of Becky Marzo of Oconomowoc.

Rodgers was facing second degree sex assault charges involving another girlfriend.


10-11-2007, 10:08 PM
To bad he didn't feel the need to give a death bed confession. His guilt was obviously overwhelming him

01-07-2009, 05:52 PM
This story is being featured tonight on 20/20.

01-07-2009, 11:37 PM
I watched the 20/20 show. It was good. It didn't seem to slant it, but seemed pretty honest on both sides. Of course it left a lot of questions unanswered because the answers aren't known.

I do feel for his family, they are having to both grieve and try to defend the name of their son at the same time. But I did notice that they would not say anything bad about him. He was an angel if you listened to their words. I thought it was really interesting that they denied he could have ever abused her- but yet he had a previous conviction for abuse of an ex-wife. His sister used the old "nobody knows what goes on inside another persons relationship" which seems to be the standard mantra for abusers families and also seems code for "she deserved it". Like anything could ever excuse anyone for abusing someone they lived with. And oh yeah, he couldn't have sexually assaulted the woman he lived with after Becky's death either. I wonder what the police would say about his alleged alibi that he was out of state? Oh yeah, they filed charges against him.

I read about this very early on but hadn't kept up with it, and didn't know about his suicide. Becky's mom has gotten a lot farther with it than I ever thought she would. She deserves a lot of props for that.

01-08-2009, 12:48 AM
A possible Jane Doe, had nasal fracture:


01-08-2009, 02:13 AM
I just seen Becky's case on 20/20, and Iam hooked. I want so badly to help find her, and let her poor mother have some closure. Let's get to sleuthing and find this girl.

01-10-2009, 11:13 PM
I finally got to see this on my Tivo. I just don't see her being alive. She didn't seem savvy or worldly enough to never use her SSN, DL, CC's, etc. Vanishing "back" into prostitution and stripping??? Something that was never proven and if it happened it was brief?? Doubt it. She was only in FL 6 weeks!! Leaving behind a paycheck? Not likely for someone on the run. 400 plus dollars isn't something to leave behind. Did the funeral home have a crematorium? That seems a lot more likely than a burial with another body in a grave. It's the first thing I thought of.

His family seems defensive and dismissive of any possibility he did it. The sister blows off his violence with the previous wife as a single incident in a long relationship. The stepmother is obviously less biased and more open to the truth, and she thinks he did it. Not sure what to think of June, the new GF who filed rape charges, since the sister claims he had a ROCK SOLID alibi for the day of the rape. Would love to see what LE makes of that alibi. I don't buy the stepdad's take that with no evidence there is no crime. Uhhhhh, no, not necessarily. Very interesting case and I hope they can get answers even though they seem to have gone to the grave with Carl.

02-25-2010, 01:28 PM
Bumping because I saw it on the Tyra show (in a rerun). You can check the shows archives-original air date 8/25/09.

04-30-2010, 12:24 PM
Oh where are you Becky?

05-01-2010, 03:48 PM

and her Charley Project link:


05-01-2010, 04:15 PM
A possible Jane Doe, had nasal fracture:


the recomp is close enough for further analysis imo. however, I don't know that Becky's family would recognize the watch found with this Jane Doe. Also the Jane does nose fracture was set. Was Becky's set? There is also quite a bit of dental info listed for the Doe which could easily be compared to Becky's.

05-25-2010, 06:49 PM
Workers are excavating a "bunker" in the house she lived at hoping to find her remains.

Workers excavate bunker in effort to find remains (http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/94863964.html)

05-25-2010, 06:59 PM
Here is another article about the excavation. Family, Friends, Digging (http://www.wisn.com/news/23674434/detail.html)

It refers to the bunker as a WWII bunker. That sounds really strange to me. I live in Milwaukee and bunkers are not a common thing at all.

The Journal article Workers excavate (http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/94863964.html) had a heartbreaking quote from Becky's mother
Kraemer has spent six years following leads all over the country and excavating graves in an effort to find her daughter......."Becky deserves to be found. Every missing person deserves to be found," Kraemer said. "Every mother deserves to bury their child, and I have not been given that opportunity."

This explains why the mother kept exhuming graves:

Marzo disappeared in December of 2003 and her family believes her boyfriend at the time, Carl Rodgers Jr., was responsible.
Rodgers denied the accusation, but died last year of an apparent suicide.
Rodgers relatives owned a funeral home and Karen Kraemer, Marzo’s mother, said she believes the family may have helped him hide the body. If that is true, she said the grave of Eddie Davis is a likely place. However, a second body was not found Monday. from Body exhumed... (http://www.wisn.com/news/17762730/detail.html)

05-25-2010, 07:31 PM
Wow. If that's what happened, he killed her and his family helped him dispose, that's sick and I hope there is a hell. I don't know why but this story really upsets me, more than the others do.

05-25-2010, 07:39 PM
The Find Becky page has links to the 3 Dateline Video segments about the case
Dateline Story (http://findbeckykraemer.com/Dateline-Story.html)

The current owner of the house being dug up is the accused murderer's stepmother. She, too, believes he killed Becky, and has given permission for the dig.

05-26-2010, 07:50 AM
For years, a missing woman's mother begged police to search an abandoned fallout shelter.
With volunteers, Karen Kraemer started digging herself Tuesday and may have found the remains of her daughter, Becky Marzo.
The excavators discovered what appears to be blonde hair, teth and decomposing body parts found under a layer of lime, which is used to help decompose bodies....."I think my baby is down there," Kraemer told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray.....

from and the entire article/video at Mother May Have Found Remains (http://www.620wtmj.com/news/local/94874329.html)

05-26-2010, 07:55 AM
Picture slideshow of the dig so far WISN (http://www.wisn.com/slideshow/news/23676010/detail.html)

05-26-2010, 08:56 AM
Here is a detailed article from this mornings newspaper: Yard dig finds what may be remains (http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/94863964.html)
....An excavator used a backhoe to puncture a hole in the top of the structure, allowing workers to climb in. Inside, they focused on a small area of soil in an otherwise concrete floor and began digging up small amounts of dirt................Kraemer has spent six years following leads across the country, even excavating graves, in the search for her daughter.

Kraemer said she asked the police in 2004 to excavate the bunker. After being told there wasn't enough probable cause, she decided to do it herself. She said she expects the excavation work will continue Wednesday.

"Becky deserves to be found. Every missing person deserves to be found," said Kraemer, who at one point stood weeping with her arms locked around the neck of Marzo's ex-husband, who came down to the site.

"Every mother deserves to bury their child," she said, "and I have not been given that opportunity."..........

Mike McGarry, who has used his ground-penetrating radar to uncover lost graves for cemeteries, said the darkened soil appeared to be under a quarter-inch layer of lime, which can be used to speed decomposition.

05-26-2010, 09:29 AM
A video interview with Becky's mother about the find Mother May Have Missing Daughter's Remains (http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/94916554.html?video=pop&t=a&bctid=CLIP_ID_238397)

05-26-2010, 09:32 AM
Dear God, I can't believe LE didn't search there.

Prayers for Becky's mom.

Rest in peace, Becky.

05-26-2010, 10:47 AM
Dear God, I can't believe LE didn't search there.

You need enough probable cause for a judge to issue an order for a search by law enforcement. Law enforcement claims they didn't have that.

However, you need probable cause to exhume a grave, and Becky's mother has been able to get at least one grave exhumed (I think more).

I find that very interesting. Not enough probable cause to search the suspect's/victim's house, but enough probable cause to disinter a total stranger's grave?

05-26-2010, 12:29 PM
An analysis of items found in a bunker excavated outside a north side home Tuesday determined that no human remains were found inside, a Milwaukee police spokeswoman said.

Private workers who excavated the bunker Tuesday said they found what appear to be fragments of bone, teeth and hair and dark sections of soil consistent with decomposed matter.

An analysis of the items determined that no bone fragments or hair samples were present, police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said Wednesday.

An anthropologist will make the final determination about the items, according to the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.

Entire article at Remains not Human (http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/94927049.html)

Mom who cares
05-26-2010, 01:11 PM
Rats, I was so hoping for Becky's Mom to find her daughter.

05-26-2010, 07:27 PM
Becky's mom is not giving up

.......The search around the house is wrapping up, and the group's search will be relocated to a nearby park. If nothing comes of the park search, their next site will be in Kenosha......
from Volunteers Search (http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-100526-marzo-search,0,1522156.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+witi-news+(WITI+-+News))

05-26-2010, 09:44 PM
Sadly the bones are not Becky's.


Do we know where they're looking in Kenosha?

05-27-2010, 11:12 AM
Sadly the bones are not Becky's.


Do we know where they're looking in Kenosha?

Does Kenosha have a "Shorewood Park"?

Kraemer said on Wednesday that the team from Michigan will be back next week to excavate a site in a Shorewood Park, where she also suspects her daughter may be buried. from WISN Bones Not Human (http://www.wisn.com/news/23674434/detail.html)

ETA: I didn't find that park listed in the city of Kenosha parks web site.

05-27-2010, 11:53 AM
Kraemer said Wednesday that she's not giving up on the search for her daughter......"I'm going to keep on following the tips, and we still have one more grave we're going to exhume." JSOnline Items found in bunker not human remains (http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/94927049.html)

Re Kenosha: previous graves exhumed were in a Kenosha cemetery.

06-04-2010, 07:47 AM
Video interview with Becky's mom
Missing Woman's Mom Wants to Build Memorial (http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/95601719.html)
MILWAUKEE - The mother of a missing woman wants to build a memorial garden for parents of missing or murdered children.

Becky Marzo has been missing for years.

Her mother, Karen Kraemer, wants to build that memorial garden in Milwaukee.

Last week, Kraemer hired investigators to excavate a vacant lot where she thought her daughter might be buried, but nothing was found.

02-21-2014, 05:06 PM
I was wondering if anyone had taken this up as a possible match: age/date range fits and so does previously fractured nose. https://www.findthemissing.org/en/photos/full/325https://identifyus.org/en/medias/full/1063
She could have cut her hair, permed it, dyed it or tried ANYTHING to get away from whomever was scaring her.
Here is a UID possible profile: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/1856

02-27-2014, 02:35 PM
Becky was added to NamUs 12/12/2008.
DNA: Samples submitted - Tests not complete
Fingerprint information is available and entered
Dental information/charting is available and entered.

Status Missing
First name Becky
Middle name Marie
Last name Marzo
Date last seen December 12, 2003 09:57
Date entered 12/12/2008
Age last seen 24 to years old
Age now 33 years old
Race White
Sex Female
Height (inches) 61.0 to 63.0
Weight (pounds) 120.0

12-12-2014, 07:24 PM
I was wondering if anyone had taken this up as a possible match: age/date range fits and so does previously fractured nose.
She could have cut her hair, permed it, dyed it or tried ANYTHING to get away from whomever was scaring her.
Here is a UID possible profile: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/1856

I copied your post to the UID forum thread for this Jane Doe so those more familar with matching will see it.

Becky has been missing for 11 years now.