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    Robin Frances Murphy (17) - Carmel NY, 1995

    Missing Since: April 9, 1995 from Carmel, New York
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: January 11, 1978
    Age: 17 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'9, 140 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Murphy's hair was dyed black at the time of her 1995 disappearance.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black and white plaid shirt, black jeans and black boots.

    Details of Disappearance

    Murphy was scheduled to meet her boyfriend, Matt Esposito, for dinner in their hometown of Carmel, New York on April 9, 1995. She was last seen at approximately 7:30 p.m., walking in the Shop-Rite Plaza Shopping Center (alternatively called the Carmel Center or the Nichols Plaza Shopping Center) on Route 52. Murphy never arrived at the restaurant and has never been heard from again. The shopping center is less than one mile from her residence.

    Murphy's vehicle was located near the Burger King restaurant in the mall's parking lot shortly afterwards. Her keys, wallet, purse and checkbook were discovered in a marshy, grassy area behind the center several days later. Esposito was questioned regarding Murphy's case and cleared as a possible suspect early in the investigation.

    A psychic told authorities that he believed Murphy's remains were in the Tilly Foster Mine quarry near Carmel. Investigators searched the area with dive teams in September 1999 but failed to locate any evidence related to her case. The psychic claimed that Murphy's body was near the numbers "5," "7" and "9." The houses surrounding the quarry are numbered in the specified order.

    Authorities announced that Howard J. Gombert Jr. was a suspect in Murphy's disappearance after his arrest on sexual assault and child endangerment charges in March 2000. He was taken into custody after raping his live-in girlfriend and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Investigators stated that the endangerment counts were related to the woman's case. Gombert previously resided in Carmel and was employed at a laundromat in the shopping center where Murphy disappeared. There were reports that Gombert may have known Murphy in 1995. Anthony DiPippo, who was convicted together with Andrew Krivak of the 1994 murder of an eleven-year-old girl, claims Gombert is responsible for that child's murder and Murphy's. Gombert worked at a laundry at the Shop-Rite Plaza Shopping Center in 1995 was the last person to see Murphy alive. He has never been charged in connection with her disappearance.

    Authorities stated that unspecified evidence connected to Murphy's case was discovered outside of Carmel in March 2001. A submersible device searched for additional materials in the Tilly Foster Mine quarry in December 2002. Officials said that the 2001 discoveries led them to the area, but they declined to elaborate.

    Murphy liked to wear black clothing in 1995; she also enjoyed writing and listening to rock music. She dropped out of high school prior to her disappearance to take a job at a ShopRite supermarket. Murphy's disappearance remains unsolved. Foul play is suspected in her case.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Carmel Police Department


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