MD MD - Bernadette Stevenson Caruso, 23, Baltimore, 27 Sept 1986

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  1. Kat

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    Case File 435DFMD

    Bernadette M. Stevenson Caruso
    Missing since September 27, 1986 from Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland.
    Classification: Endangered Missing


    Vital Statistics
    •Date Of Birth: July 2, 1963
    •Age at Time of Disappearance: 23 years old
    •Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'4"; 190 pounds
    •Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Green eyes; light brown hair. Pierced ears, beauty like mole on left cheek. Light complexion.
    •Clothing: Black tank dress, with pink tank top underneath the dress, pink belt, clear pantyhose, pink flat shoes, pink cotton jacket, carrying a bag containing a pink and black jacket in it.
    •Jewelry: Possibly wearing small earrings, "Mickey Mouse" face watch or gold, small, band watch, and a gold necklace.
    •DNA: Available


    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Caruso was last seen leaving her job at Shaws Jewelry Store in Eastpoint Mall, Maryland.
    Caruso left her job at 17.00. She was driving a 1982 Chevrolet Cavalier; gray/green with Maryland Tag: FYW-097.
    Neither Caruso nor her vehicle has been seen since.
    Caruso was supposed to call a friend later to go out, but she never showed up or called.
    At the time she disappeared, Caruso was separated from her husband. Court records show a lengthy battle over custody arrangements for their daughter, then 3. Their daughter was spending the weekend with her father.
    No one has ever been named an official suspect in this case. Foul play is suspected in Caruso's disappearance.


    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Baltimore County Police Department

    Agency Case Number: E934538

    NCIC Number: M-216199238
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    Dundalk Eagle
    Baltimore Sun
    WJZ 13

    Possible Match Bernadette M. Stevenson Caruso vs.179UFPA - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
    UID possible match discussion
    Estranged Husband named here.
    Thread that has many archived articles copy and pasted for viewing.
    NamUs Profile:
    Dental: NA
    DNA: Sample submitted-tests complete
    Fingerprints: NA

    Snipped from NamUs Profile:
    Bernadette has been missing almost 24 years. Come home soon. Prayers for your family and your Daughter.

    (age progression to right, unknown age)

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  3. MissSunshine

    MissSunshine New Member

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    It has been 26 years today. Hopefully the family is able to raise the money for the sonar equipment and possibly bring Bernadette home.

    Hoping for closure, family of missing woman continues search
    Wednesday, 05 September 2012 11:50
    Caruso vanished from Eastpoint Mall in 1986

    by Nicole Rodman

    Bernadette Caruso disappeared after leaving her shift at Shaw’s Jewelers in Eastpoint Mall in 1986.

    At 23, Bernadette Stevenson Caruso was getting her life back together after separating from her husband when she disappeared on Sept. 27, 1986.
    Caruso was last seen leaving her job at Shaw’s Jewelers in Eastpoint Mall at around 5:05 p.m. that day.
    Along with her car, a gray/green 1982 Chevrolet Cavalier with Maryland license tags numbered FYW-097, Caruso disappeared and was never seen or heard from again.

    According to coworkers, Caruso mentioned that she had received a call from her estranged husband, Paul Michael Caruso. She made plans to go speak with him briefly before later meeting up with a friend.
    Caruso would never make it to that friend’s house.
    According to Jill Kelley, Caruso’s friend and coworker, the two had made plans to go out, but Caruso never showed up.
    It was not until the next day that her family began to realize something was wrong.
    When Caruso’s husband showed up at her house to drop off their 3-year-old daughter, Nicole, she did not answer the door.
    After calling the police, family and friends began searching for signs of Caruso or her car.
    She was never found.
    Caruso’s case bears some similarities to the September 1989 murder of Holabird Avenue resident Teresa “Terry” Ann Schmansky.
    Also the victim of alleged domestic abuse, she was found murdered in her apartment on Sept. 23, 1989. Her murder remains unsolved.
    Since the day of Caruso’s disappearance nearly 26 years ago, her family has not given up the hope of finding out what happened that night.
    “We will never give up hope,” Susan Bowerman, Caruso’s sister, told The Eagle last September, noting, “I only pray that our mother gets some kind of closure one day soon.”
    In the more than two decades since Caruso’s disappearance, her daughter has had to grow up without a mother, never knowing what happened to her.
    Caruso’s sister, Bowerman, has become an advocate for the missing, working with the Maryland Task Force for Missing and Unidentified Adults and Children.
    For her entire family, the search for clues in Caruso’s disappearance continues, though leads are few.
    For Tracey Reitterer, a volunteer advocate with the Maryland Missing Persons Network, helping the Caruso family find closure has been a labor of love.
    For months, Reitterer has been working to raise money for a new type of sonar device that could help searchers find Caruso’s car.
    According to Reitterer, a 2008 tip mentioned that Caruso’s car may have been dumped in a body of water in eastern Baltimore County.
    Though the site was searched by police divers at the time of Caruso’s disappearance, her car was never recovered.
    Based on the new information, and advances in technology, Caruso’s family believes the case bears reexamination.
    To that end, they are raising money to purchase a state-of-the-art side-scanning sonar.
    With this special type of sonar, acoustic signals create a panoramic picture by bouncing off objects underwater.
    This new technology is not only better at finding things underwater, it is safer for the divers as well. It has been used successfully for years.
    In 2006, divers in Danville, Ill., were practicing with the sonar when they recovered a car containing the body of 19-year-old missing student Ryan Katcher.
    The equipment detected the car after other traditional methods failed to uncover the vehicle.
    Though Baltimore County police have indicated that they cannot afford the $26,000 piece of equipment, Reitterer, on behalf of the Caruso family, has spent months trying to raise the necessary funds to purchase the sonar.
    Speaking of her dedication to the cause, Reitterer noted, “I cannot comprehend the pain this family has endured for the past two-plus decades, but I believe we are all in this world to make a difference to one another .... I will do everything in my power to help this family find answers and resolution to Bernadette’s case.”
    Unfortunately, since Reitterer’s campaign began in June, she has only raised a few hundred dollars toward the $26,000 goal.
    To donate, visit
    Donations may also be sent, via check or mail order, to Tracey Reitterer, c/o Northwest Savings Bank, 1101 Maiden Choice Lane, Balto., MD 21229. “Bernadette Caruso Fundraising Effort” should be mentioned in the memo section.
    Tracey Reitterer can be contacted directly at
    For those interested in learning more about the case, visit the website maintained by Caruso’s family at
    Though another year has passed since Bernadette Caruso vanished from the parking lot at Eastpoint Mall, her family and friends hold out hope that, someday, they will be able to learn the truth and find some measure of closure.
    This sentiment is echoed in a poem posted on the Caruso’s family website.
    It reads, “To some you may be forgotten/To others, a part of the past/But to those who love you and lost you/Your memory will always last.”
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  6. SurrealisticSlumbers

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    Look, everyone knows precisely who did it. Best thing police can do right now to get justice in this situation is to compel one of the participants in covering up Bernadette's murder to snitch. Maybe one of his buddies from back in the day has charges pending, and wants to save his hide. Get a hidden recording device on an old associate or friend, and get him to coincidentally "bump into" the ex and start talking about old times. Get the ex to reveal incriminating information, recorded on the hidden device, that only the real murderer would know. Could be just a small recorded tidbit that would prove he knew more than he revealed in his original statements to police. That strategy has worked in the past to bring cold cases to trial, even those without a body. Remember, primary suspect (and most believe he had help of others) is still at large and has documented criminal behavior/violence.

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