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Posted 14 May 2007 - 04:17 PM

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Missing Since: September 27, 1986 from Baltimore County, Maryland
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: July 2, 1963
Age at time of disappearance: 23 years old
Height and Weight: 5'4, 190 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, green eyes.

Details of Disappearance
Caruso was last seen leaving Shaw's Jewelry Store in the Eastpoint Mall in northeastern Baltimore County, Maryland on September 27, 1986. Caruso had completed her work shift at the jewelry store and was seen entering her car in the mall's parking lot at approximately 5:05 p.m. that day. She had told a co-worker that her estranged husband had called her and she was going to meet him to discuss something.

Caruso has never been heard from again. She was supposed to call a friend later that day, but never did. Her vehicle, a gray/green 1982 Chevrolet Cavalier with Maryland license tags numbered FYW-097, has never been recovered.

Caruso was separated from her husband, a Baltimore County police officer, at the time of her disappearance. They were involved in a custody battle over their young daughter. Their daughter was spending the weekend with her father on the day Caruso vanished. Caruso's husband was later fired from the police department after being convicted of abusing a prisoner. Witnesses report that he often threatened his wife. He has not been charged in her case, however, nor has he or anyone else been named as a suspect.

Foul play is suspected in Caruso's disappearance due to the circumstances involved. Her case is unsolved.

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If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Baltimore County Police Department
410-887-1340
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Maryland State Police
410-486-3101

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A letter from a friend of the family:

"July 14, 2006

Dear Assignment Desk/Senior Editor:

I am writing on behalf of the the family & friends of MD missing person Bernadette Marie Stevenson Caruso, who disappeared at the age of 23 from Baltimore, Maryland on Sept. 27, 1986. (photo & synopsis of her case attached)

By all accounts, Bernadette was known as a very mature, loving & caring, daughter, sister, mother & friend who would never intentionally run away from life, worrying those who loved & depended upon her. Although she was initially classified as a Missing Person, police have termed her disappearance suspicious from the onset & foul play was long ago suspected.

Those close to Bernadette have been haunted by her disappearance for almost 20 long years. Her family has yet to properly grieve because they have no answers & her daughter, Nicole Marie, was left to grow up motherless, for years hearing, "mommy is lost & police are looking for her."

Relying on spiritual faith to pull them through, Bernadettes sisters, Susan Bowerman & Darlene Huntsman, as well as their mother, Patricia Stevenson, have managed to turn the tragedy of Bernadettes disappearance into something somewhat positive. Over the years, they have become victim advocates, tirelessly devoting their lives supporting such groups as Maryland Missing & Exploited & the Maryland Chapter of Doe Network, spending thousands of hours online trying to provide identities to Jane & John Does across the country.

For years, they have also petitioned congress to enact new laws to protect victims rights in the State of MD, as well as networked with other grieving families going through the same merry-go-round of emotions & hardships they've had to endure over the years. They are undoubtedly some of the strongest women I will ever know in my lifetime & reason why I wish to give voice to Bernadettes story.

Susan & Darlene have pushed over the years to get their sisters story aired to the media, only to be shot down at every turn; reasons given being no conclusion, no forensics, case too old, no longer relevant, etc. We have come a long way in technology. What was deemed to be a cold case all those years ago could be reinvestigated if someone would take the time to care.

Fresh eyes could go over notes looking for story descrepensies. Latest technology could be utilized for renewed searches. Witnesses could be reinterviewed. Secrets could be revealed. What someone may have seen or heard 20 years ago, discounted as nothing at the time, could be deemed significant in a new investigation.

Relationships change, people talk, consciences get the best of people, etc. Changes could happen, evidence could still be located & Bernadettes disappearance could possibly be solved, if the media would only give some long overdue exposure to her case. All we ask is that Bernadette & her family are given another chance by airing her story.

September 27, 1986 will mark the 20 year anniversary of her disappearance. Someone out there knows something & we BEG them to come forward with information. Please help us show Bernadette, her family, & others in their situations they are not just cold case file numbers or forgotten statistics.

She deserves peace & her loved ones deserve much needed answers.

We believe all secrets will be revealed in Gods good timing, however, He needs the love, support & compassion of the public to stand up & be a voice for the missing.

Thank you very much for your time. Please contact me at the number below for family contact information, or if anything else is needed.

Respectfully,
a long time fan of your show,

Tracey"



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Posted 14 May 2007 - 04:22 PM

Here is a link to a video about the 20 year anniversary of Bernadette's disappearance:

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Select "Old Mystery" in the drop down box and then select your player and speed.

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 04:23 PM

Family still feels pain of long-missing woman
She was 23 when relatives last saw her 20 years ago

By Nick Shields, sun reporter

Originally published September 27, 2006

When word reached Bernadette Caruso's family that human remains had been found this month in a field in Harford County, one of the woman's sisters called police.

Carrying the unresolved pain of having a loved one missing for two decades, Caruso's relatives sometimes pick up the phone when remains are found - hoping, so far in vain, for answers.

They last saw Bernadette Caruso, then 23 and living in Chase, 20 years ago today. . The family members plan to hold a tribute Sunday in remembrance of Caruso and other missing Marylanders.

No one charged
At Darlene Huntsman's home in Millersville, a handful of newspaper articles about her sister, some laminated, others yellowed, sat scattered on a wooden coffee table in her living room. No one has ever been charged in Bernadette Caruso's disappearance.

Huntsman and Susan Bowerman, another sister of Caruso, said they hired a private investigator about a year and a half ago to help unearth new clues in their sister's disappearance. They said that in a couple of weeks the family plans to ask prosecutors to seek a grand jury investigation into her sister's disappearance.

"How could someone not have seen something?" Bowerman said.

Bernadette Caruso left her job at a jewelry store in Eastpoint Mall about 5 p.m. Sept. 27, 1986, expecting to have the night free to spend with a high school friend.

Caruso's then 3-year-old daughter was with the girl's father, Paul Michael Caruso. The couple had filed for divorce.

When her husband attempted to return their daughter, Bernadette Caruso never answered the door. Bernadette Caruso and her mother's jade-colored 1982 Chevrolet Cavalier have not been seen since. Family still feels pain of long-missing woman - baltimoresun.com

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 04:24 PM

Family Of Woman Missing 20 Years Calls For New Investigation

POSTED: 3:33 pm EDT September 26, 2006
UPDATED: 7:04 pm EDT September 26, 2006

MILLERSVILLE, Md. -- The family of a Baltimore county mother who went missing 20 years ago is calling for a new investigation.

Bernadette Caruso was reported missing 20 years ago. Police said her body and the car she was driving were never found.

Now, 20 years later, her family said they're trying to help other Maryland families as well.

"She'd gone to the bank that day and deposited a house payment. Bernadette did not disappear by choice," said Darlene Huntsman, Caruso's sister.
TheWBALChannel.com - News - Family Of Woman Missing 20 Years Calls For New Investigation

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 04:24 PM

HometownAnnapolis.com, Neighborhoods - Event focuses on hunt for the missing

Event focuses on hunt for the missing

By KAREN McLAUGHLIN, For The Capital

When Darlene Huntsman of Millersville wanted to mark the 20th anniversary of her sister Bernadette's disappearance, she wanted to share her struggle - and her sister's generous spirit. "Bernadette wouldn't have wanted it to be just about her," Ms. Huntsman said.

So Ms. Huntsman and her sister, Susan Bowerman, held a remembrance service for all of Maryland's missing persons. Approximately 70 people gathered at historic Baldwin Hall in Millersville Sunday. Parents, children and friends gathered to share solemn moments of candle lighting, prayers and memories.

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 04:25 PM

411GINA.org | Uncovering Missing Pieces To Find The Missing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

GINA for MIssing Persons Launches
THE SQUEAKY WHEEL World-Wide Tour

Oct 17-Nov, 2006

London-Berlin-Chicago-Sydney-Columbus-NYC-Orlando-KC-Phoenix-Philadelphia -Boston-LA-DC-San Francisco-Detroit-Little Rock-Indiana-Belfast-Sweden-Vegas-Idaho-Iowa-Canada-Boston-Baltimore-Minnesota- Wisconsin-Missouri-Vegas-New Hampshire-North & South Carolina-South Dakota-Nebraska-Nashville-Seattle-Texas-West Virginia-Scotland and your city.

Hundreds of Artists Banding Together in Events spanning the U.S. and 8 Countries to Reach over 150 missing people and Bring ONE Home.

Los Angeles, CA (Oct 8, 2006)— “GINA for Missing Persons”, the internationally acclaimed concert series to raise awareness for those who go missing every year, announces The Squeaky Wheel Tour, Oct 17-Nov 4, 2006. This worldwide tour will feature several hundred artists performing in 150 events throughout the 50 states and eight countries. The focus of the events is to gain attention for over 150 missing people in the effort to bring at least ONE home.

The international “Squeaky Wheel Tour” honors Gina Bos, who disappeared from Lincoln, NE 6 years ago Oct 17, 2000 with her birthday being the last official day of the tour, Nov 4. The 19-day tour is the creation of her sister, Jannel Rap who developed the “GINA Concert Series” in 2001, bringing together recording artists from all over the U.S. to obtain attention for ALL people who are missing. Every missing child, every missing adult is an important missing person. When loved ones disappear a large part of family members lives have been carved out, snatched away, and their only focus is to have their missing loves one returned. It is a devastating experiencing no family should have to go through.

Each missing person story is unique, important and as valuable as the next, said Rap. “If someone took your child or your sister or brother, what would you do? Would you pull down the moon? Would you look under every rock? Would you scream as loud as you could?”

Would you become the Squeaky Wheel? added Rap.

The Squeaky Wheel Tour will have its kick-off event in Lincoln, NE on Oct 16th, 2006 and officially conclude with an event in Little Rock, Arkansas on Nov. 4. In addition, pre-and post- “Squeaky” events are currently taking place which began September 6 with a Webcast concert In Hollywood, CA. A daily updated list of the musical artists, locations, dates and most importantly the missing to be profiled are posted at Welcome to 411Gina.org - Uncovering Missing Pieces To Find The Missing.

Missing persons featured at the kick-off event include: Gina Bos, Erin Pospisil, Jason Jolkowski, Tammy and Kylee Walnofer, Melvin Uphoff, Jackie Rains-Kracman, Melissa Schmidt, Bernadette Caruso, and Debra Wilhite.

To watch the live webcast of the tour’s kick-off on Monday, October 16th, from 8pm-1am CST, please click on 411Gina.org - Webcast

About GINA for Missing Persons

ABOUT GINA: Singer/songwriter, Jannel Rap’s sister disappeared on Oct 17, 2000. Gina’s story had no scandal, no suspects and lacked the hook and intrigue to get the attention of the national public. Gina had simply vanished after performing at a pub in Lincoln, NE. Six months of slamming doors inspired Jannel into action - and the concept of using entertainment get attention for the missing was born.

In 2001, Jannel organized a concert series in honor of her sister, called GINA Concerts. This series brings together recording artists from all over the country in an effort to raise awareness of all the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and children who go missing every year. In addition, through GINA (Welcome to 411Gina.org - Uncovering Missing Pieces To Find The Missing) Jannel has produced a TV series called “America Lost and FOUND”, and now hosts a monthly international webcast featuring missing persons from around the globe the 3rd Sat. of every month called “The GINA Sessions.”

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 04:28 PM

wjz.com - Woman's Disappearance Unsolved After 20 Years

(WJZ) Baltimore, MD It has been 20 years today since 23-year-old Bernadette Caruso left her job at Eastpoint Mall and disappeared.

Today, her family spoke with WJZ's Richard Sher about the ongoing investigation.

"Bernadette and her ex-husband, Michael Caruso, were involved in a bitter custody battle when she vanished," says sister Darlene Huntsman.

Baltimore County Police say they have spoken with Caruso, a former Baltimore County police officer himself, several times and have never considered him a suspect.

Click link to read complete news article.

wjz.com - Woman's Disappearance Unsolved After 20 Years

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 04:30 PM

TWO DECADES OF WONDERING

This frequently circulated photo of Bernadette Stevenson Caruso shows how she looked at the time she disappeared in 1986.

Woman missing for 20 years this week

by Joseph M. Giordano

I've got to see what this is about - were the last words anyone heard from Bernadette Stevenson Caruso on Sept. 27, 1986.

A fellow employee at Shaw's Jewelers in Eastpoint Mall told police that Caruso, then 23, was due to meet her estranged husband, who had called her several times throughout the day before going out with friends.

Caruso walked onto the mall parking lot at 5 p.m. and was never seen again.

Two decades after her disappearance, her family is preparing to present its case to the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office in hopes of getting it before a grand jury, according to Caruso's brother-in-law Sam Bowerman, a retired Baltimore County criminal profiler who worked on the case.

“I think there is enough circumstantial evidence to ask the [state's attorney] for a case,” Bowerman said Monday.

Bowerman - who briefly led the investigation a year after Caruso disappeared and later married Caruso's sister Susan - believes that the woman's disappearance was part of a conspiracy.

“If you look at the facts,” Bowerman said, “there's no way this could have been the work of one person.”

Bowerman, his wife and her sister Darlene Huntsman long ago ruled out Caruso running away, describing her as a caring, loving mother who was in a troubled relationship but would never abandon her then-3-year-old daughter, Nicole, Bowerman said.

“The family is pretty confident that she didn't leave on her own accord,” he said.  “She was too mature and loving for that.”

The key to her disappearance, according to Bowerman, is Caruso's 1982 gray Chevrolet Cavalier, in which she drove off after work. http://dundalkeagle.com/articles/200...ews/news01.txt

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 05:55 AM

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Relatives of missing turn to DNA
Advocates urge testing to match samples with unidentified remains

By Julie Scharper
Sun Reporter
Originally published June 5, 2007

Some of them got into their cars and drove away, never to be seen again. Some left the house one morning and never came back. Years, or even decades later, their families still struggle to find out what became of their loved ones.

Now some relatives of the missing persons are pinning their hopes on genetic technology. They are providing samples of their DNA to a national database so it can be compared with DNA from unidentified bodies across the country.

"There are many families out there who are needlessly going without an identification and slipping further and further into a state of despair," said George Adams, a coordinator for the University of North Texas System Center for Human Identification, which processes genetic information for the missing persons database.

He is scheduled to address relatives of missing persons and law enforcement officers at an event sponsored by the Maryland Task Force for Missing and Unidentified Adults and Children in Annapolis this morning.

The group was formed by relatives of some of 57 people reported missing in Maryland, including two sisters of Bernadette Caruso, who was last seen on a Saturday evening more than two decades ago leaving Eastpoint Mall. Her family members long ago accepted that she is most likely dead, but they yearn for the closure of finding her body.

"Who's to say that my sister hasn't been laying somewhere in Maryland or in another state and we haven't been able to identify her?" asked Caruso's sister, Darlene Huntsman of Millersville.

More than 40,000 sets of unidentified remains sit in the offices of medical examiners and there are more than 100,000 open missing person cases across the country, Adams said.

The FBI sponsors a national database of genetic information pertaining to these cases, the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), which compares information from relatives of missing people to found remains, Adams said.

Yet DNA has been collected from only a small fraction of relatives of missing persons, he said. The process of gathering it is quick and painless - a cheek swab - and the DNA is processed for free at the University of North Texas, one of three labs approved by the FBI to update the CODIS database.

"There is no backlog," Adams said, noting that his lab does not receive enough samples to keep its robotic system occupied. "They should be coming in by the thousands."

Huntsman and her sister, Susan Bowerman, expect to have their cheeks swabbed at today's event. They say that they plan to reach out to the families of other missing people and to urge law enforcement officials to take advantage of the genetic technology.

The sisters, along with Cathy Gardner, stepmother of Tracey Leigh Tetso, a Rosedale woman who disappeared on her way to a Motley Crue concert in March 2005, launched the task force a few months ago to push missing persons issues and to be a liaison between law enforcement and families.

"The impetus was frustration," said Susan Bowerman's husband, Sam Bowerman, a retired Baltimore County police detective who met his wife when he was investigating her sister's disappearance.

Adams said that missing persons units are often short-staffed and underfunded, yet he urged law enforcement officials to take advantage of the free service that his lab provides.

"There should never be a cold case involving a missing person," he said.
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If you have a blood relative who is missing:

* Contact the detective assigned to your missing person's case and ask to have a DNA sample taken.

* Visit the task force's Web site, www.themarylandtaskforceforthemissingandunidentified.org.

* Attend an informational meeting at 9:30 a.m. today at the Maryland Inn at 16 Church Circle in Annapolis.

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Posted 23 October 2007 - 01:24 PM

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Mother Vanishes After Work

Bernadette Caruso was a 23-year-old mother when she left her job in Baltimore, Md. and mysteriously vanished. When Bernadette finished her shift at Shaw's Jewelry Store at the Eastpoint Mall around 5 p.m., she mentioned to one of her co-workers that her estranged husband had called, and that he wanted to meet so they could discuss something.

Bernadette agreed to the meeting, even though her family members say she was scared of her husband, Michael Caruso, and claimed he had threatened her in the past. When Bernadette walked out of the store and headed across the parking lot, it was the last time she was ever seen.

Bernadette was supposed to make a phone call to one of her friends that evening, but she never did. She also never showed up to pick up her young daughter. Police say that none of Bernadette's family members or friends have had any contact with her since September 27, 1986.


Although Bernadette's family finds it suspicious, police say that Michael was never considered a suspect in Bernadette's case.

Investigation Reaches A Standstill

Bernadette's estranged husband, Michael Caruso, was an officer with the Baltimore County Police Department at the time of her disappearance. He was investigated by the police shortly after Bernadette disappeared, and was monitored closely for some time, but the police never found anything to link him to Bernadette's disappearance.

The couple was going through a difficult divorce when Bernadette vanished, and they were also in the middle of a complicated custody battle over their daughter, 3-year-old Nicole. Both Bernadette and Michael had made various accusations against the other, and had been bogged down by legal procedures and paperwork for quite some time. When Bernadette disappeared, the dispute over who should get custody of Nicole continued, now also involving Nicole's grandparents.

Police have had very little information to work with since Bernadette's disappearance. Despite knowing what kind of car Bernadette left the parking lot in, and having a specific description of the clothing she was wearing, police were never able to track her down, or even find anybody who had seen her after she left work that day. Bernadette's car has still never been discovered.

It has been over 20 years since Bernadette vanished, and her family and the police are still desperate for any clues to help them solve her mysterious disappearance.

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If you have seen any of our missing persons, please call the law enforcement agency listed on the post. All missing persons are loved by someone, and their families deserve to find the answers they seek in regards to the disappearance.


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Posted 26 September 2008 - 02:57 PM

From the family:

It was on this weekend many years ago that Bernadette Stevenson Caruso vanished without a trace in Baltimore, MD. Tomorrow, September 27th will mark the 22st anniversary of her disappearance.

Please take a moment this weekend to light a candle & offer up prayers in hopes that Bernadette is one day found & returned to her loved ones.

Her family is still reeling from her disappearance & needing answers for that fateful day. Please visit Bernadette's website for more detailed information on her ongoing case.  Anyone with information regarding her disappearance is urged to contact the MD Homicide Unit's Unsolved Case Squad at 410-887-3943. Please forward & post to all Missing Persons sites & keep spreading the word!

Thanks to all who took time out to read over this information. Bernadette is still missing, but NOT forgotten.
www.bernadettestevensoncaruso.org

Kelly Murphy, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
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If you have seen any of our missing persons, please call the law enforcement agency listed on the post. All missing persons are loved by someone, and their families deserve to find the answers they seek in regards to the disappearance.


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Name: Bernadette Caruso
Classification: Endangered Missing Adult
Alias / Nickname: Bernadette Stevenson-Caruso
Date of Birth: 1963-07-02
Date Missing: 1986-09-27
From City/State: Baltimore, MD
Missing From (Country): USA
Age at Time of Disappearance: 23
Gender:Female
Race: White
Height: 64 inches
Weight: 190 pounds
Hair Color: Lt. Brown
Eye Color: Green
Complexion: Light

Identifying Characteristics: Pierced ears, beauty like mole on left cheek.
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.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Bernadette Stevenson-Caruso was last seen at approximately 5:05pm at the Eastpoint Mall on North Point Rd. in Baltimore, MD. Her vehicle is also missing and is described as a jade green, four door, 1982 Chevrolet Cavalier with MD Lic.# FYW097.

Investigative Agency: Baltimore County Police Department
Phone: (410) 887-3943
Investigative Case #: E934538


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Squeaky Wheel Tour recognizes missing people    *Older article

Oct 19, 2006

In the pictures, Bernadette Stevenson Caruso has that “80s hair” big and poofy on top with bangs. She’s smiling, and even in black and white her eyes seem to sparkle.

Or maybe it’s just because I know she’s dead that she looks so alive.

Bernadette is one of the missing. One of the people Jannel Rap’s Squeaky Wheel Tour is holding in the light.

The tour - 180 events in nearly every state and 10 countries - had its official kick-off Monday at Duggan’s Pub, the Lincoln bar where Jannel’s sister Gina Bos was last seen alive.

But a few weeks earlier, in Maryland, Bernadette’s family held a Squeaky Wheel event, too. They invited 10 families to gather, light candles and talk about the people they lost.

It went well, Bernadette’s sister Darlene Huntsman told Jannel in an e-mail. We received some information we are passing along to the FBI... one of those families with three missing little boys have been on our local news...I hope the ripples keep spreading...

It’s easy not to think about missing people, or the people who are missing them.

Unless they’re Laci Peterson or Elizabeth Smart - their faces on the cover of People magazine, their fates parsed by a panel of experts on Larry King Live - most of us don’t even know they’re gone.

When I met with Jannel and her younger sister Tammy Smith before the concert here Monday, they talked about hiding missing people in boxes.

The runaway box. The bad family box.

The boxes that help us keep them at a distance.

“After Gina disappeared I couldn’t do that anymore,” said Tammy.  “I had to start really seeing people.”

And so I went to Jannel’s Web site and clicked on the missing people she profiled in the Lincoln concert.

Jason Jolkowski, a 19-year-old Omaha boy who took out the garbage on a June morning in 2003 and never made it the eight blocks to meet his carpool to work.

Tammy and Kylee Walnofer, a mother and daughter who left Norfolk last May in a red Hyundai, later found abandoned in North Logan, Utah.

Missy Schmidt lost from Lincoln in 1995. She would be 25 now, her disappearance poster says.

And the 23-year-old mother with big ‘80s hair who left her shift at a Maryland mall Sept. 27, 1986, and was never seen again.

She talked to her kid sister on the phone that Saturday afternoon, Darlene said.

They both had children. Bernadette’s daughter was 3. Darlene’s baby wasn’t walking yet.

Bernadette was at work and Darlene had just come home from the grocery store.

It was the first time she’d left the baby with her husband, Darlene said, and there the 5-month old was pushing herself around the driveway in her walker in her stocking feet while he worked on the car.

The two sisters laughed about that. Men. They just don’t think like a mom does. Then they made plans to get together Monday with their little girls.

Less than two hours later, at 5 p.m. that Saturday, Bernadette left the jewelry store. She told her co-workers her estranged husband had called, and she thought she’d meet him before she went out for the evening.

She never showed up to meet her friends that night.

They never found the car.

Or a body.

No arrests were made.

Every year, the family has a mass for Bernadette. Darlene serves on the state’s missing and vulnerable adults task force.

The family has written dozens of letters, posted hundreds of thousands of fliers.

“It’s not a place you want to be,” said Darlene.

Then she says what they all say. It’s the not knowing. It’s always dealing with the not knowing.

Three weeks ago, Darlene got word that the remains of a body were found in the county.

“Most people hear of a body being found, it crosses their mind in a second and disappears.”

But she couldn’t stop thinking about those lonely bones.

“I prayed it would be Bernadette,” the sister said.

“That’s what it’s been like for us for 20 years.”

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 05:26 PM

From the family:

It was on an early September evening, many years ago that Bernadette Stevenson Caruso vanished without a trace in Baltimore, MD. This month, September 27th will mark the 23rd anniversary of her disappearance.

Please take a moment to light a candle & offer up prayers in hopes that Bernadette is one day found & returned to her loved ones. Her family is still reeling from her disappearance & needing answers for that fateful day. Please visit Bernadette’s website for more detailed information on her ongoing case.  Anyone with information regarding her disappearance is urged to contact the MD Homicide Unit's Unsolved Cold Case Squad at 410-887-3943. Please forward & post to all Missing Persons sites & keep spreading the word!

Thanks to all who took time out to read over this information. Bernadette is still missing, but NOT forgotten.
www.bernadettestevensoncaruso.org=20

Tracey

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 10:34 PM

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Missing woman remembered 23 years on Wednesday, 23 September 2009 
Last seen leaving job at Eastpoint Mall in 1986


by Joseph M. Giordano

The disappearance of Bernadette Caruso is one of Baltimore County’s most perplexing cold cases.

Caruso was last seen walking out of Eastpoint Mall to her car on Sept. 27, 1986, when she vanished.

“There were no clues or evidence to go on,” said Baltimore County Police Department spokesman Bill Toohey, who remembers the incident well. “She simply disappeared. We interviewed everyone, her friends, her ex-husband, everybody. This case has never officially closed, but we do suspect foul play.”
 
At the time of her disappearance, her co-workers at Shaw’s Jewelers told police that Caruso had received a call from her ex-husband and was due to meet him.

Police have never found  a trace of the then-23-year-old Caruso or her car.

Caruso’s 76-year-old mother, Patricia Stevenson, who still lives on North Boundary Road, still is hopeful that police will find out what happened to her daughter.

“I believe in miracles,” Stevenson said Monday. “I haven’t given up hope.”

Our Lady of Hope Church held an annual vigil for Bernadette until 2002, her mother said.

“They haven’t done it for a while,” Stevenson said. “I’m too old [to participate] anyway. But I miss Bernadette every day.”

Nothing, according to Stevenson, ever came of the family’s attempt in 2006 to have a grand jury investigate the disappearance.

“What could they look into?” she said. “There’s no car, no body, nothing. It’s hard to get anyone to do anything.”

The disappearance remains one of the county’s most elusive criminal cases, according to Toohey.

“Someone out there must know something,” Toohey said. “They must come forward and get it off their conscience.”

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Along with the Featured Missing Adult and Featured Missing Child section on our main site front page, we added a section called "Always Remembered". Just as with the other featured persons, those in "Always Remembered" will remain on the main page for one month. Bernadette Caruso is the November 2010 Always Remembered featured missing person.

The section was created to renew awareness for the long-term missing, and we encourage our readers to take another look at the case, and place posters where appropriate. It also reflects the Project Jason motto: "All missing persons are loved by someone, and their families deserve to find the answers they seek in regards to the disappearance."

Please see http://www.projectjason.org/ to view the Always Remembered case.

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#19 Lori Davis

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Advocates Hope Sonar Device Will Locate Missing Woman

Arbutus woman spearheading effort to locate body of Dundalk resident Bernadette Stevenson Caruso, who disappeared after leaving her job at Eastpoint Mall in 1986 and hasn't been seen since.


By Marge Neal Email the author July 25, 2012

If Bernadatte Stevenson Caruso is still alive, she turned 49 on July 2.

But it's highly unlikely the Dundalk native and Patapsco High School graduate, missing since September 1986, is still alive.

It's not something family members want to acknowledge, but they are realistic.

"We don't want to give up that last sliver of hope that she's still alive, but we know in our gut that she didn't go on her own," Susan Bowerman, one of Caruso's six siblings, said last week. "Bernie would never have gone on her own and left her 3-year-old child behind."

Caruso was just 23 and in the midst of a "nasty divorce" and custody battle when she disappeared, Bowerman said. She worked a scheduled shift at her job at Shaw's jewelry store at Eastpoint Mall on Sept. 27, 1986, and was never seen again.

Nearly 26 years after Caruso's disappearance, an effort is underway to raise money for a special piece of sonar equipment that friends and family members hope could be used to find her body.

Tracey Reitterer, who befriended members of Caruso's family through her volunteer work with the Maryland Missing Persons Network, is spearheading a fundraising effort to buy the specialized piece of equipment for the Baltimore County Police Department.

"After finding out that Baltimore County does not own this equipment, I decided in May to start raising public funds to buy it," Reitterer said. "Maryland has older sonar equipment, but I'm pushing for the Humminbird sonar."

Reitterer, a former Dundalk resident who now lives in Arbutus, believes Caruso's body and car are submerged in a body of water, and hopes more sophisticated equipment might help locate her remains.

"She's not been found and neither has her car," Reitterer said. "It's very hard to get rid of a body and a car—she's out there somewhere."

With the 26th anniversary of Caruso's disappearance approaching, Reitterer is hoping to raise $26,000 for the effort.

The piece of sonar equipment costs about $3,000.

The body of water where she suspects Caruso's body is (which she declined to identify) is thought to contain many cars at its bottom.

A crane and flatbed truck will be needed to remove those cars, and Reitterer said she has received estimates of $2,000 to $2,500 per day for that work to be performed.

"I'd like to raise enough money for the sonar and to have those cars all removed," she said. "The rest of the money can go to the reward fund — sometimes money is a motivator."

Baltimore County Police Department officials said they welcome any assistance they receive.

"We appreciate any support and effort by the community to help us return missing loved ones to their families," Cpl. Cathy Batton said in an email. "We routinely re-evaluate our cases as new investigative and forensic techniques emerge and will use whatever resources are available to us to locate the individuals who have been reported missing in our county.

"If the Maryland Missing Persons Network is able to raise the funds to purchase sonar equipment to loan to law enforcement agencies, we will use the equipment in the Bernadette Caruso case."

Police officials did search bodies of water looking for Caruso and her car at the time of her disappearance, Batton said, without success.

"We consider all information equally credible until we can thoroughly investigate the information that has been provided," Batton said when asked if tips of Caruso's body possibly being in a specific body of water were credible.

Both Reitterer and Bowerman want to find Caruso's body to give family members and friends some sort of closure.

"I can't fathom what it's like to get up every morning knowing that a loved one is just gone," Reitterer said. "Bernadette needs to be found for her family— her family deserves answers, they deserve to bring her home."

Caruso's disappearance has "totally changed my family's life," Bowerman said.

"When cancer or something else takes a loved one, they die with dignity and the family knows what's going on—they are able to grieve and bury their loved one," Bowerman said. "But with Bernie, we don't know—we're in a living hell."

Caruso's mother, Patricia Stevenson, is nearly 80. She has lived for nearly 26 years with not knowing what happened to the baby of her family.

"I want Bernie back for my family, but mostly for my mom," Bowerman said. "We want our loved one back, for her dignity—no one deserves to be taken against their will and we want her back."

And while finding Caruso is the motivation for the fundraising effort, Reitterer and Bowerman believe other families will benefit, and perhaps won't have to wait as long as the Stevenson family has to find out what happened to a loved family member.

"There's no guarantee that we will find Bernadette with this equipment, but hopefully this will renew interest in the case," Reitterer said. "And then the police department will have this equipment to assist with future cases."

Bowerman said she can't believe such a "simple machine" could make the difference in finding the body of a missing loved one.

"This isn't just for Bernadette, this is also for all of the other families that this could help," Bowerman said. "This is for the future."

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Family Of Baltimore Mother Missing Since 1986 Launches New Search Campaign

September 27, 2012 11:07 PM
Reporting Derek Valcourt

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—It was on this day in 1986 a Baltimore mother left work for the day and was never seen or heard from again. Now her family members are launching a renewed effort to re-investigate her disappearance.

As Derek Valcourt explains, they believe a piece of high-tech equipment could help crack the case.

Bernadette Caruso’s disappearance 26 years ago still baffles Baltimore County police, but her family isn’t giving up.

Caruso was 23 years old when she vanished without a trace in 1986 after leaving work.

Her disappearance was repeatedly spotlighted on WJZ over the years.

“It was here in the parking lot of Eastpoint Mall that Bernadette Caruso was last seen by anyone who’s spoken up so far,” Don Scott reported in 1986.

Caruso was the mother of a 3-year-old daughter and one of seven siblings in a tight-knit family.

“This has been devastating,” said Sam Bowerman, original investigator.

Bowerman was the lead investigator in the case and has since married one of Caruso’s sisters.

“As an investigator, we feel that, being involved in the investigation, that it was a well-planned conspiracy to abduct and murder Bernadette,” he said.

Police never found Caruso or her 1982 gray-green Chevy Cavalier despite intense searches following tips about certain Baltimore County bodies of water.

That’s why her family members are now on a campaign to help raise $26,000 to purchase special high-tech sonar equipment on behalf of the Maryland Task Force for the Missing and Unidentified.

And in an era of tight budgets, police agencies say any help is appreciated.

“If they are successful in obtaining this sonar then we will obviously look at not only this case but any other open case that we have to see if this equipment could be used to help our investigations,” said Cathy Batton, Baltimore County Police.

“We’re going to continue to help other families, but as far as our search to bring Bernadette home, to bring the individuals to justice, that will never ever end for us. Never,” Bowerman said.

Family members say they’ll spend the next year or so reaching out to the public as they try to raise funds for that sonar.

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