Disappearance of Baltimore Mother Still a Cold-Case 19 Years Later

Bernadette Caruso disappeared from Essex, Maryland, 19 years ago and is still missing under suspicious circumstances. The Doe Network is asking for help in solving this baffling disappearance, as times change, relationships change, and sometimes people will speak up about things they wouldn’t before.

Caruso was last seen leaving her job at Shaw’s Jewelry Store in Eastpoint Mall, Baltimore County Maryland. Caruso left her job at 5:00 p.m. and told a co-worker that her estranged spouse had called her. He wanted to meet and discuss something. Court records show a lengthy battle over custody arrangements for their daughter, then 3. She was driving a 1982 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. Foul play is suspected in Caruso's disappearance.

There have been no arrests connected to Caruso’s disappearance. It remains unsolved, and Bernadette has never been located. Her case is profiled on the Doe Network site at: http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/435dfmd.html

The Doe Network, www.doenetwork.org, is a volunteer organization that assists police in locating missing persons, generates public awareness of missing persons, and profiles Jane/John Does for public recognition. Its web site profiles over 1,000 unidentified human remain cases, and over 4,500 cold-case (9 years or older) missing person cases. Over 500 volunteer members’ cross-match missing person profiles with unidentified human remains profiles. When a possible "match" develops, this information is turned over to law enforcement to investigate. This networking has helped identify over 40 Jane/John does across the US, including 5 in Maryland. Over 500 possible matches are in the hands of law enforcement across the US, Canada, and Europe. For more information on the Doe Network, please see our press kit at: http://www.doenetwork.bravepages.com.

We need your help in giving Maryland’s missing and unidentified persons the attention they need for closure. Public knowledge of the Doe Network web site brings the possibilities of closure not only to the cases, but also to the families and friends who wait for answers. A site limited to Maryland disappearances can be found at: www.marylandmissing.com

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