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PA KELLY McBRIDE: Missing from Northampton, PA - 18 February 1984 - Age 21

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  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Kelly McBride was last seen at 3:00 AM on February 18, 1984, at party in her Northampton home. Her husband, James McBride, did not report her missing. A week after the party, McBride called Kelly's mother in Michigan and told her that Kelly had left him for another man. Kelly's mother doubted the story because Kelly would never have left her 2-year old son behind. Kelly's father from New Jersey called Northampton Police.

    James McBride was convicted of Kelly's murder in 2001 and is currently serving a life sentence in prison. Kelly's remains have never been recovered.
     
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  2. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/25246/0/

    NamUs MP # 25246
    Kelly McBride
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    Northampton County, Pennsylvania
    21 year old white female

    Case Report - NamUs MP # 25246

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Kelly
    Middle name Frances
    Last name McBride
    Nickname/Alias
    Date last seen February 18, 1984 03:00
    Date entered 07/08/2014
    Age last seen 21 to 21 years old
    Age now 54 years old
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 61.0
    Weight (pounds) 120.0 to 125.0

    Circumstances
    City Northampton
    State Pennsylvania
    Zip code 18067
    County Northampton
    Circumstances
    The Victim's husband was convicted of her murder in 2001 and is currently serving a life sentence in prison. The Victim's remains have never been recovered.

    Physical
    Hair color Blond/Strawberry

    Left eye color Blue
    Right eye color Blue

    Other distinctive
    physical characteristics
    Freckles

    Clothing and accessories are unknown

    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    DNA
    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Trooper
    First name Raymond
    Last name Judge
    Phone 610-861-2026
    Website
    Case number M01-0317583
    Date reported December 08, 1987
    Jurisdiction State
    Agency Pennsylvania State Police
    Address 1 2930 Airport Road
    Address 2
    City Bethlehem
    State Pennsylvania
    Zip code 18017
    Comments

    Title Detective
    First name Glenn
    Last name Deist
    Phone 610-261-0404
    Website
    Case number 84-083-05
    Date reported March 23, 1984
    Jurisdiction Local
    Agency Northampton Borough Police
    Address 1 1401 Laubach Avenue
    Address 2
    City Northampton
    State Pennsylvania
    Zip code 18067

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  3. Akoya

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    http://articles.mcall.com/keyword/kelly-mcbride

    IN THE NEWS
    Kelly Mcbride

    Woman's '84 Disappearance Still Haunts Family But Police Are Hoping New Technology Can Help Them Close The Case Of Kelly Mcbride Of Northampton.
    by SONIA CSENCSITS, The Morning Call | July 19, 1998
    In 1984, when Todd Fossetta was 18, he roamed the streets of Northampton, searching for his sister. Fourteen years later, Fossetta is an Army veteran living in Tacoma, Wash. But he continues to search for his older sister, Kelly McBride, who was last seen in February 1984. The years that separate her disappearance and his hope for closure have been difficult. "We are sure she is gone. Not long after she disappeared, we realized something bad had happened," Fossetta said. "There is very little hope that she is not dead.


    Former Northampton man loses murder conviction appeal
    By Tyra Braden Of The Morning Call | November 4, 2005
    James McBride, serving a life sentence for the 1984 murder of his wife -- whose remains have never been found -- has lost another appeal of his first-degree murder conviction. The state Superior Court has rejected McBride's claims that his trial attorney, Philip D. Lauer of Easton, was ineffective. McBride was brought to trial in May 2001, after an investigative grand jury convened in Northampton County and concluded sufficient evidence existed to file charges. McBride, 46, is serving his sentence at the state prison at Houtzdale, Clearfield County.


    Kin of Kelly McBride still want to know where her body went
    By TYRA BRADEN Of The Morning Call | May 17, 2001
    Tod Fossetta says he may forgive James W. McBride -- sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for murdering Fossetta's sister -- if McBride admits his guilt and reveals where he hid the body. Fossetta spoke after the sentencing hearing for McBride, 42, who was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder for killing his wife, Kelly McBride, 17 years ago in the couple's Northampton Borough home. "I could probably forgive him if he could admit it," Tod Fossetta said, "if he could come clean.


    Convicted killer loses new trial bid
    The Morning Call | November 13, 2002
    Pennsylvania Superior Court has rejected James McBride's request for a new trial. McBride lived in Northampton when his wife, Kelly McBride, was last seen in 1984. In May 2001 a jury convicted McBride of first-degree murder. Kelly McBride's body has never been found. McBride, sentenced to life in prison without parole, told the jury that his wife left the couple's home with another man. The couple had a son, who was 2 at the time. He was reared by Kelly McBride's father and stepmother.


    McBride guilty of killing wife
    By TYRA BRADEN Of The Morning Call | May 16, 2001
    A Northampton County jury spent only about 2M-= hours sifting through five days of testimony and hours of arguments before convicting James W. McBride of first-degree murder of his wife, Kelly McBride. Tod Fossetta, brother of Kelly McBride, sobbed Tuesday as the verdict was read 17 years after his sister died. James McBride didn't flinch. One by one, other members of the Fossetta family began weeping. McBride, 42, will appear before Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. this morning to be sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison.


    McBride's wife might have sought his death
    By TYRA BRADEN Of The Morning Call | May 12, 2001
    A Northampton police report says Kelly McBride was looking for a "hit man" to get rid of her husband, because he was using and giving away drugs instead of selling them. Former Northampton police investigator Frank Nederostek testified in Northampton County Court on Friday that someone -- he's not sure who -- told him that after Kelly McBride disappeared 17 years ago. James W. McBride, 42, is charged with homicide. Police say he killed his wife, Kelly, Feb. 18, 1984, at the couple's Northampton home.


    Testimony focuses on when woman was seen
    By TYRA BRADEN Of The Morning Call | May 9, 2001
    Kelly McBride may have been spotted several times after she disappeared, according to the police department that accused her husband of killing her. Northampton police investigator Robert Lindenmoyer testified Tuesday at James W. McBride's homicide trial that reports show four people -- including a Tamaqua policeman -- said they saw someone they knew or thought was Kelly McBride after Feb. 18, 1984, the date prosecutors say James McBride killed her....
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  4. Akoya

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    http://articles.mcall.com/keyword/kelly-mcbride

    Trial starts in case of missing woman
    By TYRA BRADEN Of The Morning Call | May 8, 2001
    Kelly McBride ran off with a man from Philadelphia 17 years ago and her husband, James William McBride, reported as much to police, a Northampton County jury was told. But District Attorney John M. Morganelli said Kelly McBride is dead and her husband is guilty of first-degree murder. The conflicting accounts of Kelly McBride's disappearance from Northampton Borough came Monday during opening statements in James McBride's homicide trial. Testimony is set to begin this morning. Authorities say Kelly McBride was last seen Feb. 18, 1984.


    Husband told wife his first one just disappeared
    By TYRA BRADEN Of The Morning Call | May 10, 2001
    One of James W. McBride's wives testified Wednesday that McBride claimed his first wife, Kelly McBride, disappeared after an argument and he hadn't seen her since. Evelyn J. McBride of Allentown married James McBride in 1988 and had two children with him. The couple separated, she said, about 1991. She said McBride, 42, never mentioned that his first wife had run off with another man in a powder-blue Mustang, the version of events to which he is expected to testify. Police say McBride killed Kelly McBride around Feb. 18, 1984, at their Northampton borough home.


    Convicted killer loses new trial bid
    The Morning Call | November 13, 2002
    Pennsylvania Superior Court has rejected James McBride's request for a new trial. McBride lived in Northampton when his wife, Kelly McBride, was last seen in 1984. In May 2001 a jury convicted McBride of first-degree murder. Kelly McBride's body has never been found. McBride, sentenced to life in prison without parole, told the jury that his wife left the couple's home with another man. The couple had a son, who was 2 at the time. He was reared by Kelly McBride's father and stepmother.


    Husband Is Arrested In '84 Northampton Slaying James Mcbride Is Accused Of Cutting Up, Concealing Wife's Body.
    by LAURI RICE-MAUE And JOE NIXON, The Morning Call Morning Call reporter Sonia Csencsits contributed to this report | March 8, 2000
    James William McBride killed and dismembered his wife 16 years ago in their Northampton home, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said Tuesday. McBride, 40, was arrested Monday in Florida, where he was living under another name. A criminal homicide charge against him was recommended by a Northampton County grand jury, which heard testimony from 21 witnesses, including a woman who said she saw him try to stuff 22-year-old Kelly McBride's body into a dresser. When her arms wouldn't fit, she testified, he asked for a saw and a knife.


    Judge rejects appeal, denies killer a retrial
    By TYRA BRADEN Of The Morning Call | December 18, 2001
    James McBride, sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife, has lost his bid for a new trial. McBride, who lived in Northampton with his wife, Kelly McBride, when she was last seen in 1984, was convicted in May of first-degree murder. Her body has never been found. McBride testified at trial that his wife left the couple's home to be with another man. The McBrides' son, who was 2 at the time his mother was last seen, has been raised by Kelly McBride's father and stepmother. The case lay dormant for years until Northampton County revived the grand jury system.
     
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  5. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://articles.mcall.com/keyword/kelly-mcbride

    McBride seeks retrial over late documents
    By TYRA BRADEN Of The Morning Call | May 23, 2001
    Convicted murderer James W. McBride says he's entitled to a new trial because he received 63 pages of handwritten police notes four days after his trial began and didn't have time to use the material to his advantage. McBride, 42, was found guilty of first-degree murder last week. A Northampton County jury deliberated about 2M-= hours before finding that McBride killed his wife, Kelly McBride, 17 years ago at the couple's Northampton Borough home. Her body has not been found. McBride contends she ran off with another man. In a motion filed in court Tuesday, McBride's lawyer, Philip D. Lauer, asks that Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. acquit McBride, saying the evidence was insufficient.


    Last Week in the Valley
    The Morning Call | May 20, 2001
    Some of the week's top news stories: BETHLEHEM AREA McBride guilty: A Northampton County jury spent only about 2M-= hours sifting through five days of testimony and hours of arguments before convicting James W. McBride Tuesday of first-degree murder of his wife, Kelly McBride. The verdict was read 17 years after Kelly McBride died. James McBride didn't flinch. He received a mandatory life sentence on Wednesday. Health complex possible: A New Jersey developer is eyeing Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VI along the Route 33 extension in Bethlehem Township for a sports, fitness and health complex he hopes will grow into a chain.


    "Bizarre' story never made it to trial
    By TYRA BRADEN Of The Morning Call | May 17, 2001
    The Northampton County jury that convicted James W. McBride of first-degree murder heard from more than a dozen witnesses. Some said McBride admitted he had killed his wife, Kelly McBride, 17 years ago. Some said he had joked about her death. But Dawn DeLong, who last year told the grand jury that indicted McBride that she had seen the couple fighting and McBride trying to stuff his wife's bloody body into a dresser, didn't testify. Kelly McBride was last seen Feb. 18, 1984. McBride testified his wife ran off with another man. District Attorney John M. Morganelli said DeLong's story was not crucial to the investigation, and eventually was not believable.


    Kin of Kelly McBride still want to know where her body went
    By TYRA BRADEN Of The Morning Call | May 17, 2001
    Tod Fossetta says he may forgive James W. McBride -- sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for murdering Fossetta's sister -- if McBride admits his guilt and reveals where he hid the body. Fossetta spoke after the sentencing hearing for McBride, 42, who was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder for killing his wife, Kelly McBride, 17 years ago in the couple's Northampton Borough home. "I could probably forgive him if he could admit it," Tod Fossetta said, "if he could come clean.


    McBride guilty of killing wife
    By TYRA BRADEN Of The Morning Call | May 16, 2001
    A Northampton County jury spent only about 2M-= hours sifting through five days of testimony and hours of arguments before convicting James W. McBride of first-degree murder of his wife, Kelly McBride. Tod Fossetta, brother of Kelly McBride, sobbed Tuesday as the verdict was read 17 years after his sister died. James McBride didn't flinch. One by one, other members of the Fossetta family began weeping. McBride, 42, will appear before Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. this morning to be sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison.


    Husband denies killing wife in 1984
    By TYRA BRADEN Of The Morning Call | May 15, 2001
    James W. McBride rested chin in hand and repeatedly told a Northampton County jury that he did not kill his wife. "No, sir," he answered time and again Monday as District Attorney John M. Morganelli asked if he was responsible for the death of Kelly McBride. "No, sir, I would never have done that," he said to his lawyer, Philip Lauer, before leaving the witness stand after about 2M-= hours. The eight-man, four-woman jury is set to hear closing arguments this morning before Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. McBride, 42, is charged with homicide.
     
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  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://articles.mcall.com/2001-05-10/news/3358561_1_james-mcbride-kelly-mcbride-wife-s-disappearance

    Husband told wife his first one just disappeared

    James McBride never said anything about a man and a blue Mustang, a version he has told others.

    May 10, 2001|By TYRA BRADEN Of The Morning Call
    One of James W. McBride's wives testified Wednesday that McBride claimed his first wife, Kelly McBride, disappeared after an argument and he hadn't seen her since.

    Evelyn J. McBride of Allentown married James McBride in 1988 and had two children with him. The couple separated, she said, about 1991. She said McBride, 42, never mentioned that his first wife had run off with another man in a powder-blue Mustang, the version of events to which he is expected to testify.

    FOR THE RECORD - (Published Friday, May 11, 2001) Annette Marie Beck testified in Northampton County Court that she had a "romantic" relationship with James McBride. Incorrect information appeared in some editions Thursday.

    Police say McBride killed Kelly McBride around Feb. 18, 1984, at their Northampton borough home. Her body has not been found.

    McBride's homicide trial continues this morning in Northampton County Court before Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. District Attorney John M. Morganelli is seeking a first-degree murder conviction.

    McBride's lawyer, Philip Lauer, said outside the courtroom Wednesday that McBride also has a wife in Florida. Lauer said McBride will explain his marital situation when he testifies next week.

    Evelyn McBride said she met her future husband in early 1988 along Hamilton Street in Allentown. Reviewing the couple's application for a marriage license while on the witness stand, she confirmed that McBride had indicated on the form that he had never been married.

    Patricia Peters of Allentown testified that she had a relationship with McBride in 1980 or 1981. She met him, she said, as she was walking down a Northampton street, pushing her baby in a stroller. "He just pulled over" in his station wagon, she said, "and started talking."

    They saw each other for three months, Peters said, and then ended their relationship. Peters said she was pregnant with McBride's child, who was born in December 1981. She said she did not immediately tell McBride about the child. Kelly McBride gave birth to her and James McBride's son in March 1982.

    Peters said she eventually told James McBride he had a daughter, and after Kelly McBride disappeared, she visited him at Lehigh County Prison, where he was being held on unrelated charges. McBride later showed up at her home and talked about his wife's disappearance, saying that she had run off with another man.

    Peters said she learned that a blood-stained mattress had been removed from the McBride home and asked McBride about it. "He told me it was Kelly's menstrual blood," she said.

    Charlotte Word of Cellmark Diagnostics in Germantown, Md., testified she is certain that DNA testing shows the blood on the mattress is from a person conceived by Judith Evans and Robert Fossetta, Kelly McBride's parents.

    Tammy Heckman of Northampton, who was 15 in 1984, testified that McBride "seemed happy" that Kelly McBride was gone. Heckman said she had met the McBrides about a week before Kelly McBride disappeared.

    On Feb. 10, 1984, Heckman said, she and friends were walking down a Northampton street when McBride came out of his house and asked them to join a party. Kelly McBride, Heckman said, was in the kitchen as her husband and other guests sat in the living room.

    Heckman said James McBride was discussing how to commit a murder and not get caught. His suggestions, she said, included knocking out the victim's teeth so dental records couldn't be used for identification, burning the corpse in a barrel, and burying the body in a fresh grave, preferably the night before a casket was to be lowered.

    Heckman said no one took McBride's talk seriously. Once or twice, she said, when Kelly McBride entered the living room, James McBride would make motions as though he were holding someone by the neck and kicking that person.

    A few weeks after that party, Heckman said she learned Kelly McBride was missing, and Heckman developed a relationship with James McBride, who told Heckman that his wife had left with another man. Heckman had described McBride to the grand jury that indicted him as a "sweet, gentle and kind" man.

    Heckman said McBride had packed his wife's clothes in two or three garbage bags and was giving clothing away. She also said she saw Kelly McBride's purse and jewelry in the house.

    Heckman said she believed she may have seen Kelly McBride after Feb. 18, but said her belief was never verified.

    Annette Marie Beck of Whitehall Township testified that she was a teenager in 1987 when she met James McBride in Allentown. She said he asked her to marry him, and although she declined, they had a sexual relationship. She said McBride told her that Kelly McBride had left him and filed for divorce. Later, Beck said, McBride told her that he and Kelly McBride "weren't getting along and he had killed her."

    Beck said McBride was "laughing and joking" and made the statement five to 10 times. Beck said she told no one about McBride's claim "because I thought it was a joke." Beck said McBride also said he had buried the body "where a backhoe would not fit -- use a shovel."
     
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  7. Akoya

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    http://www.pamissing.com/mcbridekelly.html

    Pennsylvania Missing Persons
    and Unidentified Victims

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    Kelly McBride
    Missing since February 18, 1984 from Northampton Borough, Northampton County

    Vital Statistics
    Date of Birth: July 8, 1962
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 21
    Height: 5'1"
    Weight: 120 lbs
    Hair Color: Strawberry Blonde
    Eye Color: Blue
    DNA: Available
    Distinguishing Characteristics: a small, upturned nose with freckles
    Clothing: blue jeans and a black leather-like jacket.

    Case Details
    Kelly McBride was last seen at around 3 a.m. on February 18, 1984 at party in her home on E.8th Street in Northampton Borough. Her husband, James McBride, did not report her missing. About a week after the party, McBride called Kelly's mother in Michigan and told her that Kelly had left him for another man, someone she'd met at the mall, who had a mustache. Kelly's mother doubted the story, Kelly would never have left her 2-year old son behind, and called her ex-husband, Kelly's father, in New Jersey. It was Kelly's father who called Northampton Police.

    On May 25, 1984, a witness observed a blood-stained mattress being removed from the McBride apartment. Based on this information, police obtained a search warrant and conducted a search of the premises that same day. Among the items found were a man's undershirt, a bedsheet, a towel and a piece of paper, all stained with blood, kitchen knives, 22-caliber shell casings, two 22-caliber spent cartridges, hair samples from several areas in the house and blood samples from the attic steps. A chest of drawers was found, with the drawer bottoms gone and the drawer fronts nailed shut. Bits of hair, skin and blood were found on the inside of it. The basement floor was dug up, but Kelly's body wasn't found.

    Seventeen years after Kelly disappeared, James McBride was arrested, charged, tried and found guilty of murdering his wife. He is serving a life sentence. It is believed that he dismembered Kelly's body prior to disposing of it.

    Kelly's father and stepmother got custody of, and eventually adopted, Kelly's son.

    Kelly's remains have never been found.

    If you have any information about this case, please contact:

    Northampton Police Department
    Det Glenn Deist
    610-261-0404
    Agency Case # 84-083-85

    or

    Pennsylvania State Police
    Tpr Raymond Judge
    610-861-2026
    Agency Case # M01-317583

    NamUs MP Case # 25246
    Sources
    The Morning Call
    NewsLibrary.com
    NamUs
     
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  12. Steve

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    I'd love to know how, with all that forensic evidence, it took so many years to convict. There must be an interesting story there. I know it can be hard without the body, but this sounds like there may not be anything left other than the blood and tissue inside that dresser. I hope, for her family, that she is found.
     
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  13. Akoya

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    There was also a witness who saw him cut an arm off so she would fit into the drawer. He bragged about killing Kelly to several people. He is exactly where he needs to be. There are so many places where he could have put her body. He also talked about burying someone in freshly dug graves, before the casket is lowered. Kelly could be anywhere.
     
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