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FL MARTHA JEAN LAMBERT: Missing from Elkton, FL - 27 November 1985 - Age 12

Discussion in 'Missing 1980 to 1989' started by Mysteries1974, Dec 16, 2018.

  1. Mysteries1974

    Mysteries1974 Well-Known Member

    About this capture
    The Doe Network:
    Case File 308DFFL
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    Left and Center: Lambert, circa 1985; Right: Age-progressed image of Lambert at age 29 (circa 2003)

    Martha Jean Lambert
    Missing since November 27, 1985 from Elkton, Saint Johns County, Florida.
    Classification: Non family Abduction




    Vital Statistics

      • Date Of Birth: March 26, 1973
      • Age at Time of Disappearance: 12 years old
      • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'5 (135 cm.); 70 pounds (32 kg.)
      • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; blue eyes.
      • Marks, Scars: Birthmarks on the front of her right thigh and on the upper part of her left chest.
      • Clothing: A matching two-piece bathing suit
      • Dentals: Lambert has slightly protruding teeth.




    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Lambert, a 7th grade student at Ketterlinus Junior High, was last seen at her family's mobile home in Elkton, Florida on November 27, 1985. She spent time at a neighbor's residence after school, then returned to her home to have a small dinner with her brother. She has never been seen or heard from again. Martha's family life was troubled, she had spent much of her life in different foster homes. Her brothers had also ran away previously from their home.
    Br>In 2009 Martha's brother confessed to accidentally killing her during an argument, then panicked and buried her in a 3-foot grave, at the old Florida Memorial College site near their home. He later recanted the confession.




    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning Lambert's whereabouts, please contact:
    Saint Johns' County Sheriff's Office
    904-824-8304

    Email

    Agency Case Number:
    271329

    NCMEC #: NCMC601793

    NCIC Number: M293192969
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    St. Augustine Record
    Florida Missing Children Information Clearinghouse
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    St. Johns County Sheriff's Office



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    Last Updated: 9-2-2011 - By: BR / Web Assist


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  2. Mysteries1974

    Mysteries1974 Well-Known Member

    Martha Jean Lambert
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    Martha, circa 1985; Age-progression to age 29 (circa 2002); David Lambert, circa 2009

    • Missing Since11/27/1985
    • Missing FromElkton, Florida
    • ClassificationEndangered Missing
    • Date of Birth03/26/1973 (45)
    • Age12 years old
    • Height and Weight4'5, 70 pounds
    • Clothing/Jewelry DescriptionA matching two-piece bathing suit.
    • Distinguishing CharacteristicsCaucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Martha's upper front teeth protrude slightly. She has birthmarks on the front of her right thigh and on her upper left chest.
    Details of Disappearance
    Martha's older brother, David Allen Lambert, stated he last saw his sister when they were having dinner together at their family's home in Elkton, Florida. After the meal she told her brother she was going out; when he inquired as to where, she refused to divulge her destination. She was last seen walking west on Kerri-Lynn Road in St. Augustine, Florida near her home later that night. She has never been seen again.

    Martha's family life was troubled. The Lambert children had been in foster care before due to child abuse, and her brothers had previously run away. Her case was initially investigated as that of a runaway, but police eventually concluded she had not left voluntarily. Extensive searches of the area turned up no sign of her or her remains.

    Authorities long suspected David knew more about Martha's disappearance than he had disclosed. He was fourteen years old in 1985. A photograph of him as an adult is posted with this case summary.

    In September 2009, David confessed to causing his sister's death. He stated they were playing on the grounds of the abandoned Florida Memorial College on King Street and Holmes Boulevard, near their home. They got into a disagreement over money and the argument turned physical.

    Martha slapped David and in response he pushed her. She fell back and hit her head on a piece of steel, which killed her. David stated he panicked afterwards and buried his sister's body in a shallow grave on the grounds of the college.

    Investigators made considerable efforts to find Martha's body on the land where Florida Memorial College once was, but couldn't locate any remains. They don't expect to recover Martha's body, as Florida Memorial College has been razed and the area completely rebuilt.

    David's statements were not made public until December 2009. Police believe his story and have closed the case. They will not file charges against David, because he was a minor at the time of the incident and the statute of limitations for manslaughter has expired.

    David has made many conflicting statements about his missing sister over the years; at one point, he told authorities he had heard from Martha and she was going to contact them. His 2009 confession wasn't the first time David had confessed to causing Martha's death. When he was arrested in 2000 for passing a bad check, he told police he was responsible for Martha's death and had buried her at a coquina mine on Holmes Boulevard. He wasn't charged at that time because investigators couldn't find Martha's body or any other evidence to support his statement.

    After David's confession was publicized, his mother, Margaret Lambert Pichon, told the media she didn't believe it. She stated David often makes up stories to get attention and she thinks others were responsible for Martha's disappearance.

    Shortly after Pichon voiced her opinion, David retracted his previous statements. In media interviews he stated the police wanted to close Martha's case and he only told them what he wanted to hear. He said he is "mentally incompetent," has long-standing emotional problems, and has no idea what happened to Martha.

    Investigators still believe David was telling the truth about his sister's death, however; they stated he became very emotional during his statement and appeared overwhelmed with grief. Cadaver dogs taken to the site where David said his sister was buried also showed a "change in behavior," although an excavation of the area turned up nothing of interest.

    Martha is described as a trusting and happy person who wanted to be liked, but she had few friends at the time of her disappearance. She was a seventh-grade student at Ketterlinus Junior High School in St. Augustine, Florida in 1985.

    Foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved. It remains classified as a non-family abduction or runaway with most agencies.
    Investigating Agency
    Source Information
    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated November 20, 2011; picture added
     
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  3. Mysteries1974

    Mysteries1974 Well-Known Member

  4. Mysteries1974

    Mysteries1974 Well-Known Member

    “Shortly after Pichon voiced her opinion, David retracted his previous statements. In media interviews he stated the police wanted to close Martha's case and he only told them what he wanted to hear. He said he is "mentally incompetent," has long-standing emotional problems, and has no idea what happened to Martha.”
     
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  5. Redrover

    Redrover Well-Known Member

    It seems like LE would want at least some evidence backing up the confession, particularly when the confession comes from someone with a history of mental illness. If the burial site is now built up I would think they should have found a shallow grave while the area was under construction. Just my opinion. I would like to see this case reopened.
     
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  6. Mysteries1974

    Mysteries1974 Well-Known Member

    So would I. I don’t think this case has ever been solved because no evidence was found to support the confession.
     
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    Mysteries1974 Well-Known Member

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    Mel70 Bronze Member

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    KareBear Well-Known Member

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  10. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    HOORAY! AWESOME!!!!:cheering:
     
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  11. Mysteries1974

    Mysteries1974 Well-Known Member

    Who else thinks that Martha was the victim of an abduction?
     
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  12. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Absolutely!!!!
     
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  13. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    The fact the brother said he "accidentally killed her". Buried her. But they couldn't locate her remains. Then "Recanted", Is suspicious. But people do that quite a lot. It seems strange. They do it for different reasons. I don't know what his motive would have been. But I think maybe he DID try to do something to her. And She ran away. And Hitchhiked and ran into the wrong person. What I am confident of is, She isn't alive. So I will have to change my Statement of absolutely to possibly. But absolutely for Foul play.
     
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  14. Mysteries1974

    Mysteries1974 Well-Known Member

    We should start to look at possible suspects who may have kidnapped her. There were lots of those kinds of people in FL at the time of Martha’s Disappearance
     
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  15. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    That doesn't make sense. Then they for sure would never find the person responsible. Much less her.
     
  16. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    O.K. I'll start digging a little.
     
  17. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    So far I have been through the "List of Identified Serial Killers" through the letter F. And no YEAR and LOCATION matches. Of course this is just the start. First "Source". And there are ALOT of "California's". "Florida's". Not so much. Yet anyway. And just knowing good old "Bundy" can already be eliminated. He was already in Prison by "78" in "Florida".
     
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  18. Mysteries1974

    Mysteries1974 Well-Known Member

    Thank you for taking the time to help
     
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  19. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    You're Very welcome. Thank You for the interest in her case. And thank you for having "Mikelle Biggs" as your Badge. A constant reminder of her Case. And that all it takes for a child to be abducted is 90 SECONDS!
     
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  20. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Donald Leroy Evans. Fits timeline.
    Was in Florida. Have to look into more. 1st possible I have seen. Possibly killed 70. Due to his own admission. Later recanted. Was killed in prison by another inmate. Crimes "85-91".
     
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