Find Missing Martha Jean Lambert!

Find Missing Martha Jean Lambert!

Find missing Martha Jean Lambert!
At first, police treated her case
As a runaway situation.
It has over 33 years
Since her loved ones last saw her.
It has been 33 years
Since her loved ones last heard from her.
Where is Martha Jean Lambert?

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Details

Find Missing Martha Jean Lambert!

Missing Person: Martha Jean Lambert
Missing Since
11/27/1985
Missing From
Elkton, Florida
Classification
Endangered Missing
Date of Birth
03/26/1973 (46 years old current age)
Age when last seen
12 years old
Height and Weight
4’5, 70 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description
A matching two-piece bathing suit.
Distinguishing Characteristics
Caucasian 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.

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Circumstances

Martha Jean Lambert was last seen in St. Augustine, Florida on November 27, 1985. She lived on Kerri Lynn Road off Holmes Boulevard. She has never been seen again.

Her family life was troubled. Neighbors said Martha was a friendly girl. But that she was often dirty. Her father was an alcoholic and there was a lot of loud fighting at their home. 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.

Martha’s mother, Margaret (who now goes by her later married name, Pichon) had her own theory. She believed Martha had been abducted from outside her home. Authorities long suspected her older brother, David Allen Lambert. They suspected that he knew more about his sister’s disappearance than he had disclosed. He was fourteen years old in 1985.

David gave conflicting accounts as to what happened when he last saw Martha. Once he claimed she left home after dinner and refused to say where she was going. He claimed that he saw her walking down the street towards Lil’ Champ on State Road 207. Another time he said he saw her get into a black vehicle. Margaret noted that while she was looking for her daughter that night, she saw David laughing for no apparent reason.

In September 2009, David confessed in detail to having caused his sister’s death. He stated it happened while 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. They searched on the land where Florida Memorial College once was. But they 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 believed his story. But no charges were filed against him. For he was a minor at the time of the incident and the statute of limitations for manslaughter has expired.

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. He claimed he 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 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 Margaret voiced her opinion to the press, 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. Her mother stated she wouldn’t have run away. That was in spite of the problems at home. And she knew not to get in anyone’s car, even a friend’s, without permission.

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.

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Appeal

Martha Jean Lambert has been missing for over 33 year old. Eight years ago, her brother’s confession gave people the impression that her case was “solved.” I cannot find Martha listed with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. And according to some press releases, police closed Martha’s case at one point. Police have been known to close cases even without locating the person. But Martha’s case is not solved as far as her family is concerned! She has never been located. No one is facing any charges in her disappearance.

Do you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Martha Jean Lambert? Do you have any information concerning the person (s) who may be involved in her disappearance?

If you have any information, please contact the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office (Florida): 1-904-824-8304. You may contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678. You may call 9-1-1 or your local police.

NCMEC Case Number: 601793
NamUs Case Number: MP6278
Agency Case Number: 271329
NCIC Case Number: M-293192969

MARTHA JEAN LAMBERT–MISSING SINCE 1985 is a Facebook page set up for her. The above image is courtesy of this page. Use Facebook? “Like” this page.
This is a Doe Network profile for Martha Lambert. Click here to view it.
Martha Jean Lambert has a NamUs profile. Click here to learn more.
This detailed article was published after Martha Lambert reached her 25th annual missing date. It also has many photos. Click here to learn more.
This is a high-order multi-page CRIMEWATCHERS.NET page for Martha Lambert. Click here to learn more.
This is a multi-page WEBSLEUTHS page for Martha Lambert. Click here to learn more.
Like too many others, this piece claims that Martha Lambert’s case has been “solved” though she has never been located. Click here to learn more.
Like too many others, this piece claims that Martha Lambert’s case has been “solved” though she has never been located. Click here to learn more.
The above information is found on Martha Jean Lambert’s Charley Project page. I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International License.

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