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Bones Found In Former Chelmsford Home Of Woman Missing 30 Years

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Police tape surrounded 54 Gorham Street in Chelmsford Friday.  (Photo by Carl Stevens)

Police tape surrounded 54 Gorham Street in Chelmsford Friday. (Photo by Carl Stevens)

CHELMSFORD (CBS) – Bones have been found inside a house that once belonged to a missing woman’s family. Now everyone is wondering if they could solve a mystery that’s lingered for three decades.

Judy Chartier vanished in 1982 when she was 17 years old. Detectives have long thought she was kidnapped and killed.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

After she died, her parents bought a home on Gorham Street in Chelmsford. That’s where the bones were discovered in the basement. State Police and the Middlesex DA are confirming absolutely nothing. But the proximity to where Judy lived and the ownership angle are raising the possibility of a link.

Judy was Roger Balkum’s fiancée when she went missing. On Friday, he was thinking about a phone that never rang one night 30 years ago.

“I’d get like a two ring call that would let me know she got home,” says Balkum. “I never got that call.”

Judy never made that “I’m OK” call after dropping him at home in the early morning hours of June 5th, 1982.

Police would later determine she went back to a party in Billerica, and disappeared.

“For awhile they were looking at me and giving me a hard time and stuff but I cooperated as best I could, I had nothing to hide,” says Balkum.

The case went cold quickly, and three decades passed until Wednesday, when the bones were uncovered. That may be meaningful or meaningless. Police are making no connection, saying only that the bones are heading for testing at the state crime lab.

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