What Happened To Martha Jean Lambert?
I wanna give a shout out to my friend Joseph Schmidt who runs the facebook page for this case as well as runs The Resource Center For Cold Case Missing Children's Cases for suggesting this case to me. He also helps me run my private facebook group. Joseph co-wrote this entry.
"We were not only mother and daughter, we were best friends," said her mother, Margaret Pichon
St. Johns County Sheriff's Office 904-824-8304
Case Number: 271329
NCMEC #: NCMC601793
NCIC Number: M-293192969
Date of Birth:
03/26/1973 to Howard and Margaret Lambert
(Howard was 73 at the time Martha went missing. Margaret was 33. Howard has since passed away.)
Background on Martha
Martha Jean Lambert was born on March 26th 1973 to Howard and Martha Lambert. Martha had a troubled home life. Her father was an alcoholic and she was in and out of several foster homes due to being neglected and abused. (She was often described as dirty in appearance) There was constant fighting in the home. Lots of screaming and arguments. Her two brothers had run away from their home prior to Martha disappearing. Martha was a 7th Grader at Ketterlinus Jr. High and living off Kerri Lynn Rd in Elkton, Florida at the time she vanished. She was described as a normal kid her age. She had few friends but was described as a friendly young girl. Her case , Like many others of that time was initially investigated as a runaway. However Law Enforcement believes Martha did not leave willingly. At the time she went missing the case was being investigated as a non familiar abduction case. It has since been considered closed.
Another neighbor said it wasn't unusual to hear Howard Lambert yelling inside the trailer, adding there was "lots of anger in that family."
Details of Disappearance
November 27th 1985
Note: There are many different versions as to what occurred the day Martha disappeared. When I initially looked into this case the newspaper clippings available were virtually useless regarding the day in question. Most just gave Martha's physical description and where she was last seen. Most of the details come from the articles written after her brother David confessed in 2000 to killing her. More on that a little later.
Prior on the day of her disappearance Martha left school and visited with friends at a neighbors home for an undisclosed amount of time. Some articles I read say she stayed until around 7:30 pm. After that she walked to her home off Kerri Lynn Rd. where she and her family lived in a mobile home. She had a small dinner and then left her residence. According to one account she was walking down Kerri Lynn Rd. and was never heard from again. In one of several stories told by her brother David. She left and would not disclose where she was going. David also stated she entered a black vehicle the night she disappeared. In one story told by her mom, Martha said she was going over to a neighbors house and she would be back in 5 minutes. Once Margaret realized that Martha was gone longer than she should have been. She went looking for her. She was reported missing that night. The immediate area was searched. Neighbors and local residents were questioned. In one sighting a neighbor stated they saw her walking down Kerri Lynn Rd. Some neighbors also reported seeing a Green Van in the area that was acting suspiciously. The residents in the neighborhood did not know of anyone who owned, Nor did they recognize the Van as being from around the area. Law Enforcement initially investigated the case as a runaway. However, Margaret has always believed her daughter was abducted by a non family member.
Saint Augustine Record
Missing: 19 years later, cold case baffles detectives