Christina M. Monteiro
Monteiro, approximately 1988
Date reported missing : 07/01/1988
Missing location (approx) :
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 11/12/1968 (52)
Age at the time of disappearance: 19 years old
Height / Weight : 5'3 - 5'5, 110 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A shirt, blue jeans and sneakers.
Medical conditions : Monteiro was addicted to heroin at the time of her disappearance.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Monteiro has needle marks in both arms, scars on both wrists and a scar near her left eye. She has initials and words tattooed on her arms.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Monteiro's family last heard from her in May or June 1988, and she was last seen in July 1988 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She has never been heard from again.
The remains of nine women, all in their twenties and thirties, all of whom had issues with drugs and prostitution, were found along highways in New Bedford in 1988 and 1989. Investigators believe they were murdered by a serial killer.
Monteiro fits this profile and is believed to have been another victim in the series, and so is Marilyn Roberts, who disappeared from the city in April 1988. The murders, and Roberts and Monteiro's disappearances, remain unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
New Bedford Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Doe Network
The Boston Globe
Bristol County District Attorney's Office
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October 12, 2004. May 12, 2017; Medical conditions : added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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