Real Name: Martha Doe Roberts
Nicknames: Doe Roberts
Location: Eads, Tennessee (near Memphis, Tennessee)
Date: August 7, 1992
Date of Birth: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Married
Details: Martha Doe Roberts, 65, vanished from her home on August 7, 1992, and was believed to be abducted. She was last seen at 9 am when her husband, Allen, left for work. When he returned later, she was gone. That night, he received a ransom call; a muffled male voice demanded $100,000. He threatened to kill her if the demands were not met.
The kidnapper did not call back and has made no demands since. Allen made a personal plea to the kidnapper, willing to do anything necessary to save his wife.
Suspects: None at case time, although the abductor is believed to be a white male in his 40s or 50s who uses a fake, exaggerated Asian accent in the phone messages.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the September 23, 1992 episode as a part of a Special Alert. An update regarding to the ransom calls was aired on the February 17, 1993 episode. Doe's case was also documented on The FBI Files.
Results: Solved. After the broadcast, several of Martha's family and friends, along with her husband Allen, received phone messages from the kidnapper demanding $185,000 for her safe return. In some of the calls, the caller had the family member or friend ask a specific question, which would be correctly answered by "Martha". The caller also claimed that Allen had hired the caller to kidnap his wife. Allen, however, claimed that this was not true.
In 1993, Martha was discovered to have been murdered by Charles Jackson Lord Jr, 59, a neighbor and business associate of her husband. He apparently had been trying to extort money from him. Lord was in heavy debt and had embezzled money previously from a church and from the government.
Lord had raped and suffocated Martha while his own wife was sleeping in his house, likely within a few hours of the kidnapping. She was found buried underneath a compost heap, her body preserved by a layer of cement and lime. Lord was convicted of her kidnapping and murder. He was sentenced to life in prison. As of 2016, he is listed as deceased.
Martha's husband Allen passed away in 2005.