Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Martins was last seen on May 24, 1978 in Kent, OH. This was two days before the Memorial Day weekend. She was a junior at Kent State University at the time. Judy left Dunbar Hall on the Kent State Campus, where she had visited friends, around 2 a.m. to head back to her hall, and was never seen again. Martins was reported missing by another resident student adviser on May 26.
She never arrived at Engleman Hall where she lived, and nothing in her room was taken or disturbed.
Her student ID card and many of her possessions were found in her dorm room, and her family said it was unlike Martins to not call and check in.
A resident of the Cleveland suburb of Avon Lake, Martins was a general studies major and resident student adviser. Judy is described as a responsible, good student who was close to her family.
KSU and Kent police mounted a search for Martins, using borrowed National Guard helicopters fitted with infrared scanners. Searches yielded no clues. Much of the evidence and files collected by police immediately after her disappearance has been disposed of since. An ex-boyfriend of Martins was ruled out as a suspect after passing a polygraph.
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BCI OH Attorney Gen. Office