Gertrude Marianne Menacher
North American Missing Persons Network
Gertrude Marianne Menacher

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 7, 1981 from Hallandale, Miami-Dade County, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 37
  • Height: 5'1"
  • Weight: 120 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Eye Color: Green
  • Race: White, German.
  • Gender: Female
  • AKA: Marianna
  • Case Number: 13-090044

  • Details of Disappearance
    Menacher was last known to be with her daughter, Angela Delawder, her boyfriend, Charles Gibson and Delawder's boyfriend Ivan Guterrez, after meeting for a dinner engagement.

    All of them disappeared on March 7, 1981 and have not been seen or heard from since. All were involved heavily in drugs.
    Gibson's Cadillac was found in a parking lot at Miami International Airport about a week later. His Miami Shores apartment was cleaned out. He and the three others have never been found.

    Police has linked the disappearance of the four, as well as that of a 17-year-old Fort Myers prostitute, to the January 21, 1981 execution of drug gang enforcer and prison escapee Harvey McElroy. McElroy's body was found in the woods at Pines Boulevard and 160th Avenue. He had been shot, soaked with gasoline and burned on a heap of trash.
    Warrants were out for Menacher and Gibson on charges of aiding McElroy, who escaped from Florida State Prison in Starke on August 5, 1980. They helped rent a $600-a-month home in Hollywood for McElroy.

    Menacher was born in Germany. She had divorced her American husband, an Army sergeant and left the Munich base where the family was stationed and moved to Arlington, Va. She then worked as a bookkeeper at Washington's National Airport. There she met a "Mr. Vietri", with whom she started an "import-export" business. Menacher traveled to South America and the Bahamas, took her daughters to Europe, bought a Corvette, a new apartment and lots of jewelry. But the business failed in 1977 and the family moved to Hollywood, where they stayed with Menacher's cousin. Soon Menacher began running with "a sleazy crowd" and started using drugs with her daughters. The family moved 13 times in three years -- to Hallandale, Hollywood, Miramar, Fort Lauderdale, Key Largo.

    According to police, if DeLawder and Gutierrez were killed, it was because they were with Menacher and Gibson in the wrong place at the wrong time. The two couples may be hiding in Colombia or Germany or be victims of foul play.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

    Source Information
    Miami Herald, The (FL) December 1, 1985
    The Palm Beach Post - Sep 20, 1982