BILLERICA, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Authorities announced Friday the human remains discovered in the Concord River on Wednesday were positively identified as Judith Chartier, a teenager missing for nearly four decades.
The Middlesex District Attorney's office confirmed in a statement Friday the remains were identified using dental records. The District Attorney's office will now work with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and a forensic anthropologist to determine a cause of death.
Human remains were initially discovered in the Concord River after dive teams went back into the water following the discovery of a car that Chartier was driving on the day she disappeared in 1982. Chartier was last seen on June 5, 1982, leaving a party in Billerica.
Along with the human remains and the 1972 Dodge Dart swinger vehicle, divers also found clothing, a small purse or wallet, and a work identification badge. The items were located in about 10 feet of water about 15 to 20 yards away from the shore, according to the Middlesex District Attorney's office.
Police from Chelmsford and Billerica along with Massachusetts State Police used sonar technology earlier this week in the Concord River which helped lead to the discovery. The river is reportedly located about a mile from the Chartier family home.
WBZ's Kendall Buhl (@WBZKendall) reports.