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 Martha Eudora “Doe” <I>Jones</I> Roberts

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Martha Eudora “Doe” Jones Roberts

Birth
Gibson County, Tennessee, USA
Death 7 Aug 1992 (aged 65)
Eads, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 54255923 View Source
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One year and one month after her disappearance, Martha 'Doe' Roberts of Eads, Tenn., will be laid to rest Tuesday. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park. She would have been 66 years old yesterday. Roberts was abducted from her home on Aug. 7, 1992. Authorities believe they solved the puzzling case with the arrest two weeks ago of a neighbor, 59-year-old Charles Lord, who has been charged with especially aggravated kidnapping. Additional charges against Lord, who is being held in jail, are a possibility, authorities say. Lord was an acquaintance of Roberts, and investigators believe he abducted her from her Eads home in Shelby County. Lord initially led police to believe the woman's body had been placed in the Wolf River. But after three days of fruitless searching, police say Lord changed his story last Monday and told them the woman was buried in his yard. He took Shelby County Sheriff's investigators to his backyard at 760 Great Oaks near Eads in Fayette County. Officials exhumed Roberts's body from an 18-inch-deep grave on Tuesday. Detectives believe Lord, who had filed for bankruptcy, abducted the woman for ransom. They said she likely died the day she apparently was tricked into getting into Lord's car. On Friday, Fayette County sheriff's deputies searched an area near Seward Road with metal detectors for some of Roberts's personal items. Officials would not say if anything was recovered. Lord has not told authorities how Roberts died, police say. Shelby County authorities are awaiting a medical examiner's report on the cause of death. (Published in The Commercial Appeal 9/5/1993)

The disappearance of Martha Eudora 'Doe' Roberts in the summer of 1992 from the 150-acre farm near Eads where she lived with her husband held the Mid-South transfixed. Businessman Allen C. Roberts was a primary suspect in his wife's disappearance until, more than a year later, her body was found buried in the backyard of neighbor Charles Lord. Lord is serving a life sentence for murder. Allen C. Roberts died in 2005, but in the last years of his life, he collaborated with his second wife, Esther Roberts, and local author and attorney D. Beecher Smith II in writing "Fatal Friendship: The Search for Doe Roberts." Smith and Esther Roberts will be at the Wolfchase Barnes & Noble bookstore Saturday at 1 p.m. to discuss and sign the recently published book. (By Fredric Koeppel, published in The Commercial Appeal 10/5/2007)


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  • Created by: Carole McCaig
  • Added: 28 Jun 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 54255923
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/54255923/martha-eudora-roberts : accessed ), memorial page for Martha Eudora “Doe” Jones Roberts (12 Oct 1926–7 Aug 1992), Find a Grave Memorial ID 54255923, citing Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Carole McCaig (contributor 46785778) .