Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Charlotte Moriarty and son Marx Barnes

Hawaii is a paradise to many who visit and back in 1977, before the world became a smaller place, it was a faraway land of surfing and beautiful beaches. Charlotte Moriarty and her boyfriend, Mark Barnes, along with their new son, Marx, were living in that paradise land, but was it really paradise?

Charlotte and Marx vanished on June 21, 1977 while taking a walk. The child's stroller was found empty hours later at a bus stop in Honolulu. According to Mark Barnes, Charlotte left with no explanation before and he just figured this was another one of those times. He waited 2 weeks before calling police and filing a missing persons report.
"Friendly couple, mind their own business. They used to fight but it wasn't anything serious," said 77-year-old Hanaimoa resident Joe Kahele. "I know they had a baby, and they used to take good care of the baby."

Charlotte had an 8 year old daughter from a previous relationship who was scheduled to come for a visit from California to see her mother and new brother, however that visit didn't happen. Her sister, Patricia, and other family members feel that Charlotte would never jeopardize this visit by taking off, and that she would definitely be in contact with her family to let them know of her plans.
"I can't explain what it's like to not know where a parent is," said Monnheimer, who was 8 years old when Moriarty disappeared. "You're always looking, always scanning every crowd."

There are several points of conflicting information to come out of the case since 1977, one being that Mark Barnes was fearful that Charlotte wasn't capable of taking care of Marx because she was under the care of a psychiatrist. Most of the information about the disappearance has come from Barnes himself and has been disputed by Charlotte's family members for years.

The case is still regarded as an open investigation. Patricia Moriarty has even consulted psychics who state that Charlotte and Marx are both dead and that they were murdered. There is no way to prove this theory, but the family has taken measures to have Charlotte and Marx declared dead on the suggestion of Honolulu Police Department Missing Persons Division. Her daughter, Jennifer Monnheimer,  always held this belief, and the psychics reinforced that for her.
Monnheimer said even if she and her aunt are unsuccessful finding Charlotte and Marx, at least they will know they did everything they could.
"For years the search never ended, it never stopped," said Monnheimer, who at 32 is a year older than her mother was when she disappeared. "But by then I guess I'll have to find a way to go on with my life."

Mark Barnes went on with his life, remarrying and divorcing in California. No charges were ever filed against him.

NamUs MP # 595

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Honolulu Police Department

Agency Case Number: F50056
NCIC Number: M-741876289
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

The Doe Network:
Case File 519DFHI

Charlotte Marcella Moriarty
Missing since June 21, 1977 from Haaula, Honolulu County, Hawaii
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: August 2, 1945

  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 31 years old

  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'6", 130 lbs.

  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blue eyes; brown hair.

  • Marks, Scars: Pierced ears, scar on chin, scar on leg.

  • Jewelry: Possibly wearing a turquoise wedding band.

  • Dentals: Chipped upper left incisor.


    Anonymous said...

    I have seen a LIVING unidentified woman found in Hawaii May 4,2004
    who cannot care for herself and says her name is "ah", on listed under "Unidentified Victims"
    Right age, height, weight, coloring, could she be Charlotte Moriarty?

    A White

    Anonymous said...

    Both found alive!

    Delilah said...

    Steve Carter had always had questions about his childhood: why was his birth certificate created a year after his birth; who were his real parents?
    Yet the 35-year-old, who was adopted aged four, was stunned when a simple internet search revealed a past that threw up even more questions.
    After reading about Carlina White, an Atlanta woman who discovered she was snatched from a Harlem hospital as a baby, Carter decided to conduct his own search.
    And he was stunned when he found a picture on of what a baby named Marx Panama Barnes would look like now - and realised it was him.
    'I got chills,' Carter, who lives in Philadelphia, told People magazine. 'I was like, "Holy c**p, it's me".'
    He discovered that he had been born in Hau'ula, Hawaii, but had gone missing with his mother, Charlotte Moriarty, when he was six months old

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    Anonymous said...

    Looks like your insinuation that Barnes killed them both was wrong. Let's not always imply results when you have no idea what you're talking about. A lesson, hopefully, learned with this story

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