A newborn is kidnapped from a hospital three days after her birth.

Marlene Santana


Gender: Female
DOB: 10/18/85
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Defining Characteristics: Born with a medical condition that makes her feet appear somewhat “C” shaped when viewed from the bottom


Every October 18 th , Francesca and Tomas Santana commemorate their daughter, Marlene’s birthday.   But every October 18 th is also a time of sorrow for the Santana family because Marlene has been missing since 1985. But in the beginning, all that mattered to Francesca was having a beautiful, healthy baby:

“When my baby was born she was pretty. She was very beautiful. She was the most beautiful baby in the nursery.”

Composite sketch of the abductor

Three days later, on the 21 st of October, Francesca was preparing to take her baby home when she met a woman outside the Brooklyn hospital’s nursery:

“When I was looking at my baby in the nursery,   I saw a woman in the window that told me that my baby was the most quiet one, the prettiest one, and I was glad that she told me that, because I thought she liked my baby.”

A few hours later, at 9:00 PM, Francesca checked out of the hospital. According to Francesca, her two sisters-in-law came to take her home:

“When we were going downstairs, a woman came to me, the same woman that I saw in the nursery. She told me she was waiting for me all day.”

The woman took the baby and drove off

According to Francesca, the woman then pulled out a gun and pointed it at the baby:

“She told us to walk or she was going to blow up the head.   And, we walked.”  

They walked over six blocks at gunpoint. Finally, they stopped near a deserted junkyard. At first, Francesca thought that they were being robbed. The woman demanded that Francesca give her the baby, then got in a car driven by an accomplice and drove off. Francesca was in a state of shock:

“When she took the baby… I didn’t know what to do.   I was crying, I tried to stop the car and… nobody helped us.”

Her family still celebrates Marlene’s birthday

Francesca went to the police and detectives were assigned to the case. She was able to describe the car that had driven away with Marlene. It was a white 1976 Chevy Malibu, with red lettering on its door. At the hospital, police tried to gather descriptions of the mysterious woman. Some believed that she was not a professional criminal, but rather, an emotionally unstable woman unable to have a child of her own. Based on eyewitness descriptions, a composite of the abductor was created. She was white with Hispanic features and no accent. Her hair was dyed reddish blonde, and at the time she appeared to be in her late 20s.

Today, the Santana family is still searching for their missing daughter. She has brown hair and brown eyes and was born with a medical condition that makes her feet appear somewhat “C” shaped when viewed from the bottom. She may celebrate her birthday around Halloween and may have been put up for an illegal adoption in late 1985 or 1986.

Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season three with Robert Stack and in season five with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.



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    my name is Nicole I want to Help find Marlene Santana I want to find the women who took her from the Hospital when she wa Born I will do whatever it takes fo find this person who took her
    I will put her in prison for kidnapping Marlene Santana I will bring her Back home to her parents Francesa and Tomas Santana to the people who Love her and they miss her to ok
    I will find the women who took Marlene Santana from the hospital when she was born I will make that she will be put in Jail for the rest of her for kidnapping Melene Santana
    I will Bring Marlene Santana back home to her parents Francesa and Tomas I promise I will


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    did ever known the bloodgroup from the mother or parents ?
    I find it curios to found so less information about the parents e.g. They move quickly to DR.
    No one from the family post, or get a group for search.No many Photos from they or famiily members is.
    Its hard to find out , if they did a Dna test…

    I look really close to the draw baby picture and when she look 25.
    But it does mean anything without DNA test.


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    Sam Sam

    There was a confession posted to Reddit within the past year. I’ll refer to the poster as Annie. She said she had fertility issues, and saw that a homeless woman typically panhandling on the street near her apartment now had a newborn with her. Annie claimed the homeless woman had drunk and done drugs throughout the pregnancy. Annie said she approached the homeless woman, offered every bit of cash she had in her purse for the chance to hold the baby, and when the baby was in her arms, she bolted. She then told her husband that someone had given her this abandoned baby, and that they should move to Europe to be closer to family. She said there was a news article that came out about the baby being kidnapped at gunpoint, but that was not how it happened. A Redditor found this news article and thought the similarities were uncanny. Not sure if that post is still up.


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    its unexplainable


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    did everyone know the facebook of the family? Or have they did an DNA Test?
    How I can upload raw data (DNA) to names.org?


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    This is really sad I’ll pray for you and your daughter, I’m 5 months older than your daughter, I hope you see her again.


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    I used to work at a retail store in zip code 92509. There is a mentally ill lady we all know as Vera who constantly harasses the local businesses. She’s always making random phone calls screaming conspiracy or asking questions that have nothing to do with the business. We’ve dubbed her Crazy Lady. We think she is schizophrenic. She bores a striking resemblance to the composite sketch. Including the fact that she always dyes her hair red.


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    Why doesn’t the family try 23 and me or ancestry DNA? They might be able to find her somewhere.


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    Yeah, is there any news on whether Javier’s unnamed girlfriend or Jessica is Marlene or not? John L is right, it would be nice for this case to be solved after nearly 30 years.
    I hope Marlene isn’t dead. Because she needs to be found before she can celebrate her 30th birthday with her real family for the first time.


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    Is there any DNA on file, you may find her in Ceres, Ca.


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    UNSOLVED did you follow through on any of the above leads!??


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      We pass all leads we receive on to the law enforcement agency handling the case


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        Latosha Vowell

        I was adopted in 1986 the day I was born I never saw any adoption paperwork! My mom and dad were murdered both unsolved and I don’t think any of it will come up from there graves! My name is Latosha Vowell on facebook.com my adopted mom went threw a lawsuit with me and it said she was my friend over me not my parent! I’m so confused about my past and I wish I could get some one who is smarter than I to figure out why I can’t find any adoption info!!!! From 07/26/1986 supposedly from Wichita falls Texas the last name was Litsair on my birth card laying in my baby bed if that’s even my baby pictures!


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    This INFURIATES me. I know why the abductor aimed the gun at the baby. It was the ONLY way that the mother would have cooperated because I can tell you, as a father, if you aim a gun at me and say you’re taking my son you will have to KILL me or I’m going to tear your arms off. You will NOT be taking my son unless I am dead. The kidnapper definitely knew what she was doing as far as how to get a mother to follow orders.


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    Did the woman that kidnapped your daughter have an accent?


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    What hospital would discharge a patient at 9 o’clock at night? ..


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    R. Berenise i hope one day your family is reunited! This story made me so sad, i cannot imagine what you all must go through.
    Never lose hope. Have shared this in the uk too. X


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    Janie Doe.

    I believe that Miracles Truly do happen, Just Remember, Elizabeth Smart, Shawn Hornbeck, Jaycee Dugard, Carlina White, Hannah Anderson, The Three Girls from Cleveland Ohio, a Miracle happened to those Respected Families, I just Know that it’s going to happen to This Girls (or should i say a 34-year-old woman by now) Family, and This Girl would be found Alive, also Like Jaycee, Amanda Berry (she (Amanda Berry) was one of the three girls that was kidnapped in Cleveland Ohio), and Carlina, This Girl Might have a child of her own, also it is now 2016, It’s been 31 years, God only knows what this girl has been through the past 31 years, She might’ve been told that her mother didn’t want her, or had abandoned her, or God Forbid they might be dead, Or might’ve been threatened, like If you ever try to escape or go for help, they’ll know where she lives, knows who her family is, and God forbid they might have or hire someone to kill her family, or kill her.


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    R. Berenise

    I believe DNA was submitted in New York in 1993when a little girl that looked a lot like their older daughter was pushed to the street but it was not her. Marlene is still Missing I know the family. More then know them they are Family that was my aunt the baby was stolen from. They are still looking Marlene would turn 31 this year


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      Sonya Sanchez

      Just saw the story on Unsolved Mysteries. I pray she is found soon and reunited with her family. This is so sad. Prayers to the family!


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    Why don’t they just take a DNA test and see where their daughter lives? She might have a different name.


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    I heard about the Dominique Purnell case truly a miracle


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    there is another case of a missing baby named Dominique Purnell from 1990 shes now 25 years old and recently found alive and well. im telling you this because there is hope. this woman was raised with another family for 25 years and just found out her true identity. she was living in another state undetected for 25 years.


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    what happened with marlene they found her or not?


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    as i dont have a clear picture of her, and with the little psychic powers that i have, i can sense that baby marlene was the victim of a cult kidnapping…cult is now defunct…


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      Julia H.

      Funny every psychic who I have spoken to on this case says similar, I do not understand why they say that, But I do not believe it.


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    i am abit of a psychic….but i need a clear look at baby marlene’s face….


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    Janie Doe

    I wonder if that Family has heard about the three girls that were found in Ohio?, and I wonder if it gives them the hope that their own daughter would be found alive, even though it’s been 30 years, God only knows what this Baby Girl (or should I say young woman by now) might’ve went through, she might not know who she really is, or might’ve been told that her parents don’t want her, or they left her alone, or God Forbid they might be dead, I believe that Miracles Truly do happen, just take a look at Elizabeth Smart, Shawn Hornbeck, Jaycee Dugard, Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus, Michelle Knight, If they had been found alive Respectively of course, This Young Woman who would today be 33-years-old would be found alive, and Like Jaycee, Amanda, This Young Woman might also have a child of her own.


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    John L.

    Is there any news on rather Javier’s gf or Jessica is Marlene? Such a sad story, it’d be nice for this case to be solved.


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    Hi Jessica. Why don’t you take a DNA test just to be sure if you are Marlene Santana or not?


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    My birthday is in Oct of 84 my pics look just like her as a little girl but not a young woman I don’t know if my feet look that way from the bottom or not or if I was adopted I just found I strange that the one photo my mom had of me when I was young looks so similar


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      Unless you’re wrong about your birthday by a year, you aren’t the missing baby. Stop trying to create drama with your silliness


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    Javier vizcarra

    My girlfriend don’t look nothing like her family, her birthday is Oct. 24, 1985, Her mother has short hair like the lady in the pic who took the baby. Her mother lived in New York in the city New Rochelle with her sister at that time. My girlfriend foot has a c shape foot when you look at the bottom. So is there any DNA on file??


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    It states her DOB to be November 18th in statistics here, but reading the details in the story,it says they celebrate her bday October 18th. I take it that November is wrong? I know someone born November 1985 that was adopted. But she is naturally blonde and green eyed.


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      Thank you for bringing that to our attention – the error has been corrected. Her birthday was in October.


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      The blonde hair and green eyes might be possible Marlene brother is blonde with green eyes so is her grandmother and a few more relatives. Has she submitted DNA to see if it’s her. I know the family


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        Julia H.

        I have to call you out on this one. There is a family facebook page of this family. Brother does not have blonde hair or green eyes. Please explain……


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    Rodrigo Campeador

    I really can’t believe that this has happened to this woman almost thirty years ago. I was born in 1985. That means that the baby who got kidnapped is now a woman, and is almost my age. Why did the kidnapper take the baby?? Was it because she was unable to have kids of her own??


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      How could anyone know the reason? Everything is speculation. Did you read the post? See the episode?

      Seriously how could anyone know the reason? If the reason was known, the cops would have leads.


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We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit networkadvertising.org. Your use of the site constitutes your agreement to accept cookies, beacons and third-party advertising. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for third-party ads.

ARTICLE 1. Personalization
1.1 We may use the contact information you give us to better tailor your Website experience to your interests, and to send you information about Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. and its services as well as promotional material on behalf of some of our partners. We may use other information that you provide to us to show you content in which you may be interested and to display the content according to your preferences. We will also share this information within Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. in order to enhance your experience on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. Websites.
1.2 In addition, we may share this information with advertisers or other third parties that are not part of the Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. family on an aggregate or other basis that does not disclose your identity or contact information.

ARTICLE 2. Online Surveys/Contests
2.1 From time to time, we may conduct online surveys and contests. These may ask you for contact information (like name or email address) and demographic information (like zip code or age).
2.2 We may use this contact information from our surveys and contests to provide you with information about our company and promotional material on behalf of some of our partners, and to contact you when necessary.

ARTICLE 3. Shopping/Commercial Services
3.1 This Website may offer shopping services, which may be offered by us or by a firm that operates a store under contract with us. If our Website offers shopping or other commercial services, you will use a customer order form to request information, products, and services. The order form will ask you to give us contact information (like name or email address), financial information (like account or credit card numbers), and demographic information (like zip code or age).

3.2 We will use the financial information that you provide to bill you for products and services. By giving our Website your credit card and related personal information, you are authorizing our store to give that information to the merchant and credit card company in order to confirm and fulfill your order.

3.3 We will use contact information from the order form to fulfill your orders. We may also use contact data to get in touch with you when necessary. We will not otherwise use or distribute your financial information without your prior approval.

ARTICLE 4. Public forums
4.1 This Website may make available chat rooms, blogs, forums, message boards, and news groups. Please remember that any information that you disclose in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Information disclosed by you or by others enters the public domain and may be freely used by any other persons or entities using the site.

ARTICLE 5. Information Sharing With Third Parties
5.1 From time to time we may enter into a special relationship with another company that is not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. to provide additional features at this Website. These special relationships may include “powered by” partners, business partners, sponsors, and co-branded sites (referred to here as “co-branded pages”). These might include, for example, pages that share our name and that of another entity. You should look for a specific privacy statement on any such co-branded page. Any personal information that you provide when signing up at one of those co-branded pages may be shared with our third party partner. You should also check our partner’s website for information regarding its privacy policies.

5.2 Also, the nature of some features of our Website may require that we share personal information about you with persons or companies outside of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. For example, this may occur at a feature that enables you, via our Website, to ask questions of persons or entities that are not part of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. By responding to those features of the site, whether by email or direct entry of information on our Website, you are consenting to our transferring that information to such persons or entities.

5.3 With respect to specific registration modules, like contests, we may disclose personal information collected, and we may post a conspicuous statement on the registration module to the effect that we will be disclosing the information collected with third parties.

5.4 Finally, we may share any of the information collected from you with these other non- Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc companies in an aggregate basis. The aggregated information is not linked to any information that can identify you.

ARTICLE 6. IP Address and Log Files
6.1 We may use your IP address to administer our Website, to help diagnose problems with our server, to analyze trends, to track users’ webpage movements, to help identify you and your shopping cart, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

ARTICLE 7. Cookies
7.1 This Website may use a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how you use the Website. Cookies reside on your computer and help our Website to recognize your computer’s browser as a previous visitor. This information allows us to customize delivery of information. For example, our Website may use cookies to save and remember registration information or preferences that you may have set while browsing the Website, to keep track of your shopping cart, to ensure you don’t see the same ad content repeatedly, to deliver content specific to your interests, and to save your password so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit our site. We use cookies only to gather information as indicated in this policy.

7.2 In addition, on occasion our site may also set a “session cookie” which helps us administer the Website. The session cookie expires when you close your browser and does not retain any information about you after it expires.

7.3 Finally, we may also use an ad network provider to help present advertisements on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. websites. This ad network provider, like other advertising service vendors, uses cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies on the hard drive of your computer to serve you advertisements tailored to interests you have shown by browsing on this and other sites you have visited, and to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before and to avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. In doing so, the provider collects non-personal data such as your browser type, your operating system, web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, and other clickstream data. The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these ad network providers is subject to their own privacy policies, not ours, and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the collection or use of such information.

ARTICLE 8. Banner Advertising
8.1 We have contracted with an ad-service to place banner advertising on our Website. All of the data provided and generated by the ad-server software remains in our possession. This feature of our Website may, on occasion, set “cookies” on your computer. Any information collected or stored by the ad-service or the cookies is treated in the same manner as other information described in this statement.

ARTICLE 9. Children’s Personal Information
9.1 Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act:

9.1.1 This site does NOT collect, use, or disclose personal information (including online contact information) of children under the age of thirteen (13).

9.1.2 In the event that a child under the age of 13 attempts to register on our site, we will NOT accept the registration and will delete information received from the child.

9.1.3 In the event that a child posts personal information in a public forum such as a chat room, we will attempt to delete that information once we become aware of it.

ARTICLE 10. Security of Your Personal Information
10.1 Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. employs reasonable security measures consistent with standard industry practice, for information collected through this Website. We believe that we have adequate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information we collect on our Website. We also use internal protections to limit access to users’ personal information to only those employees who need the information to perform a specific job.

ARTICLE 11. Sale or Merger
11.1 If this Website is sold to, or merges with, another company not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc., you should expect that some or all of the information collected from this Website may be transferred to the buyer/surviving company. If so, CMP will seek to obligate the acquiring company to use any personal information transferred by this Website in a manner consistent with this statement, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to impose that requirement or that the acquiring company will comply.

ARTICLE 12. Legal Process
12.1 You should be aware that Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. may be required to disclose your personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, such as in court or regulatory proceedings.

ARTICLE 13.  Contacting the Website

13.1        If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please contact us at: unsolved@unsolved.com.

ARTICLE 14.  general information

14.1        Choice of Law:  This Agreement and the Additional Terms shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California , as it is applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within such state, without regard to conflict of law principles.

14.2        Choice of Forum:  You agree that any cause of action you or Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. brings to enforce this Agreement and/or the Additional Terms, or in connection with any matters related to this Website and/or the Privacy Statement, shall be submitted to arbitration in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, United States of America in accordance with the commercial rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect (as amended herein), provided that said arbitration shall be heard before a single arbitrator, who shall be a retired judge, selected pursuant to such rules and regulations, and shall be conducted on an expedited basis and in confidence. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other agreements I may enter into with you, and shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear its own costs of arbitration and attorneys’ fees.  Each party expressly waives any right to a jury.  Judgment upon the award of the arbitrator may be entered or enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. 

14.4        If any provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof to any person or circumstances, is held invalid or for any reason unenforceable then such provision shall be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that matches, as closely as possible, the original provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.  The failure of either party to insist upon strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.  Unless expressly provided otherwise, this Agreement is the entire agreement between you and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. with respect to the use of this Website and shall not be modified except in writing, signed by an authorized representative of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc.

ARTICLE 15.  European Union and Other Foreign Nations

15.1        This Website is governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of United States of America and is intended for enjoyment of residents of the United States.  Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. makes no representation that this Website is governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of other nations.  By using this Website and submitting any personal information, visitors from outside of the United States acknowledge this Website is subject to U.S. law, consent to the transfer of personal data to the U.S., and waive any claims that may arise under their own national laws.