Real Name: Judith Hyams (also listed on some websites as "Hymes" and "Himes")
Location: Coral Gables, Florida
Date: September 14, 1965
Occupation: Medical Technician
Date of Birth: 1944
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: Caucasian female. Black hair, brown eyes. Judy was pregnant at the time of her disappearance.
Details: Judy Hyams was a twenty-two-year-old medical technician from Coral Gables, Florida. In August 1965, she discovered that she was pregnant. When she went for her pregnancy test, she used the name "B. Kenney" in order to keep her condition a secret. She also did not tell anyone that she was pregnant, most likely because she was unmarried. On September 14, 1965, Judy vanished without a trace. On the day of her disappearance, she told her friend Marilyn Jackson that she was leaving work early that day to go shopping for a watch. She withdrew $300 from her bank account. Although she claimed that she was going to use the money to buy the watch, it is believed that she instead used the money to pay for an illegal abortion.
Later that day, she arrived at the office of Dr. George Hodjou, a Hungarian immigrant. A friend of hers had put her in contact with Dr. Hodjou, who performed illegal abortions. It is unknown what happened to her after she arrived at Dr. Hodjou's office that day. Three weeks later, a rental car registered in her name was found 650 miles away in Atlanta, Georgia. On the back seat, traces of blood were found. A local resident had spotted a man in his 30s parking the vehicle. The man removed a duffel bag from the back and walked away. He has never been identified.
Three months later, George Hodjou was arrested for impersonating a physician. He jumped bail and has not been seen since. Police speculate that he knows what happened to Judy. After Hodjou fled, the case grew cold. Many assumed that she had died due to complications during the abortion, but her body was never found.
Almost twenty five years later, however, the investigation was reopened after a series of bizarre events. It began when Coral Gables Police Captain Chuck Scherer went to a narcotics lecture near Omaha, Nebraska. The lecture itself was uneventful and Scherer returned to Coral Gables. Two weeks later, however, he received a phone call from a man claiming to be Steve Brown, a popular radio talk show host in Omaha. He said an anonymous caller had given him information about Judy's disappearance. Scherer told him that he was unfamiliar with the case and would have to call him back. A day later, Scherer called Steve Brown in Nebraska, but Steve was confused. He stated that he had never called Scherer and didn't know anything about the case. He was even more confused because the other caller had somehow given Scherer his unlisted phone number.
Captain Scherer was just as confused as Steve; he had never mentioned the case while at the lecture, and had absolutely no knowledge of it prior to the phone call. Two days later, he received an even more bizarre phone call from an unidentified female caller. All the voice said was: "Judy Hyams is alive, and she lives in Omaha". When Scherer asked for more information, the woman just repeated the line several times. Finally, she hung up. The phone calls lead him to believe that Judy may actually be alive and living somewhere in Omaha.
In the fall of 1989, an article about Judy's disappearance appeared in a local newspaper. Shortly after that, Captain Scherer received yet another anonymous phone call. This caller claimed that he was an FBI informant who had spent several weeks with George Hodjou in Budapest, Hungary. The informant also gave Scherer a phone number for Hodjou. Scherer contacted Interpol and gave them the number. The number appeared to belong to someone with the same name as the fugitive doctor. However, Hodjou has yet to be located. Police believe that it is unlikely that he was responsible for the phone calls.
Police and Judy's family and friends are still searching for answers in her disappearance.
Suspects: George Hodjou, a Hungarian immigrant who posed as a doctor and ran an illegal abortion clinic in Coral Gables, was supposedly the man Judy was going to meet the day she vanished. He was later arrested for impersonating a physician. He jumped bail in 1966 and hasn't been seen since. Police believe that he knows what happened to Judy.
Police also would like to locate the man that parked Judy's rental car in Atlanta, Georgia, in September 1965. He was last seen removing a bag from the back of the car. He was in his 30s at the time and has never been identified.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the January 2, 1991 episode.
Results: Unresolved. Four days after Judy's case aired, an anonymous letter was received by the Coral Gables police department. It stated that she was indeed deceased and that her death was due to abortion complications; her body had been disposed of in Biscayne Bay. The police now believe it is legitimate and have no explanation for the Nebraska phone calls. However, there is speculation that the calls were a cruel prank.
The Coral Gables police department begged for the author of the anonymous letter to turn himself/herself in, but it never happened. Coral Gables police department has since closed the case, but Judy's body has never been found. Also, George Hodjou has never been located or arrested.
Steve Brown, the Nebraska radio host, passed away in 2008.