Amanda Rae Carroll
Case #: 00-516
Amanda Carroll was 20 years old when she went missing on May 1, 2000, from Flemington New Jersey. She rented a home on Greenwood Place with her husband, Matthew Carroll, and their two daughters.
During the early morning hours of May 1, Amanda chatted online with a friend from Texas about her plans to take her children and move back to Arizona where she was born, to live with her father after her divorce was finalized. She seemed upbeat and looking forward to the move.
At 6:30 am, Amanda spoke to a Canadian friend on the phone. After this phone call, she has never been heard from again.
Matthew, her husband, a captain in the Marine corps, was the one to report her missing. He and their two young daughters were visiting his parents in New York on the last day Amanda was heard from.
Amanda married Matthew when she was just 16 years old. The relationship seemed happy until the family moved to New Jersey six months before her disappearance. Amanda had become depressed and decided to seek a divorce.
Of note, it turns out that the police were called to the Carroll residence two days before Amanda disappeared due to a domestic dispute, but no violence occurred and no charges were filed.
Matthew has stated he believes she left of her own accord, possibly with someone she met on the internet. The police investigated all of Amanda’s internet acquaintances, but have cleared all of them of any involvement.
Amanda’s bank account and social security number have had no activity since the first day of May, 21 long years ago.
Amanda was last seen wearing a white t-shirt with jeans and gold rings on her fingers. She is Caucasian with red hair, hazel eyes, 5’6”, 145 lbs. She has a tattoo of a sun and moon on her right ankle, a floral pattern tattoo on the back of her neck, and she has pierced ears.
Police do not think this is an act of random foul play. Matthew was considered a key suspect in the case, but there was not enough evidence to charge him with anything.
Amanda’s father has since passed away, and her two daughters are living in Pennsylvania, hoping one day for answers.
If you have additional information, please contact the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit at 609-882-2000, ext. 2554, or you can contact the Flemington Police Department at 908-782-8889.