June marks the 26th anniversary of Maryland’s only unsolved murder case where no body has ever been found.
Kimberly “Kim” Christine Mileo, born June 12, 1962, was last seen alive in Croom, Maryland on June 9, 1983. She was the daughter of Michael Mileo, and at the time lived with him and her step mother in Kettering, Maryland. Kim had previously lived in Croom through Middle School.
Kim was white, 4 feet 11 inches tall, 98 pounds and slender build, and had light brown shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing a white tube top, black shorts, white sandals, and was carrying a white wind breaker jacket.
Kim had spent Wednesday, June 8, 1983 at the home of her girl friend, Kim Easley, also 20 years old. The two girls had known each other since early childhood. The Easley family had obtained tickets to the upcoming Beach Boys Concert on the Fourth of July, and they planned to give them to Kim Mileo as a 21st birthday present at a party planned for the following weekend.
With them that early summer day was Kim Mileo's boyfriend, Dana Hudson, age 24, who lived with his parents only a mile up the road. The three of them spent part of the day sitting around the Easley pool and later all three went for a drive in the rural setting of Croom, all arriving back at the Easley home later that afternoon.
Easley remembered that Kim "had been fighting with Dana a little, but it was nothing serious." At 11:00 PM, Kim left with Dana to go to his parents' horse farm at 16411 Mount Calvert Road, in Croom.
Kim's last words to her friend Easley were, "Call me in the morning."
But when Easley called the Mileo home the next morning and asked for Kim, she was informed that Kim had not returned from her trip to Croom. Kim's father, Michael called the Hudson home and spoke with Dana Hudson. Dana claimed to have no knowledge of Kim's whereabouts, but did offer that she "seemed suicidal" to him the day before. Kim's parents reported her as missing to Prince George’s County Police later that same day, Thursday June 9, 1983. Kim was never seen or heard from again.
Members of the Hudson family later stated that Kim was in their house with Dana that evening, and that she left for home at 2:30 AM. Dana's father, Mr. Donald Hudson, said that he was awakened at that time by the sound of her car's broken muffler. A search and investigation was begun.
On Friday June 10, Dana Hudson was questioned by police. Later that day, Dana and a friend left town without telling anyone where they were going. When Dana returned two days later, he claimed to have driven to Ocean City, Maryland to look for Kim.
On Saturday May 11, Kim's car, a gray 1972 Chevrolet Vega, was found abandoned near 16301 Croom Road by Dana Hudson's brother Greg and/or a friend. That address is 9 miles south of the intersection of Croom Road and Mount Calvert Road - in the opposite direction that Kim would have taken to drive home.
When police began to question why the car had gone unnoticed for two days before Greg Hudson found it, another friend of the Hudson family came forth to state that he had seen it at 3:15 AM Thursday in the same place where it was later found by Greg Hudson. The car, when checked by police, was found to be locked. Kim's purse was inside and there were no apparent signs of a struggle or injury. It was in a working condition.
Police conducted a large scale search for the missing young woman in the area where the car was found, but it turned up no trace of Kim.
On Sunday, June 12, 1983, Dana Hudson was given a lie detector test, which he failed. He was then aggressively interrogated, but would not admit any guilt or responsibility in Kim's disappearance.
The Hudson family had initially responded helpfully toward the police, but as soon as Dana Hudson became a chief suspect, they ceased cooperation entirely. On June 30, 1983, Dana's younger brother, Todd was picked up by police and interrogated for several hours before being released at 4:00 AM on July 1. Since that day, the Hudson family has refused any interviews or assistance in the case. The family hired a lawyer and refused to speak to any police investigators, with the exception of an interview with a local reporter in which they criticized the county police and their investigation.
Kim Mileo's disappearance was officially classified as a homicide. But without a body, or other physical evidence, no one was charged and the case remains unsolved.
''No, I don't think she's alive. She just wouldn't do this. It wasn't like her. She would never go anywhere by herself. She wouldn't even go to Ocean City by herself,'' said Louise Mileo, Kim's stepmother to the PG Journal newspaper in 1988. '' We just want to find her. We just want to know where she is.'' But Mileo's disappearance is the only one of its kind in the county; a presumed murder where no body has ever been found.
Kim Mileo disappeared about one year after another young woman from Croom, Stephanie Roper, was abducted, raped, tortured, murdered and mutilated. The men who had killed her were arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to several life prison terms. But at sentencing, the Prince George’s County judge allowed the prison terms to run concurrently instead of consecutively. This mistake made the killers eligible for parole in as little as twelve years. However, St. Marys County prosecutors then charged the two with similar crimes in that jurisdiction, and this time the life sentences were set to run consecutively, effectively eliminating the possibility of parole.
The victims advocacy group called the Stephanie Roper Committee was founded after Stephanie's death and was in existence when Kim disappeared. Dana Hudson’s parents were reported to have been among the earliest supporters of that organization.
The NCIC file number for Kimberley Christine Mileo is M-102855308.