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OH CLEVELAND JOHN DOE: M, 4, bones in abandoned house in Cleveland, OH - 20 Sept 2017 *Eliazar Ruiz*

Discussion in 'Identified!' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Cleveland Police Seek Help in Identifying Boy Whose Remains Were Found in Bag in Abandoned House's Yard


    Cleveland police today released forensic sketches of a child in the hopes the public can help identify the boy, believed to be about 4 years old, whose bones were found in a bag in the lot of an abandoned house on Longmead Ave. on the west side on September 20.

    The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said the boy had probably been dead for several months before his remains were found. Authorities have already run DNA through a nationwide database and compared the child's attributes to a list of reported missing children, but found no matches.

    The bag of remains was discovered by a man who was pruning shrubs; investigators initially thought they might be connected to the death of Daniel Slone, who was killed and dismembered by Hector Diaz. Diaz disposed of part of Slone's body in a Lorain area dumpster and later killed himself after being surrounded by a SWAT team. That didn't turn out to be the case.

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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Unreported missing boy's bones found in bag at vacant Cleveland home, officials say

    A bag of bones hidden in shrubs in the backyard of a vacant home in the city's Longmead-Puritas neighborhood belong to a young boy who has not been reported missing, officials said on Wednesday.

    Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson and Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams are asking the public's help in identifying the child, who is believed to be about 4 years old.

    Gilson said they have not yet determined how the child died, but called the death "extremely suspicious." Gilson said it appeared the boy had been dead for several months and likely died sometime in the late spring or early summer.

    The boy is described as having long wavy dark hair and brown eyes, Gilson said. Investigators have been unable to determine the child's race. Analyzing skeletal remains of children is more difficult to analyze than adult remains, Gilson said.

    He appears to be at the average heights and weight of a 4-year-old and had no prior health issues, Gilson said.

    "This is a 4-year-old child who is probably active and healthy," Gilson said. "I expect someone is missing this child. If there's someone you haven't seen in a while or you just wondered whatever became of such a person, please reach out to us."

    Investigators have searched local and nationwide missing-persons databases and found nothing that matched up with the profile created of the bones found Sept. 20 on Longmead Avenue, just east of West 130th Street, officials said.

    "We've checked every known database that we have for a missing child in that age range and we can't find one that fits that description," Williams said.

    Investigators entered the boy's DNA into the national missing person's database, but no match was found. Investigators are asking for DNA of anyone who may think a relative is missing. Gilson said they will not use that DNA for any other purposes other than identifying the child.

    Cleveland police homicide Det. Lt. Ali Pillow said the investigation can't proceed unless the boy is identified. He said an identification would allow investigators to determine who was responsible for the child at the time he went missing and under what circumstances the child was last seen alive.

    "Someone was responsible for this child. Whoever it was, there's some culpability in some way," Pillow said. "We don't know the totality of the situation, but we have to find out who this child was before we figure that out."


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  3. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    By CRIMESIDER STAFF CBS/AP January 25, 2018, 4:30 PM
    Medical examiner IDs remains of Cleveland boy found in bag behind vacant home

    CLEVELAND -- A medical examiner has identified the remains found in a bag in the backyard of a vacant Cleveland home last year as those of as 4-year-old Eliazar Ruiz.

    After the unidentified remains were discovered by landscapers Sept. 17, investigators looked at local missing person cases and developed a composite sketch and released it to the public. Police say a tip this month helped authorities identify the remains. DNA tests confirmed they are Eliazar's.

    Cleveland.com reports authorities said Wednesday that no missing person report had been filed for the boy. No criminal charges have been filed in his death. Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson hasn't released a cause of death, but previously said the death appears "extremely suspicious."

    Ruiz's mother spoke to Cleveland.com in a telephone interview from Northeast Reintegration Center in Cleveland, where she is serving an 18-month sentence on drug-related offenses.

    Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/medica...leveland-boy-found-in-bag-behind-vacant-home/

    Mother identifies her son as boy found in bag at home on Cleveland's Longmead Avenue
    Author: Andrew Horansky
    Published: 6:38 PM EST January 24, 2018

    Until now, the case was beyond a mystery. Police said there were no reports of a missing boy and they had no DNA match, as they pleaded with the public for help.

    They finally got the one they needed earlier this month from the victim’s mother, Ashley Makuhan, who was serving time in jail on drug charges.

    Late last week, investigators informed her family that the bones belonged to Ruiz.

    Relatives say the boy had been left with Makuhan’s friend when she left for jail. That friend may have also since been arrested and released. No one has heard from her.

    More: http://www.wkyc.com/article/news/lo...me-on-clevelands-longmead-avenue/95-511241049



    'I can't wait for justice,' says mother of 4-year-old Cleveland boy found dead at vacant house
    Updated Jan 24; Posted Jan 24
    By Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com

    The medical examiner has not yet found a cause of death but Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson said in December the death is "extremely suspicious." He said that Eliazar was healthy and well-nourished and that there were no obvious signs of trauma.

    Gilson said Eliazar died sometime in the late spring or early summer of 2017. Makuhan has been in prison since Feb. 7, 2017, according to prison records.

    Makuhan is cooperating with police in the investigation. She saw a forensic sketch of the boy's remains broadcast on Jan. 9. She immediately notified staff members at the prison, who notified Cleveland police detectives, who then interviewed her, according to Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia.
    Makuhan has two other children, according to court records. She had cases with the Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services that ended in findings that she provided insufficient parental care for her two other children in 2009 and 2010.

    She did not have any children under her care in 2012, the last time Children and Family Services had contact with her, according to county spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan.

    Clark said she last saw Eliazar was in January of 2016 and that he was doing well. Battle last saw him on July 4, 2016. They both said they regularly checked in with the godmother and was told he was doing well. No one in their family knew he was missing, Clark said.

    Read more: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/01/mom_of_4-year-old_cleveland_bo.html
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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    :( Rest in peace, Eliazar.
    What in the world happened?
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  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    We’ve learned the boy had lived locally, and police are now following up on leads to narrow in on how the child died, why, and who’s to blame.

    The mystery sparked an extraordinary campaign by Cleveland Police and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office. They even teamed up with a professor at Kent State University to create a sketch of what the boy may have looked like in an attempt to help identify him.

    Relatives of the child are still trying to answer many questions themselves, and they are planning a memorial for the boy soon.


    This is a nightmare. Is there any follow up for kids when their moms are incarcerated?
  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Ashley Makuhan, the mother of the 4-year-old, was sent to jail in 2016 for drug related charges. The son was in the care of the godmother ever since the mother went to jail, according to grandmother Dawn Battle.

    “Makuhan currently had no children in her custody when we closed the last case in May of 2012," according to Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services. “She was also not pregnant at that time that we were aware of."

    She said Eliazar went missing sometime after July 4, 2016 when he was at a girlfriend’s party off of Lake Avenue. This was the home of Eliazar’s godmother who Battle said she can’t identify due to the police investigation.

    Battle did say the godmother is a young woman with three children of her own who is not a relative.

    There was no initial missing person report filed because the 25-year-old mother, father Ruben Ruiz and Battle thought the godmother had taken Eliazar out of the state and they just couldn’t get a hold of him, Battle said.

    Children and family services said it has "no record of this child, Eliazar Ruiz in the system".

    Okay, I'm getting a clearer picture now. What can be done to help track these children whose parents are incarcerated?
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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    I-Team: Mother of 4-year-old boy found dead in Cleveland home speaks out

    A Cleveland mother is speaking out to the FOX 8 I-Team from inside a state prison, revealing how she saw a FOX 8 story about the remains of a child being found, then realized the little boy was her son.

    Ashley Makuhan said in a phone call from prison, "At first it didn’t look like him, but I knew with my heart, so I kept looking at it, and his teeth, that’s when I knew."

    “He was an amazing kid, always wanted people to laugh," Makuhan said. "This should have never happened."

    Makuhan, 27, is finishing an 18-month sentence on drug charges. She said she left the child in the care of people she trusted including the child’s godmother.

    The I-Team recently checked on the records of the people Makuhan had caring for her child. We found a man wanted on arrest warrants for two cases dating back months.

    The child’s mother is scheduled to be released from a women’s prison near downtown Cleveland in April. She says she is hoping to get out earlier so she can help her family with her son’s burial.

    “I want to lay him to rest properly," Makuhan said.

    Detectives are continuing to investigate to try and figure out exactly how Eliazar died. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office is also trying to determine the exact cause and manner of his death.

    “I want justice for him,” Makuhan said. “He didn’t deserve this at all.”

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  9. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    My heart hurts for Eliazar's mother. I'm reminded of another child, who disappeared while her mother was in drug rehab: https://crimewatchers.net/forum/ind...terville-me-16-dec-2011-age-1.86/#post-277282

    In that case, the mother did leave the toddler with a trustworthy relative, but the father's family intervened and took the child. Then she was reported missing and is believed to be deceased. :mad:

    When the parent who has custody goes to jail or rehab, I wish the courts would get involved to ensure the child is placed temporarily with a person the custodial parent chooses, and then closely monitor the living situation of the child until he/she can be reunited with the custodial parent. If the court is involved, they can approve or reject the parent's choice of caregiver to ensure the child is temporarily placed with a caregiver who has a clear background.
  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I couldn't agree with you more. The courts do it when a parent dies, because I know they checked out my sister's niece before she took on caring for my nephew.
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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Death of 4-year-old boy buried on Longmead Ave. ruled homicide

    The death of a 4-year-old boy found buried on Cleveland's Longmead Ave. last September has officially been ruled a homicide, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner confirms.

    Officials further stated Eliazar Ruiz's cause of death has not yet been determined, and for the time being it has been ruled a homicide "by unspecified means."

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  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Family of murdered boy wants justice, to make sure he’s not forgotten

    The Fox 8 I-Team rolling for an extraordinary moment. The family of a murdered child met a local professor who gave police a break in an unsolved mystery, by drawing a sketch.

    “The sketch looked so much like him , that we knew it was him,” said Nikki Clark, aunt of 4-year-old Eliazar Ruiz.

    She and Dawn Battle, the boy’s grandmother, met with Dr. Linda Spurlock, Tuesday to thank her.

    “I just had to let her know how much her work meant to us,” Clark said, as she wiped away tears. “Without her we may have never known.”

    The boy’s remains were found behind a home on Longmead in Cleveland last September. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office asked Dr. Spurlock to do the sketch.

    “I am so glad it helped,” Dr. Spurlock said , as she hugged Clark and Battle.

    The case has been ruled a homicide and Cleveland detectives are working on the case.

    Clark says she is just worried his case will be forgotten.

    “When they were trying to identify him, his picture was out there but now it’s quiet and we haven’t heard anything,” Clark said. “We want justice for him. He shouldn’t have been treated like that and put out like the garbage. He was an incredible child. We want to know what happened and who did this.”

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  13. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Toxicology reports child homicide victim tested positive for fentanyl and other drugs

    A 4-year-old homicide victim tested positive for several illegal drugs, including fentanyl, according to preliminary autopsy reports examined by the Fox 8 I-Team.

    The I-Team reviewed the file of Eliazar Ruiz Thursday at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office. The review also showed the boy had two arm fractures, one on each arm. It’s not known when those fractures took place.

    No arrests have been made on the case. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Cleveland homicide detectives or Cuyahoga County Crime Stoppers as soon as possible.

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  14. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Oh my gosh! This is barbaric!
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  15. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Well... I can't have Children of My Own. But I have 13 Godchildren and Great Godchildren. Great 14 coming to Hospital near Me in April. And none of them are "Relatives". But tell US THAT. And I HAVE NOT KILLED A SINGLE ONE OF THEM.
  16. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    I thought it was bad enough a few years ago, when a "Daycare Provider" was charged because she O.D.'ed a Boy with too Much "Nyquil" in His Bottle! This is INTENTIONAL HARM! There was a couple where the Woman injected the Baby w/Heroin. I don't remember all the Specifics. But that is...!!!!
  17. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Indictment issued in homicide of 4-year-old boy

    The Fox 8 I-Team has learned that two people have been indicted in connection with the murder of a 4-year-old boy.

    The indictments were issued by the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury. Romaine Tolbert and Joanne Vega both facing murder charges in the death of the young boy.

    Eliazar Ruiz's remains were found last September behind a home on Cleveland’s west side. According to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's autopsy report, Eliazar tested positive for several illegal drugs, including fentanyl. The review also showed the boy had two arm fractures, one on each arm. It’s not known when those fractures took place.

    Family members of Eliazar Ruiz say they are extremely relieved and very thankful to Cleveland homicide Detective Aaron Reese.

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  19. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Couple charged in 4-year-old's murder fail to show up in court

    The search continues for the couple with numerous charges related to the death of 4-year-old Eliazar Ruiz after they failed to show up to their arraignment Tuesday morning.

    Joanna Vega and Romaine Tolbert were indicted two weeks ago on charges including murder, involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse, kidnapping, and permitting child abuse in connection with the child’s death. Their first court date was scheduled to be Jan. 29. They did not appear.

    Now, she said, the shock continues as the couple failed to show up for their initial court date and are believed to be on the run. Warrants were issued for their arrest on the indictment, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for any information leading to their arrest. Tips can be anonymous.

    The couple was never initially arrested because the case had to be investigated. Once the indictment was obtained, detectives began looking for them but they were never located, according to police.

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  20. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    This is Outrageous! They were never Arrested because of "Investigation" And didn't show up for Court. REALLY?! Think they are "On the Run" Huh?! Brilliant!

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