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    Human remains found in late December in a Phoenix mountain park have been identified as those of a Phoenix man who was reported missing in 2013.

    Phoenix police Sgt. Jonathan Howard said the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office identified the remains found Dec. 26 in the west end of South Mountain Park as those of 25-year-old Brian Histand.

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    SARASOTA -- Remains found in the 100 block of Cattlemen Road in Sarasota last September has been identified by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

    According to the sheriff's office, the victim is Fernando DeJesus Ramos Velasquez, whose last known address was in Sarasota. He was 63.

    Detectives released photos of personal items found with the remains, which led to information they may belong to a man known as "Chewy." Detectives located a roommate of Chewy who provided key information.

    Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/crime/article56754878.html#storylink=cpy
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    Human remains found buried in the backyard of a home near Paisley last month have been identified, a Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

    Through dental records, investigators were able to determine that the remains were 61-year-old Dennis Jones, the homeowner. Officials estimate the body was buried since about Thanksgiving, Sgt. Fred Jones said.

    The cause of death hasn't been determined and it's still considered a "death investigation," Fred Jones said.

    Jones' sister provided the dental records used to identify the body, Sgt. Fred Jones said.

    Deputies responded to the home, 45435 Pennsylvania St. the evening of Jan. 17 for a well-being check. A neighbor informed authorities he hadn't seen Dennis Jones in quite some time, Lt. John Herrell said.

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    OKLAHOMA CITY - A teenager was reported missing.

    A month later, a skull was found.

    Now, after 16 years of searching, the two cases have been connected.

    Over the last 16 years, the teen’s family never gave.

    Meanwhile, police released sketch after sketch, trying to identify the remains.

    Then, last week, there was a final answer - their DNA was a match.

    “Quite frankly, it's too long,” said Captain Paco Balderrama with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

    Sixteen years, the family of Regina Curtis has waited for answers.

    Regina went missing in May of 2000.

    One month later, a skull was found near Lake Stanley Draper.

    Police released a sketch connected to the skull, but the case was not connected to Regina’s.

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    HOT SPRING COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Hot Spring County Sheriff's Office has identified the human remains that were found in the county on Feb. 8.

    The human remains found in the Jack Mountain Wildlife Management area have been identified as 43-year-old Mark Elyn Jordan from Hot Springs. According to Sgt. Woody Perry with the Hot Spring County Sheriff's Office, the cause of death appeared to be a gunshot wound.

    The Sheriff's Office and the Arkansas State Police are currently investigating this as a homicide, but they have not ruled out the injury as self-inflicted.

    Jordan was a parolee who was hiding from officials. He was last believed to have been camping in the area.

    If you have any additional information, please contact the Hot Springs County Sheriff's Office at (501) 332-3671.

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    SACRAMENTO (KTXL) -- It started with an arrest and ended in murder -- an 18-year-old woman, who told police her name was Brenda O'Neil was arrested for petty theft in Sacramento. Through the years, police arrested her time and time again for drugs and prostitution.

    Eventually, she worked her way out of Sacramento, up the I-5 corridor and into King County, Washington. And that's where she gave police yet another name.

    "In the mid-80s she has several bookings into the King County Jail under the AKA of Rita Lang," King County Sheriff's Detective Scott Tompkins said. "And again, that's not her true name, but it was an alias that she used and we know it's the same person because all of these arrests have the same FBI number."

    In November 1988, "Rita" failed to appear in court on drug charges.

    "When she got out of jail in 1988, that's the last time we know that she was alive," Tompkins said.

    Nearly a year later, skeletal remains were found by some construction workers in King County. The remains went unidentified until very recently. Through bone reconstruction and sketches, forensic detectives were able to figure out who it was. It was the woman who called herself "Rita Lang."

    Investigators distributed her picture to the media, hoping the public would help find her real name and where her family lives and who might have killed her.

    The picture made its way back to Sacramento, where Arlene Seuell lives.

    Seuell was sure the woman was her sister, and DNA testing later confirmed that.

    The woman's real name was Celia Victor.

    "My sister always felt that it was the Green River Killer up in that area, and he targeted prostitutes and runaways," Seuell said.

    Gary Ridgway -- better known as the Green River Killer -- killed 49 women, leaving many of their bodies along the Green River in King County, Washington. He evaded capture until 2001. Since then, he has bragged that he's killed 80 women.

    The Green River Killer theory hasn't escaped detectives as they continue to investigate her death.

    In the meantime, Seuell says her family is looking for Celia's children.

    "To our knowledge, she has three other children. The oldest is a girl and her name is Starla," Seuell said. "I'm not sure of the other children's names, but hopefully this will get out and find them."

    Seuell wants the King County Sheriff's Office to know she's grateful.

    "This has been, like, almost 28 years and the initial detective, he wouldn't let that go, it was a cold case and I'm just grateful that I may have an opportunity to find my family," she said.

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    Remains identified as Tacoma man missing since 1968
    Posted: Feb 22, 2016 9:11 AM PST Updated: Feb 22, 2016 9:11 AM PST
    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - After more than 40 years, Jefferson County investigators have identified a set of skeletal remains found in 1975 as a man who disappeared in 1968.

    The News Tribune reports (http://is.gd/cgeI6h ) that 21-year-old David Corak's disappearance sat as a cold case for decades before investigators were able to link a set of skeletal remains from the Olympic National Forest to the Tacoma resident. Investigators say he appears to have shot himself.

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office announced in January that they made a positive match through military dental records.

    Before the records, investigators tried to identify the remains with a facial rendering based on the skull and inconclusive DNA tests. The rendering led investigators to Corak's case, and they were able to obtain his service record to make the positive identification.

    Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com
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    By Kristin Rodine


    When no one heard from Ronie Parrott for days, then months, her mother knew the news would likely be bad.

    But that didn't make it easier to take Monday when Ada County officials told Jennifer Jones that Ronie, missing since Aug. 24, was dead.

    "She was so social, and she had so many friends, when we didn't hear anything I pretty much knew she was gone," Jones, a Kimberly resident, told the Statesman Monday evening. "I used to wonder how people can go on after their child dies. Now ... I don't know how to do it."

    Earlier in the day, the Ada County coroner determined that Parrott was the woman whose remains were found in the Foothills Feb. 13, about a mile past the U.S. Bureau of Land Management gate along Sunset Peak Road.

    The cause and manner of death have yet to be determined, the coroner and the Ada County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

    "So far their forensics haven't come up with anything," Jones said.

    Parrott, 43, grew up in Kimberly but had lived in Boise for almost 20 years , with a break a few years ago to be near her daughter who was serving in the Navy, Jones said.

    Parrott worked in music promotion and "dearly loved it," her mother said, noting that she had a lot of friends in the local music scene.

    One band, Rise of the Fallen, posted on Facebook that "our next show will be dedicated to Ronie Parrott," with donations taken to help her family. That show is set for Feb. 25 at Tom Grainey's in Boise.

    Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/community/boise/article61817327.html#storylink=cpy
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    Police have found the final resting place of a missing Homosassa man, but have yet to discover why or how 61-year-old George “Skip” Zelaya met his end.
    Authorities confirmed Monday that a set of skeletal remains found in January 2015 in a wooded area of Homosassa belong to Zelaya, according to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. Zelaya was reported missing to the sheriff’s office January 2005.

    The sheriff’s and medical examiner’s offices are still continuing investigations into the cause and manner of Zelaya’s death.

    “Although it’s a sad day for the Zelaya family, we are grateful we were at least able to provide them with an answer,” said Capt. Brad Smith of the Criminal Investigations Division. “I’m sure the uncertainty of not knowing where he was for the past 11 years has been traumatic to all of those who knew and loved him.”

    Zelaya was last seen Jan. 13, 2005, by his ex-wife Paula Zelaya while leaving his home on South Sea Otter Path, according to previous Chronicle reports. The couple lived together at the residence.

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    MACOUPIN COUNTY • Investigators “believe strongly” that the skeletal remains found in Macoupin County on Monday are those of a man reported missing in 2012, and they have identified a person of interest in the case, they said Friday.

    The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis said they will turn the investigation over to local authorities while they wait for DNA results.

    Joseph Wilson was 24 when he disappeared in April 2012 from the village of Royal Lakes. The bones were discovered Monday afternoon by children playing near a creek off Illinois State Route 159, near Prairie Dell Road, just south of where Wilson was last seen. The area is about 50 miles north of St. Louis.

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    B.C. CANADA:

    The B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man whose remains were found near Valemount in 2014.

    He is Richard Olson, aged 47, of Valemount.

    Olson went missing in 2007, and despite extensive searches could not be located. In 2014, human remains were located near Valemount; however, more advanced DNA analysis was required before they could be identified.

    An initiative by the Service's identification and disaster response unit to profile difficult unidentified remains cases, involving the International Commission on Missing Persons, produced a DNA profile which was compared with DNA extracted from personal belongings and matched to Olson.

    The Service continues to investigate this death.

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    DETECTIVES investigating the mysterious death of a woman on the outskirts of the Capital believe the Edinburgh public could hold the key to the riddle.

    The grisly find, which was unearthed in a patch of woodland between the grounds of the £4 million Gogar Mount House and Gogarburn Golf Club, has stumped detectives and her family. Now officers are appealing to taxi drivers, train commuters and tram passengers for possible sightings of Saima – who is thought to have travelled up from London by rail – to establish how she found herself in Gogar, close to the A8 Glasgow Road.

    Read more: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.c...gh-remains-identified-1-4038091#ixzz41OxtnXGt
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    SEATTLE — King County authorities have identified a woman whose remains were found behind a shipping warehouse in Seattle more than a quarter-century ago.

    The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/1Q6vKxe) that the victim has been identified as 26-year-old Celia Victor, who disappeared in 1989.

    Detectives say Victor's remains were found by a construction crew behind the old Honolulu Freight shipping warehouse in Oct. 3, 1989.

    An autopsy determined the woman died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

    Investigators had been unable to determine the woman's identity until recently when Donna Vasquez, of Sacramento, California, identified the victim as her sister after seeing her photograph on a TV news station. DNA samples have recently confirmed Victor's identity.

    Her death remains under investigation.


    Once again, we are reminded of how important it is to get the unidentified pictures out the to public!
    Use your social media like a sword!!!
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    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — After more than 40 years, Jefferson County investigators have identified a set of skeletal remains found in 1975 as a man who disappeared in 1968.

    The News Tribune reports that 21-year-old David Corak's disappearance sat as a cold case for decades before investigators were able to link a set of skeletal remains from the Olympic National Forest to the Tacoma resident. Investigators say he appears to have shot himself.
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    Jessica Cain was 17 when she disappeared after an outing with friends in 1997, and now authorities believe they have found the remains of the long-missing teen in a horse pasture near Houston.

    After weeks of searching, authorities uncovered bones believed to be Cain’s. Now, a homicide investigation is reportedly starting as authorities try to determine how Cain came to rest in a field near Interstate 45 South.

    Police with backhoes and bulldozers uncovered bones in the field after William Lewis Reece, a prisoner convicted of a series of similar attacks in the 1990s, led them to that point.

    Though the remains are believed to belong to Jessica Cain, police have yet to make a formal identification.

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    Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2016 11:00 am

    Human remains found this week in Washington have been positively identified, police said.

    The St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office said based on dental records, the remains are those of Daniel Day, Detective Sgt. Steve Sitzes said.

    Day, 28, was reported missing May 31, 2015, from his apartment at 1006 Marilyn Court.

    The skeletal remains were found Monday afternoon in a wooded area off East Rose Lane.

    Sitzes said the preliminary medical examiner’s report lists the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head.

    Police do not suspect foul play in the man’s death.

    Day was last seen at 2 a.m. May 31 by his girlfriend who went home during a lunch break from her job at Wal-Mart, according to reports. Police said the woman returned to work at 3 a.m. and reported Day missing when she got off work at 7 a.m.

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    Human remains found north of Midhurst have been identified as those of a 30-year-old Barrie woman who went missing last year.

    Jamiee Lee Miller was reported missing November 2nd and was last seen by her family and friends a month earlier.

    The Ontario Provincial Police say based on the findings from the Coroner's office and evidence that investigators have gathered the case is being treated as a homicide.

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    PORTAGE COUNTY, Wis. (WSAW) -- The Portage County Sheriff's Office is reporting that human remains from a case that went cold in 1998 are now identified.

    In a press release on the department's Facebook page Monday, the office reported that the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was able to identify the remains as Susan M. Glaser, 36 of West Allis. Glaser has been reported missing since July of 1995.

    The case dates back to a call that came into the Portage County Sheriff's Office on May 11, 1998. Officers said the caller claimed to have found what looked to be human bones in the Tomorrow River near the then existing wayside off of US Highway 10 in the Town of Amherst. After an extensive search of the area, deputies found a pelvis and two lumbar vertebrae along with several pieces of clothing. Initially, the bones were just confirmed as human, but were not linked to a particular person. The evidence was submitted for DNA testing, however the sheriff's office reported the tests failed to match any known people; investigators exhausted all leads, and the case went cold.


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