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CA KRISTEN MODAFFERI: Missing From Oakland, CA - 23 June 1997 - Age 18

Discussion in 'Missing 1990 to 1999' started by ~Lyric~, Jun 25, 2015.

  1. ~Lyric~

    ~Lyric~ Bronze Member


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    right age progression to age 31

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 1864DFCA

      • Date Of Birth: June 1, 1979
      • Age at Time of Disappearance: 18 years old
      • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'8" (173 cm); 145 lbs (66 kg).
      • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair below the shoulders; brown eyes. She has dark eyebrows and distinct facial dimples.
      • Clothing: Kristen was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with Spinelli's Coffee Shop on it, tan slacks and a dark blue plaid flannel shirt. She was also carrying a dark green Jansport backpack with 2 library books in it.
      • Dentals: Available
    Fingerprints: Available

    Modafferi was last seen at the Crocker Galleria Mall in the downtown financial district of San Francisco, California on June 23, 1997. She had just finished her shift at Spinelli's Coffee Shop.

    Kristen had clocked out at 15.00, but was seen 45 minutes later on the second floor of the Galleria walking with a blonde woman carrying a backpack. That was the last time Kristen Modafferi was seen.

    Earlier, Kristen had asked a coworker for directions to Baker Beach, which is next to Land's End Beach. With the help of a bloodhound, police went to Land's End Beach where Kristen's scent was picked up and lost at the water's edge. They also traced her scent in the Crocker Galleria and lost it at the bus stop.

    Kristen was a design student at North Carolina State University at the time of her disappearance. She had arrived in San Francisco where she planned to spend the summer. Within three days of arriving in San Francisco, Kristen took a job at Spinelli's Coffee Shop (now known as Tulley's). Within three weeks, she went missing.
    She disappeared the day before she was to attend a photography course at the University of California at Berkeley.


    Edited by Kimster to add media link: http://www.crimewatchers.net/forum/...-1997-from-california-age-progressed-pic.455/
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  2. ~Lyric~

    ~Lyric~ Bronze Member

    The National Center for Missing Adults is a United States organization which assists in tracking missing adults.

    The organization was created in response to the disappearance of Kristen Modafferi of Charlotte, North Carolina, who vanished without a trace on June 23, 1997, three weeks after her eighteenth birthday. Having just completed her freshman year at North Carolina State University on a Park Scholarship, she had traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area for the summer to study photography at the University of California, Berkeley. Because she was 18 at the time of her disappearance, the lack of resources available for searching for her were noted.

    Kristen's Act was introduced by Representative Sue Myrick in 1999 and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 2000. From 2001-2004, Kristen's Law "provided assistance to law enforcement and families in missing persons cases of those over the age of 17" and authorized $1M per year to support organizations including the National Center for Missing Adults.

    The Center's federal funding ran out in 2005 when Kristen's Law expired. It has continued with volunteer efforts.

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    Was Kristen a victim of Robert Durst?

    The sister of one of the missing women linked to accused murderer Robert Durst has begged the multi-millionaire to come clean to help end nearly 18 years of agony for her family.

    Speaking exclusively to Daily Mail Online, yoga teacher Allison Modafferi urged Durst to be honest with police if he knows anything about what happened to her sister, honors student Kristen Modafferi.

    'If he — or anyone — knows anything, please come forward so we can have some answers,' pleaded Allison, who is expecting a daughter in June.

    'It's been nearly 18 years so as a family we would welcome anything that could put our minds at rest,' she added.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-end-18-years-agony-family.html#ixzz3e8H7msGR

    The Police seem to think probably Not:

    “The Oakland Police Department conducted an investigation with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding the 1997 disappearance of Kristen Modafferi. The investigation was open and active for several years. At this time we do not have any evidence that indicates Robert Durst was involved in her disappearance,” the statement said.

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  5. ~Lyric~

    ~Lyric~ Bronze Member


    June 23, 1997
    San Francisco, California

    Kristen Modafferi was last seen on the afternoon of June 23, 1997, at the coffee shop where she was working in the Crocker Galleria Mall in San Francisco, California. The then eighteen-year-old had completed her freshman year of college in North Carolina and had recently moved to the San Francisco area to attend summer school at the University of California at Berkeley. She was living in Oakland. She has not been seen or heard from since.

    Kristen Modafferi has distinctive dimples on her face. She likes photography, painting, and other creative activities. She was not known to own any vehicles and generally used public transportation. She may have been carrying a green Jansport brand backpack with a black mesh pocket in the front.

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    Investigators arrived at a home in Oakland Thursday looking at a possible new lead in the disappearance of Kristen Modafferi whose face has been on billboards for nearly 20 years.

    Modafferi rented an Oakland home in 1997 where a private investigator combed the home with his cadaver dog Thursday and found the scent of human remains.

    When Oakland police arrived at the home where she once lived, Modafferi's family insisted there were human remains in the basement.

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    Paul Dostie and his dog named Buster have done extensive work searching for missing Americans from World War II in Europe and in the Pacific.


    On Thursday, a former detective brought renewed hope that the mystery of her disappearance may be solved after his dog picked up a sent from a drain near the home and also from vents that lead to the basement. "There's human decomposition present here 100 percent. The question is what is the source of that decomposition and so that's what we hope to get with the soil analysis," Dostie said.

    Dostie took several samples from the soil inside a basement, which will eventually tell him if there could be human remains and possibly the time of death. "If we get the chemicals that are showing in that 20 year time range, that would give us a strong indication that it's Kristen," he said.

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  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Wait, what? In a drain? :tears:
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    noZme Bronze Member

    Allison Modafferi urged Durst to be honest with police if he knows anything about what happened to her sister, honors student Kristen Modafferi.
    'If he — or anyone — knows anything, please come forward so we can have some answers."
    Oakland Police now say there is no hard evidence to suggest that Durst was involved, even though he was living in the city at the time.

    Focused on Jon Onuma as suspect.
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    Kimster Director Staff Member

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- A retired police sergeant says his cadaver dog detected remains at the Oakland house of an 18-year-old college student who disappeared in 1997.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports retired Mammoth Lakes, Calif., police sergeant Paul Dostie and his 11-year-old Labrador, Buster, were working for the missing woman's family when the dog smelled remains on the property.

    Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson says officers and an evidence technician were at the scene Thursday, where law enforcement and dogs conducted a search 18 years earlier.

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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    NC Wanted: 19 years later, N.C. State student still missing

    A North Carolina State University student vanished in 1997 while on summer break in San Francisco, and authorities are still no closer to finding out what happened.

    Last year, a cadaver dog — trained to find human remains — signaled to his handlers at the home where Modafferi stayed in Oakland.

    Investigators gathered soil samples from the backyard and the basement, but 11 months have passed and there’s still no mention of a link to Modafferi’s disappearance.

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  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    The search for Kristen Modafferi: 20 years later

    Twenty years ago this month, a young woman from Charlotte disappeared in San Francisco.

    Channel 9 began investigating the case again in recent months and reported police in California are pursuing new leads into Modafferi's disappearance.

    Channel 9 partnered with our ABC affiliate in San Francisco to press investigators for answers and discovered there are fresh clues being looked at thanks to the tireless efforts of the Modafferi family.

    New DNA evidence being investigated

    The Modafferi family recently provided their DNA to a respected forensics scientist from Tennessee.

    Dr. Arpad Vass said he's developed a remarkable new technology that can detect human decomposition chemicals in soil even after decades have gone past.

    "No other law enforcement agency has technology that can do what this technology can do," said Bob Modafferi.

    Vass has volunteered his time and expertise to help the Modafferis. He told the family his team found human decomposition chemicals next to the home Kristen Modafferi was renting on Jayne Avenue.

    The Modafferi family said Vass told them the DNA they were finding within these human decomposition chemicals was a match to Kristen Modafferi.

    That doesn't mean Kristen Modafferi's body is there, but it may have been there all those years ago.

    This is all new information to Oakland police investigating the case.

    "We are working with our lab and contacting the people that the Modafferi family had do the work, so we can get a better understanding of how they did it," said Rodger Haley, who's leading the investigation.

    He wants to know exactly what science is involved in order to move forward.

    The Modafferi family believes this new technology could help solve the case.

    "We're so close. We feel like we're getting really close to resolving this case and having some closure," said Bob Modafferi. "And we certainly don't want the ball dropped now. We want answers now."

    MORE: http://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/fa...lotte-teen-disappears-in-california/530724359
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  13. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    10 Bay Area cold cases that remain unsolved

    Investigators are savoring last week’s capture of Joseph James DeAngelo, who they believe is the Golden State Killer and East Area Rapist responsible for 12 murders, at least 45 rapes and 150 burglaries across California from 1976 to 1986.

    But Bay Area police agencies are still working on scores of high-profile unsolved murder cases. Here are 10 that still puzzle them.

    Kristen Modaferri

    Modaferri, 18, went missing from her job at a coffee shop in the Crocker Galleria in San Francisco after clocking out on June 23, 1997. She told co-workers she was going to Lands End. Bloodhounds tracked her scent twice in the Sutro Baths area but lost it both times in a tunnel. Police believe Modaferri placed a want ad in the Bay Guardian a week before she disappeared. Her disappearance spurred the creation, in 2000, of the National Center for Missing Adults.

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