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TN LA FOLLETTE JANE DOE: WF, 17-30, found off I-75 in La Follette, TN - 19 Oct 1985 *Tina Farmer*

Discussion in 'Identified!' started by Romulus, Sep 4, 2018.

  1. Romulus

    Romulus In the earth of missing person

    910UFTN - Unidentified Female
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    Reconstructions of the victim by NCMEC and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

    Date of Discovery: January 1, 1985
    Location of Discovery: La Follette, Campbell County, Tennessee
    Estimated Date of Death: 72 hours prior
    State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
    Cause of Death: Homicide by strangulation

    Physical Description
    Estimated Age: 17-30 years old
    Race: White
    Sex: Female
    Height: 5'1" to 5'4"
    Weight: 110-115 pounds lbs.
    Hair: Red, curly, shoulder-length
    Eye Color: Green
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Freckles across her body. Both ears pierced twice. Several scars - a healed burn scar the size of a silver dollar was seen on the inside of her left arm; marks on both arms; scars on both knees; faint 2-inch long scar on her forehead; and a scar on her right hand. Possibly underwent plastic surgery in the past. She was 10-12 weeks pregnant and there was evidence she had recently given birth to another child.

    Dentals: Available. Wore a removable partial dental plate for two upper central teeth that had likely been in place for at least 9 months before her death. She had all her wisdom teeth. No fillings.
    Fingerprints: Available.
    DNA: Available.

    Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: Tan or beige velour top and new men's Levi blue jeans. No shoes were located.
    Jewelry: None.
    Additional Personal Items: Unknown

    Circumstances of Discovery
    The victim's body was found down an embankment off the shoulder of the southbound lane of I-75 in La Follette, about 12 miles from the Kentucky border. She had been bound and strangled.

    It is suspected she is a victim of the so-called "Redhead Murders," which occurred between 1978 and 1992 where the perpretrator sought red-haired victims that spanned across the country, taking place primarily in the Southeastern states.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    Agency Name: Forensic Anthropology Center, University of Tennessee
    Agency Contact Person: Lee Jantz
    Agency Phone Number: 865-974-4408
    Agency E-Mail: ljantz(at)utk.edu
    Agency Case Number: UT01-85D

    Agency Name: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
    Agency Contact Person: N/A
    Agency Phone Number: 1-800-TBI-FIND
    Agency E-Mail: N/A
    Agency Case Number: Unknown

    NCIC Case Number: U144869160
    NamUs Case Number: 1579
    NCMEC Case Number: 1184609
    Former Hot Case Number: 1189

    Information Source(s)
    FBI ViCap
    Daily News Archive (Jan 3, 1985)
  2. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

  3. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member


    'Redhead Murder' victim in Campbell County identified after 33 years

    A Campbell County homicide victim - whose death has long been associated with the so-called Redhead Murders - has been identified as an Indiana woman more than 33 years after her body was discovered off Interstate 75.

    Tina Marie McKenney Farmer, who was reportedly missing from Indiana, has been positively identified through fingerprinting, according to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation news release Thursday.

    Last month, TBI agents learned that Farmer's disappearance was featured on a blog publicizing missing persons, and determined that her description matched that of a homicide victim whose body had remained unidentified since it was found Jan. 1, 1985 near Jellico. Tenn.

    A comparison of Farmer's fingerprints with the postmortem prints of the Jane Doe victim revealed a match. An autopsy previously determined she was the victim of a homicide, and likely had been killed several days before her body was discovered. The cause of death has not been specified.

    The autopsy also revealed she was two to five months pregnant. According Farmer's date of birth, she was 21.

    The case was among a series of at least 11 unsolved homicides involving young women with red or reddish hair and slight builds, whose bodies were found close to major highways in Tennessee and several other states between 1978 and 1992.

    In May, a group of students in a sociology class at Elizabethon High School in Carter County, Tenn. developed a detailed character profile of a single suspect they believe may have been responsible for at least six of the murders, including Farmer's death.

    The students deemed their suspect, "The Bible Belt Strangler." Authorities have not said whether Farmer's homicide may have any connection to other cases.

    The TBI is asking anyone with information on Farmer - specifically any knowledge about who she may have been with before her death - to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.
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  4. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    Tina Farmer.
  5. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I never would have put the two together via the recon.
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  7. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

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  8. TmmEye

    TmmEye New Member

    Let’s make this more active!
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  9. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I'm in! :welcome:
  10. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Well I was the One Who took the "Chain" off the Door. o_O Your Name wouldn't be a "South Park" reference would it ?.
  11. TmmEye

    TmmEye New Member

    We all know that there are 5 DEFINITE Redhead Victims
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  12. TmmEye

    TmmEye New Member

    I am going to set up a spreadsheet of serial killers in America to see if I can find similar killers.
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  13. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    I know. There are SO MANY "Serial killers" operating it takes ALOT to try to find a "Connection". If you look up Serial killers" there's a list of those "Apprehended" and a separate list for "Not Apprehended". Then look up "Time frame, Victims, If any similarities". I have looked a little. But barely made it through the beginning of the "Alphabet" And where I started was "Apprehended". The Killer is either DEAD, Or in "Prison" I'm sure. So any "Confessions" are unlikely. If they are in "Prison", They have been there A LONG TIME! And probably under a Violent charge like "Attempted Kidnapping, Sexual Assault, Attempted or Rape itself". And his record would certainly show "Violence towards Women".
  14. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    A Hoosier woman waited three decades for answers in the disappearance of her sister, only to find out she'd been a Jane Doe states away for an almost equal amount of time.

    The last time Liza Plummer saw her big sister, Tina McKenney Farmer, was at Liza's birthday 35 years ago.

    "We never just thought that you know we would ever see her again," Plummer said.

    After a Thanksgiving gathering in Indianapolis that year, Plummer said her 21-year-old sister vanished. She was then reported missing out of Indianapolis.

    "I always wondered where she was and watched my mom have to leave this earth not knowing where one of her kids are," Plummer said. "And then you know certain siblings thinking that it's Tina's fault the way you know if they think she did this on her own. She didn't. She was pushed into it."

    She believes Tina was pushed into the wrong crowd with the wrong guy at a young age. She sensed her sister was gone forever, but when authorities couldn't find answers, Liza looked for her own.

    "These are all different leads that I got along the way," Plummer said thumbing through pieces of paper.

    She drove to truck stops, talked to people who knew Tina, took lots of notes and eventually brought the search for her sister to social media.

    "You can have you know good times, you have your cookouts, you have your gatherings with your family and you raise kids, she never left my mind," Plummer said.

    Plummer said she made sure to tell Tina's daughter about her before she too passed away. Then late last year, a knock on the door was finally the break she'd waited so long to hear.

    "I just dropped. I didn't know what to say. Unbelievable," Plummer said.

    She learned Tina's body had been found along Interstate 75 in Campbell County, Tennessee on New Year’s in 1985, just a few months after she said her family last saw her.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was called to help the sheriff's office in the homicide investigation. Investigators said an autopsy showed she may have died several days before her body was discovered. They couldn't make an identification, so Tina was listed as a Jane Doe and her remains were stored at the University of Tennessee.

    TBI said in August 2018 they were alerted them to a blog post about Tina's missing persons case. She matched the description of the Jane Doe and the fingerprints matched up.

    When asked why it took so long for her to be identified, TBI said she was not entered into the databases they use to connect the dots in these kinds of cases.
    A spokesperson said information about the unidentified victim was entered into NamUs but Tina wasn't entered into systems as a missing person. IMPD confirmed police did not upload her case to NamUs or any other websites.

    "It's kind of the nation's silent mass disaster," said Todd Matthews, the director of case management and communications for NamUs.

    NamUs stands for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. It's a newer resource funded by the Institute of Justice, coming online in the 2000's.

    "Usually that's the primary ingredient of a John or Jane Doe is the lack of a missing persons report or maybe it was reported locally and not shared in a national database," Matthews said.

    At last check, NamUs showed 184 active missing people and 55 unidentified people in Indiana. It allows not only law enforcement to upload cases, but also allows civilians to upload cases their team verifies.

    One database used by law enforcement is the National Crime Information Center, or NCIC, run by the FBI. Police use it for a number of tasks, including cases of missing or unidentified people. The Crime Justice Information Services reports at the end of April there were 973 active missing persons records and 28 active unidentified persons records in the NCIC for Indiana.

    "The databases in the 70's and 80's didn't exist, you know NCIC, IDEX, VICAP with the FBI, the clearinghouse the national clearinghouse for missing and exploited children is only come online here in recent years, recent decades and then again NamUs has come online which is extremely helpful," Indiana State Police Lt. Jeffrey Hearon said.

    Right now if someone remains unidentified after 30 days in Indiana, the coroner must request state police enter it into NCIC.

    Matthews said states like New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee and New York require law enforcement upload cases to NamUs.

    "Every state works differently and I would like to see, some states have passed state law that require the use of NAMUS. Say after 30 days they're required to put missing or unidentified. I know it has been talked about in Indiana," he said.

    IMPD and Indiana State Police use both of the databases today. IMPD said older cases are updated to the newest reporting systems and re-entered in NCIC.
    ISP has also worked to upload older cases to modern databases.

    "We did back in the day, I guess back when we first started with the DNA and the CODIS and it's continually run periodically and then as technology comes online we reload them in," Lt. Hearon said. "Can I say that every one of them has been loaded back in? No I can't but we are working to that."

    Authorities working to identify missing persons in challenging cases are getting new hope as technology continues to evolve, too.

    "The hope is that as the ancestry dot com, is the genealogy type DNA starts becoming more and more available that we can get access to that, that we can submit that information into those databases and pull from that. But then again you get into issues with privacy," Lt. Hearon said.

    The time it takes to run a DNA test has decreased, according to retired FBI agent Doug Kouns. Kouns now runs Veracity, a private investigation and security firm.

    "There's also what's called a familial DNA search and even if you don't get an exact match for your unknown you might get a familial match," Kouns said. "So what the database is telling you is there's a strong chance that this person or persons are family members of your unknown, so you can go talk to them and say hey we've got this person show them pictures is this a family member of yours?"

    Inside a lab at IUPUI, a team is working to advance DNA technology, too.

    "Our main goal is to use it for intelligence purposes," said Assistant Professor Susan Walsh, with the Department of Biology.

    They want to give investigators extra information when they need somewhere else to turn. Walsh said they've helped with cold cases and even with identifying fallen soldiers from WWII for Australian armed forces. Walsh said she hopes their technology is used more.

    "We work on DNA phenotyping so that's the ability to predict a physical appearance from genetics," Walsh said. "We're working on developing facial morphology next. It's more difficult as of right now you cannot predict the face from genetics. You can do a good job at predicting pigmentation levels, eye, hair and skin and we're hoping to add more traits as we go."

    Liza still holds out hope she will find out what really happened to her sister. She collects newspaper clippings, the autopsy report, photos, anything she can find. Because after finding out where Tina was all those years, she has even more questions.

    "I don't have to wonder no more, now I gotta wonder who did it," Plummer said.

    Some community members speculate whoever killed Tina may also be responsible for the deaths of several other women. In fact, a high school class in Tennessee even dug into them to come up with the theory a serial killer may be behind it.
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