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CA MENDOCINO COUNTY JANE DOES: 2 Fs, 10-20 - July 1979 *Francine Trimble & Kerry Graham*

Discussion in 'Identified!' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, May 22, 2015.

  1. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Administrative Manager Staff Member

    Congratulations Advocate. We're so very proud of you and your hard work.
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  2. Advocate

    Advocate Ask me how to get your loved one in NamUs

    Thank you. You guys have a great forum.

    Praying LE has some kind of evidence to find who murdered the girls
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  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    @Advocate, you have inspired me to work harder to find names for some cases I've looked at in the past, especially Swamp Mountain Jane Doe.
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  4. Advocate

    Advocate Ask me how to get your loved one in NamUs

    I have a few pet Jane Doe cases that hit a brick wall. I know none of them are listed as missing. It was part of why we started Never Forget Me, to get the word out to get missing listed as well as get cases into the public eye
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  5. Scoobie

    Scoobie Director Staff Member

    WOW! I am blown away! This is just awesome. I grew up in this area and knew Highway 20 pretty well, so this has always been a case I kept an eye on. I am so happy to see these girls have been identified. Not only do they have their names back, but now one has their gender back too. And of course their families.

    Way to go!
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  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    “What breaks my heart is no one ever asked,” said Goetz, 53, whose maiden name was O’Halloran and who now lives in Santa Rosa. She said she may have had information that could have helped find the girls.

    Other former schoolmates who knew the girls more casually first found out they’d gone missing this month when the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office revealed Feb. 2 their remains had finally been identified, found in the woods near a pullout along Highway 20 west of Willits. They were stunned they had not heard of the case sooner.

    “How did we not know about this disappearance of two girls from very small schools and a very small town?” asked Kathy Culley, a Santa Rosa resident and classmate of Graham’s at El Molino.

    “No one I have talked to can remember anything about the girls turning up missing,” said Ken Jones, a retired teacher who had taught both girls at Forestville School.

    Today, when a juvenile is reported missing under suspicious circumstances, an Amber alert may be issued, photos are distributed to media outlets, advisories are posted on social networks and school staff and students are notified, if not interviewed. Had Twitter and Facebook existed in 1978, news of the Forestville girls’ disappearance no doubt would have spread like wildfire.


    I am surprised that they were virtually forgotten! :tears:
  7. Scoobie

    Scoobie Director Staff Member

    That's so sad. LE initially thought the girls were runaways so they didn't even look for them. :( So sad. Not one newspaper report :( Back then everyone read the newspaper -- that's how news was disseminated.

    So glad they are home now.
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  8. Advocate

    Advocate Ask me how to get your loved one in NamUs

    Totally agree! I do not get how no one wondered why they never returned from winter break. You would think their teachers would have said something at least to the parents after they missed school for over a week. Totally blows my mind!
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  9. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    @Advocate you are amazing.

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  10. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    "Bittaker" shouldn't still be BREATHING!!! ON "DEATH ROW" FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS!!!! WHY?!!! SUCH AN EVIL, SICK MONSTER!!!:mad:
  11. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    I had read they were considered "Runaways". But took NO possessions. It was stated "They were headed to "A Mall". I don't remember where I had read that. I'm GUESSING "Doe Network". I have found they usually have the most information. It was way before they were "Identified". L.E. did NO INVESTIGATION!!! GOOD JOB! Now any trail to follow is most likely gone.
  12. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    The "Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders" were "72-73". Being this was 1979, I don't think this is connected. But NICE CATCH! I know they are listed as "Possible Victims" other "Possibles" go back to "74" I just think there is too much of a Time Gap.

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