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Discussion in 'Unidentified General Information' started by Kimster, Jun 29, 2015.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    Marilee Bruszer (Case from 1978)
    Marilee Bruszer, from Long Beach, California, was identified when DNA sample submissions from her mother and a sibling matched a hair sample provided by the Juab County Sheriff's Office to the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

    Bruszer was 33-years-old when she went missing on Aug. 22, 1978. The state medical examiner's office ruled at the time she died by strangulation, said Juab County Sheriff Douglas Anderson. The Long Beach Police Department has said it will now reopen Bruszer's missing person case as a homicide investigation.

    Bruszer's characteristics were matched against the cases of other missing women for several years, including comparisons with those women's dental records, but with no success.

    "The case went cold with no new leads for a number of years," Anderson said.

    After receiving some physical evidence from the Davis County Sheriff's Office that had been "unknown to anyone since 1978," Juab County investigators began again looking into the case in earnest.

    Davis County Sheriff's Sgt. DeAnn Servey said Wednesday that a detective was searching through the agency's evidence room while investigating another cold case and found something that took him aback.

    "He found some hair in the evidence locker, and it was only labeled: 'Hair from Yuba Lake body.' That's it," Servey said.

    Retired Davis County Sheriff's Capt. Kenny Payne worked for both the sheriff's office and state medical examiner's office at the time and added that is the only conceivable reason "why we had that evidence in our locker."

    Rene A. Romero (Case from 1996)
    Rene A. Romero, of Reno, Nevada, was found dead in November 1996. In November 2013, the Juab County Sheriff's Office sent one of several bones obtained from the state medical examiner's office to the UNT Health Science Center. The center soon found the bone's DNA matched a forensic sample from Romero's mother, Ana Romero, indicating it was his.

    Alvaro Ortiz, the boy's stepfather, was convicted of murdering his stepson in Reno, despite no body to use as evidence during his trial. Ortiz is currently serving a lifetime prison sentence with no opportunity for parole, Anderson said.

    Ana Romero was also convicted for her role in her son's death and is currently out of prison on parole.

    Prosecutors listed Nov. 24, 1994, as the date of Rene Romero's death. Reno police confirmed with Juab County that the boy had in fact been killed in Reno, despite his body being found in Utah, Anderson said.

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  2. Kimster

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    PHOENIX – In 1992, a white male in his late 30s to early 40s was found dead in the Superstition Mountains, slain by two gunshot wounds to the back of the head.

    These remains, which now sit on an examination table at the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office, show the man suffered from arthritis in his spine. Today, this seemingly common medical affliction could be the key to learning his identity.

    “If someone knew who he was, they would say he complained about back pain all the time,” said Dr. Laura Fulginiti, a forensic anthropologist.

    There are roughly 300 sets of remains awaiting identification in Maricopa County. In total, the state has 1,300 open cases, accounting for 13 percent of all unidentified remains in the nation and second only to California.

    Now the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office is aiming to reduce that number by connecting missing persons cases to the advanced analysis techniques used by its team of forensic specialists, in part by involving families of the missing.

    It’s inviting families to a Missing in Arizona event on Oct. 24 at Arizona State University’s West Campus. Families are asked to bring identifying documents, like dental records and fingerprint cards.

    Christen Eggers, community liaison and unidentified decedent coordinator for Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office, said the unforgiving desert is a big reason why there are so many unknown remains.

    “Because of the heat, they decompose at a faster rate and they become skeletal remains,” Eggers said. “That makes it so much more difficult to identify the person.”

    The majority of the state’s unidentified skeletal remains are found in Pima County, Eggers said.

    In Maricopa County, the Medical Examiner’s Office sees roughly 500 cases annually concerning body identification. Of these cases, about two to six go unsolved each year.

    “They all have family somewhere,” Eggers said.

    Read more: http://www.kpho.com/story/30155595/maricopa-county-effort-aims-to-resolve-cases-of-unidentified-remains#ixzz3nQtxWKJB
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    The serial number lifted from a metal rod surgically implanted in a leg bone found six weeks ago in the Santa Clara River wash is now being reviewed by the rod’s manufacturer in Michigan, a lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department said.

    The bone was among remains found shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 31 during one of the city of Santa Clarita’s regular cleanup operations in the riverbed.

    Six months after the discovery, investigators are still trying to identify the remains of “Doe Number 8,” Lt. David Smith told The Signal Thursday.

    “We still don’t know if it’s male or female,” Smith said. “We have DNA tests submitted but no results as yet.”

    Coroner investigators were able to identify the company that manufactured the rod found in the remains, he said.

    “We did find a rod. We’ve taken that rod, obtained a serial number, identified the manufacturer and sent a fax (message) to the company who sold it,” Smith said, noting the company is based in Michigan. “As of yet, there’s been no response.”

  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    DALLAS — Police said they are investigating the gruesome discovery of skeletal remains in Northwest Dallas on Tuesday afternoon.
    Search teams were using dogs in an effort to to locate any additional evidence.

    Police said they were working on the possibility that the deceased was a child because braces were found among the remains.

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    The state medical examiner has identified bones found along an Okmulgee County creek as those of a Tulsa man who disappeared about a year ago.

    Steven Dwain Shelton, 50, was last seen in a wooded area near U.S. 75 and 271st Street near Beggs in 2014, according to a news release from the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office.

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    Kimster Director Staff Member


    In a span of two days, starting on Halloween, hunters and hikers found three sets of skeletal remains off of forest trails.

    A skull, a spine, a femur and a hand.

    Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide Lt. Victor Lewandowski said he doesn’t know why there have been so many finds in and around the Angeles National Forest in such a short amount of time. But he said that with a rainy winter predicted due to El Niño, more human bones are likely to be found.

    Much more at link ------------->http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-angeles-national-forest-bones-found-20151103-story.html
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  7. Kimster

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    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say hunters have discovered human remains in the Talladega National Forest in southern Tuscaloosa County.

    Multiple media outlets report the remains were found Monday morning.

    In a statement, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ron Abernathy says deputies responded to the scene around 9 a.m. The remains have not yet been identified.

    Abernathy says investigators are treating the case as a murder investigation.

  8. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    SAN DIEGO - Authorities put out another call Thursday for the public's help in identifying a woman whose partially decomposed body was found last month near Lake Hodges.

    RELATED: Remains of woman found at Lake Hodges

    The remains were discovered near a walking trail off the 19900 block of Lake Drive in the Del Dios area on the morning of Oct. 17, sheriff's Lt. Kenn Nelson said.

    The woman is believed to have been of Hispanic or African-American descent, 25 to 35 years old and about 5 feet, 4 inches tall, according to the county Medical Examiner's Office. Her body was clad in shorts and a San Diego Padres jersey.

    Officials have released no information on the woman's cause of death. She appeared to have been dead about a month by the time her body was found, Nelson said.
  9. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    Greg Pearson initially thought he’d stumbled upon a turtle as he and his buddies explored the drought-exposed shores of Folsom Lake on Thursday evening.

    The 12-year-old quickly realized they had, in fact, found human skeletal remains.

    “I was (like), ‘Oh my God, it’s human bone,’” he recalled Friday, as officials continued to scour the beach near Brown’s Ravine, meticulously identifying remains and other clues.

    Based on early evidence, authorities believe the remains have been there 10 to 15 years. No other information, including the gender of the individual, was available. It will likely be days before the remains are identified, authorities said.

    The El Dorado County Coroner’s Office is being aided by a forensic anthropologist with the federal Bureau of Reclamation. Anthropologists from Chico State have also been called in to help, said Lt. Tom Murdoch of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

    “The main thing for us is, we treat it as a crime scene because you never know,” said Murdoch.

    Several bones were clustered in one area, but the evidence field was a spattering of flags along a freshly exposed peninsula near the Red Banks historic town site, an area that is usually hidden underwater.

    The El Dorado Hills boy said he also found an older cellphone and a Price Club card near the body. But it’s unclear whether those are connected to the remains.

    Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article44752794.html#storylink=cpy

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  10. Kimster

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    Human remains found near vehicle in Pike National Forest
    By The AP
    Thursday, November 26, 2015

    CRIPPLE CREEK — Teller County authorities are trying to identify human remains found near an abandoned vehicle in Pike National Forest.

    The (Colorado Springs) Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1MFrd2T ) that the remains were discovered Wednesday.

    Sheriff’s deputies found the remains when they investigated a call about an abandoned vehicle in a remote area of the forest.

  11. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    COLCHESTER, Vt. —A passerby found human remains Wednesday afternoon near Interstate 89.

    Vermont State Police said the remains were found near the southbound Exit 16 offramp in Colchester.

    The body was partially decomposed, troopers said.

    Investigators said the remains had been there for several years.

    Troopers said the person who found the remains took photos to help investigators locate them.

    It was not clear whether the remains belonged to a man or woman. The body has not yet been identified.

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    IT IS UNCLEAR just how many unidentified bodies are buried in Ireland or located in the country’s morgues.

    Those who represent the families of missing persons claim there is a lack of respect for these nameless men and women, some of whom may never be identified. Most of these bodies and body parts washed up on Irish beaches or were found in the nets of fishing trawlers and brought back to shore.

    Right now in Ireland, there are remains in a number of counties that no one has ever been able to put a name to.

    • In Clare, one man’s body has been in the morgue since July 2012. A second body found in Fanore in October this year also has yet to be identified.
    • In Louth, the body of a man washed up in Rockmarshall in 2007. DNA was taken and the man’s body was buried.
    • In Sligo, the body of one man remains unidentified, according to the coroner.
    • The Dublin city coroner said there are “a small number of unidentified body parts” at the city morgue.

  13. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    Bakersfield Police are investigating partial human remains found in a canal Saturday morning. The remains were found just after 9:30 a.m. near Q Street and California Avenue in central Bakersfield.

    Police say they believe there are suspicious circumstances regarding the remains, but at this point in the investigation are unsure how they got there.

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    [​IMG]Source: Lawton Police Department
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - Lawton Police say they need help finding the parents or legal guardian of a toddler found on the 2600 block of G Avenue. They say he was found Saturday afternoon at 4:50. A resident picked him up, and call the police.

    The 2-year-old is white with blond hair and hazel eyes. He is 2 feet tall.

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    Philadelphia police are investigating uncovered skeletal remains, the second such discovery in three days, found in a vacant lot by city workers.

    On the 400 block of E. Cambria Street in West Kensington, city workers found the human skeletal remains in a disused lot, NBC reported, adding that the gender of the remains was unknown.

    This past weekend, another set of skeletal remains, that of a woman, was found in nearby Ridley Creek State Park.

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    STUART — The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has found two caskets and an empty grave while digging for the remains of three infants in an effort to solve the decades-old “Baby Moses” slaying.

    While sifting through cemetery soil Tuesday morning at Fernhill Memorial Gardens, a team of forensic anthropologists found that one grave site that should have held infant remains had no signs that a body was buried there, Sheriff William Snyder said.

    Lannis Waters
    Martin County Sheriff William Snyder, center, and investigators look over the area where they exhumed the bodies of two babies Monday morning, January 11, 2016, in hopes of finding out who killed “Baby Moses”. The newborn was found floating in the St. Lucie River behind on Nov. 25, 1983. An autopsy showed the newborn was alive when he was dumped into the water. Digging was planned in another area of the cemetery for a third newborn Monday afternoon. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
    Investigators carefully removed what looked like a condensed box made from dirt from a shallow grave. The casket may have been made from a “flimsy material like Styrofoam” that collapsed over the years, Snyder said. The team won’t know whether the infant remains are in the caskets until it analyzes them.

    The sheriff re-opened a 1983 homicide case in September. The newborn was not identified, so detectives at the time called him “Baby Moses,” likely because he was found floating like the Biblical figure in the St. Lucie River, Snyder said. In deciding to exhume Baby Moses’ remains, investigators found that three unidentified infants were buried at Fernhill at the same time — and a lack of paperwork has made it nearly impossible to tell which infant is Baby Moses.
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    Police hope someone can help them identify the remains of one of four people whose bodies were found in the garage at a home in Riverdale, Illinois.

    Family members reportedly found the bodies of four people, in various stages of decomposition, at Anton Godfrey’s home Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Investigators also found a box that contained cremation ashes with an identification tag at the home. Headstones for two women, buried in 2009 and 2013, were also found at the home.

    Related: Bodies found in garage of Illinois man operating mortuary at home

    The discovery was made after Mr. Godfrey died. Police said Godfrey was the subject of multiple court orders to stop his home mortuary practice.

  19. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Q: In November, water in Folsom Lake had receded to a record low level. A human skeleton was discovered and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department was called to investigate. Was the person identified?

    Fred, Sacramento

    A: A 12-year-old El Dorado Hills boy in November stumbled upon what he initially thought was a turtle as he and friends were exploring the shore of Folsom Lake.

    The discovery proved to be a human skull. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded and found several bones clustered in the area, which usually is under water.

    The bones were transported to the Chico State University Anthropology Department for analysis. The Sheriff’s Office announced that it received a preliminary report from anthropologists Jan. 12, stating that they believe the bones are those of a man over the age of 35. The report also stated that the bones had been in the lake for at least two years.

    The El Dorado County Coroner subsequently transported the bones to a Sacramento County pathologist for examination and to the state Department of Justice for DNA analysis. Sheriff’s officials said they hope to be able to identify the individual through the DNA analysis.

    Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article57864363.html#storylink=cpy
  20. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Detectives are now investigating a death as a murder after human remains and bones were found in a wooded area of Manassas back in January.

    The human remains were found in the 8000 block of Barrett Dr. in Manassas on January 18, Prince William County police said. Authorities confirmed that the remains were in fact human and have now decided to investigate this incident as a murder.

    Police said the exact cause of death is still pending. Detectives are still waiting on confirmation on the victim's identity.


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