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

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    GARDINER — The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is investigating human remains found Wednesday morning on the beach nearly three miles north of the North Umpqua Jetty in Gardiner.

    "The remains were located this morning at about 9:30 a.m., by a man who was riding his (all terrain vehicle) on the beach," according to a department statement.

    Police have not identified the body, which will be taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office for identification and determination of cause of death.

    A different body was discovered north of Florence on Saturday later was determined to be that of missing Eagle III fisherman Joshua Paulus.

    Danny Matlock, another crewman on the fishing vessel which capsized on a jetty in January, remains missing.

  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    ROYAL LAKES — Skeletal remains found by children playing in rural Macoupin County have tentatively been identified as an adult male, authorities said Tuesday.

    Madison County Sheriff’s Department commander Mike Dixon, working with the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, said there is “substantial” evidence the man was the victim of homicide, but declined to elaborate pending an ongoing investigation.

    “Our focus is searching the area for the rest of the remains and identifying the individual,” Dixon said. Cadaver dogs searched the area Tuesday.

    The remains were found by children playing in a creek in a rural area near a home in the area of Route 156 near Prairie Dell Road just south of Royal Lakes on Monday. Dixon said the area is remote and not frequently visited. He couldn’t estimate how long the remains had been there, but said the body was completely skeletal.

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  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    TILDEN — The Madison County Sheriff's office is working to identify a body found in a northeast Nebraska field.

    Investigator Jon Downey said hunters in the area found the human remains east of Tilden shortly before noon on Sunday. He said the body appears to have been in the field for months.

    The body has not been identified but is believed to be a man.

    Forensic testing is under way and Downey said there is no reason to suspect foul play at this time.

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  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    DAYTONA BEACH — Human remains found off U.S. 92 will be sent to a university in Texas for identification, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

    The remains were initially discovered on Feb. 18 by a surveyor working at West International Speedway Boulevard and Red John Road, Sheriff's officials said. The following day deputies and personnel from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission went to the scene and found a few more bones, the Sheriff's Office said.

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  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    GOOSE CREEK, SC — Berkeley County officials are investigating after finding the remains of two adult human bodies buried in a Goose Creek backyard.

    According to a press release on Sunday, March 6, 2016, Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury and his Deputy Coroner responded to a residence on Pandora Drive after receiving reports of a possible death from the Goose Creek Police Department.

    They found a shallow grave in the backyard and unearthed the remains of two bodies.

    Those remains have not yet been identified and are awaiting an autopsy at MUSC. It is scheduled for Monday, March 7, 2016.

    James Loftis of Goose Creek is charged with two counts of murder after police say he shot and then buried the unidentified victims in his backyard.

    According to a criminal complaint, Loftis got a ride home in a taxi from a gentlemen’s club on or about Saturday, March 5, 2016. The driver and another passenger demanded Loftis pay for the ride but he pulled out a gun and fired eight shots at the men.

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  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    BOZEMAN — Yellowstone National Park officials are investigating after human remains were found in the northwestern corner of the park.

    Park spokeswoman Amy Bartlett says a snowshoer found some remains late Wednesday. Dog teams located additional remains on Thursday. Bartlett said they likely were scattered by animals.

    The remains have been taken to the Gallatin County coroner's office.

    Bartlett says they haven't identified the person or determined a cause of death.

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  8. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    @patsella found this fascinating article! It would be nice if we could get a thread started for each one, as time allows!

    TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – 8 On Your Side found some very important sculptures are being kept in storage. They’re facial reconstructions of unidentified victims found dead in Tampa Bay. There’s a push to get them into the public eye, but it could be a long process.

    Right now, nine sculptures are being kept in a locked, vacant office in the Hillsborough State Attorney’s office.

    “For one face, you could have a million people see it, but it’s not that one right person, the sister or the daughter, then it’s not going to make a difference,” said Erin Kimmerle, an associate professor of anthropology at USF.

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  9. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    JAMESTOWN (WATE) – The Fentress County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are looking into human remains discovered in a rural part of the county.

    The sheriff says the remains were found by people digging for arrowheads in the southeastern part of the county on Monday. Since then, the remains have been brought to the forensic center in Knoxville for identification.

    There are some active missing persons cases in Fentress County, but until the remains are identified, there is no way to know if any of them are connected.

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  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    AIRVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – Authorities are renewing a plea for help to solve a mystery death in York County.

    In July 2013, hikers found human remains in a shallow stream in a wooded area of Lower Chanceford Township, between the Susquehanna River and River Road.

    The pelvic and spinal bones have not been identified, and investigators do not know whether the remains are those of a man or a woman.

    They believe the bones had been in the stream for a year or less, but they have said it’s possible an animal could have dragged the remains up to a half-mile.
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  11. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder said the body was found near Mailbox Road east of Highway 87 North. It was found by employees of Billings Bench Water Association in a section of the canal that contained a small amount of water. The body has not been identified and was so badly deteriorated the gender is unknown.

    Linder said investigators do not know where the body entered the irrigation ditch.

    “It could have came from a hundred feet up the canal or a mile up the canal probably. There’s no way of knowing yet,” he said.

    Linder said an autopsy is planned for Thursday, which should determine the person's gender. The height and estimated age could also be determined during the examination.
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  12. Kimster

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    MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) -- More than two decades ago, drivers found skeletal remains on Interstate 30 in Malvern, but the man found has never been identified.

    Police are hoping a new sketch of the possible victim can finally get some answers.

    Teresa Howell, prosecuting attorney in Malvern, said they have reopened the case, hoping to find the family that this young man belongs to.

    Two motorcyclists had stopped off on the side of the road and that's when the remains were discovered. They believe the remains make up a black male between the ages of 20 and 30, about 5'7". Foul play is not suspected, but not ruled out.

    Multiple newspaper articles covering the cold case helped lead police in a new direction.

    Howell said, “We've had one hit so far and our sheriff’s department is working with other law enforcement agencies, but we do not have any confirmation.”

    According to Howell, “The DNA from the remains will stay in the missing persons data base until identified, no matter how long it takes.”

    If the picture looks familiar to you, you’re asked to call the Hot Spring County Sheriff’s Department at (501) 337-7738.

  13. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Skeletal remains have been found in the backyard of a home in the St. Louis neighborhood of Greater Ville.

    Schron Jackson, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, said the remains were found hidden beneath a carpet Tuesday afternoon.

    Police say the remains are that of a man, who has not been identified. An autopsy will be conducted to determine cause of death.

    An investigation is ongoing.

  14. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    ST. ROBERT, Mo. -

    Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long says his investigators are one step closer to identifying a woman who was found murdered near Dixon 35 years ago.

    Deputies reopened the case a few years ago. Investigators dug up the woman's body last summer and sent her remains to forensics experts in Texas. Scientists say they were able to find two important types of DNA from the remains.

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  15. Kimster

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    Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 4:04 pm

    By Michael Hewlett Winston-Salem Journal

    A body found at a house in Pfafftown last June still hasn’t been identified nearly a year later, Chief Deputy Brad Stanley of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

    The human remains were found June 26, 2015, at 3555 Brookbank Drive. The house is owned by Jason Michael Mitchell, 35, and Mary Utley Mitchell, 48.

    The Mitchells have been charged with one count each of felonious destruction of a human body or remains to conceal a death.

    The N.C. Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh and the N.C. State University’s Anthropology Unit had been working to identify the remains. The FBI’s lab in Quantico also tried, with no success.

    The remains were sent in August to Bode Cellmark Forensics in Lorton, Va.

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  16. Kimster

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    SHADY COVE, Ore.-- Human remains have been found 9 miles outside of Shady Cove, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

    The sheriff's office is investigating.

    Search and Rescue teams are in the area. The call first came in Tuesday night when a private forestry contract worker found the human bone near Highway 227 mile marker 43. A press release from the sheriff's office says 'advanced decomposition' is complicating the identification. It is unknown whether the remains are from any current missing person cases.

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  17. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    CLEVELAND - Two years after a man's decomposed body was found floating along the downtown shoreline of Lake Erie, his identity remains a mystery.

    "Somebody out there is missing that guy," said Dr. Thomas Gilson, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner. "People don't just fall off the face of the Earth."

    Gilson's team said he is a white man likely between the ages of 45 to 58 years old. His most distinctive feature is his crooked nose. At some point, he had broken it. He was likely in Lake Erie for about a year before he was found by a fisherman.

    The medical examiner's office created a DNA profile of the man but no match was found in a national database called CODIS. CODIS is made up of DNA profiles of individuals nationwide charged in criminal cases. No match meant the unidentified man had no run-ins with the law in the past couple of decades that CODIS has been active.

    But for a set of remains found in Parma last month, it was a different situation.

    “They got us a DNA profile, we put it into the CODIS system and got a match back," said Gilson.

    The remains were identified as 29-year-old Joe Helser, who had a lengthy criminal past and therefore could be easily identified by his DNA, extracted from his bones.

    “Joe was one of the greatest guys I ever knew," said Jessica Kaminsky, a close friend of Helser's. "He was always there for anybody.”

    Kaminsky believed Helser died of foul play. Gilson said his team found no injuries to his bones but they will likely never know how he died.

    “I really think something happened to him, something caught up with him from his past," added Kaminsky. "He had too many resources, he was too well connected from his family background. He knew everyone, he helped everyone.”

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  18. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Meet The Man Who Draws Dead Bodies

    Hobbies are diverse. Some people knit. Others collect coins. Carl Koppelman draws dead people.

    Specifically, Koppleman, a 53-year-old who lives near LA, makes reconstructions based on post-mortem photos of unidentified bodies, in the hopes that a drawing of a person’s face that’s closer to how they appeared in life will assist in identifying them, sometimes decades after their death.

    At least one of Koppelman’s drawings has led to the identification of a body, he says.

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  19. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Skeletal remains found in Marion County in 1977 identified

    Human remains found in a wooded area of Marion County 39 years ago have been identified, authorities said.

    The sheriff’s office said Wednesday that human remains found near County Road 467 and Southeast 145th Street in Summerfield on March 22, 1977, have been identified as those of Mark B. Woodard.

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  20. Kimster

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    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. —Land clearers discovered a badly decomposed body in a wooded area on Pullman Road near an Edgewater industrial park Tuesday, investigators told WESH 2 News.

    Investigators said the remains were mostly skeletal.

    • Body found in Volusia County could be missing person

      Land clearers discovered a badly decomposed body in a wooded area on Pullman Road near an Edgewater industrial park Tuesday, investigators said. Police are not saying whether it's the body of a girl reported missing from Edgewater since June.

    The medical examiner has taken custody of the remains.

    "We are unable to determine whether it's male, female or even the possible identity of the individual. So we're going to rely on the medical examiner," Edgewater Police Chief Dave Arcieri told WESH 2 News.

    Crime scene detectives spent hours looking for evidence in the area where the skeletal remains were found, but the chief said they didn't find clothes or personal items that could help them determine who the person was and what happened.

    Word spread quickly through the community and many fear that the remains belong to an 18-year-old who has been missing since June 19. Ashlyn Bowman left her grandparents' home and was reportedly last seen at a park less than a half-mile from the site where the body was recovered.

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