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  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Mississippi Teen Missing for 43 Years Finally Identified

    A Mississippi resident missing for 43 years has been identified as the unnamed teenager killed in a traffic accident in Texas City, Texas, in 1973.

    Harrison County Sheriff's Investigator Kristi Johnson tells The Sun Herald that Mary Raskin, mother of missing teen Joseph Spears, ended up looking at pictures of her son's body to positively identify him. He died on Aug. 23, 1973.

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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    On August 8 of this year, a U.S. Border Patrol agent tracking a group of illegal immigrants from Mexico came upon the lonely remains of what was likely a person who’d crossed the border into the U.S. some time ago. The remains were scattered, incomplete and the person they once comprised, was unidentified, unknown.

    It’s an old story in this quiet desert. A slow and and very lonesome death. Smugglers are paid to guide people through trails that slither through green mesquite and palo verde but too often, leave clients behind in the rush to keep moving and avoid detection. Some migrants choose to bypass the enterprising criminal networks and go it alone. But in doing so, they risk the possibility of becoming overwhelmed by the magnitude of a long walk through hard country.

    This desert holds bones and it guards their identity like secrets.

    The bodies of nearly 900 people remain unidentified in Pima County, the result of years of illegal border crossings that funneled people through the Arizona desert. Now, a new program is underway at the Pima County Medical Examiner in Tucson to use DNA to match those remains to thousands of people who’ve been reported missing.

    "We’re here in the cooler. You can see that the remains to the right of the cooler or the north-facing side in these white body bags are generally undocumented border crosser remains. As an example of what we have, we can look over here where we have a number of smaller body bags on a particular tray. The number I’m currently looking at is labeled 15-3103 which means these remains were recovered in 2015, at the end of 2015," said Dr. Greg Hess.

    The bag holds a lower jawbone and several smaller bones. Case 15-3103’s brittle yellow specimens will be interred but now forensic anthropologists have a digital ID card, the DNA of the person this lower jawbone belonged to.

    Last year, Hess’s staff performed autopsies on 138 people found in the desert. It’s been this way since 2001 in Arizona when the state became the predominant region for illegal border crossings. Since then 2,600 people have been found dead. Of those, nearly 900 remain unidentified. All presumably undocumented migrants and all found within roughly 100 miles of the border.

    Camerina Santa Cruz lives in a tidy home in a Tucson neighborhood. She is a Jehovah’s Witness and on this day she's rehearsing a song from the religious studies class she attends at night. She’s a U.S. citizen who arrived here in the 1980s.

    It’s been three years since her son disappeared. On August 17, 2013, Marco Antonio Ramirez left Nogales, Sonora, with two friends. Three days later, those friends told his mother he didn’t make it.

    She has faith he’s still alive. A mother’s faith, she says.

    Santa Cruz joined the non-profit Colibrí Center for Human Rights' test DNA match program last year.

    Kat Rodriguez, Missing Migrant Project Specialist at the Colibrí Center, said, "It's just waiting on the results. So she might have answers. Her son’s been missing almost exactly 3 years and he very much could be one of those 900."

    The non-profit has fielded 2,500 calls from people now living in the U.S. who call in to report missing family members.

    Rodriguez dialed a woman from Phoenix whose brother went missing in June 2014. "We have all the information that we need from him, we have photos of him. Even a pretty big photo of a tattoo he has," she said. "So basically from here, there’s nobody that’s come through the medical examiner’s that seems to be him."

    But the Colibrí Center’s DNA program could end up matching one of the unidentified 900 bodies with the woman’s brother.

    "It’s also a way to give families the answer that he’s not here. And sometimes knowing that is also really important," Rodriguez said.

    The DNA samplings will be processed throughout the U.S., the first one this Fall in San Francisco.

    So for now, Santa Cruz and thousands more family members like her wait, first for a DNA swab and then for the results of those tests to see if any of those many lonely remains belong to their loved one.

    You can learn more about the Colibrí Center for Human Rights work at the organization's website.

  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    COVINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) The only picture of middle child Michael Perdue is singed around the edges, saved from a fire that killed another brother.

    "[He was] a handsome man," said Wally Perdue.

    Perdue and sister Sandra Miller scraped money together to make the long drive down from Detroit to be reunited with Michael, whom they last saw when he was 17. Back then he was something of a drifter, looking for a place to belong. For thirty years, a mystery surrounded Alleghany County. In 1986, near train tracks, human bones were found and without DNA testing, it wasn't known who it was. And for the Perdues, that question demanded an answer. Now they have it.

    Wally's DNA was the link to the remains found. A chronic drug user, he says learning it was Michael saved him.

    "And I do believe that was Michael from heaven, kicking my butt and getting me to take care of this business," he said.

    Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin Hall was a cub officer in 1986, only on the job for a few weeks.

    "I didn't know what I was doing really," he quipped.

  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    KLAMATH FALLS — The Oregon State Police are continuing to investigate human remains found in Klamath County earlier this month.

    State police said Tuesday in a press release that officials were awaiting autopsy results on remains found Nov. 4 near Klamath Falls.

    But car keys, a Ruger .22-caliber pistol and a large knife found near the remains match those carried by Brett T. Farmer when he was last seen. Farmer was reported missing Aug. 23, 2014.

    Farmer’s then-girlfriend told police that he was suicidal, but Farmer’s family is disputing that.

    His sister Heidi Dishmon said his family believes he was a homicide victim.

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  6. Kimster

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  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    DIXON, Mo. • A Missouri sheriff is hoping new information could help identify the remains of a child found in a rural area three years ago.

    Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long told The Waynesville Daily Guide he wants to try one last time before closing the case of the remains of the child found near Dixon in the fall of 2013. Dixon is near Rolla about 100 miles southwest of St. Louis.

    The remains, which consisted of the child's skull, were discovered by a photographer.

    "The skull had been there for some time," Long said.

    Recent test results from the University of Arizona-Tucson showed the child died sometime between 1967 and 1972, which is earlier than authorities had originally believed.

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  9. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Two months ago, skeletal remains were found deep in the forest at Bunsee Trace, Penal.
    Two weeks later, the skeletal remains of a dog were found among human bones in the forest off Scotts Road, not far from Bunsee Trace.
    No one has come forward to claim the remains, which were bagged and shelved at the Forensic Science Centre in St James.
    Initial reports stated that the bones and skull found at Bunsee Trace could be those of a slim-built woman.
    Investigators have contacted the relatives of several missing persons, male and female, for DNA samples to confirm the identities.
    However, no calls were made to the relatives of missing Nicole Jaggan, who vanished on her way to a cosmetology class in San Fernando back in 2014.
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  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  11. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    A traveling carnival worker found dead in Farmingdale six months ago. Unearthed skeletons dating back to 1978. Half of the 10 sets of remains discovered amid the ongoing Long Island Serial Killer investigation.

    These are among the 38 sets of unidentified human remains that Nassau and Suffolk county coroners have been trying for years to identify. Under a recently enacted New York State law, medical examiners are now required to list descriptions of such remains in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), a federal database designed to help identify John and Jane Does. But adding to the difficulty in finding matches is the site’s underutilization and a funding fight that could hamper its efforts.

    “NamUs is one of he most underutilized tools, not just from law enforcement, but also from the public,” said retired NYPD Det. Joseph Giacalone, a former cold case investigator. “It’s one of the greatest tools that can be used to solve some of these cases, but no one knows about it.”

    Out of the 11,287 open cases of unidentified deceased persons nationwide listed in NamUs, 1,289 are in New York State, including 27 in Suffolk and 11 in Nassau, as of this story. NamUs is credited with helping put names to 35 percent of cases listed in its database since it was launched nearly a decade ago. It also has functions for missing persons and identified unclaimed deceased persons.

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  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    CLARK COUNTY, Wash. — The Clark County Medical Examiner needs the public's help identifying a teenage girl whose remains were found nearly 37 years ago.

    The girl's remains were found in a wooded area near Fly Creek in the county's northeast corner on Feb. 24, 1980. She was between 13 and 18 years old when she died, which was possibly in the late 1970s.

    More at link ----------> http://ktvl.com/news/local/medical-examiner-needs-your-help-identifying-teen-found-in-1980

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  13. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    Regina Sykes said Sunday that she was praying that human remains found during a weekend search in Kinloch were not those of her daughter, who has been missing more than three months.

    A search party of volunteers scoured a desolate area of Kinloch on Saturday and stumbled upon remains some believe may be those of Sykes’ daughter, Monica Elaine Sykes, 25, who disappeared on Oct. 28.

    Police provided no new information Sunday. St. Louis County police, who assisted with the body, said they were called about 1 p.m. Saturday.

    Regina Sykes, 50, said officials told her it could take weeks to determine if the remains are her daughter’s.

    She did not participate in the search but had in other searches.

    “I couldn’t find myself going to another vacant building or wooded area looking for my child,” she said softly. “I’m still hoping and praying that she is still alive.”

    Her husband, Leonard Sykes, her daughter Dana Bailey, 30, of Berkeley, and her father, Roger Webb, 72, of St. Louis had been at the Berkeley Civic Center, the search command center, when word arrived of the discovery.

    Her son, Nathan Sykes, 27, arrived at the search site just as the area, along the Berkeley-Ferguson border, was being blocked off, she said.

    “I think about the people who are still missing in Berkeley,” she said. “I’m surprised that they didn’t find others out there.”

    She was referring to Kelly L. Allen, 20, and Shemika Cosey, 16, who have been missing from Berkeley for years. Berkeley Police Capt. Art Jackson, the acting police chief, said he believed there was no connection between Monica Sykes and their disappearances.

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  14. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    In February 2012, a Manorville man walking his dog in a wooded area near his house made a startling discovery: a human skull and other skeletal remains.

    Five years later, all forensic analysts have discovered is that the remains were those of a man, likely white with brown hair and anywhere from 30 to 50 years old. His right fibula had been fractured but had healed.

    The man’s fate isn’t unique. Since 1969, nearly 1,300 sets of unidentified remains have been discovered in New York State, according to the National Institute of Justice’s National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. Of these, 27 were found in Suffolk County, including three in Manorville, one in Riverhead and one on Plum Island.

    Although many sets ultimately remain unidentified, experts nonetheless work continuously to find a match.

    Identifying remains rarely entails a “bingo” moment, said Todd Matthews, director of case management and communications at NamUs. Instead, the process typically consists of building blocks that gradually connect and lead to solving a mystery.

    The NamUs database was launched in 2006 in an effort to solve missing persons and unidentified decedent cases. The organization estimates that 40,000 sets of unidentified human remains exist nationwide; some are stored in the offices of medical examiners and coroners, while others were buried or cremated before they could be investigated.

    The database comprises three sections: missing persons, unidentified persons and unclaimed persons. The latter involves remains that have been identified but haven’t been claimed by a relative or acquaintance.

    “This is the first database of its kind that is available to public users, so if you have a missing loved one, you can enter a case into NamUs and we’ll verify it with law enforcement before it’s published — but you can initiate,” Mr. Matthews said.

    The database also contains information from law enforcement agencies that recovered unidentified remains from the scene, along with details from medical examiners and coroners such as estimated age and ethnicity, the circumstances in which the remains were found, medical history and any identifying physical attributes.

    “It’s the legal duty of the medical examiner to make positive identifications,” explained Dr. Michael Caplan, Suffolk County’s chief medical examiner. Most identifications are based on fingerprints or dental records, he said, but identity can also be determined by examining distinctive markings, such as tattoos or scars from documented surgical procedures.

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    More at link: http://riverheadnewsreview.timesrev...to-unidentified-remains-after-case-goes-cold/
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  15. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    The second body discovered by the Runions family remains unidentified. The remains are stored at the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office, which holds the unidentified remains of those who die mysterious deaths.

    The remains are stored in the same room at the Medical Examiner’s Office, a nondescript building off East 21st Street. Another category of remains, those that are unclaimed, are also stored in the same room.

    Medical Examiner Diane Peterson said the county is working about 15 cases of unclaimed remains at any given time.

    After a period of about two months, the county abandons its attempt to locate families of unclaimed remains and sends them to be cremated, at a cost of about $700.

    If unidentified, the outcome for the remains are less conclusive: they remain in possession of Jackson County, sometimes for decades, in a sort of purgatory.

    The 23 unidentified remains in county possession are shrouded in mystery. The oldest remains were discovered in 1988.

    More at link: http://www.lsjournal.com/2017/02/21/144839/the-fate-of-unidentified-bodies.html
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  16. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    A couple hiking Tuesday afternoon along Seven Mile Creek in Butler County made a gruesome discovery.

    “I have found a human skull, a dead body,” a man said in a 911 call.

    The skeletal remains were found along Sipps Lane near New Miami, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

    Sipps Lane runs along Seven Mile Creek.

    The man told the dispatcher the remains were about a fourth of a mile off the road in the woods.

    “Literally there’s half a body about 10 feet away from the other half and it’s still clothed and a skeleton,” the caller said. “The clothes still look kind of new.”

    Butler County Coroner Dr. Lisa Mannix responded to the scene and confirmed that the remains are human.

    The Butler County Sheriff’s Office is working with the coroner’s office to determine the identity of the person and a possible cause and manner of death.

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  17. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Human remains were excavated from a remote area in Derry Township on Friday in what investigators described as a “suspicious death.”

    The Westmoreland County coroner and detectives were assisted by a Mercyhurst University forensic anthropology team in a wooded area off of Strawcutter Road, not far from Keystone State Park.

    The investigation began Thursday evening along Kiser Lane, said Detective Ray Dupilka.

    “Through the course of the investigation, we identified a remote location” as a site connected to the death, Dupilka said.

    He declined to identify the victim or provide additional details.

    Investigators finished their work at the scene by mid-afternoon Friday.

    They contended with muddy, snowy and cold conditions and hilly terrain to reach the spot were the remains were found.

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  18. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Police Seek Help Identifying Woman Found Dead In Vacant Home
    March 20, 2017 3:40 PM
    Filed Under: Body Found
    Jane Doe (Courtesy: Baltimore PD)

    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Police Department is asking the public to help them identify a woman who was found dead in a vacant home.

    Police say the body was found on March 2, inside a vacant home in the 1100 block of N. Montford Ave.

    There were no signs of foul play or trauma to the body, according to police.

    Anyone with information on her identity is asked to call police at (410) 396-2100.

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  19. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Skeletal remains found bundled in rolled-up carpet in Yonkers

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    By Marcus Solis
    Tuesday, June 06, 2017 05:24PM
    YONKERS, New York (WABC) --
    Police are investigating after a gruesome discovery outside an apartment building in Yonkers.

    Skeletal remains were found wrapped in a carpet, and investigators are now trying to figure out the identity and cause of death.

    Neighbors said they noticed the carpet a week ago, and authorities believe the body may have been there for some time.

    "It's just pretty crazy that that was there the entire time," resident David Echevarria said. "We passed it a whole bunch of times. We even talked about picking it up for ourselves because it looked like a good rug."

    The landlord of 165 Bruce Avenue made the grisly find while clearing garbage that had piled up, and there was an instant commotion when he lowered the carpet that had been standing on end.

    "I went outside, and you could see it, a rolled up rug," Echevarria said. "And right out of it, you see a small skull with teeth still intact."

    One woman who didn't want to be identified said she couldn't quite understand her dog's strange behavior of late during walks.

    "She always tried to go to the rug," she said. "I was fearful of bedbugs, so I would yell at her not to go near it, not knowing there was a dead body in there."

    The remains were mostly skeletal, and residents say there was no foul odor that might have otherwise tipped them off. The medical examiner will now try to identify the victim, determine the cause of death, as well as when the person died.

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  20. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    NCMEC Helps ID 100 Child Victims

    In November 2011, NCMEC added two positions to its Forensic Services Unit, the team dedicated to helping law enforcement with long-term missing child cases. These new positions would work to identify the hundreds of unknown child victims who’ve died nameless.

    Since then, NCMEC is proud to announce that it has helped give 100 children their names back.

    Resolving almost one unidentified cold case a month over the last five and a half years, the FSU team utilizes various resources to uncover a child’s identity. Everything from facilitating scientific testing, such as DNA and isotopes, to disseminating NCMEC’s facial reconstructions through its extensive reach on social media.

    This relatively small but mighty team, with a caseload of more than 700 unknown child victims, has not only helped identify 100 children, many whose cases had gone cold, but they have provided answers to so many families and helped law enforcement to finally bring criminals to justice.

    Today, one hundred children have their names back. One hundred families have answers that they have been so desperately searching for. As Carol Schweitzer and her team work to identify the next 100 children, she has a plea to investigators across the country:

    “I urge law enforcement to register their unidentified cases with NCMEC,” said Schweitzer. “Our resources are helping to solve these complicated and challenging cases.”

    She also encourages families to report their loved ones missing to ensure that authorities are aware of the situation. It’s never too late to report someone missing.


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