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  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    TWO SETS OF REMAINS FOUND IN MONTANA:

    The discovery has put residents in the small town of Weeping Water on-edge.

    “I just can't believe it would happen around here in a small town,” said nearby resident Bobbi Frederickson.

    The body was found in a wooded area. Investigators won’t say who found the body -- but say they know the body had been there for several days and was already starting to decompose.

    “It's a female in her 30's that was the victim,” said Lahm.

    Cass County Chief Deputy Sheriff Brad Lahm and his investigative team don't know who the woman was or how her body ended up in this rural area. So far, they have not ruled out foul play.

    “It's still an active investigation to figure out what may have gone on,” Lahm told WOWT 6 News

    Just two months ago, hikers found a human skull in this Cass County creek. With a DNA analysis pending, those remains haven't been identified yet either.


    “We're not aware of anything that would be a concern to the public,” said Lahm.

    Chief Deputy Lahm does not believe the skull in the creek and the body in the woods are connected.

    But without any solid answers, some who live in Cass County are apprehensive.

    “I'm going to keep my doors locked. I don't know. It's just creepy,” said Cass County resident Kristin Williamson.

    Investigators are getting closer to making a positive ID on the body found near Weeping Water. They won't have an official cause of death until the coroner finishes an autopsy. Those results aren’t expected for several days because the body was so badly decomposed.

    http://www.wowt.com/content/news/Womans-remains-found-in-woods-near-Weeping-Water-439098683.html
     
  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Federal Funding Cuts Put Missing Persons and John Doe Cases on the Back Burner
    Jaime Dunaway / AP
    Aug 19, 2017
    (DALLAS) — Karen Stipes always believed her missing mother was "Mountain Jane Doe," buried unidentified in a paupers' cemetery deep in the woods outside Harlan, Kentucky. But without proof, it took nearly half a century and the development of DNA technology for forensic scientists at the University of North Texas to confirm her intuition.

    Police didn't know who Sonja Kaye Blair-Adams was when a man picking flowers on a trail found her body stabbed multiple times in 1969. It remained a mystery to the locals until advances in forensic science prompted renewed efforts to identify the body and resume the hunt for her killer. While police have yet to solve the killing, Stipes said the restoration of her mother's identity has provided at least some closure.

    But now the same Texas lab that handled Blair-Adams' DNA has had to stop testing samples like hers that come from outside the state due to a lack of funding, meaning family members of missing and unidentified people are waiting longer for their cases to be solved.

    "Everyone deserves to have their unidentified found," Stipes said. "I feel my mother was disrespected being unidentified for so long. There wasn't DNA testing in 1969 when my mother died, but it's 2017. I think it has gotten overlooked."

    For years, law enforcement looking for a breakthrough in a cold case could count on sending samples of unknown bodies to the Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas. The lab is a world leader in mitochondrial DNA testing from decomposing and partial remains and provided testing for missing and unidentified people at no cost to investigators.

    But this year the National Institute of Justice decided not to offer millions of dollars in grants for DNA technology to identify missing people and instead reallocated that money to programs that help state and local governments audit and track backlogged rape kits. The U.S. agency also introduced new grants to help medical examiners and coroner's offices meet accreditation standards and recruit forensic pathologists.


    More at link---------> http://time.com/4907817/missing-unidentified-persons-dna-funding/
     
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    Kimster Director Staff Member

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    Kimster Director Staff Member

    COLORADO:


    COSTILLA COUNTY — On September 9th, Sgt. Paul Quintana with the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office in recovering human remains discovered by hunters in Huerfano County near the Costilla County line, Costilla County Undersheriff Ricky Rodriguez stated in a release on Monday.

    The remains have not yet been identified, but an ongoing investigation is taking place by Sgt. Quintana along with assistance from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The identification of the remains may take a few months to identify, and is currently being handled by the El Paso County Coroner.

    This case is currently ongoing.

    https://alamosanews.com/article/hunters-find-human-remains
     
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  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    In a field of green grass and chunks of brown dirt, a grieving father kneels at an unmarked grave site.

    The official marker reads "1995." There is no other indication as to who is buried there. Only makeshift memorials hold any clues as to the lives that were lost.

    In this dirt grave, Los Angeles County cremated and entombed the remains of more than 1,800 people who were unidentified at the time of their death including the son of Kenneth Gridiron, Sr.

    "My son was a happy child. I took him everywhere," said Gridiron, who stops mid-sentence because emotion overtakes him.

    Much more at link -----------------> https://www.nbclosangeles.com/inves...tigation-LAPD-Kenneth-Gridiron-454147893.html


    I wanted to pull out this report because it explains the DNA match problem in Los Angeles county. Over 1,800 unidentified people were buried in this mass grave.
     
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  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    ECONOMY, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - The woman’s severed head lay in the woods, 10 yards off a rural road. Her mouth was open. Her eyes were closed. Her hair was gray and fluffy.

    An undated handout forensic artist sketch obtained by Reuters October 19, 2017 shows what the woman whose head was found in Economy Borough, Pennsylvania, U.S. in 2014 may have looked like when she was alive. Courtesy Michelle Vitali/Economy Borough Police Department/Handout via REUTERS
    A teenager spotted her about half past noon on Dec. 12, 2014. Moments later, police say, the boy called 911. “I found a human head,” he calmly told the operator.

    Authorities haven’t determined how or when she died, her age, why she was decapitated, or how her head came to rest off Mason Road in this town of 12,000 not far from Pittsburgh.Despite an initial flurry of tips, police say they have no suspects. But they do have a leading theory.They believe the head may have been severed by a so-called body broker – someone who sells body parts from a cadaver donated to science.“She was dismembered professionally,” said Michelle Vitali, an anatomy professor at Edinboro University near Erie who closely examined the head. “It’s part of the body parts trade.”

    Pathologist Cyril Wecht, a veteran of more than 20,000 autopsies, agreed that the cutting wasn’t done by an amateur. “We see a rather neat surgical dissection,” Wecht said after examining crime scene photos. “Somebody took their time.”

    One reason the head may have come from the body trade: The industry has been linked to similar abuses in the past.

    Reuters has identified thousands of body parts that have been misused or desecrated since 2004. In the case of Detroit-based body broker Arthur Rathburn, authorities allege he “stored human heads by stacking them directly on top of each other without any protective barrier.” Rathburn faces trial in January, charged with defrauding health care clients by misleading them about infected human remains and with lying to federal agents.

    Typically, however, authorities stumble across these cases only by happenstance. An airline employee in Arkansas discovered 40 severed heads being shipped in plastic containers in 2010. Two years ago in Texas, police found an entire cadaver lying by the side of the road. It had fallen from a van on the way to a body broker in Colorado. The driver, Reuters reported at the time, hadn’t noticed that the body was missing.

    “HARD TO TRACK”
    Complicating the Pennsylvania case: Bodies and parts can be bought, sold and leased across America with relative ease. That makes determining the origins of remains like the head found in Economy difficult if not impossible.

    “There’s so many places where you can get these parts,” Vitali said. “But it’s hard to trace back.”

    Police say they’ll likely need the public’s help to solve what they call the most bizarre case they’ve handled.

    “Two and half years plugging away at this thing. Got nowhere. It drives me crazy,” said Andrew Gall, chief of detectives for the Beaver County district attorney’s office. “I’ve been doing this job for a long time. I hadn’t had anything where I had a body part like this turn up.”

    In the days after the head was found, authorities used cadaver dogs to scour the area. They also sought DNA from the woman, whose head had been embalmed. But those efforts yielded nothing. They uncovered no evidence in the forest, and the remains held no DNA; it had been destroyed by the embalming chemicals, authorities say.

    Police brought in Vitali, who is also a forensic artist, and released a sketch and clay model she created to show what the woman may have looked like alive. Investigators set up a telephone hotline and initially figured a grave robber might be to blame. “I felt that we put this out and any moment, the phone was going to ring with that information,” Gall said. “That call never came.”

    Quickly, the case of the bodiless woman, whom they now call Jane Doe, went cold. And the remaining clues seemed bewildering.

    RED RUBBER BALLS
    At the local morgue, authorities found eye caps – a mortician’s tool to keep the lids closed – in each of her eyes. But beneath those eye caps lay a surprise: a small red rubber ball in each of Jane Doe’s otherwise empty sockets.

    The balls continue to baffle investigators and mortuary experts, who say they have never heard of red rubber balls being used to replace removed eyes. At least one company makes spheres that double as eye caps, but they are vastly different in color and texture than the balls found in the woman’s sockets.

    Her eyes may have been taken through organ donation. But if Jane Doe died recently, it is likely that “an eye bank or an organ procurement organization would only remove the cornea from an eye,” said Wes Culp, deputy press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

    A body broker, on the other hand, might remove and sell the full eye for research purposes. Laws governing organ donation and the body broker business differ substantially.

    Transplantation organizations are strictly regulated but body brokers are not.

    But why fill the empty sockets with the red balls? Using cotton to fill the space is cheaper. Red rubber balls, these marked CHINA, “are not used in either the funeral profession or in organ donor networks,” said Kevin Moran, an embalming instructor at the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York.

    “In my 40 years of doing this, I have never seen that,” he said.

    The use of caps in Jane Doe’s eye sockets was “very professional,” Moran said. “And yet part of it is the rubber balls you get with a ball-and-jacks set. It doesn’t make sense.”

    The situation also perplexes detective Gall, who hasn’t ruled out another scenario. “Prove to me it’s not a homicide – that she was alive and someone killed her and played with that body,” he said, “including putting the red eyeballs in there.”

    “PATCHWORK DENTISTRY”
    If anyone is likely to identify Jane Doe, it might be a dentist.

    Authorities found a full set of teeth inside the woman’s mouth and took X-rays. Dentists at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine examined the head and determined that work had been done on every single tooth – one of them as many as seven times.

    A woman’s head is pictured in a field in Economy Borough, Pennsylvania, U.S. in this 2014 police handout photo obtained by Reuters October 19, 2017. Courtesy Economy Borough Police Department/Handout via REUTERS
    Using one of three teeth they pulled, the dentists also found what they believe to be a filling compound that wasn’t available to dentists before 2004, meaning the woman likely died sometime thereafter. Based on their examination, dentists Raymond Miller and Peter Bush were able to posit a possible profile of Jane Doe: a lower-income woman who had many cavities and may have grown up where the water wasn’t fluoridated.

    She probably lacked top-notch dental insurance that would have covered crowns, but may have had a cheaper plan that paid for fillings, Miller said. The work on her mouth was what Miller called “patchwork dentistry,” in which problems are addressed only when necessary. Still, the work was well done, both dentists agreed.

    “Somebody took good care of her,” Miller said. “Every tooth is filled or fixed in her mouth.” The extent of that work would make her “an easy ID if we had any kind of information about her.”

    “VERY PRECISE” CUT
    Investigators all but eliminated grave robbery. No recent cases had been reported that involved a missing head. And that left detective Gall asking, “Where does the head come from?”

    Authorities turned to anatomy professor and forensic artist Vitali.

    Jane Doe’s skin had been cut raggedly around the front of her neck. But the cut beneath the skin was smooth and exact. Vitali also noticed two slits on the back of the neck, and the woman’s cervical spine was gone. The cuts suggested the spine was explicitly removed – an indication that Jane Doe’s head was used in the body parts industry, Vitali and others said.

    “When we lifted the flap at the back of the neck, we could see that the whole purpose of that was to access the key joint that would preserve both the head and the vertebral column, thereby maximizing the profitability of both,” Vitali said.

    X-rays of the head clearly show the vertebrae are missing.

    “This is not anybody going with a kitchen knife or anything remotely like that,” Vitali said. “It was well done, and it was placed perfectly.”
    Vitali’s observations gave rise to the body broker theory and a new approach to attacking the mystery. “One of the things we considered doing was purchasing a human head,” said Michael O’Brien, Economy’s police chief.

    Vitali would lead the effort. “If we just went out and bought another human head, what would we find?” Vitali wondered. “It was really as simple as that.”


    HELP SOLVE THE MYSTERY

    Reuters email: tips@reuters.com
    Economy Police Department: 724-869-7877

    more at link:
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...s-found-in-the-woods-who-is-she-idUSKBN1D21B4
     
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  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    NEOSHO RAPIDS, Kan. (AP) — Human remains found more than six months ago in Lyon County still haven't been identified.

    A skull was found April 29 near the Neosho River just outside of Neosho Rapids. Lyon County officers later found more remains.

    The remains were wrapped in a bed sheet and comforter. A digital watch also was found.

    The Emporia Gazette reports an autopsy indicated the remains were a male who might have been of mixed race. He was between 5-feet-4 and 5-feet-6 and possibly of middle-to-late age. His long hair was blonde, white or gray. The man also had scoliosis.

    The man apparently died between 2013 and 2016.

    Lyon County Sheriff Jeff Cope said says a private lab is testing DNA to help with identification and national organizations for missing people have been notified.

    https://www.usnews.com/news/best-st...remains-unidentified-6-months-after-discovery
     
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  8. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Summit County Medical Examiner Dr. Lisa Kohler and Twinsburg Police Chief Christopher J. Noga today unveiled the clay model, which was created by a forensic artist with the Attorney General's Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) in an effort to help Summit County authorities identify the man.

    "This person is someone’s son, and there is a family out there who loved him. Now we need the public’s help to find this person’s loved ones some answers," DeWine said. "This facial reconstruction we recently started doing at BCI is a new tool we hope will lead to positively identifying remains in cases like this one."

    His remains were found on Feb. 18, 1982 behind a business at 3047 Cannon Road in Twinsburg. He is believed to be an African American male between 20 and 30 years old and about 5-foot-6. Additional details such as weight, hair, or eye color are unknown.

    http://www.norwalkreflector.com/Law...g-bones-found-in-1982.html?ci=stream&lp=2&p=1
     
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    Kimster Director Staff Member

    The Canadian Press
    Published Friday, December 8, 2017 10:27AM PST
    Last Updated Friday, December 8, 2017 6:36PM PST
    Warning: This story contains graphic images that may disturb some viewers.

    For the 13th time in the last decade, a human foot has washed up on B.C.'s coast.

    Mike Johns was walking his dog along the scenic coastline of Jordan River on southern Vancouver Island Thursday when he made the startling discovery.

    Photos
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    The shoreline in Jordan River is shown in this undated Google Maps image.

    "She was sniffing the bones so I stopped and took a look, and I saw the bones and noticed it was attached to a shoe," said Johns.

    A human fibula, tibia and complete left foot were intact inside a black Velcro shoe, sitting on a bed of kelp.

    "By the looks of it, the foot was totally intact. The ankle bone still worked and the bones were attached at the base of the knee," he said.

    Johns, a seasoned hunter, took the remains home with him before calling RCMP.

    Sooke RCMP and the BC Coroners Service took the remains and have since confirmed early analysis indicated they are human.

    "It's an ongoing investigation. There's no risk for the public at all," said Const. Sean Heidman of Sooke RCMP.

    More at link, including graphic photo of foot and bone *WARNING*: http://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/human-foot-in-shoe-found-on-vancouver-island-beach-1.3713377
     
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  10. fran

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    Grisly discovery: Mystery surrounds skeletal remains of three young children found inside a Montana shed
    • An investigation was launched by Missoula authorities after they obtained a search warrant to inspect the property on September 27
    • Police were initially called to the scene after a cleaning crew said they had found a parcel containing 'bones and teeth' on the premises
    • The cleaning crew had been called after the former tenant of the rental property had been evicted the previous week
    • The identities of the children, aged six-to-10 years old, five-to-eight years old and two-to-four years old at the time of death, have not been made public

    Montana police said on Wednesday that a box containing the skeletal remains of three children was discovered inside a man's shed.

    An investigation was launched by Missoula authorities after a warrant to search the property located on the 2100 block of South 12th Street West was obtained back on September 27.

    Police were initially called to the scene after a cleaning crew said they had found a parcel containing 'bones and teeth' on the premises, according to local broadcaster KPAX 8.


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    An investigation was launched by Missoula authorities after a warrant to search the property
    located on the 2100 block of South 12th Street West (pictured) was obtained in September

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    Lab technicians at the University of Montana (pictured) confirmed the remains were human,
    determining that they were 'likely modern and not archaeological'


    'Loose teeth, there was what appeared to be bone from a lower jaw, and others that were not as specifically described, but I would call them pieces of bone,' Missoula Police Sgt. Travis Welsh told the Missoulian newspaper. 'There were also rocks in this box.'

    The cleaning crew had been called after the former tenant of the rental property had been evicted the previous week, KPAX reported.


    'The fact that they are human makes this case unusual. Its not uncommon that people call in a report that they found bones of some kind. Typically, they are determined to be animal bones,' Welsh said.


    Lab technicians at the University of Montana confirmed the remains were human, determining that they were 'likely modern and not archaeological.'

    The identities of the children, aged six-to-10 years old, five-to-eight years old and two-to-four years old at the time of death, have not been made public.

    'Nothing we've been able to connect them too yet, however we are working with the National Center for Missing and Endangered Children, and other missing person databases to see if that's a possibility,' Welsh said.

    'The thing is, there are missing children all over the world. And the thing is, we don't know that this particular case is isolated to the city of Missoula. We don't know where the bones came from, and if they were transported from one area to another, and ended up here.'

    Detectives noted that evidence of a crime was not found on the property and are currently searching for possible suspects in the ongoing investigation.



    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-three-children-discovered.html#ixzz51D5zvje1
     
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    Closure at last? Michigan mother hopes remains of three children found in Montana shed are her three sons who went missing seven years ago when her ex failed to return them to her after Thanksgiving
    • On Wednesday, Montana authorities announced that they had discovered the bones of three children in a box left behind in a Missoula rental home's shed
    • The announcement sparked hope more than 1,500 miles away in Morenci, Michigan, where three young brothers have been missing since 2010
    • Montana investigators are now working with Michigan police to determine whether the remains belong to Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton
    • The three boys - then ages nine, seven and five - were reported missing by their mother the day after Thanksgiving, when her ex failed to return them
    • Father John Skelton at first said that the kids were with friends, but later said that he gave them to an underground organization to protect them from their mom
    • In September 2011, Skelton was sentenced to 10-15 years in prison after pleading no contest to unlawful imprisonment
    • The boys' mother Tanya Zuver said Thursday: 'We are processing it and hopeful that we will have answers soon'


    Authorities in Michigan are working with Montana police to determine whether the remains of three children found in a shed in Missoula belong to three brothers who went missing in 2010.

    Workers cleaning out a rental home in Missoula on September 27, after the previous tenants were evicted, discovered a box of bones in an outdoor shed.

    On Wednesday, police in Montana said they had identified the remains as belonging to three children, one between the ages of two and four, one between five and eight and the eldest between six and 10.

    The discovery caused shockwaves 1,500 miles away in Morenci, Michigan, where three brothers went missing seven years ago.

    Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton were nine, seven and five years old at the time of their disappearance, matching the ages of the remains found.



    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-missing-Michigan-brothers.html#ixzz51OvUZqTS
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    Police are investigating whether the bones of three children found in Missoula, Montana are the
    three Skelton brothers who went missing in 2010. Andrew (center), Alexander (right) and
    Tanner (left) where nine, seven, and five years old in November 2010 when their father failed to
    return them to their mother after Thanksgiving

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-missing-Michigan-brothers.html#ixzz51OvofRIz
     
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  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    PENNSYLVANIA:

    In the summer of 2013, Heather Hartranft and her boyfriend were enjoying a peaceful hike in the woods along the Susquehanna River in Lower Chanceford Township, York County, when they found something unusual.

    “We were just hiking in the woods and stumbled across a bone,” she said.

    Hartranft snapped a picture of the bone, and after doing a little research online, she knew she had to call police.

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    “As I was searching, I realized it started to resemble a human pelvic bone,” she said.

    State police called Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat, a forensic anthropologist from Mercyhurst University, who was able to determine it was a human pelvis and several vertebrae. It belonged a male and hadn’t been there for long.

    “One week to about three months,” Dirkmaat said, “but that’s a rough guide.”

    http://abc27.com/2018/02/19/midstate-mystery-dismembered-remains-found-in-2013-still-not-identified/
     
  13. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    THE STATE OF OREGON:

    “You may be able to help me identify this unidentified female," Dr. Nici Vance says in her YouTube series called "Help ID Me".


    "They’re lost," she says, "and I want to help find their homes."

    It's Vance's job as Oregon's state Forensic Anthropologist to put a name to the 150 found dead in Oregon who have yet to be identified.

    That's no easy task.

    “It can be challenging to maintain the diligence and the passion about these cases," Vance said, "but for me, you sit here and you think about the fact that I'm surrounded by somebody's loved one."

    With each case, her job starts by gathering all of the information she can from the remains themselves.

    She gets dental records and a DNA sample.

    Then she tries to match them up to families with relatives who are missing, or even with convicted felons - anyone who has DNA on file.

    “We are basically checking off those boxes of identification," she said.

    She enters all of that information into a national database to see if they match missing person records from other states.

    “There are a certain percentage of people in this room that aren't from Oregon," Vance said, surrounded by the remains of 150 people found dead in Oregon who have yet to be identitifed. "They traveled here. They moved here."

    In the past 10 years, they've identified more than 60 people through those means.

    For the rest, the science and evidence isn't enough.

    No one's come forward, and there's been no DNA match.

    So Vance is going beyond the bones and onto the internet.

    The public is her only hope.

    “We need investigative leads that will help solve these mysteries," she said.

    She hopes to interest the public to help piece together where these people came from, how they got here - and the biggest question: who they are.

    "To come together, work together, to solve these mysteries together," she said

    Vance said she will not stop until every single person is identified.

    “We will never give or discard anyone until they have a first and last name," she said. "That is the commitment that we've made to Oregonians and really the nation."

    So for as many videos as it takes, they’ll stay in her care, waiting to be known.

    If you have a missing loved one, Vance said the best thing you can do is report it to law enforcement, put it into the national NAMUS database, and get a DNA sample.

    http://kval.com/news/local/i-want-t...eople-found-dead-in-oregon-still-unidentified

    Dr. Vance is my UID hero. :hero:
     
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  14. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    UNIDENTIFIED MIGRANTS:

    It can be difficult to identify the remains of migrants found near the U.S.-Mexico border, but a collaborative project that combines art with science is trying to change that.

    As part of the project, art students in New York receive replica skulls of deceased migrants who remain unidentified. They then "use their sculptural and artistic training to accurately reconstruct the face of the victim in clay," according to the organizers with the New York Academy of Art.

    The project, in partnership with the Pima County medical examiner,aims to help identify migrants who died near the Mexico border in Arizona by increasing the chance that someone will recognize the deceased.

    More at link -----------> https://www.azcentral.com/story/new...sic-sculptures-new-york-art-school/398835002/
     
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  15. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    In an effort to piece together the puzzling aspects of missing persons reports, San Mateo County officials are asking the family members to step forward with genetic and other identifying information that could play a critical role in solving the mysteries that surround their loved ones.

    The DNA sample collected from a simple swab of someone’s cheek is all it may take to link a family member to another profile stored in nationwide DNA databases, a phenomenon San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault witnessed late last year when DNA offered by a Washington, D.C., family was matched with the profile of an unidentified female body discovered in Pacifica in 2006.


    Acknowledging the sad discovery family members of 41-year-old Christine Kuhn — whose body was found in remote area off Highway 1 — made more than a decade after they last saw her, Foucrault said the possibility of answering some of the questions surrounding a disappearance has driven him and his staff at the Coroner’s Office to host its first Bay Area Missing Persons Day this Saturday.

    “It brings relief to the family, it brings closure to the family,” he said, adding that in the case of Kuhn, the decomposed state of her body left the cause of her death unknown. “They don’t know why she died, but they were able to find closure.”

    Much more at link! https://www.smdailyjournal.com/news...cle_bfaa0908-437f-11e8-8b80-cbe09f1ee67e.html
     
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    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/skeletal-remains-of-three-females-found-near-d-c-construction-site/
    Skeletal remains of 3 females found near D.C. construction site

    Officials in Washington said Monday it is unclear what caused the deaths of three females whose skeletal remains were found in and near a construction site on Wednesday and Saturday. The first remains were discovered by construction workers in a crawlspace of an apartment building, and the other two were found by investigators in what police describe as a shallow grave.

    They haven't yet been identified.

    Neighbor William Bailey told CBS affiliate WUSA-TV he talked to the construction workers who made the first gruesome discovery last week, and told them to call 911. He said they were "shocked."

    "We are cleaning and reconstructing the skeletal remains of each individual," said Roger Mitchell, Jr., a forensic pathologist who works for the city's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, during a press conference Monday afternoon.

    Mitchell said the process is difficult in part because the two sets of remains found in the shallow grave were "co-mingled."

    Investigators plan to construct biometric profiles for each set of remains, in order to identify the age, ancestry, and stature of the deceased person. Mitchell said the remains are at the very least a year old, but couldn't estimate how long they had been buried.
     
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    Kimster Director Staff Member

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Coconino County authorities are trying to identify the body of a man found in the Flagstaff area last week.

    County sheriff’s officials say the death is being investigated as a homicide.

    Deputies responded to a report of human remains found by a motorist in an area along Woody Mountain Road west of Flagstaff on April 24.

    The body couldn’t immediately be identified because of prolonged exposure to the elements, but detectives believe the body is of an adult male.

    Sheriff’s officials say the body is believed to have been in the area for several months and the victim was killed at one location and the body transported to the Woody Mountain Road area to be discarded.

    https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/coconino-county-authorities-trying-to-identify-body-found/
     
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    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The National Center for Exploited Children is calling on the public to help them identify a John Doe found in 1985.

    The organization partnered with Parabon NanoLabs to create a new, color 3D facial reconstruction in the decades-old case.

    With the release of the new image, the Parker County Sheriff’s Office and the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office are asking for assistance from the public to help identify the young man.

    His skeletal remains were found on October 27, 1985 on a ranch off State Highway 51 in Parker County. A coin from 1984 was found with the remains, thus it is believed he disappeared in 1984 or early 1985.

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    Do you recognize this person? Contact contact NCMEC at 1-800-843-5678, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office at 1-817-920-5700 (ext. 8388) or the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at 1-682-229-2330 if so.

    DNA Phenotyping revealed the John Doe is Caucasian with a very fair or fair skin tone, brown or hazel eyes, and brown hair. He is believed to have been between 14 and 21 years of age. Clothing items found with the remains include a white fleece “Union Bay” brand jacket, a gray cotton “Raphael” brand jacket (size small), a dark gray cotton blend “Gimmick” brand jacket (size small), “Guess” brand blue jeans with leather trim (size 29×32) and “Jockey” brand underwear (size 32-34).

    If you have any information regarding the identity of John Doe, please contact NCMEC at 1-800-843-5678, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office at 1-817-920-5700 (ext. 8388) or the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at 1-682-229-2330.
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/05/02/new-image-gives-face-to-skeletal-remains-found-in-1984/
     
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  20. patsella

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    Another news article on the UID man.
    http://knau.org/post/coconino-county-authorities-trying-identify-body-found
     

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