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Discussion in 'Unidentified 2010 to Present' started by Kimster, Jun 29, 2015.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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    ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Medical examiners are working to identify a human skull that was found early Wednesday morning in Roseburg.

    Officials said the remains were found around 8 a.m. by an Oregon Department of Transportation crew.

    The crew was doing routine maintenance work on I-5 northbound at exit 124 when they found the skull on a hillside.

    The Douglas County Medical Examiner and State Medical Examiner's Office were called out and confirmed the skull is human.

    “The human skeletal remains were found to be actual human remains," said Oregon State Police Lieutenant Steve Mitchell. "We found at least one bone. We are now in the process of having the County Medical Examiner work with the State Medical Examiner’s office to try to identify who the skeletal remains may be.”

    Mitchell said the remains are skeletal, meaning the person didn't die any time recently.

    Search and rescue crews were called to comb the area to try to find any additional remains.

    They were unable to find any other bones.

    This is an ongoing investigation, and KEZI will have updates as more information comes in.

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    June 7, 2018, 7:00 PM
    "Baby June," newborn found dead off Florida coast, may have floated for miles, cops say

    An artist's rendition depicts an infant found dead June 1 in the Atlantic Ocean near Boynton Beach, Fla. Authorities are asking anyone who can help identify the girl to come forward. PALM BEACH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

    PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -- Police seeking to identify a newborn girl found dead in the ocean off the south Florida coastline say the child was likely born in a hospital. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says an off-duty firefighter found the female infant Friday afternoon while boating on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Boynton Beach Inlet around 1 p.m. on June 1.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the hotline at 561-688-4155.

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    Chaffee County Crime Scene Team, Chaffee County Coroner’s Office and detectives worked around the clock to recover a nearly complete set of human remains, plus several artifacts nearby.

    Authorities started investigating the case as a homicide, the sheriff's office said.

    The remains were turned over to the coroner’s office and a forensic anthropologist examined them.

    Several months later, the sheriff’s office and coroner’s office received reports from the anthropologist. The findings? The remains belonged to a 15- to 18-year-old male and dated back to the mid- to late-1800s. He was a pioneer.

    He had damage to his cranium, which suggested that he had died as a result of blunt force injuries. Examiners and authorities do not know if that was caused by the fall, or if something had struck the teen. Because the remains were dated back so far, any witness or suspect to a potential crime in this case would already have almost certainly died, the sheriff's office said.

    Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Graf, Coroner Randy Amettis and Sheriff John Spezze plan to hold an organized funeral and burial — including a donated personalized gravestone and ceremony — to lay the pioneer to rest.

    “Because of the age of the remains and the almost certain likelihood that no witness to a criminal case is still alive we collaboratively decided to go this direction to finally lay this unknown teenage boy to rest,” the sheriff’s office said.

    The service is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 27 at Fairview Cemetery, located at 8105 Co Road 144, Salida. The general public is welcome to attend.


    This gives me much hope that ALL remains can be located through time and effort - and a lot of luck.
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    The remains of two people who died in 1987 and 1984 have now been identified through DNA testing by the Yolo County Coroner’s Office, closing one case and providing investigators with more information to perhaps solve a cold-blooded murder.

    The most recent of the two cases at last gives a name to the man, previously known as “The Bridge Hero,” who jumped into the Sacramento River to rescue people from a vehicle that drove off the Tower Bridge on Sept. 9, 1987.

    Identified as the hero was James Wray Miller of Ames Iowa. Miller’s body was recovered on Sept. 22 in West Sacramento. His age at the time of his death is unknown.

    According to Chief Deputy Coroner Gina Moya, the remains were previously identified twice, both of which turned out to be false.

    Moya reported that Miller’s family worked closely with the Coroner’s Office and “NamUs” during the most recent identification process.

    “NamUs” is the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System based in Largo, Florida, which was launched in 2009 specifically to help identify an estimated 100,000 active missing persons cases and more than 40,000 sets of unidentified human remains.

    According to file reports, Miller dove into the water to rescue a pickup driver Pati Fink, 51, and her passenger James Shaughnessy, 36, when the vehicle went into the river. Another woman, identified Chris Whittacker, was riding in the bed of the truck and was rescued.

    The pickup went into the water when the drawbridge was raised to allow a tour boat to pass underneath.

    According to a report appearing in the Sacramento Bee, Michael Foster Souza was serving as the bridge tender and overrode the safety controls to raise the bridge without the warning signals to prevent motorists from driving onto it when raised.

    The Bee reported Souza had been on the job about a month and was fired by the state Department of Transportation shortly after the accident. He pleaded no contest to a single count of involuntary manslaughter for opening the drawbridge without activating the proper warning signals.

    The Bee also reported Souza was found to have a blood-alcohol reading of 0.18, after the fatal accident, which occurred while he was at the controls of the bridge apparatus.

    “Under the terms of his plea agreement, Souza was permitted to enter a work furlough program instead of serving jail time,” The Bee stated. “He was removed from the program after violating rules and required to serve the final months of his one-year sentence in jail.”
    Identification of the second cold case, according to Moya, was made in December 2017 and only just reported.

    The skeletonized remains of what were later determined to be a black woman, were found scattered near County Road 32A in Davis in August 1984.

    “Her cause of death was multiple shotgun shots to the head, neck and right shoulder,” according to Moya.

    The deceased was positively identified by DNA comparison as Michelle Roy of Sacramento County, who went missing in May 1984. Her age was also not reported.

    The case is under investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, Moya stated.

    The use of DNA testing — partnered with genealogy databases — has shined a light on cold cases across the state, producing new information to help solve them.

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    Police say a baby boy was found floating in the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge, CBS New York reports. The approximately 8-month-old child was discovered Sunday afternoon by a family visiting New York City from Stillwater, Oklahoma.

    The Associated Press says Monte Campbell's wife, Diana, first noticed the child, who was only wearing diapers. The family was taking in the view under the Brooklyn Bridge, CBS New York reports.

    "She just called me over and said there was a baby in the water. I called 911. At that point I thought it was a doll, Mr. Campbell told the AP. He had went into the water "mid-thigh level," AP reports, to retrieve the baby and started CPR. There was no respiration nor pulse.

    The NYPD tweeted that it was searching the waters for any additional victims.

    CBS New York says authorities took the child from the water and rushed him to a local hospital and was pronounced dead. Investigators also pulled a backpack found floating nearby from the river, the station adds.

    A medical examiner will establish an exact cause of death. Anyone with information is urged to call 800-577-TIPS.

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    A hunter checking trail cameras was following a deer through a remote wooded area along Chapin Road in the southwest part of the county around 4 p.m., according to the Saginaw County Sheriff's Office.

    The hunter, who owns the property, said he found a boot along a trail and then discovered what appeared to be a human skull. He called police, who immediately launched an investigation.

    A Michigan State Police crime lab was at the scene until late Sunday evening.

    Police believe the remains have been in the woods for quite a while -- mostly likely years. Investigators are poring over past missing persons cases to start trying to determine the identity.


    I follow Eric Franks' mom on FB and that's how I learned about this finding. There are many missing in Michigan. I pray they are able to determine the identity of these bones quickly!
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    The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said Monday that a DNA match confirmed that human remains found in neighboring Flagler County in 2016 were of Mandy Ciehanoski.

    Ciehanoski had been in a relationship with Michael Annicchiarico, who pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison in 2014.

    The woman's remains were found two years ago by a drone operator searching for a crashed drone.


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