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CA PILLAR POINT DOE: WM, 19-25, found on beach in San Mateo, CA - 26 November 1983 *Identified*

Discussion in 'Identified!' started by Scorpio, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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    Clothing and Accessories

    Clothing on body: Male body wearing female clothing; light-yellow knee length Capri pants; light-yellow jacket; multi-colored turtleneck t-shirt (maroon with multi-colored horizontal stripes); black nylon stockings; brown colored pantyhose' blue bikini-style underpants (size small/North Beach brand)' beige colored lace underpants, beige colored bra with foam breast padding
    Footwear: None

    Jewelry: White metal necklace with crucifix pendant; two (2) white metal rings

    Eyewear: None
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  3. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    Location Found

    GPS coordinates
    Address 1 : Lower Pilar Point/Ocean Beach
    Address 2
    City : Half Moon Bay/Princeton Harbor
    State California
    Zip code: 94019
    County San Mateo

    Circumstances: Stabbed, strangled and beaten by an unknown person(s).
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    Pillar Point Bluff
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  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Perhaps if this Doe was dressed as and presenting as a female, then a reconstruction of them appearing as such would be more beneficial to identifying them.
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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    The DNA Doe Project has accepted the case of Pillar Point Doe (PPD), which is funded by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Pillar Point Doe’s DNA arrived at the lab on 29 January 2019, so hopefully it won’t be long before this case is ready for analysis by our volunteers.


    The DNA Doe Project has just announced the second trans/gender-nonconforming Doe in their active case list! Pillar Point Doe was killed in the Bay Area of California in 1983. We will be helping with this case as we have been doing with Julie Doe. Look for a blog article from us on Pillar Point Doe sometime in the next few days. Our thanks to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office for entrusting this case to the DNA Doe Project.


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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    San Mateo trans cold case gets renewed attention after 35 years

    A San Mateo 1983 cold case involving the murder of an unidentified possible trans woman has garnered renewed attention thanks to a Trans Doe Task Force at the DNA Doe Project.

    On November 26, 1983, the remains of a man, age 19 to 25, dressed in female casual attire was found near Lower Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay, about 30 miles south of San Francisco. Because the identity of the victim is unknown, the Bay Area Reporter will use they/them pronouns to refer to them.

    The victim, who was found within hours of their death, was reportedly stabbed, strangled, and had their wrists slit, according to Anthony Redgrave, DNA Doe Project team lead for the cold case. The nonprofit, all-volunteer organization uses genetic genealogy to identify unknown victims of homicides.

    Last year, it introduced the Trans Doe Task Force, which focuses on trans and gender-nonconforming victims. It has released a new forensic image of the San Mateo victim, derived from their post-mortem pictures, and given them the name "Pillar Point Doe."

    "It's a classic overkill of a trans person," Redgrave told the B.A.R. Friday. "We don't have any information on how the victim identifies, but are assuming they must have been a trans person based on the way they were dressed, modest clothing, but still tucking. They were wearing Capri pants, not dressed up for clubbing. We are assuming, but we can't know anything for certain until we know who they are."

    "The San Mateo County Coroner's Office is hoping for a successful outcome with finally identifying and providing a name for this 35-year cold case homicide victim," read the March 20 post that said the image of the victim was produced by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children as requested by the coroner's office (the B.A.R. featured that image in a front page August 8, 2002 story that had also sought the public's help in identifying the victim).

    The social media post also claims that the victim "may have been transported to the location from the Tenderloin area of San Francisco." Redgrave said, however, that the detective working on the case has said there is no evidence to corroborate this.

    Redgrave said there was a lot of trans-related violence during the 1980s and early 1990s and that the task force has a list of about 40 trans does from across the country that it is working to identify.

    "As far as the investigation it seemed like it was treated as well as it could have been at the time, due largely to the coroner in the area having a very high interest in doe cases," Redgrave said. "It seemed to have been given more adequate care than I have seen in other places."

    He also said that the San Mateo Sheriff's Office is "doing a really good job."


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  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Update on Pillar Point Doe from the DNA Doe Project! They have uploaded to GEDmatch and the team has begun working. With their permission, we are sharing the admixture (ethnicity estimate) report below. We can also tell you that the team has gotten some good matches to work with, mostly in the range of third to fifth cousins. You can leave your words of encouragement for the DDP forensic genealogists on Team Pillar Point here and we will make sure that they see them!


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  13. The Coffeenator

    The Coffeenator Fluent in crapanese

    Pillar Point Doe has been identified by DNA Doe Project. There's a pending announcement from law enforcement, though.
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  14. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    The DNA Doe Project has made an identification of Pillar Point Doe, pending confirmation. We are unable to release further details at this time. We would like to express our sincere sympathy and gratitude to the family as the investigation continues.


    I'm so happy this Doe has been identified. I also hope that their family is glad to have them home.

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