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OH STRONGSVILLE JANE DOE: WF, 20-30, found on west of Rocky River, 5 Feb 1975 *Linda Pagano*

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  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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  2. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/15394

    Case Information
    Status Unidentified
    Case number 156963
    Date found February 05, 1975 14:30
    Date created June 23, 2016 14:39
    Date last modified February 01, 2017 07:56
    Investigating agency
    date QA reviewed

    Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
    Name Thomas Gilson
    Agency Cuyahoga Cnty Coroners Ofc
    Phone 216-721-5610
    Case Manager
    Name Anjanette Fischer
    Phone 216-698-4267

    Exclusions
    The following people have been ruled out as being this decedent:
    First Name Last Name Year of Birth State LKA
    Ida Anderson 1937 Michigan
    Carol Batterman 1939 Oklahoma
    Linda Britton 1944 Ohio
    Carlene Brown 1955 Wyoming
    Anita Drake 1948 Ohio
    Mary Hammonds 1933 Kentucky
    Olga Mauger 1913 Wyoming
    Deborah Meyer 1958 Wyoming
    Laurie Partridge 1957 Washington
    Beverly Potts 1941 Ohio
    Donnis Redman 1943 California
    Ione Rehwinkle 1928 Minnesota
    Patricia Seelbaugh 1956 Pennsylvania
    Beverly Sharpman 1930 Pennsylvania
    Connie Smith 1942 Connecticut
    Margie Snead 1954 Arkansas
    Rebecca Triska 1943 Pennsylvania
     
  3. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/36345/0/

    linda.jpg

    According to Carl from WS, Linda Pagano missing from Akron, Ohio since September 1, 1974 is being looked at as a possible match for this Jane Doe.

    Linda's sister informed him that dental similarities were noted, but those similarities do not constitute a positive ID. So DNA testing is currently underway.
     
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  5. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueCrimeD...dditor_helps_id_jane_doe_from_1975_cold_case/


    On February 5, 1975, three boys exploring the woods found a skeleton lying on a sand bar along the Rocky River in Strongsville, Ohio. The skeleton, which was nude and missing its mandible, was found to belong to an 18- to 25-year-old woman who had been shot in the head some 4 - 5 months before her discovery. Detectives checked her against dozens of missing women at the time, including one Ted Bundy victim and even Patty Hearst, but were never able to identify her.


    Strongsville Jane Doe was never listed in any public databases like NamUs or The Doe Network, and was virtually forgotten until u/callmeice came across her cemetery listing and got curious. After doing some digging, she posted a thread here in February 2015.


    Here's what happened after the original post:


    I reposted it to WebSleuth's Unidentified forum with u/callmeice's permission. After making some phone calls, she was able to obtain the original autopsy report and case files, including a photo of Jane Doe's skull. Carl K, a forensic artist and WS mod, used the photo of her cranium to create this facial reconstruction. Then, in December 2016, Carl noticed a new listing on NamUs who looked very much like the face he had recreated: 17-year-old Linda Pagano, who had disappeared from nearby Akron under mysterious circumstances on September 1, 1974.


    Linda had gotten into an argument with her stepfather in the early morning hours after coming home late from a rock concert. She supposedly left home on foot to go to her mother's house, but never arrived and was never seen again. Her car vanished as well (despite the reports of her being on foot) and was found crushed in a junkyard in Salem, Ohio before it could be analyzed.


    When Carl called the Cuyahoga Medical Examiner's Office, he was told that they had already spotted the match and were working on getting Linda's dental records. Then, on Saturday, there was an update from Linda's sister: Strongsville Jane Doe was a match.





    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sh...em-UP15394-15-25-in-Rocky-River-Feb-75/page21


    CarlK90245
    said:03-14-2017 12:21 PM



    UPDATE I was contacted by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office and informed that a positive IdentificationHAS NOT YETbeen made. The announcement that I had made was based on what Linda's sister had told me, and her information was based on what was told to her by law enforcement in charge of Linda's case. Apparently, dental similarities were noted, but those similarities do not constitute a positive ID. DNA testing is currently underway which hopefully will result in a positive ID or exclusion.

    I should have verified that information with the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office, and I sincerely apologize for jumping the gun with an announcement.
     
  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/15394

    NamUs UP # 15394
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    ME/C Case Number: 156963
    Cuyahoga County, Ohio
    15 to 25 year old White Female

    Case Report - NamUs UP # 15394
    Case Information

    Status Unidentified
    Case number 156963
    Date found February 05, 1975 14:30
    Date created June 23, 2016 14:39
    Date last modified February 01, 2017 07:56
    Investigating agency
    date QA reviewed

    Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
    Name Thomas Gilson
    Agency Cuyahoga Cnty Coroners Ofc
    Phone 216-721-5610
    Case Manager
    Name Anjanette Fischer
    Phone 216-698-4267

    Demographics
    Estimated age Adult - Pre 20
    Minimum age 15 years
    Maximum age 25 years
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Weight (pounds) 105, Estimated
    Height (inches) 62, Estimated
    Body Parts Inventory (Check all that apply)
    All parts recovered
    Head not recovered
    Torso not recovered
    One or more limbs not recovered
    One or both hands not recovered
    Body conditions
    Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton

    Probable year of death 1974 to 1975
    Estimated postmortem interval 8 Months

    Circumstances
    Location Found
    GPS coordinates
    Address 1 West bank of Rocky River
    Address 2 800 feet west of Eastland Rd.
    City Strongsville
    State Ohio
    Zip code 44149
    County Cuyahoga
    Circumstances
    On Feb. 5, 1975, three children were hiking in the Metro Park and found bones on a sand bar on the east bank of the Rocky River.

    Physical
    Hair color Unknown or Completely Bald
    Head hair
    Not present
    Body hair
    not present
    Facial hair
    not present
    Left eye color Unknown or Missing
    Right eye color Unknown or Missing
    Eye description
    not present
    No other distinctive body features

    Fingerprints
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Clothing and Accessories
    No clothing or accessories
    Clothing and accessories are described below
    Clothing on body
    n/a
    Clothing with body
    n/a
    Footwear
    n/a
    Jewelry
    n/a
    Eyewear
    n/a
    Other items found
    with body
    n/a

    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    DNA
    Status: Sample is currently not available

    Images
    There are currently no images available for this case.
     
  7. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Files/Law-Enforcement/Investigator/Unidentified-Remains/Doe-2019

    LAW ENFORCEMENT > LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT > UNIDENTIFIED REMAINS > DOE, #2019

    Ohio Unsolved Homicides
    Jane Doe, #2019 Unidentified remains



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    • Case number: 2019
    • Incident location: West bank of Rocky River/800 feet west of Eastland Rd.
      Strongsville, Ohio - Cuyahoga County
    • Incident date: 2/5/1975
    • Homicide date: Unknown
    • Gender: Female
    • Race/Ethnicity: White
    • Height: 62", Estimated
    • Weight: 105lbs, Estimated
    • Hair color: Unknown
    • Eye color: Unknown
    • Law enforcement agency: Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office

    Details

    On 02/05/1975, the remains of a 15-25 year old white female were found on a sand bar on the east bank of the Rocky River, 800 feet west of Eastland Rd., Strongsville, OH.

    Contact
    Anyone with additional information or questions regarding this case should submit a tip.
     
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  8. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://unidentified.wikia.com/wiki/Cuyahoga_County_Jane_Doe_(1975)

    Cuyahoga County Jane Doe
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    Sex Female
    Race White
    Location Strongsville, Ohio
    Found February 5, 1975
    Unidentified for 42 years
    Postmortem interval 8 months
    Body condition Skeletal
    Age approximation 15 - 25
    Height approximation 5'2
    Weight approximation 105 pounds
    Cause of death Gunshot (homicide)

    This case contains graphic content that may not be suitable for all readers.

    Cuyahoga County Jane Doe was a teenager or young adult found murdered in 1975. Her mandible was not recovered and her limbs were missing, presumably due to dismemberment, as her killer had sawed some of her teeth out of the skull.
     
  9. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Eastland Rd, Strongsville, OH 44149
     
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    Akoya Bronze Member

    Rocky River

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    Kimster Director Staff Member

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    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sh...em-UP15394-15-25-in-Rocky-River-Feb-75/page21


    CarlK90245
    said:03-14-2017 12:21 PM



    UPDATE I was contacted by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office and informed that a positive IdentificationHAS NOT YETbeen made. The announcement that I had made was based on what Linda's sister had told me, and her information was based on what was told to her by law enforcement in charge of Linda's case. Apparently, dental similarities were noted, but those similarities do not constitute a positive ID. DNA testing is currently underway which hopefully will result in a positive ID or exclusion.

    I should have verified that information with the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office, and I sincerely apologize for jumping the gun with an announcement.
     
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    Kimster Director Staff Member

    :thankyou:
     
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    https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/loc...missing-teenage-girl-closer-to-identification

    Update on Akron’s missing: one man found, another man added to radar, missing teenage girl closer to identification
    Published: October 29, 2017 - 7:23 PM

    By Stephanie Warsmith
    and Paula Schleis

    Beacon Journal staff writers

    One missing Akron man has been found alive.

    Another man’s case has been added to the Akron Police Department’s radar.

    And a missing teenage Akron girl may be a step closer to being identified.

    These are the latest developments since the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com published a three-part series this month exploring Akron’s oldest missing persons cases.

    The series featured the case of Linda Pagano, a 17-year-old Akron girl who disappeared in 1974 after an argument with her stepdad, and the modern-day web sleuths who may have connected her to bones buried in a Cleveland pauper’s grave.

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    Remains exhumed

    The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has exhumed the remains that investigators think could be those of missing Akron teen Linda Pagano.

    Three boys discovered the partial skeleton in 1975 on the banks of the Rocky River in what is now Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville.

    Metroparks sent out an alert to area law enforcement agencies, but Akron police detectives believe the department never received it. Otherwise, local investigators would have been very curious, since Pagano had disappeared just six months earlier.

    The bones were buried in the Potter’s Field section of Highland Park Cemetery and forgotten until 40 years later, when Christina Scates, a Cleveland woman researching her own genealogy, became curious about the bones noted in the cemetery database.

    Scates’ interest eventually led to the medical examiner’s office adding the bones to NamUs.

    And that enabled Akron Sgt. Jeff Smith to spot it when he started entering his own cold cases into the NamUs database late last year.

    Investigators in Cleveland and Akron agreed that the similarities between Pagano and those mysterious bones warranted a closer look.

    The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner exhumed a body in September, but misaligned cemetery maps led to the wrong remains.

    Last week, the medical examiner exhumed the correct remains, with plans to ask NamUs’ own forensics experts to compare them with DNA taken from Pagano’s brother and sister.

    Smith called Cheryl Pagano, Linda’s sister who lives in Akron, on Tuesday to let her know the correct remains had been exhumed.

    It’s unknown how long it will take to complete the DNA testing. So for now, the Pagano family’s wait continues.

    “We hope before the end of the year,” Smith said. “We don’t know how backed up they are.”

    Stephanie Warsmith can be reached at 330-996-3705, swarsmith@thebeaconjournal.comand on Twitter: @swarsmithabj. Paula Schleis can be reached at 330-996-3741 or pschleis@thebeaconjournal.com.
     
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    Reddit user helps family of missing teen find possible break in 43-year-old case

    Megan Hickey
    3:46 AM, Aug 11, 2017
    9:22 AM, Aug 14, 2017

    More than four decades after a 17-year-old girl from Akron, Ohio went missing from her home without a trace, a complete stranger may have uncovered what happened to her.

    Linda Pagano, a 4-foot-10, 100-pound Springfield High School student, got into a fight with her stepfather on September 1, 1974, according to police records.

    Byron Claflin told police that she left his apartment on foot. She was never heard from again.

    “I just felt an empty pit, I knew,” Pagano’s older brother, Michael Pagano, said.

    Pagano said he and others thought she had been killed and pointed the finger at Claflin, but a body was never recovered and charges were never filed. He died in 1990.

    “I had to accept the fact that I would die never knowing,” Pagano said. “Just like my mom did. She never knew.”

    But more than 40 years later, Linda Pagano’s memory would resurface, thanks to an amateur detective Reddit user who goes only by the name “callmeice.”

    The user was sifting through old Cleveland Cemetery documents while looking into a different case. She came across listing for “unknown white female bones” that had been discovered on the banks of the Rocky River in Strongsville on February 5, 1975.

    The cause of death was listed as “gunshot wound of head.” The bones were buried in Potter's Field a few months later.

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    Investigators say that from that point they will be sent to a lab in Texas for testing. There is currently no timeline for when those results will be available.

    Pagano said he and his family are bracing for the possibility that it’s not Linda, but deep down he’s convinced it’s her.

    “Its’ something you feel down in here. Yeah. It’s her,” Pagano said.

    The Strongsville Police Department did not respond to a request for comment.
     
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