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

Discussion in 'Identified!' started by Akoya, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    And it appears the prime suspect has been dead for a long time.

    May the Pagano family find peace. Bless those who put the pieces together!
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  3. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Linda Pagano vanished after getting into a fight with her stepfather in September 1974, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. He told police he threw her out of their house in Kenmore and she was never seen again, the paper reported.

    Then, in February 1975, a partial skeleton was found along a riverbank in the Mill Stream Run Reservation, according to the paper. It was determined the remains were those of a woman in her late teens or early 20s, but no further information was gleaned. The manner of death was ruled a homicide by the Cuyahoga County coroner and the remains were buried in a pauper's grave later that year.

    A break in the case came in 2015, when genealogy researcher Christina Scates encountered a reference to "unknown white female bones" and posted about it on Reddit, where it came to the attention of Carl Koppelman, a forensic artist.

    He drew an image from a photo of the partial skeleton and posted it online, but had no luck identifying the girl. Then, Cuyahoga County reached out to him about a separate case and he decided to ask them about the bones.

    "What bones?" was the reply, he said.

    It turned out that a misspelled word had kept Pagano's case from being added to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), a database for missing persons, according to the Beacon Journal. The case was added to the database and a hit came almost immediately.

    The remains were eventually exhumed and sent for DNA testing. They were recently found to be a match for Pagano.

    Her siblings learned of the match Tuesday, and it came as a relief.

    "I pretty much figured it was her," said Mike Pagano, Linda's brother. "I wasn’t really surprised. Relieved. It's basically over — and we get some closure."

    Now, Linda will receive a proper burial.

    “This is a miracle as far as I’m concerned,” Mike said.

    As for what happened to Linda — and who killed her — that remains a mystery.

  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    It's amazing to me seeing so many stories like this. Even in the 70s. Remains found less than 50 miles away, less than 6 months later. Absolutely no light bulb in anyone's head went off.

    And then a "clerical error" keeping her out of NamUs.

    Her poor family. Glad she's finally been identified.
  6. Mysteries1974

    Mysteries1974 Well-Known Member

    NamUs MP # 36345 - https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/36345/0/

    Linda Marie Pagano
    Last Seen: Sept 1, 1974

    Age: 17 years old
    Height: 4'8 - 5'0
    Weight: 100 - 105 lbs
    Hair: Blond/Strawberry (Long)
    Eye: Blue
    Clothing: Blue jeans and a dark colored sweater, leather purse w/shoulder strap
    Dental: charting is available and entered
    DNA: Sample is currently not available

    Linda left her home after an argument with her step-father and has not been seen or heard from since.

    Investigating Agency:
    Akron Police Department
    Sergeant Jeffrey Smith
    Phone (330) 375-2530
  7. Mysteries1974

    Mysteries1974 Well-Known Member

  8. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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  9. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    This is a duplicate thread for

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

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  10. Mysteries1974

    Mysteries1974 Well-Known Member

    Yep I just read it. I never knew that Linda had a thread here. She has her independent thread on websleuths.
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  11. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    Crimewatchers isn't Websleuths.
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  12. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    I think this is a "copy and paste" from the thread at Websleuths. The Websleuths url would be helpful to us because it would identify the source of this information.

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  13. Kim Albright

    Kim Albright New Member

    I read somewhere that they think that her stepfather had something to do with her death? I think it is a shame that he pass away and he got away with it.
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  14. Mysteries1974

    Mysteries1974 Well-Known Member

    Yep he is the prime suspect in her case
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