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WA UNION GAP JANE DOE: NF, 30-40, found in Yakima County, WA - 16 February 1988

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  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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  2. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    NamUs UP # 16335
    ME/C Case Number: 88-1113
    Yakima County, Washington
    30 to 40 year old Native American Female

    Case Report - NamUs UP # 16335
    Case Information

    Status Unidentified
    Case number 88-1113
    Date found February 16, 1988 00:00
    Date created February 17, 2017 10:40
    Date last modified February 22, 2017 12:48
    Investigating agency
    date QA reviewed

    Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
    Agency Yakima County Coroner's Office
    Phone 509-574-1610
    Case Manager
    Name Jessica Hager
    Phone 1-855-626-7600

    Estimated age Adult - Pre 40
    Minimum age 30 years
    Maximum age 40 years
    Race Native American
    Sex Female
    Weight (pounds) , Cannot Estimate
    Height (inches) 60, Estimated
    Body Parts Inventory (Check all that apply)
    Body conditions
    Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton

    Location Found
    GPS coordinates
    Address 1
    Address 2
    City Union Gap
    State Washington
    Zip code
    County Yakima
    The subject's body was discovered on 02/16/1988 along the Yakima River just south of Union Gap, WA. The body had been at the location for about 4-10 months.

    Hair color Black
    Head hair
    Black or dark brown hair with bleached light brown hair in front

    Left eye color Unknown or Missing
    Right eye color Unknown or Missing
    Eye description

    No other distinctive body features

    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    othing on body
    Lavender pants and a long sleeved shirt with Mexican label
    Clothing with body

    Brown shoes, one with a white sole an one with a black sole (bowling type shoes)

    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    Status: Sample is currently not available
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  3. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Akoya Bronze Member


    Case File: 918UFWA
    The Doe Network


    Unidentified Female
    • Date of Discovery: February 16, 1988
    • Location of Discovery: Yakima County, Washington
    • Estimated Date of Death: Unknown
    • State of Remains: Skeletal Remains
    • Cause of Death: Homicide

    Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate
    • Estimated Age: Late 20's to early 30's
    • Race: Native American
    • Gender: Female
    • Height: 4'11"-5'1"
    • Weight: Unknown
    • Hair Color: Black
    • Eye Color: Unknown
    • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
    • Dentals: Available
    • Fingerprints: Unknown
    • DNA: Unknown
    Clothing & Personal Items
    • Clothing: Unknown
    • Jewelry: Unknown
    • Additional Personal Items: Unknown

    Case History
    The victim was found on tribal land near Parker Dam in Yakima County, Washington on February 16, 1988.

    There may be as many as 32 unsolved cases that occurred on the reservation in the 1980's and early 1990's involving missing persons and deaths that cold case detectives have re-opened.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    If you have any information about this case please contact;

    • Agency Name: Yakima County Sheriff's Office
    • Agency Contact Person: N/A
    • Agency Phone Number: 509-574-2500
    • Agency Case Number: 88-1113
    • NCIC Case Number: N/A
    • NamUs Case Number: Not listed
    • Former Hot Case Number: 1855
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
    • Yakima Herald News Archive (January 4, 2009)
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  5. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Parker Reservoir Dam, Yakima, WA 98908
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  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    The victim was found on tribal land near Parker Dam in Yakima County, Washington on February 16, 1988.

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  7. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

  8. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    The subject's body was discovered on 02/16/1988 along the Yakima River just south of Union Gap, WA




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  9. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Yakama Indian Reservation, South Yakima, WA
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  10. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    7,200 ft Red Butte that sits on the western border of the Yakima Indian Reservation:




    There may be as many as 32 unsolved cases that occurred on the reservation in the 1980's and early 1990's involving missing persons and deaths that cold case detectives have re-opened.
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  11. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    YAKIMA, Wash. -- She left her home sometime in 1987 and never returned. She was petite — around 5 feet tall — and likely wore a long-sleeved blouse, lavender pants and brown bowling shoes when she disappeared.

    A horseback rider found that clothing and her skeletal remains on Feb. 16, 1988. She lay close to a dirt road running parallel to the Yakima River near the Parker Dam and the unincorporated community of Parker.

    No one in the years since has identified this 30- to 40-year-old Native woman who law enforcement believe was murdered. Someone has been and likely still is looking for her, hoping for justice and resolution.

    Much has changed in the decades since Yakima County Sheriff’s Office detectives took her skull to the department of anthropology at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, where faculty and students recreated her face with clay. It was the first time the sheriff’s office used such a visual device to further a criminal investigation, noted a story in the Yakima Herald-Republic on Dec. 20, 1988.

    Now, with renewed attention in Washington on missing Native women as a result of state legislation passed this year, her story — and those of the many other Native women and girls who went missing, were murdered or died mysteriously on or near the Yakama Reservation — are getting another look by those seeking solutions to this national and international epidemic of violence.

    House Bill 2951 requires the Washington State Patrol to work with the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, federally recognized tribes, tribal and other law enforcement and tribal leaders to determine how to increase reporting and investigation of missing Native American women.

    As part of that, public meetings hosted by the State Patrol and Indian Affairs office are taking place around Washington. One is set for 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 in the event center of Legends Casino, 580 Fort Road, Toppenish.

    Capt. Dave Johnson of the Toppenish Police Department, who retired from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office in December 2015 and joined the Toppenish department about a year ago, worked the case of the woman whose remains were found in 1988. He had the skull taken to Central, where Catherine Sands oversaw the reconstruction, he said.

    Central experts, with the help of the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, were able to determine that the victim appeared to be Native, the December 1988 YHR story said. It noted that authorities said the victim’s high cheekbones were consistent with the bone structure of a Native woman, but they also said they didn’t believe she was a citizen of the Yakama Nation.

    During the press conference, sheriff’s detectives said they believed she died two to 10 months before her body was found on Feb. 16, 1988 — and that she was murdered.

    An autopsy by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office failed to determine the cause of her death. Because of the location of the remains, detectives investigated the case as a homicide.

    There are still no leads in the case as far as Johnson knows, he said. It remains open with the sheriff’s office, case number 88-1113.

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  12. Summer_breeze

    Summer_breeze Blowing through the Jasmine in my mind

    Lower Valley human remains discovered in 1988 to be exhumed for DNA

    Tammy Ayer
    5 hrs ago

    She has rested without a name in a Yakima Valley grave for years, the details of her death unknown, her killer unidentified.

    Much about this young woman and her life is a mystery. Ever since a horseback rider discovered her skeletal remains and clothing on Feb. 16, 1988, near the Parker Dam and the unincorporated community of Parker, authorities have sought the person they believe murdered her. At the same time, someone has been missing this 30- to 40-year-old woman, believed to be Native, who could be a mother, a sister, a cousin, an auntie, a friend.

    For now, she is still known as Jane Doe. But in another effort to identify her, authorities will exhume her remains to extract DNA for comparison to possible relatives. A date has not been set.

    More at link

  13. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Who are the missing and murdered women? Cases go back decades

    This list includes Native women and girls who have gone missing, whose murders remain unsolved and who have died in mysterious circumstances on or around the Yakama reservation, along with deaths of Yakama Nation women and girls in urban areas and other states.

    Compiled from Yakima Herald-Republic archives, law enforcement, online and social media sources, this list is not complete and is updated as new information becomes available.

    • Alillia “Lala” Minthorn, 25, of Toppenish has been missing since May 5. She has tattoos on the right side of her neck and the left side of her chest, and a scar under her chest tattoo. Those who have seen her or know where she is are asked to call the Yakama Nation Police Department at 509-865-2933, case number 19-004114.
    • Rosenda Strong, 31, was last seen Oct. 2, 2018, leaving Wapato in an older Nissan car for a trip to Legends Casino in Toppenish. If you have any information, call the FBI at 509-990-0857 or the Yakama Nation Police Department at 509-865-2933, case number 18-010803.
    • Freda Knows Gun, 34, was at the Walmart in Kennewick in early October 2016 when she called a friend in Montana for an online money transfer. She had promised to return to Crow Agency to take her children trick-or-treating. She never collected the money. Those with information should contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs at 406-638-2631.
    • Rosalita “Rose” Longee, 18, went missing from Wapato on June 30, 2015, notes information at The Charley Project. The Charley Project, founded in 2004, has details on hundreds of missing persons cases from throughout the country. Longee left her residence after an argument and has never been heard from again, according to the website.
    • Roberta Jean Raines, 37, was last seen in 2002 with a man who has told authorities that he last saw her in Mexico. Her missing person case remains open with the Toppenish Police Department.
    • Daisy Mae Tallman, 29, went missing Oct. 29, 1987. Her backpack and keys were found out by Soda Springs, on land northwest of White Swan in a closed, remote area of the reservation.
    • Karen Louise Johnley, 29, was reported missing in November 1987. Her name was on a reward list circulated by a local group called Yakamas for Justice and by tribal police. She was last seen by a friend at the Lazy R Tavern in Harrah.
    • Janice Marie Hannigan, 16, went missing after she was discharged from the hospital on Christmas Eve 1971 for treatment of numerous bruises on her head and chest. See her case at The Charley Project website.
    Mysterious deaths
    • Angela Babette Billy, 41, of Pendleton, Ore. Her body was found in late May 2013 in the Umatilla River near Mission. She had been missing for about a week. She was found by two people on horseback while they were conducting a private search for her. The area was accessible only by foot, horse or four-wheelers, from one side of the river.
    • Skeletal remains of an unidentified Native woman found in late 2008 in a remote part of the Yakama reservation. In the spring of 2009 FBI agents were awaiting mitochondrial DNA test results on the remains, which they said may be those of Daisy Mae Tallman. But the FBI lab determined there was insufficient evidence to conclude the remains were Tallman’s, and the FBI will not release further information on the remains.
    • Alice Ida Looney, 38. She was reported missing after she was last seen in Wapato in the early morning hours around Aug. 16 or 17, 2004. A hunter found her body Nov. 30, 2005, wedged under a tree on a small island in Satus Creek, about 12 miles southeast of Toppenish. The FBI lists the cause of her death as inconclusive.
    • Teresa R. Stahi, 25. Her clothed body was pulled from a fish screen in a diversion canal off Toppenish Creek south of Granger on July 7, 1987. An autopsy concluded she drowned and had been in the water less than 12 hours. The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office said it ruled out foul play. However, an FBI memo listed Stahi’s case as a “mysterious death matter.”
    • Sara Dee Winnier, 24. She was found at 3:30 a.m. July 22, 1985, sitting upright in the driver’s seat of a burning car off McDonald Road about half a mile from U.S. Highway 97. Her body was badly burned and the coroner used dental records to identify her. Winnier lived in a remote part of the reservation and had worked at the Save More Grocery in Wapato after moving back to the area from California.
    • Celestine Spencer, 21, of Wapato. Spencer had been missing for about two weeks before her body was found Nov. 11, 1982, at the bottom of a gully in a field off McCullough Road along the north slope of Ahtanum Ridge.
    • Lesora Yvette Eli, 19. A farmer found her fully clothed body face down in a drainage ditch along Parton Road near Toppenish on Feb. 2, 1982. While the Yakima County Coroner’s Office listed the death as accidental drowning, FBI investigators in a memo that year described it as a possible homicide.
    • Sheila Pearl Lewis, 33, of Yakima. Her battered body was found Aug. 3, 1980, near Parker Dam south of Union Gap. She died of massive internal injuries, possibly as a result of being hit by a car or truck. She had been living in Yakima and worked for the state Department of Social and Health Services.
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  14. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Unsolved homicides
    • Destiny Lloyd, 23, of Wapato. She was reported missing on Christmas Day 2017 and her body was found four days later off Marion Drain Road near Harrah Road south of Harrah. She was a daycare worker at Legends Casino Hotel.
    • Minnie Andy, 31, of Wapato. Andy died from blunt force trauma to the head in July 2017 after being assaulted at 70 Egan Road in Wapato.
    • Linda Dave, 39. Dave’s body was discovered in February 2017 in the water beneath a bridge on U.S. Highway 97 near Toppenish. She had suffered a gunshot wound to her abdomen. Authorities confirmed her identity in March 2018.
    • Naoma Alexandra George, 33. A mother of eight, George was beaten to death in an alley in Wapato early on Oct. 15, 2013.
    • Charmaine Sanchey, 47, Toni Marie Green, 43, and Steve Alvarado, 52. Their beaten and stabbed bodies were found in a small trailer outside Toppenish on Jan. 16, 2003. Charmaine Sanchey’s brother, Arthur Joseph Sanchey, was the primary suspect, but was acquitted of charges in July 2004.
    • Barbara Celestine, 44. Celestine died Sept. 5, 2005, from blunt trauma to the head while at a house in the Apas Goudy housing project in Wapato.
    • Shari Dee Sampson Elwell, 30, of Wapato. Her sexually mutilated body was found Dec. 30, 1992, by a group of hunters northwest of White Swan in the closed and remote area of the Yakama reservation. Autopsy reports indicate she had been strangled. Elwell’s family reported not seeing her for weeks.
    • JoAnne Betty (Wyman) John, 44, of Wapato. Her skull and bone fragments were found Feb. 2, 1991, near Mill Creek southwest of White Swan. She was identified through dental records. The mother of 11 children, she had been listed as missing since Aug. 1, 1988. Coroner’s records list cause of death as “homicidal violence.”
    • Rozelia Lou (Tulee) Sohappy, 31, of Brownstown. Her partially clothed body was found March 13, 1989, in a remote ravine along the south slope of Ahtanum Ridge north of Brownstown. She was identified through dental records, and an autopsy concluded she had been strangled. She was last seen New Year’s Eve 1988.
    • An unidentified Native woman believed to be in her late 20s or early 30s. Skeletal remains were found Feb. 16, 1988, near Parker Dam. No cause of death has ever been determined, but the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office considers it a homicide and has requested that her remains be exhumed to extract DNA for possible identification.
    • Jenece Marie Wilson, 20, of Toppenish. Her partially clothed body was found Aug. 8, 1987, in a remote area near Cherry Hill. She died of a severe blow to the head. She was last seen four days earlier leaving a party near Granger to hitchhike to Sunnyside. Samuel Posada of Hermiston, Ore., was arrested in 2009 and was acquitted in late 2011.
    • Babette Crystall Greene, 26, of Toppenish. A citizen of the Warm Springs tribe in Oregon, her skeletal remains were found during the summer of 1987 off North Track Road near Wapato. Coroner’s records listed her death as “homicidal violence.”
    • Clydell Alice Sampson, 25, of Klickitat. Her skeletal remains were found by hunters Dec. 28, 1986, below Hambre Butte south of Granger. An autopsy conducted by the King County Medical Examiner’s Officedetermined she died of a shotgun blast to the head. She was last seen two years earlier.
    • Mavis Josephine McKay, 33, a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She was found murdered in an irrigation ditch on Aug. 13, 1957, in Satus.
    Yakamas in urban areas
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  15. Jason Futch

    Jason Futch TCCF Host, King of the Highway

    I’m looking at this case again! I think it’s time this one gets injected with a little push. I don’t think many know about this case. With this happening on the Yakama Reservation, this one could be a difficult one. I’d like to know if DNA is on file and if her remains are still in possession of the BIA.

    I personally think that since BIA falls into federal jurisdiction, the FBI should be on this and have Parabon/DNA Doe Project on the cases. It seems like a lot of these cases will ONLY be solved if it’s done by one of these groups.
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