Cold Case Database

In this database you can find all cold cases discussed on my blog. Victims and wrongfully convicted people are listed by their last name. Underneath their names is the place and year that the crime took place. The link in the middle column takes you to an overview of all the posts where this case is mentioned. In the third column is a short summary and status update of the case. It also tells you when I last checked for updates. There are now approx. 250 cases in my database.

The reason why you also find the wrongfully convicted in the database is simple: when the exonerated is taken out of the equation we are left with a cold case. Unless we have

  1. previously disregarded evidence (because we thought we already had our conviction) or,
  2. properly preserved old evidence that may contain biological material that can now be tested with modern technology or,
  3. a confession from someone new or another person’s DNA match (as a result of testing with modern technology), we have a cold case.

Many wrongful convictions were based on false confessions. Can you really get someone to confess to a crime they did not commit? Under the right circumstances, yes.

There are three psychologically different types of false confessions.

  1. Voluntary False Confessions: someone confesses falsely without any pressure from police
  2. Coerced-Compliant False Confessions: someone confesses falsely due to coercive pressure during interrogations. The retraction of that false confessions starts immediately after the pressure is over.
  3. Coerced-Internalized False Confessions: during police interrogations someone starts to believe that they did commit the crime even though they have no memory of the crime itself. The retraction of that false confession only comes after someone is internally convinced again that they are innocent. This is a process that may take years.
Cold Case Database

The database is updated with every new post on my blog. However, not every case is updated in a new post but I do also update the database so always check there first. Trial dates from cases I watch are highlighted in the left margin on the home page.

Every month, my blog features a “Case of the Month.” This can be about an unsolved homicide, a missing person, an unidentified person or, about a wrongful conviction. You can find the link in the green top menu bar.

If you have any updates in any of these cases please contact me. If you send me images or newspaper clippings I assume I may use them on my blog. If that was not your intention, please say so in your email. I respect your decision.

Thank you very much for using my blog as a resource for information. It is free to the public. The only thing I ask is that if you use it, refer to my blog with a link. I do the same for you, Alice.

Victim's Last NameLinkCase overview
Cases of the MonthLinkOverview of all cold cases that are featured in the series "Case of the Month." Each victim has a separate listing under their last name as well.
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Aardsma, Betsy Ruth
Pennsylvania, USA
1969
LinkOn Nov 28, 1969 Betsy Ruth Aardsma (22) was stabbed in the heart and died in what is known as the "Stacks" area of the Pattee Library at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. There was hope when her red dress was to be examined for DNA but I have not found any test results. If you have, please let me know. A suspect favored by many is Richard Haefner however, there is no physical evidence to link Haefner to the Aardsma crime scene. He was never formally named a suspect or charged in this case. State Trooper Jeff Petucci said "he [is] a person who we believe may have possibly had more information about the crime." Unfortunately, Haefner died of a heart attack in 2002. The investigation is still active. Last check 8/2018.
"Adam"
London, UK
2001
LinkOn September 21, 2001, the torso of a young boy was discovered floating in the River Thames, London, UK. Police called the child "Adam." He was a black child possibly 4-7 years old, and he wore orange girls' shorts. His post-mortem showed he was poisoned, his throat slit, and his head and limbs were expertly removed. Through a series of pioneering forensic science inquiries, the police managed to piece together much of the mystery. Pollen recovered in the boy’s stomach showed he was alive when he arrived in London and stayed there for several days before being murdered. From tests on mineral levels in the boy’s bones, forensic scientists were able to establish that Adam spent his life in a 100-mile stretch of land in Nigeria, near Benin City in the south-west of the country, before he was brought to Britain. Metropolitan police traveled to Nigeria and launched a campaign to track Adam’s parents. Despite visiting primary schools and looking at reported missing children in the region, there was no success. Former Glasgow resident Joyce Osagiede, who now lives in Nigeria, told BBC News the boy's name was Patrick Erhabor. Officially, Adam remains unidentified. Last check 8/2018.
Adriano, Delia Maria
Ontario, Canada
1982
LinkDelia Maria Adriano disappeared on September 26, 1982. On November 6, 1982, her remains were found in a wooded area in Milton, Ontario. She was identified by her dental records. An autopsy failed to determine the cause of death or determine sexual assault. Police never revealed all autopsy results to protect the case. Modern DNA technology to analyze DNA samples made them reopen the case in 2005 and reinterview people. Alas, nothing new was uncovered. Anyone with information please call Det. Phil Campbell at 905-465-8736 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Last check 8/2018.
Allen, Tracy
Texas, USA
1986
LinkAfter September 9, 1986, Tracy Allen (18) went missing. She was found on Sept 13 near Hondo Creek, Texas. Cause of death: strangulation. Whoever killed Tracy knew the area well. Tracy doesn't have a good digital footprint so please share her case on social media. The case remains unsolved, last check 8/2018.
Andrews, Anita Elizabeth Fagiani
California, USA
1974
LinkAnita Elizabeth Fagiani Andrews was brutally murdered in 1974 at the Napa bar she co-owned with her sister Muriel Fagiani. She was a single mother who worked hard to provide for daughters Donna and Diana. On the night of the killing, a stranger lingered at the bar. Muriel found her sister dead the next morning after she failed to show up to work at Napa State Hospital. Anita had been raped and her throat was slashed. Decades later, DNA matched Roy Melanson, who was serving a life sentence at Fort Lyons Correctional Institute in Colorado for another murder. Melanson was found guilty of first degree murder in Anita's case however, he will probably never serve time in California but die in Fort Lyons Correctional Institute in Colorado. His age, his life sentence in Colorado, the costs of extradition, trials, and appeals, all make it unlikely he will ever formally serve time in California for the murder of Anita Elizabeth Fagiani Andrews. Melanson has more victims on his conscience. Last check 8/2018.
Anstett, Larry O.
Michigan, USA
1974
LinkLarry O. Anstett (15) died on November 5th, 1974. He had unknowingly picked up a bomb that was wrapped inside a plain cardboard square box. That box was placed on the top of a car. The car belonged to Michael Vermilyea, the president of the biker gang Heaven’s Devils. Vermilyea had testified during a robbery trial against their rivals, the Outlaws. He was most likely the intended target. The Devils had an ongoing feud with the Outlaws. And this is where the case becomes all about gangs and not about Larry. We cannot forget him. If you have any information about this case please contact the Milwaukee Police Cold Case Hotline at 414-935-1212. Last check 8/2018.
Aram, Colette
Nottinghamshire, UK
1983
LinkColette Aram (Feb 3, 1967 - Oct 30, 1983) was sixteen years old in 1983 when she was raped and murdered by Paul Stewart Hutchinson. He abducted Colette, a the trainee hairdresser, while she walked from her house to her boyfriend's. After he murdered Colette, he went to the Generous Briton pub. The landlady there became suspicious after she saw blood on his hands. Police later retrieved a paper towel used by Hutchinson from the pub bathroom. In 2007, they found a full male DNA profile from a tiny segment of paper towel that he had thrown away in the restroom. The break in the case came when police found Colette's DNA on the same paper towel. Hutchinson pleaded guilty when faced with DNA evidence. He was sentenced to life with a minimum of 25 years. He died nine months later in prison. Last check 8/2018.
Aramburo, Lucely "Lily"
Florida, USA
2007
LinkLucely "Lily" Aramburo went missing June 1, 2007 leaving behind a young son. She has never been found. Please check the link to see Lily's very distinctive tattoos on her back. Despite many efforts from activists and law enforcement, the case remains unsolved. Last check 8/2018.
Armbruster, Demisha
Mississippi, USA
1988
LinkOn June 18, 1988, Demisha Armbruster (23) was abducted from Darlove, Mississippi, and murdered. According to police, her throat was cut. The cause of death was exsanguination meaning that someone allowed her to bleed to death. She also had stomach wounds. Demisha was not robbed of any possessions nor was she sexually molested. Five quotes are posted with permission from police. If you have any information, please contact the St. James Sheriff’s Office at (225) 562-2200. Demisha Armbruster’s file number there is 06-243-88. You can also call the Louisiana State Police at (225) 925-6006. Demisha’s case number in their Incident Reporting System (IRS) is 12-6055. Last check 8/2018.
Arnold, Walter Harrison
Texas, USA
2008
LinkWalter Harrison Arnold, Sr. (Aug. 31, 1940 – Dec. 4, 2008) was found dead on Dec. 4, 2008 in his bedroom at home in the 700 block of Morninglory Lane (Victoria, Texas). He was 68 years old. He had just learned he was cancer-free. Arnold was a US Navy veteran. The cause of death is most likely strangulation. Alas, this too is a case where we have little in the public domain. And what is there, gives us conflicting information. I hope that by posting this we can trigger people’s memories. If you have any information please call Victoria Crimestoppers at 361-572-4200 or Victoria Police Department’s investigations unit at 361-485-3730. Last check 8/2018.
Arrington, Kimberly Nicole
Alabama, USA
1998
LinkKimberly Nicole Arrington (16) disappeared from Montgomery, Alabama. She was last seen on October 31, 1998, when she left to go to the CVS Pharmacy on Forest Avenue in Montgomery, AL, to pick up some candy and soda. This store was close to her house. She never made it. There is no trace of her. Someone people think she stopped to give a person directions. Maybe she was forced into a car. However, nobody saw anything. No witnesses, nothing. I always wondered about CCTV camera's from nearby stores, ATM machine, gas stations, etc. According to NamUs, Kim was wearing an emerald ring with two diamonds. I wish we had a picture of that ring. Kimberly has a scar on her abdomen and her ears are pierced. Her nicknames are Kim and Kiwi. If you have any information, contact Det. John Edwards with the Montgomery Police Department at 1-334-241-2790 or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST. Last check 8/2018.
Azevedo, Joseph
California, USA
1981
LinkJoseph Azevedo (Nov 14, 1930 - May 2, 1981) was found murdered inside his mobile home, Lancaster, California. His own sons found him there. He had been fatally shot by a burglar. Christopher David Winter was arrested. Police believe Winter was burglarizing Azevedo's mobile home and was startled by the father who worked as an aircraft mechanic. Forensic evidence was gathered but no suspects were identified. In 2006, the file was reopened and new DNA evidence led investigators to Winter. Insufficient evidence forced them to drop the case. Four years later, Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives reexamined case statements and used modern forensic analysis to again identify Winter as the suspect. Winter struck a deal with the Los Angeles County District’s Attorney’s Office. In exchange for his guilty plea, he got less than six years in state prison when he was sentenced on June 7, 2011. Last check 8/2018.
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Backshall, Josephine
Essex, UK
1974
LinkJosephine Backshall was last seen on Oct 29, 1974. She left her home to keep an appointment in Witham, Essex, UK. Her body was found Nov 1, 1974, in a field off Bury Green Lane, which leads to Bury Green, almost 35 miles away from her home. Her wristwatch had stopped at 810 pm. Josephine’s body was fully clothed and she was lying face down. Her hands were tied with a cord in front of her. She had been strangled. Detectives found no evidence she had been sexually abused. If you have any information please call UK police on 0845 33 00 222 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Last check 8/2018.
Bailey, Dana Lea
Pennsylvania, USA
1987
LinkOn March 5, 1987 Dana Lea Bailey's mother found her daughter's dead body inside her apartment. She died of multiple stab wounds to her heart area. Dana was blindfolded and tied up. The murder weapon was a steak knife that came from her kitchen. Police believe that someone had watched Dana’s comings and goings from another apartment building where remodeling gave the killer coverage. When checking the area, police found shoe prints that matched those found in the apartment as well as those found at the point of surveillance. If you have any information about Dana Lea Bailey or the anonymous note the police received, contact PennState Police at 814-234-7150. The case remains unsolved. Last check 8/2018.
Bailey, Rhonda Sue
Tennessee, USA
1994
LinkIn May 1994, Rhonda Sue Bailey was found murdered. Her body was dumped in a creek. She had two young daughters. Her autopsy showed she drowned 7-10 days before her body was found. In 2012, David Wayne Newcomb entered a no contest plea to second-degree murder. He received a 15-year prison sentence. Last check 8/2018.
Baker, Yolanda Yvette
Washington DC, USA
1999
LinkYolanda Yvette Baker went missing Aug. 1, 1999. When her car was found a week later police found blood in the trunk. Boyfriend Terrence Barnett was tried for her murder. Her body was never found. The two lived together on and off in Baker's house with their twins. The prosecution explained how the couple often argued and fought. Baker even had a restraining order to keep Barnett away from 1997-1999. In 2010, Terrence Barnett was sentenced and received the statutory maximum sentence of 20 years to life imprisonment. Last check 8/2018.
Banks, Isadore
Arkansas, USA
1954
LinkOn June 4, 1954, Isadore Banks (59) disappeared. Days later, his body was found about 50 feet from his parked truck. An empty gasoline container sat next to his charred remains. His body was wrapped in cloth from head to knees. Only his shoes were identifiable. His lynching remains unsolved. It is one of Arkansas' most notorious cold cases of the civil rights era. In September 2016, the Justice Department found that this case lacked prosecutive merit and should be closed. AUSA Julie Peters of the Eastern District of Arkansas concurred in this recommendation. Last check 8/2018.
Barton, Alice
Birkenhead, UK
1955
LinkIn September 1955, Alice Barton (49), who worked as a prostitute, was found strangled and mutilated. She had three obscene words scrawled on her torso. Her body had been dumped in a wartime pillbox in Woodchurch, Birkenhead, UK. Despite a brief surge in media attention in 2010, the case remains unsolved. Her file remains open. Merseyside Police welcomes any new information about unsolved cases and asks anyone who has information about such crimes to contact 0151-709-6010 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Last check 8/2018.
Bastian, Jennifer Marie
Washington, USA
1986
LinkThe cold case of Jennifer Marie Bastian (April 15, 1973 - Aug 4, 1986) got a boost in 2013 when Tacoma Police (WA) revealed more information to the public. Jennifer’s case had always been linked to the Michella Welch unsolved murder. Both girls were on a bike, both were sexually assaulted, their bodies were left in similar positions, each girl had her clothes disturbed in a similar way, and both were blond and bright-eyed. The cause of death however, differed. Michela Welch died from a cut to the neck. Jennifer Bastian died from strangulation. In March 2016, Tacoma Police revealed two different men are responsible for the murders. Robert Washburn was arrested in May 2018. DNA from the crime scene matches Washburn and was part of the discovery between the prosecution and the defense. Trial is set to for Feb. 12, 2019. He is charged with first-degree murder. More details as they become available. Last check 9/2018.
Batten, Ivy
Devon, UK
1987
LinkWhich Brian Parsons is responsible for the death of Mrs. Ivy Batten? Brian David Parsons or Brian Neville Parsons? Police are still asking the public's help. In December 1987, Ivy Batten (85) was bludgeoned to death in her isolated cottage at Shute Bottom near Colyford in Devon. Brian David Parsons served 15 years of a life sentence before being released on license in 2003. He has always denied the charge. Parsons was convicted in 1988 after fibers (from a hammer and gloves used in the break-in and the murder) were found in the glove compartment of his car and in a coat he used. But the case has always aroused controversy, with Devon and Cornwall police conducting three internal reviews before an external inquiry by Hampshire police produced a highly critical report of the original investigation. At the end of Brian’s trial, a member of the public approached one of Brian’s legal representatives and told him that he had come to watch the trial because he had mistakenly believed that the Brian on trial was a well known burglar from the Bristol area. That person’s name? Brian Neville Parsons. Could it be that the police made the same mistake? Last check 8/2018.
Beasley, Eric Dennis
Illinois, USA
1986
LinkThe case of Eric Dennis Beasley (July 10, 1951 - Dec 21, 1986) is hard to solve. All the witnesses said the same thing: they heard several shots but nobody saw the actually shooting that took place on Dec 21, 1986, in Champaign, Illinois. The case remains unsolved. Last check 8/2018.
Beaumont, Jane-Arnna-Grant
Adelaide, Australia
1966
LinkJane Nartare (9), Arnna Kathleen (7), and Grant Ellis (4), known as the Beaumont Children, disappeared from Glenelg Beach, near Adelaide, South Australia, on January 26, 1966. Around 10am that day, the Beaumont siblings took the bus from their home to go to Glenelg beach. They were expected back by noon. Around 3pm, the mail carrier saw the children walking alone and away from the beach in the general direction of their home. Police believe the mail carrier’s detailed description. He was familiar with the family. The mail carrier said that the children looked happy and that they greeted him. He was the last person to see them alive. Their disappearance is to this day Australia’s best known cold case. This case is discussed at length on my blog. On several occasions, police excavated an area behind the Castalloy factory but found no traces of the three missing children. Last check 8/2018.
Bell, Cynthia Lorraine
Missouri, USA
1976
LinkHazel Juanita Hanna (Feb 24, 1961 – Aug 5, 1976) and Cynthia Lorraine Bell (April 25, 1960 – Aug 5, 1976) were murdered in Missouri, 1976. On Aug 10, 1976, Helen Whitlock found their badly decomposed bodies on her farm. The girls were tied up, partly undressed, and both shot to death. Their bodies were found in dense underbrush near the Cedar-Polk county line. Law enforcement found dragging signs so the girls were not killed where they were found. Police “found a spent .25 caliber shell casing at the scene, among several personal artifacts belonging to the victims.” According to Polk County sheriff Kay Williams, there are no new leads. New hope to solve this case came when authorities spoke to a jail inmate who had just been arraigned for an unrelated 1977 murder. He said he knew who killed Hazel and Cynthia. Then-Sheriff Simmons considered the man a reliable informant. His name is withheld. The informant’s story is this: he was driving around with the men who committed these murders. They said they picked up Hazel and Cynthia on Aug 4, 1976. They drove down a gravel road to “find a spot to hang out and make out. At one point, the inmate said, one of the girls became upset because one of the men got rough with her. She fled, screaming, from the car they were in, and threatened to turn the two men in for rape.” According to the informant, one of the men ran after the girl, dragged her back, the other man got out a gun, and they shot both girls. The men then drove to a spot to dump the bodies. At that spot they shot the girls again to make sure they were dead. They then dragged the bodies into or underneath bushes and just left them there. The two men said they traded the gun at a pawn shop in Butler. Simmons tried to find that gun. The alleged murder weapon was long gone, and never recovered. Simmons believes the pawn shop owner had been tipped off about the gun, and got rid of it. Simmons still believes the informant’s story because he knew the two men implicated. After this in 1977, no more new leads came in. Anyone with information on the case can contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at (417) 777-9020. Last check 11/2018.
Bennett Family
Colorado, USA
1984
LinkThe 1984 Bennett Family murder is part of a string of hammer murders in Aurora, Colorado. On Jan 10, 1984, the suspect used a hammer to kill Patricia Louise Smith (50) in her Lakewood home. Six days later, the same man broke in the home of Bruce and Debra Bennett. He bludgeoned and stabbed Bruce to death and then raped-killed both Debra and their 7-year-old daughter Melissa. The killer also shattered the face of 3-year-old Vanessa, who survived. In Aug 2018, Alexander Christopher Ewing (57) was accused in both cases. He faces charges for six counts of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, two counts of sexual assault on a child, burglary and five counts of committing a violent crime for killing Bruce, Debra, and Melissa Bennett. He also faces charges for four counts of first-degree murder in the Patricia Louise Smith murder. If you have any information that can help advance the cases further please contact the Lakewood Police Department Cold Case hotline at (303) 987-7474 or e-mail them at [email protected] Last check 8/2018.
Benning, Julie Ann
Iowa, USA
1975
LinkJulia “Julie” Ann Benning vanished from Waverly, Iowa, the day after Thanksgiving on November 28, 1975. On March 18, 1976, a Butler County road maintenance worker discovered Julie’s nude and decomposed remains. None of Julie’s clothing were found at the scene. The autopsy established her death was caused by strangulation. The case remains unsolved. Last check 8/2018.
Beslanowitch, Krystal Lynn
Utah, USA
1995
LinkOn Dec 15, 1995 the nude body of Krystal Lynn Beslanowitch (June 5, 1978 - Dec 15, 1995) was found lying face down, bloody and broken, on the banks of the Provo River, Utah. She was just 17 years old. Parts of the large, granite rock were saved as evidence as well as scrapings from under her fingernails. In 2016, investigators used the M-Vac and collected enough touch DNA from that rock to generate a full profile. Joseph Michael Simpson was charged in Wasatch County’s 4th District Court with first-degree felony aggravated murder. On Sept 29, 2016 he was found guilty. He will serve life without parole. Last check 8/2018.
Biggers, McHenry
Illinois, USA
1986
LinkMcHenry Biggers suffered a fatal heart attack during a home invasion on October 26, 1986. This may not be a murder case but there are so many unexplained issues that I am leaving it in the database for now. Last check 8/2018.

Blakelock, Keith
Tottenham, UK
1985
LinkPc Keith Blakelock and his colleague Pc Richard Coombes were attacked during the Broadwater Farm riots in Tottenham (UK), 1985. Coombes was seriously injured but survived. Blakelock did not. Several suspects were charged. The last person brought to court was Nicholas Jacobs. He was found not guilty on April 9, 2014. The case remains unsolved. Last check 8/2018.
Blatnik, Barbara Ann
Ohio, USA
1987
LinkOn December 20, 1987, the nude body of Barbara Ann Blatnik (1971-1987) was found about 30 miles from her home in Garfield Heights (Ohio). She had been raped and strangled to death. Barbara’s murder became notorious as she was the fourth victim in four months in the Akron area leading the public to believe that a serial rapist/killer was at work in Summit County, Ohio. Last check 8/2018.
Bombardier, Suzanne Arlene
California, USA
1980
LinkOn June 21, 1980, Suzanne Arlene "Suzie" Bombardier (March 14, 1966 - June 22, 1980) went missing from Antioch, California. On June 27th, her nude body was found in the nearby San Joaquin river. The gold necklace she wore was missing. Suzie died from one stab wound to the heart. Police stated in the Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) from July 1, 1996 that they do still have evidence in this case. In Dec 2017, police announced that Mitchell Lynn Bacom (63), original suspect in the case, was charged with murdering Suzanne Bombardier. He was held on charges of murder, kidnapping, rape and oral copulation. On Feb 8, 2018, Bacom entered a not guilty plea. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing within 60 days, meaning that it will probably be months before a judge makes a determination about whether he will stand trial. According to SF Gate, Bacom had shown interest in Suzanne’s sister, Stephanie. She didn't reciprocate his feelings. On the night Suzanne disappeared, Bacom and Stephanie had plans to meet but she blew him off. Bacom allegedly showed up anyway and took Suzanne. Since the case is eligible for the death penalty, no bail was set. More details as they become available. Last check 9/2018.
Booth, Kristy Lynne
Texas, USA
1980
LinkOn Feb 2, 1980, Kristy (Dec 26, 1960 - Feb 2, 1980) was last seen inside the Dimensions Nightclub in Midland (Texas) where she was spending the evening with friends. According to police, Ron Ferrengburg (now deceased) gave Kristy (19) and one of her girlfriends a ride to the club. Ferrengburg told police that he did return to the club but that he could not find the girls. Kristy's 1977 maroon and white AMC Pacer was found abandoned approx. 2 miles south of HI-20 on South Highway 349 (Rankin Highway). The authorities have Kristy’s dental records on file and check with each new Jane Doe case. In 2009, Kristy’s case was uploaded in NamUs. There are sadly no updates in her case. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-252-TIPS. There is a reward in this case. Last check 9/2018.
Boulin, Robert
Rambouillet, France
1979
LinkRobert Boulin (July 20, 1920 – Oct 30, 1979) was a French politician who served as Minister of Labour in the French Cabinet and was at the center of a major real-estate scandal that ended only because he died under mysterious circumstances. At the time of his death he was the longest serving minister in post-revolution French history; only Louis XIV's Colbert served longer. On Oct 29, 1979 Boulin disappered. He was found the next day under circumstances that hint at suicide: in a pond in the forest of Rambouillet where he loved to ride horses, an empty barbiturates container was next to his car, and inside that car messages for family, friends, and colleagues. However, if you read what the first officer on the scene says, it is homicide. On June 21, 2007 right after Jacques Chirac handed over power to Nicolas Sarkozy, the Paris Public Prosecutor met with Boulin's daughter, Fabienne Burgeat, and announced that he was considering re-opening the investigation as "new evidence" had come to light. New questions were raised but the case remains labelled suicide. Last check 9/2018.
Bowman, Johnny Rush
Virginia, USA
1984
LinkVirginia State Trooper Johnny Rush Bowman (Sept 15, 1952 – Aug 19, 1984) was stabbed 45 times by an unknown attacker (or attackers) on Aug. 19, 1984, around 415 am after answering the door at his own home in Manassas, Virginia. He was unarmed but he fought with either the suspect(s). They fled on foot but left items behind that will one day lead us to their identity: sunglasses, a wig, and a construction hard hat. This means that we have touch DNA and with genealogy databases we can zoom in on people with similar characteristics. Of the three, the wig seems the most interesting. A wig can alter a person’s perceived gender, age, and posture. Now Bowman's daughter thinks it is strange her dad answered the door unarmed considering his law enforcement and military training. It tells me he didn’t expect trouble. He knew who was at the door. The attack was a continuation of something that had happened earlier either during work or in private. Forty-five stab wounds is a very rage-driven, personal attack. Whoever did this had a personal score to settle with this officer. The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward. If you have any information that can help solve Johnny Rush Bowman’s murder please call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or the Virginia State Police at (703) 803-2676. You can also contact the Virginia State Police Fairfax Field Office at 703-803-2676 or [email protected], or leave a tip online at tips.fbi.gov All tips can remain anonymous. Last check 10/2018.
Branagan, Moira Holly
Pennsylvania, USA
1979
LinkMoira “Holly” Branagan (1962 – 1979) was stabbed 18 times in the back with a 10-inch kitchen knife. The autopsy showed she had 15 serious knife wounds, three less serious wounds, and two defensive wounds on her hands. The attack was so violent the kitchen knife broke off in her back. The estimated time of death was before dusk March 28, 1979. Police found no evidence of burglary or forced entry. Holly was dead approx. 18 hours before she was found. She was not sexually assaulted. Detective Galloway said the murder appeared unplanned but it had a viciousness that points to a crime of high emotion. Police suspect Moira “Holly” Branagan knew her killer. No fingerprints were found on the murder weapon. It was wiped clean. In 2014, police hinted at a suspect but since then there have not been any updates. Despite the involvement from activists, the media, and sending this case to the Grand Jury, it remains unsolved. Last check 9/2018.
Browe Jr, Harry
Michigan, USA
1936
LinkOn September 5, 1936, around 430pm, Charles (9) and Edward (7) Browe left home to visit Clark Park (Detroit) with baby brother Harry in his stroller. At that time Harry is 15 months old but in news articles his age ranges between 15-20 months. While his brothers were playing, Harry vanished. Most likely Harry was taken by a couple who hopefully lovingly raised him as their own. Harry is white with blue eyes and light brown/dark blond hair. He had a double mastoidectomy that left scars behind each ear. The fingernail on his left hand ring-finger is missing. If you have any information about Harry Browe Jr, please contact the Detroit Department for Missing Children at (313) 596-2069 or email them at [email protected] Last check 9/2018.
Bruce, Debra Joyce
Texas, USA
1976
LinkDebra Joyce Bruce (Nov 11, 1956 – Nov 10, 1976) was found murdered one day shy of her birthday in Slocum, Anderson County, Texas. She was a housewife and had married James Robbins just five months ago. Fire fighters found Debra between the bed and the wall of a front bedroom. A smoldering mattress on that bed had filled the house with smoke. Debra was dressed in a night-gown and her body was bound with a cord. If properly preserved that cord and the night-gown should be tested for touch DNA with the M-Vac. Newspapers mention gunshot wounds but contradict each other in numbers. The case remains unsolved. Last check 9/2018.
Buckels, John Robert
Texas, USA
1984
LinkOn Sept 28, 1984, the badly decomposed bodies of John Robert Buckels and Janis Petkas McMahan were found along Old Highway 105, near Cleveland in Montgomery County. They both had died of gunshot wounds. During the first investigation blood evidence was discovered and collected by the Houston Police Department. However, in 1984 the technology did not allow for the type of forensic testing that is available today. The blood evidence remained stored in the Houston Crime Lab for decades. In July 2009, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office cold case detectives reopened the double murder investigation and went back to the evidence that was still stored at the Houston Police Department. Modern DNA testing was applied to the evidence. The results matched Seldon Wayne Colvin. He was one of the original persons of interest that detectives kept their eyes on in the first investigation. Jurors found Colvin guilty of capital murder in Buckels’ death and guilty of murder in Petkas McMahan’s death. Colvin was sentenced to life in prison for the capital murder on Buckels and 40 years for the murder of McMahan. His sentences run concurrently. Last check 9/2018.
Burchfield, Richard
Colorado, USA
1953
LinkPatrol Officer Richard Stanley Burchfield (May 26, 1918 - Nov 26, 1953) of the Colorado Springs Police Department was killed on November 26, 1953. An unknown suspect used a .22 caliber handgun during an armed robbery investigation in the area of 1600 N. Wood Ave. That robbery was part of a pattern that had plagued the area. He was only 34 years old and happily married with three children. Burchfield was shot eight times at close range (behind the right ear, over the right eye, once in the right cheek, twice in the right shoulder, and three times in the right arm) suggesting he was shot by someone in the passenger or back seat. I wonder if the autopsy revealed anything about the trajectory of the bullets to get a more precise estimate of the shooter’s position. Nine shells (along with the bullets identified by the FBI lab as coming from a Colt Woodsman automatic .22 caliber pistol) were found in the car. If preserved, they should be re-examined with modern technology to make sure nothing was missed. At his feet, his colleagues found an ID card stolen from Alton Peterson, the most recent Wood Ave robbery victim. Here as well, modern technology should be applied to the card to make sure we did not miss a print or any other residue left on the card. Despite renewed attention to this case, it remains unsolved. Last check 9/2018.
Burns, Fiona
Kaniva, Australia
1990
LinkIn 1990, John Lee (14) and Fiona Burns (15) were hitchhiking across the South Australian-Victorian border. They were found stabbed to death Oct 18, 1990. As the bodies were still full clothed and the youngsters had barely any possessions, sexual assault and robbery were not considered as motive. There are no solid leads in this double homicide case. The teens were last seen Oct 10, 1990, at a truck stop at Bordertown, just over the SA-Victoria boundary. In 2014, Victoria Police’s cold case squad Detective Inspector Boris Buick said investigators are still frustrated by the lack of information. Last check 9/2018.
Byron, Ruby Grace
Michigan, USA
1976
LinkRuby Grace Byron (73) was found murdered in her house that was set on fire. The fire department found her on the floor near the front door. There were blood smears on the door frame. She had distinctive blows to her head just above the right ear. She had been hit with an instrument similar to a hatchet. Her right eye was black and she had suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns. Mrs. Byron was a generous person and helped all who came to her door. This generous behavior might have led someone to take advantage of her. If her clothes were properly preserved we should check them with the M-Vac for touch DNA. Also, the fingernail scrapings and the blood smears that were found on the door frame (if preserved) should be tested with modern technology. If you have any information please contact the Saginaw Police at 1-989.759.1218. The case remains unsolved. Last check 9/2018.
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Caciola, Vincent Paul
Maryland, USA
1985
LinkVincent "Vince" Paul Caciola (1952 - 1985) was reported missing on Aug 14, 1985 by his wife, Kimberly Rene Caciola (now Ms. Kimberly Grubbs). On Aug 16, 1985 his body was discovered when a trash crew worker at Patuxent River found it adjacent to a dirt road in a small wooded area leading to Fisherman’s Point, located on NAS Patuxent River. He was wrapped in a blanket. Authorities believe that Vince was initially sedated with drugs before he eventually was strangled with a boot-type lace. The death was ruled a homicide. Police determined Vince was possibly murdered during roughly the same time when his wife Kimberly last saw him alive. Where Caciola was found has significance, police said: He must have been killed – or his body dumped – by people with access to the secure naval base. “Somebody put him there,” they said. If you have any information contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333. The case remains unsolved. Last check 9/2018.
Campbell, Ian James
California, USA
1963
LinkOn March 9, 1963, Officers Ian James Campbell and Karl Hettinger were kidnapped by Gregory Powell and his accomplice, Jimmy Lee Smith. Campbell was murdered. Hettinger died years later after extensive bullying by his own colleagues. Powell and Smith were arrested, convicted, and sentenced to death. The death sentences were vacated when the California Supreme Court ruled in 1972 that California's death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment. Smith (76) died in the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic on April 7, 2007, from an apparent heart attack. Powell (79) died Aug 12, 2012, at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville. Last check 9/2018.
Carlson, Mark
Idaho, USA
1974
LinkOn October 20, 1974, Mark Carlson went hunting in Boise County and didn't return home. Two days later, he was found face down in the snow. His sister said he was shot once with a single, high-powered rifle in the stomach. The bullet exited through his back and was never recovered. He had trauma on his back. Police believe Mark was dragged to the spot where he was found. After two years, Mark's hunting weapon was found several miles from where his body was found. Police ruled out that Mark killed himself. Mark didn't have any enemies and didn't show any signs of risk behaviour. He didn't drink, he didn't smoke, and he loved being with his family. There is very little information online about this case except for repeated content. Anyone with information about Mark’s case can call the Idaho State Police detectives at 208-884-7113. Last check 9/2018.
Caughlin, Karen Ann
Sarnia, Canada
1974
LinkOn March 15, 1974 Karen Ann Caughlin (May 31, 1959 - March 16, 1974) went to school as usual. She had after-school plans to go to a friend’s home and later on to the Rose Garden roller rink. She would possibly sleep over. Karen and her friend left the rink around 11pm. They accepted a ride from a couple of boys and left in their pick-up truck. Karen’s friend was dropped off at her home. Karen continued to drive around the area with these boys until Karen was dropped off near her friend’s house close to 1am on March 16, 1974. This was the last time Karen was seen alive. Her body was found on March 16, 1974 around 9:50 am by an area farmer 22 kilometres from where she was dropped off. She was 14 years old. What happened to her after he drop off? What was she doing 22 kilometers away from her friend's house? In 2017, police said they think Karen was not beaten to death but in the fog struck by a car. That driver most likely moved her body towards the ditch and allowed her to die there rather than seek help. If this is true the case remains unsolved. It is now a hunt for an unknown driver who hit another human being. Rather than trying to save a teenager's life this driver preferred to escape responsibilities and allow the Caughlin family to fall apart from grief and pain. If you have any information call Lambton County OPP at 1-519-882-1011. Last check 9/2018.
Chamberlain, Azaria Chantel Loren
Ayers Rock, Australia
1980
LinkThe cause of Azaria Chantel Loren Chamberlain's (June 11, 1980 - Aug 17, 1980) disappearance in 1980 and death was finally determined on June 12, 2012. The Northern Territory coroner officially amended her death certificate to show that the cause of death "was as the result of being attacked and taken by a dingo." Azaria's body was never found. After she disappeared her mother, Lindy Chamberlain was convicted of murder on October 29, 1982 and sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour. Her father, Michael Chamberlain was found guilty as an accessory after the fact and was given an 18-month suspended sentence. They were both exonerated by a 1987 royal commission. Lindy Chamberlain was released when a piece of Azaria's clothes was found near a dingo lair, and new inquests were opened. Last check 9/2018.
Chan, Thomas
California, USA
2001
LinkOn December 14, 2001 Thomas Chan (July 11, 1965 – Dec 14, 2001) was killed. He was sitting in his car just off Manhattan Avenue at 217 11th St, Manhattan Beach, California. Together with a friend, he had dropped off a another friend. The three had spent the evening bowling. Just after midnight, people heard gunshots. Some heard three, some heard four shots. Two or three men, relatively young (in their early 20s) robbed Chan and his friends. One of the friends complied with the robbers orders, one did not, a gun came out, and shots followed. After that the robbers all fled in different directions. One thing people noticed was that one robber wore a bulky black jacket. Police believe that one or more of them escaped in either a blue four-door Hyundai or a dark Toyota Camry that was parked on Bayshore Drive. The shooter was described as an African-American man in his early 20s, 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, goatee with a short haircut. Chan was rushed to County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Harbor Gateway. He was pronounced dead at 12:45 am. If you have any information please call the Manhattan Beach Police Department at (310) 545-4566 There is a $25,000 reward. Last check 9/2018.
Chapman, Douglas Charles
Maine, USA
1971
LinkDouglas Charles Chapman (Feb 5, 1968 – June 2, 1971 date missing) was last seen around 1030am while he was playing in a sand pile in the garden of his parental home in Alfred, York County, Maine. Doug is a white male with light brown, sandy hair, and blue eyes. According to NamUs, he has a mole on his right shoulder. He was 3 years old when he disappeared. If you have any information that can help the Maine State Police please contact their Major Crimes Unit-South at 1-800-228-0857 or (207) 657-3030. Last check 9/2018.
Clark, Charles R.
Ohio, USA
1959
LinkOn Christmas Eve 1959, Charles R. Clark was murdered while he was preparing the Christmas dinner for his family. Police found out that his wife had several affairs. One of the men was a sharp shooter. He was tried but acquitted in 1960. No further arrests were made in this case. There is hardly anything online so if you have more information, please contact the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department’s Detective Bureau at 216-443-6130. Last check 9/2018.
Collins, Victoria H.
Michigan, USA
1996
LinkIn August 1996, Victoria Collins (May 17, 1970 - Aug 6, 1996) was murdered in Pontiac, Michigan. She had been beaten, raped, and was left for dead. Authorities think that Victoria was beaten and raped before her throat was slashed. They believe this happened around 730 am on August 6, 1996. However, Victoria’ body was not found until August 13, 1996. If you have any information that can solve this case please contact 1-800-SPEAK-UP, the anonymous tip line from Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers is offering a $2500 reward for the tip that leads to an arrest in Victoria’s case. The case remains unsolved. Last check 9/2018.
Colonna Aponte, Giannina and John
Puerto Rico
1974
LinkGiannina Maria Colonna Aponte (11) and John “Gianot” Colonna Aponte, Jr (12) were last seen on May 4, 1974 after 730pm in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. The siblings were supposed to meet a friend of the family and his three children on the beach. When their mother came for them, the friend said her children were not with him. I trust the authorities questioned and eliminated him as a suspect. There is speculation that the children were kidnapped for ransom. I saw discussions about disputed paternity on the web. I don’t think that matters. What matters is what the man who raised them represents if you wish to follow the ‘kidnapping’ theory. So who was John Colonna, Sr who died in 1982? Did he have enemies? For kidnapping to make sense, his network of people who could have done this needs to be checked. Nobody was ever arrested in this case. The siblings were never found. If you have any information about Giannina and John Colonna Aponte, please contact the Puerto Rico State Clearinghouse at 787-729-2457. Last check 9/2018.
Colton John Doe
California, USA
1915
LinkAn unknown man I call “1915 Colton John Doe” was found hanging from a willow tree in the Santa Ana river bottom, 2 miles southwest of Colton, San Bernardino County, California. He is white, between the ages of 40-60, approx. 5′ 11″, about 150 lbs., with chestnut-brown hair, slightly balding, and a dark sandy moustache. The condition of his eyes including eye color could not be determined because of the decomposition in progress. The estimated time of death is hard to determine. He was already decomposing when found so he died weeks before. NamUs does report that DNA is on file. All body parts were recovered. No distinctive physical features such a birthmarks, scars, tattoos, etc. A cane was found near the body. It is described as a “heavy hickory walking stick.” The man’s clothes were found hanging on the tree: a tan-colored overcoat or raincoat from the brand Ransom & Silsbee, a gray hat from Joske Bros. Co Department Store, a shirt with a collar, and a tie. I miss the pants, the underwear, the socks, and shoes. If you have any information about the 1915 Colton John Doe please contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department-Coroner Division at (909) 387-2978. Last check 9/2018.
Combs, Keith Edmond
California, USA
1993
LinkOn Sept 25, 1993, the bodies of sailors Keith Combs (23) and Eugene Ellis (20) were found in an undeveloped area east of Palm Avenue and Interstate 805, San Diego, California. They were both shot at close range. Ellis' new truck was stolen along with their wallets and IDs. In 2012, Edward Jesus Elias and Leopoldo Chavez II, both 36, were found guilty of first-degree murder and special-circumstances including murder during a robbery. For both defendants, authorities had DNA tying them to the victims and the crime scene. Deputy District Attorney Andrea Freshwater said that Chavez and Elias robbed the victims of their wallets and ID, then "executed both of them needlessly." Elias and Chavez were both sentenced to serve life without the possibility of parole. As they were both 17 at the time of the murders, they were not eligible for the death penalty. They both received consecutive life terms, one term for each victim. Last check 9/2018.
Comeans, William J.
Ohio, USA
1980
LinkWilliam "Bill" Comeans (Jan 11, 1965 - Jan 7, 1980) was found murdered on Jan 7, 1980. Investigators found no sign of a struggle and Bill was not robbed. The autopsy revealed that Bill died of a cardiac arrest due to compression to the neck. He had been strangled with a scarf. A knife was found at the scene. Police recently sent the knife, the scarf, along with a beer bottle found near Bill’s body to the state crime lab in London for DNA testing. I have not found any results in the public domain. Bill had been attacked twice before. If you have any information please contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s office at (614) 525-3350. Last check 9/2018.
Conroe Lake John Doe
Texas, US
1986
LinkOn August 3, 1986, an unidentified man I call Conroe Lake John Doe was found floating in Conroe’s Crater Lake. He was bound to two concrete cinder blocks with an electrical cord. Authorities think that the unidentified man was white, approx. 30 years old, 5 feet 6, and he may have been known under the street name “New York Billy.” I don't know why. This man has three distinctive tattoos: two on the left arm and one on the right arm. The right upper arm says “Baby Dawn.” The left upper arm says “Liz.” The left lower arm seems to be an unfinished tattoo. Please check the pictures in the blog post. If you have any information about this unidentified man, the tattoos or you think you know who “Liz and Dawn” are, please call Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-STOP (7867) or check their website. You can also contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Squad directly at 281-297-6508 or ask for these detectives: Detective Terance Greenwood at (936) 538-3781 or Detective Ken Bivens at (936) 538-3765. Last check 9/2018.
Converse, Nancy Eileen
Oregon, USA
1987
LinkNancy Eileen Converse (42) was found strangled to death on Feb. 2, 1987. Portland police questioned more than 300 neighbors, friends and others - including Owens, who was then a 44-year-old acquaintance of Converse's - but couldn't pin Owens to the crime even though they suspected him. The technology to make a DNA match wasn't in place yet. In 2006, the bureau's Cold Case Unit began investigating the case again and submitted DNA found at the crime scene. The state crime lab matched it to Owens, but getting a conviction also required tracking down witnesses - some who'd scattered across the country over they years and some who were reluctant to speak. Investigators believe Owens raped Converse before killing her. However, there is no information in the public domain about that. Owens has been in prison since 1989 for raping another woman he knew. In 2010, James Samuel Owens plead no contest to first-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to two decades in prison. Last check 9/2018.
Cooke, William
Indiana, USA
1980
LinkIn July 1980, William Cooke (49) was found stabbed to death in the Ramada Inn, Lafayette, Indiana. Police took an ashtray with a cigarette butt with them as evidence. In 1980, DNA testing was unavailable. Decades later, DNA was retrieved from the cigarette but matching Texas inmate Dion Watkins who plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter charges. Watkins was already in prison for battery of an elderly person. Watkins sentenced to 18 years in prison for Cooke's murder. Last check 9/2018.
Cordt, Ena and Willie
Missouri, USA
1985
LinkOn July 27, 1985, Ena Mary McIntosh Cordt (Nov 15, 1956 - July 27, 1985) and Rory Wilhelm “Willie” Cordt (Aug 3, 1980 - July 27, 1985) were murdered in their Forsyth, Missouri home. Tommy Lynn Sells confessed to the double murder. Sells, who is sometimes referred to as “The Coast-to-Coast Killer,” was executed on in Texas on April 3, 2014.Many questions remain in this case. Last check 9/2018.
Corley, Theresa M.
Massachusetts, USA
1978
LinkTheresa M. Corley (June 1, 1959 - 1978) was found murdered on December 8, 1978. She was found nude, face up, with her jeans and jacket next to her body. The autopsy report listed as cause of death asphyxiation by strangulation with a ligature (also known as “garroting”). It appears that physical evidence was taken from her body. If true it must be tested for DNA. I have not been able to find online whether any rope or strings were found near her body. If so, test it for touch DNA especially at the ends. If properly preserved, Theresa’s clothes must be examined for touch DNA as well especially around the zippers and buttons. Her blouse/top, underwear, and her shoes were listed as not found. Her body apparently did not show trauma of dragging marks. According to newspapers this was “leading investigators to believe that at least two people probably disposed of the body.” I disagree. A grown man could have carried her especially if she was unconscious or already dead. It is crucial to search the preserved clothes with the M-Vac to see if there are any signs that she might have been killed elsewhere and then was transported/carried to the scene where she was found. Pollen, dust, dirt, gravel, sand, etc. can give police an indication where she had been. In May 2017, the authorities exhumed Theresa's body. They collected nine and a half fingernails looking for DNA. Ultimately, technicians found a semen sample on her jeans. It produced a full profile. It is going to be entered in national databases. Remember that just like in the case of Patricia Smith the prosecution can charge this person as a John Doe. There is a reward in this case. Last check 9/2018.
Cramer, Norma Diane
Ohio, USA
1968
LinkOn July 2, 1968, Norma Diane Cramer (1946 – 1968) traveled from her home in Elyria (Ohio) to see her old boyfriend Mark Varasso in Portage (Indiana). Norma’s badly decomposed body was found by hunters on August 17, 1968. Her remains were in a wooded area about three miles west of Valparaiso, Indiana, about 12 miles from Portage. Norma had two gunshot wounds to the back of her head. She was fully dressed but she was not wearing her bra or her underwear. Norma’s purse was found 3 miles north of her body. Inside the purse, authorities found Norma’s bra and “other personal items.” The M-Vac can give answers in this case. The purse and bra that were found should be searched for touch DNA. If Norma’s clothes are preserved, they too should be checked especially around buttons, zippers, and sleeves. The Porter County Coroner’s Office records were destroyed in a flood. Only five autopsy reports remain from 1968 but Norma’s file isn’t one of them. The case remains unsolved. Last check 9/2018.
Crewe, Jeannette Lenore & David Harvey
Pukekawa, New Zealand
1970
LinkJeannette Lenore Crewe (Feb 6, 1940 - June 17, 1970) & David Harvey Crewe (Oct 20, 1941 - June 17, 1970) were murdered in 1970, New Zealand. They had one child, Rochelle Janeane Crewe. In 2010, the murders were reviewed. However, fingerprint records from the home of the murder victims are missing. Arthur Allen Thomas was convicted for this double homicide but was pardoned, and a commission of inquiry found that police planted crucial evidence to get him convicted. A Review Report about the Crewe Murders was published in 2014. Rochelle "is grateful the police have finally acknowledged the inquiry shortfalls and apologised for this and not re-investigating the case earlier." Important to note is that "the findings of the 328-page report by Detective Superintendent Andy Lovelock - and reviewed by David Jones, QC - categorically rule out Len Demler's involvement." Demler is Rochelle's grandfather. A number of "missed investigative opportunities" are catalogued:
• Failing to corroborate the alibis of residents who claimed to be at three community events on the most likely night of the murders
• Failing to follow up on vehicle sightings seen near or at the Crewe farm
•Insufficient priority given to a previous burglary and fires on the Crewe farm
• Failing to secure the crime scene, exhibits and forensic evidence including an oilskin coat visible in photographs but never recorded
• Failing to investigate persons of interest who had access to the Thomas farm and the evidence linked to the property
Most crucial is that "for the first time, the police have conceded there was "a distinct possibility" the brass .22 cartridge case used to implicate Mr. Arthur Allen Thomas may have been planted and if so, it was likely that a police officer was responsible. The Queen's Counsel appointed to supervise the review, David Jones, went a step further to say the shell case was "fabricated evidence" and criminal charges could have been laid against Detective Inspector Bruce Hutton." Despite this honest review, the double Crewe Murders remain unsolved. Last check 9/2018.
Crippen, Hawley Harvey
Camden, UK
1910
LinkOn January 31, 1910, Cora Crippen disappeared. Her husband, Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen claimed that she had returned to the United States. Later he admitted he made that story up. She had left him for a lover. He stood trial in 1910 after a search of their basement turned up interesting materials. Jurors were shown a chunk of human flesh. It had a scar similar to one Cora supposedly had on her torso. Crippen was convicted and hanged on November 23, 1910 at Pentonville Prison, London. In 2007, that scar was examined for mitochondrial DNA (maternal line). It didn't match the mitochondrial DNA in other members of Cora’s family. DNA showed that the scar tissue came from a male. In December 2009, the UK Criminal Cases Review Commission, having reviewed the case, declared that the court of appeal will not hear the case to pardon Crippen posthumously. Last check 9/2018.
Croan, Carmen Melinda
Texas, USA
1981
LinkCarmen Melinda Croan (Jan 16, 1963 - Aug 23, 1981) was last seen in the early morning hours of August 23rd, 1981. Her body was found later the same day. Carmen died a very violent death. She had been stabbed and cut several times and possibly died were she was found. In the papers it said that she was stabbed with a large fixed-blade knife. Police had ruled out robbery but were in the dark as to the motive. Suspected, indicted, and charged with Carmen’s murder was a man called Murray Galloway. On December 21, Galloway was officially indicted and charged with Carmen’s murder. He had a history of mental illness. The charges against him were dismissed the next year. Nobody else has been charged with Carmen's murder and the case remains unsolved. Last check 9/2018.
Cuevas, Juan "June" M.
New Jersey, USA
2006
LinkOn January 20, 2006, Juan “June” M. Cuevas, owner of G.I. June Auto Parts, was murdered in Washington Township by four people who invaded his home. His wife was not home but his three teenagers were. They were held hostage for several hours while the invaders waited for their father to come home. June was beaten to death and the invaders fled. In 2015, the papers reported that John Blocker was arrested facing charges of first-degree murder, first-degree felony, four counts of kidnapping, second-degree robbery and second-degree burglary. Authorities are still looking for the accomplices. Blocker was charged but I have not seen any news about a trial/sentence in the public domain. Last check 9/2018.
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Davenport, Tracy Lynn
California, USA
1973
LinkTracy Lynn Davenport (March 19, 1967 – April 27, 1973 date missing) from San Rafael, Marin County, CA, was reported missing on April 27, 1973. At the time that she disappeared, Tracy (6) lived with her grandma and unknown relatives in a motel. Peculiar are the details in Tracy’s NamUs file that mentions “burn scars located on her lower hip and stomach.” The listed height and weight may not be correct. We should consider the possibility that Tracy's remains are marked as a Jane Doe. Last check 10/2018.
Dauphin, Louis-Charles
Paris, France
1795
LinkLouis XVII (March 27, 1785 - June 8, 1795) was the younger son of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette. His older brother, Louis Joseph, died in June 1789, just a few weeks before the start of the French Revolution. When his father was executed on January 21, 1793, Louis-Charles became (nominally) the King of France and Navarre in the eyes of the royalists. By that time, France was a republic. Louis-Charles had been locked up in the Tower from August 1792 until his death in 1795. He was just 10 years old. He was never officially a king and of course, he didn't he rule. His title of King was bestowed by his royalist supporters. Upon the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in 1814, his uncle's adopted the regal name Louis XVIII. It confirmed the status of the young Dauphin. The identity of the body found in the Tower was always in dispute. Dr Phillippe-Jean Pellatan stole the heart from the boy who died in the tower. Later on it would turn out that it had the same unique mitochondrial DNA as the entire maternal line of the Habsburg Family. The heart of the Dauphin Louis-Charles XVII found its final resting place in the crypt at Saint-Denis. There the 10-year-old rests surrounded by his family members. Last check 10/2018.
Dee, Henry Hezekiah
Mississippi, USA
1964
LinkOn May 2, 1964, Charles Eddie Moore (19), a college student, and Henry Hezekiah Dee (19), a mill worker, were hitchhiking. They were picked up the KKK. The two young men were abducted, interrogated, and tortured in a nearby forest. Then they were locked in a trunk of a car, driven across state lines, chained to a Jeep motor and train rails, and dropped alive into the Mississippi River to die. Moore and Dee’s remains were discovered on July 12-13, 1964 during the frantic FBI search for James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, the three civil rights workers who disappeared June 21. When it was discovered that the bodies were those of two other black men and not those of the three civil rights workers media interest evaporated and the press moved on. The FBI investigated the Moore/Dee case and arrested two suspects in November 1964. However, the district attorney concluded there was insufficient evidence for prosecution. The case was dropped by local authorities. In 2007, Klansman and former police officer James Ford Seale was arrested in connection with the Moore/Dee murders. Seale was sentenced to three life sentences for one count of conspiracy to kidnap two persons and two counts of kidnapping where the victims were not released alive. He was incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he died in 2011. Last check 10/2018.
de Haas, Johanna “Jopie” Atalia Gersina
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
1960
LinkJohanna “Jopie” Atalia Gersina de Haas (Oct 4, 1936 – Sep 12, 2010) went missing on Feb 8, 1960, from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Dutch police spoke at a conference with Canadian colleagues about Johanna. The Canadians found her in the Vancouver Island registers as "passed away naturally" on September 12, 2010, at the age of 74. Tests are pending to confirm her identity. I have not read any updates in the public domain about the final DNA results. Last check 10/2018.
Delano, Everett Nelson
New Hampshire, USA
1966
LinkEverett Nelson Delano (May 20, 1917 - Sept 2, 1966) was killed Sept 1, 1966, during an apparent robbery at a gas station. Delano was shot at close range. The bullet hole lodged in the ceiling. State Police think he was shot by someone he knew. Despite all efforts, the case remains unsolved. If you have any information, please contact the New Hampshire State Police toll-free at (800) 525-5555 or call your local police/sheriff department. Last check 10/2018.
Doe, Neosho Grace
Misouri, USA
1990
LinkPolice believe Neosho Grace Doe was killed more than a month before her remains were discovered and that it had probably happened on Halloween night, 1990. A witness reported nearly 20 years after the fact that on the evening of Oct. 31, 1990, she and some other youths at the time were just up the road from where Grace’s body was eventually found when they heard a woman scream and then a noisy pickup truck drive off. There were never any suspects in the case and Grace has never been identified. A green parachute cord was used to hogtie Grace Doe. Upon investigation, it turns out to be military issue. It is not the common 550 paracord. It is a MIL-C-5040H Type II cord. What makes the difference is that instead of the normal seven strands, this has four. As with most military issue paracords, this one has a color code on the inside of one of the strands that helps identify the manufacturer. Police believe they have traced it to a company called Continental. This company sold almost exclusively to the US military in the early 1990s. It tells them that Grace's killer is most likely a local person. Despite the 2011 facial reconstruction and renewed media attention, the identity of Neosho's Grace Doe remains a mystery. Last check 10/2018.
Dost, Willeke
Koekange, the Netherlands
1992
LinkOn January 15, 1992, Willeke Dost (Nov 26, 1976 - Jan 15, 1992 date missing) left her foster parents’ farm early in the morning by bike. She was 15 years old. Willeke’s parents died in a fatal car crash in 1976 when Willeke was an infant. She was temporarily placed with her grandmother but grew up in various foster families until in 1986; she was placed with the foster family in Koekange. They already had a daughter and two sons. Willeke is presumed dead. In 1992, the theory was that most likely Willeke had run away but now police think that she was murdered shortly after she disappeared. They believe that the original crime scene is near the foster parents’ farm. Despite excavations in 2010 at the farm and divers checking various pieces of water after a rumor surfaced about a rolled up piece of carpet that might have a body inside, the case remains unsolved. In Nov 2018, Dutch police announced plans for a new excavation based on new information. On Nov 12, 2018 they dug but found nothing. Last check 11/2018.
Dougherty, Daniel
Pennsylvania, USA
1985
LinkIn 2000, Daniel Dougherty was found guilty of the 1985 arson that killed his two sons, Danny (4) and Johnny (3). Police arrested Dougherty in 1999 after his estranged wife and mother of the two children claimed that he had confessed. A jury found him guilty on capital murder charges in 2000. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed Dougherty’s death sentences in 2004. In 2005, Dougherty filed a petition for a writ of certiorari to the US Supreme Court. Certiorari was denied the same year. John Lentini and Angelo Pisani (two of America’s best known arson investigators) separately reviewed the Dougherty case. Neither found signs of arson. In their 2005 report, they emphasized the use of outdated fire investigation techniques. A retrialstarted Monday March 28, 2016. Dougherty was again convicted for both deaths. Dougherty is officially convicted of arson and second-degree murder indicating that the jury believed that he did set the fire but did not necessarily think that Dougherty intended to kill his children when he did so. He was sentenced to two consecutive life terms with an added 10-to-20-year concurrent penalty for arson. However, on Oct 31, 2017 the Pennsylvania Superior Court granted Dougherty a new trial. I have not read anything about a trial date yet. Last check 10/2018.
Drew, Kelly Jove
Wisconsin, USA
1980
LinkEdward Edwards, of Louisville, Ky., was arrested after DNA connected him to the unsolved murders of Timothy John Hack (March 13, 1961 - Oct 20, 1980) and his girlfriend, Kelly Jove Drew (Oct 9, 1960 - Oct 19, 1980), who disappeared from a Wisconsin wedding reception in August 1980. Their bodies were found weeks later in the woods. Investigators believe Hack was stabbed and Drew strangled. Auhorities said the state crime lab matched Edwards’ DNA to semen on Drew’s pants. Hack’s father reported the couple missing on Aug. 10, 1980. In 2010, Edward Edwards was sentenced to life. Edwards died of natural causes at the Corrections Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio on April 7, 2011. Last check 10/2018.
Dunkin, Kimberly Jean
Oregon, USA
1993
LinkOn New Year's Day 1993, Kimberly Jean Dunkin (May 15, 1962 - Jan 1, 1993) was killed in Northeast Portland. Brad Ballantyne (35) was arrested in Vancouver and charged in her murder. Kim's body was discovered in the driver’s seat of her blue 1973 Chevrolet Camaro on the morning of Jan. 1, 1993. Ballantyne plead guilty to murder. In 2011, Judge Frantz sentenced Ballantyne to 25 years in prison. He will be able to earn credit for good behavior and time served but will have to spend a minimum of 20 years before any reduction in time could be applied. His earliest release date would be 07/05/2030. Last check 10/2018.
Dunlap, Anne L. Barber
Minnesota, USA
1996
LinkAnne was found murdered on January 1, 1996. Cause of death: multiple stab wounds and cuts to her head and neck. Many details online have been deleted, links to newspaper articles are broken, and the rest is repetitive. Husband Brad Dunlap told police that on Dec 30, 1995, Anne came home around noon from lunch with friends. She left again around 230pm for shopping at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. Police say that no witnesses can confirm that Anne ever was at the Mall on that day around that time. Anne was supposed to return around 430pm. Based on her stomach contents, the medical examiner ruled Anne died about an hour later at 330pm. There does not seem to be any conclusive evidence that will hold up in court. The case remains unsolved. Last check 10/2018.
Dyke, Beverly
Winnipeg, Canada
1984
LinkRobert Kociuk pled not guilty to the 1984 first-degree murder of Beverly Dyke. He allegedly sexually assaulted Dyke (48) and stabbed her 13 times (fatal wounds to her chest and stomach). Her battered body, nude from the waist down, was found by a jogger in a wooded area near the city's airport. Kociuk's lawyers have admitted his DNA was found on Dyke. In 2010, Kociuk was found guilty of first-degree murder and was given a mandatory sentence of life without parole. In 2011, Manitoba’s highest court upheld Kociuk’s first-degree murder conviction. Last check 10/2018.
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El Dorado Jane Doe
Arkansas, USA
1991
LinkThis unidentified woman was murdered on July 10, 1991, at the Whitehall Motel in El Dorado, Arkansas. Despite media attention, her identity is still a mystery. She used a variety of names and fake ID cards. According to authorities, she lived in the Dallas (TX), Shreveport (LA), and in Little Rock (AS). Her murderer was caught and sentenced. Her DNA and dental records are on file with the authorities. She carried fake ID cards, told people half-truths, and was clearly hiding her past. Why? We do not know. Maybe she was protecting someone or a child. Maybe she had run away from an abusive relationship. We do not know. But does that mean she doesn’t deserve to have her case solved? Don’t blame her for choices she made. You do not know her reasons. She was murdered. Help her and share her story. Last check 10/2018.
Ellis, Eugene Clifford
California, USA
1993
LinkOn Sept 25, 1993, the bodies of sailors Keith Combs (23) and Eugene Ellis (20) were found in an undeveloped area east of Palm Avenue and Interstate 805, San Diego, California. They were both shot at close range. Ellis' new truck was stolen along with their wallets and IDs. In 2012, Edward Jesus Elias and Leopoldo Chavez II, both 36, were found guilty of first-degree murder and special-circumstances including murder during a robbery. For both defendants, authorities had DNA tying them to the victims and the crime scene. Deputy District Attorney Andrea Freshwater said that Chavez and Elias robbed the victims of their wallets and ID, then "executed both of them needlessly." Elias and Chavez were both sentenced to serve life without the possibility of parole. As they were both 17 at the time of the murders, they were not eligible for the death penalty. They both received consecutive life terms, one term for each victim. Last check 9/2018.
Espinosa, Juan Antonio
Arizona, USA
1996
LinkJuan Antonio Espinosa (19) and a friend were cruising on June 23, 1996. Around 10pm, the friend pulled his 1986 Cadillac into the parking lot of a Checker Auto Parts store on South Sixth Avenue to make a U-turn. They wanted to meet up with friends in the parking lot of another auto parts store. Both lots were popular hangouts for cruisers. A group of people in the Checker lot approached the Cadillac and yelled at the two men. Shots were fired, and Espinosa, a front-seat passenger, was struck in the torso by at least one of nine bullets that ripped into the car. Neither Espinosa nor his friend was involved in a gang, police said. Anyone with information is urged to call 88-CRIME. This case remains unsolved. Last check 10/2018.
Evitts, Loy Gillespie
Missouri, USA
1977
LinkLoy Gillespie Evitts (Dec 12, 1947 – missing Feb 28, 1977) disappeared more than 40 years ago. She was 29 years old. Police have eliminated Loy’s husband as a suspect. Loy left for lunch between 3-4pm from the Miller & O’Loughlin Law Firm at the Plaza Center Building parking garage. We know Loy went outside to run errands. She had her watch adjusted, shopped at Country Club Plaza, and drove to a drug store for coffee. She also bought an umbrella there. Authorities found her beloved car parked in the usual spot. The new umbrella was on the car’s front seat. Twelve days later, children looking for a lost dog found Loy’ purse in southeast Kansas City. Authorities scanned the area but found nothing else. If you have any information about this case, please contact the Kansas City Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at (816) 234-5136 or call the KCPD’s TIPS hotline, where you may leave anonymous tips: (816) 434-TIPS. Last check 10/2018.
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Fish, Eugene "Gene" Francis
Colorado, USA
2004
LinkEugene “Gene” Francis Fish (May 24, 1950 – missing June 21, 2004), a retired federal agent, went missing June 21, 2004 from his home in Canon City, Colorado. He is 5’11, white, strawberry blond hair, blue eyes, and has a crippled finger on the left hand. His NamUs profile does not say which finger on the left hand is crippled. This could be crucial when an unidentified male skeleton of the same height is found. His profile also says that finger prints, dental information, or DNA are not on file. All that should be in his employment files. If you have any information call the Fremont County Sheriff's Office at 719-276-5550. Gene's file number is 04-3013. Last check 10/2018.
Flanagan, Mary
West Ham (London) UK
1959
LinkOn December 31, 1959, Mary Flanagan (16) looked forward to the New Year’s Eve party at work. The teen left home in Wallace Road, West Ham, UK, at 1pm. And then Mary was gone. Did she run away? It is possible. Before she vanished, Mary left home and returned as if she had gone to work. The truth is that she had not been at work for either two days or two weeks: the BBC and Telegraph say two weeks but the Evening Standard says two days. In any case something was going on that Mary didn't share at home. I read that Mary may have been pregnant. They might have ran away to avoid an arranged marriage, the shame of a child out-of-wedlock and, to just be together. Did any of her male classmates disappear around the same time? In fact, did anyone Mary knew disappear at the same time? Frankly, I do not believe this theory as Mary didn’t take any money with her. Nothing at home seemed disturbed, no bags packed, etc. If she intended to run and take care of a baby or get an abortion, would she not need money? Kindly note that if Mary is ever found alive and does not want to contact her family, standard operating procedure is that police will respect her wishes. If you have any information about Mary, please call the Newham Police Missing Persons Unit in the UK at 0208 217 5728. You can also call Missing People at 116 000. Mary’s reference number is 94-000632. Last check 10/2018.
Flores, Joseph "Joe" Ralph
California, USA
1990
LinkJoseph "Joe" Ralph Flores (Dec 30, 1960 – March 3, 1990) was shot to death on March 3, 1990 at the Circle K in El Cerrito, California. Joe (29) was found around 220am lying in the parking lot of the store that is located at 19570 Temescal Canyon Road, El Cerrito. He had gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen. The paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene at 240am. If you have any information that can help the authorities solve this case please contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Cold Case Team at 951-955-2777 or fill in their tip sheet online. Joseph’s case file number is #E90062024. Last check 10/2018.
Foreman, Edward Lee
Oklahoma, USA
2015
LinkEdward Lee Foreman (Nov 26, 1961 – missing March 7, 2015) went missing and presumed dead. His case is in NamUs. Edward had black greying hair, a mustache, and a goatee. His eyes were hazel brown. He had a scar on the upper right abdomen. He also had a tattoo of a large cross with roses on his upper arm. When police arrived for a wellfare check, they found both Edward and his 2006 black Hummer 2 pickup truck missing. The truck was later found by a hunter. Inside the house, they found evidence that a violent crime happened. They later specified DNA taken from biological evidence inside Edward’s house matched and they fear he is dead. According to the family, Edward had gunshot wounds to the head and his body. Aside from Edward’s missing body we also miss his cell phone. That’s an interesting angle for digital forensics. A man was seen driving Edward’s truck around the time that he was killed. He was described as white or biracial, about 30-years-old, with dark-colored eyes and hair. I don't often see someone described as biracial unless people know something about that person or family structure. If you have any information about Edward Lee Foreman, call OSBI at 1-800-522-8017. His case number is #2015-318. Last check 10/2018.
Fox, Riley Ann
Illinois, USA
2004
LinkRiley Ann Fox (March 31, 2001 – June 6, 2004) was three years old when she went missing from Wilmington, Illinois. The little girl was found dead in Forsythe Woods County Forest Preserve. This public park was just a few miles from the family's home. Riley was face down in a creek. She had been bound, gagged, sexually assaulted, and then drowned. Fox's father was initially the prime suspect however, Scott Eby was ultimately convicted for Fox's rape and murder. In 2010, Scott Eby was charged on five counts of first-degree murder and one count of predatory sexual assault after DNA evidence linked him to Riley. He is serving life without parole. Last check 10/2018.
Frog Boys
Mount Waryong, South Korea
1991
LinkU Cheol-won (13), Jo Ho-yeon (12), Kim Yeong-gyu (11), Park Chan-in (10), and Kim Jong-sik (9) a.k.a. the Frog Boys went to catch frogs near Mount Waryong, South Korea, on March 26, 1991. They never returned home. Their remains were found in 2002. The five boys were buried on March 25, 2004. Their families donated their skulls to medical science for research hoping to find out more about the trauma to their children’s skulls. Experts found two bullet holes in one child’s skull. Three from the five skulls had blunt-force trauma caused by an object/tool. Who wielded that tool and why remains a mystery. Last check 10/2018.
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Glover, Michael Wade
California, USA
1976
LinkOn September 5, 1976 Michael Wade Glover’s nude and decomposing body was found near a cliff in the Monterey area of Southern California. The area was searched but nothing was found: no physical evidence, no tire tracks, no foot and/or shoe prints, no possessions, nothing. Since Michael’s body was found nude without any belongings he entered the coroner’s office as a John Doe. On September 8, 1976, Michael was positively identified through his finger prints. The family was notified a day later. I have not been able to find anything in the public domain so there is little to go on. If you have newspaper links to articles about Michael’s death please contact me so we can update his case. Last check 10/2018.
Goldman, Daniel "Danny" Jess
Florida, USA
1966
LinkAaron and Sally Goldman were awakened by an armed man looking for $10,000 the couple supposedly had hidden in their home. When the intruder could not find the money, he took the Goldman’s son, Danny. If they wanted their child back they would need to come up with $25,000. Danny was never seen again. Despite new developments in this missing person case, it remains unsolved. If you have any information contact the Miami-Dade Police Department at (305) 471-2400 (case #: PD120529203210). Last check 10/2018.
Grahlman, Jay E. and Jaymie Chantelle
Iowa, USA
2003
LinkAccidental fire or arson, the 2003 double Grahlman murders remain unsolved. There was one suspect but Brian Zirtzman was found not guilty on two counts of first degree murder and two counts of first degree arson on July 14, 2004. Jaymie Chantelle Grahlman (Oct 30, 1996 - April 6, 2003) was found in the bathtub. However, nobody can explain if Jaymie (6) was just found in the bathtub or found floating in the bathtub. Why was Jaymie in the bathtub? A late night bath after a day of backyard barbecuing? Who was with that six-year-old in the bathroom if she was taking a bath? Who had a motive to see her father Jay E. Grahlman (May 16, 1964 - April 9, 2003) dead? Anyone with any information about Jay and Jaymie Grahlman’s unsolved murders should contact either Capt. Mellgren or Special Agent Smith by phone at (319) 286-5619 or fax (319) 286-5396. You can also email Capt. Jeff Mellgren or email Special Agent J.D. Smith. Last check 10/2018.
Grant, Thomas Wayne
Ohio, USA
1976
LinkAttorney Thomas Wayne Grant (March 21, 1947 – Nov 16, 1976) was found murdered Nov 16, 1976, in Cleveland (Ohio). He was in the bathroom of his apartment in Park Centre. Thomas worked in the estate and tax section of the law firm Squires, Sanders & Dempsey (now Squire Patton Boggs). Thomas was found face down in just a few inches of water from his partly filled bathtub. He was dangling over the rim of the tub with his knees on the bathroom floor. He had dripping head wounds. He was wearing a shirt and jeans. Dep. Coroner Charles S. Hirsch said someone knocked him unconscious with a large wooden gavel. He was hit in the face and the head at least five times. His skull was fractured. Then he was strangled. The garrote was most likely the electrical cord found hanging loosely around his neck. The apartment showed no signs of struggle or forced entry. Thomas was dead several hours before he was found by his former roommate. According to the family, authorities found a full set of hand prints on the bathroom door. However, at that time police didn’t find a match in their databases. An unknown finger print e.g. not belonging to Thomas, was found on his sports car. I do not know whether this one print matches any of the ones found on the bathroom door. All prints should be run through databases again. The apartment is a crucial element as it was part of a twin tower building. It had a security system with guards on duty 24/7 in both tower lobbies. Did the elevators have cameras? Unescorted guests were only admitted after either the receptionist or the guard checked by intercom with residents. Who was on duty when Thomas died? Is there a sign-in sheet for guests? Did Thomas let know the desk he was expecting guests? There is no known motive for this murder. Thomas’ wallet was found near his body. It was empty so that hints at robbery. He did still have a $5 bill in his clothes. The wallet and his clothes need to be examined with the M-Vac. The case remains unsolved. Last check 10/2018.
Gray, Adam
Illinois, USA
1993
LinkIn March 1993, a fire broke out in a flat in the 4100 block of South Albany Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Adam Gray, the alleged jilted lover, was accused of arson. The girl who rejected him lived in that apartment building. She and her family escaped the fire but two neighbours, Peter McGuiness and his sister Margaret Mesa, lost their lives. The prosecution based the trial on evidence of arson and Gray's confession that he bought gasoline to set the fire. The evidence: alligator charring and deep burn patterns pointing to an accelerant. Gray said he confessed falsely. His alibi was being asleep at a friend's house at the time of the fire. Last summer two of the nation's leading fire experts found that the Chicago police and fire investigators relied on flawed and outdated theories. However, on Nov 8, 2016 Judge Angela Petrone denied Gray a new trial as she was not convinced that the defense produced enough evidence for a jury to acquit him at a new trial. The judge, though, agreed to resentence Gray — but only because a U.S. Supreme Court ruling found mandatory life terms for juveniles to be unconstitutional. On May 3, 2017, the prosecution and lawyers for Gray presented a joint motion to vacate the conviction and dismiss the case. “Scientific advances since the time of trial have proven that the fire investigators’ testimony—while based on beliefs that were widely held in 1996—was erroneous under current scientific knowledge,” the motion said. Gray was released that day. In 2018, Gray was awarded a certificate of innocence, enabling him to seek compensation from the state of Illinois. In April 2018, he filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking damages from the Chicago Police Department. Last check 10/2018.
Greece John Doe
New York, USA
1976
LinkOn March 9, 1976, the skeletal remains of a young child were found inside a blue metal storage trunk. The trunk was in the basement of an apartment complex in Greece, NY. Isotope testing showed that the child may not have been local to the New York area. He probably spent the first years of his life in the Northwest, and the last years of his life in the southeast. This child had brown hair. He wore a light blue pajama top with a deer design on the left over the chest and a plastic diaper fastened by two stainless steel diaper pins. He had a prominent bulge to the back left region of his skull creating a large skull abnormality. Cause is unknown but it likely meant the child couldn’t walk and had developmental deficiencies. The Greece Police tip line can be reached at: 585-581-4016. Assigned to this case is Sergeant Dave Mancuso. His contact information taken from the Greece Police’s website: 585-581-4013 or you can email him at [email protected] Last check 10/2018.
Greene, Tamara
Michigan, USA
2003
LinkAround 340am on April 30, 2003, Tamara Greene was shot to death in a drive-by shooting. She was in a car with her boyfriend Eric Mitchell. Mitchell survived the shooting. The Detroit News wrote Greene was in the driver’s seat and they were in front of Mitchell’s house. They had just left the club where she worked as a stripper. A white SUV turned the corner with a man holding a pistol out the window. Mitchell described him as light-skinned just like the short man with whom he fought a few weeks before. Curiously, Mitchell ducked for cover into the foot-well of the Buick Skylark but he said nothing to Greene. Tamara was hit once behind the left ear, once through the jaw, and once through the left arm and chest. Mitchell was struck by five bullets, including once in the neck, according to official reports. Mitchell managed to call for help. The bullets that killed Tamara came from a .40 caliber pistol. The Detroit Free Press got a document that suggested police believed Tamara was killed in a drug dispute. The documents are now sealed. Did she dance for the wrong people? Was she killed by mistake as Mitchell was the main target? Was her death a warning for Mitchell? The case remains unsolved. Last check 10/2018.
Gricar, Ray Frank
Pennsylvania, USA
2005
LinkRay Frank Gricar (October 9, 1945 - missing April 15, 2005) was an American attorney who served as the district attorney of Centre County, Pennsylvania, from 1985 until 2005. On April 15, 2005, Gricar went missing under mysterious circumstances and has not been heard from since. After he had been missing for over six years with no trace of his whereabouts, Centre County authorities declared Gricar legally dead on July 25, 2011. Gricar was the DA in the case of Dana Bailey. Her case is also discussed on my blog. If you have any information about the disappearance of Ray Gricar contact the Bellafonte Police at 814-353-2320. The case remains unsolved. Last check 10/2018.
Grimes, Barbara Jeanne & Patricia Kathleen
Illinois, USA
1956
LinkBarbara Jeanne Grimes (May 5, 1941 - Dec 1956) and Patricia Kathleen Grimes (Dec 31, 1943 - Dec 1956) went missing on December 28, 1956. On January 22, 1957, their naked and frozen bodies were found along Devil’s Creek, Cook County, Illinois. Three experienced pathologists performed the autopsies however, the exact cause and time of death was never established. They thought that the girls died from shock due to exposure and might have died on the night they were seen last. Harry Glos, the investigator for the Coroner’s office, disclosed that Barbara had been sexually assaulted before her death. This was later reluctantly confirmed by police. Options for examining this case with modern technology are discussed in the post. As of yet, the case remains unsolved. Last check 10/2018.
Grindstaff, Donald “Doni” Dean Christian
Colorado, USA
1998
LinkDonald “Doni” Dean Christian Grindstaff (March 4, 1962 – July 29, 1998) had been missing for several days. Then one day, a car was found in a ravine in Colorado. Handcuffed and locked inside the trunk, the authorities found Doni Grindstaff. When did he die? Was this a suicide or a murder? Doni’s death is officially listed as undetermined with as possible causes: suffocation, carbon monoxide poisoning, extreme heat or even entrapment in a car trunk. The case is "undetermined" but is clearly in need of a professional review. Last check 10/2018.
Groves, Frances Blanche Hayes
Colorado, USA
1954
linkFrances Blanche Hayes (April 20, 1915 – 1954) married Alva Louis Groves in 1929 when she was just 14 years old. Together they would become parents to seven children. The family lived in Colorado. After Alva accidentally shot and killed their only son Donald Dee, they separated in 1950. Frances left Colorado in the company of a man called James Franklin Phye. Frances was last seen with him going for a picnic. They left together but only he returned. Phye committed suicide in 1996. Frances is presumed dead. There are no distinctive body markers listed in her NamUs profile. DNA is on file. The case remains unsolved. If you have any information about this case please contact the Palm Springs Police Department at (760) 323-8116. Frances’ case number is 1210 P 2808. Last check 10/2018.
Gruber Family a.k.a. Hinterkaifeck
Kaifeck, Bavaria, Germany
1922
LinkOn March 31, 1922, six people were murdered behind the hamlet of Kaifeck, Bavaria, Germany. Andreas Gruber (63), his wife Cazillia (72), their widowed daughter Viktoria (35), her two children Cazilla (7) and Josef (2), and the family maid Maria Baumgartner (44). The murder weapon was a mattock which is similar to a pickax. The motive remains a mystery. There is speculation galore but so far, nothing sticks except this: the crime was committed by someone who knew how to run a farm, was familiar with livestock, was comfortable enough to stay at the farm after the murders in the company of the family dog, was strong enough to wield the mattock so many times, did not care for money, and most importantly had a personal reason for this crime. All corpses were beheaded. The skulls were sent to a lab but they are now considered lost. All victims were placed without heads in their coffins. The entire farm was demolished in 1923. The only thing left is a shrine. The case remains unsolved. Last check 10/2018.
Guitron, Ryan Eugene
Nebraska, USA
2003
LinkRyan Guitron’s remains were found in a woodpile on an abandoned farmstead in rural Kimball County, Neb. Guitron, an oil field worker, was last seen in Fort Collins around midnight Oct. 14, 2003. He was supposed to go to his girlfriend’s Fort Collins home, but never arrived. Authorities think Guitron was executed after being taken to the farmstead. They found a single gunshot wound to his head. Guitron was identified by his dental records. Vencil Ash III was convicted in July 2012. However, the Nebraska Supreme Court ordered a new trial in October 2013. The high court said the trial judge erred in denying Ash’s request to postpone the trial, saying Ash wasn’t given fair notice of the prosecutor’s deal with his wife. Ash’s wife, Kelly Meehan-Ash, was initially charged with aiding and abetting first-degree murder. But just days before Ash’s trial was to begin, Meehan-Ash cut a deal with prosecutors in which she agreed to testify against her husband for a reduced charge of accessory to the crime. The trial judge denied a motion from Ash’s attorney for more time to prepare for Meehan-Ash’s testimony, saying it would be too difficult for the court to inform those already summoned for jury duty. During the retrial, Vencil Ash III was found guilty again of murdering Ryan Guitron in 2003. Ash was sentenced to life without parole. Meehan-Ash was sentenced to the maximum 20 to 60 months in prison. Last check 10/2018.
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Hack, Tim
Wisconsin, USA
1980
LinkEdward Edwards, of Louisville, Ky., was arrested after DNA connected him to the unsolved murders of Timothy John Hack (March 13, 1961 - Oct 20, 1980) and his girlfriend, Kelly Jove Drew (Oct 9, 1960 - Oct 19, 1980). The couple disappeared from a Wisconsin wedding reception in August 1980. Their bodies were found weeks later in the woods. Hack was stabbed. Drew was raped and strangled. Authorities said the state crime lab matched Edwards’ DNA to semen on Drew’s pants. Hack’s father reported the couple missing on Aug 10, 1980. In 2010, Edward Edwards was sentenced to life. Edwards died of natural causes at the Corrections Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio on April 7, 2011. Last check 10/2018.
Hadden, George
WWII, UK
1943
LinkDuring he summer of 1943, in World War II, RAF volunteer George Hadden set out on another dangerous bombing mission to Germany with his crew. They went missing. In 2009, his brother was contacted by the Air Recovery Fund in the Netherlands. They had found George's bomber off the Dutch coast. A team of divers pulled out pieces of the wreckage. They found evidence to suggest the bodies of all six crew members were still inside. Parachutes were also discovered while the escape hatch was undisturbed. War historians later confirmed that the four-engine bomber had been shot down by German airmen. Last check 11/2018.
Haider, Eric
North Dakota, USA
2012
LinkEric Haider from Bismarck, North Dakota, went missing from his job site on May 24, 2012. In 2015, his remains were found (about half a mile southwest of that particular job site) in a 6-foot deep hole at a construction site in Dickinson, ND. Eric’s friends thought that it was “a job site accident” and that Eric was buried at the construction site “likely inadvertently.” Haider was probably buried alive by coworkers. Haider had been checking seals in the ditch where he died. "Stark County State’s Attorney Tom Henning declined to file criminal charges in the case. Henning said his decision not to file charges does not mean that he doesn't believe a crime was committed. Rather, the nature of the event makes it difficult to develop probable cause for a case as it is unclear who is responsible. At the time Haider was likely buried alive, there were two heavy machinery operators backfilling the trench Haider was working in. Even after the police investigation, Henning said it is not clear which one of the two operators was responsible for Haider’s death. The case is now officially closed. A civil lawsuit could still be filed in this case. Last check 11/2018.
Halpern, Joseph Laurence
Colorado, USA
1933
LinkOn August 15, 1933, Joseph Halpern (22) left his parents at their campsite, packed a few items in his knapsack, and set off on a day hike with a college friend in the Rocky Mountain National Park. He never returned. Joseph Halpern’s case is the oldest missing person case entered into the NamUs System of dual databases that match missing persons and unidentified remains. The case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2018.
Hammerle, Stephen Scott
Kansas, USA
1981
LinkStephen Scott Hammerle (26) went missing on August 22, 1981. He is a tall white male, approx. 5’8″ and weighs between 160-170lbs. He is paralyzed from the waist down due to injuries from an accident. Stephen cannot move around without a wheelchair, and carries a colostomy bag. He has brown hair, a beard and mustache, blue eyes, no upper teeth, a scar on his left eye, and several tattoos. He has “LOVE LISA” tattooed across his fingers. If you have any information please contact Detective Curt Steel from the Riley County Police Department, Manhattan, Kansas at 785-537-2112. You can also leave anonymous tips with the Manhattan-Riley County Crime Stoppers at (785) 539-7777 or 1-(800)-222-TIPS. Web tips can be left at www.RileyCountyPolice.org. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers.Last check 11/2018.
Hanna, Hazel Juanita
Missouri, USA
1976
LinkHazel Juanita Hanna (Feb 24, 1961 – Aug 5, 1976) and Cynthia Lorraine Bell (April 25, 1960 – Aug 5, 1976) were murdered in Missouri, 1976. On Aug 10, 1976, Helen Whitlock found their badly decomposed bodies on her farm. The girls were tied up, partly undressed, and both shot to death. Their bodies were found in dense underbrush near the Cedar-Polk county line. Law enforcement found dragging signs so the girls were not killed where they were found. Police “found a spent .25 caliber shell casing at the scene, among several personal artifacts belonging to the victims.” According to Polk County sheriff Kay Williams, there are no new leads. New hope to solve this case came when authorities spoke to a jail inmate who had just been arraigned for an unrelated 1977 murder. He said he knew who killed Hazel and Cynthia. Then-Sheriff Simmons considered the man a reliable informant. His name is withheld. The informant’s story is this: he was driving around with the men who committed these murders. They said they picked up Hazel and Cynthia on Aug 4, 1976. They drove down a gravel road to “find a spot to hang out and make out. At one point, the inmate said, one of the girls became upset because one of the men got rough with her. She fled, screaming, from the car they were in, and threatened to turn the two men in for rape.” According to the informant, one of the men ran after the girl, dragged her back, the other man got out a gun, and they shot both girls. The men then drove to a spot to dump the bodies. At that spot they shot the girls again to make sure they were dead. They then dragged the bodies into or underneath bushes and just left them there. The two men said they traded the gun at a pawn shop in Butler. Simmons tried to find that gun. The alleged murder weapon was long gone, and never recovered. Simmons believes the pawn shop owner had been tipped off about the gun, and got rid of it. Simmons still believes the informant’s story because he knew the two men implicated. After this in 1977, no more new leads came in. Anyone with information on the case can contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at (417) 777-9020. Last check 11/2018.
Harr, Woodrow "Woody" Rae
Virginia, USA
1982
LinkOn February 25, 1982, Woodrow “Woody” Rae Harr (April 7, 1964 – February 25, 1982) was found dead in a shallow pond near Newport News, Virginia. He was just 17 years old. The authorities ruled his death a suicide but some people believe that Woody would never have killed himself. If you have any information about this case please contact the Virginia Peninsula Crime Stoppers Association (formerly known as “Peninsula Crime Line”) at 1-888-LOCKUUP (i.e. 1-888-562-5887). Last check 11/2018.
Harrell, Vickie Lynn
Indiana, USA
1972
LinkVickie Lynn Harrell (Aug. 15, 1948 – Aug. 14, 1972) was found face down in a water-filled ditch on the east edge on Concord Road which is an access road to McCormick’s Creek State Park, about 2.5 miles east of Spencer, Owen County, Indiana. She was nude and there was evidence of strangulation. We know her killer used a knife or a sharp object to carve two alpha characters e.g. letters on her chest, post-mortem. We do not know which letters her killer carved on her chest, whether they were in caps, or whether together they formed a word or an expression. I cannot find if police eliminated as a suspect: the worker who found Vickie's body, the roommate who reported Vickie missing, or the father of Vickie's child. If you have any information about this case, please contact the Indiana State Police’s District Investigative Commander at 1-812-332-4411 or 1-800-423-1286. Last check 11/2018.
Harris, Alexander
Nevada, USA
1987
LinkOn Nov 28, 1987 around 11 am, Alexander (7) was in the Whiskey Pete’s Hotel and Casino Resort in Primm, Nevada. He was in the video arcade with his mom and grandparents gambling nearby. Then he was seen walking out of the arcade. It was caught on the surveillance tapes. After one month, Alexander’s body was discovered underneath a trailer. That trailer was on one of the ten trailer sites near Whiskey Pete's that were used by off-duty casino executives. Mr. James Weller, then-head of the Las Vegas FBI office, explained that Alexander’s glasses were found near his fully clothed body. He had been strangled. I cannot find whether this was manual strangulation or asphyxiation by an object. There was little physical evidence to help police find the murderer. If Alexander’s clothes and glasses were properly preserved we should try to examine them with the M-Vac for touch-DNA. The case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2018.
Harris, Steven Alfred
Indiana, USA
1988
LinkOn Aug 24, 1988, Steven Alfred Harris, Sr. was found shot to death on Olio Road in Hamilton county near Geist Reservoir, Indiana. Around 950pm, someone shot him five times: three times in the back and once on each side of the torso. He had been fishing and was accompanied by at least one family member. If you have any information about this case, please contact the Indiana State Police’s District Investigative Commander at 1-317-899-8577 or 1-800-582-8440. Steven’s Case Number is 51-5113. Last check 11/2018.
Hawkley, Cherilyn Ann Gartin
California, USA
1993
LinkCherilyn Ann Gartin Hawkley (Mar 19, 1954 – Oct 31, 1993) was murdered on Halloween night, 1993. Two days later, she was found near Elmhurst Drive less than a mile from Eureka Elementary where she taught fifth grade (Granite Bay, California). That spot was close to Oakhills Elementary. Her partially clothed body was found between the second and third seats in the back of her Dodge Caravan. She was strangled to death. Autopsy showed she died within 24 hours of her disappearance. Whether she was sexually assaulted was unclear at the time. Police is retesting old evidence for DNA. If you have any information in this case call the Placer County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 889-7854. If you wish to remain anonymous call Placer County Crime Stoppers at (800) 923-8191 or go online to tips.placercrimestoppers.com. Any tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a cash reward. Last check 11/2018.
Heath-Gough, Elizabeth
Connecticut, USA
1984
LinkElizabeth Heath-Gough went missing in 1984 while she was divorcing her husband. John Heath had reported his wife missing on April 6, 1984. Heath’s family had Elizabeth declared dead in 1991. In 2010, Elizabeth’s remains were found during a home renovation on the property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road. That is where the couple used to live. John Heath left the property in 2005 when the bank foreclosed on the home. Elizabeth was identified by dental records. Examination found that Elizabeth had been beaten to death. She was killed by at least four blows to her head with a “narrow, heavy” club-like weapon. Then she was wrapped in bedclothes and plastic bags before she was shoved head-first into the 3-feet deep, 18-inch square dry well. In 2013, a jury found John Heath guilty. On Dec 18, 2013, Heath was sentenced to 50 years. He passed away in prison on Nov 15, 2015. Last check 11/2018.
Helt, Joseph "Joe" David
New York, USA
1987
LinkJoseph "Joe" David Helt (17) was reported missing on Jan. 17, 1987 by his mother Lee Ann Helt. Her son had not returned home after going out with friends the previous night. Joseph Helt was last seen with three friends after their vehicle became disabled in some snow at Sam's Point Preserve, a popular hiking spot. Troopers say Helt walked off in the snow and disappeared. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact New York State Police Troop F at 845-344-5300. The investigation is being led by state police Investigator Vincenzo Iemma. The case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2018.
Henderson, Robert T.
Hawaii, USA
1996
LinkHawaiian police charged Jason Lee McCormick with second-degree murder for the July 1996 killing of Prof. Robert T. Henderson. The linguistics professor was a guest lecturer at the University of Hawaii when his naked and decomposing body was found in a condominium where he was staying. According to a grand jury indictment of McCormick, police believe that Henderson was strangled between July 12 and 17, 1996. He was last seen leaving a hula lesson on campus July 12, 1996. McCormick pleaded not guilty during his arraignment. On Sept 11, 2013, McCormick was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. In Aug 2015, McCormick strangled his cellmate Jonathan Namauleg. McCormick received another life sentence. McCormick is serving his sentences in the Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona, through a contract Hawaii has with CoreCivic, a private company that operates the Saguaro prison. Namauleg’s family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against CoreCivic, accusing the company of recklessness and negligence. The civil case remains unresolved in federal court. Last check 11/2018.
Hernando County Jane Doe 1972
Florida, USA
1972
LinkThe Hernando County Jane Doe was found on July 19, 1972 near High Corner Road and Cortez Boulevard (State Road 50) in Brooksville, FL. She had been strangled to death. This woman only wore white bikini-style underwear and was wrapped in a bed spread. If you have any information that can help police please contact Det. George Loydgren at (352) 754-6830 or email him at [email protected] or use the general address [email protected] Last check 11/2018.
Highway of Tears
British Columbia, Canada
LinkAt least 20 women, many of them native, have disappeared from or have been found murdered along B.C. highways over the past 40 years. Various suspects have been linked to these murders however nobody has been tried in court. There is a new report available from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) that can be found here. Last check 11/2018.
Hilt, Teresa "Tess" Sue
Missouri, USA
1974
HiltTeresa "Tess" Sue Hilt (Jan 6, 1951 - Aug 4, 1973) was found murdered on August 4, 1973. She had been beaten, raped, stabbed, and strangled to death. Her remains were found in her off campus apartment in Maryville, Missouri. Tess was attending Northwest Missouri State College. She was a music major and pursued a post graduate psychology degree. Tess was found face down on her bed under a neatly arranged sheet. She was stabbed in the chest and lower abdomen area. Her panty hose was tied around her neck and her wrists bound with shoelaces. A paring knife taken from her own kitchen was found cupped in her hand. Sgt. Wright was convinced the killer was a woman because the scene had been cleaned up and Tess’ dead body was covered with a sheet. He saw it as something a woman would do. Covering Tess is a very personal act that could have been done by both a female or male killer. To me it indicates the killer knew their victim. Tess’ travel checks were found in the parking lot and her billfold was found near the rail tracks, both to the south of the apartment complex. If you have any information that can help the Maryville Police Department to solve the crime please contact Dir. K. Wood at 1-660-562-3209. There is a reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction in this case. Last check 11/2018.
Hina Family
New Hampshire, USA
1989
LinkThe Hina Family was killed during a 1989 fatal fire at a Keene apartment complex, New Hampshire: Carl R. Hina (1939 - Jan 14, 1989), wife Lori Michelle Hina (March 2, 1962 - Jan 14, 1989), their baby Lillian Marie Hina (Sept 19, 1988 - Jan 14, 1989), and Carl's daughter Sara Jean Hina (Jan 26, 1976 - Jan 14, 1989). David McLeod was held without bond since his 2010 arrest for this crime. A mistrial was declared on Dec 19, 2013. A retrial was scheduled for April 14, 2014. In Jan 2014, the prosecution decided against a retrial. McLeod is free but can be retried if new evidence or legal avenues develop. The case hinges on forensic arson detection. Last check 11/2018.
Hinson, Rhonda Annette
North Carolina
USA
1981
LinkOn Dec. 23, 1981, Rhonda Annette Hinson (Dec 13, 1962 - Dec 23, 1981) died from a single gunshot. She was 19 years old. The bullet came from a high-powered rifle. It traveled through the trunk of her car, through the backseat, through the driver’s seat, and penetrated her lungs and heart. Authorities found Rhonda lying in a ditch beside the open driver’s door. The motor was running. Authorities saved Hinson’s sweater and found touch DNA in the armpits that did not belong to Hinson. National DNA databases have not found a match. There is a simple explanation for that: the profile belongs to someone who never committed a crime. Most likely it belongs to the person who found Rhonda and tried to help her. Maybe the authorities should make it clear that finding a profile match isn’t the same as proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the profile carrier committed a crime. Debated is whether this was premeditated murder or a freak accident. Nobody was ever charged in this case. If you have any information about the Rhonda Hinson case, please contact Lt. Becky Weatherman of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 438-5506, or Crimestoppers at (828) 437-3333. You can email the Sheriff’s Office too: [email protected] Last check 11/2018.
Holiday Inn Fire, New York, USA
1978
LinkOn 11-26-1978 around 236am the Holiday Inn on 1525 West Ridge Road, Greece, New York, burned down. Ten guests died, 34 injured. Seven of the 10 people killed were from Canada. The fire was ruled arson but no arrest has been made to date. John Stickevers, former FDNY chief fire marshal, discovered an uncommon highly flammable accelerant was used to start the fire in the form of a liquid which was ignited inside a storage cupboard under the first floor stairwell. On November 26, 2014, police announced that for the first time in this case they had a suspect. It was Harold “Bud” Phillips. He was the fire lieutenant who reported the fire. Phillips is still alive and serves as Greece Fire Chief. This case combines a lot of factors ranging from inadequate leadership to negligence to outdated science in forensic arson detection. I wish we still had the hotel carpets so they could be examined with modern technology. If you have any information about this case, please contact the Greece Police Department at 585-581-4026 or 585-581-4042. Last check 11/2018.
Horman, Kyron
Oregon, USA
2010
LinkOn June 4, 2010, Kyron Horman (Sept 9, 2002 - missing June 4, 2010) went missing. His stepmother Terri drove him to school. She stayed with him while he attended a science fair. When she left around 845am she saw Kyron walking down the hall to his first class. However, he was never seen in his first math class. He was marked absent for the day and has not been seen since. In 2010, the Multnomah County grand jury did not indict Terri for Kyron's disappearance. On June 1, 2012, Kyron's mother, Desiree Young, filed a civil lawsuit against Terri claiming she was "responsible" for his disappearance. The lawsuit claimed Terri had kidnapped Kyron. Young sought $10,000,000 in damages. On August 15, 2012, a federal court judge denied a motion by Terri to delay that lawsuit. On July 30, 2013, Young dropped her lawsuit against Terri so it would not interfere with the ongoing police investigation. There is a $50,000 reward offered in the case. Last check 11/2018.
Houghland Family: Norma, Richard and Thomas
California, USA
1978
LinkOn July 15th, 1978, Norma Houghland (27) and her two sons, Richard (8) and Thomas (6) went missing. The family apparently decided to go for a drive. They never came back. When their family didn’t hear anything from the trio, they got worried. Apparently Norma’s father wrote a letter to police after he checked the apartment. Inside everything seemed in order. Nothing seemed disturbed. If you have any information about the Houghland Family please call the Sacramento Police Department Missing Person unit at (916) 808-0560. Last check 11/2018.
Hughes, Hulon Everett & Elaine
California, USA
1988
LinkHulon and Elaine Hughes were found shot to death in their California Apple Valley home on Oct. 12, 1988. They operated two business on the property: Hughes Roofing and B&S Paving. They employed Harold David Toney as a mechanic and part-time roofer according to the sheriff’s department. In April 2010, San Bernardino County Cold Case Detectives reviewed cold homicide cases as part of a federal DNA grant and reopened the Hughes’ murders. Detectives said they linked Toney to the murders by DNA analysis. A second suspect, Opal Leanne Faulk, who once lived with Toney, was arrested. Toney, awaiting trial, died in a hospital jail ward in October 2010. Faulk took the prosecution's offer and pleaded no contest to being an accessory after the fact in the death of Hulon and Elaine Hughes. She was sentenced to three years in prison for her involvement. Authorities agreed that Harold was the shooter in this double murder case. Last check 11/2018.
Hull, Betty Gene
Illinois, USA
1991
LinkOn Christmas Eve, 1991, Mrs. Betty Gene Hull (68) was found murdered. Whoever is responsible for her death was in a rage and the attack was personal. She had trauma to the head, mouth, and hands, and a bullet hole in her chest. The autopsy revealed that Mrs. Hull had multiple stab wounds in her chest too. The stabbing was so forceful, that her lungs were penetrated. Four ribs were broken on the left side of her chest, and five on the right side. Pieces of evidence from this 1991 unsolved homicide are considered for testing in a state lab. I have not read anything about results. If you have any information, please contact the Champaign Police Department at 217-315-4545. Last check 11/2018.

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Ibach, Laura Henderson
Alaska, USA
1986
LinkLaura Henderson-Ibach disappeared on March 28, 1986, from Kodiak, Alaska. She and her husband Jack Ibach were getting a divorce. Authorities suspect that she was kidnapped, murdered, and her remains discarded somewhere in the Alaskan wilderness. Her remains were never found but some of her personal belongings were. Charged and sentenced to life for this crime were Michael McDonald and Jack Ibach. This case has been picked up activists pointing to a wrongful conviction. Last check 11/2018.
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Jarosz, Beverly Ann
Ohio, USA
1964
LinkOn December 28, 1964, Beverly Jarosz (Oct 1, 1948 - Dec 28, 1964) was killed in her parental home in Garfield Heights, Ohio. Beverly had shopping plans that afternoon with two girlfriends, Barbara and Margie. Barbara, showed up at the Jarosz house and not getting anyone to answer the door, she left. When her two friends didn’t show up at her house, Margie called Barbara. That’s when ultimately Beverly’s grandmother was called. She made Beverly’s father leave from work to go back to the house and check. He found his dead daughter’s body in her upstairs bedroom. There are many vague descriptions in her case as to the number of knife wounds, materials found, her clothing, and there's even an hour gap in the case's timeline. Police asked the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation to compare several unidentified fingerprints found in Beverly’s bedroom with fingerprints on file in the state’s database. I have not seen any results in the papers. Last check 11/2018.
Johns, Jacquelin “Jackie” Sue
Missouri, USA
1985
LinkJacquelin “Jackie” Sue Johns (June 7, 1965 - June 17, 1985) was last seen alive on June 17, 1985. The next day, her sports car was found abandoned. The backseat was covered in blood as were the clothing police found there (a top, jeans, and underwear all soaked in blood). On June 22, 1985, Jackie’s nude body was pulled from Lake Springfield, Missouri. In 2010, Gerald Carnaham received two life sentences with no chance of parole or probation for her rape-murder. Last check 11/2018.
Johnson, Cynthia “Cindy” Marie
Ohio, USA
1977
LinkCynthia “Cindy” Marie Johnson (16) from Garfield Heights, Independence, Ohio, left home around 7pm on Sunday Oct 30, 1977. She told a friend that she was going to meet a man. She was found murdered the next morning of Oct 31 around 830am. Judging from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office's information the exact time of death is not clear: she either died on the Sunday evening that she went missing or in the early morning hours of Monday 31. Cause of death: strangulation by ligature thus ruling out manual strangulation. If you have any information please contact Detective Lieutenant Charles Wilson's Office (216) 524-3033 or email him at [email protected]rg Cynthia’s case number is #2033. Last check 11/2018.
Johnson, Hank Allen
Texas, USA
2008
LinkIn 2013, Trae Deandre Thompson was indicted for the 2008 murder of Hank Allen Johnson
(March 26, 1981 - July 21, 2008). Thompson's defense attorneys said their client agreed to a plea. By pleading no contest, Thompson was neither admitting nor denying he killed Johnson. In 2014, he plead no contest to criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to 15 months in jail. The same jury awarded Johnson's family $8.6 million in damages. Last check 11/2018.
Jordan, Leon
Missouri, USA
1970
LinkReopening this case has provided answers however nobody was ever indicted as all the main players have passed away. Leon Jordan (65) was the founder of Freedom Inc. He was killed on July 15, 1970. Last check 11/2018.
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Kempton, Laura
New Hampshire, USA
1981
LinkLaura Kempton (1958-1981) was found dead inside her apartment on Sept 28, 1981, by a police officer who came to talk about a series of unpaid parking tickets. She was 23 years old. During the autopsy, the New Hampshire Medical Examiner found that Laura died of massive head trauma from being struck with a blunt object causing contusions and lacerations of the brain. Various newspaper articles stated that Laura was last seen by a friend after leaving a watering hole called the Ranger Club early that Monday morning. I cannot find how she got back home from the watering hole. Police have indicated that they have held back evidence in this case and it does include DNA. This means that the case is solvable however, no match has been found yet in the various databases. If you have any information please contact the Portsmouth Police Department at (603) 436-2511. There is a reward for information. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Kirton, Clara
London, UK
1985
LinkClara Kirton (85) was last seen Saturday November 16, 1985. Clara was known as a friendly neighbor. However, she’s also known for leaving the key in the door so visitors could let themselves in. Clara was attacked with a broken beer bottle. The bottle was from a John Courage Strong Bitter beer that was only available in pubs. Her killer slashed her throat. Apparently her face was mutilated which usually hints at a very personal crime so she was most likely attacked by someone who knew her. Clara died from inhalation of blood and crush injuries to her face and neck. Her youngest son Brian found her. Police suspect it was a burglary gone wrong. Some of Clara’s drawers were ransacked however only her purse was stolen. This is strange as Clara had a lot of cash hidden in her apartment. If you have any information please contact the UK Officers at 020 7230 4294, via 101 or @MetCC or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Klossowsky, Valerie Lynn
Iowa, USA
1971
LinkOn Sunday, June 13, 1971, Valerie Lynn Klossowsky went to the pool but never came back home. Her father reported her missing at 10 pm that night. On Tuesday morning, two boys discovered Valerie’s nearly nude body on a creek bank under a bridge three miles west of Denver, Iowa, about 10 miles southeast of Waverly. Her only remaining garments—her upper clothing—had been pulled up around her shoulders. Valerie had been strangled with such force it fractured her larynx. The case remains unsolved. Last check 8/2018.
Kovack, Robert Leroy
Virginia, USA
1998
LinkRobert Leroy Kovack (24) went missing on September 19, 1998. Kovack had started his second year in the graduate architecture program at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He was leaving Blacksburg on Friday evening to go home to Rivesville (W. VA) for the weekend. On Sept 22, 1998, his car was found on US Route 19 near Fayetteville, W.Va. In March 2017, DNA tests on human remains found near the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia confirmed that the remains belonged to him. Finding his remains isn't the end of the investigation. The Roanoke Times mentioned that "authorities say evidence suggests Kovack may have fallen after being hit by a car." This means that during the examination of the human remains they found evidence of trauma on the bones due to a collision. Was that trauma from an old injury? A quick check of his medical history will tell. If so, we have our answer. If not, then this raises further questions. If Robert was the victim of a hit-and-run we need to re-check any reports of a possible hit-and-run that before were not connected to Kovack's disappearance. If we do not have such reports then somewhere is a driver who did not report hitting and leaving behind a possibly injured victim. And that means that the investigation cannot be over yet. Last check 3/2017.
Kroeyr, Lisa Cay
Michigan, USA
1985
LinkIn Sept 1985, Lisa Cay Kroeyr from Saginaw, Michigan, was found drowned, partially clothed with her hands were bound before she died. She was last seen alive Aug 30, 1985. Lisa was dressed from the waist up only in a light or tan colored top pulled up to the chest, diver David Strickland said. “It didn’t look like she was caught on anything or hung up. Police have been unable to explain the missing clothing and are continuing their investigation. The body was just floating,” Strickland said, adding there appeared to be no “major” wounds on the body. Update: Jack Howard Reinhardt (27) was arraigned on first-degree premeditated homicide charges in connection with Kroeyr’s death. However, I have not found anything else about this case. If you know what happened please contact me. Should you have any links with more information about this case, please let me know. As soon as I get more information, I will update this post. Last check 9/2018.
Kulik, Elodie
Somme, France
2002
LinkIn the night from January 10 to 11, 2002, Elodie Kulik (24) was murdered. She was kidnapped, raped, and her body was burned. Her remains were left in a farmer's field (France). Her attacker(s) tried to burn away anything that could identify them but left behind a used condom and two cigarette butts. After many years, familial DNA found a match. The complete DNA profile from the condom matched the son of a man himself in prison for sexual assault. The son, Greg Wiart, was killed in a road crash a year and a half after Elodie’s murder. In 2013, French police arrested and jailed one of his Wiart's friends, Willy Bardon. Police believe his voice is on Elodie's 911 call. However, after a year and a half with no charges and no other evidence against him Bardon was freed. Bardon denies having anything to do with Elodie’s death. There is no DNA to tie him to the victim or the crime scene. Last check 3/2017.
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Lamplugh, Susanna "Suzy" J.
London, UK
1986
LinkSusanna "Suzy" J. Lamplugh (May 3, 1961 - missing July 28, 1986) was officially declared dead and presumed murdered in 1994. Suzy (25) was a realtor and had left her office in London to meet a client only known as Mr. Kipper. The case was cold for years. Then, in an unprecedented move, Scotland Yard said that John Cannan, a serial rapist and murderer, who is serving three life sentences, was the "only suspect" for the abduction and killing of Miss Lamplugh. This announcement ended the reinvestigation into Suzy's disappearance after the Crown Prosecution Service decided that there was not enough evidence to charge Cannan. The latest excavation took place in the garden of John Cannan's mother in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, Scotland Yard said. Police searched for two weeks. They explored the garden and an area under the garage. Nobody ever stood trial in this case. John Cannan is serving life in prison for "the rape and murder of Shirley Banks, the attempted kidnapping of Julia Holman on the previous night, and the rape of a woman in Reading in 1986." Cannan has been interviewed about Suzy but denies any involvement. The latest excavation was carried about by fifteen police officers, an archaeologist, and ground-penetrating radar. DCS Richard Wood, who leads the homicide and major crime command, said:"The case remains open, and the Met remains committed to bringing Suzy’s killer to justice. We will continue to assess any new information that comes in.” Last check 11/2018.
Lapointe, Richard A.
Connecticut, USA
1987
LinkIn 1992, Richard A. Lapointe was sentenced to life plus 60 years for the 1987 rape-murder of Mrs. Bernice Martin. Lapointe has Dandy walker Syndrome and is physically unable to carry out the crime which involved moving the body. This case features police misconduct (illegal wire taps), false confessions (Lapointe gave four and none match the scene), a disputed timeline, and forensic arson detection. A new trial was ordered for him in October 2012. On March 31, 2015, the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered a retrial. On April 10, 2015, Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander ordered Lapointe be released on $250,000 security bond. Lapointe stayed at an undisclosed location. On Oct 2, 2015, on International Wrongful Conviction Day, Lapointe was set free. The judge ruled that he cannot be retried. We close this wrongful conviction aspect of the Martin file but now we must work on it as a unsolved murder case. Someone killed Bernice Martin in 1987. I hope that she will not become a forgotten file. Last check 3/2017.
Lee, Alice Louise
Oregon, USA
1960
LinkAlice Louise Lee (Jun. 3, 1953 – Aug. 29, 1960) was just 7 years old when she was murdered. She disappeared around 10am on August 29, 1960 from the bean field near Trent (Eugene, Oregon) where her parents worked. Her nude, partially buried body was found on September 16, 1960, relatively close to the bean field. She was found face down either with or without clothes wrapped around her neck. One article said her corduroy jacket was wrapped tightly around her neck. Another article states the clothes were stacked beside her. Physical evidence was not properly stored. It could make it impossible to use modern DNA analysis to help solve her case. Anyone with information about this case please call the Oregon State Police at 503-934-0163. Last check 9/2017.
Lee, John
Kaniva, Australia
1990
LinkIn 1990, John Lee (14) and Fiona Burns (15) were hitchhiking across the South Australian-Victorian border. They were found stabbed to death on October 18, 1990. As the bodies were still fully clothed and the youngsters had barely any possessions, sexual assault and robbery were not thought a motive. There are no solid leads in this double homicide case. The teens were last seen on October 10, 1990, at a truck stop at Bordertown, just over the SA-Victoria boundary. In 2014, the Victoria Police’s cold case squad said investigators were still frustrated by the lack of information. Last check 9/2018.
Lee County Jane Doe 2012
Alabama, USA
2010-2012
LinkThis child's partial skeletal remains were found on January 28, 2012 at a trailer park on Hurst Street, Opelika, Lee County, Alabama. Authorities believe she was between 4-7 years old. She died between 2010-2012. Cause of death: possible homicide. If you have any information that can help the authorities identify this child, please contact: Opelika Police Department Investigative Services Division at (334)705-5220, the Secret Witness Hotline at (334)745-8665, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Call Center at 1-800-THE-LOST(843-5678). Last check 3/2017.
Lewis, Teekah
Washington, USA
1999
LinkTeekah Lewis who went missing on January 23, 1999, in Tacoma, Washington. A search was launched immediately. An off-duty police officer working at the bowling alley announced the missing toddler over the intercom, and people searched in the parking lot but Teekah was gone. Despite significant media attention the case remains unsolved. If you have any information at all about this case, please contact the Tacoma Police Department at 1-253-798-4721. Teekah’s case number is 990231121. Last check 3/2017.
Lightfoot, Margaret
London, UK
1975
LinkOn November 24, 1975, Margaret Lightfoot left her home in Loughton to walk her dog in nearby Epping Forest. She was seen by a neighbor. Margaret’s nude body was found by a police dog close to her house in a thicket among undergrowth. At that spot, several women had reported seeing a man streaking. Authorities think that Margaret was killed after she was punched in the face, stripped of her clothes, and sexually assaulted. Cause of death: strangulation with an object, her dog’s leash. Her rubber boots were found underneath her body. Examining them with modern technology for touch DNA might be the only way to advance this case. If you have any information please contact the UK Officers at 020 7230 4294, via 101 or @MetCC or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Last check 6/2018.
Little Miss Nobody
Arizona, USA
1960
LinkA schoolteacher found the partially decomposed body of a child half-buried near the intersection of Alamo and State Highway 93, Congress, Yavapai County, Arizona. According to original newspaper reports, she was dressed in white shorts, a checkered blouse, and had nail polish on her finger and toenails. She was wearing adult-sized flip-flops cut down to fit her little feet. The medical examiner said her body was too decomposed to “determine cause of death.” The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help to identity "Little Miss Nobody.” She was between 2-7 years old (closer to 3-6), approx. 55 pounds, and 3 feet 6 inches. Her race is undetermined. If you have any information about this child please call Cold Case Investigator John Shannon at 928-777-7293 or leave an anonymous tip with Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232. Last check May 2018.
Long, Vickie
Florida, USA
1984
LinkVickie Long was murdered on September 10, 1984. She died of asphyxia due to blunt neck trauma. Todd Campbell, who was arrested for her murder was acquitted by DNA in 2010. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Loran, Michelle Frances
Washington, USA
1990
LinkMichelle Frances Loran (19), a young mother, went missing in the early morning hours of October 28, 1990. Around 2am, she was last seen at the Interstate 5 underpass a few blocks from her home in Kelso, Kalama, Cowlitz County, Washington. Michelle’s skull was found in April 1996 in the woods east of I-5, Kalama, Washington. She was identified by dental records. Michelle had a non-cemetery burial service. If you have any information about Michelle Frances Loran please call the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) at 577-3092 or Crime Stoppers at 577-1206. Last check 3/2017.
Lost Soldiers of Fromellles
WWII, France
LinkThe bodies, which were buried by German forces, were excavated from six mass graves in 2008. 144 have been identified so far, check here for an overview Last check 3/2017.
Lowe, Eunice Shrivers
Texas, USA
1976
LinkOn Sept. 17, 1976, bus ticket clerk Eunice Shrivers Lowe (Nov 11, 1920 - Sep 17, 1976) was killed at work at the Continental Railways Station in Bay City, Houston, Texas. Eunice was beaten with a pickax, stabbed with a broken glass bottle, robbed, and raped. The killer stole her car and about $3,000 in cash from the company. Sentenced was Mr. Jerry Hartfield however, he might be wrongfully convicted. As authorities do not have other suspects, we possibly face an unsolved rape-murder. Last check Jan 2018.
Lu, Quang
Toronto, Canada
2007
LinkLu disappeared in 2007. Despite finding the place where he was most likely murdered the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Luhrsen, Herman Edward Wilhelm
Wisconsin, 1937
USA
LinkOn Feb12, 1937, around 845pm, Luhrsen was working at the Wisconsin gas station he owned. He eard the door to the gas station open but it isn’t clear if he could see the door open. We know an armed man came in to most likely rob the gas station and/or Luhrsen. His face was masked with a dark handkerchief. He aimed his nickel-plated gun at Luhrsen and demanded he handed over the money. We do know Luhrsen himself that he was punished by his impatient robber for being slow to hand over his own money. He got shot in the stomach area to force him comply. The robber removed either $22 or $23 from his overall pocket. Luhrsen was still fully conscious when Beloit Police interviewed him. He said the robber was male, mid-30s, 6 feet tall, and about 155 lbs. He said the robber was “raggedly clad” wearing a light-colored hat but no overcoat. He might have worn glasses but he didn’t get a good look at his face. Because the robber had no overcoat, authorities thought he might have had a get-away car nearby. What happens now only seems possible in slow-motion: the robber is leaving, as per the papers Luhrsen crawls to the back room (I thought he was behind his desk somewhere) where he kept a .22 caliber revolver (where? in the desk drawer? Some articles say it was a .32), then he crawls towards the station and the robber is still there. He is in the gas station’s doorway apparently in no hurry to leave and in no fear of being seen. Luhrsen aims and shoots twice. Only then does the robber leave but he does not fire back. So did he still have his own gun or not? This is weird-robber behaviour if you ask me. So maybe this wasn’t a robbery at all. There was also speculation that Luhrsen was actually shot with his own weapon, a .22 (or .32) that was kept at the gas station. “There is every possibility that Luhrsen was not actually held up,” then-Sheriff Paul Johnson from Rockford, said. Luhrsen fired two shots. One bullet was found inside the gas station. It hit a fire extinguisher near the door. Where did bullet number two go? Authorities had examined Luhrsen’s gun and established it had indeed fired two bullets. Luhrsen crawls to the phone, calls his wife, she calls Marshall Theodore Graves, who calls Deputy Sheriff William Gottfried. Graves arrives at the gas station and accompanies Luhrsen to Beloit Memorial Hospital. Luhrsen passes away around 123am on Valentine’s Day, Feb 14, 1937. He was surrounded by his family. Because of the slow-motion robbery, people thought Luhrsen tried to kill himself or he knew his killer. In each case, we lack motive. On Feb 15, authorities were able to rule out attempted suicide. Luhrsen was killed with a .38 caliber weapon. Luhrsen owned a .22. Another interesting detail was revealed: the .38 bullet that killed Luhrsen was apparently an old bullet. It had been in the gun’s chamber for a while and that gun had not been used in a long time. So are we talking about maybe an antique weapon or a weapon that serves as part of a collection versus a weapon that serves to protect oneself? There is no further information in this case. Last check 11/2018.
Lutz, Tracie De Ann
Texas, USA
1990
LinkTracie De Ann Lutz was killed in 1990. Dennis Anderson, a convicted killer who federal authorities believed was responsible for her murder, was found hanged in a Pensacola motel room in late 2010. Last check 3/2017.
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MacPherson, Duncan
Saskatoon, Canada
1989
LinkThe case of Duncan MacPherson (February 3, 1966 – August 9, 1989) started as a missing person case. He was last seen in the summer of 1989. His body was found in a gletsjer in 2003. His case is riddled in mystery and in my opinion involves negligence. His remains were cremated on August 4, 2003. Duncan was only 23 years old. On July 18, 2006 the Austrian statute of limitations for bringing a lawsuit in Duncan's death expired. According to the Austrian authorities they did everything inn their power to investigate Duncan's death. Last check 3/2017.
Madvig, Connie Sue
Texas, USA
1977
LinkOn June 27, 1977, Connie Sue Madvig (18) was found in a wooded area near Aldine Westfield and East Cypresswood in Spring, Texas. She had been stabbed to death. Connie was last seen alive on June 23, 1977, walking to a store after leaving her parents’ home in the 23900 block of Spring Briar Lane. Anyone with information can contact Houston Crime Stoppers at 1-713-222-8477 or call the Harris County Cold Case Unit at 1-713-967-5911. Despite a call from the authorities for help it remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Man in the Iron Mask
France
1703
LinkStart with the men in the background and the facts: who had the power to arrest him and incarcerate him in a high security facility? If you give an unknown prisoner a secret life and keep their identity hidden, why issue a death certificate? This tells me that the identity of the unknown prisoner was getting less and less important. If you check where the prisoner was held you see that the correctional facilities drop down in security grading. Between each transport, his security detail is downgraded. Why? The ministry changed. Minister of War Louvois was succeeded by his son, Barbezieux. During his life, Louvois considered this unknown prisoner such a personal threat that he ordered his incarceration for life. Under Barbezieux, all security measures were downgraded. It indicates the threat was over, or the importance was personal. The best Barbezieux could do was to keep the unknown prisoner incarcerated. If not, someone would question his father's actions. To recap: We need to start with the Minister of War, Louvois.
Manchester female skeleton
Manchester, UK
2011
LinkIn 2011, female skeletal remains were found on a construction site in Manchester, UK. Despite facial reconstruction, the victim known now as "Angel Meadows" remains unidentified. Forensic tests showed the woman was Caucasian, born in the early 1950s and was between 5ft 1in and 5ft 7in. There is DNA and the authorities are using familial DNA. It is believed she was killed between 1975 and 1988. Detectives think she was beaten to death and possibly sexually assaulted as she was naked from the waist down. A piece of Guinness memorabilia was found discovered near her remains. The carpet she was covered by seemed to fit a Ford Cortina. It had a hole for a gear stick. In 2015, she was laid to rest in an unmarked grave in a state-paid service that was attended only by two detectives who have spent four years working on her unsolved murder case. Anyone with information about the case can contact the GMP cold case review unit on 0161 856 5961 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Last check 3/2017.
Martin, Bernice
Connecticut, USA
1987
LinkOn March 8, 1987, fire fighters were called to the Mayfair Gardens Elderly Housing Complex, Manchester, Connecticut. They found Mrs. Bernice Martin, 88 years old, barely breathing, and badly beaten. She died later that evening in the hospital. The fire department found the front door locked but the glass sliding door in the back was open. The curtain that should have been on the sliding door was on the floor. A pried open latch on the rear screen door was clearly the point of entry. Mrs. Martin was lying near the entrance of the bedroom, naked, except for some shredded clothing on her upper body. There was a piece of red fabric tied to a piece of bluish gray fabric tightly knotted with Boy Scout knots around her neck and arms. She had 10 less severe stab wounds in the back, and 1 three-inch deep stab wound in the abdomen. All Mrs. Martin’s wounds were suffered premortem, i.e., while she was still alive. During the autopsy, the medical examiner concluded that Mrs. Martin had been strangled with a blunt object. There was also evidence of sexual assault; however, a blunt object caused the vaginal trauma. No semen was found in her body. The blunt weapon was never found. The assault had started in the bedroom. Semen and blood were found on the bed. A knife blade was found in the bedding. It later tested negative for blood. What may have been a charred handle of the knife was found in the living room. It also tested negative for blood. However, it was never conclusively established whether the knife blade was part of the murder weapon or not. A pair of men’s gloves was found in the bedroom. The left glove was found on the left side of the bed above the bloodstain. The right glove was found to the left of the bed on the floor. They did not belong to Mrs. Martin. The attacker had set several fires. One was set on the living room couch, one near the refrigerator door handle, and one near a kitchen drawer handle. Unfortunately, no fingerprints were found. Police did take a partial print from the handle of the glass sliding door of a neighbouring apartment, where someone had cut the screen door the night before. In 1992, Richard A. Lapointe was sentenced to life plus 60 years for her 1987 rape-murder. A new trial was ordered in Oct 2012. The Connecticut Supreme Court heard the State's appeal Sept 17, 2013. On March 31, 2015, the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered a retrial. On Oct 2, 2015, on International Wrongful Conviction Day, Richard Lapointe was set free. The judge ruled that he cannot be retried. With Lapointe out of the equation, we face a cold case. There is a rape kit and evidence pieces that can be tested for DNA. Someone killed Bernice Martin in 1987. I hope that she will not become a forgotten file. Last check 3/2017.
Martin, Dennis Lloyd
Tennessee, USA
1969
LinkDennis Lloyd Martin went missing on June 14, 1969 from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. He was just six years old. He was last seen around 4pm playing hide-n-seek in Spence Field near the Appalachian Trail. He went to hide behind a bush in the area and then he vanished. After five minutes, the Martin family started to search for Dennis. That search expanded to more than 1400 people include the National Guard and Special Forces. Despite all efforts, no traces were found. The search was hindered by heavy rain and mist the next day. The rain could have washed away any traces and frankly, 1400 people may have disturbed any traces were there in the first place. The search was ultimately abandoned on June 29 and officially closed on September 14, 1969. Dennis Lloyd Martin was born on June 20, 1962. He is white with dark brown, wavy hair. He has brown eyes and no known distinctive body features. If you have any information about Dennis Lloyd Martin’s case please contact the Tennessee Bureau Of Investigation at 615-744-4000. Last check 7/2018.
Martinez, Brenda Harvey Lee
Michigan, USA
1988
LinkBrenda Lee Harvey Martinez (23) disappeared on Dec. 22, 1988, in Flint, Michigan. She had just lost her mother and the family was grieving. According to the papers, Brenda said that she was going to use a pay phone at Fenton and West Atherton roads, Flint. She put on her coat and went outside. She never returned. Her snow-covered, frozen body was found near Tobaggan Hill in Holloway Reservoir Regional Park on Jan. 5, 1989. The authorities still refuse to reveal the cause of death (crucial to the investigation) but have labelled her case a homicide. However, nobody has ever been charged for her murder. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Martinko, Michelle
Iowa, USA
1979
LinkMichelle Martinko was found dead on Dec. 20, 1979. She was repeatedly stabbed most notably in her face and chest. Police discovered her body in the family Buick in the parking lot of the Westdale Mall. Police said there was no sign of a sexual assault, but she had wounds that indicated she fought with her attacker. In October 2006, police announced they had developed the suspect’s DNA. However, no match was found in the national Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). In May 2017, Cedar Rapids Police Department released a suspect composite sketch based on that DNA. If you have any information, please contact Investigator Matt Denlinger at 319-286 5442 or email him at [email protected] Last check 6/2018.
Maybury, Kylie Maria Antonia
East Preston, Australia
1984
LinkKylie Maria Antonia Maybury (1978 – Nov 6, 1984) died of asphyxiation/suffocation while she was raped by an adult male. DNA was used to eliminate suspects and to scan databases in search of a match. On June 9, 2016 police arrested Gregory Keith Davies (73). Davies was charged with one count of rape, one count of murder, and one count of false imprisonment. Davies was remanded in custody to face a committal hearing in May 2017. He pled guilty on May 29, 2017. In September, he was attacked in prison. Davies appeared in court Nov 27, 2017. He was remanded for sentence in December. Last check 11/27/2017.
McCray, Cynthia Denise
Virginia, USA
1984
LinkIn 2010, William Ray Hagy Jr. was sentenced to life for the 1984 murder of Cynthia McCray.
McCullough, Brandon T.
Georgia, USA
2009
LinkBrandon Tyree McCullough (25) was killed outside his Oaks of Brandlewood apartment in Savannah (Georgia) shortly before 8pm on December 27, 2009. He had a gunshot wound to his head. If you have any information call the anonymous Crime Stoppers service at 912-234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Police investigators can be reached confidentially at 912-525-3124. Last check 3/2017.
McLeod, David
New Hampshire, USA
1989
LinkOn Jan 14, 1989, a fire to a multi-unit apartment building claimed the lives of Carl Hina (49), his wife Lori (26), daughter Sara (12) and daughter Lillian (4m). The medical examiner ruled they died of smoke inhalation. David McLeod told people on the night of the fire that he “torched the Hilton.” That is a nickname for the apartment building where the Hina Family lived. McLeod was questioned repeatedly by police. It’s not clear what connection, if any, David McLeod had with the Hina family. A retired Keene police detective said that investigators at that time believed that McLeod started the fire to get back at his then-girlfriend and a man who may or may not have had a relationship with her. Both his suspected targets lived in the same eight-unit building where the Hinas died. McLeod was held without bond since his 2010 arrest. A mistrial was declared on Dec 19, 2013. A retrial was scheduled for April 14, 2014. However, the New Hampshire Attorney General announced on Feb 13, 2014 that after a thorough review, the decision has been made to forego the April 2014 retrial and avoid a double jeopardy issue. This way they preserve the State's ability to retry McLeod in the future should additional evidentiary and legal avenues develop. This case hinges on forensic arson detection. Last check 3/2017.
McMahan, Janis Petkas
Texas, USA
1984
LinkOn September 28, 1984, the badly decomposed bodies of John Robert Buckels (38) and Janis Petkas McMahan (37) were found along Old Highway 105 near Cleveland, Montgomery County, Texas. Both died of gunshot wounds. During the first investigation blood evidence was discovered and collected by the Houston Police Department. DNA testing was not available yet. The blood evidence remained stored in the Houston Crime Lab for decades. In July 2009, DNA testing linked to Seldon Wayne Colvin, one of the original persons of interest detectives identified in the first investigation. Colvin was found guilty of capital murder in Buckels’ death and guilty of murder in McMahan’s death. He was sentenced to life in prison for the capital murder and to 40 years for the murder conviction. His sentences run concurrently. Last check 9/2018.
McPherson, Valerie
Texas, USA
1991
LinkValerie McPherson (Oct 16, 1958 – Aug 05, 1991) was stabbed to death around 8am on Aug 5, 1991, while jogging along Contour Drive in Olmos Park, San Antonio, Texas. Authorities said that she was stabbed nine times in her stomach and in her back. She had been able to give police a description of her attacker. If Valerie’s clothes are still preserved they should be tested for touch DNA with the M-Vac especially where the attacker’s hand might have touched her. He might have held on to one of her shoulders while stabbing her. It would be useful to know whether the attacker was left or right-handed. The contusion spot on her arm might be from him grabbing her. That sleeve should be tested for touch DNA as well. Last check 3/2017.

McRoberts, Gregory
Michigan, USA
1991
LinkIn 1991, Gregory McRoberts was struck by a car while riding his bike. The driver left Gregory to die. Gregory's body was found in 1992. In 2005, a letter was sent to Gregory's parents apparently written by a remorseful driver. The authorities are still on the look out for the driver. You can find the text of the letter here. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Mendez, Barbara
Wisconsin, USA
1982
LinkOn April 28, 1982, Barbara Mendez (Feb 21, 1949 - April 28, 1982) was found bludgeoned to death inside the Park City Credit Union (Minocqua, Wisconsin) There is very little information online about Barbara’s case. The case only pops up as a mention when other cold cases from the Minocqua area are discussed. Barbara’s case has never been solved and she has no web presence. UPDATE 2018: Her husband, Robin D. Mendez, was arrested in 2018 and charged with first-degree murder. Robin Mendez pleaded not guilty to his wife's murder in April and said he has an alibi. He waived his jury trial this week and will receive a trial by judge. Last check 9/2018.
Meredith, Trisha
Indiana, USA
1986
LinkTrisha Meredith (19) had just left her mom’s home to move into her first apartment when she was murdered. She was found in the laundry room. Stabbed 15 times and her throat was cut. Her killer is someone she knew since the multiple stabbing points to a personalized attack. The laundry room was enclosed, quiet, and someone had to know that not many people would be around. If you have any information about this case, call the IMPD Cold Case Unit at 327-3475 or 327-3068. Last check 3/2017.
Miera Jr., Stephen Maurice
California, USA
1974
LinkStephen Maurice Miera Jr (July 11, 1928 - Aug 2, 1974) was found bludgeoned to death in his Hawthorne (CA) real estate and insurance agency. His body was found by an employee on August 3rd, 1974. Miera was last seen alive by employees the night before. Before Miera got involved in real estate, he worked as an engineer. He left Albuquerque in 1959 to work at the Space Technical Labs in Inglewood, CA. He also worked for Lear-Siegler Corp. in Santa Monica (CA) and North American Aviation in Downey (CA). The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. The weapon was a hammer that was kept in the office for posting real estate signs. Robbery was not suspected as primary motive. If that hammer was preserved it should be tested for touch DNA. According to police, Miera had a habit of working alone late at night and according to employees, he was doing exactly that on the night he died. No arrest was ever made in this case. If you have any information contact the Hawthorne Police Department at (310) 349-2700. Last check 3/2017.
Miley, Marion
Kentucky, USA
1941
LinkGolf champion Marion Miley (27) and her mother Elsie Miley were killed during a robbery at the Lexington Country Club (Kentucky) on Sunday, September 28, 1941. Three men were arrested, charged, and two years later they all died in the electric chair for these murders. Some believe that one of these three men, Bob Anderson, was wrongfully executed. However Tom Penney, the gun man, gave the evidence needed to prove Anderson’s guilt.
Millan, Melissa
Connecticut, USA
2014
LinkMelissa Millan (Oct 13, 1960 – Nov 20, 2014) was out jogging on the evening of November 20, 2014 on a widely used trail in Simsbury when she was attacked and stabbed in the chest. The case went cold and last year the Cold Case Unit of the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office and the FBI revisited the crime scene, no new evidence was found. Then in 2018, William Winters Leverett walked into Simsbury PD and said that he wanted to confess to the crime. Leverett has a record.
He moved to Connecticut from Colorado where in 2010 he plead guilty to fourth degree sexual assault of a child. The specifics of those charges have not been released by the Colorado police; he did not serve any prison time, was placed on probation and fined $438. He was required to provide a DNA sample and register as a sex offender. Police believe that there is no other perpetrator of the crime, in particular since Leverett was able to provide information that would only be known to the killer. He took police to the barn on a property that he had lived at the time of the murder; there he showed them on of the gloves that he got rid of, the glove had DNA on it matching Melissa Millan’s. Last check 10/2018.
Mogila-Lisowska, Iwona Maria
Lodz, Poland
1992
LinkIwona Maria Mogila-Lisowska (31) disappeared from Lodz, Poland, on November 11, 1992. Iwona was born on August 22, 1961, in Wroclaw (Breslau). She was white, dark brown hair, grey/green eyes, and 5’5″ (165 cm.) Foul play is suspected. Iwona was declared dead on December 22, 2002. Last check 3/2017.
Moore, Alfred
Leeds, UK
1951
LinkTwo on duty UK police officers were gunned down in cold blood on July 15, 1951. Alfred Moore was convicted for those murders and executed at Leeds Prison Feb 6, 1952. The main piece of evidence against Moore was the deposition given by one of the shot policemen, Constable Arthur Gordon Jagger, who died shortly after. This case is riddled with police misconduct. Significant public outcry and the tireless efforts from Moore's daughters have led to various collaborations to clear Moore's name. After sending a Freedom of Information request to West Yorkshire Police, Moore's daughter was told that the police force still holds several exhibits which may have helped send her father to the gallows. She hopes the exhibits can be re-examined to help convince the Criminal Cases Review Commission to reopen her father’s case. Last check 3/2017.
Moore, Andy
California, USA
2000
LinkAndy Moore was murdered in his studio apartment on the corner of Ash and 8th Avenue in downtown San Diego, California, USA. Police believe that Andy was killed on Sept. 9, 2000. His apartment had been ransacked, and a set of expensive cutlery had been stolen along with the victim's red 1994 Suzuki Katana motorcycle, which turned up abandoned in the nearby Golden Hill neighborhood weeks later. At the time of his death, Moore was employed as a chef at a Gaslamp Quarter restaurant. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Last check 3/2017.
Moore, Charles Eddie
Mississippi, USA
1964
LinkOn May 2, 1964, Charles Eddie Moore (19), a college student, and Henry Hezekiah Dee (19), a mill worker, were hitchhiking. They were picked up the KKK. The two young men were abducted, interrogated, and tortured in a nearby forest. Then they were locked in a trunk of a car, driven across state lines, chained to a Jeep motor and train rails, and dropped alive into the Mississippi River to die. Moore and Dee’s remains were discovered on July 12-13, 1964 during the frantic FBI search for James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, the three civil rights workers who disappeared June 21. When it was discovered that the bodies were those of two other black men and not those of the three civil rights workers media interest evaporated and the press moved on. The FBI investigated the Moore/Dee case and arrested two suspects in November 1964. However, the district attorney concluded there was insufficient evidence for prosecution. The case was dropped by local authorities. In 2007, Klansman and former police officer James Ford Seale was arrested in connection with the Moore/Dee murders. Seale was sentenced to three life sentences for one count of conspiracy to kidnap two persons and two counts of kidnapping where the victims were not released alive. He was incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he died in 2011. Last check 10/2018.
Mortier, Amos Kale
Wisconsin, USA
2004
LinkAmos Kale Mortier was born on April 28, 1977. He has been missing since Nov 8, 2004. Police believe that he was murdered. Amos led a double life. He was both a loving caring son and a drug-dealer. If you have any information about this case please contact the Fitchburg police department at 608-270-4300. There’s a $25,000 reward. Last check 3/2017.
Muncy, John Anthony "Tony"
Ohio, 1983
USA
LinkJohn Anthony “Tony” Muncy (15) was last seen on October 15, 1983 in the evening hours at the York Plaza Movie Theatre in Columbus. On October 16, 1983, his dismembered body was found on South Galena Road, Galena, Delaware County, Ohio. Cause of death: multiple stab wounds in the back. All extremities were either partly or completely severed from his torso. His severed arms seemed cut at the elbows. His legs and his head were partly severed. The body was between Golf Course Road and Alexander Road east of the bridge. Deputy Loudermilk found Muncy lying beside the road inside three trash bags. If you have any information about this case please contact the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office at (740) 833-2810 or submit a tip online. John Anthony Muncy’s case number is 1209. Last check 1/2018.
Murphy, Gary Vincent
California, USA
1998
LinkGary Vincent Murphy was born on January 8, 1957 in South Dennis, MA. He was murdered less than a week after he had won a custody battle with his ex-girlfriend’s mother. Murphy had asked the family courts for the right to raise his daughter alone. He was gainfully employed, sober, had kicked his drug habits and, felt confident that he would be a good parent. The courts awarded him custody. And then he was murdered in the halfway house where he had served his sentence. There is not a lot online and the links I had used for this post are now gone. Last check 3/2017.
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Neily, David Virgil
California, USA
2006
LinkOn April 14, 2006, David Virgil Neily (69) went missing from the Westport area of California. Before he disappeared, he visited the property of James De Noyer. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department described De Noyer as a ‘person of interest’ in this investigation. You see, there's more than one mystery tied to De Noyer. Aside from Neily, another man went missing. Donald Cavanaugh was like Neily involved with De Noyer's horse farm. They are both missing and they are both feared dead. Cavanaugh went missing after he went to pick up his belongings from the farm after James De Noyer (farm's owner and Cavanaugh's nephew) accused him of stealing money. Neily went missing after he went to pick up his car from that same farm after De Noyer accused him of tipping off authorities about poor conditions there. De Noyer was charged with 36 counts of animal cruelty after 36 emaciated horses were removed from the farm. Despite significant efforts by David's children and renewed media attention, the case remains unsolved. Anyone with further information should contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, detective unit at 707.463.4111, and refer to case #06-1611. Last check 3/2017.
Nelson, Raymond Nels
Washington DC, USA
1981
LinkIn 1981, someone killed Raymond Nels Nelson (September 2, 1921 – June 1, 1981) by hitting him on the head with a typewriter. Nelson, bureau chief of the Providence Journal and Evening Bulletin in Warwick, Rhode Island, and later a member of Senatorial candidate Claiborne Pell’s team, was a dynamic man and public figure in Washington, D.C., but foremost, he was a father and husband. His murder is unsolved and features on many websites and blogs. There is speculation galore but so many years later we still do not have any new leads. Nelson had come out as gay 5 years prior to his death. Authorities thought that this was a ‘typical gay murder.’ They also told the family that, because of mounting evidence, an arrest would be forthcoming. But days became weeks, weeks became months, months years, then decades. Nothing. Despite significant efforts of his daughter and media attention, the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Noah, Trey Allen
Texas, USA
2009
LinkIn Nov 2009, Trey Allen Noah (July 24, 1989 - Nov 30, 2009) went missing. His remains were found 5 months later. Shelby C. Moore and Brandon L. Harber were arrested and murder charges were filed. Those charges were dropped in March 2014 due to legal issues involving their Miranda rights. Harber was reindicted in 2014 for evidence tampering, tried, and found guilty in 2015. Jurors at his trial sentenced him to 10 years probation. The judge included 180 days in jail as a condition of probation. In Oct 2015, Moore was sentenced to 9 years but only for tampering with the body (hiding it) under a plea deal struck back in August. It is unclear who really killed Trey Noah. An affidavit by Gillespie County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Pehl quoted Moore as saying in a June 10, 2010 interview that Harber argued with Noah and shot him at Moore’s home in Kendall County, Texas. “Moore told me that neither he nor Harber sought any medical care for Noah after the shooting,” and that the two used Moore’s pickup to dump the body, Pehl said in the affidavit. Conflicting information appeared in the papers too as both defendants pointed to each other.
Nwene, Carissa Adaobi
California, USA
2007
LinkCarissa Adaobi Nwene (April 15, 1994 - Nov 16, 2007) was 13 years old when a van struck her and she was left to die on the side of the road. On November 16, 2007, at 828 am the Desert Hot Springs Police Department (DHSPD) in California received a call that a severely injured child was lying in a field next to Palm Dr, between Camino Aventura and Camino Campesino. Despite all efforts to save her life, she never regained consciousness and passed away as a result of her injuries. Police think that the van that struck Carissa is a white 2003-2005 Ford E series [Econoline] panel van [E-150, E-250 or E-350]. The van should have sustained damage to the right front turn signal corner from the impact. As Palm Dr. is a well-traveled area police do believe that someone saw Carissa being hit. Maybe people didn't see Carissa herself. Maybe you just saw a reckless driver heading north into Desert Hot Springs. Maybe you saw a white van zigzagging in their lane. Maybe you saw a white van suddenly braking and then driving off again. Maybe you heard other cars honk and then saw a light-coloured van go north. If you are the driver please know that your behaviour caused the death of a child. You hit her and you just left her there to die. Did you even get out of the van to check on her or did you just leave? Please do the right thing and turn yourself in. Police will find you. You broke the law and caused a child's death. If you have any information please call the DHSPD at (760) 329-2904 or call Sgt. Dan Bressler at (760) 329-6411 ext 315. Last check 9/2018.
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Oberbroeckling, Paula
Iowa, USA
1970
LinkPaula Oberbroeckling (18) disappeared on July 11, 1970, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her remains were found 4 months later by hikers. Police said the body was found draped around a steel pin in the ground, which in the past probably had been used as a power pole guy wire. Paula’s remains were in an advanced stage of decomposition. The skeleton was almost intact and there was no evidence on visual examination of traumatic injury. Paula’s wrists were tied behind her back. Her ankles were tied as well. Used were two types of flexible material: one appeared to be a plastic clothesline and the other a sort of cord. If you have any information that can help advance the case please contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at 319-286-5375. Last check 3/2017.
Oberst Family
Kansas, USA
1928
LinkIn the evening hours of April 20, 1928, the El Dorado (KS) farm of William and Elsie Oberst caught fire. Elsie, William, and five of their six children perished in the flames. However, the cause of death were gunshot wounds. Around midnight on April 20, 1928, the oldest child, Owen (17) drove towards the farm after a night out with friends. From a distance, he saw the red glow of the fire. A neighbour stopped him to prepare him for what had happened and to deliver the horrifying news: Owen had lost his entire family. On April 23, 1928, Owen buried his family. Right after the service, Sheriff Emory McKnight, Undersheriff Eldon Jarnagin, County Attorney Stanley Taylor, and a reporter for the Times (Will Feder) interviewed Owen without a legal guardian present. They took him to a remote part of his Uncle Fred’s farm and questioned him for more than three hours. Later the newspapers reported that Owen was cleared as a suspect. But that didn't stop the interrogations. On May 4, 1928, they continued resulting in a confession. On May 5, 1928, Owen was arrested and charged with seven murders. The murder weapon? A .22-calibre rifle. Again, Owen did not have any legal representation or a legal guardian present. He faced years of trials and incarceration. In Oct 1931, when the fourth attempt was made to try him for seven murders, it was impossible to find a fair and impartial jury and the case was finally cleared from the docket. Owen Oberst was a free man. But who killed his family? Last check 4/2018.
Ogunyemi, Oluwaseyi
London, UK
2009
LinkIn April 2009, Oluwaseyi "Seyi" Ogunyemi was murdered. The attack on his life involved dogs, knives, and being beaten to death. The dog's owner Chrisdian Johnson was found when police managed to get blood on Seyi identified as dog DNA. In 2010, Johnson was sentenced to life and must serve a minimum of 24 years in prison. Last check 3/2017.
Oliver, Bernard
Suffolk, UK
1967
LinkBernard Oliver (17) went missing Jan 6, 1967. He had not come home from an evening out with friends. His dad reported him missing the next day. Bernard’s remains were found 10 days later. His professionally dismembered body was found stuffed in two suitcases. His body was cut up in eight pieces. The autopsy showed evidence of sexual assault. Bernard was strangled to death before his dismemberment. I have not found whether that was manual strangulation or strangulation by object. The Bernard Oliver case is known as the Tattingstone Suitcase Murder (UK). If you have any information about this case please contact the Suffolk Police or talk to CrimeStoppers anonymously. Last check 3/2017.
Ombler, David
Hull, UK
1914
LinkOn May 30, 1914, Mr. Ombler (72), a market trader from Hull, was found by his neighbor lying on his back on his kitchen floor on West Parade, Hull, with head injuries. He was quickly taken to the infirmary but passed away. His skull was fractured from the forehead to the back of his head. He was beaten with a fire poker and pair of tongs. There was evidence of a struggle. Ombler had been at a wholesale market earlier that morning. Ombler’s housekeeper arrived around 8am that morning but by that time the attacker was gone so the attack took place between the time Ombler came home from the market and the arrival of his housekeeper. I could not find any images of David Ombler online. That is why his post is accompanied by one of my generic angels. If you have a picture or a link to a newspaper article, please contact me. This case remains unsolved. Last check 10/2017.
Orange County Jane Doe
California, USA
1968
LinkThe Orange County authorities (California) are asking the public’s help with their oldest cold case. It is a Jane Doe found on March 14, 1968 near the crossing of Yorktown and Newland Ave in the city of Huntington Beach. Her case file number with the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) is 68-06079. Warning: there are two graphic images in this post. If you have any information about this case please call the OCHTF at 1-866.673.2574 or use their website to contact them. Tips can be anonymous. Last check 3/2017.
Orcutt, Teryl Lynn Steel
Florida, USA
1990
LinkTeryl Lynn Steel Orcutt (26) went missing on Jan 21, 1990. On Jan 28 she was found stabbed to death in a palmetto thicket near Black Creek, Middleburg, Florida. Her partially clothed body was found by children along a creek bank. Teryl was a bank manager, divorced from Timothy Orcutt, and had a new boyfriend, Mike Mayland. Both men were cleared by police. DNA was found but due to 90s technology, it could not be run. The National Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) could not be used to run this profile yet. However, the FBI planed to add seven loci in January 1, 2017. These seven loci along with the original 13 loci, will become the new CODIS Core Loci. IF this is the issue it also means that very soon, we can run the profile found. As of yet, the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Oronoque Rd John Doe
Connecticut, USA
1992
LinkOn August 21,1992 two pedestrians found skeletal remains wrapped in a blanket across the street from train tracks not far from the Housatonic River. The state medical examiner said that the unidentified man was shot twice in the head. The article does not state the caliber or the side of the head. It also doesn’t specify whether the man had any other trauma. The man’s DNA showed him to be of Asian heritage, between 18-25 years old, and between 5’3 to 5’6 inches tall. If you have any information please contact Detective Mitchell Warwick at [email protected] or call (203) 878-6551.
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Parker, Eleanor C.
Louisiana, USA
1981
LinkEleanor Parker (18) graduated from Lee High School, had moved into an apartment with three other (female) roommates, and planned to attend Louisiana State University (LSU). She was last seen at her parents’ house on November 10th, 1981. Since then she’s been missing. On November 18, 1981, Eleanor’s car was found at an apartment complex near her work. Police suspect foul play. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.

Patterson, Beth Ann Brown
New York, USA
1978
LinkBeth Ann Brown Patterson (July 4, 1949 – March 27, 1978) was found beaten and strangled to death March 27, 1978. She was 28 years old. Her partially clothed body was found around 1030am by two children (11 and 9) who were looking for lost puppies near a pile of old fence posts in a swampy area behind their parents’ chicken coop on the Alton L. Noble Farm, Brocton, New York. Beth was laying face up and was partially concealed by the fence posts. The coroner said her face was battered, her slacks and underpants were pulled below her knees, and she was manually strangled to death. Beth suffered several sharp blows on her head and face. However, there were no skull fractures. The head injuries were secondary (e.g. not primary cause of death) to the strangulation. The type of weapon is unknown. Some papers mention it appeared Beth was sexually assaulted elsewhere and then dragged down a muddy incline to the place where she was found. She was dead less than 12 hours before she was found. The crime probably happened early Monday morning between 130-3am. Beth was last seen on Sunday evening at a restaurant called Castle Inn about a mile from Noble Farm where her body was found, police said. If you have any information about Beth Ann Brown Patterson’s case please contact Fredonia State Police at 716-679-1548. There is a reward in this case. Last check 7/2018.
Peak, Marie "Lisa"
Iowa, USA
1976
LinkLisa Peak's nude remains were found in a ditch a quarter-mile north of Waverly’s city limits – a mere six miles from where Julie Benning’s body had been dumped - around 11 am on September 7, 1976. According to autopsy findings, Lisa had been sexually assaulted. Cause of death: strangulation (manual or by object is unclear) and a broken neck. As in the Benning case, the killer had left none of the teen’s clothing behind. Peak's case is often connected to Valerie Klossowsky's and Julie Benning's. They all remain unsolved. Last check 8/2018.
Percy, Valerie
Illinois, USA
1966
LinkOn September 18, 1966, Valerie Percy (21) was murdered in her parental home in Kenilworth, Illinois, by an unknown intruder. Valerie was the daughter of former senator Charles Percy and Jeanne Valerie Dickerson. The attack on Valerie was intense and suggests it was personal. Her murderer left five bloody palm prints on the banister and a black leather glove outside the mansion. If properly preserved, the glove should be treated with the M-Vac System for touch DNA. The killer also left footprints at the Percy home leading to the beach. Three days after Valerie’s murder, police found a bayonet in Lake Michigan. Police believe that William Thoresen III was involved. They said that he “was never cleared from involvement in the Percy case” and that his possible involvement is considered “undetermined.” Judge Anna Helen Demacopoulos ruled on December 16, 2016 that many of the files will remain sealed as she is convinced that this is still an ongoing investigation especially in light of using modern technology to test evidence. Last check 3/2017.
Pfeifer, Elizabeth Anne
Texas, USA
1986
LinkElizabeth Ann Pfeifer went missing on April 12, 1986. She left home to go to a party. She never came back. Elizabeth’s life has been troubled from the start. Shortly after she was born on December 10, 1965, she was given up for adoption. The Pfeifer family had already adopted another girl Laura, also from birth. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Pickavance, Lesley-Anne
Bedford, UK
1990
LinkIn 1990, Lesley Ann Pickavance went missing. In 2010, her family learned that earlier unidentified remains were Lesley's. Apparently, she had tried to cross the M25 and was hit by several cars.
Pimentel, David Etienne
Texas, USA
2014
LinkOn July 28, 2014, David Pimentel was talking to his friend Charber de la Pax at a street corner near Charber’s home. It was around 930pm. A car drove by slowly. They didn’t react or look up. If they had, David might still be alive. The car returned and two men got out. At least one of them was armed. They demanded their wallets and phones. David complied. Charber had no possessions to hand over. Then in a flash, all parties were running away from each other. Charber screamed for someone to call 911. Angered by Charber’s scream, one of the robbers fired. Charber was shot in his leg and David in his back and died. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Pockett, Janice Kathryn
Connecticut, USA
1973
LinkJanice (7) was last seen on July 26, 1973. She left for a bike ride but never returned home on Anthony Road in Tolland. Her bike was found nearby Rhodes Road next to a wooded area. In 2009, her case was added to NamUs. Janice had caught a butterfly, left it along the road, and wanted to go see if it was still there. It was the first time her mother allowed her to go out alone. Janice is white with strawberry blond hair and blue eyes. She has no known distinctive body features. She was wearing navy blue shorts with an American flag emblem and a striped pull-over shirt with blue sneakers the day she vanished. Her dental records are filed with NamUs as well as her DNA. If you have any information please call the cold case squad tip line at 860-870-3228 or use email [email protected] Vernon police can be reached at 860-872-9126 and Connecticut State Police at 860-896-3230. Last check 6/2018.
Potes, Tamara & Wistong
Texas, USA
1992
LinkIn 1992, Tamara and Wistong Potes were robbed in their home by several intruders. Tamara was raped and shot in the back of her head. She survived but was killed a year later during a drive-by shooting. I have not been able to find any further information about this. Wistong was murdered during the home invasion. In 2010, capital murder charges were filed against Andre Jamal Sloan after his DNA was found on old evidence. He was sentenced tolife. in 2012. Police are still trying to identify the other suspects involved in the home invasion. If you have any information about the case you're asked to call Crime Stoppers 713-222-TIPS. Last check 3/2017.
Potts, Beverly Rose
Ohio, USA
1951
LinkBeverly Rose Potts (10) disappeared on Aug 24, 1951. Police assume that she was abducted and murdered. Her remains were never found. Police is trying to get back in touch with an anonymous caller who left helpful information. If you have any information please call the Cleveland Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (216) 252-7463. Last check 3/2017.
Prince, Christine
Toronto, Canada
1982
LinkOn June 20th, 1982, Christine Prince (25) left her residence to go to the movies with a friend. On June 22, 1982, she was found floating face down in the West Rouge river near Sewell’s Road. Prince, originally from the UK, worked as a nanny for a Toronto lawyer. Despite significant efforts from police, the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Princes in the Tower
London, UK
1483
LinkThe historical mystery of the Princes Edward V and Richard of York have long puzzled us. Popular theory says that King Richard III murdered them. In this three-part series I explain why there are more explanations for the Princes' disappearances, why the remains found are not reliable to be identified as theirs, and why to others these boys posed a much bigger threat than to Kind Richard III.
Prior, Sharron
Point St. Charles, Canada
1975
LinkSharron Prior (16) disappeared on March 29, 1975 after leaving home around 715pm. She was going to meet some friends (including a boyfriend) at Marina’s Pizzeria. The restaurant is about five minutes by foot from her home. She never arrived. She was found dead on April 1st, 1975. Sharon died a violent death: she was raped, beaten, and died of asphyxiation. According to the doctor, she had been dead for at least 20 hours when she was found and most likely died on Tuesday afternoon. Sharron was found in a field at Chemin du Lac and Guimond Boulevard by a beekeeper. The padlock was hanging on the gate but was not hooked. When police arrived, her body was clothed only in a three-quarter length suede Leo’s Boys Sports jacket, a sweater, shoes and socks. Her jeans and panties were about 6 feet from her body, the underwear hanging from a tree branch. Despite renewed media attention, a $10,000 reward, and a new police command post in Point St. Charles, the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Pulaski County Jane Doe 1981
Missouri, USA
1981
LinkThis Pulaski County Jane Doe was found at 847am on May 25, 1981 near the city of Dixon in Pulaski County, Missouri, near Hwy MM at the low water crossing. She had been dead for 4-5 hours. Her age range is between 25-40. She is listed as approx. 30 years old. Race and ethnicity determinations inconclusive (either White, Native American, or Hispanic.) Her weight at autopsy was 130 lbs, height was 63 inches (roughly 5.25 feet). Her body was found intact with a recognizable face, well nourished, no scars, tattoos, or other bodily marks. Full upper dental plate e.g. dentures. She also had dental work done on her lower teeth. The victim was found with a pair of pantyhose wrapped around her neck. If preserved that pantyhose should be checked with the M-Vac for touch DNA. The victim didn’t show obvious signs of sexual assault but the autopsy showed mild trauma to the vaginal walls. If you have any information contact Pulaski County Detective Doug Renno at [email protected], text/call him at (573) 855-1069 or contact the tip line (573) 774-7948. Last check 4/2017.
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Ramirez, Theresa Marcelina
New Mexico, USA
1993
LinkTheresa Marcelina Ramirez (Oct 8, 1958 – Dec 4, 1993) was found murdered in a burning field around 840am on December 4, 1993 in Roswell, New Mexico. She was shot several times in her head and body. She was not murdered where she was found. The field was set on fire to hide her body however, only the field around Theresa’s remains burned but not her body. An autopsy took place at the Office of the medical Investigator in Albuquerque. No findings are available in the public domain. There is no information about possible motive or suspects. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.

Ream, Paula
Pennsylvania, USA
2010
LinkPaula Ream (9) passed away in 1962. In 2010, her body was stolen from her grave. It has been missing ever since. Lancaster County Crimestoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the person(s) responsible for the grave robbery. If you have any information that could help investigators, you can contact: the Lancaster City Bureau of Police at 717-735-3300 or call Detective Sgt. Gary Mackley at (717) 735-3347, or the Lancaster City/Lancaster County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913. Callers can remain anonymous. Last check 3/2017.
Reeb, James
Alabama, USA
1965
LinkIn 2011, the FBI’s Cold Case Initiative announced it is taking another look into the 46-year-old case of James Reeb, a Massachusetts minister who was beaten to death in Alabama while doing civil rights work. Until this date there is nothing new in the public domain. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Reid, Mary Frances
Oregon, USA
1963
LinkIn 1963, Mary Francis Reid was murdered. In 2011, police identified Johnny Lawrence, who was 42 at the time, as their murder suspect. He may be dead, but if not, and if he's found, he's under arrest for murder, according to police. If you have any information about the Reid case or about Johnny Lawrence – include his address, death or, date of birth – please call the Portland Police Cold Case Homicide Unit, 1-503-823-9748 or 1-503-823-0867. Last check 10/2018.
Resk, Michael Leo
Halifax, Canada
1955
LinkOn December 9, 1955, around 2am in the morning, police received a call from a taxi driver. He had seen a delivery van parked on Acadia Street, at the corner with Roome (Halifax, Canada) in an unusual manner. Police found the body of Mr. Resk inside the Chevrolet delivery truck. Resk was last seen during the evening on December 8, 1955, around 1145pm. Resk was shot execution-style and died of multiple gun shot wounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Integrated HRP/RCMP Major Crime Unit at 1(902)490-5331. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Richey, Kenneth
Ohio, USA
1987
LinkIn 1987, Kenneth Richey was sentenced to death for the murder of Cynthia Collins (2). Cynthia died of smoke inhalation as her apartment was on fire. The prosecution based its case on transferred intent: Richey allegedly had the intention to kill his former girlfriend, Candy Barchet, and her new boyfriend, by setting fire in the apartment above Cynthia's. Initially the local Fire Chief and the Ohio State Fire Marshall ruled the fire accidental. The prosecution disagreed and hired its experts. The authorities were convinced the fire was arson. Richey’s trial attorneys failed to have their own forensic tests done. In 1996, arson experts Andrew T. Armstrong and Richard L.P. Custer reexamined the pieces of evidence and concluded the original findings were based on unsound scientific principles that are not acceptable in the forensic science community for the investigation of arson-related fires today. On appeal, Custer, a specialist in fire reconstructions, testified in court that the burn patterns found in the Collin's apartment could have been a natural result of the fire. In December 2007, Richey accepted an Alford Plea which led to his release from death row and facilitated his return to Scotland on January 9, 2008. The Alford plea was a 'no contest' to manslaughter, child endangering, and breaking and entering. He was sentenced to time served with the murder and arson charges dropped. An Alford Plea or 'no contest' plea is not an admission of guilt. The accused, by entering such a plea, neither disputes or admits to the charges. The prosecution has admitted at trial that they could not prove that Richey intended to kill Cynthia. They also had to acknowledge that Richey, when he saw the building was on fire, had made several attempts to save the child but that he was held back by flames, smoke, and ultimately, by the fire department.
Ridulph, Maria
Illinois, USA
1957
LinkOn Dec 3, 1957, Maria Ridulph (7) vanished from a small-town street corner in Sycamore, IL, while playing in the snow. Arrested in July 2011 and sentenced in December 2012 for her murder was Jack McCullough, formerly known as John Tessier. According to the prosecution, McCullough choked Ridulph with a wire and stabbed her. Her body was found five months after she disappeared. At the time Maria disappeared, McCullough was 17 years old. In Sept 2012, then-former police officer Jack McCullough was convicted of this 1957 murder. He received a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 20 years. His request for a new trial was denied at the time of sentencing but his appeal continues, as of 2014. In March 2016, the DeKalb County State's Attorney announced that a post-conviction review of available evidence showed that McCullough could not have been present at time and place of Maria Ridulph's likely abduction. McCullough was released from prison on April 15, 2016. Charges against him were dismissed on April 22, 2016. In November 2016 there was a hint towards a new suspect but there are no updates in the public domain. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Rosencrans, Deborah Lynn
Illinois, USA
1977
LinkDeborah Lynn Rosencrans (March 9, 1961 – September 18, 1977) was found barely alive on Sept 6, 1977, by a hitchhiker who heard moaning coming from the underbrush. He found a teen wrapped in bloodstained blankets that were tied together with rope. Deborah had been beaten so badly that she was unrecognizable. When she passed away on Sept 18, 1977, she was a Jane Doe. On October 3, 1977, Deborah was positively identified by her friends and later by her maternal grandmother. Police interviewed friends, canvassed the area, but could not find a suspect. They had no leads. The hitchhiker who found Deborah, Jerry Then, failed fourteen lie detector tests. Whether this had any legal consequences such as an official arrest, is unclear. I have not been able to find anything related to a Jerry Then or a Cook County Grand Jury in the public domain. If the rope and the blanket are still properly preserved then they must be examined with the M-Vac System for touch DNA. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
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Schnoll, Julius
Michigan, USA
1979
LinkIn 1979, Mr. Julius Schnoll was murdered during a botched store robbery. In 2010, Darrell Kastel accepted a plea bargain and was sentenced to 10-15 years for 2nd degree murder. He was credited for 810 days time served which means that he could probably be out in 8-13 years. His accomplice, William Hess, is serving life for first-degree premeditated murder and first-degree felony murder.
Schultz, Gail Lee and Paul G.
Pennsylvania, USA
1953
LinkGail Lee Schultz and Paul G. Schultz Jr., two siblings, were murdered March 7, 1953. They were bludgeoned to death with a blunt instrument in the middle of the day. Their cases are officially labelled cold by the authorities. The Schultz children were found close to their home on 28 Mitchell Avenue, Nazareth, Pennsylvania. They were in sight of many homes yet nobody saw or heard anything. Please read the post (link in middle column) for the events that eventually led to the determination of murder. According to the autopsies the children died around 230pm. This means that shortly after leaving a friend's house, they went to the creek, and met the one who would take their lives. Their bodies were discovered around 430pm. The autopsies showed Gail was struck 7 times in her head with a blunt object such as a hammer. Paul was struck 3 times in his head. One of those three blows penetrated his skull. Another interesting detail: Gail had a compound fracture on one of her thumbs. Police never had a chance. They were unintentionally called in late. By the time they visited the crime scene it had been compromised by neighbors, the family doctor, the fire department, and fresh snow-covered everything. The blunt object, possibly a hammer, was never found. Gail’s glasses were found 9 days later about 40 feet from where she was found. Authorities found her scarf near her body. They also found a chisel with a plastic handle however, the shank was clean of rust and the shape didn’t match the head wounds. If you have information, call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS. All calls remain anonymous. Last check 8/2018.
Seaburg, Albert Edwin
Florida, USA
1997
LinkAlbert E. Seaburg (71) was murdered while traveling through Florida. His home state was Illinois. The Florida authorities believe that he was shot during a robbery. He was found dead in his Best Inn motel room in Tallahassee, FL. There is very little information online about the exact circumstances of this crime, whether the motel had more robberies in the days before Mr. Seaburg’s arrival, what exactly was stolen from Mr. Seaburg, and whether any stolen items were ever recovered. If you have any information about this case please contact Detective Shannon Black, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Tallahassee, FL, (850) 922-3300, or Special Agent Supervisor Jeff Fortier, FDLE, Violent Crimes Unit, Tallahassee, FL, (850) 410-7578. Last check 3/2017.
Sergie, Sophie
Alaska, USA
1993
LinkOn April 26, 1993, around 2pm, Sophie Sergie (20) was found dead by a janitor. Her body was in a bathtub in the second floor women’s restroom of Bartlett Hall, University of Alaska. She was raped and killed. Forensic tests revealed that her body had sat in the bathtub for up to 13 hours before she was found. The cause of death: a gunshot wound. The murder weapon was never found. The authorities can use your help. Anyone who was in Hess Commons or the Moore, Bartlett and Skarland halls on April 26, 1993, is asked to contact the Fairbanks Police Department at 907.450.6500 or email them at [email protected] The case remains unsolved. Last check 4/2017.
Shepherd, Sally
London, UK
1979
LinkThe body from Sally Shepherd (24) was found in a builder’s yard located behind a police station. She was brutally attacked (but no details how) and sexually assaulted as she walked home late at night after getting off a bus in Peckham, south London. The exact extend of her injuries is not in the public domain. Police revealed in 2016 that they have a potentially vital clue: three strands of hair that could be from the killer. Problem is that the hairs are rootless. Rootless hairs can be used to determine ethnicity (phenotyping) and that can help narrow down the field of suspects. But rootless hairs cannot give us a high-quality full DNA profile to make a match with 100% certainty. Until we have a better method these hairs are locked in a vault. If you have any information please contact the UK Officers at 020 7230 4294, via 101 or @MetCC or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Short, Elizabeth
California, USA
1947
LinkElizabeth Short (July 29, 1924 – January 15, 1947) a.k.a. the Black Dahlia was found savagely murdered. Her body parts was left in plain view so everyone could see the grotesque mutilations that she was subjected to before she died. Steve Hodel wrote several books outlining why he is convinced that his father George Hodel murdered Elizabeth. Steve has generously taken the time to answer my blog readers' questions about this case. The case remains officially listed as unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Shubin, Nie
Shijiazhuang, China
1955
LinkIn 1995, Nie Shubin was executed by firing squad in China. He was found guilty of the 1994 rape/murder of a woman in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province. The 1995 conviction and the sentencing were called “unreliable and incomplete” by the Supreme People’s Court. In 2005, Wang Shujin confessed to the rape/murder. In 2016, the highest court ordered the case to be retried “openly and fairly.” Shubin was exonerated in December 2016.
Silcock, Mike
Manchester, UK
2009
LinkOn Friday, March 6, 2009, off-duty Officer Mike Silcock from the Greater Manchester Police, was shot. Silcock was taken to Stepping Hill hospital with serious head injuries. He later passed away. In 2011, Stephen Benson was sentenced to four years and two months for his murder.
Silves, Vicki Jo Dodd
Washington, USA
1997
LinkOn December 8, 1997, Vicki Jo Dodd Silves (44) was found dead on her driveway in Port Angeles, WA. Her injuries were consistent with being inflicted by an edged weapon. The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office investigated this case thoroughly and even enlisted the assistance of the Vidocq Society. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Simmons, Shawn
Illinois, USA
1995
LinkIn Dec 1995, Shawn K. Simmons was found dead in his Illinois apartment. As Simmons was about to move the apartment as filled with boxes. It appeared a robbery gone wrong however police found soon enough that was not the case. They interviewed a suspect. However, in 1997 the state's attorney's office decided not to press charges despite the discrepancies between the crime scene, the autopsy, and the suspect's statements. The case is officially unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Sims Family
Florida, USA
1966
LinkOn Oct 22, 1966 the Sims Family was murdered in Tallahassee, Florida. We lost Robert Wilson Sims (Aug. 24, 1924 – Oct. 22, 1966), Helen Sollie Sims (Feb. 23, 1932 – Oct. 31, 1966), and Joy Lynn Sims (Mar. 5, 1954 – Oct. 22, 1966). Most of the killer’s anger was directed at Joy. The couple’s oldest daughter, Jeanie, came home from babysitting late that night. She found her family bound, gagged, stabbed, and shot. No murder weapon was ever found however the authorities believe a .38 caliber handgun was used. Nothing was taken or missing from the home. The motive for these crimes is unknown and the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Sinclair, Tina Marie & Bethany Anne
New Hampshire, USA
2001
LinkIn 2001, Tina Marie Sinclair (Nov 29, 1966 - missing Feb 3, 2001) and Bethany Anne Sinclair (Oct 15, 1985 - missing Feb 3, 2001), mother and daughter, disappeared into thin air. Despite efforts from activists and police diving actions in the summer of 2014 to search near a dam for their remains, the case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2018.
Skinner, Henry
Texas, USA
1993
LinkHank Skinner is on death row for the 1993 murders of Twila Busby and her two mentally impaired sons Randy Busby and Elwin Caler. Skinner is supported by various organizations who are fighting for post-conviction access to pretrial evidence to be tested with modern technology in particular testing items for DNA. There is substantial doubt that Skinner is wrongfully convicted in this case. The state announced in 2012 that a crucial piece of evidence is lost. There are still unanalyzed crime scene objects in this case as well as DNA from an unknown contributor found on a knife at the crime scene. On February 3-4, 2014 an evidentiary hearing took place in Pampa, Texas. The prosecution argued that the tests only confirmed Skinner’s guilt. The defense said the results raised enough questions about the real identity of the perpetrator. A jury would not have condemned him to death. In July 2014, Judge Steven Emmert ruled that it was reasonably probable that Skinner would have been convicted of triple murder even if the DNA evidence had been available at his 1995 trial. In 2016 we learned that a new DNA interpretation might shed a clearer light on this case. However, there is nothing in the public domain about test results. Last check 3/2017.
Smith, Patricia Louise
Colorado, USA
1984
LinkPatricia Louise Smith was born on September 19, 1933. Her life was ended Jan 10, 1984 by an unknown person who raped and murdered her inside her own home. Patricia’s murder is connected to a string of hammer murders in Aurora, Colorado. Six days after killing Patricia, the same man broke in the home of Bruce and Debra Bennett. He bludgeoned and stabbed Bruce to death and then raped-killed both Debra and their 7-year-old daughter Melissa. The killer also shattered the face of 3-year-old Vanessa, who survived. In Aug 2018, Alexander Christopher Ewing (57) was accused in both cases. He faces charges for six counts of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, two counts of sexual assault on a child, burglary and five counts of committing a violent crime for killing Bruce, Debra, and Melissa Bennett. He also faces charges for four counts of first-degree murder in the Patricia Louise Smith murder. If you have any information that can help advance the cases further please contact the Lakewood Police Department Cold Case hotline at (303) 987-7474 or e-mail them at [email protected] Last check 8/2018.
Sodder Children
West Virginia, USA
1945
LinkThe Sodder Children from Fayetteville in West Virginia went missing on Dec 24, 1945 after a fire destroyed their family’s house. Missing are Maurice (14), Martha (12), Louis (9), Jennie (8), and Betty (5). Either these children did or did not die in the fire that consumed their home. Question is whether the fire was accidental or arson, whether the five children were already missing before the fire was discovered, and how they could have exited the house unseen. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Soering, Jens
Virginia, USA
1985
LinkJens Soering was convicted of the 1985 Bedford County (Virginia) double murder of Derek & Nancy Haysom. He is serving life. Soering was dating the Haysoms’ daughter Elizabeth. She pled guilty and is serving 90 years. Six months after the murder, Soering and Haysom fled the country to England. They were arrested on check fraud charges in London, England, on April 30, 1986. Under questioning by British, American, West German (Soering is German), and Virginia authorities, both confessed to the murders. Haysom testified against Soering admitting that she was an accessory. Soering said he confessed to spare his then-girlfriend. In 2009, 42 evidence pieces from the crime scene were tested with modern technology. None had DNA that matched Soering. Last check 5/5/2017.
Sohus, Linda & John
California, USA
1985
LinkIn 1985, John and Linda Sohus disappeared. In 1994, during the remodelling of a home, the remains of John Sohus were found. In March 2011, charges were filed against Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter. In 2013, he was found guilty and is serving 25 years to life plus two additional years because the jury found that he used a blunt object and a sharp instrument as weapons. It was not a death penalty case. Linda Sohus remains missing and is presumed dead. Last check 3/2017.
Spence, Alex
Humberside, UK
2010
LinkOn April 10, 2010, Alex Spence went missing. Substantial attention was given to this case by various activists, the police, his family and friends in desperate efforts to find him. Two weeks later Alex' body was found in the river Hull. His death was not treated as suspicious.
Spickler, Deborah “Debbie” Lee
Connecticut, USA
1968
LinkDebbie (13), from Mystic, was visiting family in Vernon. On July 24, 1968, they all went to Henry Park on 120 South Street, in Vernon. Debbie was last seen walking along Foxhill Drive towards the park’s swimming pool. She was wearing green polka dot shorts, a white sleeveless shirt, and white sneakers. She never arrived at the pool. In 2010, her case was added to Namus. Debbie is white with brown hair and brown eyes, a pockmark on her face, and one of her teeth is chipped. Kindly note that the detail about the chipped tooth comes from the web but is not listed in NamUs. There are no known distinctive body features. NamUs has her dental records on file as well as her DNA. Debbie’s case number with the Vernon Police is C-3710-68-J. If you have any information please call the cold case squad tip line at 860-870-3228 or use email [email protected] Vernon police can be reached at 860-872-9126 and Connecticut State Police at 860-896-3230. Last check 6/2018.
Stanaway, James "Jimmy" Vincent
New Jersey, USA
1990
LinkIn 1990, James "Jimmy" Vincent Stanaway was found butchered to death in his New Jersey apartment. The robbery gone wrong scenario was suspected however too many valuable items were still untouched in the apartment. Some newspapers stated he was beaten to death but others claim that Jimmy was beaten and then stabbed to death. Despite actions from friends and family, the case remains unsolved. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office’s Homicide Squad at (201) 915-1345. Last check 3/2017.
Stidham, Dana Lanell
Arkansas, USA
1989
LinkDana Stidham left to run errands on July 25, 1989. She never returned. That same day, her car, a Grey Dodge Omni, was found abandoned on Highway 71, north of Belle Vista Town Centre in Arkansas. There were no signs of a struggle, her keys were found still in the ignition and her wallet had been left as well. The left rear tire was a bit flat and the contents of her purse/handbag were found strewn around the area of Chaucer and Hanover Road. Her remains were found in September by a hunter in a remote, wooded area, somewhere near the Newburn Lane area, a long way from where her car was found. The case remains unsolved however, police is still actively investigating. Last check 3/2017.
Stevenson, Sigrid M.
New Jersey, USA
1977
LinkSigrid M. Stevenson's murder is known as the Kendall Hall Murder Mystery at Trenton State, NJ. On the night of September 4, 1977, Sigrid (Jan 24, 1952 – Sept 4, 1977) was murdered near a piano on the stage inside Kendall Hall. Patrolling police saw her bicycle in the bike rack in front of Kendall Hall. They knew it was hers so they went inside. When the officer climbed on the stage, he found her dead body. Sigrid was found nude, lying face down, and wrapped in a covering. She was beaten to death. Some of her belongings were found such as her wallet that contained some cash and travelers checks. Some of her clothes were found as well. I found an online article that mentioned Sigrid was strangled and in one of the comments it said she was strangled with a piano cord. If so, did the autopsy officially rule out manual strangulation? There was in other words no trauma to her throat, neck, or larynx caused by manual pressure and her eyes did not show signs of petechiae (tiny ruptured capillaries that look like red spots)? Did the piano on stage miss a cord? Some articles stated that there was blood on her music sheets. What we know now about blood spatter, patterns, and velocity is dramatically different from what we knew then. Have these sheets been reexamined by scientists? What could have been the motive to kill Sigrid? If she was beaten beyond recognition it tells me that it was a highly personal crime. She knew her attacker. The case remains unsolved. Last check 9/2018.
Stubbs, Tiffany Robin
Missouri, USA
1988
LinkTiffany Robin Stubbs (April 21, 1986 - May 27, 1988) had just turned two when she died. Her nude body was found about 11 hours after she was reported missing. Around 430pm, two boys found her face down in approx. 18 inches of water near the Little Blue River, Kansas City, Missouri. Her remains were just a few miles away from her home on 300 Hill Street, Belton, Missouri. Police could not rule out homicide and foul play appears the only logical answer. The cause of death was asphyxiation from drowning. Tiffany had bruises on her back however, authorities were not sure whether they have anything to do with her death. According to a lawsuit “Tiffany was taken by her abductor to a creek approximately three miles from her home, sexually assaulted, and murdered.” There was evidence that the screen door to the Stubbs’ home was cut. I tried to find more by checking the Stubbs lawyer. Unfortunately, Michael D. Gibbons passed away in 2015. The building where he had his law offices is for sale/rent and the phones are disconnected. I am still looking into this and will update this post hopefully soon. Last check 5/2018.
Sullivan, Dennise Jeannnette
Utah, USA
1961
LinkDennise Jeannette Sullivan’s (15) went missing under very violent circumstances. She is presumed dead. In July 1961, Dennise was on vacation with her mother, Jeannette Sullivan (41), and her mother’s fiancé, Charles Boothroyd (55). They visited Dead Horse Point in Utah and were at a scenic spot near the Colorado River. There, Jeanette was shot in the back of her head with a .22 caliber rifle. Charles had two bullets in his face and hands (defensive wounds). While the killer dragged the bodies to the side of the road Dennise tried to get away in the family car. The killer followed and forced her off the road after about half a mile by a side-collision. He then forced her in his car and drove off. Boothroyd was left for dead, but he survived to tell police about the crime. Police searched by jeep, plane, and by boat but never found Dennise. If you have any information that can help the authorities find Dennise please contact Lieutenant Kim Neal at (1)435-259-8115 at the Grand County Sheriff’s Office in Moab, Utah 84532. Last check Dec 2017.
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Tatman, Robert Lawrence
Illinois, USA
1967
LinkOn November 25, 1967, Champaign police officer Robert Lawrence Tatman was found murdered. He had been shot with his .38 service revolver. Significant efforts were made by police, the family, and the community to solve this case. The revolver went missing making it hard to review this case with modern technology. Many scenarios were checked and even more people were questioned but to this day, the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Tidwell, Dotty and Bob
Texas, USA
1983
LinkOn Nov 23, 1983, Bob and Dottie Rowden Tidwell were found murdered in their Roanoke (TX) home. They both had children from previous marriages. None were home at that time. Both parents were shot at close range. After that, the house was set on fire to cover up the murders and possibly traces, evidence, etc. The case is unsolved. If you have any information that could help the Roanoke Police Department, call 817-491-6052. Last check 7/2015.
Thomas, Lisa
New York, USA
1974
LinkOn Oct 7, 1974, Lisa Thomas went to the Nanuett Mall (Clarkstown, Rockland County, NY) to buy a blouse with money she had earned babysitting. She never came back home. The next morning her father discovered his girl's body in the woods behind the mall, about 700 feet from their home. She was bludgeoned to death predominantly by blows to the top of her head. She was blindfolded with a red cloth from her own pocketbook. Lisa was not sexually assaulted. Clarkstown police say there's never been a definitive answer to where exactly she was killed. If you have any information about Lisa Thomas please contact the Clarkstown Police Department Detective Bureau at 1-845-639-5840 or call Detective Fred Parent at 845-639-5833 or Detective Christopher Maloney at 845-639-5865. Last check 3/2017.
Thompson, Kimberly Ann
Illinois, USA
1986
LinkIn 1986, Kimberly Ann Thompson went missing. This is an endangered missing person case. Kim had worked for the police as an informant. She had just finished testifying against two people. Her cooperation and testimony secured their convictions. During this time as an informant, Kim had kept all her appointments with the authorities. She had another appointment on December 1 but did not show up. This worried detectives especially as she was to receive money that she needed badly. Despite significant efforts to find Kim, the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Torres, Amparo Arias
Florida, USA
1981
LinkOn June 11, 1981, the remains of Amparo Arias Torres were found inside her Florida apartment. She was shot in her head several times. There were no signs of forced entry and her apartment was well kept. Amparo left behind a son who still searches for answers. If you have any information that can help the Miami-Dade Police Department, please contact Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477 or email at [email protected] Last check 3/2017.
Turpin, Lysandra Marie
California, USA
1988
LinkIn 1988, Lysandra Marie Turpin went missing. In 2010, her remains were found after a man who had witnessed her murder when he was a teenager, contacted police. The alleged murderer? His father. This father, Ernest Samuel Christie, Jr. died in 2006. Substantial doubt was raised due to the four year time gap between the father' death and the son's report to the police. However, Christie’s son, Ernest Samuel Christie III, is not facing any charges.
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Vaatstra, Marianne
Kollum, the Netherlands
1999
LinkIn 1999, Marianne Vaatstra was found raped-murdered in the Netherlands. Police arrested many and even held a large scale DNA search but, the perpetrator was never found. On September 29, 2012, police began a “DNA relationship testing” in a 5 km radius of the crime scene of approx. 8,000 men. In this study, on a voluntary basis, police studied whether there were people who had a similar chromosomal Y-DNA profile as that of the perpetrator. On November 19, 2012, police announced a match. Jasper S. confessed. On April 19, 2013 he was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Vaughan, Patty
Texas, USA
1996
LinkIn 1996, Patty Vaughan went missing. On May 15, 2008, after Bexar County investigators had taken over the cold case, they decided to investigate a pile of clothes found inside Patty’s caravan. They found a red workman’s jumpsuit inside a pile of men’s clothing on which Vaughan’s blood was found back in 1996. In 2013, the cold case unit checking Patty's case was disbandeddisbanded. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Verstappen, Nicky
Brunssummerheide, the Netherlands
1998
LinkOn Aug 10, 1998 Nicky Verstappen (March 13, 1987 - Aug 10, 1998) disappeared from a summer camp that was organised by local youth groups at De Heikop, Brunssummerheide, Limburg, the Netherlands. The night before he went missing, all camp activities ended at 10pm. Then the kids went back to their tents and it was lights out. Nicky (11) was last seen around the tent he shared with other kids at 5am. Three hours later he was gone. On Aug 22, 2018 Dutch Police announced a breakthrough in the case thatw as cold for such a long time: they got DNA off Nicky's clothes. With familial DNA searches they narrowed down the group of suspects and zoomed in on Jos Brech. He officially became the suspect. A national and international APB were issued as Brech went missing. His family told police Brech went hiking in the Vosges, France. Police considered he may be hiding there. UPDATE: Brech was arrested Aug 26, 2018 in Northern Spain. Madrid High Court judges decided on Aug 27, 2018 that Jos Brech (55) shall be extradited to the Netherlands. If you have any information that can further the case contact the Dutch Police at these numbers: calling from the Netherlands: 0900-8844 and when calling from abroad: +31 34 357 88 44. Last check 8/27/2018.
VonAllmen, Michael
Kentucky, USA
1981
LinkMichael VonAllmen spent 11 years in prison for an 1981 abduction-rape case. On July 15, 2010, a judge finally ruled to dismiss all charges with prejudice. This means that the charges can never be brought back. I hope that the authorities will keep working to find the real suspect.
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Wallace, Julia
Liverpoole, UK
1931
LinkThe foremost reason why Julia’s 1931 murder is so famous is because of the chilling crime scene. The front and back door were closed. The windows were closed. It became the set up for many mystery novels. Once entry was made, Julia was found beaten to death on the living room floor. Police found a mackintosh (raincoat) underneath Julia’s body. That mackintosh did not belong to Julia. Her husband, William Herbert Wallace, was convicted in 1931 for her murder. His conviction was later overturned by the Court Of Criminal Appeal, the first instance in British legal history where an appeal had been allowed after re-examination of evidence. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Waggoner, Richard Lee
Texas, USA
1981
LinkRichard Waggoner was murdered on September 12, 1981. There are vague descriptions of the men who approached Richard and then shot him. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
Welch, Michella
Washington, USA
1986
LinkThe cold case of Michella Welch (1974 - March 26, 1986) had always been linked to the Jennifer Marie Bastian unsolved murder. She too had been on a bike, both girls were sexually assaulted, their bodies were left in similar positions, each girl had her clothes disturbed in a similar way, and both were blond and bright-eyed. In 2018, authorities charged Gary Charles Hartman (66) with first-degree murder and first-degree rape in the Michella Welch case. Hartman is to be arraigned and is being held in lieu of $5 million bail. Hartman has no prior criminal record. More details will follow as they become available. Last check 8/2018.
West, Audrey Anne
Virginia, USA
1985
LinkIn 2010, William Ray Hagy Jr. was sentenced to life for the 1985 murder of Audrey West. There is hardly anything online about Audrey. If you have any links, please contact me.
White, Lisa Joy
Connecticut, USA
1974
LinkLisa (13) was last seen walking out of a park on Prospect Street into downtown Rockville on the night of Nov. 1, 1974. She had visited a friend and lived just two miles from Prospect. Lisa is white with strawberry blond hair and blue eyes. She has a small chicken pox mark on her forehead. When she was last seen she wore green pants, tan work boots, and a denim jacket. Her dental records are filed with NamUs as well as her DNA. I read online that authorities initially treated this as a runaway case. This may have hindered the search. Her sister said in the papers that she loved “acrobatic dancing and cheerleading” but also that she was “no stranger to mischief and perhaps mature beyond her 13 young years. She had a boyfriend. I believe he was 18 at the time. My mother did not approve, obviously.” In 2009, her case was added to NamUs. Her case number with the Vernon Police is 000000019. If you have information in any of these three cases please call the cold case squad tip line at 860-870-3228 or use email [email protected] Vernon police can be reached at 860-872-9126 and Connecticut State Police at 860-896-3230. Last check 6/2018.
Williams, April Nicole
Washington DC, USA
1983
LinkApril Nicole Williams was stolen on Dec 2, 1983. April was a newborn when a woman tricked her teen mother Eleanor into letting her hold her. April has a one inch long birthmark in a straight line on top of her right wrist. The suspect is described as African American, dark brown complexion, with pigment spots on her face. She was in her 20s, about 5" 3' and slender built. Her had two pierced holes in each ear. Her hair was short, dark, and wavy. She wore green pants and a white ski jacket with a purple floral lining. If you have any information please contact Sergeant Julius Hunter from the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 489-8281. April’s case number is 568245.
Williams, Edward "Edd"
Texas, 1974
USA
LinkHarris County Deputy Sheriff Edward “Edd” Williams was killed on January 12, 1974 during a robbery at the Victoria Manor Apartments (830 Victoria Drive, Houston, Texas). The two suspects in the case at that time were black men probably in their early 20s. Deputy Sheriff Williams left behind a wife – now deceased – and his then six-year-old son Yancy. I have tried to find more information about this officer but have not been able to find anything in the public domain. If you have any links to newspaper articles let me know so we can update this post. He needs a better web presence if we ever wish to get the word out that his case is still unsolved. Last check 11/2017.
Willingham, Cameron Todd
Texas, USA
1991
LinkCameron Todd Willingham was executed in 2004, 13 years after a fire killed his three daughters. Prosecutors argued that Willingham deliberately set the 1991 blaze but three reviews of the evidence by outside experts found the fire should not have been ruled arson. Willingham was executed for accidental fire. In 2014, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles denied a petition to vacate his conviction. The Board's indifference in this case is a disgrace.
Wiltsey, Timothy “Timmy” William
New Jersey, USA
1991
LinkTimothy “Timmy” William Wiltsey (August 6, 1985 – May 25, 1991) vanished from a Memorial Weekend carnival in New Jersey. In 1992, his skull was found. His mother was convicted in May 2016 in a circumstantial case. In January 2017 she was sentenced to 30 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
Wood, Brittney Nicole
Alabama, USA
2012
LinkIn 2012, Brittney Nicole Wood disappeared from Mobile, Alabama, under more than peculiar and suspicious circumstances. She left behind a little baby girl. Brittney's family has been involved with child sexual abuse and many are in court or have already been sentenced. It is likely that Brittney had to disappear because she knew too much. Nobody has been arrest or charged in Brittney’s disappearance. If you have any information that can help the Mobile Police Department with this case, contact Sergeant Scott Congleton at (251) 208-7211. Last check 3/2017.
Wood, Daniel Kenneth
Maine, USA
1954
LinkOn July 7, 1954, Daniel K. Wood (12) left his home in South Gray, Maine, to visit a friend. He took his fishing gear. Whether he ever arrived at that friend’s house, is unclear. The Lewiston Daily Sun reports that later in the day, Danny called his mom from Gray Center. He said he was going to earn 50 cents per hour going door to door with a sales rep in Lewiston. His mom told him to be careful. He told her not to worry. He would be back for dinner. He never came back to her. His remains were found in the Androscoggin River, Auburn, Maine. Whoever murdered Daniel tried to dispose of his body by throwing it in the river. Danny’s body was nude. Someone beat him to death. His skull had seven wounds ranging from 1 to 4 inches. The papers say that authorities never found the murder weapon. Does that mean Danny was beaten to death with an object? Police also never found the original crime scene. Where Danny’s remains were found is just the spot where his body floated towards but most likely not where he passed away or where he was beaten. We could have three crime scene: where he was found, where he was beaten, and where he died. Danny had a shoestring tied around one of his wrist. There is the possibility that his wrists were tied before the beating. Danny could have been restrained and forced to walk with the attacker. But it can also mean that the attacker bound or intended to bind his wrists after Danny was dead. The paper mentioned the wrists were “laced together during the fatal beating.” How do you know that for sure? Any imprints of the skin being tied together might have been gone due to decomposition in the river. If you have any information that can help the Maine State Police in the case of Daniel K. Wood, Jr. please contact their Major Crimes Unit-South at 1-800-228-0857 or (207)657-3030.
Woodfolk, Quinn Renard
Virginia, USA
1998
LinkQuinn Renard Woodfolk (July 23, 1986 - missing July 4, 1998) disappeared from Charlottesville, Virginia. His nickname was "Lil Quinn.” He has black hair, brown eyes, a scar near his right eye, and a birthmark on top of his head. Dental records and DNA are available according to NamUs. Quinn was last seen on July 4, 1998. He was home alone. There is very little information online (aside from repeated content) that explains the family situation or the reasons why Quinn might have left the house. No information about his school or if they had problems with drugs/dealers. If you have any information please call Charlottesville Police at 1-434-970-3280 (case number 200906384) or CrimeStoppers 1-434-977-4000.
Wyant, Jennifer Lynn
Tennessee, USA
1980
LinkJennifer Lynn Wyant was last seen on June 28, 1980. There isn’t much online about Jennifer that gives us a clear timeline of her case, her family life with parents and/or siblings, her work, career, education, sports, etc. Jennifer disappeared from her residence at the Tanglewood Apartments on Harding Place, Nashville, Tennessee. I have not found in the public domain what police found in her car such as personal belongings, finger prints, DNA, etc. Was the car damaged? Was the seat right for her height? What about the odometer? What was her last mileage before servicing the car? Anything on the tires? If you have any information that can help the authorities find Jennifer Lynn Wyant please contact the Metro Nashville Police Department at 1-615-862-7546. Jennifer’s case file is 80-113621. Last check 4/2018.
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Young, Otha
Kentucky, USA
1996
LinkIn October 1996, Otha Young went missing. His skeletal remains were found eight years later. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
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Zahl, Christopher Allen
New Jersey, USA
1994
LinkChristopher “Chris” Allen Zahl (Jan 11, 1951 – ?) was last seen alive on May 12, 1994, in Holmdel, Monmouth County, New Jersey. He was 43 years old. His disappearance is suspect and NamUs lists him as “Endangered Missing – Foul Play possible.” Last check 3/2017.
Zaret, Leslie Sue
New York, USA
1974
LinkOn Aug 17, 1974, Leslie Sue Zaret (Sept 22, 1956 – Aug 17, 1974) was found murdered in Bayside, Queens County, New York. Leslie (17) had just finished high school. She had spent the evening before with friends and around 1130pm, she left her friend’s house to walk home. She never arrived. Her nude body was found by a custodian behind an elementary school’s playground known as PS 203 off Springfield Boulevard in Bayside the next morning (8/17.) She had been strangled and sexually assaulted with a hair brush. Her autopsy didn’t show any other trauma other than strangulation marks on her neck. On Aug 13, 2006 police revealed they had partial DNA from the hairbrush found at the scene – enough evidence “to consider a suspect or eliminate a suspect.” The case remains unsolved. If you have any information please call the NYPD tip line 1-800-577-TIPS. Last check 8/2018.
Zeigler, William Thomas
Florida, USA
1975
LinkIn Dec 1975, a quadruple murder took place in the Zeigler Furniture Store (Winter Garden, Florida). The victims were Charles Mays, Virginia and Perry Edwards, and their daughter Eunice Edwards-Zeigler. The fifth victim, William Thomas Zeigler, became the sole suspect because he survived. The case is riddled by police misconduct (lying on the stand), prosecutorial misconduct (withheld evidence), and forensic testing disproving the charges. The evidentiary hearing for touch DNA testing was held on March 31, 2016. Judge Whitehead denied the request on July 18, 2016. On November 23, 2016, an appeal was filed in the Supreme Court of Florida. On April 21, 2017 the Florida Supreme Court denied the touch DNA request. On May 8, 2017 a motion for a rehearing with the US Supreme Court was filed. It was denied November 13, 2017. Last check 11/25/2017.