My Cold Case Database is small but free to the public. It lists all victims and wrongfully convicted people whose cases are discussed on my blog by their last name. The link in the middle column shows you 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. 190 cases in my database.
The reason why you find the wrongfully convicted here is simple: when the exonerated is taken out of the equation we are left with a cold case. Unless we have
- previously disregarded evidence (because we thought we already had our conviction) or,
- properly preserved old evidence that may contain biological material that can now be tested with modern technology or,
- a confession from someone new or another person’s DNA match (as a result of testing with modern technology), we have a cold case.
If you have any updates please let me know. If you send me materials such as photographs I assume that I may use them on my blog. If it was just meant for me, please indicate so in your email message.
Thank you very much for helping!
|Last Name||Link||Case information|
|Cases of the Month||link||The overview 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.|
|Aardsma, Betsy||Link||On Nov 28, 1969 Betsy Aardsma 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 heard anything about test results. If you have, please let me know.
New books have appeared on the market but the case remains unsolved. Last check 7/2015.
|"Adam"||Link||In 2011, it was discovered that the torso found belonged to Ikpomwosa (6). A TV-Crew managed to track down the woman who used to care for him in Germany. His parents were deported back to Nigeria.
In 2012, Joyce Osiagede revealed that the boy's real name was Patrick Erhabor and not Ikpomwosa.
|Adriano, Delia||Link||Delia 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. Her autopsy failed to find the cause of her death. The case remains unsolved. Last check 7/2015.|
|Allen, Tracy||Link||After September 9, 1986, Tracy Allen (18) went missing. She was found on September 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 7/2015.
|Andrews, Anita||Link||Anita Elizabeth Andrews' body was found in the stock room of the Fagiani Cocktail Lounge in July 1974. Her murder remained unsolved for decades until police found DNA evidence that linked Roy Melanson to the crime scene. Melanson was found guilty of murder in the first degree in 2011.|
|Anstatt, Larry||Link||Larry Anstett (15) died on November 5th, 1974. He had unknowingly picked up a bomb wrapped inside a plain cardboard square box on the top of a car. The car belonged to Michael Vermilyea, the president of the biker gang Heaven’s Devils. He had testified during a robbery trial against their rivals, the Outlaws. Of course, he was the intended target. The Devils had an ongoing feud with the Outlaws.
And this is where the case becomes all about the gangs and not about Larry. But we have not forgottern him. If you have any information about this case please contact the Milwaukee Police Cold Case Hotline at 414-935-1212.
|Aram, Colette||Link||Colette Aram was sixteen years old in 1983 when she was raped and murdered by Paul Stewart Hutchinson. 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.|
|Aramburo, Lucely "Lily"||Link||Lucely "Lily" Aramburo went missing on June 1, 2007 leaving behind a young son. She has never been found. Please check the link as Lily has very distinctive tattoos on her back.
Despite many efforts from activists and law enforcement, the case remains unsolved. Last check 7/2015.
|Armbruster, Demisha||Link||On June 18, 1988, Demisha Armbruster (23) was abducted and murdered from Darlove, Mississippi. According to police, her throat was cut. The cause of death was exsanguination meaning that someone allowed Demisha to bleed to death. She was not robbed of any possessions nor was she sexually molested. Last check Nov 2, 2015.|
|Arrington, Kimberly||Link||Kimberly Arrington was just 16 years old when she disappeared in Oct, 1998. Age progression photography and media coverage have not shed a light on this case yet. Last check 7/2015.|
|Azevedo, Joseph||Link||On May 2, 1981 Joseph Azevedo's sons found their dad's dead body in his mobile home. He had been fatally shot by a burglar. Christopher David Winter pleaded not guilty in 2011. Winter had struck a deal with the Los Angeles County District’s Attorney’s Office. In exchange for his plea, he got less than six years in state prison when he was sentenced on June 7, 2011.|
|Backshall, Josephine||Link|| Josephine Backshall was last seen on Oct 29, 1974, when 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 8.10 pm.
Josephine’s body was fully clothed and she was lying face down. Her hands were tied tightly in front of her with a cord before the killer strangled her. Detectives said that there was no evidence she had been sexually abused.
Despite calls for information from her children and efforts by law enforcement, this case remains unsolved. Last check 7/2015.
|Bailey, Dana||Link||On March 5, 1987 Dana 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. This case remains unsolved. Last check 7/2015.|
|Bailey, Rhonda Sue||Link||In May 1994, Rhonda Sue Bailey was murdered and her body was dumped in a creek. She left behind two young daughters. Her autopsy showed she had drowned seven to ten days before her body was discovered.
David Wayne Newcomb entered a no contest plea to second-degree murder. He received a 15-year prison sentence in 2012.
|Baker, Yolanda||Link||Yolanda Baker went missing on Aug. 1, 1999. When her car was found a week after her disappearance, police found her blood in the trunk. Her boyfriend Terrence Barnett would later go on trial for her murder. Her body was never recovered.
In 2010, Terrence Barnett was sentenced and received the statutory maximum sentence of 20 years to life imprisonment.
|Banks, Isadore||Link||The 1954 lynching of Isadore Banks remains unsolved. It is one of Arkansas' most notorious cold cases of the civil rights era. Last check 7/2015.|
|Barton, Alice||Link||Despite a brief surge in media attention in 2010, the 1955 case remains unsolved. Last check 7/2015.|
|Bastian, Jennifer Marie||Link||The cold case of Jennifer Marie Bastian got a boost in 2013 when Tacoma Police (WA) revealed more information to the public. Despite renewed media attention and various tips, the case is still unsolved.
Jennifer’s case is often linked to the Michella Welch murder. She too had been 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.
At the end of March 2016, Tacoma Police revealed that two different men are responsible for the girls' murders. And crucially, that so far the DNA that they were able to recover from both girls doesn't have a match with any of the 11 million DNA profiles in a national database of felons.
Other differences are in the way that both girls died. Michela Welch died from a cut to the neck. Jennifer Bastian died from strangulation. It is not posted whether the strangulation was manual or with an object. Last check April 2, 2016.
|Batten, Ivy||Link||Which Brian Parsons is responsible for the death of Mrs. Ivy Batten? Brian David Parsons or Brian Neville Parsons? Case not closed. Last check 11/2014.|
|Beasley, Eric Dennis||Link||The case of Eric Dennis Beasley 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 4/20/2015.|
|Beaumont, Jane-Arnna-Grant||Link||Jane 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. Their disappearance is to this day Australia’s best known cold case.
In 2013, police excavated an area behind the Castalloy factory but found no traces of the three missing children. Last check 7/2016.
|Bennett Family||Link||The case of Patricia Smith is tied by DNA to the Bennett Family Murders. Both cases are from 1984 and occurred six days apart. The DNA match has not yet been tied to a specific person but police stated that this John Doe will be charged with 18 counts, including three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of sexual assault, first-degree assault and two counts of sexual assault on a child and burglary.The cases remain unsolved. Last check 7/2015.|
|Benning, Julie||Link||Julia “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 4/13/2015.|
|Beslanowitch, Krystal Lynn||Link||In 1995, Krystal’s nude body was found lying face down on the rocks, bloody and broken, on the banks of the Provo River, Utah. She was 17 years old. Parts of the large, granite rocks were saved as evidence as well as scrapings from under Beslanowitch’s fingernails.
With the M-Vac investigators 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, accused of beating 17-year-old Krystal Lynn Beslanowitch to death on the banks of the Provo River in 1995. On Sept 29, 2016 he was found guilty. He will serve life without parole.
|Biggers, McHenry||Link||The case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Blakelock, Keith||Link||Pc Blakelock and his colleague Pc Richard Coombes were attacked during the Broadwater Farm riots in Tottenham, 1985. Coombes was seriously injured but survived. Blakelock did not. Nicholas Jacobs was found not guilty on April 9, 2014. The case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Blatnik, Barbara Ann||Link||On 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 case is part of a string of unsolved murders in Summit County, Ohio. Last check Dec 2015.
|Bombardier, Suzanne A.||Link||On June 21, 1980, Suzanne (known as Suzie) Bombardier 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.
Suzanne 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 September 2016, KTVU aired a program dedicated to Suzie's case. However, despite renewed media attention, the case remains unsolved. Last check 9/2016.
|Booth, Kristy Lynn||Link||On Feb 2, 1980, Kristy (19) 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 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).
Kristy was working as a cocktail waitress after she had finished high school. All available articles about Kristy mention that she was active in high school clubs. She still lived at home with her parents and siblings. There were no reports to point to a troubled family.
The authorities have Kristy’s dental records on file. Every time that a Jane Doe is found who resembles Kristy in age, they compare records. In 2009, Kristy’s case was uploaded in NamUs. There are sadly no updates in her case. Last check 9/25/2015.
|Boulin, Robert||Link||On 21 June 2007, shortly 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 as of 11/2014 the case remains labelled suicide.|
|Branagan, Moira Holly||Link||Moira “Holly” Branagan (1962 – 1979) was found 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 that the kitchen knife broke off in her back. The estimated time of her death was before dusk on March 28, 1979. The police found no evidence of burglary or forced entry. Holly was dead for about 18 hours before she was found. She had not been sexually assaulted.
Detective Galloway said that 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.
Despite the involvement from activists, the media, and sending this case to the Grand Jury, it remains unsolved. Last check 12/2016.
|Bruce, Debra Joyce||Link||Debra 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 May 2016.
|Buckels, John Robert||Link||In 2011, jurors found Seldon Wayne Colvin guilty of capital murder in Buckels’ death and guilty of murder in the Petkas McMahan’s death. Colvin was sentenced to life in prison for the capital murder and 40 years for the murder conviction, with the sentences running concurrently.|
|Burchfield, Richard||Link||Despite renewed attention to this case, it remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Burns, Fiona||Link||In 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 full 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, Victoria Police’s cold case squad Detective Inspector Boris Buick said investigators were still frustrated by the lack of information. Last check 7/2015.
|Byron, Ruby Grace||Link||Ruby 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 June 2016.
|Caciola, Vincent||Link||Despite new media attention, the case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Campbell, Ian||Link||On March 9, 1963, Officers Ian 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.
Gregory Powell was arrested on the night of the murder. He was convicted and sentenced to death. The death sentence was vacated when the California Supreme Court ruled in 1972 that California's death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment.
Powell (79) died on August 12, 2012, at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville.
|Carlson, Mark||Link||On 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 that Mark had been 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 the repeated content. Last check Oct/2015.
|Caughlin, Karen||Link||In 1974, Karen Caughlin was murdered. She was only 14 years old. On March 15, 1974, Karen went to school as usual. She had made after-school plans to go to a friend’s home. Later they would go to the Rose Garden roller rink. They made tentative arrangements for Karen to stay overnight.
Karen and her friend left the rink around 11pm. They accepted a ride from a couple of boys and left in a 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 (March 16, 1974). This was the last time Karen was seen alive.
In 2014, the OPP launched a public appeal for help shortly before the 40th anniversary of Karen's murder. Despite this and renewed media attention, the case remains unsolved. Last check Jan 2017.
|Chamberlain, Azaria||Link||The cause of Azaria Chamberlain's 1980 disappearance was determined 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." Her body was never found. Her parents, Lindy and Michael Chamberlain, were suspected of murder. Lindy Chamberlain was tried for murder and spent more than three years in prison. She was released when a piece of Azaria's clothing was found near a dingo lair, and new inquests were opened.|
|Chan, Thomas||Link||On 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.
If you have any information please call the Manhattan Beach Police Department at (310) 545-4566 There is a $25,000 reward.
|Clark, Charles||Link||On Christmas Eve 1959, Charles 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. Last check 9/15.|
|Cleveland Torso Murders||Link||A brief overview of the oldest cold cases in Northeast Ohio.|
|Collins, Victoria||Link||In August 1996, Victoria Collins was murdered in Pontiac, Michigan. She had been beaten, raped, and was left for dead. Authorities think 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. The case remains unsolved. Last check April 2016.|
|Combs, Keith||Link||In 2012, Edward Jesus Elias and Leopoldo Chavez II were found guilty of first-degree murder and special-circumstance allegations including murder during a robbery in the 1993 cases of Keith Combs and Eugene “Cliff” Ellis.|
|Comeans, William J.||Link||Bill Comeans 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 cardiac arrest due to compression of the neck. He had been strangled with a scarf. A knife also was found at the scene where Bill was found murdered. Det. Clark recently sent the knife to the state crime lab in London for DNA testing, along with a beer bottle also found near Bill’s body. The scarf that was cut away from Bill’s neck was also sent for testing.
Bill had been attacked before. If you have any information please contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s office at (614) 525-3350. Last check 4/13/2015.
|Converse, Nancy Eileen||Link||In 2010, James Samuel Owens pleaded no contest to first-degree manslaughter in the 1987 death of Nancy Eileen Converse.|
|Cooke, William||Link||In 2010, Dion Watkins pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter charges in the 1980 case of William Cooke.|
|Cordt, Ena and Willie||Link||On July 27, 1985, Ena Mary Cordt and Rory Wilhelm “Willie” Cordt were murdered in their Forsyth, Missouri home. Despite extensive media exposure and continued efforts, the case remains unsolved. Last check April 2016.|
|Corley, Theresa M.||Link||Theresa M. Corley (19) was found murdered on December 8, 1978. Her case is complicated but there are still a few things that we can do provided we have properly preserved evidence.
Theresa 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 ligature. It appears that physical evidence was taken from her body. If true it must be tested for DNA.
Strangulation with ligature (also known as “garroting”) means that the deceased has been strangled with some sort of cord. This can be a rope, wash line, a shoe lace, some kind of string, an electrical wire, anything ropy. Strangulation with ligature is either with partially or fully constricting the neck.
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.
The case is unsolved. Last check April 2016.
|Crewe, Jeanette & Harvey||Link||Despite substantial media attention and a new review, the case remains unsolved. The Review Report about the Crewe Murders was published in 2014. Last check 11/2014.|
|Crippen, Hawley H.||Link||Dec 2009: the CCRC declared the court of appeal will not hear the case to pardon Crippen posthumously.|
|Croan, Carmen Melinda||Link||Carmen 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. She was only 18 years old.
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 4/13/2015.
|Cuevas, Juan "June" M.||Link||On 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.
On Nov 3, the papers reported that John Blocker was arrested. He is 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 accomplices. Last check Nov 3, 2015.
|Davenport, Tracy Lynn||Link||Tracy Lynn Davenport (6) from San Rafael, Marin County, CA, was reported missing on April 27, 1973. At the time that she disappeared, Tracy lived with her grandma and unknown relatives in a motel.
Peculiar is the detail 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 and we should consider the possibility that Tracy's remains are marked as a Jane Doe. Last check 6/2015.
|Dauphin||Link||The heart stolen by Dr Phillippe-Jean Pellatan from the boy who died in the tower had the same unique trace of mitochondrial DNA as the entire maternal line of the Habsburg Family.
The heart of the Dauphin Louis-Charles found its final resting place, surrounded by his family members, in the crypt at Saint-Denis.
|Dee, Henry||Link||In 2007, Klansman and former police officer James Ford Seale was finally arrested in connection with the 1964 murders of Charles Moore and Henry Dee. 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.|
|Johanna “Jopie” Atalia Gersina de Haas||Link||Missing since Feb 8, 1960, 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 September 12, 2010, at the age of 74.
Tests are pending to confirm identity. Last check Feb 5, 2016.
|Delano, Everett||Link||Everett Delano was killed on September 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 police efforts, the case remains unsolved. Last check 11/04/2015.|
|Dillow, Steven||Link||The case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Doe, Grace (Neosho)||Link||Despite facial reconstruction and renewed media attention, the identity of Neosho's Grace Doe remains a mystery. Last check 11/2014.|
|Dost, Willeke||Link||Despite excavations in 2010 at the farm where she used to live, the 1992 missing person case of Willeke Dost remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Dougherty, Daniel||Link||In 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 retrial started Monday March 28, 2016.
|Drew, Kelly||Link||In 2010, Edward Edwards was sentenced to life after DNA connected him to the 1980 murders of Tim Hack and his girlfriend, Kelly Drew.|
|Dunkin, Kimberly||Link||Brad Ballantyne confessed he shot and killed Kimberly Dunkin on New Year's Day 1993. In 2011, he was sentenced 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.|
|Dunlap, Anne L. Barber||Link||Anne 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.
Her husband Brad Dunlap told police that on December 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 hard, conclusive evidence that will hold up in court. The case remains unsolved. Last check May 2016.
|Dyke, Beverley||Link||In 2010, Robert Kociuk was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 1984 death of Beverley Dyke and was given a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole. In 2011, Manitoba’s highest court upheld Kociuk’s first-degree murder conviction.|
|El Dorado Jane Doe||Link||This woman was murdered on July 10, 1991, at the Whitehall Motel in El Dorado, Arkansas. Her identity is still unknown. She used a variety of names and fake ID cards.
According to the authorities, she lived in the Dallas, Texas region; in Shreveport, Louisiana; and in Little Rock, Arkansas before she was murdered. At the time of her death, she lived in El Dorado, Arkansas.
Her murderer was caught and sentenced. Her DNA and dental records are on file with the authorities but until this day, we do not know who she really was. Last check March 2016.
|Ellis, Eugene||Link||In 2012, Edward Jesus Elias and Leopoldo Chavez II were found guilty of first-degree murder and special-circumstance allegations including murder during a robbery in the 1993 cases of Keith Combs and Eugene “Cliff” Ellis.|
|Espinosa, Juan Antonio||Link||This case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Fox, Riley||Link||In 2010, Scott Eby was charged on five counts of first-degree murder and one count of predatory sexual assault Thursday in the long-unsolved 2004 murder. Eby received a life sentence without the possibility of parole.|
|Glover, Michael Wade||Link||On September 5, 1976 Michael’s nude decomposing body was found near a cliff in the Monterey area in 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 April 2016.
|Goldman, Danny||Link||Despite new developments in the 1966 missing person case, it remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Grahlman, Jay and Jaymie||Link||Accidental 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. Who had a motive to see Jay Grahlman dead?
Little Jaymie was found in the bathtub however, nobody can explain whether Jaymie 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?
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.
|Gray, Adam||Link||In March 1993, a fire broke out in a flat in the 4100 block of South Albany Avenue, Chigaco, Illinois. Adam Gray, the alleged jilted lover, was accused of arson. The girl who rejected him lived in that apaprtment 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.
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 defense intends to appeal this decision.
|Greene, Tamara||Link||On April 30, 2003, Tamara Greene was killed in a drive-by shooting in Detroit, MI. She was in her car with her boyfriend Eric Mitchell. Mitchell survived the shooting. The case remains unsolved. Last check 4/2015.|
|Gricar, Ray||Link||The case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Grimes, Barbara & Patricia||Link||Barbara and Patricia Grimes 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 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 Feb 1, 2016.
|Grindstaff, Donald “Doni” Dean Christian||Link||Donald “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. 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 Feb 2017.|
|Groves, Frances Blanche Hayes||Link||Frances 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 NamUs. DNA is on file. The case remains unsolved. Last check August 2016.
|Gruber Family a.k.a. the Hinterkaifeck case||Link||On March 31, in 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.
The corpses were all beheaded. The skulls were sent to a lab but 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 4/13/2015.
|Guitron, Ryan Eugene||Link||In 2012, Vencil Ash III and Kelly Meehan were sentenced in the 2003 case. Ash was sentenced to life. Meehan was sentenced to the maximum 20 to 60 months in prison.|
|Hack, Tim||Link||In 2010, Edward Edwards was sentenced to life after DNA connected him to the 1980 murders of Tim Hack and his girlfriend, Kelly Drew.|
|Hadden, George||Link||In the summer of 194, 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.|
|Haider, Eric||Link||Eric 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.” That however does not seem to match with the way his remains were found. The remains found were crouched down in an upright position as if Eric was sitting down pulling up his knees and hugging them with his arm.
Forensic medical examinations would continue and further information would be released as soon as it became available from the North Dakota State Forensic Medical Examiner’s Office. The case remains unsolved. Last check 12/2015.
|Halpern, Joseph||Link||The case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Hammerle, Stephen Scott||Link||Stephen 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.
Stephen’s hair is brown. He had a beard and mustache when he disappeared. His eyes are blue. Stephen has 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.
|Harr, Woodrow "Woody" Rae||Link||On 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 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 May 2016.
|Harris, Alexander||Link||Alexander Harris disappeared from a video arcade during the 1987 Thanksgiving Weekend. His remains were later found underneath a trailer. Howard Lee Haupt was arrested and put on trial for this child's murder but he was acquitted. No further leads came in and nobody else has been arrested in this case. Last check 4/11/2015.|
|Heath-Gough, Elizabeth||Link||On Dec 18, 2013, John Heath was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the 1984 murder of his wife.|
|Helt, Joe||Link||The case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Henderson, Robert||Link||Jason Lee McCormick was found guilty of second-degree murder. He was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole on Sept. 11, 2013.|
|Hernando County Jane Doe 1972||Link||This Jane Doe was found 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 please contact Det. George Loydgren at (352) 754-6830 or email him at Gloydgren@Hernandosheriff.Org or use the general address email@example.com Last check 7/2016.
|Highway of Tears||Link||This is an ongoing project. People 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 1/14/2015.|
|Hilt, Teresa Sue||Link||Teresa "Tess" Sue Hilt was found murdered on August 4, 1973. She had been beaten, raped, and was 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.
Renewed media attention let to an ongoing collaboration with the authorities in this 1974 case. As of yet, it remains unsolved. Last check March 2016.
|Hina Family||Link||The Hina Family was killed during a 1989 fatal fire at a Keene apartment complex, New Hampshire.
David McLeod was held without bond since his 2010 arrest for the 1989 Hina Family murders. 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 11/2014.
|Horman, Kyron||Link||Despite significant media attention, the case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Hughes, Hulon & Elaine||Link||Opal Leanne Toney accepted a plea bargain for her role in the 1988 double homicide of Hulon and Elaine Hughes. Toney was sentenced to three years in state prison in 2011. At the time of her husband's Harold Toney's arrest, he was suffering from a terminal disease and died the following month in the jail ward at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. Authorities agreed that Harold was the shooter in this double murder case.|
|Hull, Betty Gene||Link||On Christmas Eve, 1991, Mrs. Hull was found dead. She was 68 years old. Pieces of evidence from this 1991 unsolved homicide are considered for testing in a state lab. Last check 5/2015.|
|Ibach, Laura Henderson||Link||Laura Henderson-Ibach disappeared on March 28, 1986. 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 have never been 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 by many activists pointing to their wrongful conviction. Last check 1/2017.
Two men were sentenced in this 1986 bodiless murder case: Michael McDonald and Jack Ibach. This case has been picked up by activists pointing to their wrongful conviction. Last check 11/2014.
|Jarosz, Beverly Ann||Link||On December 28, 1964, Beverly Jarosz 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. This comes from a newspaper article dated December 26, 2004 at 12:56 PM, updated October 27, 2008 on the website Cleveland.com. I have not seen any results mentioned. Last check Dec 15, 2015.
|Johns, Jackie||Link||Jackie Johns (20) 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 the 1985 rape-murder of Jackie Johns. Last check 4/13/2015.|
|Johnson, Hank||Link||Trae Deandre Thompson was arraigned in Oct 2013 for the 2008 murder of Hank Johnson. In 2014, he pleaded 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.|
|Jordan, Leon||Link||Reopening this case has provided answers however nobody was ever indicted as all the main players have passed away.|
|Kempton, Laura||Link||Laura was murdered in Sept 1981. Despite the availability of DNA, authorities have not been able to find a match in national databases. The case remains unsolved. Last check 5/2015.|
|Klossowsky, Valerie||Link||On Sunday, June 13, 1971, Valerie went to the pool but never came home. Her father reported her missing at 10 p.m. 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 4/13/2015.|
|Kroeyr, Lisa Cay||Link||This case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Kulik, Elodie||Link||In the night from January 10 to 11, 2002, Elodie Kulik (24) was murdered. She had been kidnapped, raped, and her body had been burned. Her remians 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 is the owner of a small café. 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, Willy 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 Feb 2017.
|Lamplugh, Suzie||Link||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. The announcement effectively marked the end of a two-year reinvestigation into her disappearance after the Crown Prosecution Service decided that there was not enough evidence to charge Cannan.|
|Lapointe, Richard A.||Link||In 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 confessions and none match the scene), a disputed timeline, and forensic arson detection. A new trial was ordered for him in October 2012. The Connecticut Supreme Court heard the State's appeal on Sept 17, 2013. On March 31, 2015, the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered a retrial.
On April 10, 2015, Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander ordered that Lapointe be released on $250,000 security bond. Lapointe is staying at an undisclosed location.
April 29: State prosecutors want Lapointe's DNA taken again while they consider to retry him. In a two-page motion filed in Superior Court, Assistant State's Attorney David Zagaja asks that Lapointe be compelled to provide a saliva sample to compare his DNA to the semen stains on the bedspread from Martin's home.
Defense attorney Paul Casteleiro said prosecutors took four similar samples in 2006 and have Lapointe's complete genetic profile on file and in a national criminal database available to law enforcement agencies in Connecticut and everywhere else in the country.
On Oct 2, 2015, on International Wrongful Conviction Day, Richard Lapointe was set free. The judge ruled that he cannot be retried.
We close this wrongful conviction aspect of the 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.
|Lee, John||Link||In 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 full 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, Victoria Police’s cold case squad Detective Inspector Boris Buick said investigators were still frustrated by the lack of information. Last check 7/2015.
|Lee County Jane Doe 2012||Link||This child's partial skeletal remains were found on January 28, 2012 at a trailer park on Hurst Street, Opelika, Lee County, Alabama.
The authorities think that 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: Lee County Coroners Office at 1-334-737-3630.
|Lewis, Teekah||Link||Teekah 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 4/13/2015.|
|Long, Vickie||Link||Vickie 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 5/2015.|
|Loran, Michelle Frances||Link||Michelle 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 9/2016.
|Lost Soldiers of Fromellles||Link||The first of 250 British and Australian soldiers whose remains were recovered from a World War I battlefield in northern France have been reburied. The 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|
|Lu, Quang||Link||Lu disappeared in 2007. Despite finding the place where he was most likely murdered the case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Lutz, Tracie De Ann||Link||Tracie De Ann Lutz was killed in 1990. Dennis Anderson, a convicted killer that federal authorities believed was responsible for her murder, was found hanged in a Pensacola motel room in late 2010.|
|MacPherson, Duncan||Link||The 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 involves negligence.|
|Madvig, Connie Sue||Link||Despite a call from the authorities for help in this 1977 murder, it remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Man in the Iron Mask||Link||Look beyond the unknown prisoner's identity. Check the men in the background most notably, the Minister of War: Louvois who was succeeded by his son, Barbezieux. We need to start with Louvois and his relationship with Lauzun because in the end whoever Saint-Mars used for his own fame was put there by Louvois in the first place for something Lauzun witnessed.
Explanation here and an update in this case can be found here. You will find it more fascinating than anything Hollywood has ever produced.
|Manchester female skeleton||Link||In 2011, female skeletal remains were found on a construction site in Manchester, UK. Despite facial reconstruction, this victim who was dubbed "Angel Meadows" remains unidentified. Last check 7/2015.|
|Martin, Bernice||Link||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 April 10, Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander ordered Lapointe released on $250,000 security bond. Lapointe is staying at an undisclosed location.
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.
On Oct 2, 2015, on International Wrongful Conviction Day, Richard Lapointe was set free. The judge ruled that he cannot be retried.We close this wrongful conviction aspect of the 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.
|Martinez, Brenda Harvey Lee||Link||The case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Martinko, Michelle||Link||Michelle Martinko was found murdered on Dec 20, 1979, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Police discovered her body in the parking lot of the Westdale Mall. There is DNA but police will not tell where they found it as they are convinced it was left behind by the killer. If you have any information, please contact Det. Doug Larison at (319) 286-5412. Last check 4/13/2015.|
|Maybury, Kylie Maria Antonia||Link||Kylie Maria Antonia Maybury (1978 – Nov 6, 1984) died of asphyxiation/suffocation while she was raped by an adult male. There is a DNA profile that is used to eliminate old suspects and to scan databases in search of a match.
On June 9, 2016 police arrested a suspect. Gregory Keith Davies (73) was charged with one count of rape, one count of murder and one count of false imprisonment.
To be continued!
|McCray, Cynthia Denise||Link||In 2010, William Ray Hagy Jr. was sentenced to life for the 1984 murder of Cynthia McCray.|
|McCullough, Brandon T.||Link||Brandon 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.
|McLeod, David||Link||David McLeod was held without bond since his 2010 arrest for the 1989 Hina Family murders. 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. This case hinges on forensic arson detection. Last check 11/2014.
|McMahan, Janis Petkas||Link||In 2011, jurors found Seldon Wayne Colvin guilty of capital murder in Buckels’ death and guilty of murder in the Petkas McMahan’s death. Colvin was sentenced to life in prison for the capital murder and 40 years for the murder conviction, with the sentences running concurrently.|
|McPherson, Valerie||Link||Valerie 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. The shoulder areas seem to be a good place to start. 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 6/6/2016.
|McRoberts, Gregory||Link||In 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 that fits this profile. You can find the text of the letter here. The case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Mendez, Barbara||Link||On April 28, 1982, Barbara Mendez (32) 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. Last check 9/25/2015.
|Meredith, Trisha||Link||Despite significant efforts, the case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Miera, Stephen||Link||The case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Miley, Marion||Link||Golf 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.
|Mogila-Lisowska, Iwona Maria||Link||Iwona Maria Mogila-Lisowska disappeared from Lodz, Poland, on November 11, 1992. She was 31 years old. Iwona’s date of birth was August 22, 1961. She was born 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 May 2016.
|Moore, Alfred||Link||Two on duty 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.|
|Moore, Andy||Link||Andy 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. The case remains unsolved. Last check April 2016.|
|Moore, Charles||Link||In 2007, Klansman and former police officer James Ford Seale was finally arrested in connection with the 1964 murders of Charles Moore and Henry Dee. 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.|
|Mortier, Amos Kale||Link||Amos Kale Mortier was born on April 28, 1977. He has been missing since Nov 8, 2004. Police believe that he was murdered. This year marks the 12th anniversary.
Amos led a double life. He was both a loving caring son and a drug-dealer. His family wishes to see questions answered. The Mortier disappearance remains unsolved. 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 11/16.
|Murphy, Gary Vincent||Link||The case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Neily, David V.||Link||Despite significant efforts by David's children and renewed media attention, the case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Nelson, Raymond Nels||Link||Despite significant efforts of his daughter and media attention, the case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Noah, Trey||Link||In Nov 2009, Trey Noah went missing. His remains were found five 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 in Fredericksburg 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 nine years but only for tampering with the body (hiding it) under a plea deal struck back in August.
It is still 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 then 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 about who shot Trey. Both defendants pointed to each other.
|Oberbroeckling, Paula||Link||Paula disappeared on July 11, 1970, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was 18 years old. Her remains were found four 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 for 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 4/13/2015.
|Ogunyemi, Oluwaseyi||Link||In 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 a dog DNA. In 2010, Johnson was sentenced to 24 years in prison.|
|Oliver, Bernard||Link||Bernard 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 Jan 2017.
|Orange County Jane Doe||Link||The Orange County authorities (California) are asking for 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 Dec 2016.
|Orcutt, Teryl Lynn Steel||Link||Teryl Lynn Steel Orcutt went missing on Jan 21, 1990. On Jan 28 she was found stabbed to death in a palmetto thicket near Black Creek, Middleburg, Florida. She was just 26 years old. 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 technology, it could not be run. The National Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) cannot be used to run this profile yet. However, the FBI plans to add seven loci effective 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 Jan 2017.
|Parker, Eleanor C.||Link||Eleanor 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 April 2106.
|Peak, Lisa||Link||Lisa'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. Lisa’s body was discovered around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 1976—the day after Labor Day. According to autopsy findings, Lisa had been sexually assaulted and died of strangulation and a broken neck. Officials searched the area, but like with Julie, the killer had left none of the teen’s clothing behind. Her case is forever connected to Valerie Klossowsky's and Julie Benning's. The case remains unsolved. Last check 4/13/2015.|
|Percy, Valerie||Link||On 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 12/7/2016.
|Pfeiffer, Elizabeth Anne||Link||The case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Pickavance, Lesley-Anne||Link||In 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||Link||On 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 March 2016.
|Potes, Tamara & Wistong||Link||In 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.|
|Potts, Beverly||Link||Beverly Potts was ten years old when she 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. Last check 9/15.|
|Prince, Christine||Link||Despite significant efforts from police, the case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Princes in the Tower||Link||The 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, Shannon||Link||Despite renewed media attention, a $10,000 reward and a new police command post in Point St. Charles, the case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Ramirez, Theresa Marcelina||Link||Theresa 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. Theresa has no web presence.
Theresa 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. I am curious to learn the findings.
There is no information about possible motive or suspects. The case is unsolved. Last check July 2016.
|Ream, Paula||Link||Paula Ream (9) passed away in 1962. In 2010, her body was stolen from her grave. It has been missing ever since. Last check 11/2014.|
|Reeb, James||Link||In 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. The case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Reid, Mary Frances||Link||In 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. Check this clip. Last check 11/2014.|
|Resk, Michael Leo||Link||The Government of the Province of Nova Scotia is offering rewards of up to one hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Michael Leo Resk.|
|Richey, Kenneth||Link||In 1987, Richey was sentenced to death for the murder of Cynthia Collins(2). Cynthia died of smoke inhalation as her house (part of an apartment complex) 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 theirs.
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 started by igniting paint thinner and gasoline on Collin's carpet. 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. He also testified that to create the accelerant’s pour pattern and location that the prosecution pointed at Richey would have to use about 10 gallons of fuel.
According to the prosecution Richey climbed on top off a utility shed right below the Collin's living room balcony, climbed over the railing, and used the accelerants to set the apartment on fire. The problem with this theory is that Richey supposedly did all that while he had a broken hand in a cast and without getting one drop of accelerant on his clothes and boots.
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||Link||In Sept 2012, 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. Last check 11/2014.
|Rosencrans, Deborah Lynn||Link||Deborah 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 and a Cook County Grand Jury.
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 Jan 2016.
|Schnoll, Julius||Link||In 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 to 13 years. His accomplice, William Hess, is serving life for first-degree premeditated murder and first-degree felony murder.|
|Seaburg, Albert Edwin||Link||Albert 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 9/2016.
|Short, Elizabeth||Link||Elizabeth Short (July 29, 1924 – January 15, 1947) a.k.a. the Black Dahlia was found savagely murdered with her body left in plain view for anyone to 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 11/2014.|
|Shubin, Nie||Link||Nie Shubin was executed by firing squad in 1995 in China. He was found guilty of the 1994 rape/murder of a woman in Shijiazhuang, in 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||Link||On Friday, March 6, 2009, Officer Mike Silcock from the Greater Manchester Police, was killed. In 2011, Stephen Benson was sentenced to four years and two months.|
|Silves, Vicki Jo Dodd||Link||On December 8, 1997, Vicki (44) was found dead on her driveway in the city 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 but alas, the case remains unsolved. Last check Jan 22, 2016.
|Simmons, Shawn||Link||In Dec 1995, Shawn K. Simmons was found dead in his apartment. As Mr. Simmons was about to move the apartment as filled with boxes. It appeared at first that it might have been a robbery gone wrong however police found out 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 11/2014.|
|Sims Family||Link||On 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 10/1/2016.
|Sinclair, Tina & Bethany||Link||In 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 11/2014.|
|Skinner, Henry||Link||Hank 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. Last check 11/2014.|
|Smith, Patricia||Link||The case of Patricia Smith is tied by DNA to the Bennett Family Murders. Both cases are from 1984 and occurred six days apart. The DNA match has not yet been tied to a specific person but police stated that this John Doe will be charged with 18 counts, including three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of sexual assault, first-degree assault and two counts of sexual assault on a child and burglary.The cases remain unsolved. Last check 7/2015.|
|Sodder Children||Link||The 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 4/13/2015.|
|Sohus, Linda & John||Link||In 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 personally 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 11/2014.|
|Spence, Alex||Link||On April 10, 2010, Alex Spence went missing. Substantial attention was given to this case from 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.|
|Stanaway, James Vincent||Link||In 1990, James "Jimmy" Stanaway was found butchered to death in his apartment. The robbery gone wrong scenario was suspected however too many valuable items were still untouched in the apartment. Some newspapers state that 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. Last check 11/2014.|
|Stidham, Dana Lanell||Link||Dana Stidham left to run errands on July 25, 1989. She never returned. Her remains were found in September. The case remains unsolved however, police is still actively investigating. Last check 11/2014.|
|Stevenson, Sigrid||Link||Sigrid M. Stevenson's 1977 murder is also known as the Kendall Hall Murder Mystery at Trenton State, NJ. On the night of September 4, 1977, Sigrid was murdered near a piano on 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. The case remains unsolved. Last check 4/13/2015.|
|Tatman, Robert Lawrence||Link||On November 25, 1967, police officer Robert Lawrence Tatman was found murdered by his own colleagues. He had been shot with his own .38 service revolver. Significant efforts were made by police, the family, and the community to solve this case. However, the revolver went missing so we cannot test it for touch DNA. Many scenarios were checked and even more people were questioned but till this day, the case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.|
|Tidwell, Dotty and Bob||Link||On Nov 23, 1983, Bob and Dottie Rowden Tidwell were found murdered in their Roanoke, Texas home. They both had children from previous marriages but none were home at that time.
Both were shot at close range. After that, the house was set on fire to cover up their murders and possibly traces, evidence, etc.
The case is unsolved. Last check 7/2015.
|Thomas, Lisa||Link||On Oct 7, 1974, Lisa 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 Nanuet home. She was bludgeoned to death predominantly by blows to the top of her head. She had been blindfolded with a red cloth that she carried on her 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 4/13/2015.
|Thompson, Kimberly Ann||Link||In 1986, Kimberly Ann Thompson went missing. We are dealing here with an endangered missing person for two reasons:
1: Kim had an arrest record for possession of cannabis, theft, and prostitution. Some prostitutes had voiced concern for some of their “more violent” customers to police.
2: Kim had worked for the police as an informant, and 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 she did not show up, and this worried detectives. Also, she was to receive money that she needed badly.
Despite significant efforts to find Kim, the case remains unsolved. Last check 11/2014.
|Torres, Amparo Arias||Link||On June 11, 1981, the remains of Amparo Arias Torres were found inside her own apartment. She had been 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. Last check 8/1/2015.
|Turpin, Lysandra Marie||Link||In 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, 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.|
|Vaatstra, Marianne||Link||In 1999, Marianne Vaatstra was found raped-murdered. 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 it had found a match. Jasper S. confessed. On April 19, 2013 he was sentenced to 18 years in prison.|
|Vaughan, Patty||Link||In 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 11/2014.|
|VonAllmen, Michael||Link||Michael 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, which means the charges can never be brought back.|
|Wallace, Julia||Link||The 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 4/13/2015.
|Waggoner, Richard Lee||Link||Richard 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 11/2014.|
|Welch, Michella||Link||The cold case of Michella Welch is often linked to the Jennifer Marie Bastian murder. She too had been 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.
At the end of March 2016, Tacoma Police revealed that two different men are responsible for the girls' murders. And crucially, that so far the DNA that they were able to recover from both girls doesn't have a match with any of the 11 million DNA profiles in a national database of felons.
Other differences are in the way that both girls died. Michela Welch died from a cut to the neck. Jennifer Bastian died from strangulation. It is not posted whether the strangulation was manual or with an object. Last check April 2, 2016.
|West, Audrey Anne||Link||In 2010, William Ray Hagy Jr. was sentenced to life for the 1985 murder of Audrey West.|
|Willingham, Cameron Todd||Link||Cameron 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 have 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 disgraceful.|
|Wiltsey, Timothy “Timmy” William||Link||Timothy “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||Link||In 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 highly likely that Brittney had to disappear because she knew too much. She knew the players, the game, and how they made sure that nobody talked. Nobody has been arrest or charged with 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.
|Young, Otha||Link||In October 1996, Otha Young went missing. His skeletal remains were found eight years later. The case remains unsolved. Last check 11/204.|
|Zahl, Christopher Allen||Link||Christopher “Chris” Allen Zahl (Jan 11, 1951 – ?) was last seen alive on May 12, 1994, in Holmdel, Monmouth County, New Jersey, 07094. He was 43 years old. His disappearance is suspect and NamUs lists him as “Endangered Missing – Foul Play possible.”
Last check 9/2016
|Zeigler, William Thomas||Link||In Dec 1975, a quadruple murder took place in the Zeigler Furniture Store (Florida). The victims were Charles Mays, Virginia and Perry Edwards, and Eunice Edwards-Zeigler. The fifth victim 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. I wrote a book about this wrongful conviction.
The evidentiary hearing for 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. Last check Jan 2017.