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 takes you to an overview of all the posts where this case is mentioned. In the third column is a short summary and status update of the case. It also tells you when I last checked for updates. There are now approx. 210 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 3/2017.|
|"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 3/2017.|
|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 3/2017.|
|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 that was wrapped inside a plain cardboard square box. That box was placed on the top of a car. The car belonged to Michael Vermilyea, the president of the biker gang Heaven’s Devils. Vermilyea had testified during a robbery trial against their rivals, the Outlaws. 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 forgotten him. If you have any information about this case please contact the Milwaukee Police Cold Case Hotline at 414-935-1212. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 to see Lily's very distinctive tattoos on her back. Despite many efforts from activists and law enforcement, the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 3/2017.|
|Arrington, Kimberly||Link||Kimberly Arrington was just 16 years old when she disappeared in Oct, 1998. Despite age progression photography and media coverage, her case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|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. 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 3/2017.
|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 3/2017.|
|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. In September 2016, the Justice Department found that this case lacked prosecutive merit and should be closed. AUSA Julie Peters of the Eastern District of Arkansas concurs in this recommendation. Last check 3/2017.|
|Barton, Alice||Link||Alice Barton (49), a prostitute, was strangled and mutilated. She had three obscene words scrawled on her torso. Her body had been dumped in a wartime pillbox in Woodchurch, Birkenhead, in September 1955. Despite a brief surge in media attention in 2010, the case remains unsolved. The file, though dusty, is still classed as open by Merseyside Police. The unit welcomes any new information about unsolved cases and would urge anyone who has information about such crimes to contact 0151-709-6010 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Last check 3/2017.|
|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. Both girls were on a bike, both were sexually assaulted, their bodies were left in similar positions, each girl had her clothes disturbed in a similar way, and both were blond and bright-eyed. The cause of death differs. 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.
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. Last check 3/2017.
|Batten, Ivy||Link||Which Brian Parsons is responsible for the death of Mrs. Ivy Batten? Brian David Parsons or Brian Neville Parsons? Police are still asking the public's help.
In December 1987, Ivy Batten (85) was bludgeoned to death in her isolated cottage at Shute Bottom near Colyford in Devon. Brian David Parsons served 15 years of a life sentence before being released on license in 2003. He has always denied the charge.
Parsons was convicted in 1988 after fibers (from a hammer and gloves used in the break-in and the murder) were found in the glove compartment of his car and in a coat he used. But the case has always aroused controversy, with Devon and Cornwall police conducting three internal reviews before an external inquiry by Hampshire police produced a highly critical report of the original investigation.
At the end of Brian’s trial, a member of the public approached one of Brian’s legal representatives and told him that he had come to watch the trial because he had mistakenly believed that the Brian on trial was a well known burglar from the Bristol area. That person’s name? Brian Neville Parsons. Could it be that the police made the same mistake? Last check 3/2017.
|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 3/2017.|
|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. This case is discussed at length on my blog. In 2013, police excavated an area behind the Castalloy factory but found no traces of the three missing children. Last check 3/2017.|
|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. In 2016, police released images of the suspect. They used age progression and phenotyping. The link is here. The cases remain unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 3/2017.|
|Beslanowitch, Krystal Lynn||Link||In 1995, Krystal’s nude body was found lying face down, bloody and broken, on the banks of the Provo River, Utah. She was 17 years old. Parts of the large, granite rock 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. On Sept 29, 2016 he was found guilty. He will serve life without parole.|
|Biggers, McHenry||Link||McHenry Biggers suffered a fatal heart attack during a home invasion on October 26, 1986. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
|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 3/2017.|
|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 3/2017.|
|Bombardier, Suzanne A.||Link||On June 21, 1980, Suzanne "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. Suzie died from one stab wound to the heart. Police stated in the Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) from July 1, 1996 that they do still have evidence in this case. In September 2016, KTVU aired a program dedicated to Suzie's case. However, despite renewed media attention, the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|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). The authorities have Kristy’s dental records on file and check with each new Jane Doe case. In 2009, Kristy’s case was uploaded in NamUs. There are sadly no updates in her case. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 3/2017 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. In 2014, police hinted at a suspect but since then there have not been any updates. Despite the involvement from activists, the media, and sending this case to the Grand Jury, it remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
|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 3/2017.|
|Buckels, John Robert||Link||The badly decomposed bodies of Buckels (28) and McMahan (37) were found Sept. 28, 1984. They had been shot by Colvin weeks earlier on Sept. 4. 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||Patrolman Richard S. Burchfield of the Colorado Springs Police Department was shot to death on November 26, 1953. An unknown suspect used a .22 caliber handgun during an armed robbery investigation in the area of 1600 N. Wood Ave. That robbery was part of a pattern that had plagued the area. Burchfield was only 34 years old when he died. He was happily married with three children. Despite renewed attention to this case, it remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 are still frustrated by the lack of information. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 3/2017.|
|Caciola, Vincent||Link||Vincent "Vince" Caciola was reported missing on August 14, 1985 by his wife, Kimberly Rene Caciola (now Ms. Kimberly Grubbs). On August 16, 1985 his body was discovered when a trash crew worker at Patuxent River found it adjacent to a dirt road in a small wooded area leading to Fisherman’s Point, located on NAS Patuxent River. He was wrapped in a blanket. Authorities believe that Vince was initially sedated with drugs before he eventually was strangled with a boot-type lace. The death was ruled a homicide. The investigation determined Vincent Caciola was reportedly murdered during roughly the same timeframe in which his wife Kimberly last saw him alive. Where Caciola was found has significance, police said: He must have been killed – or his body dumped – by people with access to the secure naval base. “Somebody put him there,” they said.
Police ask that anyone with information contact St. Mary’s Detective Clay Safford at Clay.Safford@stmarysmd.com or
Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
|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 repeated content. Last check 3/2017.|
|Caughlin, Karen||Link||In 1974, Karen Caughlin (14) was murdered. 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 Ontario Provincial Police (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 3/2017.|
|Chamberlain, Azaria||Link||The cause of Azaria Chamberlain's 1980 disappearance and death was finally determined on June 12, 2012. The Northern Territory coroner officially amended her death certificate to show that the cause of death "was as the result of being attacked and taken by a dingo." 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. Last check 3/2017.|
|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. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 3/2017.|
|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 3/2017.|
|Combs, Keith||Link||On the morning of Sept. 25, 1993, the bodies of sailors Keith Combs (23) and Eugene Ellis (20) were found in an undeveloped area east of Palm Avenue and Interstate 805. They had been shot to death. A truck belonging to one of them had been stolen. In 2012, Edward Jesus Elias and Leopoldo Chavez II, both 36, were found guilty of first-degree murder and special-circumstance allegations including murder during a robbery. Elias and Chavez were both sentenced to serve life without the possibility of parole. They both received consecutive life terms, one term for each victim.|
|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 was also found at the scene. Police recently sent the knife, the scarf, along with a beer bottle also found near Bill’s body to the state crime lab in London for DNA testing. I have not found any results in the public domain. Bill had been attacked before. If you have any information please contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s office at (614) 525-3350. Last check 3/2017.|
|Converse, Nancy Eileen||Link||Nancy Eileen Converse (42) was found strangled to death on Feb. 2, 1987. Portland’s Cold Case Unit dug into the case and matched his DNA to the crime scene. In 2010, James Samuel Owens pleaded no contest to first-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to two decades in prison.
|Cooke, William||Link||Dion Watkins plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter charges in the 1980 murder of William Cooke (49). Cooke was found stabbed to dead at the Ramada Inn, a Lafayette motel, in July 1980. An ashtray with a cigarette butt was collected at the scene of the crime, but at the time DNA testing was unavailable. The cigarette butt was sent to the state police lab in May 2009. DNA matched with Texas inmate Dion Watkins. Watkins was in prison for battery of an elderly person. Watkins sentenced to 18 years in prison for Cooke's murder.|
|Cordt, Ena and Willie||Link||On July 27, 1985, Ena Mary Cordt (28) and Rory Wilhelm “Willie” Cordt (4) were murdered in their Forsyth, Missouri home. Tommy Lynn Sells confessed to the double murder. Sells, who is sometimes referred to as “The Coast-to-Coast Killer,” was executed on in Texas on April 3, 2014.|
|Corley, Theresa M.||Link||Theresa M. Corley (19) was found murdered on December 8, 1978. She was found nude, face up, with her jeans and jacket next to her body. The autopsy report listed as cause of death asphyxiation by strangulation with a ligature (also known as “garroting”). It appears that physical evidence was taken from her body. If true it must be tested for DNA. I have not been able to find online whether any rope or strings were found near her body. If so, test it for touch DNA especially at the ends. If properly preserved, Theresa’s clothes must be examined for touch DNA as well especially around the zippers and buttons. Her blouse/top, underwear, and her shoes were listed as not found. Her body apparently did not show trauma of dragging marks. According to newspapers this was “leading investigators to believe that at least two people probably disposed of the body.” I disagree. A grown man could have carried her especially if she was unconscious or already dead. It is crucial to search the preserved clothes with the M-Vac to see if there are any signs that she might have been killed elsewhere and then was transported/carried to the scene where she was found. Pollen, dust, dirt, gravel, sand, etc. can give police an indication where she had been. The case is unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Crewe, Jeanette & Harvey||Link||Jeanette & Harvey Crewe were murdered in 1970, New Zealand. They had one child, Rochelle. While her parents were murdered, Rochelle was taken care off by someone or, some people. In 2010, these murders were reviewed. However, fingerprint records from the home of the murder victims have gone missing. Arthur Allen Thomas was convicted for this double homicide but was also pardoned, and a commission of inquiry found that police planted crucial evidence to get his conviction. Despite substantial media attention and a review, the case remains unsolved. The Review Report about the Crewe Murders was published in 2014. Last check 3/2017.|
|Crippen, Hawley H.||Link||On January 31, 1910, Cora Crippen disappeared. Her husband, Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen claimed she had returned to the United States. Later he admitted he made up that story. She had left him for a lover. He stood trial in 1910 after a search of their basement turned up interesting materials. Jurors were shown a chunk of human flesh. It had a scar similar to one Cora had on her torso. Crippen was convicted and hanged on November 23, 1910 at Pentonville Prison, London. In 2007, that scar was examined for mitochondrial DNA (maternal line). It didn't match the mitochondrial DNA in other members of Cora’s family. DNA showed that the scar tissue came from a male. In December 2009, the UK Criminal Cases Review Commission, having reviewed the case, declared that the court of appeal will not hear the case to pardon Crippen posthumously.|
|Croan, Carmen Melinda||Link||Carmen Melinda Croan (18) was last seen in the early morning hours of August 23rd, 1981. Her body was found later the same day. Carmen died a very violent death. She had been stabbed and cut several times and possibly died were she was found. In the papers it said that she was stabbed with a large fixed-blade knife. Police had ruled out robbery but were in the dark as to the motive. Suspected, indicted, and charged with Carmen’s murder was a man called Murray Galloway. On December 21, Galloway was officially indicted and charged with Carmen’s murder. He had a history of mental illness. The charges against him were dismissed the next year. Nobody else has been charged with Carmen's murder and the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|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. In 2015 the papers reported that John Blocker was arrested facing charges of first-degree murder, first-degree felony, four counts of kidnapping, second-degree robbery and second-degree burglary. Authorities are still looking for accomplices. Blocker was charged but I have not seen any news about a trial/sentence in the public domain. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 are the details in Tracy’s NamUs file that mentions “burn scars located on her lower hip and stomach.” The listed height and weight may not be correct. We should consider the possibility that Tracy's remains are marked as a Jane Doe. Last check 3/2017.|
|Dauphin||Link||Louis XVII (March 27, 1785 - June 8, 1795) was the younger son of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette. His older brother, Louis Joseph, died in June 1789, just a few weeks before the start of the French Revolution. When his father was executed on January 21, 1793, Louis became (nominally) the King of France and Navarre in the eyes of the royalists. By that time, France was a republic. Louis had been locked up in the Tower from August 1792 until his death in 1795. He was just 10 years old. He was never officially a king and of course, he didn't he rule. His title of King was bestowed by his royalist supporters. Upon the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in 1814, his uncle's adopted the regal name Louis XVIII. It confirmed the status of the young Dauphin.
The identity of the body found in the Tower was always in dispute. Dr Phillippe-Jean Pellatan stole the heart from the boy who died in the tower. Later on it would turn out that it had the same unique trace of mitochondrial DNA as the entire maternal line of the Habsburg Family. The heart of the Dauphin Louis XVII found its final resting place in the crypt at Saint-Denis. There the 10-year-old rests surrounded by his family members.
|Dee, Henry||Link||On May 2, 1964, Charles Eddie Moore (19), a college student, and Henry Hezekiah Dee (19), a mill worker, were hitchhiking. They were picked up the KKK. The two young men were abducted, interrogated, and tortured in a nearby forest. Then they were locked in a trunk of a car, driven across state lines, chained to a Jeep motor and train rails, and dropped alive into the Mississippi River to die. Moore and Dee’s remains were discovered on July 12-13, 1964 during the frantic FBI search for James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, the three civil rights workers who disappeared June 21. When it was discovered that the bodies were those of two black men and not those of the three civil rights workers media interest evaporated and the press moved on. The FBI investigated the Moore/Dee case and arrested two suspects in November 1964. However, the district attorney concluded there was insufficient evidence for prosecution. The case was dropped by local authorities. In 2007, Klansman and former police officer James Ford Seale was arrested in connection with the Moore/Dee murders. Seale was sentenced to three life sentences for one count of conspiracy to kidnap two persons and two counts of kidnapping where the victims were not released alive. He was incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he died in 2011.|
|de Haas, Johanna “Jopie” Atalia Gersina||Link||Johanna “Jopie” Atalia Gersina de Haas went missing on Feb 8, 1960, from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Dutch police spoke at a conference with Canadian colleagues about Johanna. The Canadians found her in the Vancouver Island registers as "passed away naturally" on September 12, 2010, at the age of 74. Tests are pending to confirm her identity. I have not read any updates in the public domain about the DNA results. Last check 3/2017.|
|Delano, Everett Nelson||Link||Everett Nelson 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 that he was shot by someone he knew. Despite all police efforts, the case remains unsolved. If you have any information that can help police, please contact the New Hampshire State Police toll-free at (800) 525-5555 or call your local police/sheriff department at 911. Last check 3/2017.|
|Dillow, Steven||Link||Steven Dillow (24) was seen leaving the Golden Cue Pool Hall in northeast Harris County on July 12, 1977 around 9pm. Investigators say Dillow was found stabbed to death in the 7000 block of FM 1960 East the following day. His truck was found a short distance away. No photo of the victim is available. Anyone with information about the killer(s) in this case is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS(8477) or the HCSO’s Cold Case Unit at 713-967-5911.The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Doe, Grace (Neosho)||Link||Police believe Grace was killed more than a month before her remains were discovered and that it had probably happened on Halloween night, 1990. A witness reported nearly 20 years after the fact that on the evening of Oct. 31, 1990, she and some other youths at the time were just up the road from where Grace’s body was eventually found when they heard a woman scream and then a noisy pickup truck drive off. There were never any suspects in the case and Grace has never been identified. A green parachute cord was used to hogtie Grace Doe. Upon investigation, it turns out to be military issue. It is not the common 550 paracord. It is a MIL-C-5040H Type II cord. What makes the difference is that instead of the normal seven strands, this has four. As with most military issue paracords, this one has a color code on the inside of one of the strands that helps identify the manufacturer. Police believe they have traced it to a company called Continental. This company sold almost exclusively to the US military in the early 1990s. It tells them that Grace's killer is most likely a local person. Despite the 2011 facial reconstruction and renewed media attention, the identity of Neosho's Grace Doe remains a mystery. Last check 3/2017.|
|Dost, Willeke||Link||On January 15, 1992, Willeke Dost (15) left her foster parents’ farm early in the morning by bike. Willeke’s parents died in a fatal car crash in 1976 when Willeke was an infant. She was temporarily placed with her grandmother but grew up in various foster families until in 1986; she was placed with the foster family in Koekange. They already had a daughter and two sons. Willeke is presumed dead. In 1992, the theory was that most likely Willeke had run away but now police think that she was murdered shortly after she disappeared. They believe that the original crime scene is near the foster parents’ farm. Despite excavations in 2010 at the farm, the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017|
|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 retrialetrial started Monday March 28, 2016. Dougherty was again convicted for both deaths. Dougherty is officially convicted of arson and second-degree murder indicating that the jury believed that he did set the fire but did not necessarily think that Dougherty intended to kill his children when he did so. He was sentenced to two consecutive life terms with an added 10-to-20-year concurrent penalty for arson. Last check 3/2017.
|Drew, Kelly||Link||Edward Edwards, of Louisville, Ky., was arrested after DNA connected him to the deaths of Tim Hack and his girlfriend, Kelly Drew, who disappeared from a Wisconsin wedding reception in August 1980. Their bodies were found weeks later in the woods. Investigators believe Hack was stabbed and Drew strangled. Auhorities said the state crime lab matched Edwards’ DNA to semen on Drew’s pants. Hack’s father reported the couple missing on Aug. 10, 1980. In 2010, Edward Edwards was sentenced to life.|
|Dunkin, Kimberly||Link||Brad Ballantyne (35) was arrested in Vancouver and charged in the 1993 shooting death of Kimberly Dunkin (30) in Northeast Portland on New Year’s Day 1993. Dunkin’s body was discovered in the driver’s seat of her blue 1973 Chevrolet Camaro on the morning of Jan. 1, 1993. Ballantyne plead guilty to murder. In 2011, Judge Frantz sentenced Ballantyne to 25 years in prison. He will be able to earn credit for good behavior and time served but will have to spend a minimum of 20 years before any reduction in time could be applied.|
|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. 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 conclusive evidence that will hold up in court. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Dyke, Beverley||Link||Robert Kociuk pled not guilty to the 1984 first-degree murder of Beverly Dyke. He allegedly sexually assaulted Dyke (48) and stabbed her 13 times (fatal wounds to her chest and stomach). Her battered body, nude from the waist down, was found by a jogger in a wooded area near the city's airport. Kociuk's lawyers have admitted his DNA was found on Dyke. In 2010, Kociuk was found guilty of first-degree murder and was given a mandatory sentence of life without parole. In 2011, Manitoba’s highest court upheld Kociuk’s first-degree murder conviction. Last check 3/2017.|
|El Dorado Jane Doe||Link||This unidentified woman was murdered on July 10, 1991, at the Whitehall Motel in El Dorado, Arkansas. Despite media attention, her identity is still a mystery. She used a variety of names and fake ID cards. According to authorities, she lived in the Dallas (TX), Shreveport (LA), and in Little Rock (AS). Her murderer was caught and sentenced. Her DNA and dental records are on file with the authorities. She carried fake ID cards, told people half-truths, and was clearly hiding her past. Why? We do not know. Maybe she was protecting someone or a child. Maybe she had run away from an abusive relationship. We do not know. But does that mean she doesn’t deserve to have her case solved? Don’t blame her for choices she made. You do not know her reasons. She was murdered. Help her and share her story. Last check 3/2017.|
|Ellis, Eugene||Link||On the morning of Sept. 25, 1993, the bodies of sailors Keith Combs (23) and Eugene Ellis (20) were found in an undeveloped area east of Palm Avenue and Interstate 805. They had been shot to death. A truck belonging to one of them had been stolen. In 2012, Edward Jesus Elias and Leopoldo Chavez II, both 36, were found guilty of first-degree murder and special-circumstance allegations including murder during a robbery. Elias and Chavez were both sentenced to serve life without the possibility of parole. They both received consecutive life terms, one term for each victim.|
|Espinosa, Juan Antonio||Link||Juan Antonio Espinosa (19) and a friend were cruising on June 23, 1996. Around 10pm, the friend pulled his 1986 Cadillac into the parking lot of a Checker Auto Parts store on South Sixth Avenue to make a U-turn. They wanted to meet up with friends in the parking lot of another auto parts store. Both lots were popular hangouts for cruisers. A group of people in the Checker lot approached the Cadillac and yelled at the two men. Shots were fired, and Espinosa, a front-seat passenger, was struck in the torso by at least one of nine bullets that ripped into the car. Neither Espinosa nor his friend was involved in a gang, police said. Anyone with information is urged to call 88-CRIME. This case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Fox, Riley||Link||Riley Fox (March 31, 2001 – June 6, 2004) was three when she went missing from Wilmington, Illinois. Later the girl was found dead in Forsythe Woods County Forest Preserve. This public park was just a few miles from the family's home. Riley was face down in a creek. She had been bound, gagged, sexually assaulted, and then drowned. Fox's father was initially the prime suspect however, Scott Eby was ultimately convicted for Fox's rape and murder. In 2010, Scott Eby was charged on five counts of first-degree murder and one count of predatory sexual assault after DNA evidence linked him to Riley. He is serving life without parole.
|Frog Boys||Link||U Cheol-won (13), Jo Ho-yeon (12), Kim Yeong-gyu (11), Park Chan-in (10), and Kim Jong-sik (9) a.k.a. the Frog Boys went to catch frogs near Mount Waryong, South Korea, on March 26, 1991. They never returned home. Their remains were found in 2002. The five boys were buried on March 25, 2004. Their families donated their skulls to medical science for research and maybe too in hopes to find out more about the trauma to their children’s skulls. Experts found two bullet holes in one child’s skull. Three from the five skulls had blunt-force trauma caused by an object/tool. Who wielded it and why that is the mystery. Last check March 2017.|
|Glover, Michael Wade||Link||On September 5, 1976 Michael’s nude decomposing body was found near a cliff in the Monterey area of Southern California. The area was searched but nothing was found: no physical evidence, no tire tracks, no foot and/or shoe prints, no possessions, nothing. Since Michael’s body was found nude without any belongings he entered the coroner’s office as a John Doe. On September 8, 1976, Michael was positively identified through his finger prints. The family was notified a day later. I have not been able to find anything in the public domain so there is little to go on. If you have newspaper links to articles about Michael’s death please contact me so we can update his case. Last check 3/2017.|
|Goldman, Danny||Link||Aaron and Sally Goldman were awakened by an armed man looking for $10,000 the couple supposedly had hidden in their home. When the intruder could not find the money, he took the Goldman’s son, Danny. If they wanted their child back they would need to come up with $25,000. Danny was never seen again. Despite new developments in the 1966 missing person case, it remains unsolved. If you have any information contact the Miami-Dade Police Department at (305) 471-2400 (case #: PD120529203210). Last check 3/2017.|
|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. Jaymie (6) was found in the bathtub. However, nobody can explain if 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? Who had a motive to see her father Jay Grahlman dead? Anyone with any information about Jay and Jaymie Grahlman’s unsolved murders should contact either Capt. Mellgren or Special Agent Smith by phone at (319) 286-5619 or fax (319) 286-5396. You can also email Capt. Jeff Mellgren or email Special Agent J.D. Smith. Last check 3/2017.|
|Gray, Adam||Link||In March 1993, a fire broke out in a flat in the 4100 block of South Albany Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Adam Gray, the alleged jilted lover, was accused of arson. The girl who rejected him lived in that apartment building. She and her family escaped the fire but two neighbours, Peter McGuiness and his sister Margaret Mesa, lost their lives. The prosecution based the trial on evidence of arson and Gray's confession that he bought gasoline to set the fire. The evidence: alligator charring and deep burn patterns pointing to an accelerant. Gray said he confessed falsely. His alibi was being asleep at a friend's house at the time of the fire. Last summer two of the nation's leading fire experts found that the Chicago police and fire investigators relied on flawed and outdated theories. However, on Nov 8, 2016 Judge Angela Petrone denied Gray a new trial as she was not convinced that the defense produced enough evidence for a jury to acquit him at a new trial. The judge, though, agreed to resentence Gray — but only because a U.S. Supreme Court ruling found mandatory life terms for juveniles to be unconstitutional. I have not found whether the resentencing already took place. The defense intends to appeal this decision. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 3/2017.|
|Gricar, Ray||Link||Ray Frank Gricar (October 9, 1945 - missing April 15, 2005) was an American attorney who served as the district attorney of Centre County, Pennsylvania, from 1985 until 2005. On April 15, 2005, Gricar went missing under mysterious circumstances and has not been heard from since. After he had been missing for over six years with no trace of his whereabouts, Centre County authorities declared Gricar legally dead on July 25, 2011. Gricar was the DA in the case of Dana Bailey. Her case is also discussed on my blog. If you have any information about the disappearance of Ray Gricar contact the Bellafonte Police at 814-353-2320. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 that Barbara had been sexually assaulted before her death. This was later reluctantly confirmed by police. Options for examining this case with modern technology are discussed in the post. As of yet, the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
|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 3/2017.|
|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 her NamUs profile. DNA is on file. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Gruber Family a.k.a. the Hinterkaifeck case||Link||On March 31, 1922, six people were murdered behind the hamlet of Kaifeck, Bavaria, Germany. Andreas Gruber (63), his wife Cazillia (72), their widowed daughter Viktoria (35), her two children Cazilla (7) and Josef (2), and the family maid Maria Baumgartner (44). The murder weapon was a mattock which is similar to a pickax. The motive remains a mystery. There is speculation galore but so far, nothing sticks except this: the crime was committed by someone who knew how to run a farm, was familiar with livestock, was comfortable enough to stay at the farm after the murders in the company of the family dog, was strong enough to wield the mattock so many times, did not care for money, and most importantly had a personal reason for this crime. All corpses were beheaded. The skulls were sent to a lab but they are now considered lost. All victims were placed without heads in their coffins. The entire farm was demolished in 1923. The only thing left is a shrine. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Guitron, Ryan Eugene||Link||Ryan Guitron’s remains were found in a woodpile on an abandoned farmstead in rural Kimball County, Neb. Guitron, an oil field worker, was last seen in Fort Collins about midnight Oct. 14, 2003. He was supposed to go to his girlfriend’s Fort Collins home, but never arrived. Authorities think Guitron was executed after being taken to the farmstead. A single gunshot wound to the head was discovered. Guitron was eventually identified by the use of dental records.
Vencil Ash III was convicted in July 2012. However, the Nebraska Supreme Court ordered a new trial in October 2013. The high court said the trial judge erred in denying Ash’s request to postpone the trial, saying Ash wasn’t given fair notice of the prosecutor’s deal with his wife. Ash’s wife, Kelly Meehan-Ash, was initially charged with aiding and abetting first-degree murder. But just days before Ash’s trial was to begin, Meehan-Ash cut a deal with prosecutors in which she agreed to testify against her husband for a reduced charge of being an accessory to the crime. The trial judge denied a motion from Ash’s attorney for more time to prepare for Meehan-Ash’s testimony, saying it would be too difficult for the court to inform those already summoned for jury duty. During the retrial, Vencil Ash III was found guilty again of murdering Ryan Guitron in 2003. Ash was sentenced to life without parole. Meehan-Ash was sentenced to the maximum 20 to 60 months in prison.
|Hack, Tim||Link||Edward Edwards, of Louisville, Ky., was arrested after DNA connected him to the deaths of Tim Hack and his girlfriend, Kelly Drew, who disappeared from a Wisconsin wedding reception in August 1980. Their bodies were found weeks later in the woods. Investigators believe Hack was stabbed and Drew strangled. Auhorities said the state crime lab matched Edwards’ DNA to semen on Drew’s pants. In 2010, Edwards was sentenced to life. Edwards died in prison on April 7, 2011.|
|Hadden, George||Link||In the summer of 1943, RAF volunteer George Hadden set out on another dangerous bombing mission to Germany with his crew. They went missing. In 2009, his brother was contacted by the Air Recovery Fund in the Netherlands. They had found George's bomber off the Dutch coast. A team of divers pulled out pieces of the wreckage. They found evidence to suggest the bodies of all six crew members were still inside. Parachutes were also discovered, while the escape hatch was undisturbed. War historians later confirmed that the four-engined bomber had been shot down by German airmen.|
|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.” The papers said that 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. In Jan 2016, police said that there will be no criminal charges in this case. It is now officially closed. A civil lawsuit could still be filed in this case. Last check 3/2017.|
|Halpern, Joseph||Link||On August 15, 1933, Joseph Halpern (22) left his parents at their campsite, packed a few items in his knapsack, and set off on a day hike with a college friend in the Rocky Mountain National Park. He never returned. Joseph Halpern’s case is the oldest missing person case entered into the NamUs System of dual databases that match missing persons and unidentified remains. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|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. He has brown hair, a beard and mustache, blue eyes, no upper teeth, a scar on his left eye, and several tattoos. He has “LOVE LISA” tattooed across his fingers. If you have any information please contact Detective Curt Steel from the Riley County Police Department, Manhattan, Kansas at 785-537-2112. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 people believe that Woody would never have killed himself. If you have any information about this case please contact the Virginia Peninsula Crime Stoppers Association (formerly known as “Peninsula Crime Line”) at 1-888-LOCKUUP (i.e. 1-888-562-5887). Last check 3/2017.|
|Harris, Alexander||Link||Alexander Harris(7) was in the Whiskey Pete’s Hotel and Casino Resort in Primm, Nevada, with his family for a Family Thanksgiving Day Reunion. On November 28, 1987, around 11 am, Alexander was in the video arcade. His mom and grandparents were gambling nearby. I also have not been able to find whether a relative went looking for Alexander or whether someone alerted the family that the boy was seen walking out of the arcade. What we do know is that Alexander vanished. It was caught on the surveillance tapes. Whether they still exist and whether experts have looked at the tape with modern technology to enhance the images, is unclear. After one month, Alexander’s body was discovered underneath a trailer that was on one of the ten trailer sites near Whiskey Pete's that were used by off-duty casino executives. Mr. James Weller, then-head of the Las Vegas FBI office, explained that Alexander’s glasses were found near his fully clothed body. He had been strangled. I cannot find whether this was manual strangulation or asphyxiation by an object. 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 3/2017.|
|Heath-Gough, Elizabeth||Link||Elizabeth Heath-Gough went missing in 1984 while she was divorcing her husband. John Heath had reported his wife missing on April 6, 1984. Heath’s family had Elizabeth declared dead in 1991. In 2010, Elizabeth’s remains were found during a home renovation on the property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road. That is where the couple used to live. John Heath left the property in 2005 when the bank foreclosed on the home. Elizabeth was identified by dental records. Examination found that Elizabeth had been beaten to death. She was killed by at least four blows to her head with a “narrow, heavy” club-like weapon. Then she was wrapped in bedclothes and plastic bags before she was shoved head-first into the 3-feet deep, 18-inch square dry well. In 2013, a jury found John Heath guilty. On Dec 18, 2013, Heath was sentenced to 50 years. The state Department of Correction’s website now lists Heath’s maximum release date from prison as April 30, 2062.|
|Helt, Joe||Link||Joseph Helt (17) was reported missing on Jan. 17, 1987 by his mother Lee Ann Helt. Her son had not returned home after going out with friends the previous night. Joseph Helt was last seen with three friends after their vehicle became disabled in some snow at Sam's Point Preserve, a popular hiking spot. Troopers say Helt walked off in the snow and disappeared. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact New York State Police Troop F at 845-344-5300. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Henderson, Robert||Link||Hawaiian police charged Jason Lee McCormick with second-degree murder for the July 1996 killing of Prof. Robert Henderson. The linguistics professor was a guest lecturer at the University of Hawaii when his naked and decomposing body was found in a condominium he was staying in. According to a grand jury indictment of McCormick, police believe that Henderson was strangled between July 12 and 17, 1996. He was last seen leaving a hula lesson on campus July 12, 1996. McCormick pleaded not guilty during his arraignment. On Sept 11, 2013, McCormick was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole.|
|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 that can help police please contact Det. George Loydgren at (352) 754-6830 or email him at Gloydgren@Hernandosheriff.Org or use the general address firstname.lastname@example.org Last check 3/2017.|
|Highway of Tears||Link||At least 20 women, many of them native, have disappeared from or have been found murdered along B.C. highways over the past 40 years. Various suspects have been linked to these murders however nobody has been tried in court. There is a new report available from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) that can be found here. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 Northwest Missouri State College off campus apartment in Maryville (MS). 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 3/2017.|
|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 this crime. A mistrial was declared on Dec 19, 2013. A retrial was scheduled for April 14, 2014. In Jan 2014, the prosecution decided against a retrial. McLeod is free but can be retried if new evidence or legal avenues develop. The case hinges on forensic arson detection. Last check 3/2017.|
|Horman, Kyron||Link||On June 4, 2010, Kyron Horman 's stepmother Terri drove him to school. She stayed with him while he attended a science fair. When she left around 845am she saw Kyron walking down the hall to his first class. However, he was never seen in his first math class. He was marked absent for the day and has not been seen since. Despite significant media attention, the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Hughes, Hulon & Elaine||Link||Hulon and Elaine Hughes were found shot to death in their California Apple Valley home on Oct. 12, 1988. They operated two business on the property: Hughes Roofing and B&S Paving. They employed Harold David Toney as a mechanic and part-time roofer according to the sheriff’s department. In April 2010, San Bernardino County Cold Case Detectives reviewed cold homicide cases as part of a federal DNA grant and reopened the Hughes’ murders. Detectives said they linked Toney to the murders by DNA analysis. A second suspect, Opal Leanne Faulk, who once lived with Toney, was arrested. Toney, awaiting trial, died in a hospital jail ward in October 2010. Faulk took the prosecution's offer and pleaded no contest to being an accessory after the fact in the death of Hulon and Elaine Hughes. She was sentenced to three years in prison for her involvement. Authorities agreed that Harold was the shooter in this double murder case. Last check 3/2017.|
|Hull, Betty Gene||Link||On Christmas Eve, 1991, Mrs. Hull (68) was found murdered. Whoever is responsible for her death was in a rage and the attack was personal. She had trauma to the head, mouth, and hands, and a bullet hole in her chest. The autopsy revealed that Mrs. Hull had multiple stab wounds in her chest too. The stabbing was so forceful, that her lungs were penetrated. Four ribs were broken on the left side of her chest, and five on the right side. Pieces of evidence from this 1991 unsolved homicide are considered for testing in a state lab. I have not read anything about results. If you have any information, please contact the Champaign Police Department at 217-315-4545. Last check 3/2017.
|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 activists pointing to their wrongful conviction. Last check 3/2017.
|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 in the papers. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 her rape-murder.|
|Johnson, Hank||Link||In 2013, Trae Deandre Thompson was indicted for the 2008 murder of Hank Johnson. Thompson's defense attorneys said their client agreed to a plea. By pleading no contest, Thompson was neither admitting nor denying he killed Johnson. In 2014, he plead no contest to criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to 15 months in jail. The same jury awarded Johnson's family $8.6 million in damages. Last check 3/2017.|
|Jordan, Leon||Link||Reopening this case has provided answers however nobody was ever indicted as all the main players have passed away. Leon Jordan (65) was the founder of Freedom Inc. He was killed on July 15, 1970. Last check 3/2017.|
|Kempton, Laura||Link||Laura Kempton (1958-1981) was found dead inside her apartment on Sept 28, 1981, by a police officer who came to talk about a series of unpaid parking tickets. She was 23 years old. During the autopsy, the New Hampshire Medical Examiner found that Laura died of massive head trauma from being struck with a blunt object causing contusions and lacerations of the brain. Various newspaper articles stated that Laura was last seen by a friend after leaving a watering hole called the Ranger Club early that Monday morning. I cannot find how she got back home from the watering hole. Police have indicated that they have held back evidence in this case and it does include DNA. This means that the case is solvable however, no match has been found yet in the various databases. If you have any information please contact the Portsmouth Police Department at (603) 436-2511. There is a reward for information. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Klossowsky, Valerie||Link||On Sunday, June 13, 1971, Valerie went to the pool but never came home. Her father reported her missing at 10 pm that night. On Tuesday morning, two boys discovered Valerie’s nearly nude body on a creek bank under a bridge three miles west of Denver, Iowa, about 10 miles southeast of Waverly. Her only remaining garments—her upper clothing—had been pulled up around her shoulders. Valerie had been strangled with such force it fractured her larynx. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Kovack, Robert Leroy||Link||Robert Leroy Kovack (24) went missing on September 19, 1998. Kovack had started his second year in the graduate architecture program at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He was leaving Blacksburg on Friday evening to go home to Rivesville (W. VA) for the weekend. On Sept 22, 1998, his car was found on US Route 19 near Fayetteville, W.Va. In March 2017, DNA tests on human remains found near the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia confirmed that the remains belonged to him. Finding his remains isn't the end of the investigation. The Roanoke Times mentioned that "authorities say evidence suggests Kovack may have fallen after being hit by a car." This means that during the examination of the human remains they found evidence of trauma on the bones due to a collision. Was that trauma from an old injury? A quick check of his medical history will tell. If so, we have our answer. If not, then this raises further questions. If Robert was the victim of a hit-and-run we need to re-check any reports of a possible hit-and-run that before were not connected to Kovack's disappearance. If we do not have such reports then somewhere is a driver who did not report hitting and leaving behind a possibly injured victim. And that means that the investigation cannot be over yet. Last check 3/2017.|
|Kroeyr, Lisa Cay||Link||Lisa Cay Kroeyr from Saginaw, Michigan, was found drowned, partially clothed with her hands were bound before she died. There is hardly any information about this case online. It remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Kulik, Elodie||Link||In the night from January 10 to 11, 2002, Elodie Kulik (24) was murdered. She was kidnapped, raped, and her body was burned. Her remains were left in a farmer's field (France). Her attacker(s) tried to burn away anything that could identify them but left behind a used condom and two cigarette butts. After many years, familial DNA found a match. The complete DNA profile from the condom matched the son of a man himself in prison for sexual assault. The son, Greg Wiart, was killed in a road crash a year and a half after Elodie’s murder. In 2013, French police arrested and jailed one of his Wiart's friends, Willy Bardon. Police believe his voice is on Elodie's 911 call. However, after a year and a half with no charges and no other evidence against him Bardon was freed. Bardon denies having anything to do with Elodie’s death. There is no DNA to tie him to the victim or the crime scene. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 and none match the scene), a disputed timeline, and forensic arson detection. A new trial was ordered for him in October 2012. On March 31, 2015, the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered a retrial. On April 10, 2015, Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander ordered Lapointe be released on $250,000 security bond. Lapointe stayed at an undisclosed location. On Oct 2, 2015, on International Wrongful Conviction Day, Lapointe was set free. The judge ruled that he cannot be retried. We close this wrongful conviction aspect of the Martin file but now we must work on it as a unsolved murder case. Someone killed Bernice Martin in 1987. I hope that she will not become a forgotten file. Last check 3/2017.|
|Lee, 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 fully clothed and the youngsters had barely any possessions, sexual assault and robbery were not thought a motive. There are no solid leads in this double homicide case. The teens were last seen on October 10, 1990, at a truck stop at Bordertown, just over the SA-Victoria boundary. In 2014, the Victoria Police’s cold case squad said investigators were still frustrated by the lack of information. Last check 3/2017.|
|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. Authorities believe she was between 4-7 years old. She died between 2010-2012. Cause of death: possible homicide. If you have any information that can help the authorities identify this child, please contact: Opelika Police Department Investigative Services Division at (334)705-5220, the Secret Witness Hotline at (334)745-8665, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Call Center at 1-800-THE-LOST(843-5678). Last check 3/2017.|
|Lewis, Teekah||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 3/2017.|
|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 3/2017.|
|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 3/2017.|
|Lost Soldiers of Fromellles||Link||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 Last check 3/2017.|
|Lu, Quang||Link||Lu disappeared in 2007. Despite finding the place where he was most likely murdered the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Lutz, Tracie De Ann||Link||Tracie De Ann Lutz was killed in 1990. Dennis Anderson, a convicted killer who federal authorities believed was responsible for her murder, was found hanged in a Pensacola motel room in late 2010. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 in my opinion involves negligence. His remains were cremated on August 4, 2003. Duncan was only 23 years old. On July 18, 2006 the Austrian statute of limitations for bringing a lawsuit in Duncan's death expired. According to the Austrian authorities they did everything inn their power to investigate Duncan's death. Last check 3/2017.|
|Madvig, Connie Sue||Link||On June 27, 1977, Connie Sue Madvig (18) was found in a wooded area near Aldine Westfield and East Cypresswood in Spring, Texas. She had been stabbed to death. Connie was last seen alive on June 23, 1977, walking to a store after leaving her parents’ home in the 23900 block of Spring Briar Lane. Anyone with information can contact Houston Crime Stoppers at 1-713-222-8477 or call the Harris County Cold Case Unit at 1-713-967-5911. Despite a call from the authorities for help it remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Man in the Iron Mask||Link||A lot has been written about the Man in the Iron Mask. The story has been made into numerous movies that expanded the mystery. If I were to re-investigate this cold case I would not start where others did or, still do. If you start with his possible identity you get tangled up in speculations. I would look beyond the unknown prisoner and start with the men in the background. To be exact, two lines need to be explored.
Line 1: who had the arresting power?
Line 2: who was in such a position that the order to secure a certain prisoner could be used for another purpose?
One man to check: Louvois, the Minister of War. He was succeeded by his son, Barbezieux. We need to start with Louvois. I explain in my three posts why.
|Manchester female skeleton||Link||In 2011, female skeletal remains were found on a construction site in Manchester, UK. Despite facial reconstruction, the victim known now as "Angel Meadows" remains unidentified. Forensic tests showed the woman was Caucasian, born in the early 1950s and was between 5ft 1in and 5ft 7in. There is DNA and the authorities are using familial DNA. It is believed she was killed between 1975 and 1988. Detectives think she was beaten to death and possibly sexually assaulted as she was naked from the waist down. A piece of Guinness memorabilia was found discovered near her remains. The carpet she was covered by seemed to fit a Ford Cortina. It had a hole for a gear stick. In 2015, she was laid to rest in an unmarked grave in a state-paid service that was attended only by two detectives who have spent four years working on her unsolved murder case. Anyone with information about the case can contact the GMP cold case review unit on 0161 856 5961 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Last check 3/2017.|
|Martin, Bernice||Link||On March 8, 1987, fire fighters were called to the Mayfair Gardens Elderly Housing Complex, Manchester, Connecticut. They found Mrs. Bernice Martin, 88 years old, barely breathing, and badly beaten. She died later that evening in the hospital. The fire department found the front door locked but the glass sliding door in the back was open. The curtain that should have been on the sliding door was on the floor. A pried open latch on the rear screen door was clearly the point of entry. Mrs. Martin was lying near the entrance of the bedroom, naked, except for some shredded clothing on her upper body. There was a piece of red fabric tied to a piece of bluish gray fabric tightly knotted with Boy Scout knots around her neck and arms. She had 10 less severe stab wounds in the back, and 1 three-inch deep stab wound in the abdomen. All Mrs. Martin’s wounds were suffered premortem, i.e., while she was still alive. During the autopsy, the medical examiner concluded that Mrs. Martin had been strangled with a blunt object. There was also evidence of sexual assault; however, a blunt object caused the vaginal trauma. No semen was found in her body. The blunt weapon was never found. The assault had started in the bedroom. Semen and blood were found on the bed. A knife blade was found in the bedding. It later tested negative for blood. What may have been a charred handle of the knife was found in the living room. It also tested negative for blood. However, it was never conclusively established whether the knife blade was part of the murder weapon or not. A pair of men’s gloves was found in the bedroom. The left glove was found on the left side of the bed above the bloodstain. The right glove was found to the left of the bed on the floor. They did not belong to Mrs. Martin. The attacker had set several fires. One was set on the living room couch, one near the refrigerator door handle, and one near a kitchen drawer handle. Unfortunately, no fingerprints were found. Police did take a partial print from the handle of the glass sliding door of a neighbouring apartment, where someone had cut the screen door the night before.
In 1992, Richard A. Lapointe was sentenced to life plus 60 years for her 1987 rape-murder. A new trial was ordered in Oct 2012. The Connecticut Supreme Court heard the State's appeal Sept 17, 2013. On March 31, 2015, the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered a retrial. On Oct 2, 2015, on International Wrongful Conviction Day, Richard Lapointe was set free. The judge ruled that he cannot be retried. With Lapointe out of the equation, we face a cold case. There is a rape kit and evidence pieces that can be tested for DNA. Someone killed Bernice Martin in 1987. I hope that she will not become a forgotten file. Last check 3/2017.
|Martinez, Brenda Harvey Lee||Link||Brenda Lee Harvey Martinez (23) disappeared on Dec. 22, 1988, in Flint, Michigan. She had just lost her mother and the family was grieving. According to the papers, Brenda said that she was going to use a pay phone at Fenton and West Atherton roads, Flint. She put on her coat and went outside. She never returned. Her snow-covered, frozen body was found near Tobaggan Hill in Holloway Reservoir Regional Park on Jan. 5, 1989. The authorities still refuse to reveal the cause of death (crucial to the investigation) but have labelled her case a homicide. However, nobody has ever been charged for her murder. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Martinko, Michelle||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. Police have not yet been able to find a match. If you have any information, please contact Det. Doug Larison at (319) 286-5412. Last check 3/2017.|
|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. DNA was used to eliminate suspects and to scan databases in search of a match. On June 9, 2016 police arrested Gregory Keith Davies (73). Davies was charged with one count of rape, one count of murder and one count of false imprisonment. Davies was remanded in custody to face a committal hearing next May 2017. Last check 3/2017.|
|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. Last check 3/2017.|
|McLeod, David||Link||On Jan 14, 1989, a fire to a multi-unit apartment building claimed the lives of Carl Hina (49), his wife Lori (26), daughter Sara (12) and daughter Lillian (4m). The medical examiner ruled they died of smoke inhalation. David McLeod told people on the night of the fire that he “torched the Hilton.” That is a nickname for the apartment building where the Hina Family lived. McLeod was questioned repeatedly by police. It’s not clear what connection, if any, David McLeod had with the Hina family. A retired Keene police detective said that investigators at that time believed that McLeod started the fire to get back at his then-girlfriend and a man who may or may not have had a relationship with her. Both his suspected targets lived in the same eight-unit building where the Hinas died. McLeod was held without bond since his 2010 arrest. A mistrial was declared on Dec 19, 2013. A retrial was scheduled for April 14, 2014. However, the New Hampshire Attorney General announced on Feb 13, 2014 that after a thorough review, the decision has been made to forego the April 2014 retrial and avoid a double jeopardy issue. This way they preserve the State's ability to retry McLeod in the future should additional evidentiary and legal avenues develop. This case hinges on forensic arson detection. Last check 3/2017.|
|McMahan, Janis Petkas||Link||On September 28, 1984, the badly decomposed bodies of John Robert Buckels (38) and Janis Petkas McMahan (37) were found along Old Highway 105 near Cleveland, Montgomery County, Texas. They both had died of gunshot wounds. During the first investigation blood evidence was discovered and collected by the Houston Police Department. DNA testing was not available yet. The blood evidence remained stored in the Houston Crime Lab for nearly 25 years. In July 2009, DNA testing linked to eldon Wayne Colvin, one of the persons of interest detectives identified in the first investigation. Colvin was found guilty of capital murder in Buckels’ death and guilty of murder in Petkas McMahan’s death. He was sentenced to life in prison for the capital murder and to 40 years for the murder conviction. His sentences run concurrently.|
|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. He might have held on to one of her shoulders while stabbing her. It would be useful to know whether the attacker was left or right-handed. The contusion spot on her arm might be from him grabbing her. That sleeve should be tested for touch DNA as well. Last check 3/2017.
|McRoberts, Gregory||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. You can find the text of the letter here. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 3/2017.|
|Meredith, Trisha||Link||Trisha Meredith (19) had just left her mom’s home to move into her first apartment when she was murdered. She was found in the laundry room. Stabbed 15 times and her throat was cut. Her killer is someone she knew since the multiple stabbing points to a personalized attack. The laundry room was enclosed, quiet, and someone had to know that not many people would be around. If you have any information about this case, call the IMPD Cold Case Unit at 327-3475 or 327-3068. Last check 3/2017.|
|Miera Jr., Stephen Maurice||Link||Stephen Maurice Miera Jr (July 11, 1928 - Aug 2, 1974) was found bludgeoned to death in his Hawthorne (CA) real estate and insurance agency. His body was found by an employee on August 3rd, 1974. Miera was last seen alive by employees the night before. Before Miera got involved in real estate, he worked as an engineer. He left Albuquerque in 1959 to work at the Space Technical Labs in Inglewood, CA. He also worked for Lear-Siegler Corp. in Santa Monica (CA) and North American Aviation in Downey (CA). The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. The weapon was a hammer that was kept in the office for posting real estate signs. Robbery was not suspected as primary motive. If that hammer was preserved it should be tested for touch DNA. According to police, Miera had a habit of working alone late at night and according to employees, he was doing exactly that on the night he died. No arrest was ever made in this case. If you have any information contact the Hawthorne Police Department at (310) 349-2700. Last check 3/2017.|
|Miley, Marion||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 (31) disappeared from Lodz, Poland, on November 11, 1992. Iwona was born on August 22, 1961, in Wroclaw (Breslau). She was white, dark brown hair, grey/green eyes, and 5’5″ (165 cm.) Foul play is suspected. Iwona was declared dead on December 22, 2002. Last check 3/2017.|
|Moore, Alfred||Link||Two on duty UK police officers were gunned down in cold blood on July 15, 1951. Alfred Moore was convicted for those murders and executed at Leeds Prison Feb 6, 1952. The main piece of evidence against Moore was the deposition given by one of the shot policemen, Constable Arthur Gordon Jagger, who died shortly after. This case is riddled with police misconduct. Significant public outcry and the tireless efforts from Moore's daughters have led to various collaborations to clear Moore's name. After sending a Freedom of Information request to West Yorkshire Police, Moore's daughter was told that the police force still holds several exhibits which may have helped send her father to the gallows. She hopes the exhibits can be re-examined to help convince the Criminal Cases Review Commission to reopen her father’s case. Last check 3/2017.|
|Moore, Andy||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. His apartment had been ransacked, and a set of expensive cutlery had been stolen along with the victim's red 1994 Suzuki Katana motorcycle, which turned up abandoned in the nearby Golden Hill neighborhood weeks later. At the time of his death, Moore was employed as a chef at a Gaslamp Quarter restaurant. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Last check 3/2017.|
|Moore, Charles||Link||On May 2, 1964, Charles Eddie Moore (19), a college student, and Henry Hezekiah Dee (19), a mill worker, were hitchhiking. They were picked up the KKK. The two young men were abducted, interrogated, and tortured in a nearby forest. Then they were locked in a trunk of a car, driven across state lines, chained to a Jeep motor and train rails, and dropped alive into the Mississippi River to die. Moore and Dee’s remains were discovered on July 12-13, 1964 during the frantic FBI search for James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, the three civil rights workers who disappeared June 21. When it was discovered that the bodies were those of two black men and not those of the three civil rights workers media interest evaporated and the press moved on. The FBI investigated the Moore/Dee case and arrested two suspects in November 1964. However, the district attorney concluded there was insufficient evidence for prosecution. The case was dropped by local authorities. In 2007, Klansman and former police officer James Ford Seale was arrested in connection with the Moore/Dee murders. Seale was sentenced to three life sentences for one count of conspiracy to kidnap two persons and two counts of kidnapping where the victims were not released alive. He was incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he died in 2011.|
|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. Amos led a double life. He was both a loving caring son and a drug-dealer. If you have any information about this case please contact the Fitchburg police department at 608-270-4300. There’s a $25,000 reward. Last check 3/2017.|
|Murphy, Gary Vincent||Link||Gary Vincent Murphy was born on January 8, 1957 in South Dennis, MA. He was murdered less than a week after he had won a custody battle with his ex-girlfriend’s mother. Murphy had asked the family courts for the right to raise his daughter alone. He was gainfully employed, sober, had kicked his drug habits and, felt confident that he would be a good parent. The courts awarded him custody. And then he was murdered in the halfway house where he had served his sentence. There is not a lot online and the links I had used for this post are now gone. Last check 3/2017.|
|Neily, David Virgil||Link||On April 14, 2006, David Virgil Neily (69) went missing from the Westport area of California. Before he disappeared, he visited the property of James De Noyer. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department described De Noyer as a ‘person of interest’ in this investigation. You see, there's more than one mystery tied to De Noyer. Aside from Neily, another man went missing. Donald Cavanaugh was like Neily involved with De Noyer's horse farm. They are both missing and they are both feared dead. Cavanaugh went missing after he went to pick up his belongings from the farm after James De Noyer (farm's owner and Cavanaugh's nephew) accused him of stealing money. Neily went missing after he went to pick up his car from that same farm after De Noyer accused him of tipping off authorities about poor conditions there. De Noyer was charged with 36 counts of animal cruelty after 36 emaciated horses were removed from the farm. Despite significant efforts by David's children and renewed media attention, the case remains unsolved. Anyone with further information should contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, detective unit at 707.463.4111, and refer to case #06-1611. Last check 3/2017.|
|Nelson, Raymond Nels||Link||In 1981, someone killed Raymond Nels Nelson (September 2, 1921 – June 1, 1981) by hitting him on the head with a typewriter.
Nelson, bureau chief of the Providence Journal and Evening Bulletin in Warwick, Rhode Island, and later a member of Senatorial candidate Claiborne Pell’s team, was a dynamic man and public figure in Washington, D.C., but foremost, he was a father and husband.
His murder is unsolved and features on many websites and blogs. There is speculation galore but so many years later we still do not have any new leads. Nelson had come out as gay 5 years prior to his death. Authorities thought that this was a ‘typical gay murder.’ They also told the family that, because of mounting evidence, an arrest would be forthcoming. But days became weeks, weeks became months, months years, then decades. Nothing. Despite significant efforts of his daughter and media attention, the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
|Noah, Trey||Link||In Nov 2009, Trey Noah went missing. His remains were found 5 months later. Shelby C. Moore and Brandon L. Harber were arrested and murder charges were filed. Those charges were dropped in March 2014 due to legal issues involving their Miranda rights. Harber was reindicted in 2014 for evidence tampering, tried, and found guilty in 2015. Jurors at his trial sentenced him to 10 years probation. The judge included 180 days in jail as a condition of probation. In Oct 2015, Moore was sentenced to 9 years but only for tampering with the body (hiding it) under a plea deal struck back in August. It is unclear who really killed Trey Noah. An affidavit by Gillespie County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Pehl quoted Moore as saying in a June 10, 2010 interview that Harber argued with Noah and shot him at Moore’s home in Kendall County, Texas. “Moore told me that neither he nor Harber sought any medical care for Noah after the shooting,” and that the two used Moore’s pickup to dump the body, Pehl said in the affidavit. Conflicting information appeared in the papers too as both defendants pointed to each other.|
|Oberbroeckling, Paula||Link||Paula Oberbroeckling (18) disappeared on July 11, 1970, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her remains were found 4 months later by hikers. Police said the body was found draped around a steel pin in the ground, which in the past probably had been used as a power pole guy wire. Paula’s remains were in an advanced stage of decomposition. The skeleton was almost intact and there was no evidence on visual examination of traumatic injury. Paula’s wrists were tied behind her back. Her ankles were tied as well. Used were two types of flexible material: one appeared to be a plastic clothesline and the other a sort of cord. If you have any information that can help advance the case please contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at 319-286-5375. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 dog DNA. In 2010, Johnson was sentenced to life and must serve a minimum of 24 years in prison. Last check 3/2017.|
|Oliver, Bernard||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 3/2017.
|Orange County Jane Doe||Link||The Orange County authorities (California) are asking the public’s help with their oldest cold case. It is a Jane Doe found on March 14, 1968 near the crossing of Yorktown and Newland Ave in the city of Huntington Beach. Her case file number with the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) is 68-06079. Warning: there are two graphic images in this post. If you have any information about this case please call the OCHTF at 1-866.673.2574 or use their website to contact them. Tips can be anonymous. Last check 3/2017.|
|Orcutt, Teryl Lynn Steel||Link||Teryl Lynn Steel Orcutt (26) went missing on Jan 21, 1990. On Jan 28 she was found stabbed to death in a palmetto thicket near Black Creek, Middleburg, Florida. Her partially clothed body was found by children along a creek bank. Teryl was a bank manager, divorced from Timothy Orcutt, and had a new boyfriend, Mike Mayland. Both men were cleared by police. DNA was found but due to 90s technology, it could not be run. The National Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) could not be used to run this profile yet. However, the FBI planed to add seven loci in January 1, 2017. These seven loci along with the original 13 loci, will become the new CODIS Core Loci. IF this is the issue it also means that very soon, we can run the profile found. As of yet, the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 3/2017.
|Peak, Lisa||Link||Lisa Peak's nude remains were found in a ditch a quarter-mile north of Waverly’s city limits – a mere six miles from where Julie Benning’s body had been dumped - around 11 am on September 7, 1976. According to autopsy findings, Lisa had been sexually assaulted. Cause of death: strangulation (manual or by object?) and a broken neck. As in the Benning case, the killer had left none of the teen’s clothing behind. Peak's case is forever connected to Valerie Klossowsky's and Julie Benning's. They all remain unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 3/2017.|
|Pfeiffer, Elizabeth Anne||Link||Elizabeth Ann Pfeifer went missing on April 12, 1986. She left home to go to a party. She never came back. Elizabeth’s life has been troubled from the start. Shortly after she was born on December 10, 1965, she was given up for adoption. The Pfeifer family had already adopted another girl Laura, also from birth. Now we face a DNA problem. If we ever find items that may hold biological materials that could be tested for DNA, even human remains, we need to find Elizabeth’s birth family. Nobody in the Pfeifer family is blood related to either Elizabeth or Laura. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 3/2017.|
|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. If you have any information about the case you're asked to call Crime Stoppers 713-222-TIPS. Last check 3/2017.|
|Potts, Beverly Rose||Link||Beverly Rose Potts (10) disappeared on Aug 24, 1951. Police assume that she was abducted and murdered. Her remains were never found. Police is trying to get back in touch with an anonymous caller who left helpful information. If you have any information please call the Cleveland Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (216) 252-7463. Last check 3/2017.|
|Prince, Christine||Link||On June 20th, 1982, Christine Prince (25) left her residence to go to the movies with a friend. On June 22, 1982, she was found floating face down in the West Rouge river near Sewell’s Road. Prince, originally from the UK, worked as a nanny for a Toronto lawyer. Despite significant efforts from police, the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Princes in the Tower||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||Sharron Prior (16) disappeared on March 29, 1975 after leaving home around 715pm. She was going to meet some friends (including a boyfriend) at Marina’s Pizzeria. The restaurant is about five minutes by foot from her home. She never arrived. She was found dead on April 1st, 1975. Sharon died a violent death: she was raped, beaten, and died of asphyxiation. According to the doctor, she had been dead for at least 20 hours when she was found and most likely died on Tuesday afternoon. Sharron was found in a field at Chemin du Lac and Guimond Boulevard by a beekeeper. The padlock was hanging on the gate but was not hooked. When police arrived, her body was clothed only in a three-quarter length suede Leo’s Boys Sports jacket, a sweater, shoes and socks. Her jeans and panties were about 6 feet from her body, the underwear hanging from a tree branch. Despite renewed media attention, a $10,000 reward, and a new police command post in Point St. Charles, the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|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. She was shot several times in her head and body. She was not murdered where she was found. The field was set on fire to hide her body however, only the field around Theresa’s remains burned but not her body. An autopsy took place at the Office of the medical Investigator in Albuquerque. No findings are available in the public domain. There is no information about possible motive or suspects. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
|Ream, Paula||Link||Paula Ream (9) passed away in 1962. In 2010, her body was stolen from her grave. It has been missing ever since. Lancaster County Crimestoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the person(s) responsible for the grave robbery. If you have any information that could help investigators, you can contact: the Lancaster City Bureau of Police at 717-735-3300 or call Detective Sgt. Gary Mackley at (717) 735-3347, or the Lancaster City/Lancaster County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913. Callers can remain anonymous. Last check 3/2017.|
|Reeb, James||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. Until this date there is nothing new in the public domain. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|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. Investigators ask that anybody with information related to the case or to the whereabouts of Johnny Lawrence – include his location or information on his death – please call the Portland Police Cold Case Homicide Unit, 1-503-823-9748 or 1-503-823-0867. You can also use their cold case tip form. Last check 3/2017.|
|Resk, Michael Leo||Link||On December 9, 1955, around 2am in the morning, police received a call from a taxi driver. He had seen a delivery van parked on Acadia Street, at the corner with Roome (Halifax, Canada) in an unusual manner. Police found the body of Mr. Resk inside the Chevrolet delivery truck. Resk was last seen during the evening on December 8, 1955, around 1145pm. Resk was shot execution-style and died of multiple gun shot wounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Integrated HRP/RCMP Major Crime Unit at 1(902)490-5331. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Richey, Kenneth||Link||In 1987, Kenneth Richey was sentenced to death for the murder of Cynthia Collins (2). Cynthia died of smoke inhalation as her apartment was on fire. The prosecution based its case on transferred intent: Richey allegedly had the intention to kill his former girlfriend, Candy Barchet, and her new boyfriend, by setting fire in the apartment above Cynthia's. Initially the local Fire Chief and the Ohio State Fire Marshall ruled the fire accidental. The prosecution disagreed and hired its experts. The authorities were convinced the fire was arson. Richey’s trial attorneys failed to have their own forensic tests done. In 1996, arson experts Andrew T. Armstrong and Richard L.P. Custer reexamined the pieces of evidence and concluded the original findings were based on unsound scientific principles that are not acceptable in the forensic science community for the investigation of arson-related fires today. On appeal, Custer, a specialist in fire reconstructions, testified in court that the burn patterns found in the Collin's apartment could have been a natural result of the fire. In December 2007, Richey accepted an Alford Plea which led to his release from death row and facilitated his return to Scotland on January 9, 2008. The Alford plea was a 'no contest' to manslaughter, child endangering, and breaking and entering. He was sentenced to time served with the murder and arson charges dropped. An Alford Plea or 'no contest' plea is not an admission of guilt. The accused, by entering such a plea, neither disputes or admits to the charges. The prosecution has admitted at trial that they could not prove that Richey intended to kill Cynthia. They also had to acknowledge that Richey, when he saw the building was on fire, had made several attempts to save the child but that he was held back by flames, smoke, and ultimately, by the fire department.
|Ridulph, Maria||Link||On Dec 3, 1957, Maria Ridulph (7) vanished from a small-town street corner in Sycamore, IL, while playing in the snow. Arrested in July 2011 and sentenced in December 2012 for her murder was Jack McCullough, formerly known as John Tessier. According to the prosecution, McCullough choked Ridulph with a wire and stabbed her. Her body was found five months after she disappeared. At the time Maria disappeared, McCullough was 17 years old. In Sept 2012, then-former police officer Jack McCullough was convicted of this 1957 murder. He received a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 20 years. His request for a new trial was denied at the time of sentencing but his appeal continues, as of 2014. In March 2016, the DeKalb County State's Attorney announced that a post-conviction review of available evidence showed that McCullough could not have been present at time and place of Maria Ridulph's likely abduction. McCullough was released from prison on April 15, 2016. Charges against him were dismissed on April 22, 2016. In November 2016 there was a hint towards a new suspect but there are no updates in the public domain. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.
|Rosencrans, Deborah Lynn||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 or a Cook County Grand Jury in the public domain. If the rope and the blanket are still properly preserved then they must be examined with the M-Vac System for touch DNA. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|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 8-13 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 3/2017.|
|Short, Elizabeth||Link||Elizabeth Short (July 29, 1924 – January 15, 1947) a.k.a. the Black Dahlia was found savagely murdered. Her body parts was left in plain view so everyone could see the grotesque mutilations that she was subjected to before she died. Steve Hodel wrote several books outlining why he is convinced that his father George Hodel murdered Elizabeth. Steve has generously taken the time to answer my blog readers' questions about this case. The case remains officially listed as unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Shubin, Nie||Link||In 1995, Nie Shubin was executed by firing squad in China. He was found guilty of the 1994 rape/murder of a woman in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province. The 1995 conviction and the sentencing were called “unreliable and incomplete” by the Supreme People’s Court. In 2005, Wang Shujin confessed to the rape/murder. In 2016, the highest court ordered the case to be retried “openly and fairly.” Shubin was exonerated in December 2016.|
|Silcock, Mike||Link||On Friday, March 6, 2009, off-duty Officer Mike Silcock from the Greater Manchester Police, was shot. Silcock was taken to Stepping Hill hospital with serious head injuries. He later passed away. In 2011, Stephen Benson was sentenced to four years and two months for his murder.|
|Silves, Vicki Jo Dodd||Link||On December 8, 1997, Vicki Jo Dodd Silves (44) was found dead on her driveway in Port Angeles, WA. Her injuries were consistent with being inflicted by an edged weapon. The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office investigated this case thoroughly and even enlisted the assistance of the Vidocq Society. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Simmons, Shawn||Link||In Dec 1995, Shawn K. Simmons was found dead in his Illinois apartment. As Simmons was about to move the apartment as filled with boxes. It appeared a robbery gone wrong however police found soon enough that was not the case. They interviewed a suspect. However, in 1997 the state's attorney's office decided not to press charges despite the discrepancies between the crime scene, the autopsy, and the suspect's statements. The case is officially unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Sims Family||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 3/2017.|
|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 3/2017.|
|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. On February 3-4, 2014 an evidentiary hearing took place in Pampa, Texas. The prosecution argued that the tests only confirmed Skinner’s guilt. The defense said the results raised enough questions about the real identity of the perpetrator. A jury would not have condemned him to death. In July 2014, Judge Steven Emmert ruled that it was reasonably probable that Skinner would have been convicted of triple murder even if the DNA evidence had been available at his 1995 trial. In 2016 we learned that a new DNA interpretation might shed a clearer light on this case. However, there is nothing in the public domain about test results. Last check 3/2017.|
|Smith, Patricia Louise||Link||The case of Patricia Smith is tied by DNA to the Bennett Family Murders. On January 10, 1984, the suspect tied to both cases used a hammer to strike Patricia Louise Smith (50) several times in the head in her Lakewood home. Six days later, the same man snuck into the home of Bruce and Debra Bennett. 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 3/2017.|
|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 3/2017.|
|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 used a blunt object and a sharp instrument as weapons. It was not a death penalty case. Linda Sohus remains missing and is presumed dead. Last check 3/2017.|
|Spence, Alex||Link||On April 10, 2010, Alex Spence went missing. Substantial attention was given to this case by various activists, the police, his family and friends in desperate efforts to find him. Two weeks later Alex' body was found in the river Hull. His death was not treated as suspicious.|
|Stanaway, James "Jimmy" Vincent||Link||In 1990, James "Jimmy" Vincent Stanaway was found butchered to death in his New Jersey apartment. The robbery gone wrong scenario was suspected however too many valuable items were still untouched in the apartment. Some newspapers stated he was beaten to death but others claim that Jimmy was beaten and then stabbed to death. Despite actions from friends and family, the case remains unsolved. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office’s Homicide Squad at (201) 915-1345. Last check 3/2017.|
|Stidham, Dana Lanell||Link||Dana Stidham left to run errands on July 25, 1989. She never returned. That same day, her car, a Grey Dodge Omni, was found abandoned on Highway 71, north of Belle Vista Town Centre in Arkansas. There were no signs of a struggle, her keys were found still in the ignition and her wallet had been left as well. The left rear tire was a bit flat and the contents of her purse/handbag were found strewn around the area of Chaucer and Hanover Road. Her remains were found in September by a hunter in a remote, wooded area, somewhere near the Newburn Lane area, a long way from where her car was found. The case remains unsolved however, police is still actively investigating. Last check 3/2017.|
|Stevenson, Sigrid||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 the stage inside Kendall Hall. Patrolling police saw her bicycle in the bike rack in front of Kendall Hall. They knew it was hers so they went inside. When the officer climbed on the stage, he found her dead body. Sigrid was found nude, lying face down, and wrapped in a covering. She was beaten to death. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Tatman, Robert Lawrence||Link||On November 25, 1967, Illinois 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. Many scenarios were checked and even more people were questioned but to this day, the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Tidwell, Dotty and Bob||Link||On Nov 23, 1983, Bob and Dottie Rowden Tidwell were found murdered in their Roanoke (TX) home. They both had children from previous marriages. None were home at that time. Both parents were shot at close range. After that, the house was set on fire to cover up the murders and possibly traces, evidence, etc. The case is unsolved. If you have any information that could help the Roanoke Police Department, call 817-491-6052. Last check 7/2015.|
|Thomas, Lisa||Link||On Oct 7, 1974, Lisa Thomas went to the Nanuett Mall (Clarkstown, Rockland County, NY) to buy a blouse with money she had earned babysitting. She never came back home. The next morning her father discovered his girl's body in the woods behind the mall, about 700 feet from their home. She was bludgeoned to death predominantly by blows to the top of her head. She was blindfolded with a red cloth from her own pocketbook. Lisa was not sexually assaulted. Clarkstown police say there's never been a definitive answer to where exactly she was killed. If you have any information about Lisa Thomas please contact the Clarkstown Police Department Detective Bureau at 1-845-639-5840 or call Detective Fred Parent at 845-639-5833 or Detective Christopher Maloney at 845-639-5865. Last check 3/2017.|
|Thompson, Kimberly Ann||Link||In 1986, Kimberly Ann Thompson went missing. This is an endangered missing person case. Kim had worked for the police as an informant. She had just finished testifying against two people. Her cooperation and testimony secured their convictions. During this time as an informant, Kim had kept all her appointments with the authorities. She had another appointment on December 1 but did not show up. This worried detectives especially as she was to receive money that she needed badly. Despite significant efforts to find Kim, the case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Torres, Amparo Arias||Link||On June 11, 1981, the remains of Amparo Arias Torres were found inside her Florida apartment. She was shot in her head several times. There were no signs of forced entry and her apartment was well kept. Amparo left behind a son who still searches for answers. If you have any information that can help the Miami-Dade Police Department, please contact Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477 or email at email@example.com. Last check 3/2017.|
|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? His father. This father, Ernest Samuel Christie, Jr. died in 2006. Substantial doubt was raised due to the four year time gap between the father' death and the son's report to the police. However, Christie’s son, Ernest Samuel Christie III, is not facing any charges.|
|Vaatstra, Marianne||Link||In 1999, Marianne Vaatstra was found raped-murdered in the Netherlands. Police arrested many and even held a large scale DNA search but, the perpetrator was never found. On September 29, 2012, police began a “DNA relationship testing” in a 5 km radius of the crime scene of approx. 8,000 men. In this study, on a voluntary basis, police studied whether there were people who had a similar chromosomal Y-DNA profile as that of the perpetrator. On November 19, 2012, police announced a match. Jasper S. confessed. On April 19, 2013 he was sentenced to 18 years in prison.|
|Vaughan, Patty||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 3/2017.|
|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. This means that the charges can never be brought back. I hope that the authorities will keep working to find the real suspect.|
|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 3/2017.|
|Waggoner, Richard Lee||Link||Richard Waggoner was murdered on September 12, 1981. There are vague descriptions of the men who approached Richard and then shot him. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|Welch, Michella||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 3/2017.|
|West, Audrey Anne||Link||In 2010, William Ray Hagy Jr. was sentenced to life for the 1985 murder of Audrey West. There is hardly anything online about Audrey. If you have any links, please contact me.|
|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 found the fire should not have been ruled arson. Willingham was executed for accidental fire. In 2014, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles denied a petition to vacate his conviction. The Board's indifference in this case is a disgrace.|
|Wiltsey, Timothy “Timmy” William||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 likely that Brittney had to disappear because she knew too much. Nobody has been arrest or charged in Brittney’s disappearance. If you have any information that can help the Mobile Police Department with this case, contact Sergeant Scott Congleton at (251) 208-7211. Last check 3/2017.|
|Young, Otha||Link||In October 1996, Otha Young went missing. His skeletal remains were found eight years later. The case remains unsolved. Last check 3/2017.|
|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. He was 43 years old. His disappearance is suspect and NamUs lists him as “Endangered Missing – Foul Play possible.” Last check 3/2017.|
|Zeigler, William Thomas||Link||In Dec 1975, a quadruple murder took place in the Zeigler Furniture Store (Winter Garden, Florida). The victims were Charles Mays, Virginia and Perry Edwards, and their daughter Eunice Edwards-Zeigler. The fifth victim, William Thomas Zeigler, became the sole suspect because he survived. The case is riddled by police misconduct (lying on the stand), prosecutorial misconduct (withheld evidence), and forensic testing disproving the charges. 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 3/2017.