Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Hot on the trail of "Baby Doe"

UPDATE: Baby Doe was identified on September 18, 2015 as Bella Nevaeh Amoroso Bond, aged 2. Her mother and her mother's boyfriend (not Bella's father) are currently in custody.  


Reconstruction of "Baby Doe"
The body of a little girl was found on Deer Island, Massachusetts on June 25, 2015. Her little body along with polka-dotted leggings and a zebra-print blanked was concealed in a garbage bag and abandoned alongside the rocky shore of the island, days before a woman walking her dog made the gruesome discovery.

The child was likely white with possible Hispanic/Latino ethnicity and was at a mere three-to-five years old when she died. Nobody knows how, since all examinations and toxicology tests have been fruitless to finding the reason why this healthy-appearing girl died at such a young age. Some speculate murder. Others ponder the possibility that it was an accident. We might never know.

Nobody knows who she was or who abandoned her body, yet new forensic testing has uncovered a strong lead as to where she came from. Speculation that she could be from anywhere in the world were soon narrowed down to one area - Boston.

Forensic palynology tests indicated that the girl, nicknamed as "Baby Doe," was from the area she was found in. Traces of pollen from trees found in Boston as well as soot led to this conclusion. Such a big break could mean that the wild goose chase to finding her identity could end soon, as authorities have a much smaller area to look.

"Baby Doe" may have been seen alive at various times and places in Massachusetts, as witnesses have claimed to see a child matching her description in parks, stores and laundromats. On each occasion, a different adult has been accompanying the potential match, one was a woman in a burka, indicating links to the Middle East, and a white, overweight woman with sandy-blond hair.

Riley Sawyers remained unidentified for a month after her body was found in 2007.
This is not the first high-profile case of an unidentified child to break the hearts of this country. This, by far, is arguably the biggest, as social media continues to surge about this little girl, but many other cases have occurred in the past. There's Riley Sawyers, also known as "Baby Grace," whose remains were unidentified for a month after they were found in a bin in the Galveston Bay in 2007. Anjelica Castillo, previously nicknamed as "Baby Hope," was discovered in 1991 and identified in 2013 as the daughter of a pair of illegal immigrants. In these two cases, family members were responsible for the deaths and concealment of the bodies. They represent how quickly -- and slowly -- a child could remain unidentified.

The case of "Baby Doe" could go either way, yet I remain optimistic, as new technology has since made seemingly unsolvable cases open-and-shut.

If you have any information about this case, please contact:

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: 1-800-THE-LOST

Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit: (617) 727-8817

Massachusetts State Police: (508) 820-2121

Winthrop Police Department: (617) 539-5806

The Hunt With John Walsh 1-886-THEHUNT 

Text GIRL to 67383 or call this hotline (617) 396 - 5655

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Dean Corll's Unidentified Victim

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John Doe's clothes

Composite by FACES
There is absolutely nothing wrong with being gay in any way. What is wrong is if you kidnap unwilling children and murder them. That's what Dean Corll did during the 1970s. Currently, one of his twenty-some victims remains unidentified, a teenage boy whose skeletal remains were found buried in 1973.

The boy likely died in 1972 in his mid to late teens. He was between five feet two and five feet seven at an unknown weight. He may have had Hispanic heritage and wore cowboy boots and swim trunks along with a shirt with a peace sign. He had no evidence of dental care and had spinal bifida.
A clay reconstruction

In the past few years, two of Corll's victims have been identified with the help of the FACES lab in Louisiana, which specializes in reconstructing the faces of unidentified people. Unfortunately, for this John Doe, it has come to no avail. Dean Corll was killed before he could be tried for his heinous crimes although some of his accomplices were apprehended and showed authorities where the rest of the bodies were. In the past few years, two unidentified  boys got their names back. Michael Baulch, 15 was identified in 2010 and Randell Lee Harvey in 2008.

I previously confused this case with that of Micheal Baulch, whose reconstruction resembled the John Doe's. Michael's brother, Billy, was also a victim of Corll.  I almost wonder if this John Doe may actually have been Billy, who was identified decades ago with less precise methods than Michael's DNA match.

If you have any information about this John Doe, please contact:

Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences:
Phone: 713-796-6774
Mail: 1885 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, TX 77054




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Orange Socks and the Runaway

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Composite of Orange Socks




It's Halloween in Georgetown, Texas in 1979. Most people would expect to see groups of children looking for candy, but instead, one unfortunate person discovered a body. The victim was nude, except for two orange socks on her feet, which lead to her nickname, as her true name has yet to be discovered. The female, aged 15 to 30 wasn't especially attractive, had long nails, unshaven legs with insect bites and was adorned with freckles. Despite the fact that she was probably a transient or a runaway, her teeth were well cared for.

Composite of the Walker County Jane Doe
A year and one day later, a teenage girl's nude body was found in the same county as Orange Socks. She was quite beautiful. This victim as well was killed by strangulation and was sexually assaulted, like Orange Socks, and left near a highway without clothing, although sandals were thrown close to the Jane Doe's body. She had been seen prior to her death, by a waitress and a gas station clerk. Apparently, she was looking for a nearby prison, claiming that a friend was there (it is unknown if it was an inmate or an officer). She told the waitress that she was 19, probably a lie. When asked about her parents, she said, "who cares," which points to being a runaway.
Seeing both of the victim's faces is heart wrenching to see. Orange Socks had a visible furrow in her neck and has a strained expression, likely forming as she struggled for her last breath of air. The Walker County Jane Doe's face was bruised and her mouth ajar, which brings tears to my eyes every time I see it. Unlike her fellow victim, she had a bite mark on her shoulder, which shows her killer went out of his way just to make his victim suffer. These girls died a slow and painful death and we still don't have a clue who they were.
Deborah McCall
Martha Morrison


Two young women who strongly resembled the victims have been ruled out as the victims. Martha Morrison (missing since 1974), a missing woman from Oregon, looked like Orange Socks but was ruled out by DNA. Deborah McCall, who was almost 17 at the time of the murder, bore an extremely strong resemblance to the Walker County Jane Doe. She was also ruled out by an unspecified method. She's been missing since 1979 and wore a gold necklace, like the Jane Doe. It's back to square one for these four girls.





Call the Texas Public Defense Department at 800-346-3243 or 512-424-2810
to submit any information about the Jane Does.

For submitting information about Deborah McCall or Martha Morrison, call 630-434-5600 and 541-682-5111, respectively. You can also send mail to 777 Pearl Street, Eugene, Oregon, 97401 and 825 Burlington Avenue, Downers Grove, Illinois, 60515

Any submission can be anonymous.

__UPDATE_

Martha Morrison's remains were identified in July 2015. Her body was found the same year she disappeared, alongside the body of Carol Platt Valenzuela. Warren Leslie Forest remains a person of interest in the case.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Milwaukee County Jane Doe

In early 1982, the unidentified body of an attractive African-American female was located, floating in a river in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was well-dressed and between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five.

Foul play is not suspected in this case, as the cause of this young woman's death is unknown. I believe she may have accidentally fallen into the river and drowned. She was five feet four inches with kinky hair and had a large amount of dental work. She may have died between one week to three months, although her body was well-preserved due to the cold water.

The girl had some sort of surgery done on her abdomen, although some reports claim that there were no organs missing. Nobody knows why this mystery surgery was performed, although she may have had an appendectomy. Her nails were well cared for and her ears were pierced, although she did not wear earrings at the time of her death. Other scars found on the body were on her ankle and on her arm.

If you have information about this person, please contact the Milwaukee Medical Examiner at 414-223-1200 or send an email to jenni.penn@milwcnty.com

You may remain anonymous when submitting information

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Beauty from Anaheim

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In the late summer in late 1987, the scattered skeleton of a teenage female was found in the Santa Ana Canyon, located in Anaheim, Orange County, California. Her cause of death was not officially determined, but The Doe Network reports that she may have been stabbed in the chest. Who was this pretty girl? How did she end up dead near a freeway?

She may have been a runaway. That's how a lot of kids end up dying. Either they end up trusting the wrong person out of desperation or die from exposure to the elements. In an area such as California, both are likely problems that the Anaheim Jane Doe faced.

Shannon Collis, a forensic artist, created the sculpture that is shown, illustrating what the victim looked like while she was still alive.  It's been almost twenty-seven years since she was found and even the reconstruction hasn't aided in discovering her identity.

If you have any information on this woman's identity or the circumstances surrounding her death, please contact: 

Orange County Coroner's Office 

714-647-7400 

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Will the "Buckskin Girl" Finally have a Name?


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UPDATE



After contacting Det. Steve Lord from the Miami County police department, I was informed that Pamela Harvey Rousseau was ruled out by dental records.

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Pamela Harvey Rousseau (right) bore a striking resemblance to "Buckskin Girl
On April 23rd, 1981, a young woman was found strangled and beaten to death in Troy, Miami County, Ohio. She wore her hair in two braids and had a homemade-appearing tasseled deerskin jacket. Since her discovery, nobody knows who she was, even though she died shortly before her body was discovered. 
In December of  1978, Ontario native Pamela Harvey Rousseau, 23, mysteriously disappeared. She was twenty-three, and had one child.  She was coincidentally the same weight and  height as Buckskin Girl, with the same hair and eye color. She also had freckles.

The only problems with this comparison is the time and location difference. Buckskin Girl died three years after Pamela vanished and was found over 1,000 miles away. If she was the Buckskin Girl after all, was she held captive and smuggled into the United States? Or did she abandon one life to start another? Pamela's family deserves to know what happened to her if she was, in fact, murdered.

If you have any information regarding Pamela Harvey Rousseau, do not hesitate to contact:


Greater Sudbury Police

705-675-9171

Crime Stoppers
705-675-8477 or 1-800-222-8477


If you have any information regarding the unidentified murder victim known as "Buckskin Girl," please contact:

Detective Steve Lord

937-440-3965 ext. 6633

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Ghosts of Green River

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One of the most haunting cases of serial killings is that of the Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway, who remains in prison custody today. Out of his nearly fifty confirmed victims, three are known only as "Jane Doe."

1984 victim
A teenage girl, known as "Jane Doe B-10," was between twelve and eighteen was discovered in 1984, who died around 1983. This victim was between the wide age range of 12 to 18. Examiners believe she may have been left-handed, which is interesting, as the remains were skeletal. I find this particular composite to be quite eerie, due to the shape of the girl's mouth, which was likely an accident made by the artist. I believe she may have been either Kristi Vorak or Kase Lee (both pictured far left, respectively), who bear a resemblance to the reconstruction. Gary Ridgway described her to have been in her early 20s, which means he was thinking of the wrong girl or perhaps the victim looked mature for her age (as sixteen-year-old Kase Lee did).  The Green River Killer himself stated that he did actually kill Kase (pronounced as "Casey"). However, he claimed to have left her body at a different location than Jane Doe B-10. According to investigators, he seems to not always be truthful, which would definitely damage his credibility. 
1986 victim

A second teen was found in 1986, known as Jane Doe B-17. Like the first victim, she was skeletonized. What we know about this girl is that she was between 14 and 18 and had some dental fillings. She was previously described, by Ridgway to be Sandra Major, but Major was identified in 2010, which means investigators had to start over.  I personally believed she could have been Kelly McGiniss until I learned she was ruled out.

Finally, in 2003, the partial remains of a female were found, who could have been killed anywhere between 1973 and 1991.  A reconstruction has never been created due to an incomplete skeleton and her race could not be confirmed as well.


Missing persons who are believed to have been murdered by Ridgway
(Left to right: Kristi Vorak, Kase Lee (Woods), Kelly McGiniss, Patricia Osborn, Patricia Leblanc, Darci Warde and Cora McGuik)