Archive for March, 2013

Emily Jeanette GarciaAn unidentified body was found on February 25, 1993 approximately 1.5 miles north on Old Cranes Mill Road off of Highway 46 in Canyon Lake, Texas by a road crew. The decomposing body was reported to the New Braunfels Police and Comal County Sheriff’s Office. The body was listed as a Jane Doe.

The medical examiners concluded that Jane Doe was a victim of murder and that she was carrying an unborn child.

A year later a friend of the murder victim phoned the family about the Jane Doe being a possible match to a teen who went missing from San Antonio.

It was verified from a fingerprint card that Jane Doe was the body of 15-year-old Emily Jeanette Garcia, who was reported missing on February 12, 1993 from San Antonio, TX.

Emily Jeanette Garcia was born on July 27, 1977 in Fort Hood, Texas to Roy Garcia and Sheila Smith-Ramirez. She is the younger sister of Elizabeth Garcia and according to authorities she was about 3 months pregnant at the time of her death however, family members say she was further into her pregnancy then what’s listed. In fact, she was able to determine that her unborn child was male and had already picked out the name Emilio.

February 12, 1993, the day of her disappearance, Garcia had boarded the city bus in San Antonio, Texas to go to an appointment with the health service to see how far along she was in her pregnancy. Her mother had occupied her and stayed with her till she boarded the bus for her appointment and then Sheila went on to her job. Emily never made it to her appointment and that was the last time her mother had seen her daughter alive.

Garcia was kidnapped and held against her will for twelve days. She had been raped, beaten and murdered by strangulation. There isn’t a description of a suspect available.

Initially her body was buried as Jane Doe in Bracken Cemetery on March 30, 1993 by Zoeller’s Funeral Home, but was later exhumed and buried as Emily Jeanette Garcia in Somerset, Texas by her family.

According to Garcia’s mother, Sheila Smith-Ramirez, they received a copy of the original Death Certificate on Sept 9, 2003, but it did not list her daughter as Jane Doe instead, it said N/A. They also have her listed as Caucasian and not of Hispanic Origin, which she was.  The cause of death is listed as strangulation, but newspaper articles claimed she had been sexually abused and that she was already dead before the killer(s) tied her up.

So as you can see, there are many inconsistencies in this case.

Garcia’s case is still open and still being investigated by New Braunfels Police Department, Texas Rangers and the San Antonio FBI. The agencies have not had any leads in years and Garcia’s case fades away as the years go on. However, It has NOT faded with family and loved ones who remain devastated decades later. They’re still determined to find out who is responsible for the death of Garcia and her unborn child. You can visit a website memorial for additional information on Emily Garcia.

A Lifetime movie titled The Killing Secret was made which recreates the abduction and murder of Emily Garcia. Clicking the link will bring you to the full movie which has been posted on YouTube. Scenes have been dramatized.

Her case remains unsolved.

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is urged to please contact:

Det. Tommy Ward,
Comal County Sheriff’s office
(830)620-3400
email address: soatgw@co.comal.tx.us
Case #93-01164 or
Emily’s Family
Sheila Smith-Ramirez
emilysmiles2003@yahoo.com
or Emily’s Aunt
Theresa Yeary
tdontrich@socket.net
tyeary53@yahoo.com

jane-doe-san-juan-river Archuleta New Mexico Jane Doe September 1982Race: White
Sex: Female
Hair: Brown
Height: 5’5”
Weight: 115
Clothing: Wrangler
blue jeans, blue quilted
peasant jacket, purple
halter top blouse, and
pink lace panties
Jewelry: Hollow gold
heart pendant and
horn-shaped pendant.
Other: Red toenail polish. She had prior surgery removing uterus.

On September 19, 1982, the remains of
an unidentified “Jane Doe”,
were found on an island in the San
Juan River in New Mexico. An autopsy
indicated the female had been
a victim of murder by strangulation.

At this time the victim and
her killer have not been identified.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact: 
Detective George Barter of the
Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office at
970-264-8450.

Below is an updated article on the case, published in 2009 by Durango Herald

Two bodies, no names
Pagosa Springs detective reopens 1982 murder case

The Durango Herald
by Chuck Slothower
Last Updated; Sunday, July 19, 2009

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CARRACAS – Frank Chavez dismounted from his horse to examine what looked like a football in the San Juan River.

The cattle rancher discovered a human foot, attached to a dead woman, her upper body skeletonized.

Chavez went for help and returned later that day with Archuleta County sheriff’s deputies, the coroner and neighbors to recover the body. The woman had been strangled, authorities later determined.

That was Sept. 19, 1982. A month later, on Oct. 22, another rancher nearby stumbled across a dead man who had been shot twice, his body in the river, eaten by coyotes.

Almost 27 years later, authorities do not know who the victims were, who killed them or why. George Barter, an Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office detective, is trying to change that

Barter has taken a strong interest in the case, re-interviewing witnesses and commissioning new reconstructions of what the victims would have looked like.

Months before their deaths, the couple – known as John and Jane Doe – were seen at the bar of the Iron Horse Inn north of Durango. They also came through Pagosa Springs, Farmington and Dulce, N.M. A witness remembers seeing someone matching the woman’s description at the Bondad Hill Saloon.
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“They ran all around this area during that summer,” Barter said.

Someone, Barter believes, has gotten away with murder.

Jane Doe was found with two pendants, one of a heart and another of an Italian love horn.

A piece of paper found in her jeans pocket had a name and phone number, but for years, investigators could not decipher the writing. Eventually, they determined it was the penmanship of Marilyn Cobianco, who lives in Farmington.

Cobianco confirmed it was her handwriting, but she could not remember Jane Doe or explain why her name and phone number ended up in a dead woman’s pocket, Barter said. Cobianco declined to be interviewed when reached by phone recently.

John Doe was wearing a tan T-shirt with the logo of Lazy B Guest Ranch, a now-defunct brothel in Fallon, Nev. The reverse showed a map of brothels in that area.

John Doe’s body is buried at Fairview Memorial Park in Albuquerque in a grave marked only by a number.

Jane Doe’s remains were given to Block-Salazar Mortuary in Española, N.M.

“They put her in an unmarked grave in an unknown cemetery,” Barter said. “Not to say that I’m done looking for her.”

John and Jane Doe’s skulls were separated from their bodies to aid in police reconstructions shortly after the crime, ending up in storage at a museum used by the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator, Barter said. That office did not return messages requesting comment.

Much of the evidence connected to the case has been lost, including Jane Doe’s clothing. The case file itself was missing until an Archuleta County clerk found it in an old file cabinet.

Turf disputes over the crime, which happened on the Colorado-New Mexico border, just east of Arboles, also have slowed the investigation.

Prosecutors in Archuleta County and Rio Arriba County, N.M., fought over jurisdiction of the case, Barter said. New Mexico State Police officers who now are retired investigated, along with the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office. Evidence was split among law enforcement in Archuleta County, Rio Arriba County and state investigators in Albuquerque.

Barter fears physical evidence was thrown out because of New Mexico’s former 15-year statute of limitations on prosecuting murders.

Barter said if investigators “had just done their jobs and preserved what was there,” the victims’ assailant or assailants would be in jail by now.

“I feel like she was probably sexually molested,” Barter said. “Now, with DNA, we could tag the person if we found those things.”

Jane Doe, investigators believe, was 5 feet 5 inches tall, 115 pounds and had brown hair, although Chavez insists she had long, blonde hair. She was 30 to 35 years old. By the time Chavez found her, she had been in the river for four to six weeks, the coroner estimated.

Investigators know less about John Doe because his body was more badly decomposed. It had been at least eight weeks since his death when he was found. He was believed to be in his mid-20s, with a stocky build and reddish-blond hair. He may have worked for a carnival traveling around the area. Both were white.

Barter got Mary Brazas, a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office official, to draw new, more accurate reconstructions of the victims with the aid of computer technology. Older reconstructions done soon after the crime simply used clay and wigs.

Several theories have emerged to explain why the two, who may have been a couple, were killed.

Jane Doe may have been raped, and John Doe killed to get him out of the way, Barter said. It also could have been a drug deal gone bad. But Barter said both of these theories are only “wild guesses.”

No car has been tied to the victims and they are believed to have hitchhiked around the area, Barter said. They likely would have had few possessions worth stealing.

Barter hopes someone still living can help him identify the victims and catch the killers.

“This case epitomizes injustice,” the detective said. “If there was justice in the world, (the killers) would be in jail, and we’d know who (the victims) were.”

A Colorado Bureau of Investigations agent in Durango, Jeff Brown, has helped track down leads for Barter. He said the bureau would not release any information about the investigation and referred questions to Archuleta County.

The case became a bit more eerie when Barter and Brazas went to visit John Doe’s grave. They found it in a line of gravestones devoted to unidentified victims.
“There were fresh flowers on it,” Barter said.

Frank Chavez, 76, and his brother Chris still raise cattle, goats, sheep, pigs and chickens at Rancho Juanita near where the bodies were found.

The remote area is about 18 miles south of U.S. Highway 160, west of Pagosa Springs. A dirt road leads to Pagosa Junction, a place on the map marked only by a church and a crumbling railroad depot. The Chavez brothers live south of there, at Carracas, near where the San Juan River dips into New Mexico.

The brothers think the bodies may have been thrown off the Carracas Bridge that spans the San Juan among cottonwoods and sagebrush on County Road 557. Both bodies were found downstream of there. But Barter said the bodies could have been dumped at any point upriver of where they were found.

The brothers believe the killings were drug-related. Trafficking and a lack of law enforcement posed problems in the 1970s and early ’80s, they said. “Planes used to fly by here real low,” Chris Chavez said.

But Barter said the Chavez brothers’ theory that the killings were drug-related is only “speculative.”

The killings shocked residents, Frank Chavez said.

“It was a dark day in our community here to have something like that happen in our backyard,” he said. “We grew up with hardworking, honest people. In the ’70s, it all turned. People were coming from all over the place.

Barter hopes publicity about the case will lead to the victims’ identification.

“These people deserve to be known,” he said. “And their families deserve to know where they are.”

Source:
The Durango Herald
http://www.durangoherald.com/…/Two_bodies_no_names/

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Click here for individuals descriptions of each fugitive listed.

On March 13, 2013, the FBI updated its list of “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” by adding the name Edwin Rivera Gracias – seen here, bottom row, 3rd from left.

According to the FBI’s website, the list is a publicity program designed to publicize particularly dangerous fugitives who might not otherwise merit nationwide attention, according to the FBI’s website.

The program was founded on March 14, 1950, when a reporter asked late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover for the names and descriptions of the “toughest guys” the Bureau would like to capture. The resulting article generated so much publicity and had so much appeal that Hoover implemented the top ten program.

Since its inception, 497 fugitives have been on the top ten list. Among those listed, the FBI says that 466 have been apprehended or located, including 154 fugitives who were captured or located as a result of citizen cooperation.

The current top ten list is maintained on the FBI website and relies on the assistance of citizens and the media. A reward of up to $100,000 is offered by the FBI for information which leads directly to the arrest of a Top Ten fugitive. Members in the Top Ten list are not ranked.

Author: Roomie Huh CBS News
Credit: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Photo of Alexander Costas who was gunned down in his own home during a home invasion.

On the night of April 28, 2000 a home invasion occurred at the Miami home of Alexander Costas and his mother, Nadia Dombrowski. The two went to bed and shortly after 12PM several unidentified men forced their way into their house and in the midst of the robbery, shot Alexander. Nadia managed to escape and contacted Police.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re urged to please contact:
Miami Dade Police Department Detective T. Romagni at (305) 471-2400 or Miami Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (471-8477).

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KarleyCollumOn July 27, 2007, the murdered bodies of Karley Collum and Terrance McCloud were discovered at McCloud’s home on Silver Lake Drive in Putnam County, Florida. Both subjects died from blunt force trauma to the head. Neighbors heard a woman’s scream coming from McCloud’s residence at about 5:00 am on Thursday July 26, 2007. The attacker may have been known to McCloud as there were no signs of forced entry.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office
Detective John Merchant
386-329-0800

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jennifer-odomVICTIM: Jennifer Renee Odom
White Female, Born 8/25/1980

On Friday, February 19, 1993, Jennifer stepped off her school bus around 3 p.m., waved goodbye to friends, and started walking the short 200 yards to her home in rural Pasco County, FL. Children on the bus reported they saw a faded blue pickup truck slowly following Jennifer as she walked home. Jennifer never made it to her door.

During the next days, law enforcement equipped with police dogs and hundreds of volunteers scoured 60 square miles of rolling groves, pastures and woods surrounding the tiny Pasco town of Dade City.

On Thursday, February 25, 1993, a man and woman searching an abandoned orange grove in southeast Hernando County, FL, found Jennifer. Jennifer’s clothing, including the red sweater and Hooter’s jacket, have not been found.

Approximately two years later on Thursday, January 5, 1995, a couple hunting for scrap metal in a rural area of Hernando County discovered Jennifer’s missing book bag and clarinet case. The bag and case were found in Western Hernando County.

The suspect vehicle is a full size, older unknown model pick-up truck, blue in color.

Jennifer was last seen wearing a white zip-up “Hooters” sweat jacket with orange lettering on the left sleeve, a red long sleeve pullover sweater, possible cashmere or angora, a white turtleneck shirt, white denim pants and black lace-up style boots.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:

Det. Michael Nelson, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 754-6830
mnelson@hernandosheriff.org
Anonymous tips can be made by e-mail to: tips@hernandosheriff.org
or by telephone (352) 797-TIPS/8477

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Photo of Tim Chanthavong taken shortly before his 1999 death

On June 24, 1999 at approximately 8:50PM, Tim Chanthavong was murdered at 26th Ave N. & 60th St in St. Petersburg, FL. His 1994 Acura NSX was stolen & driven to 53rd Ave S. & 7th St. The car was left at Hillside Dr. S. & 6th Way.

Tim’s family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for his death.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:
Det. C. Leedy, St. Petersburg Police Department, 727 -893-7613.

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howeIn the early morning hours of March 22, 1988, 31-year-old Kim Shrree Howe was brutally murdered. Her body was found later that morning by some local children on their way to school.

Kim’s body was found on a dirt road between Howard Street and Santa Rosa Drive in the City of Rockledge. Kim was last seen alive earlier that morning in Cocoa, just a few blocks away from where her body was found. At that time Kim made a report to a Cocoa Police Officer that she was being harassed by an unknown person in a vehicle.

Kim had moved to Cocoa about a year and a half earlier after divorcing her husband in Fort Perice. Kim was the mother of three children.

Any persons with information regarding to this case is urged to please contact:
Investigator Wayne Winkler of the Rockledge Police Department at 321-690-3988.

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Click Florida Department of Law Enforcement – Unsolved Homicides for additional unsolved cases in Florida.

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  • Full Name: Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias
  • Aliases: Edwin Ernesto Rivera-Gracias, Ernest Rivera
  • Birthdate Used: July 4, 1984 / July 4, 1988
  • Date of Homicide: 08/17/11
  • Location of Crime: Jefferson County, CO
  • Country: United States
  • Possibly Location(s): El Salvador / Mexico / Guatemala /USA (has ties to Colorado and California)
  • Race: White/Hispanic Sex: Male
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 170 – 180 lbs (Medium/Slender build).
  • Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown 
  • Scars/Marks: Rivera Gracias has the following tattoos: “LA” on his right forearm; “Maria” on his left chest; “Nena” on his left hand (shown above); “El Salvador” down the back of his right arm; “503” down the back of his left arm; and “MS-13” across his back.
  • Occupation: Manual Labor

Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias is wanted for the murder of a long-time family acquaintance of his girlfriend. The 69-year-old victim was found brutally beaten, stabbed, and dumped in the mountains of Jefferson County, Colorado. The crime took place on August 17, 2011.
Rivera Gracias is believed to be in El Salvador, and may have a Salvadoran identification that says Edwin Rivera. He may also attempt to travel to the United States using fraudulent documents. He is a member of the La Mara Salvatrucha gang (MS-13). Rivera Gracias has ties to other gang members who are located in Colorado; Los Angeles, California; and El Salvador. Rivera Gracias may also visit Mexico and Guatemala.

Rivera Gracias is believed to be in El Salvador, and may have a Salvadoran identification that says Edwin Rivera. He may also attempt to travel to the United States using fraudulent documents. He is a member of the La Mara Salvatrucha gang (MS-13). Rivera Gracias has ties to other gang members who are located in Colorado; Los Angeles, California; and El Salvador. Rivera Gracias may also visit Mexico and Guatemala.

ABC News posted an article several days ago related to this case. To read the article, click here.

To share Rivera Gracias wanted poster on Facebook or Twitter, or to leave an online tip, click here.

FBI in Denver is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest and conviction of Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to contact:
Your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You can also contact you local police for immediate sightings.

unidentified-wanted-njOn September 4, 2009 at approximately 2:15PM an unidentified lone gunman armed with a black and silver/gray handgun walked into the Maplecrest Finance Station Post Office located at 1767 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, New Jersey and robbed an employee who worked there.

Police haven’t been able to identify or capture the suspect however, they were able to draw up a composite sketch based on the details given by witnesses.

If you believe you may know who is involved in this crime please take no action to apprehend the suspect yourself, instead, contact authorities immediately. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the unidentified suspect.

SUSPECTS DESCRIPTION: Dark skinned complexion, thin mustache, goatee. Was wearing a black t-shirt with dark gray writing on the front, light gray athletic shorts, and white or gray sneakers at the time the robbery was committed.

Age: In his 20’s or early 30’s
Build: Slim
Sex: Male
Hair: Short black at the time the crime was committed
Height: Approx 5’8″ – 6’0″
Eyes: Brown
Weight: 180 pounds
Race: Black

U.S. Postal Inspectors and the Maplewood Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:
U.S. Postal Inspection Service at (973) 693-5450
or (877) 876-2455 (select Option 2)

All information will  be kept anonymous.

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UPDATE – Former Doctor Richard Haugh, now 71, has been captured in Columbia by Federal agents and Colombian police after being on the run for more than 2 decades due to various sex crimes against children. Click here for the latest update on this case.

 

Wanted by the Belmont Police Department / Massachusetts State Police Department for Crimes against children

Warrant #:9281CR000082

Dr. Richard S. Haugh is an accomplished author, publisher and academic. He is accused of committing numerous sexual offenses against a female child and there may be other victims out there.

Haugh was arrested in 1992 as he left his residence armed with a licensed .25 caliber handgun. He was charged and later indicted by a Middlesex Superior Court Grand Jury for two counts of Rape of a Child, two counts of Indecent A&B on a child under 14, assault to rape a child and disseminating obscene matter to a minor.

He was supposed to appear in court on August 12, 1992 but never showed up and has been on the run ever since.

Photo of Dr. Haugh taken in 1992

Description of Fugitive:

  • Full Name: Richard S. Haugh
  • Birthdate: May 4, 1942
  • On the Run Since: August 1992
  • Age Then: 51
  • Age Now: 71
  • Hair: Black (it has most likely started greying and he most likely dyed his hair lighter following his warrant).
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Race: WhiteSex: Male
  • Height:5’11” Weight: 155 pounds

Note: Richard Haugh has been on the run for over twenty years and has definitely aged since his last known appearance. It’s important you focus on features including facial shape, nose, ears, eyes, etc.

Click My Fox Boston for other fugitives evading authorities in Massachusetts.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of this child predator you’re urged to please contact:
Massachusetts State Police Department 1-800-KAPTURE (1-800-527-8873).