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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
email address:
Case #93-01164 or
Emily’s Family
Sheila Smith-Ramirez
or Emily’s Aunt
Theresa Yeary


Pictured: Desi Allen Woods
Sex: Male
Race: Hispanic
Current Age: 38
Height: 6’1″
Weight: Approx 200 lbs (although Woods is has a drug addiction and could possibly weigh much less.)
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Other Phys. Characteristics:
Diagnosed paranoid Schizophrenic
Last Seen:
Barstow , California (USA)
Other Possible Locations:

Desi Woods is wanted for homicide.

On September 26, 2010 police discovered the body of 68-year-old Irene Camacho, a former deli cashier/clerk at Barstow Stater Bros, where she was employed for over 30 years. She had been strangled to death at her own home on Piute Street in Barstow, CA.

The suspect would soon be identified as Desi Woods, then 36, the son of the murdered woman. He had strangled Camacho to death after a heated argument between the two erupted. After the murder he fled.

Camacho’s fiance had gone over her home the following morning because he was concerned that she wasn’t answering his phone calls. That’s when he discovered her body and contacted police.

The District Attorney’s office had charged Woods with his mother’s murder and a warrant was issued for his arrest but despite numerous attempts to locate him, he remains on the run.

Police are also working with U.S. marshals to locate Woods and have followed many tips that lead to dead ends. They’re hoping someone comes forward with valuable information.

“It’s bizarre,” said Barstow Police Detective Daniel Arthur. “With his lifestyle … I really thought he would have some kind of run in with law enforcement by now, but he hasn’t. So it’s frustrating.”

Their have been sightings, many with mistaken identity and most are unconfirmed including witnesses claiming to have seen Wood’s driving a green 1970’s pick-up truck.

Woods, who was also residing in Barstow, was diagnosed as a paranoid Schizophrenic. Police describe him as a violent drunk and drug user who uses heroin and methamphetamine regularly.

America’s Most Wanted aired this case on October 12, 2012, two years after a warrant had been sent out for his capture.

“The victim was a staple in the town she grew up in. She knew everyone in town. And it was an extremely unfortunate circumstance for Irene because the suspect is one of her sons.” said Jim Gagliano, producer of AMW.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Desi Woods you’re urged to please contact: Barstow Police Department (760) 256-2211

(Those wishing to report anonymously can contact the WeTip Hotline at (800) 78-CRIME or visit

A family in ruins: Chilling mystery as brother is accused of killing his identical twin

  • Wasel Ali, 19, found strangled prosecutors said hours after fight with his brother in 2007
  • His identical twin brother Wael was charged in his murder four years later
  • As twins sharing the same DNA no DNA evidence was found at the scene with no other murder weapon besides hands used that could provide finger prints
  • Wael, now 24, was freed in April of this year after a mistrial
  • Wasel’s murder remains unsolved

Slain: More than four years after the murder of 19-year-old Wasel Ali, his identical twin brother Wael, both pictured together, has been released on a charge of first-degree murder

Slain: More than four years after the murder of 19-year-old Wasel Ali, his identical twin brother Wael, both pictured together, has been released on a charge of first-degree murder


Everything together: With the brother's high school graduation they both enrolled in the Army hoping to go into a career as military police officers
Everything together: With the brother's high school graduation they both enrolled in the Army hoping to go into a career as military police officers
Everything together: With the brother’s high school graduation they both enrolled in the Army hoping to go into a career as military police officers

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Pictured; Brittany Phillips

11/02/12 – TULSA, OK — Eighteen-year-old Brittany Phillips was a student who was taking courses at Tulsa Community College and was days away from her 19th birthday. She was described as a bubbly, happy person who had no known enemies, the type of girl who always kept in contact with family and friends and was always responsible, taking her school work seriously. So it was surprising when she suddenly stopped showing up to TCC and couldn’t be reached by phone.

On October 1, 2004, after a couple days of missed classes, a concerned friend decided to stop over Brittany’s apartment at Union Apartments, where she was living alone. She walked into a horrifying scene, Brittany’s decomposing body. She had been laying there for several days.

The last time anyone had contact with Brittany was on the evening of September 27, 2004. Sometime during the late-night hours of 09/27/04 and the early-morning hours of 09/28/04, an unidentified man was in her apartment. It is unknown if he was invited in or broke in. She was assaulted, raped and then strangled to death and he left her bruised and battered body lying on her bed in her second floor apartment.

October 4, 2004, Brittany’s nineteenth birthday, was suppose to be a day of celebration but instead, her family and friends were attending her funeral.

Since her murder, authorities have interviewed MANY people and have compared thousands of DNA with no luck. 

Brittany’s mother, Maggie Zingman, was left devastated and was determined to find her daughters killer.

Maggie Zingman

Photo of Maggie Zingman, Brittany’s mother

Maggie is a trauma psychologist, a trauma survivor and a “mom on a mission doing a labor of love.”

Every few months Maggie focuses on looking for her daughter’s killer. She drives her third Caravan to Catch a Killer SUV covered with pictures of her deceased daughter and facts about her brutal rape and murder. People are drawn to her SUV by its moving billboard while she shares her story of Brittany’s short, but gifted life. She also discusses the facts surrounding Brittany’s murder in the hope that she will eventually receive a tip that may lead to the killer and that lessons may be learned from the issues that impede her daughter’s investigation.

Caravan to Catch a Killer

Photo of Maggie’s Caravan ”to catch a killer,” which is made to draw attention with hopes that some day the right person will see it and remember and/or say something.

She has also driven more than 13,000 miles to conduct media interviews and meet with local homicide departments, government officials, and community leaders. She hopes that by receiving national coverage, she will help improve current rape laws and raise awareness about how DNA backlogs and justice issues related to rape affect the occurrence of murders such as Brittany’s and impede investigations. She credits law enforcement and volunteers in Tulsa, Oklahoma for having helped in her daughter’s investigation and also the companies who have helped raise awareness for the cause and promote the Caravan to Catch a Killer, such as LAMAR Advertising and Midwest Wraps/Fellers Vinyl. Maggie remains on a mission to bring her daughter’s killer to justice.


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Anyone with information regarding this cold case, please contact: Tulsa Police Department (homicide hotline) at 918-798-8477 you can also call and leave a tip at ‘Tulsa Tips’ – 918-596-COPS – Lead Detective Vic Regalado ( ) – 918 596-9141 1ST LEAD DETECTIVE October 1, 2004 – May 5, 2012 DET. JEFF FELTON – NOW TULSA D.A. OFFICE


Milan Police placed the banner with the picture of Crandall and Lily on the vacant lot at 325 W. 4th Ave., where her home once stood. The family, Milan Police Department and Quad-City Crime Stoppers are continuing to raise awareness of Crandall’s cruel murder which remains unsolved years later.

Quad City, Illinois — Harriet Crandall was 96-years-old and although she was getting weaker physically, she showed no signs of slowing down. A recent great-grandma to her granddaughter name Lily, she loved spending time with her and always wanted to hold her but didn’t think she had the strength to do it, so with the help of a pillow for her arm, she was able to hold Lily, James Crandall, the father of Lily and son of Harriet said.. It was definitely a precious moment and James didn’t hesitate to snap a photo.


“She was tickled having her there,” James said of the photo, which was taken in the fall of 2007.

But on the night of August 30, 2008 less than one year after that photo was snapped, Harriet was at her Milan home on 325 W. 4th Ave when a house-fire broke out and sadly, she didn’t make it. At first glance, it was thought to be just an terrible accident but when the autopsy report came in so did the truth. Harriet Crandall was dead prior to the fire. She had been strangled by an unidentified killer and the fire was just a cover-up. But who would want to harm such a defenceless woman?

Earl Higgins was Crandall’s neighbor for 10 years.

“I shot the breeze with her. It’s hard to believe,” he said about her death.

Higgins said he was home when his daughter woke him up about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 30, 2008, after seeing the Crandall house on fire.

Firefighters were called to the scene shortly before 11 p.m. They found Crandall’s body on the floor of her bedroom. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:44 p.m.

Harriet Crandall lived in the house for 71 years and raised her two sons there, said James Crandall of Sherrard, Ill., her oldest. She lived there alone since her husband died in 1986.

After her death, James Crandall tried to salvage from the burned debris the furniture his father had built.

“I couldn’t get the smoke smell out of the wood,” he said. “I finally set fire to it and finished it.”

His younger brother, Kenneth Crandall of Alexis, Ill., said coping with his mother’s death after a few years is “getting easier as time goes by. It still hurts.”

John Zelnio, president of Quad-City Crime Stoppers, pointed out that Harriet Crandall’s 100th birthday would have been today.

“Any minute, some good tip could come in,” Zelnio said.

Beckwith said that even though his investigators are currently not working any leads on the case, he’s still confident it can be solved.

“A lot of people saw and heard things,” Beckwith said. “What we need is information that will put us in the path of finding the person responsible.”

If you have any information regarding this unsolved murder please contact: Quad-City Crime Stoppers at (309) 762-9500 and Milan police at (309) 787-8520.

Harriets obituary:

Harriet Crandall, 96, of Milan, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at her home.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island. Those wishing to attend may meet at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan, at 10:30 a.m. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

Harriet was born April 6, 1912, in Beaman, Iowa the daughter of Harry and Bertha Esbolt Hawley. She married Harold Crandall on Dec. 3, 1933, in Rock Island. He preceded her in death on June 11, 1986.

Harriet was a stay-at-home mom. She was a good mother who lived for her family. She enjoyed traveling with her husband.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, James and Velma Crandall, Sherrard, Kenneth and Ann Crandall, Alexis; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Harriet was preceded in death by her brother, Glen.

There is a $3,000 reward for anyone with any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the indivigual who murdered this woman.