Posts Tagged ‘Unsolved Murder’

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Photo of John Fay who was found brutally murdered in a wooded park in Warwick, RI.

In May 2013 an individual jogging a bike path in City Park, located in Warwick, RI came across the body of a murdered man in a garbage can. Warwick police soon identified the man as John Jack Fay, 66, a retired postal worker and avid runner.

City Park is in the neighborhood of Buttonwoods, where Mr. Fay lived prior to his death. He would use the walking path regularly as his running trail and would usually be out there in the early morning hours.

Police believe Mr. Fay was jogging along the path when he was attacked and killed early on Friday morning, and say there was a violent struggle with Fay fighting desperately for his life.

“We have determined that the attacker or the assailant might have hurt himself and have injuries consistent with being involved in a violent attack. We know that Mr. Fay defended himself rigorously and we suspect that the attacker might have more injuries as a result,” said Officer Robert Nelson of the Warwick Police Department.

The trash bin (barrel) which Fay was cruelly thrown in had been covered with brush. His body was spotted hours later.

Police still don’t know whether the attack was random or if Fay was targeted and it’s possible that more than one attacker was involved. In fact, Fay was a strong, fit man and his family believes two people would have had to of subdued him.

In addition to patrolling the park, investigators are actively searching for whoever’s responsible for Fay’s death.

“We’re asking for anybody’s help as far as the public is concerned with any information they can give us in regards to this,” Nelson said.

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

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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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Photo of Marco McMillian

(YAHOO NEWS) JACKSON, Mississippi — A gay, black mayoral candidate killed last week in Mississippi was beaten, dragged and set on fire before his body was dumped near a river, according to his family.

In a statement issued late on Sunday, the family of Marco McMillian said a coroner who performed an autopsy on his body told them about the gruesome manner of death.

“We feel this was not a random act of violence based on the condition of the body when it was found,” the McMillian family said. “Marco, nor anyone, should have their lives end in this manner.”

Coahoma County Coroner Scotty Meredith declined to comment on the family’s statement that McMillian was beaten and burned.

The body of McMillian, a 33-year-old candidate for mayor of Clarksdale Mississippi, was found on Wednesday. A day later, law enforcement officials arrested a 22-year-old man, Lawrence Reed, who is also black, and charged him with murder in connection with the case.

McMillian was one of the first viable openly gay candidates to run for office in Mississippi, according to the Victory Fund, a national organization that supports homosexual candidates.
Autopsy results are not expected to be released until toxicology tests are complete, which could take two or three weeks, Meredith said.

The Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department, which is leading the investigation, has released few details about the killing or a possible motive. Law enforcement officials say the killing is not being treated as a hate crime.

McMillian had been missing since February 25 when his sport-utility vehicle was involved in a head-on collision in a rural part of Coahoma County in the Mississippi Delta. McMillian was not in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

McMillian recently moved from Memphis back to his hometown of Clarksdale to run for mayor as a Democrat. He had faced state Representative Chuck Espy, a Democrat, and former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Luckett, an attorney, along with two other candidates.

McMillian’s campaign focused on reducing crime and unemployment in Clarksdale, a city of roughly 18,000 people, said campaign spokesman Jarod Keith. A once-booming agricultural community, the city has steadily bled residents and jobs over the years and now faces high levels of violence and unemployment.

Another Democratic candidate for mayor, Doris Haynes Miller, said she recently was robbed at gunpoint in the town.

Source: Yahoo News

Pam-Jerome-PepperSketch of Pamela Jerome Pepper

Pamela Pepper was murdered over two decades ago and her case remains unsolved.

She was discovered deceased on January 13, 1986 by a Department of Environmental Protection Officer. She was found naked from the waist down, partially buried in snow on the Bridgeport Hydraulic Company, a property off of Valley Road in the town of Redding, Connecticut. She was wearing a dark-colored wool coat, tan-colored turtle-neck with maroon and brown stripes, tan pants and brown leather boots.

Pamela went by the nickname “Pam” and was last seen alive on November 25, 1985 in the downtown Bridgeport, CT area.

Pam was born February 2, 1942 and she was 42 at the time of her murder.

A reward of $20,000 is being offered for information leading to the suspect(s) arrest and conviction.

CASE Number: B-86-016709

Anyone with any information regarding this case is urged to please contact: Connecticut State Police – Western District Major Crime Squad at: 1-800-376-1554 and/or 1-203-267-2220

You can also send an anonymous tip by emailing: Western District Major Crime Squad

Unidentified "John Doe" found deceased in Illinois eight years ago

Facial Reconstructions of Unidentified “John Doe” found deceased in Illinois eight years ago

On January 6, 2005 at approximately 4PM the deceased body of an adult male was discovered at the Illinois/Michigan Shipping Canal near Summit, Illinois. He had been murdered. Illinois Police believe it’s possible he was homeless prior to his murder.

Despite reaching out to journalist/media and the internet, the identity and murder of this man remains unsolved.

Location Found: Summit, Illinois
Country: United States
Estimated Age: Between 50 and 60 years
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 185 pounds
Hair: Brown hair which was balding. He also had a moustache.
Clothing: White shirt, blue shirt, brown sweater, dark (blue) pants, black shoes (size 9) which slipped on in a way that slippers would slip on ones foot.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact: Illinois State Police Sergeant James Minx #3021 and/or the Zone 1 Investigations Unit in DesPlaines at 847-294-4600. (Case # 05-10145DP)

Source: Illinois State Police Website

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suspect_wanted_by_va_fbiWANTED BY FBI FOR ABDUCTION, ASSAULT & MURDER
Several months ago, back in October, 2012, FBI released a newly created composite sketch of a suspect/person-of-interest wanted in connection with murder as well as abduction and assault. They hope the sketch will help identify and track the unknown man.

Virginia State Police confirmed that evidence gathered from an unsolved kidnapping and assault in 2005 matches evidence in the Morgan Harrington investigation.

 

Description Of Suspect:

Sex: Male
Race: Black
Age Range: 35 – 25
Height: 5’9″ – 6’4″
Weight: 180-220 lbs.
Hair: Black
May wear a beard and mustache
Eyes: Brown
Last Seen: Charlottesville, VA
Other Possible Locations:
Virginia however, suspect could be anywhere in the USA

Photo of Morgan Dana Harrington –  (July 24, 1989 – October 17, 2009)

For those who aren’t familiar with the case, Morgan Dana Harrington was a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student whose disappearance on October 17, 2009  initiated one of the largest searches in Charlottesville, Virginia’s history. Sadly, her murdered remains were found 3 months later on Anchorage Farm in Charlottesville. It’s now been 3 years and the young woman’s homicide remains unsolved.

Morgan Harrington’s family is offering a reward of $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. In addition, the band Metallica is offering an additional $50,000 to the reward bringing it to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Morgan’s murder.

Click Find Morgan for more information regarding this unsolved homicide.

You can also join Help Find Morgan Dana Harrington Facebook group, which has over 23,000 members. It has since turned into a Memorial type of page with members giving their own opinions and theories, trying to figure out what happened and who could be responsible.

A Facebook user posted a status yesterday morning which said that behavioral and geographical crime scene specialists have convinced Virginia State Police and FBI that Morgan’s killer was familiar with the territory where her remains were found in a small clearing near a tree-lined creek.

“They did not feel they would be discovered in bringing her here,” A crime scene specialist said. “The location is not something a person unfamiliar with this area is likely to find on a whim.”

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

Morgan’s 24/7 Tip Line:
434-352-3467

Virginia State Police E-Mail:
bci-appomattox@vsp.virginia.gov

fort_bend_unidentified_victimUnidentified White Male – Homicide Victim

  • •The victim was discovered on May 21, 1992 in Fort Bend County, TX
  • •Approximate Height and Weight: 5’3″- 5’6″; 125-140 lbs.
  • •Clothing: Blue pants, brown leather belt cut off and punched to fit a 30-31 inch waist, boxer shorts and loafers.

The unidentified murder victim was located in Missouri City, located in Fort Bend County, Texas. Missouri City Medical Examiners estimated “John Doe” to be between the ages of 18 and 25 years.

On May 21, 1992, Missouri City police responded to a call to meet with fence builders in the area of Thompson Ferry Road and State Highway 6. When officers arrived, they were told that the men had discovered what they believed to be human bones.
The men explained that they were doing fence repair along the Hearne property about 2-3 tenths of a mile from the Oyster Creek Bridge when they saw the bones.

During the processing of the original scene, police noted that although the area was rural, the dumping ground for the body was a very short distance from the Oyster Creek Bridge, which was completely visible from State Highway 6.

Cause of death was blunt trauma to the face. Based on the condition of the remains and the tattered scraps of clothing and a coin located at the crime scene, authorities believe the victim had been there from one to three years.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Missouri City Police Department
281-403-8745
and/or
Fort Bend Crime Stoppers
281-342-TIPS
You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

Agency Case Number:
92-12599
TXDPS U0807019

NCIC Number: U-576723800

 

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Regina Mae Armstrong

Age: 6
Sex: Female
Race: Caucasian
Missing Since:
Body Found: 06/18/85
Location: Oviedo, Orlando, Florida
Zip Code: 32762
Possible Suspect: Unknown

On the afternoon of June 18, 1985, Regina Armstrong, then 6, was playing with her 9-year-old sister and their babysitter’s chid outside their babysitter’s  Semoran Terrace apartment complex on south Semoran Boulevard in Orlando, FL, when she was kidnapped.

Armstrong_Suspect_CompositeAfter police were alerted, a massive search for Regina was immediately conducted. The little girl’s sister gave police a description of the kidnapper and police were able to have a composite sketch drawn.

The sketch depicts what the abducted may have looked like in the 80’s. He was described as a man in his 40’s  who wore a plaid shirt and old blue jeans. He had a cut on his lip and stubble on his face. He talked to the three children briefly and then left, but reappeared about 30 minutes later as the children play near the apartment mailboxes.

The man lured Regina Mae to follow him, most likely under false pretenses, and promised the other two children that he would pay them each $2 to watch a door at the nearby Beau Barton apartments where he said he and his wife lived.

 

According to Regina’s sister, the abductor had a broken lip and had an odor to him.

“He smelled oily, like he worked for a mechanic or on cars, he didn’t smell like a normal guy.” recalled Christina Worsham, Regina’s sister,  during an 2010 interview.

When Christina realized her sister wasn’t coming back, she tried to warn their baby sitter. But the woman, for some reason, wouldn’t listen to Christina’s pleas and instead locked the door. It wasn’t until nearly two hours later when the baby sitter’s boyfriend and another brother returned, that Christina finally got help.

“I was so scared. I didn’t know what to do or who to call,” Worsham said. “I was just shaken. I didn’t know if I was going to be in trouble or what was going to happen.”

Police were finally notified at 4:30 p.m. when Donna Armstrong returned to pick up her daughters.

“It was unreal. I just didn’t have any idea what was going on,” Donna Armstrong said. “It’s a day I’ll never forget.”

Many hoped for a safe return but sadly, a little over two years after the abduction a construction worker found the skull and weathered, dirty sundress Regina was last seen wearing, in a Oviedo housing development approximately 15 miles from where she was kidnapped.

The findings matched that of Regina Armstrong and what became a hopeful rescue turned into a manhunt for her killer. However, almost 28 years later and the person responsible remains unknown and Regina’s murder remains unsolved.

“The key to solving this case is finding somebody who knows something,” Detective Michael Moreschi from the Orlando Police Department said to reporters. “Either that, or [DNA] technology will finally have caught up with the crime.”

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is urged to please contact: Florida’s Crimeline – 1-800-423-8477.

  • The severely mutilated body of Elizabeth Short was discovered in 1947
  • The case remains one of the oldest unsolved murder cases in L.A. history
  • Steve Hodel believes his father killed the Black Dahlia at the family home and later fled the country, something he’s suspected for many years
  • A Cadaver dog has discovered the faint trace of human remains in the basement and soil samples are being tested
Black Dahlia: A head shot of Elizabeth Short who had been an aspiring actress until her untimely murderBlack Dahlia: A head shot of Elizabeth Short who had been an aspiring actress until her untimely murder

The body of Elizabeth Short had been severed at the waist and completely drained of blood, her face had also been slashed from the corners of her mouth toward her earsThe body of Elizabeth Short had been severed at the waist and completely drained of blood, her face had also been slashed from the corners of her mouth toward her ears

Steve Hodel, right, with cadaver dog handler Paul Dostie, and Buster, searched the Sowden/Franklin House at 5121 Franklin Ave., Hollywood for evidence that the Black Dahlia Murder took place thereSteve Hodel, right, with cadaver dog handler Paul Dostie, and Buster, searched the Sowden/Franklin House at 5121 Franklin Ave., Hollywood for evidence that the Black Dahlia Murder took place there

Sowden house, 1940

Sowden House (above) the potential murder scene and Dr George Hodel (below) who was a suspect in the original investigation and who Steve Hodel believes is responsible for the murder of the Black Dahlia

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Elizabeth Short's mutilated body was found in a vacant lot near a busy intersection on the southwest section of L.A. in 1947Elizabeth Short’s mutilated body was found in a vacant lot near a busy intersection on the southwest section of L.A. in 1947

Not long before her death, Short was arrested in Santa Barbara for underage drinking and this police mugshot was takenNot long before her death, Short was arrested in Santa Barbara for underage drinking and this police mugshot was taken

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