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Discussion in 'Identified!' started by Kimster, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    MACOUPIN COUNTY, IL (KPLR) - Authorities in Macoupin County have finally identified the remains of a man missing since early 2012 thanks to a DNA match with his birth mother. Joseph Wilson's relatives said he had developmental disabilities.

    Macoupin County authorities describe the case as a homicide investigation. Wilson's skeletal remains were found in a creek bed not far from Royal Lakes Village where he grew up. Teenagers, on a school holiday, discovered the bones in a rural area off Route 159 and North of Bunker Hill. A relative had reported him missing in April 2012 after he failed to show up for his aunt's funeral.

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  2. Kimster

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    BEDFORD Co., Va. (WBDJ7) The Bedford County Sheriff's Office positively identified the remains round in a 55-gallon drum.

    A homeowner found the drum belonging to her tenant, Robert Wozniak, earlier this month. Wozniak then confessed to deputies he put his grandmother, Betty Wozniak, in the drum.

    The Medical Examiner confirmed the remains are Betty Wozniak, although the cause of death is still undetermined.

    Robert Wozniak faces charges for putting the body in the drum and taking money that wasn't his. He's due in court in June.

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  3. Kimster

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    MUSKOGEE — DNA testing has identified skeletal remains found south of Muskogee in 1983 as a woman who went missing in Tulsa in 1981.

    Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge says in a news release that the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification matched the DNA profile from the remains to a profile submitted by the family of Francine Frost, a nurse in Tulsa who went missing Feb. 16 or 17, 1981, at the age of 44.

    Loge told the Tulsa World that authorities found the remains near Martin in January 1983 and buried them but had no further contact regarding identification until the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office requested the county exhume the skeleton for testing last August.

    “We’re trying to determine what happened to her,” he said. “It’s possible that she was deceased before arriving in Muskogee County, but it’s also possible that she died in Muskogee County. We don’t know yet.”

    Tulsa World archives state that the Tulsa Police Department recovered Frost’s car at the Skaggs Alpha Beta grocery, at 21st Street and Memorial Drive, on Feb. 17, 1981, with her keys hanging halfway in the door lock. Malcolm Frost, Francine Frost’s husband, said at the time that she often went to the store after he went to sleep each night to get things to make his lunch for the next day.

    He said he woke up at their home early Feb. 17, 1981, to find that his wife and her car, a 1980 Buick Skylark, were gone. After noticing her car in the grocery store’s parking lot late that day, he said he looked inside to see a receipt from another store that had a time stamp of 10:20 p.m. Feb. 16.

    Loge said Muskogee County authorities are working with Tulsa police to reopen the investigation into Francine Frost’s disappearance. Anyone with information is asked to call the Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office at 918-682-3374 or the Tulsa Police Department at 918-596-9333.

  4. Kimster

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    WHARTON COUNTY, Texas - Officials have positively identified remains found in Wharton County late last year as those of a girl who disappeared 25 years ago.

    Rosemary Diaz was reported missing in November 1990. She was last seen at Dane's Country Store on Highway 71 South in Danevang, more than 70 miles southwest of Houston.

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    Last November, officials found human remains in a grassy field off County Road 403 in Matagorda County. A ring that was given to Diaz on her 15th birthday was also found with the remains.

    On Thursday, officials confirmed the remains are those of Diaz.

    According to investigators, the field where Diaz's remains were found belongs to the family of the man who killed Diaz. While on his death bed in 2012, he confessed to his family that he killed her.

    The man's family was not involved in Diaz's death, investigators said.

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  5. Kimster

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    FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – The Florence Police Department and the Florence County Coroner’s Office are investigating skeletal remains found by city officials at a vacant house in the 500 block of North Wilson Street in Florence Nov. 18 shortly after 11 a.m.

    Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken said the remains were taken to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where they were examined by Forensic Anthropologists and Odontologists.

    Through dental records on file with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, officials identified the remains as those of LaKendra S. Powers, who went missing from Florence in April 2008 when she was 16 years old.

    WMBF News went to the neighborhood where Power's body was discovered. The woman who lives across the street from the vacant house said she was there the day investigators removed the body. Nikkie Flemmings said, “It was sad, it was scary, because it could have been my daughter, I have an eleven year old. It was just something that really hurts your heart.” Flemmings added there is not much activity that goes on at the house, but does see the landlord.

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    Officials have now identified a man found dead in Rib Mountain State Park last month.

    Hunters came across the human remains back on November 17th. Yesterday the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office announced that the body was 30 year old David Yang of Rib Mountain.

    Because the body was badly decomposed, investigators utilized DNA testing to verify the identity. They believe the body had been there for some time. Yang was last seen by a family member on August 30.

    Authorities believe that no foul play is involved and the death was likely the result of a suicide.

    They do continue to investigate and any information can be provided to the Sheriff’s Office.

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  7. Kimster

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    XENIA, Ohio (WKRC) - Investigators have identified the skeletal remains found in Xenia as a missing Florida woman. It's now a homicide investigation.

    A press conference was held on Dec. 8 to unveil forensic facial reconstruction in the case. Springfield, Ohio police then contacted them about a missing persons case they were investigating involving Tiffany Chambers, 33.

    A DNA sample from a member of her family in Florida was obtained. It helped ID the remains as Chambers.

    Chambers was last seen in Springfield around July 16, 2015. Her remains were discovered May 1, 2016. Anyone with information about Tiffany Dawn Chambers is urged to contact the Springfield Police Division at 937-324-7709.


    Prayers for Tiffany's loved ones!
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    NETCONG -- The bones found last April near Furnace Pond in Netcong have been identified as Dylan Bright, 22, of Bath, Pa., the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said Monday.

    The cause and manner of Bright's death remain under investigation, said Agent Paul Merkler, adding "there is nothing further at this time," when asked about a date and time of Bright's death.

    Bright's remains were found on April 16, 2016, the prosecutor's office has previously said. Additional bones were found in the area during five days of investigation April 16-20, according to the prosecutor's office.

    Merkler said Bright was reported missing by family members to Pennsylvania law enforcement authorities in September 2015. According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, Bright was last seen on June 24, 2015 in Moore Township, Pa.

    According to his obituary, Bright was born in Easton, Pa., and grew up in Newton where he attended high school and played for the Braves' football team.

    He enjoyed writing poetry, drawing and "free spirited walking trips," according to his obituary.

    At the time he was reported missing, Bright was working as a shelf-stocker at a grocery store in Nazareth, Pa.

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    FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) -- Human remains found below a West Virginia bridge belong to a Virginia Tech graduate student who vanished nearly two decades ago, state police said.

    DNA evidence confirms the remains discovered near the New River Gorge Bridge are those of Robert Leroy Kovack, said West Virginia State Police Lt. M.T. Baylous said.

    "We're relieved that we can finally put some of this to a close," Kovack's older brother, Fairmont pharmacist Michael Kovack, said Tuesday.

    Robert Kovack, a 24-year-old native of Rivesville, West Virginia, disappeared on Sept. 18, 1998 while driving to a football game in Morgantown. His car was found days later, out of gas near the bridge.

    A work crew discovered the remains last March in a heavily wooded area along with Kovack's driver's license, a college ID and car keys. Authorities say evidence suggested Kovack may have fallen after being hit by a car.

    At 875 feet, it is the third-highest bridge in the United States, and the site of a popular "Bridge Day" jumping festival every October.

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  10. Kimster

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    The Montrose County Coroner’s Office on Monday identified human remains found by hunters last fall as those of a Nucla man reported missing three years ago.

    Coroner Thomas M. Canfield said Gerry “Hoop” Reed, 56, of Nucla died of hypothermia and ruled his death an accident.

    Hunters found the remains in the Sawmill Mesa area of the Uncompahgre Plateau west of Montrose last October. Sheriff’s and coroner’s office officials worked to recover the bones and fragments of clothing.

    Reed was last seen in March 2014 and was reported missing the following month.

    The University of Northern Texas Human Identification Forensic Laboratory completed a forensic anthropological examination to confirm the identity of the remains.

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  11. Kimster

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    TULSA, Oklahoma -

    The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office says human remains found by hunters in December 1992 have been identified as the remains of a missing Tulsa woman.

    TCSO says the remains are Greta Riles, a 43-year-old ex-convict.

    A hunter found the remains in the 5800 block of North Harvard.

    Deputies say due to Riles's lifestyle, her family didn't report her missing until July 2012.

    In 1992, the state Medical Examiner's Office determined the remains were that of a young black female.

    TCSO's Cold Case Task Force took a second look at the case and thanks to a grant from the National Institute of Justice, the remains were sent to the University of North Texas for DNA analysis where they were finally identified.

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    Skeletal remains found 18 months ago in Glynn County near Interstate 95 were identified as Bart Storm MacDonald, a 45-year-old man who was wanted by the law from Jesup to the Florida Panhandle before he shot himself in the head, Glynn County Police Capt. Marissa Tindale said.

    MacDonald’s remains were identified through DNA testing at the Center for Human Identification at University of North Texas, Tindale said Thursday afternoon. The remains revealed a gunshot to the head, and police have determined it was self-inflicted suicide, Tindale said.

    A resident discovered the skeletal remains on the afternoon of Aug. 7, 2015, in woods behind 473 Picric St. Picric Street in Glynn County, police said at the time. The remains were found about 100 feet west of I-95’s 36A exit ramp, police said.

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    Kimster Director Staff Member


    Twenty-five years after a hunter found a skull near Mohawk Park, authorities have identified the remains as a woman who wasn’t reported missing until nearly two decades after her disappearance.

    Greta Riles, who was 22 or 23 when she vanished, was identified from the partial remains found in December 1992 in the 5800 block of North Harvard Avenue, according to a news release from the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.

    Riles’ family did not report her missing until 2012 “due to Riles’ lifestyle,” TCSO spokeswoman Casey Roebuck states in the release.
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    Kimster Director Staff Member


    COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Skeletal remains found last month on a golf course in Perry Township have been positively identified as Danny Sanders, a high school student reported missing in 2005. The cause of death has been ruled a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Danny Sanders was a senior at Worthington Kilbourne High School when he walked out of his house on February 5, 2005. Perry Township Police Chief John Petrozzi says the Sanders family did not report Danny missing for 10 days.

    “At that point they just believed he had left the Central Ohio area and weren’t sure where he may have gone,” Petrozzi said.

    Some local residents discovered the skeletal remains last month while out on a weekend hike. The remains were in some thick brush and woods about 30 yards off the fairway and about 100 yards from the back door of the Sanders family home.

    Three months after Danny Sanders’ disappearance, his father reported that his handgun was missing. Police say that same gun was found next to the skeletal remains.

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    On Monday, Precinct 4 Constable David Stone confirmed that the human remains found in a wooded area in the Sand Hill community have been positively identified as those of Centralla Chimney, a 69-year-old woman who was reported missing on July 27, 2016.

    The remains were found on Jan. 8.

    Stone said no foul play is suspected, and the cause of Chimney’s death is still unknown at this time.

    According to Stone, the case was originally a Precinct 4 Constable’s Office case, but the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office joined in later. The final autopsy results came back to the constable’s office, he said.

    Stone said it was an unfortunate end to the missing person case involving Chinney, but at least with the scientific results, the family can have a sense of closure in regard to the loss of a loved one.

    Stone said his thoughts and prayers are with Chimney’s family.

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