Cold Cases

Hello Crimewatchers! I am so glad to be back after that little hiatus during the new year! I have some news to share with everyone concerning TCCF, and because of the awesomeness that CW has offered toward my project, I am happy to release some things in advance of tomorrow's important announcement. 1. We Ran Into A Little Problem: TCCF has always been the place for Daisy and I to discuss cold cases that rarely ever get the attention that they deserved. We tried our best to help bring these cases to light in an attempt to reinvigorate said cases. In fact, we have an interesting number of people who tune into the Anchor podcast vs. our YouTube channel. However we had some issues ranging from a creative "snag" on my end, in which I kinda...
This is a general discussion thread for cold cases, cold case innovations, or possibly to break out into a thread, if the interest goes that way.
1998 sexual assault cold case solved with blood sample from suspect’s autopsy The suspect died in 2014, but his fingerprint and blood sample matched DNA collected in 1998 West Falls Church VA Aug. 17, 1998 the suspect appeared as an exterminator and forced entry into a 32-year-old woman's home. The man threatened the victim with a gun and sexually assaulted her before she jumped two stories from a balcony to escape. DNA and fingerprints were taken as evidence from the scene, but the suspect's identity was not found. In early 2019, detectives resubmitted suspect's DNA and fingerprints and received a fingerprint hit for Juan Johnson of Maryland. Johnson died in 2014 at age 48, but a blood sample from an autopsy allowed the Virginia...
This is a general thread for short discussions on very old unsolved cold cases. Please note that if the case starts an active discussion, moderators may create a new thread highlighting said case.
On July 13th, 2012 Elizabeth Collins, age 8, and her cousin Lyric Cook, age 10, went for a bike ride in Evansdale. The two never returned and their abandoned bikes were later located on a trail in the southeast corner of Meyers Lake later in that day. A large search was executed in Evansdale and their disappearance was investigated by local, state and federal officials. On December 5th, 2012 hunters in the Seven Bridges Wildlife Park discovered the bodies of Elizabeth and Lyric. Seven Bridges Wildlife Park is approximately 25 miles from where they disappeared. To this day, no arrests in their disappearance and murder have been made. Tips may be submitted by calling the Evansdale Police Department at 319-232-6682, emailing the Iowa...
After a decade, knowing didn’t bring relief Melissa Baum wears a silver necklace holding a small silver pendant with a ruby. Contained within the pendant are half the remains of her daughter, Lindsey. It’s been 10 years since Lindsey disappeared during a 10-minute walk to her home in McCleary on a hot summer evening June 26, 2009. It’s been a little more than a year since Melissa Baum was told her daughter’s partial remains had been found hundreds of miles away in the middle of the state and she knew for sure her daughter had been murdered. During the decade that followed her daughter’s disappearance, Melissa has seen her daughter’s friends grow up, graduate from high school, go to college, marry, have children of their own. Melissa...
Texas father still looking for answers, justice in 2010 death of Hailey Dunn https://www.reporternews.com/story/news/2019/12/27/father-clint-dunn-seeks-answers-death-hailey-dunn-colorado-city-texas-2010-cold-case/2752190001/ The disappearance of 13-year-old middle school student Hailey Dunn in Colorado City hits its nine-year anniversary this month with her father, Clint Dunn, still looking for answers. "I feel like I'm left in the darkness because law enforcement is not communicating with me at all," said Clint Dunn, speaking via telephone this week. "... This needs to move forward." Hailey's death remains unsolved, though her remains were found in 2013 in Scurry County. Investigators named Shawn Adkins, the live-in boyfriend of...
https://www.wtol.com/article/news/local/nevaeh-buchanans-body-was-found-11-years-ago-her-murder-is-still-unsolved/512-5838ebb3-83bd-47b3-9759-5a10b0e8d32c Nevaeh Buchanan's body was found 11 years ago; her murder is still unsolved It has been 11 years since the body of 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan was found along the River Raisin on June 4, more than two weeks after she was reported missing from the Charlotte Arms apartment complex in Monroe. Her murder is still unsolved, but her family has not lost their resolve to find out what happened to Nevaeh. Nevaeh, who would have turned 16 in February, was last seen alive the day before Memorial Day when she vanished from the parking lot where she lived. About ten days and ten miles from...
Watch as this 19 year old case is experiencing a resurgence by 2 very determined men who remember the murder & seeing her burned home near their apartment. TARA LOUISE BAKER Tara was murdered in a heinous fashion on January 19, 2001 one day shy of her 24th birthday. The epitome of overkill: Tara was beaten, stabbed, and strangled. A sexual assault was not ruled out. The killer even went so far as to set her apartment on fire. Her laptop was stolen. According to the Augusta Chronicle: "Investigators identified at least three possible suspects after the murder, including a man Baker was dating, a fellow law school student, and an attorney at a local firm Baker worked for. Authorities will not say if the men still are under suspicion...
Heidi Nicole Preston last seen at the Southern Comfort Saloon on Highway 544 on August 29th, 1987. Her body was found floating in the Waccamaw River near Lee's Landing the following day. She had been struck with an instrument in the back of the head. https://www.crimewatchers.net/media/heidi-nicole-preston-last-seen-at-the-southern-comfort-saloon-on-august-29th-1987-her-murdered-body-was-later-found-floating-in-the-waccamaw-river.869/ added media link: WHO KILLED HEIDI PRESTON in 1987? Her family is gone. Is there anyone who is still trying to get justice for Heidi? #SouthCarolina
Alonzo Brooks was last seen on the evening of April 3, 2004 attending a party at a rural home outside of La Cygne, Kansas. His family reported him missing after he did'nt returned home. Alonzo's body was found in a nearby creek on May 1, 2004. He was 23 years old at the time of his murder. Department of Justice and FBI are investigating Alonzo's death as a racially motivated hate crime. https://www.crimewatchers.net/media/before-he-was-murdered-alonzo-brooks-was-last-seen-on-the-evening-of-april-3-2004-attending-a-party-at-a-rural-home-outside-of-la-cygne-kansas.528/
You may remember this case: https://www.foxnews.com/us/former-massachusetts-corrections-officer-arrested-1988-slaying-11-year-old-girl Melissa Ann Tremblay disappeared in Lawrence, Massachusetts, at the age of 11 on a Sunday evening in 1988 and was found the next day after being stabbed to death and hit by a train. More than three decades later, her alleged killer was arrested in Alabama and will be returned to Massachusetts to face justice. Marvin McClendon, Jr., a 74-year-old retired Massachusetts Department of Corrections officer, was taken into custody by the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office and will be arraigned in an Alabama court later this week. Tremblay went with her mother to LaSalle Social Club in Lawrence on September 11...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Amy_Mihaljevic Amy Renee Mihaljevic (December 11, 1978 – October 27, 1989) was a ten-year-old American elementary school student who was kidnapped and murdered in the U.S. state of Ohio in 1989. Her murder case received national attention. The story of her unsolved kidnapping and murder was presented by John Walsh on the television show America's Most Wanted during the program's early years. To date, her killer has not been found, yet the case remains active; new information in 2007 and 2013 has increased hopes of resolving the case. Disappearance and murder On October 27, 1989, Amy Mihaljevic was kidnapped from the Bay Square Shopping Center in Bay Village, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland.[1] The...
(STORY BY ERIKA MARIE, OUR BLACK GIRLS BLOG. EDITED TO CORRECT MS. GAMBLES' NAME) This is another case that, because of time and resources, doesn’t have much to any information available to report. The Project Cold Case Database includes a mysterious incident involving 31-year-old Pamela Gambles, a case that hasn’t had any movement since the summer of 1988. On August 11 of that year, Pamela, her friend, and a few of her co-workers visited a store in Worthington Springs, Florida. There was nothing suspicious about the group and by all accounts, they went their separate ways without conflict or disputes. The following day, a grisly discovery was made in a wooded area near County Road 131 and Bunn Rd. The dead body of a black female was...
John Robert Thomas was found murdered at the intersection of Washington Street and Broadway Avenue in Lake City on December 9th, 2001. The report had come in right before 5am. He had been shot in the face. There was also signs that he may have also been robbed after he was killed. He died at the scene. Shortly after his death, a car that belonged to his roommate was set on fire in Live Oak. Prior to this, John had asked his roommate if he could borrow his car and was allowed to. The fire was likely set ablaze so that evidence pertaining to this murder would be concealed. A woman was identified as the person of interest; however, due to lack of cooperation, the state had to let her go with no charges. She still faces murder charges if...
On April 17th, 1988, the skeletal remains of Laverne Mack were located in wooded area at US 441 and Interstate 10. After the remains were identified as Mack's, people had been interviewed, but it did not lead to identifying any suspects. She was reported missing to the Lake City Police Department on August 11th, 1987 by an unidentified individual. Despite the suspicious nature of Mack's death, the Medical Examiner's Office could not determine the cause of death; however, the CCSO believes that foul play was involved. There are few details available; however we are working to get more information through a Freedom of Information Act request. This is to insure that our community is aware of all the details. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION...
(From Jessie Box, Suwannee Democrat, October 2017) Joseph Ronald Sapp of Live Oak was found shot in the head multiple times at the rear of the Columbia County Fair Grounds on April 15, 1983. According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, no significant leads have been made since that time. A 1983 interview with a nearby resident revealed a car fitting the description of Sapp’s 1979 Ford Fairmont drove into the ball complex at the fairgrounds, both doors opened, three to four shots were fired, both doors opened again and the car proceeded out of the complex, according to CCSO. Several hours later, Sapp’s car was found abandoned in the wooded area at the rear of Fat Man’s Bar B Cue off of U.S. Highway 90. The report states the...
BERNARD RANDOLPH BROWN- SUSPICIOUS DEATH On the evening of July 25th, 1981, Bernard Randolph Brown was sleeping when he was awoken by an individual that was staying with him who had smelled smoke. The house was on fire. Bernard supposedly told her to exit via the window. The individual stated that she wrapped herself in a curtain drape and exited the home through the window. She also stated that though she heard him moving around in the house, he never came out the window. The home was located at 412 Franklin Street. His nude body was located in the northeast bedroom section of the house. He had partial burns on his body; however, according to Lake City Police Investigator Larry Dougherty, he believed that Bernard had died from smoke...
On January 15th, 1980, an employee of McLeroy Salvage called the Columbia County Sheriffs Office in regards to a homicide that took place on Frye Rd. at Charlie's Place, a neighborhood bar/residence. When Deputy Louie Goble arrived at the scene, the body of 36 year old Willie Mease "PeeWee" Presley was lying on the ground with bullet wounds to her body. Later, Investigator Raska would recover three weapons that were stolen from Charlie's Place in some bushes nearby. It is uncertain if these weapons were used in the murder. Charlie Presley, the owner of the bar and also the husband of Ms. Presley, would reclaim the weapons. He had been out of town when the events took place. Several interviews were conducted, according to available...
On the evening of July 30th, 1971, Mark Brotherton had been preparing to close up for the evening at Standard Oil Service Station when a customer, 23 year old Allen Munkittrick of Vermont (who at the time had been stationed with the military in Virginia), came in to see about getting service for his vehicle he had towed in by two men driving a cream-colored Volkswagen van heading west. The van also had a Budweiser sticker on the back. The men had stated to Munkittrick that they were heading to "LA", but had to make a stop into Panama City Beach before continuing in that direction. The police report wasn't clear about whether the "LA" in question was Louisiana or Los Angeles. As the service was getting set up, two black men entered the...
Circumstances of Disappearance On Christmas Eve in 1945, the Sodders and nine of their ten children settled in for the evening. Martha, and four of her siblings - Martha, Betty, Jennie and Maurice pleaded to be allowed to stay up and play with their new toys. Mrs. Sodder relented after the children promised to take care of their chores before coming to bed. Shortly after midnight Mrs. Sodder was awakened by the phone ringing. A female caller asked for a man whose name Mrs. Sodder did not recognize. The caller gave a weird laugh before hanging up. Dismissing the call as a prank, Mrs. Sodder went to return back to bed but noticed the lights were still on, the shades were not drawn and the doors had not been locked. Believing the children...
Spangler was an actress and a dancer mainly noted for small film roles in the 1940s. She left her home in the Wiltshire district of Los Angeles, California on October 7, 1949 at approximately 5:00 p.m., en route to a farmer's market. She lived with her young daughter, Christine, her mother, her brother and her sister-in-law at the time. Spangler told her sister-in-law that she was meeting her former husband, Dexter Benner, to discuss a possible increase in child support payments on his part for Christine. His child support was a week overdue. A photo of Dexter is posted with this case summary. Spangler said that she was scheduled to report to a nighttime film shoot after the support meeting. Spangler's sister-in-law filed a missing...
Faith was a 19-year-old junior at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill when, on the morning of Sept. 7, 2012, a returning roommate discovered her body in a bedroom of the off-campus apartment they shared, according to the roommate's 911 call. An autopsy revealed Faith died after a severe beating to the head; investigators believed the weapon was an empty but unbroken bottle of Bacardi peach-flavored rum found at the scene, covered in blood. From that moment on, police have searched unsuccessfully for an assailant. https://people.com/crime/faith-hedgepeth/
Hello! This new site is fantastic. Thank you to the Admins for the new look. 🙏🏼❤ I wanted to re-create a thread here that was on the last crimewatchers.net site and is no longer 😢 in 2015, I was very interested in looking back into the West Mesa Bone Collector case. I have an admittedly OCD fascination with tracking serial killers who have yet to be apprehended and theorizing their movements/potential victims etc. With that being said, I decided to attempt a comparison between the West Mesa victims unearthed in 2009 and any other crimes fitting a similar MO. (For those who need a quick update on the West Mesa Bone Collector Case, here’s some quick info: West Mesa murders - Wikipedia ) While I was studying the West Mesa case I...

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