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GrandmaBear

Deputized Emu Slayer/Horse Thief Hunter
Horseshoe Harriet from 1984 has been identified as Robin Pelkey.

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"DNA evidence has helped identify the remains of one of Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen’s victims, 37 years after her death.

Robin Pelkey is the name of the woman that was murdered in the early 1980s, according to the results of DNA research completed by the Alaska Bureau of Investigation Cold Case Unit and Parabon Nanolabs laboratory. The two agencies used new DNA samples from family members to construct a DNA profile and family tree for Pelkey, according to a Friday press release from the Alaska Department of Public Safety.

A new DNA profile for Pelkey was generated in August, and uploaded into a public geneaology database.

Pelkey, colloquially known for years as “Horseshoe Harriet,” was found dead April 25, 1984, near Horseshoe Lake in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. According to the release, records indicate that she had been living in Anchorage around the time when Hansen was active, and would have been 19 at the time of her murder.

Investigators found no record of her having been reported missing."

Victim of Alaska serial killer identified after 37 years

Robin Pelkey's thread:
That's so sad that there is no record of anyone ever reporting her missing. I wonder what her story was, her family must have worried? Such a pretty young woman.
 

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
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Coos Bay John Doe from 1971 has been identified as Winston Arthur Maxey III.

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"In 1971, Winston Arthur Maxey III left his home in Boise, Idaho, at the age of 15. After talking with a friend in Boise, Winston had learned there were job opportunities in Oregon and made a plan to hitchhike to the coast. He told his sister he was going to Coos Bay - and in the spring of 1971, 15-year-old Winston left home.
Family members reported they had never heard from Winston again, not knowing if he arrived in Oregon.

In July 1971, an unidentified deceased juvenile male was reported to the Coos County Sheriff’s Office in the Engelwood area of Snedden Creek in Coos Bay.

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The case remained open at the Sheriff’s Office, among several other cases that are periodically revisited when time, evidence or technology might allow for a breakthrough.

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In May 2021, Parabon Nanolabs was able to provide a DNA profile of the unidentified male. (...) In July 2021, Parabon Nanolabs provided a further report, able to identify the family and to identify a male from the Idaho area which matched the genealogy and ancestry history from the first profile."

15 years old and hitchhiking to Oregon? My goodness. What a sad case.
 

GrandmaBear

Deputized Emu Slayer/Horse Thief Hunter
The story if one goes into the link about the 15 year old though sad is kind of cool of how things came about. He was a father and did not know it. His daughter was given up for adoption and the daughter as an adult started trying to find her biological parents. She found her mother and got his name from her but then could find nothing about him anywhere... Or it went something like that... He died never knowing he fathered a child apparently.

It is sad he sounds like another one they never looked for--his family I mean?
 

The Coffeenator

Well-known member
Body 5 from 1978 has been identified as Francis Wayne Alexander.

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Photo courtesy of the family

"On October 25, 2021 the DNA Doe Project (DDP), in conjunction with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in Chicago, Illinois, announced the identification of a previously unnamed victim of the executed sexual predator and serial killer John Wayne Gacy as Francis Wayne AlexandDiscovered on December 26, 1978, at the Norwood Park residence of his killer, Alexander’s remains were one of six victims who had previously been unidentified. The date of death was placed between 1972 and 1978, but most likely between early 1976 and March 15, 1977 based on the location of the remains and information learned during the investigation."



"Francis Wayne Alexander, who was found in Gacy’s crawl space in December 1978, was identified as victim No. 5 in a string of killings tied to Gacy.
He was killed by Gacy sometime between early 1976 and early 1977, and would have been around 21 at the time of his murder, a statement from the sheriff’s office said.

Alexander is survived by his mother, two half-sisters and two half-brothers.

“It is hard, even 45 years later, to know the fate of our beloved Wayne. He was killed at the hands of a vile and evil man,” Alexander’s family said in a written statement. “Our hearts are heavy and our sympathies go out to the other victims’ families. Our only comfort is knowing this killer no longer breathes the same air as we do.”"



Francis Wayne Alexander's thread:
 

GrandmaBear

Deputized Emu Slayer/Horse Thief Hunter
Body 5 from 1978 has been identified as Francis Wayne Alexander.

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Photo courtesy of the family

"On October 25, 2021 the DNA Doe Project (DDP), in conjunction with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in Chicago, Illinois, announced the identification of a previously unnamed victim of the executed sexual predator and serial killer John Wayne Gacy as Francis Wayne AlexandDiscovered on December 26, 1978, at the Norwood Park residence of his killer, Alexander’s remains were one of six victims who had previously been unidentified. The date of death was placed between 1972 and 1978, but most likely between early 1976 and March 15, 1977 based on the location of the remains and information learned during the investigation."



"Francis Wayne Alexander, who was found in Gacy’s crawl space in December 1978, was identified as victim No. 5 in a string of killings tied to Gacy.
He was killed by Gacy sometime between early 1976 and early 1977, and would have been around 21 at the time of his murder, a statement from the sheriff’s office said.

Alexander is survived by his mother, two half-sisters and two half-brothers.

“It is hard, even 45 years later, to know the fate of our beloved Wayne. He was killed at the hands of a vile and evil man,” Alexander’s family said in a written statement. “Our hearts are heavy and our sympathies go out to the other victims’ families. Our only comfort is knowing this killer no longer breathes the same air as we do.”"



Francis Wayne Alexander's thread:
Wow. How sad of a thing for the family to find out his fate yet find on the other hand, they now know what happened to him. His mother is still alive, that's something.

The rate they are finding identities on old cases these days is amazing.

The way and rate at which they are identifying these unidentified people these days is amazing.
 

The Coffeenator

Well-known member
Bibb County John Doe from 1961 has been identified as Daniel "Danny" Paul Armantrout.




According to the announcement, there's no existing photos of Danny, and he had another brother who is also missing.

Danny Armantrout's thread:
 

The Coffeenator

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Backyard Doe from 2019 has been identified as George Seitz.

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"In March 2019, a woman contacted police and told them she remembered a body was buried in plastic bags in the backyard of a home on 115th St. near Jamaica Ave. Investigators quickly visited the location and collected the partial remains of an unknown male homicide victim. Investigators found a pelvis and part of a torso under concrete. The body was dismembered at the neck, shoulders and hips.
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The [genealogical] investigation eventually revealed that the unknown man was George Seitz, a World War I veteran who went missing in December 1976. He was last seen leaving his home in Jamaica, NY on his way to get a haircut, according to prosecutors.

Further investigation by law enforcement revealed Martin Motta as the suspect in Seitz's murder. Prosecutors from the Queens DA's office have indicted Motta for the crime."

Murdered World War I Veteran from Queens is now Identified

Queens man, 74, charged in death of WWI veteran missing since 1976

 

The Coffeenator

Well-known member
Fond du Lac Jane Doe from 2008 has been identified as Amy Marie Yeary.

Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt identifies a Jane Doe found in 2008 as Amy Marie Yeary of Rockford,...

Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt identifies a Jane Doe found in 2008 as Amy Marie Yeary of Rockford, Ill. She was 18 when she died.(WBAY)


"Fond du Lac County Ryan Waldschmidt says the remains found by hunters in 2008 were Amy Marie Yeary from Rockford, Illinois. She was 18 when she died; her body was found about two weeks before her 19th birthday.

Yeary’s body was exhumed from a Fond du Lac County cemetery in 2018 for forensic testing that wasn’t available a decade earlier. Those test results, along with help from a national genealogy expert, narrowed down potential family members. Yeary was then identified by DNA provided by her mother and sister and dental X-rays.

Waldschmidt said the last known contact with Yeary was when she called her mother late in the summer of 2008. She was in Beloit and asked if she could have a ride home. Her mother wasn’t able to arrange a ride.

Waldschmidt said Yeary was a victim of human trafficking. She was often transient and stayed in the Milwaukee, Chicago and Beloit areas in the weeks before her death. Her family never reported her as a missing person. The sheriff said the family asked not to be contacted by the media about the case.

The investigation now focuses on the circumstances of her death."

According to the pc, dr. Barbara Rae-Venter was working the case.

Amy Yeary's thread:
WI - FOND DU LAC JANE DOE: WF, 15-21, found in wooded area in Fond Du Lac County, WI - 23 Nov 2008



 

The Coffeenator

Well-known member
Arroyo Grande Jane Doe identified !


Arroyo Grande Jane Doe Jane Doe from 1980 has been identified as Tammy Corrine Terrell.

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"The City of Henderson Police Department’s Investigative Division has identified the victim of their 1980 cold case homicide as 17-year-old Tammy Terrell.

On October 5th,1980, at approximately 9:00p.m., Tammy’s body was located by a passing motorist in the desert area near Arroyo Grande Boulevard and Lake Mead Parkway. Since the incident, Tammy had only been known as “Jane Arroyo Grande Doe”, as all attempts to identify her to this point had been unsuccessful. The Clark County Coroner’s Office had ruled her death a homicide.

On November 10, 2021, the City of Henderson Police Department’s Investigative Division received a positive identification confirmation, through the use of investigative genetic genealogy. Investigative genetic genealogy is the use of DNA testing to determine relationships between individuals and identify possible relatives of the unidentified victim. Detectives then contact these potential relatives in an attempt to identify family members that have gone missing.

Tammy was last seen at a restaurant in Roswell, New Mexico on the evening of September 28th, 1980, with an unidentified white male adult and white female adult; possibly planning to leave New Mexico for an unknown destination in California.

Due to the fact that this is still an open investigation, no additional details will be released at this time."

Tammy Terrell's thread:
 

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
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