AR EL DORADO JANE DOE: WF, 20-30, found in Whitehall Motel room 121, AR - 10 July 1999

KareBear

Hosh-poshery
El Dorado Jane Doe
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Date of Discovery: July 10, 1991
Location of Discovery: El Dorado, Union County, Arkansas
Estimated Date of Death: Same day
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Homicide by gunshot

Physical Description
Estimated Age: 18-30 years old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 5'10" to 5'11"
Weight: 150 to 162 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown, nine inches long at the time of her death; however, it had been previously dyed blonde, as the photos above attest.
Eye Color: Blue
Distinguishing Marks/Features: She had a small birthmark or scar beneath her left breast; she also had freckles. 3 piercings in right ear and approximately 2 in left ear.

Identifiers
Dentals: Available. Tooth #11 shifted buccally and #27 shifted lingually.
Fingerprints: Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: A pair white ankle socks, a pair of acid washed blue jeans, black belt, and white T-shirt. A pair white tennis shoes.
Jewelry: A gold-colored, chain type bracelet present on right arm.
Additional Personal Items: Two ponytail holders worn in hair.

Circumstances of Discovery
This victim was found deceased at the Whitehall Motel in El Dorado, Arkansas on July 10, 1991. Her identity is unknown; she apparently used several aliases throughout the years prior to her death. Authorities have determined that she resided in the Dallas, Texas region; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Little Rock, Arkansas before she died. At the time of her death, she was a resident of El Dorado. The victim may have initially been a runaway from the Florida area, which may be the reason she did not use her true identity.

The victim came to El Dorado from Dallas in early 1991 where she used the name "Kelly Carr/Karr". She had worked as a prostitute at the Carousel in Dallas. After leaving Dallas, she stopped off in Shreveport and then arrived in El Dorado. The victim was frequently at the hospital emergency room from beating and was arrested in May of 1991 for bad checks and she gave the name "Cheryl Ann Wick" from Minneapolis. Previous to her death, she worked as a topless dancer in Little Rock and that is where she told her "friends" she was originally from Florida.

After her death, Police found a Bible in her belongings. There were several names in it: Willie James Stroud, Sharon Yvette Stroud, Ladonna Elaine Stroud, Johnny Lee Stroud, Viola Elizabeth Ross Stroud, Donna Jean Stroud, Bobbie Joan Stroud and Willie James Dantzler Sr. They subsequently found that this was a Black family in Irving, Texas and believe that she lived with the family for a while. At some time she was arrested in Dallas and Houston with the aliases: "Cheryl Wick", "Sharon Wiley", "Kelly Carr" and "Mercedes".

When found, she had an Arkansas ID card which read "Cheryl Ann Wick". Police located the parents' address and when they called, Cheryl herself answered and said that she did not know the vitim. The police believe that this was a case of identity theft. A detective found a copy of a letter sent from the police to the FBI stating that the suspect had said that her name was "Kelly Lee Carr" age 24, and that she was wanted in Virginia and along the East Coast for bank robbery.

Investigating Agency(s)
Agency Name: Union County Coroner's Office
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 870-864-1903
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 475-91

Agency Name: El Dorado Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Detective Cathy Phillips or Captain David Smith
Agency Phone Number: 870-881-4800
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: Unknown

NCIC Case Number: U504897578 and M608593583
NamUs Case Number: Unknown

Information Source(s)
NamUs
Website
El Dorado Police Department
Union County Coroner's Office
NCIC

Admin Notes
Added: Prior to 2005; Last Updated: 11/9/16

Source:


edited to add media link: https://www.crimewatchers.net/index...-on-july-10-1991-she-is-still-unidentified.6/

 

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KareBear

Hosh-poshery
DNA Just Led To A Major Break In A Murder Case That’s Stumped Police For 27 Years
*Snippet*
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We did a genealogy background and a woman in Alabama was our first link to it,” the detective told HuffPost on Wednesday. “I couldn’t find a phone number for her, so I contacted the family on Facebook. At first, they thought I might be a quack, so they did some checking and found out you did a story on it and then it went from there.”
Phillips said a genealogist she is working with has since identified Doe’s father as a descendant of Daniel Wood and Mamie Carter, who had nine children and lived in Virginia. The couple is the great-grandparents of Christina Tilford, the Alabama woman whose DNA provided the first link in the case.
Tilford, who learned she’s Doe’s second cousin, told HuffPost she didn’t recognize Doe but could see a family resemblance. She said she shared her DNA with the website about a year ago in hopes of tracing her family roots.
“I was really shocked,” Tilford said of being notified by the detective about the match. “I didn’t expect something like this to come from my DNA test.”

Read article for more details:
 

KareBear

Hosh-poshery
I wish the DNA Doe project would take this case. I don't think it will be solved any other way at this point.
They did and have gotten closer than ever before to identifying her! They found distant relatives, yet it's still a mystery. I am hopeful that it will be resolved soon!
The note that her killer/"boyfriend" left, claiming that he could give details that would solve her case and couple other cold cases- if he was paid $2000 before and $2000 (pretty sure that's right, off the top of my head) after divulging the info- seemed tempting. I know (or think I know) that police don't make such deals. I am curious, however, why no others have been tempted by the bribe for information. Do investigators not believe he has this knowledge, or do they refuse his offer/bribe out of principle (which is understandable)?
 

Kimster

Director of Things
Staff member
They did and have gotten closer than ever before to identifying her! They found distant relatives, yet it's still a mystery. I am hopeful that it will be resolved soon!
The note that her killer/"boyfriend" left, claiming that he could give details that would solve her case and couple other cold cases- if he was paid $2000 before and $2000 (pretty sure that's right, off the top of my head) after divulging the info- seemed tempting. I know (or think I know) that police don't make such deals. I am curious, however, why no others have been tempted by the bribe for information. Do investigators not believe he has this knowledge, or do they refuse his offer/bribe out of principle (which is understandable)?
I'll bet he was so wishy washy that they didn't trust him. I've never heard of someone getting a bribe, though.

Thanks for the update about the DNA! I was not in the loop!
 

Bobby88

Member
Someone posted this on Reddit nearly a year ago. Someone found a picture of what may (or may not) be our Jane Doe. It was part of someone's online album on Flickr and the album was titled "Willie James Stroud III", which was in fact one of the names that was in the diary (minus "The Third"). This family is also black and the only white person in any of these pics appears to be the woman who could possibly be Jane Doe.


I personally can't make up my mind whether I think it's her or not, but there's a lot of other stuff that lines up.
 

KareBear

Hosh-poshery
Back around to this case and re-reading just because ;). As many times as I read about this case it just now stuck out to me that she had children taken away from her. It's sort of a small snippet in the abundance of information and misinformation about this woman.
They say they have located her family, as linked in the above post. I wonder when we will get further updates?
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"According to Phillips, she told the volunteer she once lived at 1100 Cadiz St. in Dallas -- an address that corresponds to the Dallas LIFE Homeless Shelter.
She told the lady that when she was there, a child had been taken away from her by social services and that when the child was taken from her, she was using another name, so she could not go get the child back," Phillips said.
The shelter's records from the period have been destroyed and everyone who worked there at the time is gone, a spokesperson said."

 

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