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Re: Recent Cases of Remains ID'd of Missing Persons

Postby Diamond Lil » Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:53 pm

Texas Reported Missing on June 16 2010, the remains found on Oct. 7 have been identified as those of Mark Patrick Shurish, 29. An arrest has been made.

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/crime/skel ... ason-ranch
Skeletal remains found on Mason ranch
Thomas Creech, 33, charged with murder
Updated: Monday, 25 Oct 2010, 6:16 PM CDT
Published : Monday, 25 Oct 2010, 9:32 AM CDT


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Re: Recent Cases of Remains ID'd of Missing Persons

Postby Diamond Lil » Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:50 am

California Missing since December, the remains found last week have been ID'd as Signe Margit , 59.

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-new ... ck_check=1

Police identify mummified remains in Orange County
The Associated Press
Posted: 10/25/2010 06:27:08 PM PDT
Updated: 10/25/2010 06:27:08 PM PDT


COSTA MESA, Calif.—Police have identified a woman whose mummified remains were found in a parked car last week in Costa Mesa.
Police Lt. Rob Sharpnack said Monday that the dead woman is 59-year-old Signe Margit of Laguna Hills.

Sharpnack says Margit stopped contacting family members in December and had been reported as a missing person by relatives back East. The family is originally from the Tustin area.

Police found Margit's mummified remains last Monday when responding to a call about an illegally parked vehicle in Costa Mesa. Police say she had been dead up to 10 months.

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Costa Mesa Mummified Remains

Postby Diamond Lil » Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:08 pm

Diamond Lil wrote:California Missing since December, the remains found last week have been ID'd as Signe Margit , 59.

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-new ... ck_check=1

COSTA MESA, Calif.—Police have identified a woman whose mummified remains were found in a parked car last week in Costa Mesa.
Police Lt. Rob Sharpnack said Monday that the dead woman is 59-year-old Signe Margit of Laguna Hills.


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http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me ... 1551.story

Portrait emerges of woman whose mummified body was found in car
By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times

October 28, 2010


Though she had two master's degrees, she had filed for bankruptcy and was homeless when she was befriended by a real estate agent who let her sleep in a car. But after she died in the front seat, it was not reported to authorities.

The two women met last year at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley and were unlikely acquaintances. One was a Costa Mesa real estate agent, the other a homeless woman who frequented the park.

The real estate agent allowed the woman to sleep in her father's old sedan.

But sometime in the last 10 months, the homeless woman died in the car. And for reasons that Costa Mesa police are still trying to determine, the real estate agent decided not to report the woman's death to authorities. Detectives said she drove the car with the mummifying corpse covered with clothing in the passenger's seat. She used baking powder to reduce the smell.

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Authorities are still trying to determine whether the real estate agent broke the law by not reporting the body. She has not been arrested, and officials declined to release her name.

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Margit's death did not appear to be the result of foul play, and detectives are trying to figure out why the real estate agent, in her 50s, chose to drive around with a foul-smelling corpse.

Costa Mesa police Det. Mike Cohen said it appears she had befriended the transient woman for altruistic reasons. He added that the real estate agent was "very calm and very articulate" when talking about Margit's death.

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Re: Recent Cases of Remains ID'd of Missing Persons

Postby Diamond Lil » Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:38 pm

Nevada/Arizona reported missing Sept. 5th, 2010 the remains found in Louisiana (see thread) viewtopic.php?f=150&t=6595 have now been identified as those of Lexis (Lexie) Kaye Roberts 12 years old.
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Re: Recent Cases of Remains ID'd of Missing Persons

Postby Diamond Lil » Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:48 pm

Michigan an Amber Alert issued yesterday 10/27 ended with the bodies of Taylor E. Manley 15 found with her abductor Raymond R. Bush.

She was to testify against him this week.

http://www.freep.com/article/20101028/N ... d-with-her

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Re: Recent Cases of Remains ID'd of Missing Persons

Postby Diamond Lil » Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:28 am

New York Missing since March 7, 2009, the remains of Laura Pickard 44 of Whitesboro, are believed to have been found by Eagle Valley Search Dogs on Saturday.

http://www.uticaod.com/features/x169624 ... le-remains

Remains found in Marcy most likely of missing Whitesboro woman, relatives say
By LISA KAPPS and COURTNEY POTTS
Observer-Dispatch
Posted Oct 30, 2010 @ 12:33 PM
Last update Oct 30, 2010 @ 07:55 PM


MARCY — More than a year after Laura Pickard of Whitesboro went missing in March 2009, her brother Stephen Frantz was watching the news when he saw a story about search dogs finding the remains of a missing woman in the Mohawk Valley.

For a split second, the Greensboro, N.C., resident thought they were talking about his sister.

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The story, as it turned out, was about another missing woman. But it led the family to contact Eagle Valley Search Dogs, and that in turn led to the discovery of human remains in Marcy on Saturday that the family believes to be Pickard.

Eagle Valley Search Dogs Vice President Katie Danzig said her volunteer team of dog handlers uncovered the remains at about 11 a.m. while searching a wooded area near the Barge Canal off of Mohawk Street, which connects Whitesboro and Marcy.

The discovery later was confirmed by state police, and the remains were sent to a state police lab for identification, Lt. Todd Stratton said.

Danzig and Ferrusi said that clothing, specifically sneakers, found on the remains matched what 44-year-old Pickard was wearing when she was last seen on March 7, 2009.

“They’re confident that it is Laura,” Ferrusi said Saturday afternoon. “Of course, we have to get scientific proof by matching the DNA … but everything is consistent that it is her.”

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Ferrusi also said she was grateful to the Whitesboro Police Department and the state police for their work on the case during the last year, and to the Eagle Valley Search Dogs, because “without them being out here we would still be wondering.”

The group had planned to search over the course of two days, and to return in the spring if necessary, but found the remains after only one hour Saturday morning, Danzig said.

State police and Whitesboro police were at the scene most of the day Saturday as the state police Forensic Investigation Unit examined the site.

Whitesboro police Chief Dominick Hiffa said the searchers were “a fantastic bunch of people” and he wouldn’t mind working with them again if needed.

Eagle Valley Search Dogs, based in Hancock also was responsible for finding the remains of 44-year-old Lisa Bawolak of Herkimer in August.

Like Bawolak, Pickard was being treated for mental illness at the time of her disappearance.

Police last year said Pickard was last seen leaving her community home residence on Main Street headed toward Dunham Public Library in Whitesboro, about a mile away from where the remains were found.

Police and family members searched for Pickard for months, but never learned of her whereabouts.

Rita Argiros, president of Eagle Valley Search Dogs, said the group has studied “lost person behavior” and has learned to search in areas that are in between where a missing person lives and places he or she frequented.

In this case, Pickard lived in Whitesboro and frequented Dunkin’ Donuts on River Road in Marcy.

The group has participated in an average of 12 to 14 searches each year since 2006. Argiros said often they assist simply by establishing that a person or remains are not in a specific area. But that the specially trained dogs are particularly well-suited for finding unresponsive subjects.

Dog handler Sue Lavoie and her dog Summer found the remains Saturday. Lavoie and Summer were one of eight teams searching the area, which was divided into grids for each team.

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Re: Recent Cases of Remains ID'd of Missing Persons

Postby Diamond Lil » Sun Oct 31, 2010 2:18 am

Tennessee Reported missing on Monday Oct. 25, the body of Robert Hyman 84 of Edmondson Pike was found in his truck on Oct. 30 near Whites Creek Pike . No foul play suspected.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20101 ... /1001/NEWS

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Re: Recent Cases of Remains ID'd of Missing Persons

Postby Diamond Lil » Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:48 pm

California the body of a former contestant on ABC's "Bachelorette" Julien Hug, 35 has been found/identified today 11/4/10.


http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/20 ... a-highway/

...He was reported missing several days before his body was found.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Melissa Nieburger told SignOnSanDiego.com that Hug's body was found in a remote area that "you would need to hike to." She would not confirm whether the death was accidental or suspicious.

A publicist for the family, Audrey Doherty, said his family lost contact with him when his cell phone died two days ago.
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Re: Recent Cases of Remains ID'd of Missing Persons

Postby Diamond Lil » Sat Nov 06, 2010 2:10 pm

Tennessee missing since April 26, 2009, the remains have been positively ID'd as those of 19 year old Megan Maxwell.

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http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/nov/0 ... sing-teen/

Officials: Remains are those of missing teen
By Jim Balloch
Knoxville News Sentinel
Posted November 6, 2010 at midnight


NEWPORT - On U.S. Highway 25/70, just west of town, the big billboard with Megan Maxwell's face is starting to fade. The top left-hand corner is peeling.

..Friday afternoon, law enforcement authorities announced that human remains found Thursday are those of the young woman who has been missing for nearly two years.

"We are now working this case as a homicide, not a missing person," said Detective Derrick Woods of the Cocke County Sheriff's Office. That agency is one of several that have teamed up to work the case, first to find Maxwell, and now to find her killer or killers.

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Megan Maxwell was 19 and living with her grandmother when she disappeared in the early morning hours of April 26, 2009. She had been away to check on her father at his home. From there, she telephoned a friend and said she was going to return home.

But about 90 minutes later, an off-duty Newport police officer noticed her Mitsubishi sports car on Highway 25/70, close to the river's edge and engulfed in flames.

...The remains found Thursday were 5.2 miles from where her car was found. They included a skull, other skeletal remains and some clothing. Authorities said she was "identified forensically" but did not elaborate.

They also would not say how she died or if any forensic evidence that would be useful at a trial was found on or around the body.

But after the press conference, Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes said: "We are well on our way. We are just being careful and meticulous. We do have a suspect."

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http://www.amw.com/missing_persons/brief.cfm?id=65255

ETA- new article on memorial service held Saturday 11/20/10 for Megan

http://www.wbir.com/news/article/143578 ... ptionb%7Cp
Friends and family remember Megan Maxwell
11:59 PM, Nov 20, 2010


...There have been no arrests in the Maxwell case, but Jeffrey Lee Stock, 41, is named the prime suspect.

Stock is currently serving a six year federal prison sentence for violating the Sex Offender Registration Act when he moved to Tennessee from Indiana.

Maxwell will be buried Sunday, November 21, 2010 at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Newport. The service begins at 2:00 p.m.
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Re: Recent Cases of Remains ID'd of Missing Persons

Postby Diamond Lil » Sat Nov 06, 2010 2:17 pm

Illinois Remains found this week have been ID'd as those of Crystal Terpening 26, missing since October 12.

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http://kmox.cbslocal.com/2010/11/05/upd ... ing-woman/

EAST ALTON, Ill. (KMOX) - A troubling new development in the case of a missing local woman. The Major Case Squad confirms in midday news conference, human remains found this week in a wooded area in East Alton are those of 26 year old Crystal Terpening.


Terpening had been missing since October 12th. Police are now investigating her death as a homicide.

Investigators say they have evidence suggesting Crystal spent the last few days of her life in different locations in the area. Deputy commander Brad Wells says Terpening had an ongoing problem with drugs, including crack cocaine use.

He adds that Terpening was last seen leaving her home on October 12th, but investigators do not believe she was killed that same day.

Police are asking anyone with information on Crystal Terpening to contact the Major Case Squad (at 618-296-4478) or the Crimestoppers anonymous tip line (at 618-296-3000).
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Re: Recent Cases of Remains ID'd of Missing Persons

Postby Diamond Lil » Sat Nov 06, 2010 2:22 pm

Indiana the remains found in July have been ID'd as those of Dwight Sprague, 58, missing since June 14, 2010.

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http://www.therepublic.com/view/local_s ... 11_5_2010/
Remains found near I-65 identified
By Chris Schilling cschilling@therepublic.com
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First Posted: November 05, 2010 - 5:56 pm
Last Updated: November 05, 2010 - 6:13 pm

...The cause of Sprague's death and the manner in which he died remain under investigation.
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Re: Recent Cases of Remains ID'd of Missing Persons

Postby Diamond Lil » Sat Nov 06, 2010 2:34 pm

Oregon remains found have been ID'd as those of Edward Stutesman 61, missing since Oct. 30, 2008.

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http://www.kcby.com/news/local/106724353.html

By KCBY.com staff Story Published: Nov 4, 2010 at 3:02 PM PDT

COOS BAY, Ore. - Human skeletal remains found Oct. 29, 2010, in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation are those of a North Bend man reported missing on Oct. 30, 2008.

The Coos County medical examiner said the remains found by a hiker's dog are those of Edward Stutesman, who was 61 when his son reported him missing in 2008.

His car was found at the end of the Trans Pacific Highway on Nov. 10, 2008, prompting an extensive search of the area.

The medical examiner said there is no sign of foul play. Stutesman's remains were identified through dental records.

http://www.theworldlink.com/news/local/ ... 03286.html
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Re: Recent Cases of Remains ID'd of Missing Persons

Postby Diamond Lil » Sat Nov 06, 2010 2:41 pm

Florida remains found in Lakeland likely those of Virginia Frances Varnum 44, missing since October 21, 2010. Arrest made.

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http://www.theledger.com/article/201011 ... land-Woman

By Jeremy Maready
THE LEDGER


Published: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 11:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 11:55 p.m.

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/201 ... -officials

Lakeland police arrest boyfriend in missing woman's killing
Police charged 36-year-old Monday Demarsh with killing his live-in girlfriend, 44-year-old Virginia Frances Varnum.
November 05, 2010|By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel

...Demarsh was arrested Friday in Thomasville, Ga., on second degree murder and dealing in stolen property charges.

Police said had they enlisted the help of the U.S. Marshall's Office and Georgia law enforcement to locate Demarsh and "monitor his movements" as they investigated Varnum's death.
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Re: Recent Cases of Remains ID'd of Missing Persons

Postby Diamond Lil » Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:46 pm

Michigan a body of a white male found may be those of Jeffery Scott Stratton 28, from Virginia who was reported missing over the weekend. His vehicle was found at a bar/restaurant where he was last seen on Friday night.

http://www.wwmt.com/articles/haven-1383 ... ashed.html

http://www.wset.com/Global/story.asp?S=13472938
Body Found in Michigan May be Lynchburg-Area Man's
Posted: Nov 09, 2010 3:32 PM CST

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/ind ... _near.html

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http://www.wwmt.com/articles/police-138 ... south.html
Police continue efforts to identify body that washed ashore
November 10, 2010 9:22 PM

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If the body is Stratton, the question is how he got to that pier without his car.

An autopsy performed on the body showed some wounds to the head and neck, but nothing that conclusively indicated foul pay.

Michigan State Police say they will be receiving Stratton's dental records from Virginia by Friday, at which point they hope to be able to make a definitive ruling as to whether the body is Stratton.

In the meantime they are asking anyone with information to give them a call at the Michigan State Police Paw Paw post at 269-657-5551.

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UPDATE- The remains are now officially ID'd as those of Jeffrey Scott Stratton.

http://www.whtc.com/news/articles/2010/ ... uth-haven/
Body Found North of South Haven Identified
Posted Friday November 12, 2010 10 hours, 51 minutes ago

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Stratton's car was found outside the Curve Inn on Blue Star Highway, and witnesses told authorities that he was last seen shortly after midnight on Saturday when he refused a cab ride outside of a South Haven night spot. To those witnesses, Stratton had appeared to be highly intoxicated and was staggering about.

A definitive cause of death hasn't been determined, as authorities are awaiting results of toxicology tests, but at this point, they don't believe that Stratton was the victim of foul play. The incident remains under investigation.
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Re: Recent Cases of Remains ID'd of Missing Persons

Postby Diamond Lil » Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:55 pm

Mississippi last seen on Oct. 18th, the body of Debra Lynne Zane 54 has been found in a car in Ohio Tuesday.

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http://www.10tv.com/live/content/local/ ... ml?sid=102

Missing Mississippi Woman's Body Found In Grove City
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 4:16 PM
WBNS-10TV

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Grove City police are investigating Zane's death as suspicious, but said the cause of death was not immediately clear.

Police said an autopsy was completed by the Franklin County coroner.

Zane's 15 year-old son accompanied her to Westerville, but has since returned to Mississippi.

Anyone with information is asked to call Westerville police at 614-901-6866.
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