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  Tarasha Benjamin
Posted by: Richard - 03-31-2018, 03:40 PM - Forum: Missing Persons 411 - No Replies

Tarasha Benjamin

   

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  Colton Barrera
Posted by: Richard - 03-31-2018, 03:36 PM - Forum: Missing Persons 411 - No Replies

   

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  Gary Ray Bowles
Posted by: Richard - 03-31-2018, 03:14 PM - Forum: Murder and COLD cases - No Replies

   

Gary Ray Bowles
 

Gary Ray Bowles, 32, was arrested on Tuesday, November 22, 1994, at an employment office in Jacksonville, Florida, for the strangulation murder of 47-year-old Walter Hinton six days before. At the time, Bowles was using the name Tim Whitfield. He allegedly had been living with Hinton for several months and continued to live in his mobile home for two days after the murder. Hinton's body was in a back room the whole time.

Under questioning, Bowles admitted his true name and reportedly confessed to six murders in four states. Police had been searching for him for nine months. The Friday before his arrest he was put on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list.

The odyssey began in Daytona Beach, Florida, when Bowles allegedly beat and strangled his roommate John Hardy Roberts, 59, to death.

The next murder in the alleged series took place in Wheaton, Maryland. On April 14, 1994, Bowles allegedly strangled David Jarman and stole his credit cards, his money and his car.

From there the scene moved to Savannah, Georgia, a few weeks later. Bowles was taken in by 72-year-old Milton Bradley. Bradley was found dead on a golf course near his home. He had been gagged, strangled and robbed.

Two weeks later the trail came to Hilliard, Florida, where Albert Morris was gagged, beaten, blasted with a shotgun and strangled on June 13.

In each case, the alleged killer hung out in gay bars. When he met a likely prospect, he would offer household chores and sex in exchange for a place to stay. Then, after a short period, he would violently kill his benefactor and steal money and, if possible, a car to take him away from that locale.

In each case, the violence used was far more than needed simply to kill the victims. Though they were usually robbed, there's reason to doubt that as a motive. The killer was skillful enough at gaining the trust of potential victims to make their deaths unnecessary.
Police identified Bowles as a suspect early on, but by keeping on the move, he stayed ahead of them.

The case was profiled on America's Most Wanted in July, 1994. At that time Bowles was sharing a house with several others, who called police when they saw his picture on TV. Incredibly, a tan and a mustache had changed Bowles' appearance enough that police thought he was the wrong man and let him go. They apparently failed to check him for identifying marks; he has three tattoos and old knifing scars.

It's easy to see from this example that communication between localities that would not have been possible a hundred years ago aided in identifying a possible series of killings and came very close to capturing the alleged killer. It's likely, too, that the decision to confess was influenced in part by the certainty that he would have to face the charges anyway. Computers and telecommunications have made the anonymity serial killers depend on almost obsolete.

Bowles has been charged with five of the six murders he is said to have confessed to and awaits trial.

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  Jake BIRD
Posted by: Richard - 03-31-2018, 03:11 PM - Forum: Murder and COLD cases - No Replies

   

Jake BIRD

hanged for the murder of two Tacoma women on July 15, 1949
By Daryl C. McClary, October 31, 2006
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On July 15, 1949 at 12:20 a.m., Jake Bird (1901-1949) is hanged at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla for the ax murders of Bertha Kludt, age 52, and her daughter Beverly June, age 17, in Tacoma on October 30, 1947.

While on death row, Bird, a transient for most of his adult life, confesses to committing or being involved in at least 44 murders during his travels across the country. Although the newspapers label Bird, the “Tacoma Ax-Killer,” his case fails to capture the attention of the national press. But history marks Bird as one of the country’s most prolific serial killers.

Early on the morning of October 30, 1947, two Tacoma Police Officers were dispatched to 1007 S. 21st Street to investigate reports of screams emanating from inside the residence. As they approached, a man ran out of the back door into the back yard and crashed through a picket fence. The police officers gave chase.

The fugitive scaled several more backyard fences, but was finally stopped by a high wire fence and cornered in some nearby bushes. He pulled out a switchblade knife and then attacked the officers, cutting the hand of one and stabbing the other in the back. One of the officers, a former prizefighter, subdued the assailant with a left hook to the jaw and a kick in the groin.

When police officers entered the residence, they found Mrs. Bertha Kludt, age 53, and her daughter, Beverly June Kludt, age 17, dead. Both women had been dealt several blows to the head with an ax. The murder weapon was found on the kitchen floor.

The man captured by the Tacoma Police Officers was identified as Jake Bird, a black, 45-year-old, transient, who had a lengthy criminal record including burglaries, assaults, and attempted murder.

At the city jail, Bird confessed to the murders, but claimed that burglary was his sole motive for entering the Kludt residence. He was caught in the act by Bertha Kludt and tried to escape from the house. When she tried to stop him, Bird panicked and hit her in the head with an ax. Beverly June, awakened by the screaming and noise, was hacked to death when she came to her mother’s defense. But homicide detectives determined that an attempt had been made to sexually assault Bertha Kludt in her bedroom before she was intentionally slain. Beverly June’s murder was likely incidental to Bird’s escape.

On October 31, 1947, Bird was charged in Pierce County Superior Court with first-degree murder, but only in the death of Bertha Kludt. The prosecuting attorney needed to prove that her death was premeditated in order to qualify the defendant for the death penalty. Bird pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and was held in the Tacoma City Jail without bail.

The trial began on November 24, 1947 in Pierce County Superior Court and lasted two and a half days. Weighing heavily in the trial was the wanton murder of Beverly June Kludt, who was bludgeoned to death when she came to her mother’s defense. Blood and brain tissue from both victims were found on Bird’s clothing, and his bloody fingerprints were found in the house and on the ax.
Bird’s attorney, James W. Selden, maintained that his signed confession had been obtained under duress and therefore inadmissible. But Judge Edward D. Hodge disagreed, admitting the confession into evidence. On November 26, 1947, after deliberating for only 35 minutes, the jury found Jake Bird guilty of first degree-murder and recommended the death penalty. Judge Hodge sentenced him to be hanged at the Washington State Penitentiary on January 16, 1948.

Bird won a 60-day reprieve from Governor Monrad C. Wallgren (1891-1961) by claiming that he could clear up at least 44 other murders that he either committed or participated in during his travels across the country. His confession brought a throng of investigators from across the nation to interview him at the state penitentiary.

Of these 44 murders, only 11 were substantiated, but he had enough knowledge about the others to be the prime suspect. Police in several states took the opportunity to close the books on many of their unsolved murders. In his travels, Bird murdered people, mostly women, in Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas, South Dakota, Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and Washington.
Meantime, Bird appealed his conviction to the Washington State Supreme Court, but his petition for a retrial was denied. The U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court also rejected his petitions for a new trial. After the appeal process had run its course, Bird was scheduled for execution on July 15, 1949

On July 14, 1947, the U.S. Supreme declined to review Bird’s conviction for the third time and Governor Arthur B. Langlie (1900-1966) chose not to interfere with the execution.

Finally, early Friday morning, July 15, 1949, Bird was taken from his gallows-level cell to the noose. At 12:20 a.m., witnessed by 125 spectators, the gallows’ trapdoor was released and Jake Bird dropped five feet to his death. After 14 minutes, his body was taken down and prison physician Dr. Elmer Hill pronounced him dead.

He was buried in an unmarked grave in the prison cemetery, identified only as convict No. 21520. Bird willed his “personal fortune” of $6.15 to Murray Taggart, the Walla Walla attorney who filed his appeals.

Jake Bird was the 63rd prisoner and the seventh African American to be executed in Washington State since the death penalty was established in 1904.

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  Khymbrly Marcella Scruggs
Posted by: Richard - 03-31-2018, 02:03 PM - Forum: Murder and COLD cases - No Replies

   

Khymbrly Marcella Scruggs

  • Missing Since 01/12/1980
  • Missing From Sacramento, California
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 08/13/1960 (57)
  • Age 19 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'6, 115 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry DescriptionA burgundy wool coat with camel-colored stripes.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Sandy blonde/brown hair, brown eyes. Scruggs has a chipped front tooth. At the time of her disappearance, she had a glass cut on her right shin. Scruggs may go by the nickname Khym (possibly spelled "Kim") or spell her name "Kimberly."
 Details of Disappearance
Scruggs was last seen at her apartment near Fair Oaks Boulevard and Howe Avenue in Sacramento, California on January 12, 1980. She talked to a friend on the phone at 6:30 p.m., and said she was scheduled to work the next day.

Scruggs's roommate was spending the night elsewhere. When she arrived home the next day, Scruggs was missing. All her belongings, including her purse, clothing and identification, were left behind in the apartment, and she had not gone to work or called to say she would be absent.

Foul play is suspected in Scruggs's case; authorities believe a neighbor murdered her and concealed her body. The suspect had cuts and scratches on his body after Scruggs's disappearance, and eluded the police for three months before he was picked up and interrogated for twelve hours.

He denied involvement in Scruggs's disappearance and was eventually sent to prison for an unrelated rape. He was paroled in 1989 has never been charged in Scruggs's case.

Scruggs was a student at California State University at Sacramento in 1980; she studied political science and international affairs and had a job as a sales clerk at Weinstocks. She is originally from Pismo Beach, California. Her case remains unsolved.
 Investigating Agency
  • Sacramento County Sheriff's Department 916-874-5467
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  Alma Violet Root
Posted by: Richard - 03-31-2018, 01:58 PM - Forum: Missing Persons 411 - No Replies

   

Alma Violet Root

  • Missing Since 01/01/1980
  • Missing From Auburn, California
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 02/08/1965 (53)
  • Age14 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'4, 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Alma has a tattoo of a blue heart, about the size of a quarter, on one of her breasts. She goes by her middle name, Violet.
 Details of Disappearance
Alma and her older sister, Laura Huff, spent several years in foster care prior to 1980. The two girls were placed in care after they ran away from home to escape sexual abuse. A third sister had moved out of the household by then.

Alma's father was convicted of sexually abusing Alma and Huff and was sentenced to prison. He was still incarcerated when Alma disappeared. The two sisters were very close, although they often had to stay in separate foster homes.

Shortly before Alma went missing, the sisters were reunited and went to live with their grandmother in Applegate, California. Alma was last seen on January 1, 1980. Her 25-year-old boyfriend, Scott Petschek, picked her up from her grandmother's residence that evening.

According to Petschek, he and Alma spent some time at his grandmother's home, then Alma asked him to drive her to her aunt's home in Rio Linda, California. He dropped her off at her requested destination, then went to his job at McClellan Air Force Base. After work, when he went back to Rio Linda to pick up Alma, she was gone.

Petschek informed authorities that he did not consider her disappearance unusual, since Alma had a reputation as an occasional runaway and hitchhiker. Her family told investigators that she did not have an aunt who lived in Rio Linda. She may have traveled with a male companion after her initial disappearance.

Due to her history as a runaway, police believed Alma had left of her own accord in 1980. From the beginning, Huff believed this was not the case; she stated the two of them had always run away together and Alma wouldn't have left without her. Huff claims when she asked Petschek what happened, he told her she would never find Alma.

The case was reopened in 1991, after Alma's father's release from prison, when he went to the police and asked if they had located his daughter. Authorities re-interviewed Petschek and searched the well behind his grandmother's home, but found nothing of interest.

Interestingly, sometime after 1980, Petschek was convicted of child molestation, and he is now registered as a sex offender. He has never been charged in Alma's case, however, and maintains his innocence in her disappearance.

Little information is available as to Alma's fate. Her grandparents and father have died, but her mother and two sisters are still alive. Her case remains unsolved and some agencies still classify it as a runaway.
 Investigating Agency
  • Placer County Sheriff's Department 916-889-7800
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  Bettina Minnie Antone
Posted by: Richard - 03-31-2018, 01:53 PM - Forum: Missing Persons 411 - No Replies

   

Bettina Minnie Antone

  • Missing Since 03/15/1980
  • Missing From Redding, California
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 02/21/1936 (82)
  • Age 44 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'3, 120 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry DescriptionPossibly dangly earrings.
  • Medical ConditionsAntone is schizophrenic. She was depressed at the time of her 1980 disappearance. Antone is also an alcoholic.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Black hair, blue eyes. One of Antone's arms and one of her legs have been previously fractured. She has a surgical scar on her lower back. She has a mole on her left cheek and facial dimples, and her ears are pierced. She wears dentures. Antone's nickname is Tina. She may use the aliases Bettina Minna Antone, Betty Antone, M. Tina Armstrong, Tina Armstrong, Bettina Minne Davis, Betty Davis and/or Tina M. Antone.
 Details of Disappearance
Antone was last seen in Redding, California in late March or early April, 1980. She called a family member and said she was going camping in the Clear Creek area of the city with two male friends. She left a note about the camping trip on her calendar as well. She has never been heard from again. Antone was transient and living at the California Motel at the time of her disappearance. Her toothbrush, clothing, makeup, car, and photographs of her children and grandchildren were left behind at the motel.

Antone's sister found some money and a note stuffed inside on of Antone's shoes at the motel after her disappearance. The note read, "Please save." Antone's sister believes she was either killed or is a patient in a mental facility. Her case remains unsolved.
 Investigating Agency
  • Redding Police Department 530-225-4200
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  Karen Lynn Tompkins
Posted by: Richard - 03-31-2018, 01:40 PM - Forum: Murder and COLD cases - No Replies

   

Karen Lynn Tompkins

  • Missing Since 08/18/1961
  • Missing From Torrance, California
  • Classification Non-Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth 07/25/1950 (67)
  • Age 11 years old
  • Height and Weight 4'11, 55 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry DescriptionRoyal blue shorts with a white printed band on the bottom, a white sleeveless blouse, a white knit cardigan sweater, blue and white socks, blue rubber sandals, a pearl necklace with a clear plastic pendant containing a mustard seed, and a new yellow Hanover watch.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Karen's hair was cut short with bangs at the time of her disappearance. She has freckles across the bridge of her nose and a brown-colored birthmark in the middle of her forehead half an inch below her hairline. Karen's teeth are uneven and the right eyetooth protrudes.
Details of Disappearance
Karen was last seen on Friday, August 18, 1961, in Torrance, California. She and her eight-year-old brother were attending a summer arts and crafts class at Halldale Avenue Elementary School at 215th Street and Halldale Avenue in Harbor Gateway. That day, their dog followed them to the class so Karen's brother took it home before the class was over. Karen stayed behind.

The teacher and other students saw Karen leave the class when it ended at 5:30 p.m. that day. She was carrying two toy covered wagons, the crafts she and her brother had made in the class. It is a four-block walk between the school and Karen's home, and a classmate rode with her on a bicycle for the first few minutes of the trip. The police were called when she did not arrive home by 6:00 p.m.

A few days after Karen disappeared, a forty-year-old man was arrested for kidnapping her when the police found bloodstains on his underclothes. He denied having anything to do with her disappearance and was eventually released for lack of evidence connecting him to Karen's presumed abduction.

In 1962, an eleven-year-old girl, Dorothy Gale Brown, was kidnapped and her body was found in the ocean off of Marina Del Rey, California, thirty miles from Torrance, the next day. She had been sexually molested and drowned. Investigators at the time believed the Karen and Brown cases were related. Both girls were the same age, both were blonde, and both disappeared at around the same time of day and from only blocks apart. Brown's murder has never been solved.

Authorities believe Mack Ray Edwards was responsible for Brown's murder, Karen's disappearance, and a string of other children's disappearances and homicides in California. In 1970, Edwards pleaded guilty to killing three California children and sentenced to death at his own request.

He confessed to killing Brenda HowellDonald Baker and Roger Madison as well, and authorities believe he was also most likely responsible for the disappearances of Thomas BowmanBruce Kremen and Ramona Price.

Edwards lead authorities to a site where he said he had buried some of his victims, but no evidence was located. He committed suicide on death row in 1971. A photograph of Edwards is posted with this case summary. His alleged victims ranged in age from seven to sixteen years old.

Karen resided with her younger brother and infant sister, her mother and her grandmother at the time of her disappearance; her father was stationed at sea with the United States Navy, but returned home when he realized his daughter was missing.

Karen was a good student in 1961 and enjoyed playing with Barbie dolls. Foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.

The case was reopened in 2007 as authorities renewed the search for the bodies of Edwards's victims. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator in the 1950s and 1960s, and helped construct many highways across the state of California. Investigators believe he may have buried the children's remains under the highways.

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  George William Hawkins
Posted by: Richard - 03-31-2018, 01:35 PM - Forum: Murder and COLD cases - No Replies

   

George William Hawkins

   

 Details of Disappearance

Hawkins was last seen on April 3, 1961 in Newport, Kentucky. He resided in Persimmon Grove, Kentucky at the time. He was employed as a law enforcement officer and also ran a small general store. He lived on the upper floor of the store.

On the day of his disappearance, Hawkins fixed his daughter's breakfast and saw her off to work, then said goodbye to his wife and left in his tan two-tone 1959 Plymouth Fury station wagon.

At 1:00 p.m. he called home, saying he had stopped by his attorney's office to meet with him about his upcoming IRS audit. Hawkins did not sound troubled at the time of the conversation, and stated he was on his way home. He never arrived and has never been heard from again.

On April 7, authorities found Hawkins's car in Dayton, Ohio, parked at the edge of a river. It had half a tank of gasoline and the key was still in the ignition. There was muddy water inside the vehicle; it appeared as if the car had been rinsed in muddy water and then wiped with a muddy rag. There was no sign of Hawkins at the scene.

Authorities believe organized crime was involved in Hawkins's disappearance. There is evidence that he was taking bribes from organized crime figures, including people who ran gambling businesses, in his capacity as a peace officer.

Allegedly, Hawkins kept increasing his prices and the criminals were tired of paying him, and arranged to have him murdered as a result. No one has been charged in connection with his disappearance, however; it remains unsolved.
 Investigating Agency
  • Kentucky State Police 800-222-5555
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  George William Hawkins
Posted by: Richard - 03-31-2018, 01:35 PM - Forum: Murder and COLD cases - No Replies

   

George William Hawkins

   

 Details of Disappearance

Hawkins was last seen on April 3, 1961 in Newport, Kentucky. He resided in Persimmon Grove, Kentucky at the time. He was employed as a law enforcement officer and also ran a small general store. He lived on the upper floor of the store.

On the day of his disappearance, Hawkins fixed his daughter's breakfast and saw her off to work, then said goodbye to his wife and left in his tan two-tone 1959 Plymouth Fury station wagon.

At 1:00 p.m. he called home, saying he had stopped by his attorney's office to meet with him about his upcoming IRS audit. Hawkins did not sound troubled at the time of the conversation, and stated he was on his way home. He never arrived and has never been heard from again.

On April 7, authorities found Hawkins's car in Dayton, Ohio, parked at the edge of a river. It had half a tank of gasoline and the key was still in the ignition. There was muddy water inside the vehicle; it appeared as if the car had been rinsed in muddy water and then wiped with a muddy rag. There was no sign of Hawkins at the scene.

Authorities believe organized crime was involved in Hawkins's disappearance. There is evidence that he was taking bribes from organized crime figures, including people who ran gambling businesses, in his capacity as a peace officer.

Allegedly, Hawkins kept increasing his prices and the criminals were tired of paying him, and arranged to have him murdered as a result. No one has been charged in connection with his disappearance, however; it remains unsolved.
 Investigating Agency
  • Kentucky State Police 800-222-5555
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  Darleen May Fitchett
Posted by: Richard - 03-31-2018, 01:28 PM - Forum: Murder and COLD cases - No Replies

   

Darleen May Fitchett

  • Missing Since 01/19/1960
  • Missing From Des Moines, Iowa
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 03/29/1931 (87)
  • Age 28 years old
  • Height and Weight Unknown
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Darleen's maiden name is Boyd. Some agencies spell her first name "Darlene."
Details of Disappearance
Darleen was last seen at her home in the 600 block of east Pleasant View Drive on the night of January 19, 1960. At midnight her husband, Alanson "Lance" Malcolm Fitchett Jr., told the couple's two oldest children, who were eight and six years old at the time, that their mother had left. He got them and their baby sister up to take them to his sister's home in Adel, Iowa so she could care for them.

Darleen has never been seen again. She left behind all her belongings, but the bedding and curtains from her bedroom also disappeared the same night she did.

The day after Darleen vanished, Lance traded in his dark green panel truck for a new van. He never reported his wife missing; concerned friends and neighbors told police about her disappearance. On February 8, 1960, when law enforcement asked him where Darleen was, he said she had left him for another man and gone to California.

At the time of Darleen's disappearance, Lance was having an extramarital affair with Colleen Seiberling. Seiberling moved in to the home shortly after Darleen vanished.

In June 1960, just as Lance and Seiberling were about to move to California with the three children, Darleen's mother confronted the family and demanded to know what had happened to Darleen. Lance's sister told her Darleen had simply "left."

Lance and Darleen's eight-year-old daughter told her grandmother about the events of January 19. Lance gave written permission for Darleen's parents in Dexter, Iowa to raise the children.

Although Darleen's body has never been found, police are investigating her case as an unsolved homicide. In June 2014, they dug up the basement of the family's former home on east Pleasant View Drive; ground-penetrating radar showed that someone had dug a hole under the concrete approximately five feet by two feet, about the right size for a grave.

Authorities believe Darleen's body was initially buried there and the grave covered over with cement, but their search of the basement turned up nothing; they think her remains were moved somewhere else after the initial burial.

Lance is the primary suspect in Darleen's presumed murder, but he died in 2005. Authorities would still like to find Darleen's remains for the sake of her family.
 Investigating Agency
  • Des Moines Police Department 515-283-4864
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  Donnis Marie Redman
Posted by: Richard - 03-31-2018, 01:19 PM - Forum: Missing Persons 411 - No Replies

   

Donnis Marie Redman

Missing Since 03/01/1958
Missing From Las Vegas, Nevada
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth 06/10/1943 (74)
Age14 years old
Height and Weight5'2, 105 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Donnis's nickname is Pinky. Some agencies spell her name "Donnos." Her ears are pierced.
 Details of DisappearanceDonnis was last seen in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 1, 1958. She and her boyfriend, Michael Griffin, were in San Pedro, California when they eloped to Las Vegas. Neither of them have ever been heard from again.

Griffin's car, a white 1950 or 1951 Dodge Clipper with twin exhaust and loud mufflers, was found in Williams, Arizona several days later.

Los Angeles, California police are investigating Donnis and Griffin's cases.
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  • Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department 323-890-5500
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  Amelia Jo Zelko
Posted by: Richard - 03-31-2018, 01:15 PM - Forum: Murder and COLD cases - No Replies

   

Amelia Jo Zelko

  • Missing Since 09/25/1957
  • Missing From Joliet, Illinois
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Age 47 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'4 - 5'6, 118 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A small hat on the back of her head, and a bracelet valued at $5,000.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Dark brown hair, brown eyes. Zelko's nickname is Molly. Some accounts give her age in 1957 as 42.
Details of Disappearance
Zelko was last seen in Joliet, Illinois on September 25, 1957. She was a reporter for the Joliet Spectator, a weekly newspaper, at the time of her disappearance and was also the paper's longtime secretary/treasurer, business manager, and co-owner.

Zelko left the newspaper office at approximately 11:30 p.m., having worked late for the next day's publication. Her co-workers say she was in good spirits when she left, and carrying an envelope-type purse. Her home was a three-minute drive from the newspaper office. When she failed to arrive at work the next morning, her managing editor called the police.

A local bartender says he saw Zelko shortly after she left work. She stopped in his bar, had a drink, and made two long-distance telephone calls at a phone booth. He did not report this information until 1978, twenty-one years later.

Zelko lived on Buell Avenue, and her car was later found parked in front of her residence with the keys under the front seat where she usually put them. Her neighbors reported hearing screams and a car driving away at high speed between midnight and 12:15 a.m. The only trace of her that was found were her shoes, one on the trunk of her car and one on the ground nearby; Zelko had previously told friends that if she were attacked she would take off her shoes and run away. None of her other belongings, such as hat or her purse and its contents, were found at the scene, and there were no indications that she had spent the night in her home. Her car keys were found under the vehicle's front seat, where she usually put them.

Zelko frequently wrote articles about mobsters, political corruption, and gambling. It is believed that she may have been abducted and murdered as the result of her writings. The paper's publisher had been beaten nearly to death by two unidentified men nine years before and his office was ransacked; although no charges were filed against anyone in connection with the incident, he and Zelko alleged it was retaliation for paper's anti-gambling stance. The publisher never fully recovered physically from the attack and died less than a year after Zelko went missing. Investigators examined the financial records of the Spectator after Zelko's disappearance, hoping to find a possible motive, but discovered nothing amiss. The Spectator folded in 1965, after 39 years of publication.

A witness claimed to have seen four men with a black car bury a woman's body near the bottom of an open storm sewer ditch near Zelko's home the same day Zelko vanished. This account was not reported until 1978 and has not been confirmed. Zelko's case remains unsolved. A voluntary disappearance is considered unlikely, as she was very close to her family who all lived in the area. She was declared legally dead in 1964, seven years after her disappearance.
 Investigating Agency
  • Joliet Police Department 815-724-3020
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  Diane Marie Webb
Posted by: Richard - 03-31-2018, 12:48 AM - Forum: Missing Persons 411 - No Replies

   

Diane Marie Webb

  • Missing Since 01/09/1960
  • Missing From Phoenix, Arizona
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 04/20/1942 (75)
  • Age18 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'2 - 5'4, 110 - 120 pounds
  • Medical Conditions Diane may have been pregnant at the time of her disappearance and possibly had a miscarriage afterwards.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown/gray eyes. Diane's maiden name is White. One of her breasts is larger than the other. She has a freckle at the tip of her nose, and her ears are pierced.
Details of Disappearance
Diane lived with her parents and siblings in San Bernardino, California until 1959. In March of that year, her family moved to Dolan Springs, Arizona. Diane decided to remain in California with her boyfriend, Bennie Milton Webb, who was then sixteen years old.

She visited her family in Arizona on at least one occasion and stayed for a week. She told her parents she was pregnant and was going to marry Bennie, who was then in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Diane's father disapproved of the relationship and her pregnancy, but her mother and younger brother traveled to Indio, California to attend her wedding. This was the last time her parents and siblings actually saw her.

For several months after her marriage, Diane wrote letters home. The last letter to her family was mailed on August 22, 1959, her younger sister's birthday, and included some handkerchiefs Diane had crocheted as a gift.

After this, the letters stopped coming. Sometime in late 1960, over a year later, Bennie wrote a letter to Diane's family. The letter indicated he thought she was with them in Dolan Springs, and Diane's parents wrote back to Bennie, asking what had happened.

Bennie replied on January 5, 1961, and said he hadn't seen or heard from Diane in a very long time. The last time he saw her, he had given her $100 and put her on a bus to come back to her family. Diane wrote him one letter after he last saw her and said she had had a miscarriage. Bennie suggested Diane's parents contact a female friend of hers in California; he thought her friend might have information as to her whereabouts.

Sometime after Diane disappeared, her father went to Bennie's hometown of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico to see if he could learn anything about her. Bennie's brother was chief of police at the time. He allegedly threatened Diane's father and made him leave town.

Bennie is still alive, but he has refused to cooperate with the police or take a polygraph, and says he doesn't recall ever marrying to Diane. A copy of their marriage certificate is still extant, however.

In August 1961, Diane or someone using her name visited a dentist's office in California. This is the last sign of her.

The skeletal remains of a young girl were found the Catalina Mountains in southern Arizona in November 1967, and investigators initially believed they were Diane's and tried to give them to her family. The death was ruled a suicide. Diane's mother did not believe her daughter would have taken her own life, or that the remains were hers, and she and her husband refused to accept them. In 2013, the bones were exhumed and tested for DNA; they were not Diane's.

Diane's parents have died, but her siblings continue to search for her. Her case remains unsolved.
 Investigating Agency
  • Phoenix Police Department 602-534-3053
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  Ronald Henry Tammen Jr.
Posted by: Richard - 03-30-2018, 06:32 PM - Forum: Missing Persons 411 - No Replies

   

Ronald Henry Tammen Jr.

  • Missing Since 04/19/1953
  • Missing From Oxford, Ohio
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 07/23/1933 (84)
  • Age19 years old
  • Height and Weight5'9 - 5'10, 175 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Dark brown hair, brown eyes. Tammen had a muscular build in 1953. His blood type is O-positive.
Details of DisappearanceTammen was last seen in old Fisher Hall, a former Victorian mental asylum converted to a dormitory at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on April 19, 1953. He was a resident hall advisor at Fisher Hall, and lived in room 225. At 8:00 p.m., he requested new bedsheets because someone had put a dead fish in his bed.

Sometime around 8:30 p.m., Tammen apparently heard something outside his room that disturbed him, and went out into the hallway to investigate. He never returned.

His roommate came in at 10:00 p.m. and found him gone. The roommate originally assumed Tammen was spending the night at his Delta Tau Delta fraternity house, and did not report his disappearance until the next day.

There is no indication that Tammen left of his own accord. His clothes, car keys, wallet, identification, watch, high school class ring and other personal items were left behind in his dormitory room, and he also left the lights on, the radio playing, and a psychology textbook lying open on his desk.

His gold 1938 Chevrolet sedan was not taken from its place in the school parking lot, he left his bass fiddle in the back seat of the car, and he left behind $200 in his bank account. He is believed to have had no more than $10 to $15 on his person the night he disappeared, and was not wearing a coat.

However, authorities have not found any indication of foul play in Tammen's disappearance either. They do not believe he could have been forcibly abducted, as he was large enough and strong enough to defend himself against most attackers.

They theorized that he could have developed amnesia and wandered away, but if that was the case he should have been found relatively quickly.

A woman living outside of Oxford, twelve miles east of the Miami University campus, claims that a young man came to her door at 11:00 p.m. the evening Tammen disappeared and asked what town he was in. Then he asked directions to the bus stop, which she gave him, and he left.

However, the bus line had suspended its midnight run, so he could not have gotten on a bus. The witness says the man she spoke to was disheveled and dirty and appeared upset and confused. He was not wearing a coat or hat, although it was a cold night and there was snow on the ground. He was apparently on foot, since the woman did not see or hear a car.

The man matched the physical description of Tammen and was wearing similar clothes, but it has not been confirmed that they were the same person, and Tammen's brother stated he did not believe the man the witness saw was Tammen.

Five months to the day before Tammen vanished, he went to the Butler County Coroner's office in Hamilton, Ohio and asked for a test to have his blood typed. The coroner claims that this was the only such request he ever got in 35 years of practice.

It's unknown why Tammen wanted the test done and why he did not have it conducted in Oxford, where local physicians or the university hospital could have typed his blood for him. He was scheduled for a physical examination by the Selective Service for induction into the army, but inductees did not need to know their blood type in advance of the physical.

Tammen's parents, who lived in the 21000 block of Hillgrove Avenue in Maple Heights, Ohio in 1953, last saw him a week before he disappeared and say he did not appear to be troubled by anything at the time.

He was on the varsity wrestling team in college, played in the school dance band, and was a business major and a good student. He dated at the time that he vanished but did not have a steady girlfriend.

In the decades after Tammen's disappearance, students at Miami University claimed his ghost haunted Fisher Hall. His parents are now deceased. Fisher Hall was torn down in 1978 and an extensive search was conducted in the rubble for Tammen's remains, but no evidence was located. His case remains unsolved.
 Investigating Agency
  • Oxford Police Department 513-524-5240
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