Posts from the ‘Unidentified People’ Category

The disappearance of Tara Calico

tara-calicoTara Calico, then 19, left her Belen, New Mexico home on the afternoon of September 20, 1988 to ride her bicycle on Highway 47. She, nor her bike, were  ever seen again despite numerous searches and media coverage including being featured on Unsolved Mysteries, America’s Most Wanted, Vanished, Current Affair, etc.

Tara’s unsolved disappearance came back into the limelight when, on June 15, 1989, a woman found a picture in a parking lot outside a convenience store in Port St. Joe, Florida. A white van had previously been parked in the spot and the photo featured a teenage girl and an unidentified young boy, both were bound and gagged in the back of a van. It was speculated that the girl in the photo might be Tara Calico and that the boy was possibly Michael Henley, a 9-year old who vanished on a camping trip in NM the previous year. However, Michael’s remains were soon found in the same area he originally went missing.

Two other photographs featuring a gagged girl resembling Tara surfaced over the next few months, though they have never been released to the public.

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Photo of an unidentified young female and boy gagged and bound

There are many theories revolving around this case and it seems like the majority believe the young woman was kidnapped however, years after Tara went missing a Valencia County sheriff publicly stated his belief that she was killed the day she disappeared when two local residents accidentally hit her with their truck and disposed of her body, but he had insufficient evidence to make an arrest. But if this theory is true, then what’s the story behind the two kids in the photograph?

Tara Calico was born February 28, 1969 and would be 44 years old today.

Tara Calico: Gone Without a Trace – The Documentary Fan Page (Facebook)

Unidentified Remains of A Little Girl Found Over Three Decades Ago In Pascagoula, MS (“JANE DOE1982″)

Jane Doe1982This photo is a computer generated facial reconstruction done by a forensic artist at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Features such as eye color and hair style are the estimations of the artist to complete the image and should not be used as a significant marker for identification. The “DOB” and “Age Now” fields are approximations as well.

Classification: Unidentified Child
Name: JaneDoe1982
DOB: January 1, 1980 (approx)
DOD: 12/05/82
Located In:
Pascagoula, MS
Age Then: Believed to have been a toddler
Age now: 33 (approx)
Sex: Female
Race: White
Hair color: Blonde
Eye color: Unknown but believed to have been either brown or blue
Height: 2’6″
Weight: 20-25 lbs
NCMEC Case #: 1103997

 

 

Over three decades ago, on December 5, 1982, the unidentified remains of a young child were discovered in the Dog River which is located beneath the westbound lane of I-10 in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

The child, described as a toddler girl around two years old, is believed to have been deceased 1-2 days prior to discovery of her remains.

 Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

Mississippi Amber Alerts and Missing Children Cases

 

Several Unidentified Females Found In 2009 In Pima County, AZ

In 2009 there have been many discoveries regarding unidentified remains in the Pima County, Arizona area. No composite sketches have been created however, there are many similarities including the race, sex and area in which the victims were found. Also, some of the remains have been in the area months prior to discovery.

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Jane Doe #1 - The remains of victim #1 were found by hunters on November 12, 2009 in a remote desert area in Amado, Pima County, Arizona. 

Race: Hispanic Sex: Female
Estimated Date of Death: Months prior.
State of Remains: Not recognizable – Partial remains with soft tissues.
Cause of Death: Unable to determine.
Estimated Age: 15-22 years old.
Approximate Height and Weight: 5’0″ to 5’4″
Weight: Unknown
Hair and Eye Color: Brown hair and unknown eye color.
Clothing: Black pants with a pouch sewn into waistband, shirt with sequin,
silver-colored braided/woven belt with silver-colored rings on belt, green shorts,
red underpants, gray socks, purple and gray shoes, and three black
and three colored hair ties.
Dentals: X-rays and photographs are available. Teeth #1 and #16 are not fully erupted.
Tooth #11 is rotated distally 90 degrees, composite ML. Tooth #19 is composite F. Tooth #30
is composite F, O.

If you have any information about this case please contact:
Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office
Bruce Anderson
1-520-243-8600
Agency Case Number: ML09-02314; NamUs 6406

Jane Doe #2 - The skeletal remains of victim #2 were discovered by minutemen on November 4, 2009, just one week prior to Jane Doe # 1 being found. This unidentified female is also being described as Hispanic and was also found in a desert area of Casa Grande in Pima County.

Estimated Time of Death: Months prior.
State of Remains: Not recognizable – Partial skeletal parts only.
Cause of Death: Unknown.
Estimated Age: 30-45 years old.
Approximate Height: 4’11″ to 5’3″
Hair: Wavy, bleached blonde hair, 24″ long.
Eye Color: Unknown
Marks/Scars: Monochromatic tattoo on the posterior right shoulder
with the inscription “La Santa Muerte” and a figure wearing a hooded robe
holding a scythe.
Clothing: Black denim pants with stars on back pockets, long-sleeved
cotton shirt, black belt, black bra, black panties, black sock with multi-colored
stripes, and athletic shoes.
Dentals: X-rays and photographs are available. Tooth #22 is rotated distally.
Other: Also located with the victim were an “Ace Wrap” elastic bandage, and a
manila envelope containing three pieces of paper with written numbers.

If you have any information about this case please contact:
Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office
Bruce Anderson
1-520-243-8600
Agency Case Number: ML09-02305; NamUs 6416

Jane Doe #3 –  The partial remains of a young Hispanic female were found on October 15, 2009 in a desert area in San Miguel Village known for undocumented migrant traffic (immigration).

Estimated Date of Death: 2004-2007.
State of Remains: Not recognizable – Partial skeletal parts only.
Cause of Death: Unknown.

Estimated Age: 16-21 years old.
Approximate Height and Weight: 5’3″ to 5’7″ and unknown weight.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Unknown hair and eye color.
Clothing: “Tallino” brand jacket (size M), and “76,” “Z,” or “Zeta” brand shoe.
Dentals: X-rays and photographs are available. Mandible not located.

If you have any information about this case please contact:
Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office
Bruce Anderson
1-520-243-8600

Agency Case Number: ML09-02128; NamUs 6413

Jane Doe #4 – The remains of a young female victim were found on September 27, 2009 by a jogger walking his dog in Little Tucson Village. The race of the victim is unknown however she is believed to be in her teenage years.

Estimated Date of Death: Months prior.
State of Remains: Not recognizable – Partial skeletal parts only.
Inventory: Cranium, C1, C2 fragment, R ribs 1 and 2, L rib 1.
Cause and Manner of Death: Unknown.
Vital Statistics
Estimated Age: 14-18 years old.
Approximate Height and Weight: Unknown.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Hair and eye color are unknown. Race is unknown.
Clothing: None located.
Dentals: X-rays and photographs are available. Mandible was not recovered. Teeth #6, #7,
and #10 fragmentary. Tooth #16 not erupted. Teeth #8 and #9 have mesial caries.

If you have any information about this case please contact:
Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office
Bruce Anderson
1-520-243-8600

Agency Case Number: ML09-02024; NamUs 6392

More Pima County Unidentified Cases;

Victim discovered on August 9, 2009 in Robles Junction, Pima County, Arizona.
Victim discovered on July 13, 2009 in Green Valley, Pima County, Arizona.
Victim discovered on April 6, 2009 in Sasebe, Pima County, Arizona.

Elderly Woman Found In St. Clair County Identified As Mary Grenia

Mary Gertrude Grenia

 

Photo of Mary G. Grenia who police say was murdered and dumped by her daughter earlier this year

 

UPDATE – The unidentified Jane Doe discovered in a St. Clair County dumpster back in March 2013 has been identified as Mary Gertrude Grenia, an 89-year-old elderly woman originally from Salem, Oregon. Her daughter, also from Salem, has been arrested in connection with the death. Click here for the full updated story.

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Unidentified “Jane Doe” Description
State: Michigan
Estimated age Adult – around 80
Minimum Age: 60 years
Maximum Age: 100 years
Race: White Sex: Female
Hair:  Gray shoulder-length hair
Eyes: Dark eyes
Height: 5’0″ Weight: 100 lbs (est)
Probable Year of Death: 2013
Clothing: She was wearing an Indian print skirt and a blouse that was white, black and red
Other: Signs of having had a mastectomy and two surgical scars on her stomach

The remains of an unidentified woman were discovered on Tuesday, March 13, 2013 under a snow bank near a dumpster behind a Goodwill store in Port Huron, St. Clair County, MI. Detectives were able to determine that the woman’s body had been there since at least March 3, 2013 but had been concealed by snow and blankets.

Medical Examiners described the Jane Doe as an elderly woman with a recognizable face which helped an artist draw a composite sketch depicting what she may have looked like when she was alive.

An autopsy was done on the woman, but a cause of death wasn’t determined.

Case Number: SCC-13-025

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Detective Eric Stevens (810) 987-1726.

Unidentified Female Found In Frederick, MD on July 31, 1991

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Composite sketch showing what the unidentified victim may have looked like in life. (Note: The sketch was created based on the description given and should not be the sole identifying factor)

Unidentified Jane Doe’s Description

Race: White
Sex: Female
Hair: Brown or Black
Eyes: Unknown
Age: 17-25 (est)
Height: 5’0”-5’2”
Weight: 110-120 lbs
Cause of Death: Unknown

Clothing:
• “Cap Ferrat” denim
skort, size 11
• Dark colored tank
top
Jewelry:
• “ADVANCE” digital
wristwatch, silver w/
gold face (rt wrist)
• Silver bangle
bracelet (left wrist)
• TRIFARI gold-plated
bracelet (left wrist)
• Gold herringbone
necklace
• Neon pink nylon
anklet w/ black and green dots

On July 31, 1991 the badly decomposed body of a young female was discovered at the bottom of an embankment along southbound Interstate 270 at the Baker Valley Road overpass in Frederick County, Maryland. Medical Examiners believe the victim may have been at this location up to 1-2 weeks prior to discovery. The disposal site was within 10 miles of a truck stop. Due to decomposition, Medical Examiners weren’t able to confirm the cause of death.

Although it’s been over two decades since the discovery, a candlelight vigil was held recently in the past couple years to remember the victim without an identity.

“To this day — and we’re celebrating 20 years — we have no idea who she is,” Maryland State Police Sgt. Tina Becker said on the 20th anniversary on July 31, 2011.

The Cold Case Unit officer said that the chance of determining what happened to the Jane Doe is zero to none; the girl, estimated to be in her late teens or early 20s at the time of her death, had no identification.

It’s been over 22 years since the discovery and authorities are hoping someone has that small piece of the puzzle that they are missing.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
Sgt Christina Becker Maryland State Police, (410) 386-3029 or cbecker@mdsp.org
OR
FBI ViCAP, (800) 634-4097 or vicap@leo.gov

Do You Know The Identity Of This Child Who Was Found Deceased Over 14 Years Ago?

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These two composite sketches were created earlier in the investigation. Both were created based on the description given and shouldn’t be the sole identifying factor.

orange-county-unidentified-childThis composite sketch was created by a FBI artist who sculpted a face of what they think “John Mebane Doe” looked like.

Description of “John Mebane Doe”
Location: 
Found in Mebane, Orange County, NC
Race: 
White or possibly Hispanic
Sex: 
Male
Hair: 
Patches of dark brown hair could be seen near the skull
Height/Weight: 
Believed to have been around 4’11″ tall, weighing approximately 50 pounds
Estimated Age: 
Medical examiners believe he was between 8 to 11 years old.
Estimated Time of Death: 
It is believed that he has been deceased sometime in the Spring or Summer of 1998
Clothing: 
Partially clothed wearing a pair of underwear, khaki shorts, black and white sneakers and white socks

Note: Keep in mind that the estimated age, height, weight, race, etc, are approximations and could be slightly inaccurate. The height might be a couple of inches off as well as the weight. The actual age might be a year younger (7) or a year older (12).

On the afternoon of September 25, 1998 a crew were mowing grass around a billboard off of Industrial Drive in Mebane, North Carolina, approximately 70 yards from Interstate 40. One crew member noticed something lying near the edge of the wooded area and upon further inspection he realized it was the deceased body of an unidentified child. The child, a boy, was partially clothed and had a $50 dollar bill tucked away in his pocket.

It’s been fourteen years since that Summer day yet nobody has come forward with an identity or to claim the remains.

Investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office dubbed the little boy, “John Mebane Doe”.

The death was ruled undetermined but probable homicide. His legs were together and the arms were slightly extended above the head. Police believe the child died somewhere else and was later brought to the location where he was found.

“The bones were not as you might envision, all connected. Things had disarticulated and fallen away,” explained Tim Horn, an investigator from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators have been working on this case for over a decade. They’ve passed the story on to local media, Doe Network as well as other online databases, checked schools, churches, the national database for missing children, etc, but have so far turned up empty. Surely someone knows this boy or at least met him sometime during his childhood. Theres a good possibility that he is from out of State, maybe even out of the US. However, until his identity is known he will remain in a small box at the Chapel Hill’s Medical Examiners Office.

John Mebane Doe would be in his twenties today had he still been alive. Do you know somebody from your childhood who matches the description and suddenly went missing?

If you have any information regarding this case you’re urged to please contact:

Orange County Sheriff’s Office (919) 644-3050.
And/Or
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
All calls are kept confidential.

El Dorado Jane Doe Killed Over Twenty Years Ago Still Unidentified

el-dorado-jane-doePhotos of  the unidentified victim (circa 1990)

Date and Location: Unidentified White Female Located on July 10, 1991 in El Dorado, Union County, Arkansas.
Estimated Time of Death: The victim died the same day that she was discovered.
Estimated age: 18-21 years old
Approximate Height and Weight: 5’11″; 150-160 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: She has blonde hair however, it was brown at the time of her death. She had blue eyes, freckles and a birth mark under her left breast. She also had three piercings in her right ear and 2 in left ear.
Clothing: Victim was discovered wearing white ankle socks, acid washed blue jeans, black belt, white T-shirt and white shoes.
Jewelry: A gold-colored, chain type bracelet present on right arm.
Aliases: Cheryl Ann Wick, Shannon Wiley, Kelly Carr, Kelly Karr, Mercedes
Other: Fingerprints, Dental and DNA are available.

This victim was found deceased at the Whitehall Motel in El Dorado, Arkansas on July 10, 1991. Authorities have determined that she resided in the Dallas, Texas region; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Little Rock, Arkansas prior to her death. At the time of her death, she was a resident of El Dorado and had been there for several years according to some reports.

It’s possible that the victim had been a runaway from the Florida area, which may be the reason she withheld her true identity.

Her murderer is James Roy McAlphin and he is in prison now for her murder. She was living at another address in El Dorado but went to the motel where he dragged her into the parking lot and beat her, then took her into the motel room and shot her. 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.

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After her death, they 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 they 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”. They located the parents’ address and when they called, Cheryl herself answered and said that she did not know her. 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.

James Roy McAlphin is no longer in prison for her murder, he is in the Robertson unit in Abilene, TX for a sexual assault in Travis County, TX. He was due to be released in 2010.

Who is El Dorado Jane Doe AKA Kelly Lee Carr? - 2010 article published by Yahoo News.

Agency Case #: 475-91
NCIC #: U- 504897578 & M-608593583
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact: Detective Cathy Phillips of the El Dorado Police Department Investigation Division at 870-881-4818 or 870-881-4810.

The El Dorado Polce Website gives the above contact numbers for those with information pertaining to this case.

The Doe Network has posted the below numbers for anyone with information.

Union County Coroner’s Office
870-864-1903
And/Or
El Dorado Police Department
Detective Cathy Phillips or Captain David Smith
870-881-4800
Tipsters may remain anonymous.

 

Unidentified Adult Male Shot to Death In Louisville, KY in 2009 May Be From Outside The Country

kentucky-homicide-victimLocation of Discovery:
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky
USA
Cause of Death: Homicide by gunshot
Estimated Age: 30-40 years old
Race: White and/or Hispanic
Gender: Male
Height: 5’3″ to 5’4″
Weight: 131 lbs.
Hair Color: Wavy Black
Eye Color: Brown
Marks/Scars: Bilateral lumbar scar on back. Multiple linear scars in various orientations, all 1/4″ to 2 1/2″ in length.
Dentals: Complete loss of crown #29. Small occlusal pit caries on #17. Teeth #7-#10 replaced with “flipper” with non-cast clasp.
Fingerprints: Available with Louisville Metro Police.
Clothing: The victim was wearing a gray long-sleeved Izod jacket, short-sleeved orange and white-stripped Izod shirt, blue jeans, blue briefs, red and black socks, and black Air Jordan athletic shoes.
Other: Victim may be from outside of the U.S. — Possibly from Mexico or Honduras

 

 

An unidentified male was found on December 3, 2009. He had been shot and killed in the Preston Oaks Apartment complex at 1205 Quest Drive in Louisville. Several suspects had been arrested in connection to the murder however, the Louisville police and the Jefferson County coroner’s office have been trying to identify the victim to no avail. The crime was random and the suspects do not know the victim and couldn’t provide a name.

A photo of the victim was found on a cell phone. He is believed to be either from Mexico or Honduras. He was discovered shortly after his death.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Louisville Metro Police Department
Detective Brenda Wescott (502) 574-7055
And/Or
Jefferson County Coroner’s Office (502) 574-6262
Agency Case Number: LE: 09-275; ME-09-1257
NamUs Case Number: UP #7293

 

Who is Racine County Jane Doe?

unidentified_child_victimReconstruction created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children of what Jane Doe may have looked like during her life. The photo was created based on the description of medical examiners and should not be the sole identification factor.

Nickname Given: Racine County Jane Doe
Date Found: 1999
Location: Raymond, Racine County, WI
Country Found: United States
Estimated Year of Death: 1999
Estimated Age: Between 18 and 30
Race: White Sex: Female
Height: 5’8″ Weight: 120 pounds
Hair Color: Curly/Wavy Brown Eye Color: Brown or Hazel
Clothing: Man’s gray or silver country western-style shirt with pearlized snap buttons and a red floral pattern on the chest, black sweat pants
Dental: Her two upper front teeth protruded slightly, a rotated incisor, and she had several missing or decayed teeth
Other: Both of her ears were double-pierced. She had no jewelry on her, had healed scars on her shins, and was barefoot when found

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Racine County Jane Doe was wearing a shirt similar to the one pictured

Racine County Police have been trying to determine the identity of an unidentified female discovered in a corn field on 92nd Street between 6 and 7 Mile roads in Raymond by a man walking his dog on July 21, 1999.

She had been abused and murdered and according to reports in the weeks before her murder she suffered blunt force trauma to many different parts of her body. She was also malnourished and showed signs of being sexually assaulted. Her left ear was battered, commonly referred to as “Cauliflower Ear”.

Retired Racine County Detective Eileen Reilly, who led the search for clues on the identity of the Jane Doe, said she believed the young woman could possibly be from another country.

Reilly told The Journal Times during the height of the investigation, that the victim had hired a caregiver for her mother who was not a United States citizen.

After the discovery over a decade ago, media and journalists spoke about the case with representatives from the Milwaukee office of the FBI since human traffickers used O’Hare International Airport as a transportation hub. According to the website enddemandillinois.org Chicago’s central location makes the airport a target destination for traffickers. That site’s goal is to reduce the demand for the sex trade by “shifting law enforcement’s attention to sex traffickers and people who buy sex, while proposing a network of support for survivors of the sex trade.”

Chicago’s central geographic location, regionally divided and often insular ethnic communities, transportation infrastructure, and the O’Hare International Airport make the city an ideal location for traffickers to bring victims into Illinois and transport them to other cities and states. This would explain why, after twelve years, the identity of the victim is still unknown.

Or, perhaps Racine County Jane Doe arrived in USA as an Au-Pair who met up with the wrong people. In 1999 the demand for Au-Pairs from Eastern Europe, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic were strong.

NCIC Case#: 1005141

Updates on the case are available on the Jane Doe Racine County, Wisconsin Facebook page.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact: Racine County Investigator Tom Knaus (262) 636-3367 and/or Tracy Hintz at (262) 636-3190.

Anonymous tips can also be left with Crime Stoppers of Racine County at 1-888-636-9330, email: http://racine.crimestoppersweb.com, or text message: RACS to 274637(CRIMES).

Identity of East River Jane Doe Found Deceased Over One Decade Ago Still Unsolved

unidenified_childEast River Jane Doe
Date of Birth: January 1, 1985 (not the actual birthdate but an estimation)
Date of Discovery: May 6, 2000
Estimated Age When Found: Between 12 and 18 years
Estimated Age As Of Now: 28
Sex: Female Race: White (Victim may also be Hispanic or of mixed ancestry)
Hair: Black Eye Color: Unknown
Height: 5’6″ Weight: Approx 150 lbs
City/State: NYC, New York
Country: (Northeast) USA

The skeletal remains of a child or young teenager were discovered floating in the East River located near 57th Street in New York City. Medical Examiners estimate her age as being between 12 and 18, and they believe she has been deceased for up to several months prior to discovery. She was found wearing dark-colored cargo pants, a Champion blue sports bra, blue boxer shorts, a t-shirt with a skunk printed on the front and the words “Perfect Thyroid” on the back (Perfect Thyroid is a local band originating in the Kingston, NY area.)

A photo of the shirt and pants can be seen in the left-hand bottom corner.

Due to the condition of the remains, some items in the composite – such as hairstyle and skin tone – are the artist’s estimations based on the description medical examiners gave and should NOT be the sole significant marker for identification.

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is asked to please contact the following agencies: 
New York City Police Department (NYCPD) 1-212-374-6919 (Case #: 3698-00)
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)
NCMEC Cold Case Review Unit at 1-877-446-2632, ext. 6235 or 6342

NOTE: An unidentified individual located on US soil could be from anywhere around the world. Canada is closer to NY than California and it’s possible the victim was brought from up north. Child and females are the most targeted for abduction and/or human sex-trafficking and thousands of victims are smuggled into the US every year for profit. If you’re from another country don’t exclude the idea that this victim could be one of your own. Leave no stone unturned.

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