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Two Similar Unsolved Cases of Unidentified Females Found In NY

These two cases are very similar. Both females were discovered in NY, both are Hispanic/Black woman, each with a similar tattoo on their breast, both murdered and unidentified, both with missing body parts when they were discovered. They were found ten years apart.

Victim One:


A small tattoo of two red cherries on a green stem above her right breast

  • Unidentified Hispanic or Black Female
  • The victim was discovered on March 3, 2007 in Mamaroneck, Westchester County, New York
  • Estimated Date of Death: Last week of February, 2007
  • State of Remains: Torso and two legs only
  • Estimated age: 35-50 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: 5’7″ – 6’1″; 180 – 200 lbs.
  • Other: The torso had a stab wound and belonged to a large woman.
  • Clothing: She was wearing gray Champion sweat pants, a tan or cream-colored long-sleeved shirt by Voice and a red camisole bearing Spanish-language labels.

A female torso inside a suitcase washed ashore at Harbor Island Park in Nassau County, New York on March 3, 2007. About three weeks later, the two legs were found a day apart — on March 21 off Cold Spring Harbor and March 22 off Cove Neck, along Nassau County’s Gold Coast. Each leg had pink toenail polish on some toes. DNA confirmed the legs and torso belonged to the same woman.

Since the torso floated onto the beach as storm-fed floods hit the region, authorities have said it could have come from almost anywhere.

The dark blue or black suitcase is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores. Police also found small scraps of paper tucked away in the crevices of the suitcase. When pieced together, it looks like a calendar with the Spanish word “cinco” and the phrase “begin to live.”

Mamaroneck Police Department are working jointly with Nassau and Suffolk Police


Victim Two:


A tattoo of a peach in the shape of a heart with a bite taken out of it and two drips falling from its core was located on her left breast.

  • Unidentified Black / Biracial Female
  • Located on June 28, 1997 in Lakeview, Nassau County, New York.
  • Estimated Date of Death: No more than 3 days
  • Cause of death was homicide
  • Estimated age: 16 – 30 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: Unknown
  • Scars/Marks: She had an abdominal scar, possibly from a caesarean section.

On June 28, 1997, a dismembered body was discovered in a wooded area of Hempstead Lake State Park, Lakeview, New York. Both arms, head, and legs below the knee were severed and have not been located. The torso was found on the west side of Lake Drive, about 200 yards north of Peninsula Boulevard.

She was found in a Rubbermaid container along with a red towel and a floral pillowcase.

With no leads to the woman’s identity, the police published a picture of the approximately two-inch wide tattoo in a national tattoo magazine, in the hopes of finding the artist who did the work. They received a call from a man in Connecticut who claimed he remembered giving the tattoo to a woman. The artist said he remembered the customer as a young black woman, about 18 or 19 years old, who was accompanied by two women, an aunt and a cousin. During the session, he also claimed she told him she was from either the Bronx or Long Island and that she was in Connecticut because having trouble with her boyfriend at the time. It is possible the woman had other tattoos on her arms or lower legs that the killer did not want found.

NCIC Number: U-037859772
If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Detective William Brosnan
Nassau County Police Department

Source: Doe Network

Two unidentified babies discovered deceased in Minnesota may belong to the same mother

Authorities believe the two unidentified babies below may have the same biological mother. Although, they believed they had separate fathers. Both were discovered deceased in Minnesota less than three years apart.

Baby #1

Forensic artists from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children used photographs of the bodies and the infants’ skull measurements to create composite drawings of what the babies might have looked like at the time of their deaths.

The first victim was discovered on December 7, 2003 in Old Frontenac, Goodhue County, Minnesota

Estimated Date of Death: No more than two weeks, no less than two days.

Estimated age: Newborn (less than 48 hours old)
Hair: Curly, black hair.
Approximate Height/Weight: 14″; 7 lbs.

The unidentified baby boy was discovered on December 7, 2003 in Florence Township Beach in Frontenac, MN.

NCIC Number for baby number one:
U860017958  (Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.)

 The case may be related to another unidentified newborn found in Red Wing in 1999.


Reconstruction of Victim by NCMEC – NOTE: Outfits shown in the age-progressed photos are not the actual outfits worn during discovery.)

The infant is a girl and she was located November 4, 1999 on the bank of the Mississippi River, in the small boat harbor in Red Wing, MN, a little over three years before the discovery of the boy. She was given the name Jamie.

Time of death: At-least 48 hours prior to discovery but no longer than two weeks.

Authorities think the composites could help piece together a frustrating puzzle. Over the years they have had over a 100 leads, yet the investigations remain unsolved.
Investigators believed that the infants were born alive. Autopsies were never able to ascertain causes of death. Officials believe that mother of the children may have hidden the pregnancies and is probably familiar with the area or possibly still living in the local areas.

After the discovery of both babies, a local couple paid to have them buried next to their own stillborn daughter, under headstones that read “God’s Little Angel.

NCIC Number for baby number two:
U530018814 (Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.)

Agency Case Number for baby number one: GO03-127
Agency Case Number fpr baby number two: GC99-158

If you have any information about these unidentified children please contact:
Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office
Lindsey Thomas

You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

Bodies of three Wyoming residents found in plane wreckage Yesterday Morning in Utah

The bodies of Matthew Ahrens, 37, Trista Meyer, 34, and her daughter Shyann Lenz, 9, have been found deceased one week after they vanished flying from California to their home State of Wyoming after visiting Ahrens family in California for the Holidays.


Left; Ahrens Middle; Shyann Right; Trista

Searches were conducted on November 25, 2012 when the missing family suddenly vanished while flying home after celebrating Thanksgiving with Ahrens family in his hometown in Bakersfield, CA.

Ahrens was the pilot and was flying the plane when it crashed in Utah on their way to Gillette, Wyoming. The three stopped off in Fillmore, Utah to refuel and Meyer texted her sister to tell her she would be home in a few hours, that was the last communication before the crash.

 Family don’t no what went wrong and described Ahrens as an ”experienced pilot.”

After a week of searches by authorities in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming, a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter spotted the wreckage in mountainous terrain Sevier County at 8.15am Yesterday, November 2, 2012.

The bodies of their two dogs were also discovered.

‘They were just about clear at the top of the mountain. I don’t know if they got disoriented or couldn’t get enough altitude. I don’t know what it is.’ said Sevier County Sheriff, Nathan Curtis.

The bodies have been taken to the state medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death.

Shyann Lenz’s biological father, Mark Lenz is devastated with his daughters death.

‘They’re in God’s care now,’ Lenz said. ‘We don’t have to worry about them being cold and we don’t have to worry about them being out there anymore. They’re on their way home.’

Mark Lenz’s Facebook page shows him and his daughter Shyann on the default. He also left a comment saying:

One thing I noticed today, in between crying bouts, is that the world seems more cold and more empty than ever before. I have lost my way and I am struggling to find it again, my children make it easier I guess, but the hurt is still overpowering, I try to look at pictures, which makes me cry harder, I try to pray it makes me cry harder, I try to remember shy and tris being silly and I smile but then cry really hard. Ugh I am unsure how to proceed, usually I have some idea, but not today. Shyann I love you my little angel, daddy is not giving up, he has just lost his way. I cannot wait to see you again, and until then just sit up there with Pop and keep watching your dad make a fool of himself, you always said I was good at that. I love you lil lady, and I will see you soon. Love Daddy

A Facebook group Prayers for Trista, Shy and Matt was created which has turned into a memorial with over 11,000 ‘likes’

Lyric Cook & Elizabeth Collins Found Deceased In Woods By Hunters

Elizabeth Collins, 8 (left) – Lyric Cook, 10 (right)

LATEST UPDATE: 12/06/12  –  ‘Our nightmare of not knowing is over’: Mothers’ agony as hunters find bodies of missing cousins who disappeared five months ago while riding their bikes

  • Investigators have held on to hope that Lyric Cook, 11, and Elizabeth Collins, 9, were alive
  • Grainy video showed the girls riding by on their bicycles on the day that they vanished in Evansdale, Iowa
  • Young cousins were last seen on July 13

The mothers of the girls who went missing while riding their bikes in July have spoken of their agony after the discovery of their dead bodies, and said the only comfort is the nightmare of not knowing where the children are is over.

Hunters discovered the bodies of Lyric Cook, 11, and nine-year-old Elizabeth Collins, from Eastern Iowa, in a wooded area yesterday after they vanished on July 13 near Meyers Lake in Evansdale.

Elizabeth’s mother Heather Collins posted a statement on her Facebook page late last night: ‘We have been so blessed by the outpouring of all the prayers and support tonight with the gut wrenching news that my beautiful daughter and niece’s bodies were found by hunters today.

Close: The girls, pictured in 2009, often spent the day together when Lyric's mother was at work

Like sisters: The girls, pictured in 2009, would often spend the day together when Lyric’s mother was at work and were very close

Cousins: Elizabeth Collins, 8, and her cousin have been missing since Friday July 13, 2012      'Not sure why': Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, has been missing since last week and FBI officials say the family has not been totally cooperative

The bodies of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey were found by hunters on Yesterday December 4, 2012

Helen Collins, the mother of Elizabeth, said: 'This was (not) the outcome we wanted but we know that they are up in Heaven with our Savior and our nightmare of where they are and what is happening to them has been answered'Helen Collins, the mother of Elizabeth, said: ‘This was (not) the outcome we wanted but we know that they are up in Heaven with our Savior and our nightmare of where they are and what is happening to them has been answered’

‘This was (not) the outcome we wanted but we know that they are up in Heaven with our Savior and our nightmare of where they are and what is happening to them has been answered.

‘Lord, we know that you have them in your loving arms and we are so blessed for that.’

The bodies have been sent to the state medical examiner’s office for autopsies.

Captain Abben who has been leading the investigation, said the nearly five-month-old case has been very difficult for the families, the community and law enforcement officers, too.

He said: ‘It is definitely not the outcome we wanted. Numerous officers from many, many jurisdictions have worked on this case around the clock since the 13th of July, when we were notified of this.

‘This is a difficult thing for us to go through; a difficult thing for the people of the community.’

Discovery of the two bodies came on Day 145 of the girls’ disappearance.

Abben says the area where the bodies were found is still being processed.

Estranged: Lyric's parents, Misty and Dan Morrissey, both have checkered criminal pasts - and were investigated as persons of interest in the disappearance of the girlsEstranged: Lyric’s parents, Misty and Dan Morrissey, both have checkered criminal pasts – and were investigated as persons of interest in the disappearance of the girls
Missing: The two young cousins have been missing since Friday, July 13 after going for a bike ride togetherMissing: The two young cousins have been missing since Friday, July 13 after going for a bike ride together
Grandmother: Wylma Cook, pictured, was believed to be the last person o see the girls before they vanishedGrandmother: Wylma Cook, pictured, was believed to be the last person to see the girls before they vanished

The girls were last seen leaving from their grandmother’s house on their bikes.

The grandmother, Wylma Cook, has said Lyric knew not to go far because the girls planned to leave for the home they shared in nearby Waterloo with Lyric’s mother, Misty Morrissey, by 1:30pm.

She said that she expected the girls to return for lunch or a drink of water or juice as they always did when they were playing in the heat.


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Published: 09/05/12 – Did Missing Iowa Girl’s Cause Mass Panic?

→ After missing Iowa girls Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins vanished from Evansdale, attempted abduction reports seemed to increase drastically. While law enforcement in the area treat each and every report thoroughly and honestly, is it possible that some of them are just the resort of mass panic? It’s likely that many attempts are stories made up either by the children or the people calling — as this sometimes happens when cases become high-profile. High profile missing persons and unsolved homicide cases sometimes attract strange individuals, and that’s an understatement.

After the two missing Iowa girls became a national news story, at least two reports of creeps in vans attempting the abduction of children. In each case the children were able to run free and tell their parents all about it. This could be brought on by the common knowledge this case has shared of a van driver being questioned in regards to Lyric’s and Elizabeth’s disappearance. However, it’s equally possible that there is a van driving child predator lurking about the neighborhoods throughout the state.

There haven’t been any investigative updates in this tragic case, which is making it hard to foresee a positive ending. The case is approaching its two-month-mark soon, but will detectives bring news to the public regarding the possible whereabouts of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook? There are also no updates regarding the recent hospitalization of the mother of Lyric Cook, who recently appeared to overdose on medication.



08/15/12 – Missing Iowa Girls Not The Only Children in Family to Vanish –


09/11/12  – Vigil for Missing Iowa Girls


07/30/12 – Missing Iowa Girls May Be Alive & Mysterious Boater May Know Something

Some hopeful news on a day that everyone is talking about children being shot in movie theaters and abused by football coaches. Investigators think the two missing cousins from Iowa are still alive! The girls’ bodies are not in the lake, and the case has been officially classified an “abduction.” But what exactly did they find or discover that makes them think that? You almost never hear investigators say they believe that an abducted child is still alive after almost a week later. There is definitely something up here, a twist is coming that we don’t expect, I can feel it. Could the mysterious person in the paddle boat on the lake possibly hold the key?

Police are looking to interview someone who was paddleboating on the lake at the time the girls vanished. He or she is not necessarily a suspect, but police obviously think he may have seen something. I wonder if this has some connection to the “object” near the shore bagged as evidence that everyone made a big deal about.

Late last week it appeared as if the parents might have had something to do with the girls’ disappearance, as they were reportedly not cooperating with police. Dan Morrissey and Misty Cook-Morrissey, Lyric’s parents, have both served time in jail over drug charges, and Dan has a history of domestic violence. But Misty Cook-Morrissey apparently submitted to a lengthy lie detector test today and is telling everyone she passed. Dan is also currently off the hot seat for now, though he’s being watched closely.

It can’t be that difficult to track down people in the area who have paddle boats. I’m sure investigators are scouring the county as we speak. Another theory could be the disappearances are linked to the parents’ drug past. Or, maybe someone the girls knew took them.

The case is so wide open right now that any scenario is possible. In the end it really doesn’t matter what it is as long as the girls are found safe and unharmed, and let’s hope that happens very soon.


Video footage has emerged of two Iowa cousins who went missing on Friday, July 13.

ABC News has obtained the footage of 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins and her 10-year-old cousin, Lyric Cook, riding their bikes on the same day they went missing. It lasts just a few seconds.

“It looked kind of grainy, I mean just zoom they were by the thing and so it’s very hard to really make much out of the thing,” Black Hawk County Chief Deputy Rick Abben said. “The girls were less than a block from the house when this camera captured them riding by, important to note they were riding away from Meyers Lake.”

Investigators are examining the footage for clues that could lead to the discovery of the missing girls who, authorities say, were abducted twelve days ago after riding their bikes near Meyers Lake in Evansdale.

The children’s grandmother, who was babysitting the cousins when they disappeared, told the AP she has no idea how they ended up across town by a lake.

Earlier this week, ABC reported that the families of the two cousins remain hopeful.

“They told us they do have a couple of leads and that is it. Anything is hopeful,” Heather Collins told ABC News’ Robin Roberts.

On Saturday, the AP reported that authorities still believe the girls are alive.

“We believe these girls are alive, and we are not discouraged by the passage of time since their disappearance,” FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault said. “We are urging anyone with information to come forward. Any information, as insignificant as it may seem, could be vital to this investigation.”

Cook’s parents, Misty and Daniel Morrissey, have criminal records relating to methamphetamine, and Daniel Morrissey has been eyed by family members as a suspect in the girls’ disappearance.



Saturday July 21, 2012 – Iowa Cousins Case Now Considered Abduction
Monday July 23, 2012 – FBI Believes Missing Iowa Girls are Still Alive
Thursday July 26, 2012 – Surveillance footage Found of Missing Cousins
Sunday August 11, 2012 – Vigil for Missing Iowa Girls