Posts tagged ‘Unidentified Child’

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

 

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.