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SOLVED: Jane Doe Discovered In 1985 Is NC Woman Who Disappeared Ten Years Earlier

  • Priscilla Blevins, 27, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, last seen in 1975
  • Detective knocked on sister’s door last month and said she’d been found
  • Turns out woman spent more than 20 years locked away in storage facility
  • Skeletal remains found in 1985 near a N.C. main road but could not be identified

‘It was equal parts of relief, surprise, sorrow and joy at the opportunity to finally bring my sister home’

Cathy Blevins Howe, 
Priscilla Blevins’s sister

 

Every day for the past 37 years, Cathy Blevins Howe has wondered about the whereabouts of her 27-year-old sister, who vanished from her Charlotte, N.C., home in July 1975.

Howe had long accepted that her sister, Priscilla Ann Blevins, was likely dead, but was afraid she might go to her own grave without the opportunity to say goodbye. The reality of that fear deepened when her parents, Bob and Sadie Blevins, died in 2002 and 2001, respectively.

Pictured; Priscilla Ann Blevins

The waiting and the fear finally came to an end last month, when the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department contacted Howe and said her sister’s remains had been found at the state medical examiner’s office in Chapel Hill. The remains, initially identified as “Jane Doe,” had been in storage at the facility for more than 20 years.

“It was just unbelievable and it still is,” Howe told The Huffington Post. “It was equal parts of relief, surprise, sorrow and joy at the opportunity to finally bring my sister home.”

Authorities had been trying to uncover Jane Doe’s identity since 1985, when she was found off Interstate 40 in Haywood County near the Tennessee border. Unfortunately, there were no identifying characteristics and the technology at their disposal was limited.

The mystery of Priscilla Blevins’ disappearance began July 7, 1975. Blevins was last seen by her roommate on that date at their home in the 1700 block of Tyvola Road in Charlotte.

“I wish I knew the circumstances,” Howe said. “She simply disappeared.”

 

The search for Blevins started immediately after her disappearance, but the case quickly went cold. Detectives had little evidence and few clues to follow.

 

“I got involved in 2000,” said Howe, who was 23 and in college when her sister disappeared. “My parents had originally spearheaded the investigation, but as I got older and had a daughter myself, I felt the need to try again. I got associated with Detective Lee Tuttle of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and he was very receptive to and interested in pursuing what, for all intents and purposes, should have been considered an almost impossible case.”

 

With the advent of DNA databases for missing and unidentified persons, Tuttle collected a mitochondrial DNA sample from Howe. The sample was entered into the national database and they waited for a potential match.

 

On Oct. 18, Tuttle was notified that remains recently entered into the database — the Jane Doe found off Interstate 40 in 1985 — were a match. They then confirmed the results with Blevins’ dental records.

 

Howe said she has been told that an autopsy was performed on her sister, but she does not know the results. She also said she does not know whether authorities have listed her sister’s death as foul play, but she said she would not be surprised if they did, given the circumstances.

 

“The missing person case has been solved — she has been identified after having been missing for 37 years — but there are plenty of questions that remain unanswered,” Howe said. “But right now my focus is on bringing her home.”

 

Detective Lee Tuttle, the lead investigator on the case, whom Howe refers to as her “hero,” did not immediately return a call for comment from HuffPost.

 

Howe said she is planning a “memorial homecoming” for her sister on Nov. 17 in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University. Blevins graduated from the university in 1971 and before her disappearance, taught English in South America.

 

“I just feel so honored that I get to welcome my sister home. What a blessing it is,” Howe said.

 

Meanwhile, Howe said she has advice for other families of the missing.

 

“It is my hope that this tragedy for our family can somehow serve as a vehicle to let other folks know that miracles do happen and there is technology available,” she said. “If your missing loved one is not in the DNA database, they need to get in there. It worked a miracle in my life and my family’s life.”

Howe added, “I hope all the folks whose lives are touched with an event like this will have the opportunity to bring their loved one home.”

 

 

Article written and published on 11/01/12 by Huffingtonpost – Resubmitted on 11/02/12

Identity Of Baby Abandoned At A Maryland Hospital Five Years Ago Unknown

Photo taken in 2007 of a child, name unknown.

On October 13th, 2007 a baby-girl was abandoned at St. Agnes Hospital located in (southwest) City, Maryland. The baby was 7-months-old in October of ’07 and would be almost 6-years-old as of October, 2012. She is Caucasian with red-hair, blue-eyes. Height and weight is unknown.

Case Number: USMDDoeJane101307

Anyone with information that may lead to the identity of this child should contact Baltimore City Department of Social Services, either by phone or website – http://www.dhr.maryland.gov/county/baltimorecity/

Child Molester Wanted By The FBI

Child Molester Wanted By The FBI

Published: October 9th, 2012 – Updated: October 11th, 2012 – HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Honolulu is seeking the public’s help in providing information that may identify a man suspected of child sexual exploitation. Agents believe the man could be on the Big Island.

The suspect first came to the FBI’s attention in 2010 when a series of photographs surfaced on the internet depicting the suspect apparently engaging in graphic sex acts with two children: a four-year-old girl and nine-year-old boy (approximate ages).

These photos were circulated widely among various illegal internet forums for the sharing of child pornography.

Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children enhanced one of the photos to develop an image of what appears to be a 2008 Hawaiian Telcom phone book for Hawaii’s Big Island in the background. This image led investigators to believe that the photos were taken between 2008 and 2010. A desktop computer in the background of another photo leads investigators to conclude that the photo was likely not taken in a hotel room.

There are no other details linking the suspect to Hawaii. His identity and current whereabouts are unknown.

The pictured suspect appears to be a white male in his 40s with brown-grey hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information to provide should contact their local FBI office.

“We’re comfortable saying that the suspect was probably on Hawaii’s Big Island between 2008 and 2010. He may have lived there, or he may have been a guest in someone’s home. For all we know, he may still be living in Hawaii,” said Honolulu FBI Special Agent Tom Simon. “Sadly, the FBI catches a lot of consumers and distributors of child pornography. This case is a rare opportunity for us to catch an actual producer of these disturbing images.”

The public is reminded that no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Copyright 2012 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

Source: Clicking the photo of the suspect will link you to source (hawaiinewsnow)

Is Colorado suspect in last weeks attempted child abduction cases related to the disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway?

Composite sketch of suspect wanted by Arvada Police for trying to lure children with candy shortly before Jessica Ridgeway disappeared. The man tried to get the children into his vehicle. (note: first victim said man had facial hair, second victim said man didn’t. It’s possible the suspect shaved his facial hair to disguise himself. It’s also possible suspect grew his facial hair initially for those very same reasons.  The same week on Friday, several  miles away, a ten-year old child disappeared while on her way to Witt Elementary School. All cases are in Jefferson County Districts.)

LATEST UPDATE: 10/18/12 – ANOTHER incident involving a Caucasian male in a dark-colored sedan attempting to abduct a child in Jefferson County:

Latest article written and published By: Thomas Hendrick (Denverpost)

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – A 14-year-old boy said a man tried to lure him into a car and then tried to grab him Monday night.

The teen was walking home from a friend’s house near Falcon Bluffs Middle School around 7:30 p.m., said Mark Techmeyer of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. As the teen neared the school, he saw a dark blue or black sedan following him.

The driver stopped the car and yelled “Hey,” at the teen, Techmeyer said.   “Frightened, the juvenile began to run towards his home at Holland and Chatfield,” Techmeyer said. “The juvenile reported that the adult male ran after him and caught him a short distance later.”   The man grabbed the boy’s arm and started pulling him towards the car. At one point the man’s grip slipped and the teen was able to get away, Techmeyer said.

The man is described as white, between 35 and 40 years old. He is about 200 pounds with medium salt and pepper hair.   Anyone who as information about this case is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-271-5612.

Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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Updated: 10/16/12 – According to ABCNews, Arvada Police are now finally turning their attention to this unidentified male. They would like to interview/question him in the wake of Jessica Ridgeway’s abduction and murder and would like the public’s assistance in identifying him:

Police in Arvada, Colo., are looking for a man suspected of trying to abduct two children a few weeks before 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway’s killing to see whether there is a possible connection.

In two reported incidents on Sept. 9 and Sept. 12, Arvada police said an 8- and 9-year-old were nearly abducted, according to police.

“Both of them said they were offered candy to get into the vehicle. In both incidences, they knew to run and tell an adult,” Arvada police spokeswoman Jill McGranahan told ABC News affiliate KMGH-TV.

Jessica’s body was found Oct. 10 in an Arvada park,  seven miles from her home in Westminster, Colo.

Meanwhile, police in Cody, Wyo., announced that a man suspected in a child abduction case was arrested Sunday in Belgrade, Mont. Authorities in the Ridgeway case do not believe there is a connection.

With no major breaks in the case, residents in and around Jessica’s hometown are on edge. A report that a man in a car tried to kidnap a 13-year-old boy in Jefferson County, Colo., this weekend turned out to be false.

The teen believed a man was trying to lure him into his parked car, so he ran inside his home and alerted his mother, who managed to snap a photo of the suspect in his blue sedan.

When the picture was circulated by police, the 18-year-old man in the car turned himself in and explained that he had been trying to get the boy to knock on the door of his ex-girlfriend’s home to get her attention, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer told KMGH.

A mug shot of the driver was taken, but he was released after police determined he was not a threat to the community.

“I think everyone reacted just the way they should have, in the light of everything that is going on,” Techmeyer said.

With so few clues, authorities have asked the public for help, urging them to be on the lookout for anyone showing behavioral changes.

“Child abduction, first of all, is an outrageous crime,” ABC News FBI consultant Brad Garrett said. “But then when the perpetrator actually kills a child, that is so above the pale, you’re going to get people maybe to come forward that wouldn’t normally.”

FBI profilers believe the suspect that they are hunting is likely male and might have recently missed work or suddenly left town. He might have changed his appearance or gotten rid of his car, profilers said.

“The sicko is out here, still,” Westminster resident Shanna Pearsy said. “Who knows where he is at but we need to find him.”

Jessica had been last seen Oct. 5, when she left for school. The fifth-grader never showed up at a nearby park where she was supposed to meet friends for the one-mile walk to her elementary school.

After an extensive search of the area, including knocking on doors and FBI road blocks, Jessica’s dismembered body was found Wednesday in an Arvada park, miles from where she was abducted.

“It’s hard to imagine why someone would want to do this to such a nice little girl,” Seth Snyder said Saturday at a memorial for Jessica.

Source of above article: ABCNews

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Updated: 10/11/12 Arvada, CO — Body discovered in west Arvada believed to be that of Jessica Ridgeway:

After 5 days of intense searching for missing Colorado girl, Westminster police announced on Twitter that they discovered a body in an open field in west Arvada, approximately 6 miles from where Jessica Ridgeway was last seen alive.  The field is also just several miles from where two separate attempted child abductions took place. The attempted abductions scared the parents of Warder Elementary and Fitzmorris Elementary Schools, both in the Jefferson County District. Jefferson County Public School’s sent a letter home with all Arvada students on last Thursday to alert parents and to remind them of the importance of talking with their children about ”stranger danger.”

Will update when additional details are released.

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Jefferson County, Arvada, CO — Is Colorado suspect in last weeks attempted abduction of two children related to the disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway?

Arvada Police are trying to locate a suspect in an attempted child abduction case. The man has approached children near Warder Elementary School and Fitzmorris Elementary School twice this past week. In both cases, the unidentified adult male has offered candy to children, then tried luring them into his vehicle.

The first victim described the man as having a thin build and mustache, while the second victim described the man as having no facial hair. Police and witnesses are certain it’s the same man and he most likely shaved his facial hair after growing it to disguise himself.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male with light blond/brown hair and around 5’9” tall with a thin build. Police believe he is between the ages of – Late teens to early thirties.

The biggest clue is the suspect’s vehicle which is described as a mid 1990′s era royal blue, four-door sedan with dents on the passenger side rear door. It may also have half of the rear wheels covered with a “skirt” similar to those seen on a  1996 Cadillac Deville.

Jefferson County Public Schools sent a letter home with all Arvada students on Thursday, (10/04/12) to alert parents and to remind them of the importance of talking with their child about ”stranger danger” and what to do if a stranger tried taking them against their will. In the letter it also talks about telling children to be aware of their surroundings.

A couple of days after the letter’s were sent, a 10-year-old girl disappeared on her way to school just a few miles away. Jessica Ridgeway disappeared on her way to Witt Elementary School on October 5th. An Amber Alert was issued by Arvada Police Department less than one hour later.

Pictured; Jessica Ridgeway, age 10

Friday, October 5th, 2012, was typical School day for ten-year old Jessica Ridgeway. She woke up, ate a granola-bar and got ready for School. She  then left her Westminster home around 8:30a.m. to meet up with friends at Chelsea Park, which was only three blocks away, and walk to Witt Elementary School. She never made it.

Click here for more information on Jessica Ridgeway’s disappearance.

Anyone with any information regarding both cases, please contact: Arvada Police Department 8101 Ralston Rd P.O. Box 8101 Arvada, CO 80001-8101 Nonemergency Phone: 720-898-6900 Administration Phone: 720-898-6660

Anyone with information regarding Jessica Ridgeway’s disappearance, please contact: Wesminster Police Department -303-658-4360

For any sighting of Jessica Ridgeway, please call 911

Zapata County John Doe Discovered 3-weeks-ago Remains Unidentified

Photo of the Rio Grande River, where John Doe was discovered. The RGR seperates Mexico and Texas  (USA.)

”John Doe” is described as a adult male who was discovered on September 15th, 2012 floating in the Rio Grande River in Zapata County, TX. Due to decomposing/putrefaction Webb County Medical Examiner were unable to identify him or create a composite photo. They were also unable to confirm his eye color but WCME did described the man as having strait black hair, being between the ages of 18-50 years old, standing 5’5” and weighing approximately 145 pounds. Race is Caucasian and ethnicity is listed as Hispanic/Latino. Probable year of death is listed as recent (2012.) Authorities believe he is a possible illegal-immigrant who drowned attempting to cross the Rio Grande River, from Mexico into the United States. He was found wearing white Tommy Hilfiger briefs. It is unknown why he was only wearing briefs and no additional clothing and if he possible had family/friends in the US who could identify him.

Webb County Medical Examiner were unable to obtain finger-prints due to the condition of the body but do have dental records. DNA samples were done at the University of Texas but test not completed. If he is an illegal, then DNA won’t be stored unless John Doe has family members legally living in the United States.

Anyone with any information on this case or who think’s they might now who this man is, please contact: Case Manager: Corinne Stern 956-772-7054

Murdered Monmouth County John Doe Still Unidentified

Murdered Monmouth County John Doe Still Unidentified

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Marlboro Police Department are engaged in a cooperative investigation regarding a murder which was discovered on April 29, 2002.

On April 19, 2002, a Marlboro family discovered a 55 gallon steel drum which had been dumped on their residential property. The steel drum had been originally located in a ravine on the property which contained a small stream. The drum was moved to the end of the driveway by family members. The family believes that the drum was placed on their property no earlier than the night of April 18, 2002.

On April 29, 2002, members of the Marlboro Police Department and the Monmouth County Health Department went to the property to remove the steel drum. The drum was found to be welded shut. Health Department officials utilized a probe to examine the interior of the drum and something solid was discovered. The Major Crimes and Forensics Units of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office immediately became involved. When the drum was opened, the body of a markedly decomposed, fully clothed adult male was discovered. No wallet or other identification was found with the body.

An autopsy performed on April 30, 2002, concluded that the cause of death was multiple sharp force injuries including a stab wound to the heart. The manner of death was determined to be homicide. It is believed that this decedent had been dead for approximately one month.

Numerous clothing items were discovered on the body. They are described as follows:

A short sleeved red, white, blue, and yellow striped golf type shirt with an inner tag reading Chaps Ralph Lauren and a size of XL. The words Chaps and Ralph Lauren are printed randomly all over the shirt.; Carhart utility or carpenter style jeans the size of which is 34×32; A pair of ankle high Chukka style black Timberland boots size 9 ½ wide; Hanes Jockey shorts, size 38; and A belt with a 3 prong belt buckle.

The decedent’s height was 6 feet and his weight is estimated to be between 140 & 150 pounds with a thin build. The decedent’s hips were very narrow and his fingers were long. Eye color was not discernible due to decomposition. Hair color is believed to have been dark brown or black and one quarter to one half inch in greatest length. Composite Sketch shows what the decedent might have looked like alive.

The decedent is believed to be a male of Hispanic/black admixture or white/black admixture. Age is estimated to be between 18 and 34.

A postmortem dental examination was performed. This examination revealed 16 upper and 16 lower adult teeth. The lower teeth are crowded in front. There are two large spaces between various upper teeth but there is no space in the middle. There is evidence of regular dental care.

Police have obtained a fingerprint from the decedent which is suitable for comparison. The fingerprint was launched through state and national fingerprint data bases with no matches found to date.

A Forensic Anthropologist with the New Jersey State Police has examined available evidence in the case. Based upon that examination, a composite sketch of what the decedent may have looked like was prepared.

Investigation has provided police with a basis to believe that the decedent may have been from central or northern New Jersey or one of the five boroughs of New York City.

Anyone with information concerning this matter is urged to call the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 732/ 431-7012 or 1 800/ 533-7443 (toll free) or the Marlboro Police Department at 732/ 536-0100

Wanted: Santa Clara County Robbery Suspect

Published 09/25/12, California: San Jose police department are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a male suspect who they believe robbed two Santa Clara County banks in the last month and attempted to rob a third. Investigators believe the suspect robbed a U.S. Bank at 1099 Lincoln Ave. in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood on August 28th, 2012 and a U.S. Bank in Sunnyvale on September 5th, 2012

In both cases, the man entered the banks, demanded money and took off running with an unknown amount of stolen cash, police said. Police stated the same man also entered a U.S. Bank in Sunnyvale on Aug 27th, but attracted attention for acting suspiciously and did not rob the bank.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male in his mid-twenties to early thirties, 6-feet-tall and weighing approximately 190-pounds.

Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or CLICK HERE to send a confidential email tip, if you have any information that can help solve this crime.

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