Dayton Daily News from Dayton, Ohio on August 6, 2007 · 9
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DAYTON DAILY NEWS I MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2007 A9 'Somebody cares about them. We do.' Jane Doc' cases could be solved 'overnight' if database utilized, police say. By Jim DeBrosse Staff Writer , By the time Jane Doe's body had been found in Englewood on Aug. 10, 1987, seven other young women had preceded her as victims of similar crimes. By 1990, three more would follow in the same pattern 11 young women in all beaten, strangled or stabbed, their bodies dumped along roadsides and interstate highways. Soon after, 15 law enforcement agencies in Ohio and surrounding states banded together in a task force to try to solve the 11 killings, including the possibility that at least some of the slayings had been the work of a serial killer. Three of the victims were found in the Miami Valley. Seven were found in Ohio. Many had been prostitutes picked up at truck stops. By focusing attention on the problem, the task force was able to help solve the murder of at least one victim in Tennessee, but none in Ohio, said former Shelby County Chief John Lenhart, who was vice chairman of the task force. Going back to the 1980s, Lenhart said, more than 400 women across the nation have Miami Valley's unidentified dead The Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory has helped in the investigations of the deaths of seven people who still can't be identified, dating back to 1970. If you have or need information, contact the lab at 225-4156. JANE DOE 1 Description: White Female, Age Unknown Date Found: Oct. 11, 1970 Location: Darke County Manner of Death: Homicide Case Summary: Her remains were found in a field. She was exhumed on Oct. 6, 2006, and brought to the regional crime lab for DNA testing. THE BUCKSKIN GIRL Description: White Female, Early 20s Date Found: April 24, 1981 Location: Miami County Manner of Death: Homicide Case Summary: Her body was found about . 11 hours after her death, clad in blue jeans, turtleneck sweater, no shoes and a fringed suede jacket that led to her unofficial name. She was 5'4" to 5'6", with red hair in pigtails and brown eyes. She had suffered blunt trauma to the head and ' neck region. BOYX Description: White Male, 14 to 16 years old Date Found: May 20, 1974 Location: Dayton Manner of Death: Homicide Case Summary: His nude and bound body was found on a railroad embankment at the rear of 1353 Stanley Ave. He had a homemade tattoo on his arm depicting a cross with three teardrop shapes. JANE DOE 2 Description: White Female, ; 17 to 25 years old Date Found: Aug. 10, 1987 Location: Englewood Manner of Death: Homicide Case Summary: Her partially-clad body was found off the roadway near the "TrTm i II II t I I 111 M Uil fi mrm m II': Ik i 3 -imff Autopsy photo of a Jane Doe found in Englewood Aug. 10, 1987. File photo been killed and dumped along roadways by perhaps more than one serial killer, including Gary Leon Ridgeway, the "Green River Killer" who pleaded guilty in 2003 of murdering 48 women, mostly in the Pacific Northwest. The arrest and conviction of Ridgeway was aided by new crime-fighting technologies, including DNA testing and computerized databases of DNA and fingerprints that can be shared instantly among law enforcement agencies. There also has been a proliferation of volunteer Web sites for missing and unidentified persons, such as The Doe Network ( ), The Cold Cases Group ( and Web Sleuths ( . "It used to be we had very little interaction among (law enforcement agencies), other than phone calls and investigators getting leads based on height and weight matches," said Chief Investigator Harry Brown of the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory, Hoke Road entrance ramp to Interstate 70 East. The victi m was about 5'5", 130 pounds, with medium-length brown hair and brown eyes. She had tattoos of a unicorn and a rose above each breast. JOHN DOE 1 Description: White Male, Mid-60s " Death Occurred: Feb. 20, 2001 Location: Dayton Manner of Death: Natural Case Summary: Decedent was treated for kidney and bone cancer at the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center beginning Feb. 6, 2001 and died there. He had furnished false information about his identity. JOHN DOE 2 Description: Black Male, Late 60s Death Occurred: Feb. 26, 2001 Location: Dayton Manner of Death: Natural Case Summary: Decedent was admitted to the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Feb. 15, 2001 with severe abdominal pain. He underwent surgery for a suspected bowel obstruction Feb. 18 but later died at the hospital. He had furnished a false name. JOHN DOE 3 Description: Unknown Age and Rke Date Found: April 10, 2006 Location: Dayton Manner of Death: Suicide Case Summary: His skeletal remains were discovered at 325 N. Paul Laurence Dunbar St. by a geological group checking "dig" sites in an old storage building owned by the city of Dayton. The decedent had been in the building an estimated 5 to 6 months. A shotgun and shells were found near the remains. I :1 HE v"."D(r.Ysv i &Yf Starting it a W W INSTALLED 1 Many Guthrie and Englewood Det. Alan Meade, now in charge of the Jane Doe case, said they have gotten "hits" over the years of potential matches between missing persons and Jane Doe, and still do, but none has panned out so far. Her DNA has been sent to a central data bank in the event of a possible match with a family member. "We follow up on every lead," Meade said, "but either the DNA doesn't match or the eye color doesn't match or the dental records don't match. There's always a bump in the road." More "hits," of course, would increase the possibility of identifying Jane Doe, as well as the estimated 50,000 to 60,000 dead persons in America who are still unidentified and unclaimed by loved ones, said Todd Matthews, a volunteer and spokesman for The Doe Network, a Web site that assists law enforcement agencies with missing and unidentified persons cases. Matthews said a major obstacle to solving these frus- , trating cases is that only one state in the nation California currently requires all its local law enforcement agencies to file their missing and unidentified persons reports with the FBI's national database. The Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory submits all its reports to both state '3 EK?i -v r i 5; LI U sJei of windows to choose from.' J and national clearinghouses, including the FBI's and a site maintained by a national association of medical examiners, said Montgomery County Deputy Coroner Kent E. Harshbarger. . Matthews wishes every law enforcement agency would be as conscientious. "If we actually used (the FBI database) to its full potential, I feel we would have many potential matches overnight," he said. "It's a matter of either moral obligation or federal mandate. You have to give good valid .. data." Experts estimate that the 6,408 unidentified persons currently in the FBI system, including 34 submitted by Ohio, may be as little as 10 percent of the actual count, Matthews said. "There is still a huge lack of interest" among many law enforcement officials. Of the seven known Doe cases in the Miami Valley, "we never stop trying to identify them," said Brown of the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory. "They are someone's brother, sister, father, mother, daughter, son someone out there who may need closure. And if we can identify them, maybe these kind of crimes could be stopped." "Somebody cares about them," Brown said. "We do." Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2437 or jdebrosseDaytonDaily Dayton Daily News Dayton Daily N awsxom YOUR 1 LOCAL NEWS SOUR CI H1H1HH (Philip dUTt J) fMgaa Self-development author, Dr. Wayne Dyer talks about his study of the Too Te Ching. 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