Wednesday, February 22, 2017

UPDATE: Authorities charge suspect in Rashawn Brazell case

By Dark Sleuth

Important update on the Rashawn Brazell murder case.  

Rashawn Brazell disappeared from Brooklyn, New York on Valentine's Day 2005.  Days later, parts of his dismembered body were found in a New York City subway tunnel.  For 12 years his murder went unsolved. 


Read my previous post: 
Rashawn Brazell: Unsolved Murder in the NYC Subway 


Authorities have finally charged a suspect in the case.  

Kwauhuru Govan 
(Source: PIX11 News

The suspect, Kwauhuru Govan, was already in custody in New York City for the murder of 17 year-old Sharabia Thomas, who was killed in 2004.  Her case remained unsolved for years until cold-case detectives were able to match DNA found under her fingernails to Govan.  This was after he was arrested in Florida on an armed robbery charge.

According to both the New York Daily News and PIX11 News, authorities are eyeing Govan in relation to other unsolved crimes.  NYPD Chief of Detectives has stated that Govan "might be a serial killer."

Kwauhuru Govan has ties to New York, California and Florida.  He has a long criminal history involving "robbery, assault, burglary and weapons possession." 

Watch the PIX11 News video:







Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Crosley Green- Miscarriage of Justice

By Dark Sleuth

Crosley Green 
(Source: CBS 48 Hours



For over 25 years, Crosley Green, has sat in a Florida prison, convicted of a crime he did not commit.  His story has been featured on 48 Hours in the episode, "Last Chance for Freedom." 

Watch the full episode here:


I've never been able to forget Mr. Green's case.  I firmly believe he is innocent of this crime.  It is difficult to reconcile how he could have lost so many years to a miscarriage of justice.

48 Hours reporter Erin Moriarty has stated, "This case has haunted me...  It's just gone on so long.  They need to take a new look at this case."  She has reported on it since 1999.  

Mr. Green's attorney, Keith Harrison, of Crowell & Moring , told 48 Hours that "Crosley's not a broken man... He really has an extremely strong spirit." Even strong spirits need help and support.  Please be sure to read the end of this post for more information on how you can help Crosley Green's fight for freedom!  

Green's nightmare began in April 1989.

The Crime

On the night of April 3, 1989 in Brevard County, Florida, 22 year-old Chip Flynn was out with his ex-girlfriend Kim Hallock.   According to Hallock, they were sitting in his truck at a baseball field when a black man kidnapped and robbed them at gunpoint.

The pair were driven by the kidnapper to a remote orange grove.  Hallock told authorities that it was there that Flynn recovered his own weapon from the truck and fired at the kidnapper.  In the ongoing confusion, Hallock drove away to get help.

3 miles later, Hallock called 911.  Police found Flynn in the grove.  He was bleeding from a gunshot wound to the chest.  Flynn could still speak, but would not tell authorities who shot him.  He died while waiting for an ambulance.  


The Wrong Man

Hallock's statements to authorities were problematic from the beginning and included several inconsistencies.  

She could not accurately describe her assailant.  It was also difficult to explain  how the assailant drove the "hard to handle truck" with a "custom gear shift" all the while keeping the gun pointed at his two captives.


Hallock claimed there were multiple shots fired at the grove, but authorities "found no shell casings or bullets to support that.  The only bullet found was the one that killed Chip." 

Authorities found that Chip Flynn had no gunpowder residue on his hands, despite Hallock's statement that he had fired his weapon at the kidnapper.  Hallock's hands were never tested for gunpowder residue, according to investigators.  Her clothes were also not collected for testing. 

Hallock also stated that both she and Flynn were barefoot in the grove, and that Flynn was made to heel.  Authorities, however, found "no bare footprints... no knee prints... no shin prints." 

She could not explain why it had taken her so long to call 911, despite passing by several places, including a hospital, where she could have gotten help.

Despite these problems, Crosley Green was arrested days later after being identified by Hallock in a flawed photo lineup.  The irony is that Green did not even match Hallock's original description of her assailant, whom she described as having "jheri-curled hair" and being "well built." Green was slender and had short hair.  

The Fight for Freedom

 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Jennifer Kesse- 11 Years Missing

By Dark Sleuth



January 24, 2017 marks 11 years since Jennifer Kesse disappeared from her home in Orlando, Florida.

To learn more about the case, please read my previous posts:






If you have any information on this case please contact: 
                          
Crimeline TIPS 1(800)423-8477 
Orlando Police (407)246-3982


Monday, January 9, 2017

"Fly Creek" Jane Doe - Clark County, Washington 1980

By Dark Sleuth



"Fly Creek" Jane Doe
(Source: NCMEC)


On Sunday, February 24, 1980, a father and son were panning for gold in the Chelatchie Prairie area of north Clark County, Washington when they made a sad discovery.

Investigators found the partial skeletal remains of an unidentified teenage girl in "dumping area near Fly Creek."  Another source described the location as "a shallow grave... near Canyon Creek Road."

The victim's intact skull was recovered, helping authorities generate facial reconstructions and chart her dental records.  "Fly Creek" Jane Doe had "regularly visited the dentist and her mouth had some unique characteristics."  This is suggestive of someone who had access to proper dental care while alive.

"Fly Creek" Jane Doe had another unique and noticeable characteristic: "enlarged" or "well developed" neck muscles. According to The Doe Network case profile, this indicative that she may have been "an athlete or laborer."

Sadly, because her remains were only partially recovered, authorities could not determine her height, weight or other identifying characteristics such as hair color and eye color.

Her race has been described as "biracial," with The Doe Network elaborating that she, "was white, with possibly Asian or Native traits."

She was between 13-18 years old.  A 2014 article from The Columbian lists her manner of death as a "gunshot wound to the back of the head."  She may have died between November 1978 and April 1979.   

It has been nearly 37 years since Jane Doe was found.  Time to give her back her name. 

If you have any information that can help identify "Fly Creek" Jane Doe or solve her murder, please contact:

Clark County Medical Examiner's Office:
(360) 397-2595 

Clark County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Tip Line:
(360) 397-2036

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Killing Fields - Season 2




Killing Fields has returned to the Discovery Channel for Season 2.  

The investigation continues into the murder of Eugenie Boisfontaine.  Additional unsolved cases from Iberville Parish will also be featured.

Read previous posts on the Eugenie Boisfontaine case:

http://www.darksleuth.com/2016/01/eugenie-boisfontaine-killing-fields.html 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Miles from Home: The Bambi Lynn Dick Case

By Dark Sleuth 

 Bambi Lynn Dick
(Source: Iowa Cold Cases)


She was only 17 years-old.   

For 26 years no one knew what happened to the pretty teenager. 

Her concerned family filed a police report with the Davenport Police Department within days of her disappearance.  Sadly, according to Crime Watch Daily, Lynn's name was removed from the missing-persons list just days after she would have turned 18 years-old.  For decades, missing teenagers were often treated as runaways by local law enforcement.  

Her family, however, never gave up.

In 2009, Bambi Lynn Dick's brother, Paul Dick, posted information about his missing sister on the North American Missing Persons Network site.  A few days later, Teresa Sprague, an amateur internet sleuth, reviewed the profile and made a connection

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

UPDATE: New Composite for Woodlawn Jane Doe

By Dark Sleuth 

 New composite of "Woodlawn" Jane Doe.
(Source: NCMEC


Forty years ago on Sunday, September 12, 1976, the body of a young woman was found along an access road by Lorraine Park Cemetery in Woodlawn, Maryland.  

She died a brutal death.

For forty years she has had no name.  Her case remains unsolved.

To mark the anniversary and spark new leads, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released a new composite with hopes that it would lead to an identification.

Authorities have also released the following information which may help identify both the victim and the killer(s):

For more detailed information on this case, including photos, please read my previous post:
http://www.darksleuth.com/2015/12/woodlawn-jane-doe.html

Watch the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children update video on Youtube:

 


Saturday, May 28, 2016

James Stulka - 1998 Unsolved Homicide in Coshocton County, OH

BY DARK SLEUTH

James Stulka was found murdered on August 22, 1998
in Coshocton County, Ohio.



James Stulka was a 35 year-old U.S. Air Force veteran and a father of two when he disappeared on August 13, 1998. 

He was last seen at 4:30 p.m., leaving his job at Coopers Electronics (Rolls Royce) in Mount Vernon, Ohio.  His family was notified after Stulka did not show up for work for a few days.

A hiker noticed a suspicious vehicle in the Woodbury Wildlife Area in Coshocton, Ohio.  When authorities inspected it on August 22, 1998, they found Stulka's body locked in the trunk of his own car.  

The death was ruled a homicide after the coroner determined that Stulka had died from gunshot wounds to the head.  

Friday, May 27, 2016

Myoung "Mike" Keun Noah - Missing from San Bruno, CA since 2007

BY DARK SLEUTH

Myoung "Mike" Keun Noah went missing on May 1, 2007
from San Bruno, California.
(Source: NamUs)


On the evening of May 1, 2007, Myoung "Mike" Keun Noah left his home in San Bruno, California at 7 p.m.  At the time, Noah was 60 years-old, a U.S. Army Veteran, and the proprietor of a private car service company, the "E-Limousine Service."

He was also a husband and a father.

During family dinner earlier that evening, Noah mentioned he had a pickup scheduled for 7:30 p.m. but gave no further details.  

He left in his new 2007 black Lincoln Town car and was never seen again. 

In Honor of Memorial Day

This week's posts will all feature active cases involving veterans. 

If you would like to learn more about how you can help veterans and their families, please visit the following links on the  PBS Memorial Day Concert site:


Take Action:

Support our Troops & Veterans:

Help Wounded Veterans:

Support Grieving Families:




Sunday, May 22, 2016

Unidentified Man found in abandoned public housing building - New Orleans, LA 2008

The remains of an unidentified man were found on 
January 4, 2008 in an abandoned building in the closed
C.J. Peete public housing complex in New Orleans, Louisiana.
(Source: LSU FACES Lab


For more than 8 years, this man has gone without a name.

Skeletal remains of an unidentified man were found on January 4, 2008 in an abandoned building in the former C.J. Peete public housing complex in New Orleans.  Although the complex had been closed since before Hurricane Katrina, items found, such as blankets and food, suggested  that people were living there.  

Authorities found no trauma or injuries when examining the remains, which led them to believe he may have died of natural causes. 

The estimated date of death ranges from 3 months to 3 years before he was found.  

Physical Traits:
Estimated Age: 45-60 years-old 
Race: African-American 
Sex: Male
Height: 70 to 74 inches (approximately 5'11 to 6'3")
Hair: Dark, tightly curled 
Additional:  
- Healed fracture to nose
- Extensive vertebral osteophytosis C3-C5  (aka, "bone spurs")

His DNA and Dentals are available.

Clothing:
- A medium-sized, short-sleeve light-colored shirt with buttons
- black long-sleeved hooded sweatshirt with "Z-Trip" in white on front
- A "Jerzees" brand blue long-sleeved hooded sweatshirt
- 2 back support belts: 
   "Altus" brand back support belt with "#5-D" handwritten on the label
     "Sears" brand "Safe-T-Lift" back support belt


Hopefully someone can give him back his identity.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Patricia Gonyea - 1984 Unsolved Homicide, Worcester, MA

BY DARK SLEUTH


Patricia Gonyea was 17 years-old when she 
was killed on October 22, 1984 in
Worcester, Massachusetts.


In 1984, Patricia Gonyea was a responsible and hard-working  17 year-old teenager. She held 3 jobs and helped care for her younger siblings.  Her mother once said, "I couldn't have asked for a better daughter."  

Gonyea attended South High Community School in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her goals included going to college and having her own family.  All these dreams came to an abrupt end on the night of October 22, 1984.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Jennifer Lynn Fay - Missing from Brockton, MA since 1989

BY DARK SLEUTH


Jennifer Lynn Fay was 16 years-old when she went missing on November 14, 1989
from Brockton, Massachusetts.
Left Photo: Fay circa 1989.
Right Photo: Age progression of Fay at 37 years-old in 2009.
(Source: NCMEC)


On the night she disappeared from Brockton, Massachusetts, 16 year-old Jennifer Lynn Fay was supposed to babysit her younger brother and sister.  The vivacious teenager, described as a "social butterfly, [who] was always so happy" got a cousin to cover for her while she went out with friends.

It was the night of November 14, 1989.  For nearly 27 years, Fay has remained missing.  Her family and investigators believe there are people who know what happened. They hope someone has the courage to come forward and give her family the answers they deserve.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Missing Persons Day Events- Saturday May 14, 2016 in Texas & Michigan!


Missing Persons Day Events

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Texas & Michigan



Do you have a loved one missing?  Are they in a national database?

Do you need to file a missing persons report?

2 Missing Persons Day events are being held this Saturday in Texas & Michigan. 

You can meet with police and have your DNA collected.

Make connections with law enforcement, social services and other families.

Honor the memory of your loved one.




Missing in Harris County Day


Saturday, May 14, 2016
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
University of Houston-Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd. 
Houston, TX 77058

For more information, visit:
or the 




Missing in Michigan


Saturday, May 14, 2016
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Detroit Public Safety Headquarters
1301 3rd Ave
 Detroit, MI 48226

For more information, visit:


Reminders of what to bring:
- Photos of the missing person, including photos with identifying features such as tattoos.
- For DNA collection: 2 of the missing person's closely related family members
- Any of the missing person's X-rays, dental or medical files, police reports or identifying documents 

Contact your local law enforcement for additional information.