Saturday, January 13, 2018

UPDATE: DNA Snapshot Composite of Suspect in Brittany Phillips Case

By Dark Sleuth

1/13/2018:  Update on the unsolved 2004 murder of Brittany Phillips.

Read my previous post for more details on the case:
Brittany Phillips- Caravan to Catch a Killer 

DNA Snapshot composite of suspect in the 2004 murder of Brittany Phillips.
(Source: KTUL News

On January 11, 2018, Tulsa Police released a DNA phenotype composite of the suspect in the 2004 unsolved rape and murder of Brittany Phillips.  

Brittany Phillips was killed on the night of September 27, 2004 in her Tulsa, Oklahoma apartment.  

Police are looking for a suspect who is a white man with blue or green eyes.  The composite is not age-progressed.  By default, Parabon Snapshot "produces composites from DNA at 25 years of age".

Video from KTUL News:

If you have any information on this case, please contact:
Crime Stoppers
Tel: (918) 596-COPS (2677)

Sources of Information:
KTUL News, "New tips in 13-year-cold case after sketch released of possible suspect," by Angelica Brown, January 12, 2018 

PRNewswire, "Parabon Announces New Snapshot Forensic Art Service at the International Homicide Investigators Association Meeting," August 18, 2015:


Friday, January 12, 2018

Unidentifed John Doe in Suspected Serial Killer Case- Brooklyn, NY

By Dark Sleuth 

This post is an update on the recent developments in the Rashawn Brazell case, previously covered in these posts: 

DNA Snapshot composite of unidentified John Doe
(Source: NCMEC)

The gruesome 2005 murder of  Rashwan Brazell went unsolved for 12 years before police finally made an arrest in February 2017. Authorities believe that the suspect, Kwauhuru Govan, could possibly be a serial killer.

At the time, Kwauhuru Govan was already in custody.  He was indicted in November 2016 for the 2004 murder of 17 year-old Sharabia ThomasDNA found under the victim's fingernails matched Govan.    

Both victims lived within blocks of Govan's residence in Brooklyn, New York.  Brazell and Govan were neighbors. They lived across the street from each other on Gates Avenue, in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn.  

Now police are investigating whether Govan may be responsible for a third victim, an unidentified John Doe, whose remains were found just five months after Rashawn Brazell was killed.   

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Alisha Smiley - Missing from Atlanta, Georgia since 1985

by Dark Sleuth
Left: Alisha Smiley, circa 1985.
Right: Age-progressed composite by NCMEC (circa 2010)
(Source: NCMEC)

On Thursday, June 6, 1985, 3 year-old Alisha Smiley disappeared from the Omni Hotel Complex in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Alisha Smiley was at the Omni that day with her aunt and 4 year-old cousin.  Her aunt left the two children sitting unattended on a bench inside the Omni, while she went outside to a ticket booth to purchase tickets for a wrestling event.  When the aunt returned to the bench, only Smiley's cousin was still there.  Alisha Smiley was last seen at approximately 1:45 p.m.

According to a June 16, 1985 article from the Atlanta Daily World, Smiley's aunt explained why she chose to leave children alone inside the Omni Complex while she purchased tickets outside:

"She said that she left the two there in an attempt to let the children cool off.  The temperature that day was in the high 90s." 

Alisha Smiley was seen wandering around the Omni Complex shops by herself.   According to The Doe Network, "Alisha was last seen by Omni employees asking for a cookie and asking about a bathroom."

Several reports also state that Alisha Smiley may have wandered off to the nearby McDonald's because she loved hamburgers.   

Smiley's aunt described the child as an "extremely friendly, trusting toddler."   Smiley was originally from Birmingham, Alabama.  She  had been living with her aunt and her aunt's husband for approximately 8 months prior to her disappearance.   Her parents were struggling financially as they went to college

According to a June 9, 1985 article from the Atlanta Daily World, published a few days after Alisha disappeared, "if asked, [Alisha] will state that she lives in Birmingham, Alabama." 

In the days after she disappeared, the Atlanta Daily World reported on several searches to find the missing toddler.  Nearly 150 people searched the Omni Complex and the nearby Georgia World Congress Center.  A wooded area behind a school in northwest Atlanta was also searched, all to no avail. 

Alisha Smiley was born on October 7, 1981.  She would be 36 years-old today. 

Physical Characteristics:
Sex: Female
Race: Black
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 3' 0" 
Weight: 30 lbs
Dental: Gap in lower teeth 
- Smiley had pierced ears and may have been wearing gold earrings at time of her disappearance.

Smiley was last seen wearing: 
- a red and white checkered sundress
- white sandals
- braids tied with lilac-colored ribbons 

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact:
Atlanta Police Department:
Tel: (404) 577-8477

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC):
Tel: 1 (800) THE-LOST or 1 (800) 843-5678 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

UPDATE: Important court decision in Crosley Green's case

by Dark Sleuth

Crosley Green and his attorney at a court hearing.
(Source: Florida Today)

Crosley Green was wrongfully convicted of the murder of Chip Flynn in 1990.  For more than 25 years, Green has been fighting to prove his innocence and win back his freedom. 

Learn more about Crosley Green's case in my previous post:
Crosley Green - Miscarriage of Justice

On Friday, December 15, 2017, the 11th District Court of Appeals gave Crosley Green an important legal victory. 
According to Florida Today
This means that there may likely be a hearing regarding in Green's case in 2018.  His attorneys "want to present their case in open court, arguing the conviction was rife with inconsistencies and a pattern of misconduct by the state."
This is a hopeful turn in a painful case.  Let's hope that Crosley Green can be a free man in 2018!

Source of information:
Florida Today, "In major legal victory, Crosley Green may get a chance to prove his innocence," by John A. Torres, December 16, 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Unidentified Jane Doe - Jenkins County, Georgia 1988

By Dark Sleuth

 Jenkins County Jane Doe
(Source: NCMEC

On Sunday, February 14, 1988, the body of a young woman was discovered in Jenkins County, Georgia. She was the victim of a homicide (by asphyxiation) and her remains were discarded in a dumpster just north of Millen, Georgia.  Authorities believe she had been dead for  4 to 7 days before she was recovered.

She has been nameless for more than 25 years and her murder remains unsolved.

Photo of duffle bag in which Jenkins County 
Jane Doe was found. 
(Source: NCMEC

Physical Characteristics:
Estimated Age: 16 - 25 years old 
Race:  Asian, possibly Asian/White
Estimated Height: 5' 4" 
Estimated Weight: 135 - 145 lbs
Hair Color: Dark brown, long & straight
Eye Color: Brown
Teeth: Good condition, with crooked upper teeth.  Had a lower molar extracted not long before her death.   

If you have any information on this case, please contact:
Georgia Bureau of Investigaton
Tel: 912-871-1121 

Jenkins County Sheriff's Office
Tel: 912-982-4211

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
Tel: 1-800-843-5678

Friday, December 22, 2017

O'Dina Lucero - Missing from Roswell, New Mexico since 1979

By Dark Sleuth

O'Dina Jeannette Lucero
(Source: Charley Project

Originally from California, Lucero was visiting her grandparents and family in New Mexico.  

On the day she disappeared, Lucero went to a convenience store and never returned.  She was "reportedly close to her grandparents and her family doesn't believe she would have been gone this long without contact."

Physical Description:
Age: 18 
Year of birth: 1960
Race: Latina/ Hispanic
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 100 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown 

Lucero's family maintains a Facebook page:

If you have any information on this case, please contact:

Mill Valley Police Department
Tel: 415-389-4100

Sources of Information:

Charley Project, O'Dina Jeannette Lucero:

NamUs Case Profile, MP #15070:

The Doe Network, Case #3890DFNM: