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, Dick'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:

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


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


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. 

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 
- Healed fracture to nose
- Extensive vertebral osteophytosis C3-C5  (aka, "bone spurs")

His DNA and Dentals are available.

- 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


UPDATE: On October 18, 2018, WCVB 5 Investigates Case Files featured Gonyea's unsolved homicide.  Authorities ask the public for more information:

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


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.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Henry Baltimore, Jr. - MSU Drum Major missing from East Lansing, MI since 1973


Henry Baltimore, Jr. was a drum major at Michigan State University
when he went missing on May 30, 1973.  
(Source: NamUs)

Henry Baltimore, Jr. had a bright future ahead of him. His family described him as "a leader, yet a fun-loving young man." These were the same qualities that made him a drum major at Michigan State University, where he studied music.  

On May 30, 1973, the 21 year-old college junior disappeared and was never seen again.  

Friday, May 6, 2016

Carol Deleon - Unsolved 1981 Murder in Comal County, Texas


Carol Joyce Deleon was 18 years-old when she
was killed in June 1981, days after graduating high school.

Carol Joyce Deleon spent more than 25 years without a name.

Attempts to identify her through fingerprints and local missing persons reports were unsuccessful.  She was buried as a "Jane Doe" in 1981.  

In 2009 the Texas Rangers were finally able to identify the young woman as Carol Deleon through DNA testing.   

They learned that Deleon was 18 years-old when she died and lived in the West Avenue area of San Antonio.  She had graduated from Thomas Edison High School on May 28, 1981, just a few days before her body was found.   

Authorities believe she went to a nightclub in San Antonio on June 3, 1981, the night before she was found.  

There are few details available publicly on this case.  

If you have ANY information that can solve this murder, please contact:

Texas Rangers Cold Case website:

Missing Persons Clearinghouse: 1 (800) 346-3243

Comal County Crime Stoppers: 1 (800) 640-8422
or submit a tip online:

Monday, May 2, 2016

Who is "Swimsuit Boy?" Unidentified John Doe from Houston, Texas - 1973


UPDATE:  5/09/2020 

As of March 12, 2020, the non-profit organization, DNA Doe Project, has accepted "Swimsuit Boy" John Doe as one of its cases.  DNA Doe Project has successfully identified many other John and Jane Does with genetic genealogy. 

Composite of John Doe, who was found on 
August 9, 1973 in Houston, TX.
He has been called, "Swimsuit Boy," because he was found
wearing a multi-color swimsuit. 
He was a victim of serial killer, Dean Corll.

For nearly 43 years, the identity of this young man has remained a mystery.  

His was one of many bodies found buried in a rented boat shed in Houston, Texas on August 9, 1973. He was a victim of the serial killer, Dean Corll, who killed over 20 boys and young men from 1970 to 1973.

Dean Corll was also known as the "Candy Man." He lured his victims with the help of two teenage accomplices, both of whom are currently serving life sentences in Texas prisons.  Corll's crimes remained a secret until August 8, 1973 when he was shot to death by one of his accomplices. 

Can you help identify John "Swimsuit Boy" Doe?

It is believed he disappeared in 1971 or 1972.  He may have been from the Houston area, like most of Corll's other victims.   

Physical traits:
Age: 15-19 years old
Height: 5'2" to 5'7"
Weight: Unknown
Hair: Dark brown, approximately 7" in length
Race: White or possibly Hispanic

John Doe's clothing.
(Sources: NamUs & Houston Chronicle)

- Multi-colored swim trunks that had a belt with the letter "C" and gold-colored wings on the silver buckle
- Khaki long-sleeved t-shirt with large peace symbol and insignias: "USA" and "LB4 MF" or "LBHMF"
- Dark blue corduroy pants, size 32x30
- Brown leather cowboy boots, 12" in length, with rubber soles, word "Neolite" on the heel.  
- Knotted leather ankle bracelet
In a Houston Chronicle article from 2013, Dr. Sharon Derrick, a forensic anthropologist with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Services, discussed John Doe's possible connection to the military:

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

Harris County Medical Examiner's Office: (713) 796-6774

Friday, April 29, 2016

What happened to Maurice "Red" Jefferson? Missing since 1983, Ft. Lauderdale, FL


Maurice "Red" Jefferson went missing from 
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on November 30, 1983.
Left: Photo of Jefferson around 1983.
Right: Age Progressed image of Jefferson age 43. 
(Source: NCMEC)

He was also known as "Red" for the color of his hair.  

In a Sun-Sentinel article from March 25, 2009, Jefferson's grandmother describes the last time she saw him on the day he went missing.  Jefferson took, "a post-school nap, ate some popcorn, telephoned a friend and headed out the door for basketball practice."

After he left home, the details of his disappearance remain unclear. Sadly, because of the guidelines in the 1980s, it took 3 days for a missing persons investigation to begin.     

According to some sources, Jefferson made it to the basketball courts at Franklin ParkThere, two teenagers reported seeing Jefferson being forced into a car by one or two men.  This has never been confirmed.    

The FBI investigated the possible abduction.  In a Sun-Sentinel article from August 8, 1985, FBI agents concluded, at the time, that Jefferson had not been abducted as he was supposedly seen in the Franklin Park area hours after the teenage witnesses saw him being forced into the car.  

No one knows what truly happened to Jefferson on the day he disappeared.  There have been few clues and sightings.  Only questions remain.  

Jefferson's mother, Bettye Bridges, was quoted in the same 1985 article as saying:

"she believes the key to the mystery lies within the silence of neighborhood children.
'I think his friends know what happened,' she said. 'All of the kids at the park must have told their parents what they saw . . .'" 

It has been more than 30 years since Jefferson went missing.  What did the neighborhood children see that day?  Was he abducted, despite the early FBI findings?  Is he still alive?  

Important Identifying information at the time of his disappearance:
Name: Maurice Laron Jefferson
Born: August 8, 1967
Height: 5'11" 
Weight: 120 lbs.
Hair: Red
Eyes: Brown
Race: Black
Physical traits:  Very bowlegged.  Mole on his right ear and 2 warts on his right wrist. 

Maurice Jefferson would be 48 years-old today.  

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

Crime Stoppers:  (954) 493-TIPS (8477)
Submit a tip online: 
* You can remain anonymous *

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

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Missing Persons: (954) 321-4735

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Jeannette "Charlie" Atwater - 2000 Unsolved Murder in Billings, Montana


Jeannette "Charlie" Atwater was a 34 year-old 
mother of 3 when she was killed on January 16, 2000.

In the early morning hours of January 16, 2000, a couple driving along Bench Boulevard in Billings, Montana, spotted a car on fire. 

It was about 3:30 a.m. The car was in a graveled parking lot/ pull-off area of MetraPark.  Firefighters and police responded quickly. The fire proved difficult to extinguish.

When the trunk of the 1987 Cutlass Sierra was opened, authorities found the body of 34 year-old Jeannette "Charlie" Atwater inside.  

Police held back certain details of the crime.  They publicly disclosed is that Atwater died of smoke inhalation, meaning she was alive when placed in the trunk.

A gas container and matches were found near the car.  This became a significant clue when police found security footage from a nearby Cenex gas station.  Shortly before the car was found on fire, an unidentified man was captured on video buying $1's worth of gas (in coins) and taking a packet of matches.  

According to the store clerk, just after 3:00 a.m., a small, brown hatchback with an orange stripe, pulled into the outermost pumps at the station.  Police have described the car as possibly being an older compact, perhaps a 1980s vintage model.   The clerk could not see if the man was alone.

 Surveillance footage of unidentified man buying gas & taking matches
at Cenex Station.  Time-stamped 3:09 a.m. on 1/16/2000.
(Source: Billings Gazette)

Additional security footage of unidentified man at Cenex Station.
Composite drawing of what man's car may have looked like.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ryan Livingston - 2006 Unsolved Murder in Carbondale, Illinois


Ryan Livingston was killed on July 13, 2006 
in Carbondale, Illinois. 
(Source: The Southern)

Ryan Livingston was 22 years-old when he died.  He was the father of an infant daughter, with whom he was "madly in love." 

Earlier on the night of July 13, 2006, Livingston had attended the Sunset Concert at the Southern Illinois University campus. Afterwards, he got a ride to a friend's house, where he had a drink. He then left to go to his brother's house.     

Between 10 and 10:30 p.m., two men approached Livingston as he walked along the 300 block of West Walnut Street in southwest Carbondale.  

Livingston was stabbed during the course of a robbery.  His assailants left him wounded and bleeding on the sidewalk. 

According to an article from the Carbondale Times:

His brother called 911 and gave them an approximate location. Two people from a nearby residence heard Livingston from the street and came to help.

He was rushed to the hospital where he died a couple of hours later at 1:50 a.m. 

According to investigators, this may have been a random robbery, making the crime more difficult to solve.  

Police are relying on the public's help.  There's a $6,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.  

If you have ANY information on this case, please contact:
Carbondale Police Dept Investigation Bureau: (618) 457-3200

Carbondale Crime Stoppers: (618) 549-COPS (2677)
Online Crime Stoppers Tip form: 

* You can remain anonymous with Crime Stoppers *

For case updates and more information, please visit the family's sites:

Monday, April 11, 2016

Karla Rodriguez - Little Girl Gone - Missing Since Oct 1999 from Las Vegas, NV


Photo on the left shows Karla Rodriguez at age 7 in 1999.  
She went missing from Las Vegas, NV on October 20, 1999. 
In the middle is an age-progression of what she may have looked like at 14 years-old. 
On the right is an age-progression of what she may have looked like at 20 years-old, around 2012.

In 1999, Karla Rodriguez was a 7 year-old little girl who loved riding her bike, playing and sometimes she skipped school.  

That was exactly what she did on the day she went missing on October 20, 1999.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Victor Atienza - Routine Interrupted - 1996 Yonkers,NY Unsolved Homicide


Victor Atienza was killed on November 26, 1996 in Yonkers, NY.
His case remains unsolved.  Victor is pictured with his wife, Lourdes.
(Source: USA Today)

On the night of November 26, 1996, Victor Atienza, a 51 year-old laser mechanic and his son, Louie Atienza, were performing a family ritual.  

The family's home on Glenwood Avenue in Yonkers, New York, had a very narrow driveway.  The men moved their cars out of the driveway nightly so that Lourdes Atienza (Victor's wife and Louie's mother) could park her car closest to the house.  She worked as a nurse on a late shift. Victor and Louie then parked their cars behind hers, making it easier for the men to leave for work in the mornings.  

On that November night in 1996, their routine was violently interrupted and a son watched his father be killed.  

Friday, March 11, 2016

Justice for Danny Perez! Special Olympian's 2010 Murder Remains Unsolved


Danny Perez was shot and killed on the night of 
March 12, 2010 while riding his bike.

Danny Perez was an inspiration. 

He did not have an easy life.  Born in 1973 in Miami, Florida, Perez was developmentally disabled. He did not let that stop him. 

He became a dedicated and accomplished athlete.  Perez was very involved in his community, especially with the Hialeah's Edgar J. Hall Special Population Center.  He shared an apartment with his brother and used his bike for transportation.     

It was at Hialeah's Special Population Center that Perez trained for the Special Olympics.  He competed in multiple sports including, basketball, soccer, swimming, power lifting and cycling

Perez won many medals. According to Mark Thompson, Executive Director at Special Olympics Miami-Dade County,  “He [Danny] was the pillar of the program.” 

In 2008 the Special Olympics of Miami-Dade County and the City of Hialeah jointly awarded Danny Perez the Inspirational Athlete of the Year award.   

According to a news article from NBC South Florida 6, Perez was, "[a] part-time coach, full-time inspiration and cheerleader" at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School.  He had graduated from the school in 1992, and returned to be a part of the school's athletic department. He was part-time coach for the football, basketball, and baseball teams. 

Danny Perez leading the charge at a football game.

Perez's inspirational life was violently cut short on the night of Friday, March 12, 2010.  

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Stephanie Warner- Missing on the 4th of July 2013 from Oregon


                                        Missing Poster from NBC Dateline's "Missing in America" Series

At the time of her disappearance in 2013, Stephanie Warner lived in Ruch, Oregon. She was 45 years-old, an animal loverformer proprietor of the restaurant, Magnolia Grill, and also a person committed to volunteer work in her community.  

She was last seen on the Fourth of July 2013.  That day she attended the Ashland Independence Day Parade where she was filmed walking alongside a float she helped create for the Jackson County Fuel Committee. The JCFC is an organization dedicated to helping low-income residents of Jackson County have access to heating fuel.  

Warner was last seen wearing black pants and pink tank top.  She drove a Green Nissan X-Terra.  She wore a distinctive cross necklace and had several tattoos.  

Please watch this Youtube video for more identifying photos and information on Stephanie Warner:

Monday, February 15, 2016

Rashawn Brazell - Murder & the NYC Subway


11/29/2018:  UPDATE: Kwauhuru Govan was convicted in September 2018 of the 2004 murder of 17 year-old Sharabia Thomas.  He was sentenced to the maximum, 25 years to life.  He is awaiting trial for the murder of Rashawn Brazell. 

UPDATED 1/13/2018:

In February 2017, authorities charged Kwauhuru Govan with the murder of Rashawn Brazell.  At the time, Govan was already in custody, having been charged in November 2016 for the 2004 murder of Sharabia Thomas.  Authorities suspect that Govan may be a serial killer.

Posts with new developments in the case:

                                           Rashawn Brazell, photo from 2004 (Source: NY Daily News)

Eleven years ago, on Valentine's Day 2005, 19 year-old Rashawn Brazell left his home around 7:30 a.m. in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn, NY. A few hours later, his mother, Desire Brazell, became concerned when he did not show up for their scheduled Valentine's Day lunch.  

She had reason to worry.  Rashawn had gone missing.  Three days later, all of New York City would know what happened in one of the city's most grisly murders.  

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Do You Recognize This Voice? The Amber Tuccaro Case


Amber Tuccaro was 20 years old when she went missing from Nisku in Alberta, Canada on August 18, 2010.  At the time, Tuccaro was traveling with her 14 month-old son, and a female friend.  They were on their way to visit the city of Edmonton.  In order to save money, they planned on spending the night in a motel in Nisku.  

Tuccaro decided to go ahead into Edmonton that same night. She left her son with her friend and hitchhiked. She was never seen alive again.  

A conversation she had on her cellphone may have captured the voice of her killer.  

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Killing Fields- Eugenie Boisfontaine- Newspaper Articles from 1997


Discovery Channel's new true-crime series, Killing Fields, continues its investigation into the 18 year unsolved murder case of Eugenie Boisfontaine, which I covered in an earlier post.  

                                        Quick Case Recap:
Eugenie Boisfontaine was a 34 year old LSU student who went missing in June 1997 and was subsequently found murdered on August 7, 1997.  Her remains were discovered in Bayou Manchac, at least 13 miles from where she lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her case went cold, as I detailed in my previous post, in large part because of lack of funds, technology and man-power to investigate.  

The Iberville Parish Sheriff's office reopened the case in mid-2015. In an article from a local paper, the Plaquemine Post South, Sheriff Stassi stated that Discovery's involvement in the case made resources, such as expedited DNA, available that the department could not have afforded otherwise.    

I decided to research the archives of local newspapers to see if her case was being covered by the media in 1997 at the time of her disappearance.  What I found is quite interesting and has not yet been discussed on the show.

                   Articles from The Advocate - Baton Rouge 1997:

On July 23, 1997, The Advocate featured an article, "Police seek woman missing since June 13."  The article stated that Boisfontaine's family had hired a private investigator who distributed flyers with information on her disappearance.  Also of note, an investigator stated that detectives "had no reason to suspect foul play" but were not ruling anything out.  Most surprising of all, it seems that Boisfontaine had been treated for "severe paranoia" in the past and may have acted "strangely if suffering from an acute episode."

Less than a month later, on August 15, 1997, The Advocate published another article, this time announcing the identification of her remains. The article gives the reader a better glimpse into Boisfontaine and her family and mentions again her past affliction with paranoia. Famed forensic anthropologist, Mary Manhein, aka "The Bone Lady" helped identify Boisfontaine's remains. Saddest of all, an investigator is quoted as saying, "This is going to be a tough one," perhaps not realizing how prophetic those words were.  

The (periodic?) bouts of clinical paranoia may explain why Boisfontaine led such a quiet life and did not share many details with friends.  Boisfontaine's withholding of information from friends is mentioned in the 2nd episode of the series, "Buried Secrets."  
It may also make the detectives job more difficult, if they have to distinguish between what Boisfontaine may have perceived as a threat versus what truly was a threat. Ultimately, it adds another perplexing layer to the investigation into her death. 

The articles are available below:

Sources of Information:

The Advocate  online archives:

"Police seek woman missing since June 13" The Advocate 23 July 1997: 8a. Online 21 January 2016.

Moore, Melissa. "Body identified as BR woman missing since mid-June" The Advocate 15 August 1997: 1-B;X, Online. 21 January 2016.

Plaquemine Post South article:
Green, Andrew. "Reopened IPSO cold case premieres on Discovery Channel." Plaquemine Post South 6 January 2016.  Online. 21 January 2016.

The entire series & individual episodes are available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video: