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


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.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Unidentified Jane Doe - Gregg County, Texas 2002


Unidentified Jane Doe found in 
Gregg County, Texas on May 21, 2002.
(Source: NCMEC)


On May 21, 2002, a road construction crew came upon a set of human remains along Highway 135, south of Swamp City Road in Gregg County, Texas.  

They belonged to a young woman.  Although she was found in 2002, authorities believe she had died at least 2 years prior to discovery. Her most distinguishing physical feature was an unrepaired cleft palate.  

Can you help identify this Jane Doe? 

Physical Description:
- Estimated Age: 17-25 years-old 
- Estimated Height: 5'1" to 5'4"
- Race: White
- Estimated Weight: 115 lbs. (slim or petite build) 
- Distinguishing trait: unrepaired cleft palate

Additional composite views
(Source: NCMEC)

If you have any information on this case, please contact:
Gregg County Sheriff's Office: (903) 236 - 8400
Reference Case # 01B-014-02

Gregg County Crime Stoppers: (903) 236-STOP
or submit an online tip:

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

Texas Missing Persons Clearinghouse: (512) 424-5074

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.  

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Dark Sleuth Book Review: The Accidental Truth by Lauri Taylor

Available at

Wednesday, March 15, 2006 was the day that changed Lauri Taylor's life forever.  She had been living a relatively comfortable life as a housewife and mother in Orange County, California when she received a call from her sister.

Their mother, 68 year-old Vista resident, Jane Kling, had missed a scheduled business meeting and no one had seen or spoken to her in a couple of days.  The family was concerned.  

A missing persons report was filed the next day.  It marked the beginning of a 4 year ordeal to determine exactly what happened to Jane Kling.

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


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: "USMC" 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 (archives-only) 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.

Do you recognize this man?  

 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.

The unidentified man has been described as a white male with brown hair, possibly in his 30's.  His estimated height is listed in some sources as 5'8" or 5'10".  He had light acne scars on his face. He wore dark coat and pants.   The store clerk said he smelled strongly of aftershave or cologne.  

Jeanette Atwater often went by her nickname, "Charlie."  She was the mother of 3 children.  For more than 16 years her family has had no answers.   

Police have not been able to uncover the motive for this crime. Atwater was described as well-liked, with no addictions or financial problems.   This has led some to question whether it was a random act of violence.  

The night she died, Atwater had attended a company banquet for the NAPA distribution center where she worked.  Before she disappeared, she had been with co-workers at the former Player's Club bar, near where her car was found.

One of the mysteries of this case is that police have not been able to find any conclusive footage or witnesses of Atwater leaving the bar. In fact, her whereabouts between the last time she was seen and when she was found remain unknown.  

Her colleagues do not remember her being part of the group as they left the bar at closing time.  By 2:15 a.m. the Player's Club parking lot was empty.  According to this Billings Gazette article, "bar employees monitored the parking lot... no one recalls any kind of disturbance."  

There was a monster truck show as well as a semi-professional basketball game taking place locally that night.  Police have wondered if the unidentified man may have been traveling through Billings and attended one of these events.  Both the Player's Club bar and the pull-off area, where her car was found, were located near MetraPark, a multi-purpose arena. 

Did you see something that night?  

If you have ANY information on this case, please contact:
Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office's 
Cold Case Unit:  (406) 254 - 7988
by email:
Visit their website:

24 Hour Tip Line: (406) 869-3530
Crime Stoppers: (406) 254-6600
* You can remain anonymous with Crime Stoppers! *

Friday, April 22, 2016

Tacoma Police release DNA Snapshot composite images of suspects in 1986 murders


Michella Welch (left) was 12 when she was killed on March 26, 1986.
Jennifer Bastian (right) was 13 when she disappeared on August 4, 1986. 
Her body was found 22 days later.  
(Source: The News Tribune)

In 1986, during a five month period, two young girls were murdered in Tacoma, Washington's North End.  The circumstances were so similar that for decades police thought they were the work of a single perpetrator.  

On the morning of March 26, 1986, 12 year-old Michella Welch took her younger sisters to Puget Park, near their home.  At about 11 a.m. she left them playing and rode her bike back home to fix lunch.  

Around 1 p.m. Michella returned to the park with lunch.  Her sisters were not there, they had gone to a nearby business to use the bathroom.  When they returned, Michella was gone.  By 3:10 p.m. police were searching the park.  Michella's body was found later that night at 11:30 p.m. near a makeshift fire pit in the gulch.   

Jennifer Bastian was 13 years-old when she disappeared five months later on August 4, 1986.  That day she had gone for a bike ride on Five Mile Drive in Point Defiance Park.  The young girl was dedicated in her training for a bike tour.  

She was seen in the park by several people, including two who saw her between 3 and 5 p.m. at the Dalco Passage view point.  Jennifer was supposed to return home by 6:30 p.m.  When she didn't, her parents reported her missing at 8:30 p.m.  The park was widely searched, but Jennifer's remains and bike were only found 22 days later on August 26, 1986.  

The similarities were significant.  Both victims were a similar age, both disappeared from area parks and the crimes were months apart.  One major difference was that Michella's throat was cut while Jennifer had been strangled.

The DNA evidence has not led to a match in the current databases. Tacoma Police reached out to Parabon Nanolabs to create a Snapshot from DNA phenotype.  The FBI paid $7,000 for the DNA composite images to be created.   

Look carefully.  Do you remember seeing either of these men in 1986 in the Tacoma, Washington area?  

Investigators warn that these DNA snapshot composites are an approximation of what the suspects looked like 30 years ago in 1986.  They have not been age progressed.

Composite of suspect in Michella Welch's murder.
The composite shows what he may have looked like
at 25 years-old. 
Possible physical traits include: 
Fair to very Fair skin, Brown to Hazel eyes,
Blond-Brown Hair, and 0 - few freckles.
(Source: Parabon Nanolabs)

Composite of suspect in Jennifer Bastian's murder.
The composite shows what he may have looked like
at 25 years-old. 
Possible physical traits include: 
Fair to very Fair skin, Green to Blue eyes,
Blond to Red Hair, and few to some freckles.
(Source: Parabon Nanolabs)

Police also ask the public to call in tips if they remember similar attacks or attempts in the area.  In an article from The News Tribune it states that, "Police believe Bastian’s killer likely tried to grab other girls before or after her death."
Read more here:

If you have ANY information, please contact:
Tip Line:   (253) 798-TIPS (8477)

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 just 22 years-old when he died.  He was also 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 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 *

Watch this March 24, 2016 WSIL 3 news video featuring interviews with Livingston's mom and investigator Lt. Mark Goddard:

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

Friday, April 15, 2016

"Teddy Bear Watch" Jane Doe - 1996 Highland Park, Michigan


Three composites of "Teddy Bear Watch" Jane Doe.  
Found deceased on May 20, 1996 in Highland Park, Michigan.
(Sources: NCMEC: Left & Center Composites,
FBI ViCAP ALERT poster: Right Composite)

Who is "Teddy Bear Watch" Jane Doe?

Her body was found on Monday, May 20, 1996 in an alley behind a house on Cortland Street, near the Lodge Freeway in Highland Park, Michigan.  She had a gunshot wound to the throat. 

For nearly 20 years she has remained unidentified, despite several potentially identifying clues.

Physical Description:
- between 15-25 years old 
- Estimated Height: 5'3"  
- Estimated Weight: 191 lbs
- Dark Brown (reddish) curly hair in a ponytail held by a white bow
- Brown eyes
- Biracial (FBI ViCAPS poster states, "possibly bi-racial")
- Blood Type O (FBI ViCAPS)
- Freckles 
- Dental: She had 3 dental fillings
- Old & small linear scar on her right kneecap
- Nails:  Long fingernails painted purple.  Toenails painted pink.
- May have smoked cigarettes
- NamUs case profile adds that she had "pelvic inflammatory disease noted

One of the most distinctive items Jane Doe wore was a "teddy bear" watch with a brown strap:

She wore a white t-shirt with yellow smiley faces and red lips prints.  She also wore a "JXP Designs" white skirt, white bra and size 8 1/2 black sneakers.