Monday, March 21, 2016

Who is "Valentine Doe?" - 25 Years Later


                                            "Valentine Doe" was found murdered on February 15, 1991 in
                                                 in a wooded area near the shoreline of the Florida Keys.  
                                          Composites by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 

South of Bahia Honda Channel Bridge, in an area known as the "horseshoe" in the Florida Keys, the body of a young woman was found on February 15, 1991.

She had died a violent death.  She was sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled.    

For the past 25 years, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) have tried to identify the victim, known as, "Valentine Doe," and her killer(s). 

Authorities determined that the young woman was between the ages of 16 and 25.  She had been dead for less than 24 hours when her body was discovered. She was most likely killed on Valentine's Day (February 14) 1991.  

Given the date and way in which she was killed, it is a sad irony that the young woman had a tattoo of a heart with the word, "Love" on her upper left shoulder.  

"Valentine Doe" was last seen by witnesses on the day she died, hitchhiking near the Mile Marker 17 along U.S. Highway 1. This is the only major roadway linking the Florida Keys to Miami.  
Composite of how "Valentine Doe" was dressed on Feb. 14th

Her body was later found approximately 18 miles from where she was last seen near Mile Marker 17.  Authorities believed that she was heading north before her brutal death.

Interestingly, authorities have discussed that "Valentine Doe" may not have been from the Florida Keys and was not there for long. Monroe County Sheriff's Office Detective Manuel Cuervo explained in an interview with Crime Watch Daily, "We believe that she is from a northern territory, due to the fact that she did not have any tan lines."

Along with the "Love" tattoo and her lack of tan lines, there are additional clues that may help identify "Valentine Doe" and her killer(s):

- As shown in the composite picture, she had 4 piercings in each ear
- She was 5'5" tall and weighed approx. 130 lbs. She had brown eyes and brown hair
- She had one additional tattoo, a "radiating" cross on her left hand

- According to Det. Cuervo, she had "carried a child full-term." 
She had been pregnant sometime before her death and had stretch marks on her abdomen.  
- She suffered from pelvic inflammatory disease and had a large cyst on her right ovary. She would have experienced pain with both conditions and sought medical help.
- She wore clothing not typical for South Florida. This includes black moccasins with turquoise-style bead work and a "Forenza" brand cardigan.  

- The "horseshoe" area where she was found was a recreational area, known to be popular with windsurfers & campers. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Jeffrey Bellemare- 2013 Unsolved Murder of a Security Guard


Jeffrey Bellemare was killed on Thanksgiving night,
November 29, 2013.  His case remains unsolved.

In our very busy world, it can be easy to overlook the work of security guards.  In our rush to get in and out of places for meetings, appointments and visits, we may forget that these men and women serve as our first line of defense.  

Their work is dangerous and sometimes they pay the ultimate price.

On Thanksgiving night, November 29, 2013, Jeffrey Bellemare, a 59-year old security guard, said goodbye to his family.  He kissed and hugged his wife and left for his overnight security patrol at the Graybriar Apartments (3810 North Maryvale Parkway) in Phoenix, Arizona.

At 1:30 a.m. 2 unknown assailants confronted Bellemare while he worked.  Bellemare was shot with a .40 caliber weapon and died minutes later.  The motive for the crime remains unknown. According to witness reports, the 2 suspects, a man and a woman, were seen running away from the apartment complex and fleeing in a older model sedan with a vinyl top and possible front end damage.

Composite sketches of 2 suspects in Bellemare homicide.
1. A white or light skinned Hispanic man
2.  A white or light skinned Hispanic woman

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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. 

In spite of the difficulties, 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 as his main means of 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.