Friday, April 29, 2016

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


BY DARK SLEUTH

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

BY DARK SLEUTH

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: coldcaseunit@co.yellowstone.mt.gov
Visit their website: http://yellowstonecoldcase.com/

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

BY DARK SLEUTH

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 staggering.  Both victims were a similar age, both disappeared from area parks and the crimes were months apart.  One significant 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: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/crime/article70289402.html#storylink=cpy

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

BY DARK SLEUTH

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:
http://takentoosoon.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/rememberryan83/


Friday, April 15, 2016

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

BY DARK SLEUTH

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

Clothing:
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. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

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

BY DARK SLEUTH

(Updated 4/12/16: Added Las Vegas Metro Crime Stoppers contact info)

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 skipped school.  

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

Saturday, April 9, 2016

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

BY DARK SLEUTH

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, April 1, 2016

Do You Remember Me? John "Clinton" Doe - Wisconsin 1995

BY DARK SLEUTH

  2015 Poster for unidentified John "Clinton" Doe

At about 9 a.m. on November 26, 1995, hunters came upon a set of skeletal remains in a heavily wooded area along Turtle Creek near Clinton, Wisconsin.  

Authorities determined that the remains were that of a white male, 17-20 years old, about 5'6" in height and weighing approximately 140 lbs.  His hair was brown and straight, at about collar length. His eye color could not be determined. His cause of death was also not determined.  He had died in the fall or winter of 1994, about a year before his remains were found.

For the past 20 years he has remained unidentified.  Do you recognize John "Clinton" Doe?

New 2016 Composite of John "Clinton" Doe
(Source: NBC 15 News)