Saturday, October 10, 2020

Unidentified Jane Doe - Gregg County, Texas 2002


UPDATE: 10/11/2020

DNA Doe Project, a nonprofit specializing in genetic genealogy, announced on October 8, 2020 that they were taking on the Gregg County Jane Doe 2002 case.

In 2019, DNA Doe Project was involved in another Gregg County area case, that of "Lavender Doe." She was successfully identified as Dana Dodd.   Read more about that investigation:

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Original Dark Sleuth post from May 13, 2016:

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

Monday, June 15, 2020

Wanda Deann Kirkum was "Valentine Doe"


UPDATE 6/15/2020:

"Valentine Doe" was identified as 18 year-old Wanda Deann Kirkum of Hornell, New York.  According to the Orlando Sentinel, Kirkum "had never been reported missing."  

Wanda Deann Kirkum 
(Photo credit: Orlando Sentinel)

Her killer was identified via DNA as Robert Lynn Bradley.  He didn't live for long after killing Kirkum.  

According to the Orlando Sentinel:

Robert Lynn Bradley, accused killer of Wanda Dean Kirkum
(Photo Credit: Orlando Sentinel)

For more information:

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Original Dark Sleuth post from March 2016:

                                            "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.

Her death was violent.  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.