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Monday, January 5, 2015

Maybe Next Christmas

Marlene Dietrich, Anthony Perkins, Hal Roach, and Nancy Walker are all famous people that died in 1992. I also left this earth in 1992, but I'm not famous. Maybe I could have been famous though.... Hmmm, let’s see.... a famous singer, dancer. Maybe I could have won the Nobel peace prize, I will never know because in 1992, someone made the decision to end my life. I was found in a parking lot in a trash bag on San Pedro Street in Los Angeles, California. I had been stabbed multiple times. I had been deceased 24 hours prior to the discovery of my remains.

The year 1992 was when my life both ended and started because now I need your help. Who am I? What did I do? Where was I going? And why did I end up here? These are the questions that need to be answered.

The authorities have given little pieces of the puzzle as to my identity, but there really isn't much to go on. My age? Well, I could have been as old as 25 or as young as 14. I am Hispanic with black hair that came midway down my back. I had brown eyes. I stood at 4' 6" and weighed 127 lbs. I had a clean appearance, wearing a white blouse, white skirt, and a black leather belt. I was neat and tidy, so maybe I was going somewhere? Did I meet up with you or were we supposed to meet up, and I never made it? Did you see me prior to December 9, 1992? The Christmas holidays were getting close. I could have been shopping for gifts or making arrangements to see family. One thing I know for sure: I was missing from the Christmas dinner table that year and every year after that.

My face was reconstructed by a forensic artist in the hope someone would recognize me and that just hasn't happened yet. I became a cold case, so here I am giving you a shout: “Hey I'm still here and I would love to know what my name is!” For now, I'm just Jane Doe. It’s a nice name, but it’s not mine. You see there must be someone somewhere that is missing me, that is looking for me. Well, I am here waiting for you, and it’s been a very long time. Maybe by next Christmas my family and friends will know what happened to me.

If you have any information about this case please contact:

Los Angeles County Coroner
1104 N. Mission Road
323-343-0754Case # 92-11264

View her profile data here: Los Angeles Jane Doe December 1992

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Jane Doe


               I am so scared! This place where I’m at is cold, dark, and lonely. I’m lost and I don’t know where my mommy is. Something happened to me, and I don’t remember my name. I’m not that old, just a little girl. Next year I might have started school. I wish I could remember what happened to me. Then maybe somebody would be able to find my mommy.
                Today is December 26, 1983. Yesterday was Christmas. I wonder what I would have got for presents this year. I think a doll would have been really nice. One that I could dress up in different clothes and brush her hair. I would take good care of a baby doll. I wouldn’t hurt her like I’ve been hurt. The policemen said that I might have been abused. If that happened, why did people who were supposed to love me hurt me? The doctor who tried to help me after I died said that I had injuries on my face that showed I had either been abused or had a really bad accident. There are injuries to my skull, face, and nose.
                The nice hunters who found me today told the sheriff about me. The files that recorded my discovery got lost though, and nobody did anything with my case until later on. That nice doctor said that I had died maybe sometime in 1982 (that’s like a year before I was found).
                Oh! I almost forgot to tell you where they found me. Have you ever been to Virginia or North Carolina? On the big highway (I think they call it I-95), there’s a place at milepost 181 to greet visitors as they’re coming from Virginia into North Carolina. This welcome center has lots of parking spaces for big semis, cars, and trucks. I wonder if I came here in a car. Maybe somebody drove me from Virginia and left me here. The rest stop had a lot of work done to it, so it doesn’t look the same as when I was there. Behind it though, there are lots of trees. There are so many trees you can’t even see to the other side of them!
                I don’t know if I came here with my mommy and daddy. Maybe we were going on a birthday or Christmas trip. Maybe we had been visiting my nana and papa and were going back home. Since I’m somewhere between 4 and 8 years old, I was probably pretty curious. The rest stop was a big place to explore. Or maybe I lived in one of the houses nearby and wandered out of the house and into the woods. I might have gotten lost and nobody could find me. I think after a while, it got cold out because it was winter and my ear really started hurting. I got ear infections a lot. The doctor says it’s called a chronic ear infection.
If I didn’t come here with my mommy and daddy, then maybe a bad man took me away. I don’t think I would like being with a bad man. He probably really scared me and made me cry. I might have made him so mad that he hurt me and I died. He didn’t know what to do, so when he saw all the woods around the rest stop, he thought no one would ever find me. He didn’t want to get into trouble, so he just left me in the woods. Maybe he came across the state border and left me in North Carolina just to try to confuse the policemen.
                I don’t remember what happened and how I got where I am. Can you help me find my mommy and daddy? I have DNA and dental records that can help tell who I am. I know there a lot of missing girls out there and one of them is me.
                Lots of people are working really hard to try to figure out who I am. Can you help? My name is Christmas Jane Doe, and I have a Facebook page. I am African-American and am somewhere between 4 and 8 years old. Even though I could have died from an accident, the policemen are pretty sure I was murdered. Maybe this Christmas I will have my own name, and my family will be able to remember me and know that I was found.

                It’s really, really important that if you think you know who I am or have any information on my case that you contact the Medical Examiner’s office at 3026 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699 or call them at 919-966-2253.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

December/ January Holiday Schedule

The office will be completely closed, as follows:
Wednesday, December 24
Thursday, December 25
Wednesday, December 31

Thursday, January 1

Please include these victims and their families in your prayers this holiday season.

From all of us at Can You Identify Me?
Happy Holidays

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Schedule

Please note that our office will be closed as follows:


Thursday 11-27
Friday 11-28

For assistance during this holiday please email or call the office 702-462-7243 and leave a voice mail.  We will check same periodically throughout the long holiday weekend. 

If you have a potential match please submit directly to law enforcement or to our office via using the Potential Match Submission Form

During your holiday please remember Can You Identify – America’s Unidentified. If possible light a candle for all those who cannot spend this holiday with their loved ones.

From all of us at Can You Identify Me?
Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank you for our freedom.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Portland Elk

Does the name Randy Kraft ring a bell? Here’s a clue: He murdered at least 63 people between 1972 and 1983. You may ask what this has to do with me. Unfortunately, the authorities believe that I was one of his victims. Thankfully, he was caught, imprisoned, and sentenced to death. But along with several other victims, I remain unidentified. On July 18, 1980, my body was found fully clothed along Interstate 5 near Woodburn, Oregon. Based on my appearance, it seems that I was probably homeless. If you read anything about Randy Kraft, you will find that he had a preference for young male marines. He frequented gay bars and was a known alcoholic. But just as he had a certain preference, he also picked up hitchhikers along the highways in both Southern
California and Oregon. The danger to hitchhikers became so prevalent that the Eugene Register published an article on July 29, 1980, (just days after I was found) with a headline “Men increasingly vulnerable to hitchhiking danger.”

After he was arrested, police found a scorecard of sorts where Kraft listed all of the men that he had murdered. Each person had a name or abbreviation of the place where he was killed along with some identifier. My name was Portland Elk. Since I was found near Portland, it is possible he killed me somewhere around there and then dumped my body on his way out of town. The reference he made to Elk has not yet been cracked. Maybe I was an elk or deer hunter, or maybe I was from one of the many Elk City locations throughout the western states. There could be another significance to this nickname. Do you hold the key to cracking this code?

Enough about Kraft. What is known about me? I am a 5'6", 160 lb. Caucasian male between 35 and 45 years old. If I was indeed a victim of Kraft, it’s possible I was in the lower age range. This would put my  birth year somewhere between 1935 and 1945. I had blue eyes, brown hair that was balding on top, and a full moustache. I mentioned before that I was fully clothed when they found me. My outfit of choice that day (or many days if I was homeless) was a red pullover T-shirt, Wrangler blue jeans, socks, briefs, and brown leather moccasin toe boots (or work boots).

Maybe I was construction worker and was hitchhiking from Montana, Wyoming, or Idaho to try to find work. Maybe I had a family who wondered what happened to me. Right now, there are only two people who know my story, and unfortunately, neither of us is alive to tell it. What happened that fateful day in July? All I wanted was a ride to quicken my journey. Instead, my life was snuffed out.

Can You Identify Me? Do You Know Who I Am?  

If you have any information about this man, please contact
Marion County Oregon Medical Examiner
3180 Center Street
NE Salem, OR 97301
(503) 588-5530

Please view his profile data: Marion Oregon John Doe July 1980

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Current Volunteer Opportunities

is seeking local and national VOLUNTEERS.

If you are interested in helping victims of
homicide, human trafficking, abuse, kidnapping,
and families of missing loved ones
this might be the right volunteer opportunity for you!

Here are the current volunteer opportunities:
Awareness Program: 
Law Enforcement Liaison 
Prayer Captains
Flyer Distribution Captains
Cold Case Bloggers 
Special Projects

 Development Specialist
PHP Coder / Web Administrator
Database Expert
IT Manager

Currently accepting letters of interest for:
 Board Members
 Committee Members  

*all volunteers must sign a confidentiality agreement
and submit to criminal background check

Students are encouraged to apply. 

If you are interested please contact:
Rebel J. Morris – Executive Director