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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Schedule






Please note that our office will be closed as follows:

November:

Thursday 11-27
Friday 11-28

For assistance during this holiday please email info@canyouidentifyme.org 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 tips@canyouidentifyme.org 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.


HONORING ALL WHO SERVED 

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



CAN YOU IDENTIFY ME?
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

Administration:
 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
702-462-7243

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Easily Amused



This man may have led a simple life, sporting animated cartoon characters on his clothing, but his life got complicated. Someone somewhere out there took offense and wanted him gone.

Hamilton John Doe may have worked in construction. This is an assumption based by the compressed disc in his spine. He also had elbow surgery leaving implanted orthopedic screws and most likely visible scarring. His dental hygiene seemed nonexistent as he had no upper teeth, and several on the bottom had excessive decay and staining.

Based on the Tom & Jerry T-shirt that read “Easily Amused” and the poor dental health of this man, one might draw the conclusion he was homeless. Perhaps at one time he was a construction worker or did similar work that resulted in the spine and elbow conditions. It’s very possible work fell short and he was laid off. Some proud men will leave home to find work and never come back. Could this have been his story?

Hamilton John Doe may have been a mild-mannered individual living on the streets. Unfortunately, his death was anything but mild mannered. He was brutally stabbed to death and then left in garbage bags in a remote wooded area of Hamilton County, Tennessee. A killing this severe suggests the killers wanted to exact retribution against him.

Was he killed because the killers don’t like homeless people? Or was he not homeless at all, but instead somebody important, somebody who knew something he shouldn’t, somebody who had enemies? Enemies who wanted him dead.

Either way this man had family or friends who deserve to know what happened to him. Help us help him find his identity and inform his family about the fate he met on August 28, 2006. Read his profile page to get his physical description.

NOTE: Over 100 missing persons have been ruled out as a match to this man.                  

If you have any information about this man, please contact:

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department
(423) 622-0022 or (423) 209-8884
Case# 06-25230

Please view his profile data: Hamilton,Tennessee John Doe August 2006

Friday, September 19, 2014

Maricopa Arizona John Doe July 2003



My name is Harold….or is it?

My name is Harold. I am a 52 year old Caucasian male, born and raised in Southern Arizona. All of my life, I spent in the fields, working the land – “sun-up to sun-down” as my father used to say.
Sounds like a good introduction, doesn’t it? If only I could tell you that this actually is my story. For all I know, this could be my name, age, and life. Until someone can come forward and identify me, it is all speculation. I don’t know who I am and neither do the authorities. I am really hoping that you, or someone you know, will be able to tell them my name.
So, what do they know about me? I was found on July 25, 2003, but I probably died a year or so before. I am a Caucasian male between the ages of 30 and 70. Unfortunately they don’t know my height or weight or what I was wearing on the day of my death. I did have some dental restoration done to my teeth, and dental x-rays are available for comparison.
My remains (that’s me, Harold Doe) were found in a desert area near South 91st Avenue and West Dobbins Road on the Gila River Indian River Reservation in Maricopa County, Arizona. If you look at a map, this is a little south of I-10, the Salt River, and Phoenix, near Laveen Village.
I know what you’re thinking: isn’t Arizona all desert? Well, not all of it. Around the area where I was found, there are both desert areas and farm fields now. Perhaps it was like that in 2002 as well. If you have ever visited or lived in the Phoenix area during the summer months, you know how hot it can get and what the weather is like. I don’t know if my death involved foul play, but if not, there are several other weather related conditions to consider like monsoons, heat, and dust storms.
If I was a farmer, I may have suffered from heat exhaustion and got lost in the desert with the disorientation that comes with it. Or if I was an older gentleman, perhaps I wandered away from my home and into the desert. Maybe I was disoriented in one of the big, blinding dust storms that come through Phoenix. Being washed away in a monsoon storm is unfortunately also another possibility that happens often during July and August.
No one knows what happened to me. But maybe right now, you’re reading my short story and looking at my likeness, thinking, “I might know this Harold guy.”
Think really hard. Does this likeness remind you of someone? Do you remember a newscast about a man wandering away from home? If I have family out there, I sure would like them to know what happened to me and know that they don’t have to worry that I’m lost or missing anymore.
Do you know me? Can You Identify Me?



If you have any information about this man, please contact the Maricopa Medical Examiner’s Office at the address or phone number listed below and reference Case Number 03-2453.
            701 West Jefferson
            Phoenix, AZ 85007
            Phone: (602) 506-3322

            Fax: (602) 506-1546

Preview his profile data page here: Maricopa Arizona John Doe July 2003

Thursday, September 11, 2014

1,115 unidentified victims, 2,753 lives lost September 11, 2001







 In 2005, the following data was released:
nearly2,800victims
fewer than300whole bodies found
fewer than1,600victims identified
over1,100victims remain unidentified
over800victims identified by DNA alone
nearly20,000pieces of bodies found
over6,000pieces small enough to fit in test-tubes
over200pieces matched to single person
nearly10,000unidentified pieces frozen for future analysis
compiled and published by 911 research


In May 2014, during the transfer of remains to the memorial site, the new york times reported that: 
"of the 2,753 people reported missing at the World Trade Center after the 2001 attacks, remains have not been identified for 1,115 people."