Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4th

Special Edition
July 4th John & Jane Does

"America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact - the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality." ~Adlai Stevenson

"I love my freedom. I love my America." ~Jessi Lane Adams

"I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom." ~Simone de Beauvoir

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

When America was formed the founders never realized that they might lose their names. While they didn't spell out the retention of their name as an unalienable right; one might firmly believe that they of all men, believed their name to be one of our unalienable rights. Every man, woman, and child deserves to have their name.

Help fight the silent epidemic of America's Unidentified. Help these people find their peace. Help them find their family. Help them find their name.

This is Can You Identify Me's special edition, July Fourth John/ Jane Does:

July 4, 1984
Warren County, KY
White Female

Age: 12 to 20
Hair: Brown
Height: 4'8 to 5'
Weight: 90 to 115 lbs
Medical: Healed lesion back of head.
Scar on right elbow.
Recent dental work prior to death.

If you have any information about this woman please contact: Kentucky State Police, Post 3, Bowling Green at 800-222-5555

July 4, 1988
Miami Dade, Florida
Black Male

Age: 40 to 60
Hair: Gray, Balding
Facial Hair: Beard & Mustache Stubble
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5'6
Weight: 156
Medical: Hypertension

If you have any information about this man please call Medical Examiners Office at 239-434-5020.

July 4, 2004
Dallas, Texas
Hispanic or Asian Female

Age: 35-50
Hair: Auburn
Eyes: Brown
Height: 4'10 to 5'3
Weight: 120 to 135
Medical: Prev eyelid surgery. Scar right abdomen.
Scars on both upper arms. Partial upper denture.
Tattoos: Dark green eyeliner and pink lip liner

If you have any information about this woman please call Texas Department of Public Safety at 512-424-5074.

July 4, 2006
Gila River Indian Reservation
Maricopa County, AZ
Asian, Hispanic or Caucasian Male

Age: 16-24
Hair: Short & Dark
Height: 5'5 to 5'9

Other: Birth certificate with the name Oscar Antonio Mendoza Ruiz

If you have any information about this man please call Maricopa County Medical Examiner at 602-506-3322.

Featured Narrative

by Betsy James Cooper

Willow Slough is the place to go if you like hunting, fishing, and camping in the Morocco Indiana area. Some might say it’s about the only entertainment offered for the wildlife enthusiast in these parts. July 4, 1998 was no exception. The day of Independence! The Day of Celebration! The Fourth of July is a day families gather for parties, togetherness and fireworks. Many people in Morocco Indiana and the surrounding areas gathered that particular of Fourth of July and celebrated. People had picnics with chicken, pasta salad, corn bread and lemonade. Kids were running around with sparklers. Lots of eating, drinking and laughter happened that day, just what you would expect for a Fourth of July.

That day, that particular Fourth of July was not a good day for me or a friend of mine. It’s speculated that, that was day we met our final independence. We were set free from the confines of life.

On August 5, 1988, a man fishing at Beaver Creek in the Willow Slough State Park found me and my friend Tony. We had been killed by someone who didn’t want you to find us or know who we were, that’s clear by the fact they set us on fire to finish us off. They failed. My friend Tony was identified. The funny thing is that no one would tell them who I was. Why was that?

Now it’s time for the public to help. I mean, okay so Tony’s family and friends won’t tell them who I am. But I am somebody and somebody is probably looking for me right now in this very instance as you are reading this. 1988 was a long time ago. It’s time my family and friends find me and learn what happened to me. Like Tony’s family learned about him. Right?

Let me help you. I was an African American Female, twenty five to forty five years old, who stood about 5’6, and while my weight was unknown it’s stated that I had a very light (below average) build. Can I tell you a secret? I think you might consider that I was closer to twenty five. Medically speaking I had a joint disorder called Osteochondritis Dessicans and Spina Bifidea but it’s possible I didn’t even know about these conditions. Sometimes they exist but are not evident to the person who has them. Maybe as I had grown older I would have become aware of them, but we’ll never know that now will we?

One last interesting thing that may or may not help someone figure out who I am is a safety pin. It has the number 450 stamped on to it. It’s like one of those pins you see used for a public swimming pool. They found that pin along with a piece of Jordace Jeans, a red button and a small piece of what appears to be a red and white checkered vinyl cloth. As you can see we have come full circle back to the Fourth of July. Swimming and picnic tables just like any average Fourth of July celebration. Except this one, I died.

If you know about that Fourth of July 1988 in Morocco Indiana would you please call the following phone number and tell them. If you know who I am will you please call and tell them. It’s been too long. I’m ready to find closure. Help me find that closure.

Scott A. McCord, EMT-P, MLDI
Newton County Coroner
4117 W. 240 S.
Suite 500
Morocco, IN 47963

CASE # 56-09-Charlene88

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Karen said...

So many of these stories have so many clues... in this day and age of information sharing and technology, I just know there's a way to get these people identified.

Reading here about Tony and how his family would not help identify the 25 year old African American female just breaks my heart. I wonder if the detectives have followed up occasionally through the years with trying to get Tony's family to help identify her, and still do this many years later? I think it could be worth it, as sometimes time can change circumstances, break down alliances and reduce people's fears for their own safety (if, perhaps, one of those things could have been a factor).

Thanks, Rebel, for all you do to get the word out on these unfortunate unidentified souls. You will hold a special place in my heart forever and always because of your care, concern and efforts for these forgotten and their families.

RJ said...

I couldn't agree with you more Missy. The story of Charlene Doe is very upsetting. It's hard for us to understand why people keep quiet when they might be able to help.

I'm sure LE follows up on this case. I know that Coroner is a dedicated individual who does everything he can to try and find her family, her identity.

Thank you for your continued dedication and support of Can You Identify Me over the years. You are a true friend to this organization.

All My Best,
Rebel J. Morris
Can You Identify Me

marisol said...

Gila river indian reservation missing person if the birth certificate is spanish it usually has their parents name on it have u guys followed up on that and i know when people from central america pass through mexico. Allot of times they buy mexican birth certificates to. Travel through mexico just a thought