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Missing Persons, Unsolved Homicides, and Unidentified Remains  Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

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Otha Young Jr. of Louisville Kentucky was reported missing by his family on October 10th, 1996. That is the same day that he checked out of the Best Western Hotel in Florence, Kentucky. His skeletal remains and several personal items were discovered by a city of Florence Public Works Officer eight years later off the Southbound lane of I-75 in Florence, Kentucky on November 16, 2004 near the St. Elizabeth's hospital property.

At the time the skeletal remains were found, an anthropological exam was conducted by the Kentucky State Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Emily Craig. By December of 2004, the clues and information gleaned from that exam were made available. The skeletal remains were determined to have belonged to a Caucasian male age 45-65, who had suffered previous injuries to his head, rib, and nose and who had had open chest/open heart surgery. In addition, the unidentified male had lower back arthritis, brown wavy hair, and smoked filtered cigarettes. The post mortem interval was determined to be in the range of 24 months to ten years.

Originally the unidentified male was thought to be a homeless man but several clues found at the scene said otherwise. Through good old fashioned detective work and the wonders of modern forensics, the skeletal remains were identified and the connection made to the missing man from Louisville, Ky. Countless investigative hours have been logged on this case and investigators believe it can be solved.

Please contact the Florence Police Department at (859) 647-5420  if you have any information concerning this crime.



Talk about cold cases--this case is absolutely ice cold. The Kenton County Sheriff’s Office needs your help to resolve a possible homicide. The Kenton County Sheriff’s office has received information that indicates that a homicide was perpetrated against an unknown black male in the early 1970’s in Covington, Ky.  and that this murder was linked to organized crime. According to the information available the unknown black male was shot once in the chest as well as multiple times in the head and left in the vehicle he had been sitting in on the side of an unknown road in Covington, Ky. The murder was reported to have occurred late in the evening around 9 or 10 p.m.

Please contact Sgt. Damian Stanton of the Kenton County Sheriff’s office at

(859)392- 1800 if you have any information concerning this crime.



On October 9, 2001 the body of an unidentified white female was found in Simpson County Kentucky near Highway 65. The Kentucky State Police in Bowling Green need your help to identify her. The above facial reconstruction was provided by Kentucky State Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Emily Craig and while not an exact replica of the victim's likeness, it does suggest the general shape and structure of her face.

Please take a minute to read the clues and information listed below and help to bring her back home to her loved ones. Someone out there is missing a daughter or a sister or a mother and you may have the missing piece that could bring an end to their searching.

ESTIMATED TIME OF DEATH: Between August 1, 2001 and October 1, 2001.

ESTIMATED AGE: Between 25- 35 years of age.


OTHER PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Light reddish brown hair 12"-14" long, healed fracture of upper right arm near the shoulder, teeth that were severely decayed or missing altogether, and a rose tattoo on her left breast.

ITEMS FOUND WITH THE BODY: Two rings (pictured below) were found near the body. Please take a minute to look closely at these rings. They could hold the key to discovering who she is.










The Jefferson County Coroner's office would like you to take a close look at this clay facial reconstruction of the skeletal remains of a woman that were found in 2005 in Shively Kentucky.

 In 2006 Dr. Emily Craig completed the facial reconstruction of the victim in hopes of revealing this woman's identity. According to Dr. Craig one of the most prominent and recognizable features of the woman is her very thin nose and the flatness of her face is also a trait to note.

This woman was determined to have been between 20 and 40 years of age and would have stood between 5'2" and 5'4" in height. Construction work led to the discovery of her skeletal remains at the 3600 block of Seventh Street in 2005 where she may have been for as little as one year or for as many as fifteen years.

Dr. Holmes, coroner of Jefferson County remarks that everyone who dies deserves dignity and respect and he is hopeful that these extraordinary measures will lead to the identify of this woman. Click Here to watch a news report with additional comments and information concerning these remains.

If you have any information concerning this case

Please contact the Jefferson County Coroner's Office

at 502-574-6262.





In early May of 2011, a body matching the general description of Jerry Rowe, Jr.

was recovered from the Licking River. DNA testing confirmed it was the body of Jerry Rowe, Jr. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family at this time.


If you have any information on this case, please contact the investigator listed at the bottom of this article.

Jerry Rowe Jr., age 26 and father of a young child, went missing from his home in Royalton Kentucky on January 28th of 2011. His roommate at the residence reported that they saw flashlights in the driveway and became afraid and decided to run from the residence into the area surrounding their home. The area surrounding Jerry's residence is particularly rough and rugged terrain and very difficult to navigate. The roommate returned home sometime later to find that Jerry had not yet returned. Jerry has yet to come home. Searches of the area surrounding his home, including a pond, have not yielded any further clues.

 His friends and family are desperate for information that would indicate where he is or what has happened to him. They are urging anyone with any information no matter how insignificant it may seem to please step forward.

Jerry is a white male who is 26 years of age. He is approximately 6' 1" with short brown hair and blue eyes. Jerry weighs approximately 160 lbs and is generally described as having a slender build. Please note that Jerry has a scar on his right arm from a wound sustained by a chain saw.

Last week Jerry's cousin Peggy Carver released this statement for the public:

"Jerry is greatly loved and  missed by many .It is so hard to believe that someone can just disappear without a trace. This has been a devastating experience for the family. His mom and dad still walk the hills daily searching .He has a son that doesn't know where his daddy is. We just want to find Jerry and bring him home. The family needs closure. We are devoted to finding him and we will not give up. We pray everyday that someone comes forward with information that will lead to Jerrys location."

The family is offering an $8600.00 reward in connection with this case.

So often in cases such as these, the media attention is intense in the first hours and days of a person's disappearance but unfortunately as time passes, interest can wane. Please help Jerry's family get the answers they so desperately seek. If you have any information at all, no matter how insignificant or unimportant it may seem, the investigator in this case wants to hear from you. You can be a vital part of solving this mystery and bringing this family the answers that they need.

Please contact Detective Hamilton of Kentucky State Police at (606)433-7711 or e-mail him at if you have any information concerning this crime. You can remain anonymous.







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