COLD CASE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

          

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NAMES FOR THE NAMELESS

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It is hard to imagine what life would be like without  names by which to identify ourselves. Our names represent a tangible way to present who we are and pay homage to whence we've come from. Our names not only identify who we are in the present but they point to our history, to our ancestors; they give us place. Our names are selected for us by our parents and thus they denote belonging and they connect us to those who love us. They represent more than just familiar syllables; they house our identity and set us apart from others. They allow us to have presence in our own stories.

This cold case is about a woman who, for now, is nameless. StillTheySpeak.com intends to change that. Though her life, her story, and her name have been stripped from her by the cold, callous, murderous acts of another human being, the intentional compassionate acts of human beings such as yourself is all it takes to make a dramatic difference in how her story ends. Let's work together to give this woman back her identity, to give her back her story. Let's see to it that she is reconnected with those who love her and miss her. Let's get her back home. 

Because she matters...

Read the clues, share her story, forward this webpage to your loved ones, post the You Tube video on your Facebook page--you absolutely can make a difference in this case. Let's treat this woman as though she were our sister or our mother, perhaps our daughter. Let's take up the cause of speaking for her. Let us move now to lend our voice to her and see to it that her story continues to be told until answers are found, truth revealed, her name restored, and her killer brought to justice.


LOCATION: SIMPSON COUNTY, KY

DATE: OCTOBER 9, 2001

EVENT: DISCOVERY OF HUMAN REMAINS

Just 12 miles from the Tennessee border and 50 miles north of Nashville a survey crew working on I-65 discovered the remains of an unidentified woman. She was found near the northbound lanes of the highway and it appeared that she had been thrown over a guardrail, down an embankment, and into a grove of trees. Investigators were up against one of the most difficult scenarios: a horrific crime, an unidentified victim found near a major highway, a killer on the loose and long gone from the scene. Anyone who has spent any time working violent crimes will tell you how difficult it is to solve the crime when the identity of the victim is unknown.

Investigators turned to science for help and to Kentucky State Forensic Anthropologist, Dr. Emily Craig. Dr Craig is a veteran forensic anthropologist and has worked tirelessly worldwide to bring identities to the nameless. Her specialized skills allow the victim's skeletal remains to literally tell her a story.

THE CLUES:

In this case Dr. Craig was able to ascertain that the remains belonged to a Caucasian female who was between the ages of 25 and 35. She would have stood between 5'4" and 5'8". Her weight would have been in the range of 90-130 lbs. She had reddish brown shoulder length hair, decayed teeth, healed fractures to the upper right arm and a rib and likely suffered from chronic back problems.

Dr Craig determined the post mortem interval would have been weeks, meaning that she died somewhere between August 1, 2001 and  October 1, 2001.

Dr. Craig also performed a clay facial reconstruction of the victim which is pictured below. The reconstruction is intended to provide a good likeness of the victim, but not necessarily an exact likeness. The reconstruction was completed using anthropological data and known parameters of the human face. The result is such that those who knew the victim in life would be able to recognize her.

MORE CLUES:

The victim also had an outline tattoo of a rose with a stem above her left breast. It is pictured below.

         Two rings were found near the body. One is a simple gold band. The other is a striking ornate silver ring that is painted with blue enamel and adorned with roses and leaves. The rings are pictured below.

         

With precious little to go on, investigators continued to search for answers as the already cold case grew colder.

HEATING UP:

In June of 2007 the case information was entered into the Namus database. Namus.gov is a national repository that can be utilized by both the general public and law enforcement from all over the county. It consists of two extraordinary databases. One is a database of missing persons cases and the second, a database of unidentified remains cases. Case information from all over the United States is entered into Namus and records are cross referenced with the aim of finding matches between missing persons and unidentified remains cases.

The victim in this case has already been checked against 43 different missing persons reports and continues to be run as new cases come in, as recently as March 1st of this year. This is a valuable tool to investigators all over the country as it allows the information to be checked against cases that the investigator may not have had access to otherwise.

In 2010, with the help of a Northern Kentucky company, Jewel-Craft, it was determined that the wedding band found with the victim had been manufactured by a mass production company, Tessler and Weiss. Tessler and Weiss manufactures jewelry that is sold to distributors all over the world.

In January of 2011 Detective Tim Adams of the Kentucky State Police made a bold move and posted the pictures of the rings and the facial reconstruction to the KSP Facebook page. It was the first time that Post Three had utilized Facebook in an effort to reach out to the public with information regarding an unsolved crime. It was a brilliant move and paid off almost immediately as attention to the case grew and the media picked up on the buzz. Information came in indicating that the manufacturer of the striking blue ring was a company named Vargas that is no longer in business. Subsequent research revealed that particular design of ring was manufactured by several different companies in Rhode Island during the 1950's and 1960's and more than likely would not have been made any later than the 1970's. The jewelers stamp on the inside of the ring (pictured below) confirmed that the manufacturer was indeed Vargas.

Inside of ring found on deceased woman

 

Investigators continue to track down information available from the distributors that Vargas sold it's designs to and they are very hopeful that important information will be gleaned from these leads. Most importantly, it seems likely that the ring was manufactured before the victim was born or when she was very young, which lends itself to several scenarios about how the victim came to own the ring. Detective Adams, speaking about the case, remarked that he is absolutely certain that this case is solvable. He firmly believes that the key to resolving this case is to continue to get the pictures of the rings and of the clay facial reconstruction out to the public. With a man like Detective Tim Adams on the case, I have no doubt that it is only a matter of time before this case is solved.

Detective Tim Adams is as an inspired and dedicated investigator as I have ever come across and his passion for this case has already ignited renewed interest in the case, and most significantly, new avenues to explore. His fearless fight for justice honors not just the victim, but all Kentuckians. I for one would like to congratulate Detective Adams on his bold decision to utilize the popularity and the reach of the social networking site Facebook to get this story back into the spotlight. This kind of ingenuity and dedication is exactly what is needed to resolve this crime, bring a killer to justice, and give this woman back her name.

If you have any information on this case, please contact Detective Tim Adams of the Kentucky State Police in Bowling Green. He is working hard to resolve this case and if you have something to offer, he wants to hear from you. Detective Adams can be reached by phone at (270)782-2010 or by e-mail at timothy.adams@ky.gov

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To all of my readers: below you will find the You Tube video created by StillTheySpeak.com volunteers in honor of this victim. It tells her story in a way that is incredibly touching and inspirational, honoring her in a very special way. Even if you don't have any information on this case, you can literally help to solve it by posting this video to your website or Face Book account, or by e-mailing it to your friends and family and asking that they also pass it on. You never know who they know who might know someone who just might have the information needed to solve this case and bring this woman back home. Like ripples in a pond, let's work together to see that this information and this victim's story continue to go out. You can be the critical link in the chain that keeps this information circulating.

Because she matters...

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