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Richard
10-12-2005, 01:10 PM
Martha Leanne Green, age 17, Missing April 15, 1987 from White Bluff, TN

Martha Leanne Green
Missing since April 15, 1987 from White Bluff, Dickson County, Tennessee.
Classification: Non Family Abduction

Vital Statistics
Date Of Birth: February 24, 1970
Age at Time of Disappearance: 17 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'6; 120 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown wavy hair; brown eyes.
Marks, Scars: Pierced ears
Clothing: White sweatshirt; mid-calf length faded jeans; and white Reebok hi-top sneakers
Dentals: 4 wisdom teeth have been extracted

Circumstances of Disappearance
Green was last seen in her brother's car at approximately 9:00 PM on April 15, 1987.
They had stopped on Highway 46 in Dickson, TN. Her brother left the vehicle to buy gasoline for the car; when he returned, his sister was missing. Her handbag was left in the car and there was no sign of a struggle.

If you have any information concerning Green's whereabouts, please contact:
Dickson County Sheriff's Office Detective Tom Wall 615-789-4130
OR
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation 615-952-4989

Source Information:

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The Doe Network Case File 67DFTN
NCIC Number: M-242657238

Link:
http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/67dftn.html

Richard
11-09-2006, 09:53 AM
Bumping Martha Leanne Greens's case. The details are sketchy, but it would appear that she was abducted from her car while in a parking lot. Similar to several other cases.

After a year, there have been no replies to this post, but there have been 222 views of it.

docwho3
11-09-2006, 12:13 PM
Bumping Martha Leanne Greens's case. The details are sketchy, but it would appear that she was abducted from her car while in a parking lot. Similar to several other cases.

After a year, there have been no replies to this post, but there have been 222 views of it. While I do not doubt she could have been abducted I see no actual evidence, so far, that is what happened. She may have been a runaway.

I did find an image online that looks a lot like the age progressed pic in the doenet, although hair color went from dark to blond. The new person goes by the name Martha Green instead of using her middle name of Leanne as she used to do.

Compare the age progessed pic on the right
http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/67dftn.html
to this one
http://www.kvcr.org/marthagreenSM.jpg
which was found at
http://www.kvcr.org/mg.htm

LisainWV
11-09-2006, 12:37 PM
docwho...I'm a year older than Martha Leann (I was born 1969) and I hope I don't look as old as Martha Green from the website.

Interesting coincidence, but I don't think it's our girl - Martha Green looks late 50's or older.

docwho3
11-09-2006, 12:46 PM
docwho...I'm a year older than Martha Leann (I was born 1969) and I hope I don't look as old as Martha Green from the website.

Interesting coincidence, but I don't think it's our girl - Martha Green looks late 50's or older.I agree that the web pic looks older, especially in the neck but I also note that the neck is a long one and that the martha in the doenet pic wears a turtle neck type thing covering what appears to be a long neck as well and skin can age differently in some people, especially with varying amounts of exposure to tanning beds or sun exposure. While this may or may not be the same person I used the image to point out that without any actual evidence of abduction she may well have been a runaway.

LisainWV
11-09-2006, 12:51 PM
Point taken doc...

I agree that runaway seems to fit her better than abducted. And, maybe she left with someone she knew and things happened from there, which technically is not an abduction

Richard
11-09-2006, 01:00 PM
The case summary does not have a great deal of information - as is true of many similar cases. But it does state that the case is classified as a Non Family Abduction. This determination was likely based on a number of factors - some of which are probably not stated in the summary.

The known details seem to point to a parking lot abduction scenario. Her brother would have known and related her state of mind, plans, etc to police. She would probably have taken her purse, money, and ID with her if it was a planned run-away situation.

LisainWV
11-09-2006, 01:02 PM
point taken as well Richard...

Had she left with a friend, she would have taken her belongings.

teens are just so tough...most act unpredictably and spontaneously. There probably are details not disclosed to the public in this case.

docwho3
11-09-2006, 01:24 PM
The case summary does not have a great deal of information - as is true of many similar cases. But it does state that the case is classified as a Non Family Abduction. This determination was likely based on a number of factors - some of which are probably not stated in the summary.

The known details seem to point to a parking lot abduction scenario. Her brother would have known and related her state of mind, plans, etc to police. She would probably have taken her purse, money, and ID with her if it was a planned run-away situation. Actually several cases on websleuths have pointed out to me that people often just leave everything behind when they run away. You may find their purse, wallet, money credit cards,ID etc all laying in a car seat or at home on the bed. It is like they are sloughing off a skin to emerge as a new creature and nothing from the old life is taken. While this is not always the case, it certainly has happened often enough to catch my attention.

I agree that there may be some, as yet, untold info that may cause L.E. to think an abduction took place but (other than the word of an inmate that wanted outings or other privileges and so confessed to a crime but failed to lead L.E. to a body after several attempts) there has been no public disclosure of this evidence and until there is disclosure of some account of someone seeing an abduction or other actual evidence I, personally, have to entertain the runaway possibility.

LisainWV
11-09-2006, 01:57 PM
ok, now i agree with doc and think she's a runaway again. Just teasing. I guess this case is just like all the others.

did she run away?
Was she abducted?
Did she leave with friends and then something happened?
did her brother kill her?
Did her brother sell her to a sex ring?
Did aliens swoop down and abduct her for breeding stock?

Not to make fun here, but these cases are just so open ended. And, unless she's found alive at some point, most of these questions won't ever be answered.

docwho3
11-09-2006, 02:29 PM
ok, now i agree with doc and think she's a runaway again. Just teasing. I guess this case is just like all the others.

did she run away?
Was she abducted?
Did she leave with friends and then something happened?
did her brother kill her?
Did her brother sell her to a sex ring?
Did aliens swoop down and abduct her for breeding stock?

Not to make fun here, but these cases are just so open ended. And, unless she's found alive at some point, most of these questions won't ever be answered.Very good point. I suppose that by keeping the story in the public eye we may someday have someone decide to come forward with actual info about the case.

In the meantime I wonder if anyone actually saw her with her brother when they stopped for gas. If she was not really with him at that point it would be easy to pull in to a gas station and buy gas and then go back to the car a moment and then come back inside the gas station/convenience store and act worried and say your sister disappeared. Everyone gets excited looking for an evil abductor that was never really there, and some criminal sitting in jail decides he wants some outings so he "confesses" to the crime but needs several trips to lead investigators to the body but he can never quite manage to find the body. And in all the hubub no one thinks to check back to where she was last seen by witnesses, other than her brother.

Too bad no one has mentioned any security pics or tape of them where they bought gas.

She could just be a runaway too.

I don't think Elvis and his UFO buds got her but there are actually people out there who believe such things are happening.

Maybe the man that confessed to killing her actually did the crime and was only toying with L.E. before someday revealing the location of the body. He would need to have known something about herself or her body that only family would know to make that very believable, otherwise its just another wild story by an inmate who wants to play.

LisainWV
11-10-2006, 12:25 PM
Any other info out there about this?

What was the age of this brother (obviously, at least 16)?

Did they run out of gas along the highway or did they actually pull into a gas station?

If they pulled into a gas station for gas, let's think about that one. I have never pumped gas at a station where the pumps were not visible from the clerk's counter and almost the entire store. HMMMM?

9:00 pm is not an ungodly hour in any place. Someone had to have been around buying gas too or a gallon of milk or whatever....

This sounds very UNinvestigated to me!

Random thought ... what if this sister chose to run away and the brother agreed to cover for her. Made up the story about her being missing? The only key I can find for this is, the brother either knows more than he's saying or he's responsible in some manner.

Wonder where he is now? Doc, you're good at finding people, but i don't think we have a first name. LE should talk to him again after all these years.
Sorry, one last random thought...her doe page says she may have green eyes and wore brown contacts. The family doesn't know the eye color of a 17 yr old girl?

LisainWV
11-10-2006, 12:39 PM
Ok, this page says they ran out of gas as they were returning from work.

http://www.find-missing-children.org/Posters/poster329.htm


www.tbi.state.tn.us (http://www.tbi.state.tn.us)

states they worked at the Holiday Inn in Dickson, ran out of gas along the road, brother gone for 15 minutes to get gas, 2 suspicious cars in area - 77-79 beige T-Bird and a 76 Chrysler Newport, white.

This one

http://missing.puellula.org/Missing/Green.html

twin brother

Charley project mentions a suspect

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/g/green_martha.html

I guess I should have googled her before I did my lenghty "I wonder" post...

Insguru
11-10-2006, 04:19 PM
Ok, this page says they ran out of gas as they were returning from work.

http://www.find-missing-children.org/Posters/poster329.htm


www.tbi.state.tn.us (http://www.tbi.state.tn.us/)

states they worked at the Holiday Inn in Dickson, ran out of gas along the road, brother gone for 15 minutes to get gas, 2 suspicious cars in area - 77-79 beige T-Bird and a 76 Chrysler Newport, white.

This one

http://missing.puellula.org/Missing/Green.html

twin brother

Charley project mentions a suspect

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/g/green_martha.html

I guess I should have googled her before I did my lenghty "I wonder" post...
She was probably abducted. Not many teens run away forever and leave their purse behind that was sitting right next to them.

The police did in fact have a prime suspect who was arrested for rape shortly after her disappearance. He was evidently killed in prison but had admitted to the abduction. Took police to several spots he claimed to have buried her, but no body found. My sense is that she was probably not a runaway and he probably did abduct her (or someone did), molested her, and then disposed of her. TN is very rural and would be quite easy to bury someone out in the middle of a field or forest never to be found.

LisainWV
11-11-2006, 12:54 AM
She was probably abducted. Not many teens run away forever and leave their purse behind that was sitting right next to them.

The police did in fact have a prime suspect who was arrested for rape shortly after her disappearance. He was evidently killed in prison but had admitted to the abduction. Took police to several spots he claimed to have buried her, but no body found. My sense is that she was probably not a runaway and he probably did abduct her (or someone did), molested her, and then disposed of her. TN is very rural and would be quite easy to bury someone out in the middle of a field or forest never to be found.
Ditto on that. I live in WV and everytime I drive thru the mountains (which is everywhere), I wonder how many undiscovered bodies are out there. One thing I've always though about, we have so many animals killed on the roadways (especially deer) that someone smelling rotting flesh along a road may not even check it out and assume it's an animal.

Sad story. she was a beautiful girl and I recant my accusation of her brother above after finding more info. It was probably extra hard on him with them being twins. Maybe someday her remains will be found and her family can have some closure.

rhyno1974
11-11-2006, 10:44 AM
When I first saw the Jane Doe in the link below, I thought that it looked alot like Martha Leanne Green.
Caution: It is a morgue photo and is very graphic.

http://www.mcohio.org/revize/montgomery/government/coroner/unidentified_remains.html

LisainWV
11-11-2006, 01:04 PM
rhyno ... does look a lot like her, but the doe had tattoos and there was no mention of tattoos on Leanne. But, I have thought about tattoos and I bet there are plenty of teens, and older out there, who have tattoos that mom and dad have no idea about.

PS not that i'm offended, you added your disclaimer of the graphic nature of the photos, but I don't think i've ever come across more graphic morgue photos than those. I may be morbid, but I like the actual photo of folks, regardless of their "condition". As good as some reconstructs are, most just don't look "real."

rhyno1974
11-11-2006, 01:55 PM
I agree completely with both of your points.

Richard
01-15-2007, 04:55 PM
Please note that the Doenetwork case file of Martha Leanne Green (http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/67dftn.html) has been updated with a new Image, source & link added.

Link:
http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/67dftn.html

Richard
02-14-2008, 09:26 PM
Bumping case up. 20 years have now passed since Martha Leanne Green disappeared.

kandoo76
02-29-2008, 12:41 PM
Does anyone one know which gas station her brother was headed to?

kandoo76
02-29-2008, 06:31 PM
There is a listing for a Lawson Green in White Bluff on zabba search. I wonder if he has ever checked out the boards???

kandoo76
03-12-2008, 02:33 PM
Does anyone think this is a possibility doenetwork case 607uftn?

Richard
03-12-2008, 03:20 PM
Does anyone think this is a possibility doenetwork case 607uftn?

I suppose that it might be possible, but there isn't much description or information on the Jane Doe. The dates certainly put the cases close together.

Note that in the Jane Doe 607 case summary it states that two guys claimed to have picked her up at a rest stop in Greene County, TN. Two years earlier another young Jane Doe was found in Greene County and the case remains unsolved.

Below is a recap of what is in the Doenetwork regarding the unknown girl you mentioned...

-----------------------
Unidentified Female
The victim was discovered on June 1, 1987 in Knox County, Tennessee

Case History

The victim was killed by a shotgun on Jim Sterchi Road in North Knox County in 1987. Authorities speculated at the time that the unidentified woman and two male accomplices were attempting to trick and rob the resident on Jim Sterchi Road by faking a fight outside her front door.

The woman kicked the door, awakening the resident and a visitor. The resident called police and fired one shot from a shotgun when the woman attempted to open a screen door.

The two men were caught. But they were unable to identify the woman. They said they had picked her up at a Greene County rest stop just before the shooting.

She remains unidentified.

Investigators
If you have any information about this case please contact:

Knoxville Police Department
865-215-7317

You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

Source Information:
Knox News
The Doe Network: Case File 607UFTN

LINK:

http://doenetwork.org/cases/607uftn.html

kandoo76
03-12-2008, 05:01 PM
What should we do?

Richard
03-12-2008, 07:58 PM
What should we do?

The investigating officers for Martha Leanne Green, case are Dickson County Sheriff's Office Detective Tom Wall 615-789-4130
OR
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation 615-952-4989

The Law Enforcement agency with jurisdiction and case files for the Unidentified girl is the Knoxville Police Department, 865-215-7317


If you think that it is a good possible match, call one or all of them and ask to speak with the case officer, then pass on the information. If they have already checked into it, they will probably tell you.

The big thing is don't ASSUME that they have already checked it out. I have found that cold case officers are rotated often, and it is just as possible to get a brand new officer as an old hand.

kandoo76
03-14-2008, 12:54 PM
Richard, Would you be willing to phone it in? I have never done this before and don't know what to say to them.

kandoo76
03-15-2008, 07:34 PM
I submited it to the doenetwork and they said they were submiting it to the match panel. Does anybody knows what this means?

CarlK90245
11-26-2009, 11:29 PM
I was going over this old thread, and it appears nobody actually called this in as a possible match, although others suggested that someone call it in.

Unidentified Female killed by shotgun blast to the head during a failed home invasion. Two accomplices were arrested, and claim that they picked her up at a rest stop and did not know her.
http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/607uftn.html
http://www.knoxsheriff.org/content/view/152/44/

Martha Leanne Green
http://www.find-missing-children.org/Posters/poster329.htm
http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/g/green_martha.html

The one thing that strikes me is that Martha's eyebrows are unusually full for a female, and they are a precise match to those on the Jane Doe. They also have similar face shapes, noses, and wavy hair. Jane Doe was approximately 5'5", and the Charley Project lists Martha as 5'6" (although the find-missing-children.org poster lists her as 5'8"). Martha and Jane Doe are both listed at (or about) 120 lbs.

I envision a scenario in which the two "accomplices" kidnapped her and forced her to assist them in the home invasion. When she was killed by the homeowner, the "accomplices" did not want to admit to having kidnapped her, but instead concocted a story about meeting her at a rest-stop.

The negatives that I can see are the suspected perp who "confessed" to her murder, but was unable to lead authorities to a body, and the medical hardware in the ankle of Jane Doe and the initials "BH" tattooed on her arm, none of which are mentioned in Martha's profile. Also, Jane Doe is estimated to be a bit older and her hair is a little lighter in color. None of these negatives are necessarily exclusionary.

Does anyone know if this possible match has ever been called in or resolved?

I would be glad to call it in if no-one else has.

dogperson
04-05-2010, 03:14 PM
You know what's funny about this is her picture reminded me of a girl I went to high school with in Virginia. I got out my yearbook and found her and her name was Martha. However, the dates don't match up because she was already at my school in 1985 so it couldn't be her. Weird coincidence. I was about to run off on a wild goose chase until I noticed the date discrepancy. Another weird coincidence was that the area in Virginia where she lived was not really all that far away from the area in Tennessee where she disappeared. But it can't be her because of the dates.

DicksonGirl
05-12-2010, 01:23 AM
Very good point. I suppose that by keeping the story in the public eye we may someday have someone decide to come forward with actual info about the case.

In the meantime I wonder if anyone actually saw her with her brother when they stopped for gas. If she was not really with him at that point it would be easy to pull in to a gas station and buy gas and then go back to the car a moment and then come back inside the gas station/convenience store and act worried and say your sister disappeared. Everyone gets excited looking for an evil abductor that was never really there, and some criminal sitting in jail decides he wants some outings so he "confesses" to the crime but needs several trips to lead investigators to the body but he can never quite manage to find the body. And in all the hubub no one thinks to check back to where she was last seen by witnesses, other than her brother.

Too bad no one has mentioned any security pics or tape of them where they bought gas.

She could just be a runaway too.

I don't think Elvis and his UFO buds got her but there are actually people out there who believe such things are happening.

Maybe the man that confessed to killing her actually did the crime and was only toying with L.E. before someday revealing the location of the body. He would need to have known something about herself or her body that only family would know to make that very believable, otherwise its just another wild story by an inmate who wants to play.

i know a little about the story even though i was only a small child when this took place leann and her brother was drivin on hwy 46 when the car ran out of gas her brother walked to the gas station up the road about a half mile and when he returned she was missing the police reports also say that there was fresh crashes on the side going to the end like maybe her pants button crashed it i know that her family was completely out of the question due to the fact her brother was in the gas station and the rest was together i will try to find more info on the since i do live in dickson and can get into public record....she didnt run away she was taken they thought she was taken by a truck driver due to a truck stop was right across the hwy

parakeet
12-05-2010, 03:55 PM
Can somebody tell me what sort of graphic the morgue photo is before I look at it? is it cut up, blown apart graphic; decomposed graphic, or both? Or is it called graphic cause its an obviously dead person without 'life' edited into the eyes? TIA.

Patience
04-30-2011, 12:09 AM
Any updates on this case of Martha Leanne Green of White Bluff, Tennessee who went missing on April 15th, 1987? Was the possible match mentioned in this thread ever called in?

bflocket
08-02-2011, 01:22 PM
I looked at online maps to see the area. Included link to googlemaps that shows three routes they could have took from the Holiday Inn to White Bluff:
2 Mile Rd to White Bluff, TN - Google Maps

The "Old Columbia Rd" route is one that would've taken them past the truck stop. Whichever route they took, they must've ran out of gas just after she was picked up. The truck stop (if it was in the same location as today) was just across the I-40 exit from the Holiday Inn.
(**I thought the link I included would be an actual link to google, but it was an embedded map. It only highlights the "shortest route" and not the Old Columbia Rd one. The shortest one doesn't even pass the truck stop, which is why I thought they'd take the other way. Sorry**)

I guess a large truck stop could've had security cameras back then, but most places in my area didn't. Rural Tennessee shouldn't have been much different from rural Kentucky. Around here today, I know of many businesses that have "dummy" cameras that mainly are there just to scare shoplifters into thinking they're being watched. So I don't think there were ever any good pics/video that could've helped the investigation

JBanks
09-29-2011, 08:33 PM
This incident happened about a couple miles from where I grew up, and although I didn't know her personally, she was a friend of the family. as far as the location, please keep in mind, this happened about a mile from interstate 40 on hwy 46. In 1987 there was no need for the video recordings at gas stations where this incident took place, it was a different time then. I have followed this case for many many years and can tell you without a doubt she was no runaway. At the same time I can only speculate as to what actually happened.

What was the age of this brother (obviously, at least 16)?
** They were twins

Did they run out of gas along the highway or did they actually pull into a gas station?
**They ran out of gas shortly after her brothers picked her up from work. It was also a downpour at the time.

If they pulled into a gas station for gas, let's think about that one. I have never pumped gas at a station where the pumps were not visible from the clerk's counter and almost the entire store. HMMMM?
**They didn't pull into the gas station, they ran out of gas on highway 46.

9:00 pm is not an ungodly hour in any place. Someone had to have been around buying gas too or a gallon of milk or whatever....
**This was a gas station not a grocery store, they didn't sell that type of stuff. If i remember correctly at that specific gas station, you would be lucky if they had soda and chips, but definatly nothing else. There was a Gas + Grocery store just down the road though, so this particular gas station was not at all a busy one.

This sounds very UNinvestigated to me!
**I agree

Richard
10-01-2011, 08:14 PM
JBanks,

Welcome to Websleuths. And thanks for the additional information on this case.

Richard
04-25-2014, 10:38 AM
Bumping this case up. It has been 27 years since Martha went missing.

There have been some previous attempts to match her case with those of some others. Has anyone heard how those turned out?

tarabull
11-06-2014, 01:05 AM
:bump:

Where is Martha?

62893

http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/25969324/martha-leanne-green