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mysteriew
05-07-2005, 11:51 PM
After two years, Alameda County Sheriff's investigators still don't know the name of the dead girl buried in the grave decorated with flowers and an angel sculpture. They don't know where she lived, why she died, or who killed her.

Dudek and about 20 other investigators and community members gathered Thursday at Lone Tree Cemetery to remember Jane Doe, a young girl whose body was found May 1, 2003 in a green canvas bag in the parking lot of a Castro Valley coffee shop.

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/11579322.htm

mysteriew
05-29-2005, 10:34 PM
Alameda County sheriff's Sgt. Scott Dudek goes to work each day and waits for the phone to ring. He hopes the call will be the one that resolves the most vexing case in his career -- the death and dumping two years ago of an adolescent girl, known only as Jane Doe, outside a Castro Valley restaurant.

So far it's been a series of dead ends: The caller who said he may have talked to the killer as he was leaving the restaurant. The mothers of missing girls in Mexico who submitted DNA but none of it matched Jane Doe's.

Now Dudek hopes that the latest twist, a necklace and another item left last week at the girl's grave in Hayward, may lead to a name for the girl and to her killer.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/05/29/BAGV7D0J7O1.DTL

monkalup
05-30-2005, 11:22 AM
I wonder what makes them think the necklace is significant? could be just a tribute from another child?

mysteriew
06-20-2005, 05:31 PM
Authorities today will announce the posting of a $50,000 reward for information leading an arrest and conviction in the slaying of a girl whose body was found dumped behind a Castro Valley restaurant two years ago.

The Castro Valley Jane Doe, a brown-haired girl believed to be of mixed race, was 12 to 17 years old, about 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighed 110 pounds.

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/crime_courts/11941433.htm

PonderingThings
01-07-2006, 12:06 PM
http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/410ufca.html (http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/410ufca.html)

http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/images/410UFCA3.jpghttp://www.doenetwork.us/cases/images/410UFCA6.jpg

Unidentified Biracial Female

* The victim was discovered on May 1, 2003 in Castro Valley, Alameda County, California
* Estimated Date of Death: almost 2 weeks
* Cause of Death: Asphyxiation by Strangulation
* Partially Decomposed

Vital Statistics

* Estimated age: 14 - 18 years old
* Approximate Height and Weight: 5'1"; 110 lbs.
* Distinguishing Characteristics: Long, wavy brown hair worn in butterfly clip. Ears single pierced. No scars or tattoos. She had never had a baby. Her bones showed she was a mix of races.
* Dentals: She has nearly perfect teeth.
* Clothing: Shirt with Tommy Sports across middle, primarily red with a blue and white chest area, blue with yellow and black plaid flannel pajama pants and light colored socks. Medium-size Gold hoop earrings etched with a cross-cross or "Roped" pattern.
* Fingerprints: Available
* DNA: Available

http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/images/410UFCA2.jpg

PonderingThings
01-07-2006, 12:14 PM
http://www.insidebayarea.com/localnews/ci_3380355

Excerpts:

'48 Hours' aims to help ID Jane Doe

CASTRO VALLEY — In the 31 months since the body of a young girl who would become known as "Castro Valley Jane Doe" was found behind a popular restaurant, Alameda County sheriff's Sgt. Scott Dudek has worked tirelessly to solve the case.
Since April, Dudek has poured dozens of hours into helping producers of the television news magazine and "48 Hours" correspondent Harold Dow prepare for the hourlong segment.

Dudek cannot help but hope the show will generate leads that have so far eluded investigators.

"They've got the No. 1 viewership," Dudek said. "And they're devoting the entire show to the case. They were also given permission to flash up phone numbers that people can call. We're going to be nationwide, and that should be huge for us."

Dudek, however, is hoping to get a break after "48 Hours Mysteries" airs a national segment on the unsolved murder at 10 p.m. today on CBS (KPIX-Channel 5 in the Bay Area).


Note: The Doe Network states the estimated age as 14-18, this article states it as 12-17. Hopefully someone will recognise her from school, or the neighborhood http://www.websleuths.com/forums/images/smilies/confused.gif She had a home after all, she was found in pyjamas!

PonderingThings
01-07-2006, 01:35 PM
The investigating officer has obviously put in a lot of effort in trying to identify this young girl. I did a check on www.missingkids.org and had an original list of 10 possibilities. Subsequent google searches led me to websites that listed more information about the disappearances, or information about tattoos, etc., that eliminated them from my list.

The only one I have left is:

http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/images/410UFCA6.jpghttp://www.missingkids.com/photographs/NCMC954254c1t.jpg
Karen Jamileth Giron Molina

http://www.nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/molina_karen.html
Karen is listed as 1" shorter and listed as having black hair. Missing since January 21, 2003 from Goldsboro, NC

talelights
01-07-2006, 09:20 PM
Sure looks like the photo of Karen Jamileth Giron Molina to me... I can't help but wonder myself?

I think "she" has been on America's Most Wanted a couple of times and no hits. This show goes international tonight, perhaps someone in the world will know her and bring her home.

PonderingThings
01-07-2006, 09:24 PM
Unfortunately I won't get to see the show. I hope someone that sees it will let us know how good it is.

I agree with you talelight... let someone recognise her and bring her home!

anthrobones
01-07-2006, 10:38 PM
Age range from the show is 14-17.

She has European traits, but also some Asian/Native American (based on the skull).

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/01/04/48hours/main1177093.shtml

Basically the above sums all of it up.

PonderingThings
01-08-2006, 01:54 PM
Thank you Anthrobones for that link! Very informative and http://www.websleuths.com/forums/images/smilies/woohoo.giffor the nod and appreciation for Doe Network volunteer Ellen Leach!

I found this particularly interesting:
"So police have been keeping an eye on her grave to see who might be drawn to visit her. And one day it paid off: they found an intriguing clue.

A necklace and a note were found on Jane Doe's headstone. "The note was actually strung through the necklace, so it was attached to it. 'God loves you, it’s OK, baby girl, Jim is paying for what he did to you,'" says Dudek.

Sgt. Dudek hopes that DNA and fingerprint tests on those items will provide some answers. But it will take weeks, perhaps months, to find a match and he doesn’t want to waste any time."

Wow... could Jane Doe's killer really be named Jim? Who left the note? Or is it something else?

When I first saw the sculpture I thought she looked like she was Native...

anthrobones
01-08-2006, 02:08 PM
I will try to summarize the show enough so you know about the girl, but the link I provided in the prior post basically goes over the entire show.

Show said she was stuffed in a trash bag, which was found behind a restaurant. She had a rag in her throat.
She was asphyxiated.
She was dead for approximately 10 days.
They have fingerprints.
5'1", ~110 lbs, early teens
Good health, good teeth
Tommy Hilfiger outfit was a fake (wasn't really TH brand)
The community decided to save money to have her buried.

I'll take this directly from the site, so it will be straightforward:

"Then investigators got a clue: an anonymous letter in the mail.

The letter writer claimed to have seen someone get “something from the trunk” of a car and dump it into the very same bushes where the body was found.

"We asked this person to come forward and we would keep him anonymous," says Dudek. "However unfortunately he chose not to come forward at that point.”

This potential witness admitted in the letter that he was reluctant to come forward because he himself had been in that parking lot “waiting for a married girlfriend.”

Dudek says the person is a huge witness. "He’s got to make the decision and do the right thing.”

Age is 14 to 17.
Many features (from the skull) are European, but she has some features of Asian or Native American origin.

They mentioned Doe Network. One woman (I don't know if she posts her) searches missing persons to try to find a match with Jane Doe.

Then they started discussing another case in which a facial reconstruction done by Frank Bender was matched by this woman (Ellen Leach is her name) from a missing persons report online.


More from the written site of the show:

"But her identity is only one part of the mystery. Why, after two years, has no one claimed her? Detectives have a theory: that someone out there knows exactly who she is and what happened to her but the person is too afraid to come forward.

So police have been keeping an eye on her grave to see who might be drawn to visit her. And one day it paid off: they found an intriguing clue.

A necklace and a note were found on Jane Doe's headstone. "The note was actually strung through the necklace, so it was attached to it. 'God loves you, it’s OK, baby girl, Jim is paying for what he did to you,'" says Dudek.

Sgt. Dudek hopes that DNA and fingerprint tests on those items will provide some answers. But it will take weeks, perhaps months, to find a match and he doesn’t want to waste any time."
Leach thought she found a match for Jane Doe (they didn't mention the name of the little girl, but she was from California. I couldn't see the name good--but they showed Leach's computer screen with the photo of the girl's Doe Network (i think it was Doe and not Charley Project..) profile on it.

PonderingThings
01-08-2006, 02:29 PM
They also mention a stunning match, of a girl from Texas, that was ruled out with DNA. I believe I came across her in my original 10. She was my "hot lead", until I read on another site that she has tattoos - Jane Doe has none.
http://www.nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/flores_zulma.html

anthrobones
01-08-2006, 02:43 PM
Does Ellen post here? I wonder if she could post the names/links of the missing girls that were ruled out to save the rest of us from searching those same files for now.

PonderingThings
01-08-2006, 02:47 PM
I have no idea if Ellen posts here. I am not a Doe Network member. I do think it was cool of the TV show to tip the hat in the direction of "armchair detectives" like Ellen... and you and me!

PonderingThings
01-08-2006, 03:05 PM
http://www.nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/lebron_bianca.html


http://www.nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/images/lebron_bianca1.jpghttp://www.doenetwork.us/cases/images/410UFCA6.jpghttp://www.nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/images/lebron_bianca_AP.jpg
Left Bianca age 10-Center Jane Doe-Right Bianca Aged Progress to Age 12

Bianca, aged 10, was abducted from school in November 2001 by a non family member she referred to as an "uncle".

A man named Jason was arrested, and although the family was aquainted with him, and he had a friend who owned a similiar van as the one Bianca was abducted in, he was never arrested for her disappearance. He also looked a lot like the sketch of the abductor:
http://www.nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/images/lebron_suspect.jpg


1. Bianca would have been 12 years old in 2003 when Jane Doe was found. This age matches the original age range, but not the revised age range.

2. Bianca is supposed to have a very small mole in the center of her forehead. Its not visible on either photo so I'm wondering if it might have been not visible on Jane Doe (as there was some decomposition).

3. Bianca had brown hair, so does Jane Doe. This is the only stat we can use as Bianca's height would have changed in the 2 years she was missing.

4. If Bianca was abducted is it possible she was brought to California, from Connecticut?

5. SPECULATION: Is Jason the "Jim" mentioned in the note? Did he kill her because authorities were getting closer to figuring out his part in the abduction?

6. I believe the age progression photo of Bianca looks startlingly like Jane Doe.








For some basic Bianca's case go to:
http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26&highlight=lebron

For an indepth article about Bianca's disappearance go to:
http://www.crimelibrary.com/missing_children/bianca_lebron.html

jodierenee
01-08-2006, 03:37 PM
that Bianca Lebron sure does look like her...creepy!


other possible matches:

Brittany Celistino Jimenez Antunes
http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=950930&orgPrefix=NCMC&seqNum=1&caseLang=en_US&searchLang=en_US

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/a/antunes_brittany.html

PonderingThings
01-08-2006, 03:47 PM
http://www.nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/antunes_brittany.html
http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/images/410UFCA6.jpghttp://www.nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/images/antunes_brittany.jpg
Jane Doe on left, Brittany on right

Brittany Celestino Jimenez Antunes

Everything fits on this match jodierenee!

PonderingThings
01-09-2006, 07:52 PM
I came across this photo, with a sketch of her in the background. Thought I'd post it as it might be helpful to someone.

I still think Jodierenee's suggestion is worth calling in!

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/Issues/2003-11-19/news/cityside.1.gif

jodierenee
01-10-2006, 12:24 AM
well i emailed the Visalia Police Dept (where Brittany is from)
I tried to find the email for the Alameda County Sheriff's Dept but every time I open up the homepage, it closes on me. For some reason I am reluctant to call...i feel like they will think i'm stupid or just brush me off! Someone else is welcome to call though...

jodierenee
01-10-2006, 12:27 AM
I have been posting on this thread on the Cold Cases forum.


What do you guys think about this girl being a possible match?
Her name is Brittany Antunes.

http://www.nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/antunes_brittany.html

Here is the Jane Doe's Doe Network profile.

http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/410ufca.html

Everything seems to match up.......

Kelly
01-10-2006, 12:38 AM
The clothing doesn't match, but that doesn't mean anything given the time frame. She defintely looks similar.

hoppyfrog
01-10-2006, 12:45 AM
I have been posting on this thread on the Cold Cases forum.


What do you guys think about this girl being a possible match?
Her name is Brittany Antunes.

http://www.nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/antunes_brittany.html

Here is the Jane Doe's Doe Network profile.

http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/410ufca.html

Everything seems to match up.......
It really does. Are you going to contact the doe network?

babydust2004
01-10-2006, 05:59 AM
I found this particularly interesting:
"So police have been keeping an eye on her grave to see who might be drawn to visit her. And one day it paid off: they found an intriguing clue.

A necklace and a note were found on Jane Doe's headstone. "The note was actually strung through the necklace, so it was attached to it. 'God loves you, it’s OK, baby girl, Jim is paying for what he did to you,'" says Dudek.

..
this makes me wonder if her mother knew something happened to her and who she is but is afraid to go to the police and maybe was never reported missing.

babydust2004
01-10-2006, 06:08 AM
here is a missing girl in the right time frame and right race possibly but height is a little off

http://www.nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/akerley_amber.html

PonderingThings
01-10-2006, 04:07 PM
Jodierenee I do understand where you are coming from, I too tried to find an email and I couldn't. I also tried to find a crimestoppers set up there, where an email could be sent, and I couldn't.

I am also trying to monitor new articles for any updates from the TV show... but these things take time.

I'm glad you emailed the police department that is taking care of Brittany's case! At least the possible connection has been reported.

All these reported missing people, in theory, have already been checked against the Jane Doe through automated computer verifications. It is most likely that Brittany has been checked out - but on the off chance that a glitch happened I don't have any problem looking like a nut... I will tell the investigators what I think, present the reason why, then let them decide if its worth pursueing.

I think I'm going to wait for at least a month, to see if anything developed from the TV show. Then, if I haven't heard anything, I will mail a letter to Sargent Dudek inviting him to this thread to see what we have come up with. I find giving a web address just too difficult over the telephone.

PonderingThings
01-10-2006, 04:09 PM
Babydust I'm very curious about what you found... I'm not ignoring you... will be back a bit later to check it out.

gardenmom
01-10-2006, 04:31 PM
I went to Doe network and copied down the names of mising persons that they are discussing as possible matches. Some have been submitted, and other's shot down. Only one, Yuliana Excudero has been ruled out by DNA.

Jeanette Steffani Castro
Erin Kay Pospisil
Guadalupe Lezama
Brittany Celestino Jiminez Antunes
Joaquina Aguilar
Crinina del Rosario Ventura Zaragoza
Amy Ruth Johnson
Crystal Rodriquez
Brinanna Lopez
Judith Guadalupe Almeida
Elyssa Marie Vasquez

Go sign up at Doe for more info. I found these on the potential match forum.

PonderingThings
01-10-2006, 04:38 PM
Gardenmom thank you for that information!

For me, personally, I am a HUGE fan of the Doe Network. I appreciate them sharing the information they've compiled. Also, I've sent them a couple of emails and they have been VERY gracious.

I have reservations about becoming a member though. If it means I have to look silly and submit a suggestion that has been submitted 1000 times before, I'm ok with that, as the information is not readily available. I think its a waste of law enforcements time, but that is the only option available to the "public" at the moment.

PonderingThings
01-10-2006, 06:37 PM
http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/images/410UFCA6.jpghttp://www.missingkids.com/photographs/NCMC961720c1t.jpg
Jane Doe on left, Amber Lace Akerley on right

I too originally had Amber on my preliminary list.
I took her off my list for 3 reasons:

1. Amber is listed as 2" taller (this is a minor discrepancy to me)

2. Amber had a pierced tongue and a scar on her head. Jane Doe had no scars that they could find and no pierced tongue was mentioned. Unfortunately we don't know how far along the decomposition was - perhaps these two identifiers were not possible to see?

3. There is mention of Amber's pierced tongue in her description, but no mention of pierced ears. Amber's photo does not show earrings. Jane Doe had pierced ears.

3. Amber Disappeared on April 10th, Jane Doe's death was estimated at Mid April-which means, if this was Amber she'd have to travel from Minnesota and meet her demise when she arrived in California. Its possible, but it just seems to be a very tight timeline.

babydust2004 please note that the above is just what I thought - I could be very wrong!


Additional comments:
Also, if her killer was travelling with her, why dump her body in a populated area where there is someone to see you do it? Why not go into an isolated area - which is not too hard to find. Of course, it is possible that Jane Doe was just passing through and met someone from that area.

If the note is real I think "Jim" lives in the area (even a few towns over) - even though Jane Doe might not have. Perhaps the person who left the note does not know Jane's identity, but does know who killed her? The garbage bag, in a restaurant dumpster, in a closed restaurant's parking lot says "I know this place" to me... but that's me.

gardenmom
01-10-2006, 10:20 PM
Gardenmom thank you for that information!

For me, personally, I am a HUGE fan of the Doe Network. I appreciate them sharing the information they've compiled. Also, I've sent them a couple of emails and they have been VERY gracious.

I have reservations about becoming a member though. If it means I have to look silly and submit a suggestion that has been submitted 1000 times before, I'm ok with that, as the information is not readily available. I think its a waste of law enforcements time, but that is the only option available to the "public" at the moment.
I don't think you would feel "silly". I think you would feel like you were trying to do the right thing, and possible help someone find the answers they so desperately need. The way it works is you submit a form to the Doe Network panel. They vote on whether or not to submit it to law enforcment. There are people there who can tell you reasons not to submit it, like dates being off, etc. They may also know if it's already been looked into or ruled out. They are the ones who submit it on your behalf.
I was also reluctant to join because it says something like "volunteer", and I was afraid of what I would be getting into. However, it is not like that unless you want it to be. Meanwhile, you can do searches like the one I did to help you with your search. No pressure.

gardenmom
01-10-2006, 10:23 PM
http://www.nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/antunes_brittany.html
http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/images/410UFCA6.jpghttp://www.nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/images/antunes_brittany.jpg
Jane Doe on left, Brittany on right

Brittany Celestino Jimenez Antunes

Everything fits on this match jodierenee!

Did you notice on this one that part of her name is "Jim"enez? Could be a clue.

Yaya
01-11-2006, 08:41 AM
Gardenmom

How long does it take to be notified of membership with Doe Network?

PonderingThings
01-11-2006, 07:28 PM
Did you notice on this one that part of her name is "Jim"enez? Could be a clue.
Wow Gardenmom that is so cool. I never noticed it!

It does make me wonder if the note is actually as written, in clear handwriting, or if it had to be deciphered?

'God loves you, it’s OK, baby girl, Jim is paying for what he did to you,'" says Dudek.
Maybe it actually read something like - "God loves you, it's OK, baby girl. Jim, he's paying for what he did to you" - just speculating beyond the available information.....

Its amazing what punctuation and changing one word will do!

Ms Suzanne
01-12-2006, 06:36 PM
Hi
Was Amanda Marie Berry ruled out as this Jane Doe?Did they look into her?

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/b/berry_amanda.html

suzanne

Yaya
01-12-2006, 07:56 PM
Hi
Was Amanda Marie Berry ruled out as this Jane Doe?Did they look into her?
http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/b/berry_amanda.html

Suzanne,
The Jane Doe had no scars or tattoos. Your girl, Berry has a surgical scar on her lower abdomen. I don't think they would have checked based on this fact alone.

Ms Suzanne
01-12-2006, 09:05 PM
Hi
Yeah,it doesn't sound like her.

Suzanne

gardenmom
01-12-2006, 10:42 PM
Gardenmom

How long does it take to be notified of membership with Doe Network?
It was pretty quick, maybe 2-3 days.

Yaya
01-13-2006, 12:14 PM
It was pretty quick, maybe 2-3 days.Thanks GardenMom,

I don't think my application went through the first time. I got a page that talked about a free ipod... :waitasec:

I redone the app. just a few minutes ago and it went through this time. The next page that came up said your app. has been received. :)

I am glad you suggested joining. I have been thinking about it for a long time. I'm on the site almost everyday for atleast a few hours. Becoming a member will allow me to better manage my time on the site... if I know who has been ruled out as a match.

Ms Suzanne
01-13-2006, 06:27 PM
Hi
It would be great to see you there.I go on there alot looking for possible matches to my sister and other unidentified people.They are good people.

suzanne

PrayersForMaura
01-13-2006, 06:34 PM
Do you have to join for them to answer you?

I have sent multiple matches of people before and they never write me back. I get very disappointed :(

PonderingThings
01-13-2006, 06:45 PM
PrayersForMaura I am not a member, but have sent a few emails to the Doe Network through their person who handles non member match submissions.

The email is moblen.doenetwork.us@gmail.com

Always a quick response. Always helpful & polite. Very nice person.

I don't expect, nor do I think I've ever received an answer about their findings though.

PonderingThings
01-13-2006, 06:46 PM
Does anyone else have any other suggestions as to who Jane Doe is?

Ms Suzanne
01-13-2006, 08:09 PM
Hi
I put in a match on the Doe network.I think she is Mirna Lisseth Sorto

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/s/sorto_mirna.html

I feel she matches and looks like this sketch of her and her discription fits.

http://www.theyaremissed.org/ncma/gallery/ncmaprofile_all.php?C200300178S


I also wanted to add the regular shirt with the pajama pants are worn out by teenagers even today in the Maryland.Virginia,D.C area(This a fashion statement)

suzanne

PonderingThings
01-13-2006, 08:42 PM
http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/images/410UFCA6.jpghttp://www.charleyproject.org/images/s/sorto_mirna.jpg
Jane Doe on left, Mirna Lisseth Sorto on right

Mirna Lisseth Sorto

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

# Missing Since: March 10, 2003 from Rockville, Maryland
# Classification: Endangered Runaway
# Date Of Birth: January 18, 1987
# Age: 16 years old
# Height and Weight: 5'1, 100 pounds
# Distinguishing Characteristics: Black hair, brown eyes.

Suzanne great sleuthing! Mirna does look like Jane Doe, the timing matches, and all the stats match except for the brown hair/black hair discrepancy - and that might be an interpretation error.

I searched some other sites for Mirna and although I found a few, they all have the same information. There is no mention of pierced ears, and the larger photos of Mirna don't show pierced ears, but that doesn't mean she didn't have them.

Please let us know what the Doe Network thinks.

On the one hand it would be wonderful if Jane Doe is identified, on the other hand it is so sad for the families involved.... http://www.websleuths.com/forums/images/smilies/frown.gif

Ms Suzanne
01-13-2006, 09:01 PM
Hi

ok,thankyou.I agree it is very hard for the families.If she if found there will be some sort of closure.

Suzanne

Hope
01-17-2006, 12:31 PM
Jodierenee, I spoke with the detective's office in Alameda regarding Jane Doe and Brittany Celestino Jimenez Antunes. They have already ruled her out based on dentals. Keep trying.

jodierenee
03-01-2006, 06:51 PM
OK it wasn't Brittany Antunes...she was ruled out based on dentals.

back to square one.

i think it's someone in the CA area for sure, since someone that knew her took the time to go visit her grave and leave the necklace and note.

I just wonder why someone won't come forward with her identity...maybe because they're in this country illegally?

gardenmom
04-07-2006, 09:25 PM
Bump!!

jodierenee
07-12-2006, 03:46 AM
here are some more possible matches

Let me know wha you guys think!

Claudia Gonzales Campos (http://mx.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=69POV98&orgPrefix=MXDF&seqNum=1&caseLang=es_MX&searchLang=es_MX)


Claudia Paredes (my personal favorite of them all) (http://mx.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=119POV99&orgPrefix=MXDF&seqNum=1&caseLang=es_MX&searchLang=es_MX)


Bernice Alvarado (http://mx.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=31MERF99&orgPrefix=MXDF&seqNum=1&caseLang=es_MX&searchLang=es_MX)


Naliby Hernandez (http://mx.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=270406PGR1&orgPrefix=MXDF&seqNum=1&caseLang=es_MX&searchLang=es_MX)


Silvia Ortiz (http://mx.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=ueitmio031204&orgPrefix=MXDF&seqNum=1&caseLang=es_MX&searchLang=es_MX)

jodierenee
07-12-2006, 03:48 AM
here are some more possible matches

Let me know wha you guys think!

Claudia Gonzales Campos (http://mx.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=69POV98&orgPrefix=MXDF&seqNum=1&caseLang=es_MX&searchLang=es_MX)


Claudia Paredes (http://mx.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=119POV99&orgPrefix=MXDF&seqNum=1&caseLang=es_MX&searchLang=es_MX)


Bernice Alvarado (http://mx.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=31MERF99&orgPrefix=MXDF&seqNum=1&caseLang=es_MX&searchLang=es_MX)


Naliby Hernandez (http://mx.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=270406PGR1&orgPrefix=MXDF&seqNum=1&caseLang=es_MX&searchLang=es_MX)


Silvia Ortiz (http://mx.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=ueitmio031204&orgPrefix=MXDF&seqNum=1&caseLang=es_MX&searchLang=es_MX)

Bobbisangel
07-12-2006, 03:57 AM
OK it wasn't Brittany Antunes...she was ruled out based on dentals.

back to square one.

i think it's someone in the CA area for sure, since someone that knew her took the time to go visit her grave and leave the necklace and note.

I just wonder why someone won't come forward with her identity...maybe because they're in this country illegally?



What did the note say...do you know? Did it talk like the writer knew the girl?
Why in the world hasn't someone looked for this girl. She doesn't look that old. They should put her picture on AMW to see if someone recognizes her.

jodierenee
07-12-2006, 04:01 AM
A necklace and a note were found on Jane Doe's headstone. "The note was actually strung through the necklace, so it was attached to it. 'God loves you, it’s OK, baby girl, Jim is paying for what he did to you,'" says Dudek.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/01/04/48hours/main1177093_page6.shtm (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/01/04/48hours/main1177093_page6.shtml)l

anthrobones
09-02-2006, 10:53 PM
Bumping up post.

laini
09-03-2006, 12:30 AM
here are some more possible matches

Let me know wha you guys think!

Claudia Gonzales Campos (http://mx.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=69POV98&orgPrefix=MXDF&seqNum=1&caseLang=es_MX&searchLang=es_MX)


Claudia Paredes (http://mx.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=119POV99&orgPrefix=MXDF&seqNum=1&caseLang=es_MX&searchLang=es_MX)


Bernice Alvarado (http://mx.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=31MERF99&orgPrefix=MXDF&seqNum=1&caseLang=es_MX&searchLang=es_MX)


Naliby Hernandez (http://mx.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=270406PGR1&orgPrefix=MXDF&seqNum=1&caseLang=es_MX&searchLang=es_MX)


Silvia Ortiz (http://mx.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=ueitmio031204&orgPrefix=MXDF&seqNum=1&caseLang=es_MX&searchLang=es_MX)

Jodierenee,
those look good for possible matches. (I wish I could read teh pages in Spanish.)

jodierenee
09-08-2006, 08:19 PM
if you go to altavista.com there is a free translator there on the main page. Just copy and paste and it translates for you!

2luvmy
09-10-2006, 11:05 AM
I couldn't find a thread on this...sorry if there is one. This story originally aired on CBS in Jan. but they have done a reconstruction of this girl. I know we have some great sleuthers on here.

The Girl Next Door
Will Forensic Reconstruction Help ID Nameless Murder Victim?
http://wwwimage.cbsnews.com/images/2006/01/04/image1177030g.jpg

A teenager is found murdered in a relatively peaceful area of northern California, her body dumped behind a restaurant. A search for the victim's identity comes up empty but police won't give up in their quest to give the girl her name back.

Will a forensic reconstruction of the victim's face lead investigators to a much-needed breakthrough?

“It haunts me a lot. I think it haunts everybody that has worked on this case,” says Sgt. Scott Dudek of the Alameda County Sheriff's office.

Like any good homicide detective, Sgt. Dudek can sometimes get a little obsessed with his cases. But there’s one case that troubles him more than any other.

A 22-year veteran of the Alameda County Sheriff’s department in northern California, Dudek had solved his share of gruesome crimes. But murders are rare in the suburban community of Castro Valley.

“It’s a beautiful community. It’s about 75,000 people, middle- to upper middle-class mostly. Not a lot of crime; not a lot of violent crime especially,” Sgt. Dudek explains.

So what he saw the night of May 1, 2003, was especially shocking, even to a seasoned detective: the body of a young girl, murdered, stuffed into a trash bag, and discarded behind a restaurant.

The body was left behind a tree by a cyclone fence. "She had been dead for about 10 days so it was fairly well decomposed," says Dudek.

Marie
09-10-2006, 11:46 AM
This is posted in Cold Cases, but I don't know the title or link. I believe she has a knickname - Castro Valley Jane Doe?

Marie
09-10-2006, 12:27 PM
Here it is Unidentified Female-Died April 2003-Age 14-18 California (http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34671)

jodierenee
09-10-2006, 03:04 PM
Here is another thread. I had posted some possible matches on this thread.

http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23100&highlight=castro+valley

molly
11-09-2006, 06:30 PM
I found this today. It looks like her family didn't know she was missing. They also have a person of interest. The story and his picture are at the below site. God Bless Adriana.


http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/11/09/BAGNJM99D81.DTL&hw=jane+doe&sn=001&sc=1000

CASTRO VALLEY
Jane Doe at restaurant now has a first name
'Person of interest' believed to be in Southern California

More than three years after the crime, investigators said Wednesday they've discovered the first name of the young Jane Doe whose body was dumped behind a Castro Valley restaurant -- Adriana or Ariana.

Alameda County sheriff's investigators expressed optimism that they would soon confirm her identity and locate a "person of interest" in her slaying -- a former restaurant worker who may have been romantically linked to her and has fled the Bay Area.

"Obviously, we're a lot closer than we were, but we're not there yet," said sheriff's Sgt. Scott Dudek. "We've had peaks and valleys throughout this investigation, and absolutely this is a huge peak for us. By no means are we in a celebratory state."

Dudek said investigators want to question Miguel Angel Nunez-Castaneda, 27, who once worked as a dishwasher at the Carrows Restaurant at 2723 Castro Valley Blvd. The girl's body was found in May 2003, stuffed in a green canvas bag outside the establishment. She died of asphyxiation from a rag pushed down her throat, the Alameda County coroner said.

Dudek said Nunez-Castaneda may have been the slain girl's boyfriend or husband, adding that the two lived together for two to four weeks in April 2003 at a one-story cottage on Smalley Avenue in Hayward. The man last lived on West Sunset Boulevard. Both are from the Yahualica, Jalisco, region of Mexico, Dudek said, adding that a trip there by investigators is "inevitable."

Investigators learned of the girl's first name and Nunez-Castaneda's identity several months ago but waited until last week -- when he returned to the United States from his native Mexico -- to talk to him, Dudek said at a news conference. He did not disclose how investigators learned the girl's name and Nunez-Castaneda's identity.

They took his fingerprints and asked the man -- whom they knew only by the last name of Nunez at that point -- general questions before releasing him, Dudek said. It wasn't until Tuesday that authorities realized that his last name was Nunez-Castaneda and that he was in the country illegally, Dudek said.

Now they can't find him. He is not a suspect in her slaying at this point, Dudek said.

"We have a primary person of interest -- that's huge. There's no downplaying it. We're fairly confident that he has direct knowledge of this thing," Dudek said.

Nunez-Castaneda is believed to have fled to Southern California shortly before sheriff's deputies and federal immigration agents raided homes where he has lived on Smalley Avenue and West Sunset Boulevard in Hayward on Tuesday, Dudek said.

Somebody stuffed a rag down the girl's throat -- probably April 22 or 23, 2003 -- then put her body in a green canvas bag and dumped it behind Carrows, where her decomposing body was found on May 1, 2003. Nunez-Castaneda apparently left the United States for Mexico a day or two after the body was discovered, but at the time authorities had no reason to focus on him, Dudek said.

Investigators learned that the girl had babysat for neighbors on Smalley Avenue; she may have had relatives in the area, Dudek said. Those relatives didn't report the girl missing because they were told that she had returned to Mexico, Dudek said.

Some residents of Smalley Avenue remembered seeing the girl and Nunez-Castaneda together, Dudek said. The witnesses never came forward in 2003 because some were illegal immigrants who feared they would be deported, while others believed that the information they had wasn't relevant, Dudek said.

Jose Reyes, 31, whose brother Luis, 29, was arrested on suspicion of possessing false documents during the raids Tuesday, expressed shock Wednesday that Nunez-Castaneda, his former roommate on West Sunset Boulevard, was wanted for questioning. Nunez-Castaneda had also worked as a dishwasher at Lyon's restaurants in Castro Valley and Milpitas, Reyes said.

"He's a good guy. He was always on time for work," Reyes said. After the girl's body was found, Nunez-Castaneda remarked that he always swept the parking lot and didn't see anything, according to Reyes.

E-mail Henry K. Lee at hlee@sfchronicle.com.

molly
11-09-2006, 06:35 PM
I found this today. It looks like her family didn't know she was missing. They also have a person of interest. The story and his picture are at the below site. God Bless Adriana.


http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/artic...&sn=001&sc=1000 (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/11/09/BAGNJM99D81.DTL&hw=jane+doe&sn=001&sc=1000)

CASTRO VALLEY
Jane Doe at restaurant now has a first name
'Person of interest' believed to be in Southern California

More than three years after the crime, investigators said Wednesday they've discovered the first name of the young Jane Doe whose body was dumped behind a Castro Valley restaurant -- Adriana or Ariana.

Alameda County sheriff's investigators expressed optimism that they would soon confirm her identity and locate a "person of interest" in her slaying -- a former restaurant worker who may have been romantically linked to her and has fled the Bay Area.

"Obviously, we're a lot closer than we were, but we're not there yet," said sheriff's Sgt. Scott Dudek. "We've had peaks and valleys throughout this investigation, and absolutely this is a huge peak for us. By no means are we in a celebratory state."

Dudek said investigators want to question Miguel Angel Nunez-Castaneda, 27, who once worked as a dishwasher at the Carrows Restaurant at 2723 Castro Valley Blvd. The girl's body was found in May 2003, stuffed in a green canvas bag outside the establishment. She died of asphyxiation from a rag pushed down her throat, the Alameda County coroner said.

Dudek said Nunez-Castaneda may have been the slain girl's boyfriend or husband, adding that the two lived together for two to four weeks in April 2003 at a one-story cottage on Smalley Avenue in Hayward. The man last lived on West Sunset Boulevard. Both are from the Yahualica, Jalisco, region of Mexico, Dudek said, adding that a trip there by investigators is "inevitable."

Investigators learned of the girl's first name and Nunez-Castaneda's identity several months ago but waited until last week -- when he returned to the United States from his native Mexico -- to talk to him, Dudek said at a news conference. He did not disclose how investigators learned the girl's name and Nunez-Castaneda's identity.

They took his fingerprints and asked the man -- whom they knew only by the last name of Nunez at that point -- general questions before releasing him, Dudek said. It wasn't until Tuesday that authorities realized that his last name was Nunez-Castaneda and that he was in the country illegally, Dudek said.

Now they can't find him. He is not a suspect in her slaying at this point, Dudek said.

"We have a primary person of interest -- that's huge. There's no downplaying it. We're fairly confident that he has direct knowledge of this thing," Dudek said.

Nunez-Castaneda is believed to have fled to Southern California shortly before sheriff's deputies and federal immigration agents raided homes where he has lived on Smalley Avenue and West Sunset Boulevard in Hayward on Tuesday, Dudek said.

Somebody stuffed a rag down the girl's throat -- probably April 22 or 23, 2003 -- then put her body in a green canvas bag and dumped it behind Carrows, where her decomposing body was found on May 1, 2003. Nunez-Castaneda apparently left the United States for Mexico a day or two after the body was discovered, but at the time authorities had no reason to focus on him, Dudek said.

Investigators learned that the girl had babysat for neighbors on Smalley Avenue; she may have had relatives in the area, Dudek said. Those relatives didn't report the girl missing because they were told that she had returned to Mexico, Dudek said.

Some residents of Smalley Avenue remembered seeing the girl and Nunez-Castaneda together, Dudek said. The witnesses never came forward in 2003 because some were illegal immigrants who feared they would be deported, while others believed that the information they had wasn't relevant, Dudek said.

Jose Reyes, 31, whose brother Luis, 29, was arrested on suspicion of possessing false documents during the raids Tuesday, expressed shock Wednesday that Nunez-Castaneda, his former roommate on West Sunset Boulevard, was wanted for questioning. Nunez-Castaneda had also worked as a dishwasher at Lyon's restaurants in Castro Valley and Milpitas, Reyes said.

"He's a good guy. He was always on time for work," Reyes said. After the girl's body was found, Nunez-Castaneda remarked that he always swept the parking lot and didn't see anything, according to Reyes.

molly
11-09-2006, 06:38 PM
I found this today and tried posting under her thread but it was not showing up as new. It looks like her family didn't even know she was missing. They also have a person of interest. The story and his picture are at the below site. God Bless Adriana.


http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/artic...&sn=001&sc=1000 (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/11/09/BAGNJM99D81.DTL&hw=jane+doe&sn=001&sc=1000)

CASTRO VALLEY
Jane Doe at restaurant now has a first name
'Person of interest' believed to be in Southern California

More than three years after the crime, investigators said Wednesday they've discovered the first name of the young Jane Doe whose body was dumped behind a Castro Valley restaurant -- Adriana or Ariana.

Alameda County sheriff's investigators expressed optimism that they would soon confirm her identity and locate a "person of interest" in her slaying -- a former restaurant worker who may have been romantically linked to her and has fled the Bay Area.

"Obviously, we're a lot closer than we were, but we're not there yet," said sheriff's Sgt. Scott Dudek. "We've had peaks and valleys throughout this investigation, and absolutely this is a huge peak for us. By no means are we in a celebratory state."

Dudek said investigators want to question Miguel Angel Nunez-Castaneda, 27, who once worked as a dishwasher at the Carrows Restaurant at 2723 Castro Valley Blvd. The girl's body was found in May 2003, stuffed in a green canvas bag outside the establishment. She died of asphyxiation from a rag pushed down her throat, the Alameda County coroner said.

Dudek said Nunez-Castaneda may have been the slain girl's boyfriend or husband, adding that the two lived together for two to four weeks in April 2003 at a one-story cottage on Smalley Avenue in Hayward. The man last lived on West Sunset Boulevard. Both are from the Yahualica, Jalisco, region of Mexico, Dudek said, adding that a trip there by investigators is "inevitable."

Investigators learned of the girl's first name and Nunez-Castaneda's identity several months ago but waited until last week -- when he returned to the United States from his native Mexico -- to talk to him, Dudek said at a news conference. He did not disclose how investigators learned the girl's name and Nunez-Castaneda's identity.

They took his fingerprints and asked the man -- whom they knew only by the last name of Nunez at that point -- general questions before releasing him, Dudek said. It wasn't until Tuesday that authorities realized that his last name was Nunez-Castaneda and that he was in the country illegally, Dudek said.

Now they can't find him. He is not a suspect in her slaying at this point, Dudek said.

"We have a primary person of interest -- that's huge. There's no downplaying it. We're fairly confident that he has direct knowledge of this thing," Dudek said.

Nunez-Castaneda is believed to have fled to Southern California shortly before sheriff's deputies and federal immigration agents raided homes where he has lived on Smalley Avenue and West Sunset Boulevard in Hayward on Tuesday, Dudek said.

Somebody stuffed a rag down the girl's throat -- probably April 22 or 23, 2003 -- then put her body in a green canvas bag and dumped it behind Carrows, where her decomposing body was found on May 1, 2003. Nunez-Castaneda apparently left the United States for Mexico a day or two after the body was discovered, but at the time authorities had no reason to focus on him, Dudek said.

Investigators learned that the girl had babysat for neighbors on Smalley Avenue; she may have had relatives in the area, Dudek said. Those relatives didn't report the girl missing because they were told that she had returned to Mexico, Dudek said.

Some residents of Smalley Avenue remembered seeing the girl and Nunez-Castaneda together, Dudek said. The witnesses never came forward in 2003 because some were illegal immigrants who feared they would be deported, while others believed that the information they had wasn't relevant, Dudek said.

Jose Reyes, 31, whose brother Luis, 29, was arrested on suspicion of possessing false documents during the raids Tuesday, expressed shock Wednesday that Nunez-Castaneda, his former roommate on West Sunset Boulevard, was wanted for questioning. Nunez-Castaneda had also worked as a dishwasher at Lyon's restaurants in Castro Valley and Milpitas, Reyes said.

"He's a good guy. He was always on time for work," Reyes said. After the girl's body was found, Nunez-Castaneda remarked that he always swept the parking lot and didn't see anything, according to Reyes.

molly
11-09-2006, 06:43 PM
CASTRO VALLEY
'Person of interest' sought in death of unidentified girl
Deputies want to talk to former restaurant worker

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/11/08/BAGF4M85TH1.DTL&hw=jane+doe&sn=003&sc=783


More than three years after the body of a girl known simply as Jane Doe was found behind a Carrows Restaurant in Castro Valley, authorities identified a former restaurant worker Tuesday as a "person of interest" in the slaying and raided two homes.

Miguel Angel Nunez Castenada, 27, who once worked at the Carrows on Castro Valley Boulevard, is sought for questioning in the death of a girl whose identity still remains unknown, Alameda County sheriff's officials said.

Sheriff's investigators and federal immigration authorities raided two homes Tuesday in unincorporated Hayward -- one on Smalley Avenue and another on West Sunset Boulevard -- and removed items of evidence, authorities said.

Castenada wasn't at either home and may have fled to Southern California, said Greg Ahern, Alameda County assistant sheriff. Castenada may have lived with the girl in Hayward at one point, authorities said. He is an illegal immigrant who was previously deported to his native Mexico, Ahern said.

Sheriff's officials plan to discuss the case in more detail at a news conference today.

The identification of Castenada as a person of interest is the latest break in a case that has both transfixed the area and stymied investigators trying to identify the girl and find who killed her.

"I'm just very impressed with the work the investigators have done on the case and the amount of time and effort they've spent," Ahern said Tuesday. "Hopefully we'll have a resolution because of their hard work."

Somebody stuffed a rag down the girl's throat -- probably on April 22 or 23, 2003 -- then put her body in a green canvas bag and dumped it behind Carrows, where it was found more than a week later.

Her decomposing corpse was found May 1, 2003. She was of mixed race, just over 5 feet tall and had nearly perfect teeth. She had been wearing a knockoff Tommy Hilfiger shirt.

Last year, somebody put a distinctive blue-beaded necklace on the girl's grave at Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward, where a marker reads "Unknown child of God. Female, 12-17 years of age found murdered in Castro Valley." Authorities said at the time that they believed that whoever left the necklace may have known the girl.

In 2004, sheriff's Sgt. Scott Dudek and Detective Mario Felix went to El Paso, Texas -- across the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juarez -- to meet with a group of women from Chihuahua whose daughters have vanished or turned up dead in that Mexican state. The women provided DNA samples, but tests showed that they did not match tissue from Jane Doe, Dudek said.

During the past several years, authorities have created a bust of Jane Doe's face, released an artist's rendering of her face and showed reporters a replica of the green bag in which her body was found. They've also displayed a mannequin fitted with clothes like those found on the girl's body -- blue- and-green plaid flannel pants and a red-white-and-blue shirt.

Several leads have failed to pan out, including the identity of a letter writer who initially claimed that he saw a Latino man dumping Jane Doe's body and that the man was irritated after being asked in Spanish if he was "saving a trip to the dumps." In a third letter, the writer recanted statements in earlier letters and hasn't contacted investigators since.

At one point during the three-year investigation, detectives also looked into a firm that shuttles illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border, but the company's phone was disconnected, and its contact people were no longer available, Dudek said.

molly
11-09-2006, 06:47 PM
(11-08) 13:30 PST SAN LEANDRO -- For more than three years, a dead girl found with a rag stuffed in her throat and dumped behind a Castro Valley restaurant was known only as Jane Doe. Now she's getting close to having a first name: either Adriana or Ariana.

Alameda County sheriff's investigators said today that they are getting nearer to confirming the girl's identity and are trying to find a man they've described as a "person of interest" in her slaying.

The man, Miguel Angel Nunez-Castaneda, 27, once worked as a dishwasher at the Carrows Restaurant at 2723 Castro Valley Blvd., where the girl's body was found in May 2003, stuffed in a green canvas bag outside the establishment, said Alameda County sheriff's Sgt. Scott Dudek.

Sheriff's investigators first learned of Nunez-Castaneda's identity three months ago but waited until a few days ago -- when he returned to the United States from his native Mexico -- to talk to him, Dudek said at a news conference.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/11/08/BAGJNM8OKL49.DTL&hw=jane+doe&sn=002&sc=983

More at link (sorry can't get link to work-need to cut and paste)

LinasK
11-09-2006, 11:20 PM
Thank-you Molly for posting these articles! I'm so happy to learn Jane Doe has a real name, this is a local story for me and I used to work in Castro Valley, so it was creepy when she was found. The articles I'd read recently still hadn't identified her.

gardenmom
11-09-2006, 11:30 PM
This is GREAT news! She was such a beautiful girl, and she deserves her name. I find it interesting that people had known her and were afraid to come forward because they feared being deported. I'm glad that someone changed thier minds. It makes me wonder how many more Doe's are unindentified for this reason. :waitasec:

LinasK
12-06-2006, 08:49 PM
POSTED: 3:51 pm PST December 6, 2006


YAHUALICA de GONZALES de GALLO, Mexico -- In a small Mexico village 72 miles north of Guadalajara, Alameda County authorities came one step closer Wednesday to identifying the young girl known as Joe Doe whose body was found behind a Castro Valley Carrows Restaurant in 2003.

Having traveled thousands miles overnight to the tiny Mexican Village of Yahualica de Gonzales de Gallo, sheriff deputies were approached by a man who said he recognized the girl's picture. He said he knew the girl and that she had been a student at a local high school.

"Someone has already recognized her in regards to being a citizen of Yahualica," an excited Sgt. Scott Dudek said. "She was a student at the high school. We are anticipating, hopefully, we may have relatives here before we leave."Dudek and four other Alameda County sheriff's investigators will be in Mexico for three days in a quest to locate the family of the girl. The deputies have brought with them hundreds of flyers with the girl's likeness on them to post around the sleepy little town. They also brought with them a replica of the bust created by forensic scientists that will sit guarded in the police station square for all to see.

The man who came forward on Wednesday identified himself as relative of Miguel Angel Nunez Castaneda -- a person of interest in the case who remains at large. more at link:http://www.ktvu.com/news/10478402/detail.html

LinasK
12-08-2006, 04:39 PM
POSTED: 3:51 pm PST December 6, 2006
UPDATED: 1:28 pm PST December 8, 2006


YAHUALICA de GONZALES de GALLO, Mexico -- A visit to a high school in the small Mexico village of Yahualica may have solved a three-year-old Bay Area murder mystery -- who is the young teenager found strangled in a green bag behind a Castro Valley Carrows Restaurant in 2003 known only as Castro Valley's Jane Doe.

During a Friday press conference in the sleepy village, Alameda County authorities said a visit to a high school on Thursday brought forward several students who recognized the girl and one who actually shared her name. These new clues led the dectectives to an emotional meeting with the victim's mother at her home late Thursday night, when they spoke with her and her family into the early hours of Friday morning after breaking the sad news of the girl's murder.

Detectives are fairly certain they have found the girl's family and determined her identity, however the name of the 16-year-old will not be released until DNA collected from the family in Yahualica and DNA from the victim are tested in a Bay Area lab. There are also additional family members who have not been notified of the news.The woman who is believed to be the mother of the victim confirmed her daughter had left for the Bay Area on her 16th birthday in March of 2003. She confirmed she had talked to her daughter in Hayward, but had not heard from her in years. The family also confirmed they knew the person of interest in the case -- Miguel Angel Nunez Castaneda.

"We are very confident we know the name of the girl known as Jane Doe," Sgt. Scott Dudek said at during the emotional news conference. Dudek teared up several times as he explained how the detectives came to confirm the identity of the teenage victim. more at link:http://www.ktvu.com/news/10478402/detail.html

anthrobones
12-09-2006, 07:00 PM
Update on Case:
http://www.nbc11.com/news/10489926/detail.html?taf=bay

outofthedark
12-09-2006, 07:45 PM
Update on Case:
http://www.nbc11.com/news/10489926/detail.html?taf=bayFinally answers my thoughts as to why there are now 81 cases on the Unidentified page on the NCMEC website

BTW, I'm unable to access Doe Network at the moment- does anyone else have this problem?

Stella
12-09-2006, 08:23 PM
Can't get Doe either.

outofthedark
12-09-2006, 08:36 PM
Can't get Doe either.It was working early today

I can't access Doe through my signature, google or any other page that has DN's page link :banghead:

annemc2
12-10-2006, 01:42 AM
After 10:30 PST and Doe still isn't up. Grrrrrr.

A snippet from the above article:

Sgt. Scott Dudek told Trujillo there is no doubt the mother he met Thursday night is the mother of Castro Valley Jane Doe.

Dudek said, "If it wasn't for DNA we'd positively identify her right now."

Detectives will fly back with the DNA they obtained from the mother and DNA they believe belongs to Jane Doe herself, Trujillo reported.

outofthedark
12-10-2006, 02:16 AM
I'm sure Doe will probably be back up tommorow- but that's hoping though :twocents:

outofthedark
12-10-2006, 11:39 AM
UPDATE: Doe Network STILL ISN'T up

grievousangel
12-10-2006, 12:31 PM
thanks for the info...I thought it was my computer!

outofthedark
12-10-2006, 12:48 PM
thanks for the info...I thought it was my computer!You thought the exact same as I did yesterday- there's instances where websites haven't opened when I used URL address bar, but it will open after I enter the website's name on google or any other search engine- neither worked when I tried to go on DN yesterday and today

I'm dying to check on updates and to see if they identified someone else other than Miss Castro Valley

LinasK
12-11-2006, 09:16 PM
POSTED: 12:04 pm PST December 11, 2006
UPDATED: 12:19 pm PST December 11, 2006


SAN LEANDRO -- In a small Mexican village, a mother spent 3 1/2 years praying, hoping and wishing that she would hear once again from her teenage daughter who had moved to America in search of a better life.

But it was not to be.

At a Monday news conference, Alameda County Sheriff Department Sgt. Scott Dudek said authorities "believed without a doubt" that the body of a young girl found strangled in a canvas bag behind a Castro Valley Carrows Restaurant in 2003 is that of the woman's daughter.Dudek, who along with four other Alameda County deputies traveled to the Mexican city of Yahualica last week, spent hours talking with the woman he believes is Jane Doe's mother.

The mother's suspicions that something had gone very wrong were triggered by a phone call in which the girl said "things were not going well" and that she wanted to come home.

However, the girl never called back.

"She held out hope for six months," Dudek said. "In her heart, she knew for the last 3 1-2 years that someone would come and tell her what has happened (her daughter had been killed)."

Dudek said DNA samples had been taken from the mother and would quickly be processed at the state crime lab in Richmond.

"We’ve been told there would be a two week or less turnaround," he said. "We will not release her name until we have a positive identification…God forbid we make a mistake…We are in touch with the mother everyday." more at link:http://www.ktvu.com/news/10510669/detail.html

LinasK
12-11-2006, 09:17 PM
POSTED: 12:04 pm PST December 11, 2006
UPDATED: 12:19 pm PST December 11, 2006


SAN LEANDRO -- In a small Mexican village, a mother spent 3 1/2 years praying, hoping and wishing that she would hear once again from her teenage daughter who had moved to America in search of a better life.

But it was not to be.

At a Monday news conference, Alameda County Sheriff Department Sgt. Scott Dudek said authorities "believed without a doubt" that the body of a young girl found strangled in a canvas bag behind a Castro Valley Carrows Restaurant in 2003 is that of the woman's daughter.Dudek, who along with four other Alameda County deputies traveled to the Mexican city of Yahualica last week, spent hours talking with the woman he believes is Jane Doe's mother.

The mother's suspicions that something had gone very wrong were triggered by a phone call in which the girl said "things were not going well" and that she wanted to come home.

However, the girl never called back.

"She held out hope for six months," Dudek said. "In her heart, she knew for the last 3 1-2 years that someone would come and tell her what has happened (her daughter had been killed)."

Dudek said DNA samples had been taken from the mother and would quickly be processed at the state crime lab in Richmond.

"We’ve been told there would be a two week or less turnaround," he said. "We will not release her name until we have a positive identification…God forbid we make a mistake…We are in touch with the mother everyday." more at link:http://www.ktvu.com/news/10510669/detail.html

LinasK
12-21-2006, 07:03 PM
POSTED: 10:52 am PST December 21, 2006
UPDATED: 2:32 pm PST December 21, 2006


DUBLIN -- Alameda County sheriff's investigators Thursday identified a girl whose body was dumped behind a Castro Valley restaurant more than three years ago as 16-year-old Yesemia Nungaray of Yahualica, in central Mexico.

In what Sgt. Scott Dudek described as "a sad ending" to a lengthy investigation, physical evidence and DNA samples have identified the 5-foot 1-inch, 110-pound girl as 16-year-old Yesenia Nungaray. Nungaray was from Yahualica, in central Mexico, 72 miles north of Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco.Dudek said Nungaray came to the U.S. in search of a better life shortly after her 16th birthday on March 14, 2003.

Shortly before Nungaray died she told her mother, 36-year-old Maria Del Carmen of Yahualica, that "even her worst day in America was better than her best day in Mexico," he said.

Nungaray's body was found inside a green canvas bag behind a Carrows restaurant in Castro Valley on May 1, 2003. She had a rag stuffed down her throat and had died of asphyxiation about 10 days earlier.

Sheriff's officials held a funeral service for Nungaray in September 2004 and arranged for her to be buried at the Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward.

Dudek said the next step is to try to raise enough money to pay for exhuming Nungaray's body and transporting it to her hometown so she can be reunited with her family and buried there. He estimated that a burial ceremony could occur in mid to late February.

The final step in the long process of identifying Nungaray came two weeks ago, when Dudek and four other investigators traveled to Yahualica to gather more information and were able to meet with her mother and others who knew her. more at link:http://www.ktvu.com/news/10583428/detail.html

LinasK
12-21-2006, 07:04 PM
POSTED: 10:52 am PST December 21, 2006
UPDATED: 2:32 pm PST December 21, 2006


DUBLIN -- Alameda County sheriff's investigators Thursday identified a girl whose body was dumped behind a Castro Valley restaurant more than three years ago as 16-year-old Yesemia Nungaray of Yahualica, in central Mexico.

In what Sgt. Scott Dudek described as "a sad ending" to a lengthy investigation, physical evidence and DNA samples have identified the 5-foot 1-inch, 110-pound girl as 16-year-old Yesenia Nungaray. Nungaray was from Yahualica, in central Mexico, 72 miles north of Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco.

Dudek said Nungaray came to the U.S. in search of a better life shortly after her 16th birthday on March 14, 2003.

Shortly before Nungaray died she told her mother, 36-year-old Maria Del Carmen of Yahualica, that "even her worst day in America was better than her best day in Mexico," he said.

Nungaray's body was found inside a green canvas bag behind a Carrows restaurant in Castro Valley on May 1, 2003. She had a rag stuffed down her throat and had died of asphyxiation about 10 days earlier. more at link:http://www.ktvu.com/news/10583428/detail.html

LinasK
12-21-2006, 07:06 PM
POSTED: 10:52 am PST December 21, 2006
UPDATED: 2:32 pm PST December 21, 2006


DUBLIN -- Alameda County sheriff's investigators Thursday identified a girl whose body was dumped behind a Castro Valley restaurant more than three years ago as 16-year-old Yesemia Nungaray of Yahualica, in central Mexico.

In what Sgt. Scott Dudek described as "a sad ending" to a lengthy investigation, physical evidence and DNA samples have identified the 5-foot 1-inch, 110-pound girl as 16-year-old Yesenia Nungaray. Nungaray was from Yahualica, in central Mexico, 72 miles north of Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco.

Dudek said Nungaray came to the U.S. in search of a better life shortly after her 16th birthday on March 14, 2003.

Shortly before Nungaray died she told her mother, 36-year-old Maria Del Carmen of Yahualica, that "even her worst day in America was better than her best day in Mexico," he said.

Nungaray's body was found inside a green canvas bag behind a Carrows restaurant in Castro Valley on May 1, 2003. She had a rag stuffed down her throat and had died of asphyxiation about 10 days earlier. more at link:http://www.ktvu.com/news/10583428/detail.html

LinasK
12-21-2006, 07:07 PM
POSTED: 10:52 am PST December 21, 2006
UPDATED: 2:32 pm PST December 21, 2006


DUBLIN -- Alameda County sheriff's investigators Thursday identified a girl whose body was dumped behind a Castro Valley restaurant more than three years ago as 16-year-old Yesemia Nungaray of Yahualica, in central Mexico.

In what Sgt. Scott Dudek described as "a sad ending" to a lengthy investigation, physical evidence and DNA samples have identified the 5-foot 1-inch, 110-pound girl as 16-year-old Yesenia Nungaray. Nungaray was from Yahualica, in central Mexico, 72 miles north of Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco.

Dudek said Nungaray came to the U.S. in search of a better life shortly after her 16th birthday on March 14, 2003.

Shortly before Nungaray died she told her mother, 36-year-old Maria Del Carmen of Yahualica, that "even her worst day in America was better than her best day in Mexico," he said.

Nungaray's body was found inside a green canvas bag behind a Carrows restaurant in Castro Valley on May 1, 2003. She had a rag stuffed down her throat and had died of asphyxiation about 10 days earlier. more at link:http://www.ktvu.com/news/10583428/detail.html

Dark Knight
12-25-2006, 08:52 AM
From the moment the girl's body was found stuffed in a duffel bag nearly four years ago, her image haunted detective Scott Dudek — her feminine pajama pants, the single ankle sock decorated with snowflakes, the butterfly clip in her hair.


Yet so much was missing — she had no identification, and no one had filed a missing person report.

"We had this beautiful child, and no one was coming forth to claim her," Dudek said. "But you knew instantaneously this was someone's little girl."

The FBI's crime database lists about 6,000 unidentified victims nationally. Some of them have gone unclaimed for decades. But something about the girl abandoned among the weeds behind a Castro Valley diner struck a cord with Dudek and his team at the Alameda County Sheriff's Department.

For the next three years and eight months, the detectives spent long days and thousands of dollars tracking her identity. The teen known as "Jane Doe" became "their girl," and the case's ups and downs took an emotional toll. Dudek's wife asked him to stop discussing the case over Christmas.

But the investigators' persistence paid off. Last week, DNA results gave their victim a name: Yesenia Becerra Nungaray.

More at link:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061225/ap_on_re_us/jane_doe_identified&printer=1 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061225/ap_on_re_us/jane_doe_identified&printer=1)

LionRun
12-25-2006, 12:11 PM
From the moment the girl's body was found stuffed in a duffel bag nearly four years ago, her image haunted detective Scott Dudek — her feminine pajama pants, the single ankle sock decorated with snowflakes, the butterfly clip in her hair.


Yet so much was missing — she had no identification, and no one had filed a missing person report.

"We had this beautiful child, and no one was coming forth to claim her," Dudek said. "But you knew instantaneously this was someone's little girl."

The FBI's crime database lists about 6,000 unidentified victims nationally. Some of them have gone unclaimed for decades. But something about the girl abandoned among the weeds behind a Castro Valley diner struck a cord with Dudek and his team at the Alameda County Sheriff's Department.

For the next three years and eight months, the detectives spent long days and thousands of dollars tracking her identity. The teen known as "Jane Doe" became "their girl," and the case's ups and downs took an emotional toll. Dudek's wife asked him to stop discussing the case over Christmas.

But the investigators' persistence paid off. Last week, DNA results gave their victim a name: Yesenia Becerra Nungaray.

More at link:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061225/ap_on_re_us/jane_doe_identified&printer=1 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061225/ap_on_re_us/jane_doe_identified&printer=1)




Thank you Dark Night for for this information. I can only imagine how Maria Del Carmen and her two brothers feel. Her daughter, Yesenia had been found; but, she had been murdered. Again, a parent's and family's worse nightmare.


So, where is Miguel Angel Nunez Castaneda now?

He is a person of interest, and I'm interested in knowing where he is. I wonder if there is DNA to compare. Miguel may be back in Mexico; but, who knows? He may be here in the US.

Richard
12-26-2006, 02:46 PM
Police Identify Girl Found Dead Years Ago
By JULIANA BARBASSA, AP

SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 26)

From the moment the girl's body was found stuffed in a duffel bag nearly four years ago, her image haunted detective Scott Dudek - her feminine pajama pants, the single ankle sock decorated with snowflakes, the butterfly clip in her hair

Yet so much was missing - she had no identification, and no one had filed a missing person report."We had this beautiful child, and no one was coming forth to claim her," Dudek said. "But you knew instantaneously this was someone's little girl."

The FBI's crime database lists about 6,000 unidentified victims nationally. Some of them have gone unclaimed for decades. But something about the girl abandoned among the weeds behind a Castro Valley diner struck a cord with Dudek and his team at the Alameda County Sheriff's Department.For the next three years and eight months, the detectives spent long days and thousands of dollars tracking her identity. The teen known as "Jane Doe" became "their girl," and the case's ups and downs took an emotional toll. Dudek's wife asked him to stop discussing the case over Christmas.

But the investigators' persistence paid off. Last week, DNA results gave their victim a name: Yesenia Becerra Nungaray.

Interviews with her mother allowed detectives a glimpse into her life: the doe-eyed teenager had an adventurous streak but was close to her family. She left her small, quiet town in Mexico for the United States on March 14, 2003 - her 16th birthday.

In calls home, she begged her mother to join her, saying even her worst days in the United States were better than her greatest days at home, Dudek said.Yet six weeks after she left, she was dead.

The detectives were called when the restaurant's employees found a body wrapped in plastic and folded into a green duffel bag on May 1, 2003.

She had been dead for days - likely asphyxiated with a rag found lodged in her throat. At 5-foot-1 and 110 pounds, she seemed young, somewhere between 12 and 18 years old.

Investigators got to work."We felt this was a good kid," Dudek said. "We were doing everything we could."

They rounded up specialists, who donated their time to examine her bones and her teeth. They had her DNA tested.They reached out to the community and neighboring police departments, looking into their missing persons reports, eventually checking almost 300 missing girl cases nationwide.

No one had reported her missing.

But the community rallied around her, and the girl without a name was buried under a marker reading "Unknown Child of God" in a funeral paid for by nearly 100 people. Dozens attended the ceremony, though none of them likely knew her.

Dudek got a lead in February 2004 while reading an article that mentioned the hundreds of unsolved disappearances of young women along the border with Mexico.He and other investigators traveled to El Paso, Texas, and met with mothers yearning for news of their missing daughters. They took eight DNA samples from cases that seemed related and waited weeks for the results.None matched.In June 2006, the county offered a $50,000 reward for relevant information, adding to the $5,000 reward from the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation. County Supervisor Gail Steele said she was moved by the death of a child who had no one to mourn her.

The leads flowed in, and investigators hit on a major development.

An undocumented immigrant, Miguel Angel Nunez Castaneda, had apparently lived in Hayward with the victim. He is not a suspect, but is considered a "person of interest" and is being sought by police.Detectives suspected the girl, like Nunez, might be from Yahualica, a small town of 35,000 in the Mexican state of Jalisco where the majority of families have relatives in the United States.They again made the trip south, taking with them fliers bearing the girl's likeness, and her story, as they knew it, printed in Spanish. For three days, they spread the word to residents. It paid off.

One of the fliers landed in the hands of Maria Del Carmen, a mother of three whose middle child, her only daughter, had left for the United States. At first she called regularly. One day her calls stopped.

On their last day in Mexico, the detectives visited Del Carmen and talked to her into the night, looking through pictures and sharing their story, Dudek said.

They learned enough to believe they'd hit on the right family. But they needed a DNA test to confirm their hunch.Last week, they got their answer. The girl's mother was devastated."It's sad, but at least now she knows," Dudek said.

Del Carmen was moved to learn how a community of strangers had come to care for her daughter, dedicating years to investigate her death and giving her a dignified burial, he said.

Now the officers are raising money to move Yesenia's body back to Mexico so she can be buried near her family. And they're gearing up for the next step: finding her killer.

"We've got this monster out there who killed her and dumped her like she was a bag of trash," Dudek said. "I always felt confident that once we identified her, we'd find her killer."

LINK:http://articles.news.aol.com/news/_a/police-identify-girl-found-dead-years/20061225034009990001?ncid=NWS00010000000001

Bobbisangel
01-05-2007, 01:13 AM
This story is sad yet heart warming. In this day and age it is hard to believe that a community would come together to bury this girl that no one claimed and that these dedicated officers never gave up on finding who she was. How often do officers travel to Mexico or anywhere else to try and find out the identy of a young girl that no one claimed and no one reported missing? We usually hear the story about no funds, etc and the case is just shoved back on a shelf and forgotten. Bless the officers who never gave up on finding out who this girl was and for sending her home to her mother. Bless the citizens of that town for caring about that girl and taking her into their hearts.

LinasK
01-27-2007, 02:29 AM
Posted on Thu, Jan. 25, 2007

By Sophia Kazmi

CONTRA COSTA TIMES

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who would like to pay their last respects to Yesenia Nungaray -- who was previously known as Castro Valley's "Jane Doe" -- should do so before the first week of February.

Deputies plan to move her body from a grave site at Lone Tree Cemetery, 24591 Fairview Ave. in Hayward soon to a new burial site in Yahaulica, Mexico, where her family lives.

The Sheriff's Office has raised about $21,000 of the $30,000 officials have said is needed to transport the 16-year-old girl back to her hometown.

Yesenia's body was found inside a green bag on May 1, 2003 outside of a Castro Valley restaurant. She remained nameless for 31/2 years. Detectives identified her on a trip to Yahualica in December, after receiving a tip she may have been from that town.

During the trip they met with Yesenia's 36-year-old mother, Maria Del Carmen, who called the Sheriff's Office after receiving a flier with a photo of a bust that looked like her missing daughter.

Yesenia left Yahualica on her 16th birthday and moved eventually to Hayward for a better life. She lived in small house on Smalley Avenue with Miguel Angel Nunez Castaneda, who also worked at the restaurant behind which Yesenia's body was found. more at link:http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/breaking_news/16546427.htm

LinasK
01-27-2007, 02:31 AM
Posted on Thu, Jan. 25, 2007

By Sophia Kazmi

CONTRA COSTA TIMES

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who would like to pay their last respects to Yesenia Nungaray -- who was previously known as Castro Valley's "Jane Doe" -- should do so before the first week of February.

Deputies plan to move her body from a grave site at Lone Tree Cemetery, 24591 Fairview Ave. in Hayward soon to a new burial site in Yahaulica, Mexico, where her family lives.

The Sheriff's Office has raised about $21,000 of the $30,000 officials have said is needed to transport the 16-year-old girl back to her hometown.

Yesenia's body was found inside a green bag on May 1, 2003 outside of a Castro Valley restaurant. She remained nameless for 31/2 years. Detectives identified her on a trip to Yahualica in December, after receiving a tip she may have been from that town.

During the trip they met with Yesenia's 36-year-old mother, Maria Del Carmen, who called the Sheriff's Office after receiving a flier with a photo of a bust that looked like her missing daughter.

Yesenia left Yahualica on her 16th birthday and moved eventually to Hayward for a better life. She lived in small house on Smalley Avenue with Miguel Angel Nunez Castaneda, who also worked at the restaurant behind which Yesenia's body was found. more at link:http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/breaking_news/16546427.htm

LinasK
01-27-2007, 02:33 AM
Posted on Thu, Jan. 25, 2007

By Sophia Kazmi

CONTRA COSTA TIMES

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who would like to pay their last respects to Yesenia Nungaray -- who was previously known as Castro Valley's "Jane Doe" -- should do so before the first week of February.

Deputies plan to move her body from a grave site at Lone Tree Cemetery, 24591 Fairview Ave. in Hayward soon to a new burial site in Yahaulica, Mexico, where her family lives.

The Sheriff's Office has raised about $21,000 of the $30,000 officials have said is needed to transport the 16-year-old girl back to her hometown.

Yesenia's body was found inside a green bag on May 1, 2003 outside of a Castro Valley restaurant. She remained nameless for 31/2 years. Detectives identified her on a trip to Yahualica in December, after receiving a tip she may have been from that town.

During the trip they met with Yesenia's 36-year-old mother, Maria Del Carmen, who called the Sheriff's Office after receiving a flier with a photo of a bust that looked like her missing daughter.

Yesenia left Yahualica on her 16th birthday and moved eventually to Hayward for a better life. She lived in small house on Smalley Avenue with Miguel Angel Nunez Castaneda, who also worked at the restaurant behind which Yesenia's body was found. more at link:http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/breaking_news/16546427.htm

LinasK
01-27-2007, 02:35 AM
Posted on Thu, Jan. 25, 2007

By Sophia Kazmi

CONTRA COSTA TIMESThe Alameda County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who would like to pay their last respects to Yesenia Nungaray -- who was previously known as Castro Valley's "Jane Doe" -- should do so before the first week of February.

Deputies plan to move her body from a grave site at Lone Tree Cemetery, 24591 Fairview Ave. in Hayward soon to a new burial site in Yahaulica, Mexico, where her family lives.

The Sheriff's Office has raised about $21,000 of the $30,000 officials have said is needed to transport the 16-year-old girl back to her hometown.

Yesenia's body was found inside a green bag on May 1, 2003 outside of a Castro Valley restaurant. She remained nameless for 31/2 years. Detectives identified her on a trip to Yahualica in December, after receiving a tip she may have been from that town.

During the trip they met with Yesenia's 36-year-old mother, Maria Del Carmen, who called the Sheriff's Office after receiving a flier with a photo of a bust that looked like her missing daughter.

Yesenia left Yahualica on her 16th birthday and moved eventually to Hayward for a better life. She lived in small house on Smalley Avenue with Miguel Angel Nunez Castaneda, who also worked at the restaurant behind which Yesenia's body was found. more at link:http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/breaking_news/16546427.htm

LinasK
01-27-2007, 02:39 AM
Posted on Thu, Jan. 25, 2007

By Sophia Kazmi

CONTRA COSTA TIMES

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who would like to pay their last respects to Yesenia Nungaray -- who was previously known as Castro Valley's "Jane Doe" -- should do so before the first week of February.

Deputies plan to move her body from a grave site at Lone Tree Cemetery, 24591 Fairview Ave. in Hayward soon to a new burial site in Yahaulica, Mexico, where her family lives.

The Sheriff's Office has raised about $21,000 of the $30,000 officials have said is needed to transport the 16-year-old girl back to her hometown.

Yesenia's body was found inside a green bag on May 1, 2003 outside of a Castro Valley restaurant. She remained nameless for 31/2 years. Detectives identified her on a trip to Yahualica in December, after receiving a tip she may have been from that town.

During the trip they met with Yesenia's 36-year-old mother, Maria Del Carmen, who called the Sheriff's Office after receiving a flier with a photo of a bust that looked like her missing daughter.

Yesenia left Yahualica on her 16th birthday and moved eventually to Hayward for a better life. She lived in small house on Smalley Avenue with Miguel Angel Nunez Castaneda, who also worked at the restaurant behind which Yesenia's body was found. more at link:http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/breaking_news/16546427.htm

LinasK
01-27-2007, 02:41 AM
Posted on Thu, Jan. 25, 2007

By Sophia Kazmi

CONTRA COSTA TIMES

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who would like to pay their last respects to Yesenia Nungaray -- who was previously known as Castro Valley's "Jane Doe" -- should do so before the first week of February.

Deputies plan to move her body from a grave site at Lone Tree Cemetery, 24591 Fairview Ave. in Hayward soon to a new burial site in Yahaulica, Mexico, where her family lives.

The Sheriff's Office has raised about $21,000 of the $30,000 officials have said is needed to transport the 16-year-old girl back to her hometown.

Yesenia's body was found inside a green bag on May 1, 2003 outside of a Castro Valley restaurant. She remained nameless for 31/2 years. Detectives identified her on a trip to Yahualica in December, after receiving a tip she may have been from that town.

During the trip they met with Yesenia's 36-year-old mother, Maria Del Carmen, who called the Sheriff's Office after receiving a flier with a photo of a bust that looked like her missing daughter.

Yesenia left Yahualica on her 16th birthday and moved eventually to Hayward for a better life. She lived in small house on Smalley Avenue with Miguel Angel Nunez Castaneda, who also worked at the restaurant behind which Yesenia's body was found. more at link:http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/breaking_news/16546427.htm

barb0301
01-27-2007, 07:01 AM
What a heroic group of officers with the SO ! To work so hard, and so long for answers, and then, to raise the $30,000 needed to move Yesenia's body home where it belongs ! I am truly impressed.

Julessleuther
01-28-2007, 03:20 AM
What a heroic group of officers with the SO ! To work so hard, and so long for answers, and then, to raise the $30,000 needed to move Yesenia's body home where it belongs ! I am truly impressed.
I agree, why couldn't all police jurisdictions be so dedicated with unknown victims?

LinasK
02-02-2007, 03:17 AM
Posted on Thu, Feb. 01, 2007

CASTRO VALLEY: Sheriff's Office to prepare corpse for transport to Mexican hometown of longtime Jane Doe

By Sophia Kazmi

CONTRA COSTA TIMES

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office has raised the money it needs to return the body of Yesenia Nungaray Becerra -- previously known as Castro Valley's Jane Doe -- to her hometown in Mexico to be buried near her family.

Since the 16-year-old's name was revealed in December, detectives have raised $30,000 to cover the costs to exhume, prepare and transport her body, accompanied by detectives, and hold proper funeral services in Yahualica, Mexico, where Yesenia was born and where her family lives.

On Tuesday, an anonymous donor from Foster City donated the remaining $8,000 needed to meet the fund's goal.

The Sheriff's Office is asking people interested in paying their last respects to Yesenia at Lone Tree Cemetery to do so in the next few days. Deputies plan to remove her body soon to prepare it for the trip home. Lone Tree Cemetery is at 24951 Fairview Ave. in Hayward.more at link:http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/email/news/16595268.htm

LinasK
02-02-2007, 03:18 AM
Posted on Thu, Feb. 01, 2007

CASTRO VALLEY: Sheriff's Office to prepare corpse for transport to Mexican hometown of longtime Jane Doe

By Sophia Kazmi

CONTRA COSTA TIMES

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office has raised the money it needs to return the body of Yesenia Nungaray Becerra -- previously known as Castro Valley's Jane Doe -- to her hometown in Mexico to be buried near her family.

Since the 16-year-old's name was revealed in December, detectives have raised $30,000 to cover the costs to exhume, prepare and transport her body, accompanied by detectives, and hold proper funeral services in Yahualica, Mexico, where Yesenia was born and where her family lives.

On Tuesday, an anonymous donor from Foster City donated the remaining $8,000 needed to meet the fund's goal.

The Sheriff's Office is asking people interested in paying their last respects to Yesenia at Lone Tree Cemetery to do so in the next few days. Deputies plan to remove her body soon to prepare it for the trip home. Lone Tree Cemetery is at 24951 Fairview Ave. in Hayward. more at link:http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/email/news/16595268.htm

LinasK
02-02-2007, 03:21 AM
Posted on Thu, Feb. 01, 2007

CASTRO VALLEY: Sheriff's Office to prepare corpse for transport to Mexican hometown of longtime Jane Doe

By Sophia Kazmi

CONTRA COSTA TIMES

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office has raised the money it needs to return the body of Yesenia Nungaray Becerra -- previously known as Castro Valley's Jane Doe -- to her hometown in Mexico to be buried near her family.

Since the 16-year-old's name was revealed in December, detectives have raised $30,000 to cover the costs to exhume, prepare and transport her body, accompanied by detectives, and hold proper funeral services in Yahualica, Mexico, where Yesenia was born and where her family lives.

On Tuesday, an anonymous donor from Foster City donated the remaining $8,000 needed to meet the fund's goal.

The Sheriff's Office is asking people interested in paying their last respects to Yesenia at Lone Tree Cemetery to do so in the next few days. Deputies plan to remove her body soon to prepare it for the trip home. Lone Tree Cemetery is at 24951 Fairview Ave. in Hayward. more at link:http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/email/news/16595268.htm

LinasK
02-02-2007, 03:22 AM
Posted on Thu, Feb. 01, 2007

CASTRO VALLEY: Sheriff's Office to prepare corpse for transport to Mexican hometown of longtime Jane Doe

By Sophia Kazmi

CONTRA COSTA TIMES

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office has raised the money it needs to return the body of Yesenia Nungaray Becerra -- previously known as Castro Valley's Jane Doe -- to her hometown in Mexico to be buried near her family.

Since the 16-year-old's name was revealed in December, detectives have raised $30,000 to cover the costs to exhume, prepare and transport her body, accompanied by detectives, and hold proper funeral services in Yahualica, Mexico, where Yesenia was born and where her family lives.

On Tuesday, an anonymous donor from Foster City donated the remaining $8,000 needed to meet the fund's goal.

The Sheriff's Office is asking people interested in paying their last respects to Yesenia at Lone Tree Cemetery to do so in the next few days. Deputies plan to remove her body soon to prepare it for the trip home. Lone Tree Cemetery is at 24951 Fairview Ave. in Hayward. more at link:http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/email/news/16595268.htm

LinasK
02-02-2007, 03:24 AM
Posted on Thu, Feb. 01, 2007

CASTRO VALLEY: Sheriff's Office to prepare corpse for transport to Mexican hometown of longtime Jane Doe

By Sophia Kazmi

CONTRA COSTA TIMES

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office has raised the money it needs to return the body of Yesenia Nungaray Becerra -- previously known as Castro Valley's Jane Doe -- to her hometown in Mexico to be buried near her family.

Since the 16-year-old's name was revealed in December, detectives have raised $30,000 to cover the costs to exhume, prepare and transport her body, accompanied by detectives, and hold proper funeral services in Yahualica, Mexico, where Yesenia was born and where her family lives.

On Tuesday, an anonymous donor from Foster City donated the remaining $8,000 needed to meet the fund's goal.

The Sheriff's Office is asking people interested in paying their last respects to Yesenia at Lone Tree Cemetery to do so in the next few days. Deputies plan to remove her body soon to prepare it for the trip home. Lone Tree Cemetery is at 24951 Fairview Ave. in Hayward. more at link:http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/email/news/16595268.htm

LinasK
02-02-2007, 03:26 AM
Posted on Thu, Feb. 01, 2007

CASTRO VALLEY: Sheriff's Office to prepare corpse for transport to Mexican hometown of longtime Jane Doe

By Sophia Kazmi

CONTRA COSTA TIMES

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office has raised the money it needs to return the body of Yesenia Nungaray Becerra -- previously known as Castro Valley's Jane Doe -- to her hometown in Mexico to be buried near her family.

Since the 16-year-old's name was revealed in December, detectives have raised $30,000 to cover the costs to exhume, prepare and transport her body, accompanied by detectives, and hold proper funeral services in Yahualica, Mexico, where Yesenia was born and where her family lives.

On Tuesday, an anonymous donor from Foster City donated the remaining $8,000 needed to meet the fund's goal.

The Sheriff's Office is asking people interested in paying their last respects to Yesenia at Lone Tree Cemetery to do so in the next few days. Deputies plan to remove her body soon to prepare it for the trip home. Lone Tree Cemetery is at 24951 Fairview Ave. in Hayward. more at link:http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/email/news/16595268.htm

SeriouslySearching
02-02-2007, 03:28 AM
That is one of the most expensive funerals I have heard of! I am glad she gets to return home to her family tho. Rest in peace.

montana_16
02-02-2007, 04:34 AM
Posted on Thu, Feb. 01, 2007

CASTRO VALLEY: Sheriff's Office to prepare corpse for transport to Mexican hometown of longtime Jane Doe

By Sophia Kazmi

CONTRA COSTA TIMES

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office has raised the money it needs to return the body of Yesenia Nungaray Becerra -- previously known as Castro Valley's Jane Doe -- to her hometown in Mexico to be buried near her family.

Since the 16-year-old's name was revealed in December, detectives have raised $30,000 to cover the costs to exhume, prepare and transport her body, accompanied by detectives, and hold proper funeral services in Yahualica, Mexico, where Yesenia was born and where her family lives.

On Tuesday, an anonymous donor from Foster City donated the remaining $8,000 needed to meet the fund's goal.

The Sheriff's Office is asking people interested in paying their last respects to Yesenia at Lone Tree Cemetery to do so in the next few days. Deputies plan to remove her body soon to prepare it for the trip home. Lone Tree Cemetery is at 24951 Fairview Ave. in Hayward. more at link:http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/email/news/16595268.htm

That is so wonderful that the detectives care so much for this poor murdered girl to do this for her and her family. Bless them all. And the anonymous donor also.

hoppyfrog
09-24-2007, 09:13 PM
The investigating officer has obviously put in a lot of effort in trying to identify this young girl. I did a check on www.missingkids.org (http://www.missingkids.org) and had an original list of 10 possibilities. Subsequent google searches led me to websites that listed more information about the disappearances, or information about tattoos, etc., that eliminated them from my list.

The only one I have left is:

http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/images/410UFCA6.jpghttp://www.missingkids.com/photographs/NCMC954254c1t.jpg
Karen Jamileth Giron Molina

http://www.nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/molina_karen.html
Karen is listed as 1" shorter and listed as having black hair. Missing since January 21, 2003 from Goldsboro, NC


Karen Jamileth Giron Molina was found safe. Link:
http://www.charleyproject.org/resolved.html

Giron Molina, 14, ran away from her Goldsboro, North Carolina home on January 21, 2003. She was found safe in September 2007

Dr. Doogie
09-25-2007, 11:51 AM
Giron Molina, 14, ran away from her Goldsboro, North Carolina home on January 21, 2003. She was found safe in September 2007

:clap: :dance: :clap: :dance: :clap:

LinasK
11-07-2007, 02:57 AM
POSTED: 6:25 pm PST November 6, 2007CASTRO VALLEY -- A warrant has been issued for 28-year-old Mexico native Miguel Angel Nunez-Castaneda, who is suspected of killing 16-year-old Yesenia Nungaray in Castro Valley over three years ago, Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Dudek said Tuesday.
Nungaray was murdered in 2003 but investigators were unable to identify her until December 2006. Until then, she was known as "Castro Valley Jane Doe," according to Dudek.
Investigators positively identified Nungaray when they brought her picture to her mother's house in Mexico.
Nunez-Castaneda became a suspect soon after. He was an employee in a restaurant where Nungaray's body was found and fled to Mexico after being questioned about the murder in 2006, Dudek said.
Nungaray also lived with Nunez-Castaneda for a short time in Hayward and they knew each other from Mexico.
The sheriff's office is asking the public for help in bringing Nunez-Castaneda back to the U.S. He is currently a suspect in a shooting in Mexico and may cross the border, according to Dudek.
more at link:http://www.ktvu.com/news/14527825/detail.html

LinasK
11-07-2007, 03:03 AM
By Sophia Kazmi STAFF WRITER (skazmi@cctimes.com?subject=ContraCostaTimes.com: Suspect named in 'Jane Doe' case)

Article Launched: 11/06/2007 03:08:11 PM PST
SAN LEANDRO -- Alameda County Sheriff's detectives this afternoon announced a suspect in the death of Yesenia Nungaray, who until last year was known as Castro Valley's "Jane Doe," and that a warrant for his arrest has been issued.
Miguel Angel Nunez Castaneda, 28, has been described for nearly a year as a "person of interest" in the case that had baffled investigators for almost four years. Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Dudek said today Casteneda's whereabouts are unknown, but he is believed to probably be near Yahualica, Mexico, where both he and Yesenia were from. He also is a suspect in the shooting of one of his relatives outside Yahualica about 10 days ago. Mexican police are looking for him, Dudek said, as apparently are groups of Yahualica-area citizens bent on seeing him come to justice.


Yesenia, 16, was found May 1, 2003, outside of Castro Valley restaurant, her 5-foot 1-inch body stuffed inside a green canvas bag. For nearly three and half years, detectives had no idea who she was, but they were determined to find out. Last year, detectives went to Yahualica with a bust of what the victim of the Castro Valley killing may have looked like. A local woman, Maria Del Carmen saw a flier, got in touch with detectives, and learned the victim probably was Yesenia, who had left Yahualica for the United States earlier.

In December, DNA tests confirmed what Dudek and his team of investigators believed to be true after meeting with Del Carmen in Yahualica: Their young victim's name was Yesenia. Castaneda had worked at the restaurant behind which Yesenia's body was found, and lived with her before she was killed.
more at link:http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_7386272

LinasK
12-09-2007, 05:52 AM
The TV show 48 Hours (Mystery shown on ABC) announced a promo tonight that next week they are going to profile Yesenia's case for anyone that is interested...

LinasK
07-20-2009, 11:09 AM
Sophia Kazmi
Valley Times (skazmi@cctimes.com?subject=ContraCostaTimes.com:% 20Murder%20suspect%20in%20Castro%20Valley%20Jane%2 0Doe%20remains%20in%20hiding)
Posted: 07/19/2009 01:41:04 PM PDT
Updated: 07/20/2009 07:53:15 AM PDT
CASTRO VALLEY — They have a suspect. They know where he is. They just can't get him.
Almost two years after Alameda County Sheriff's investigators named a suspect in the killing of Yesenia Nungaray Becerra, a teenager who for years was known only as Castro Valley's Jane Doe.
Suspect Miguel Angel Nunez Castaneda, 30, who has been charged with murdering Yesenia, is in Mexico, said Sgt. Scott Dudek. Informants have told Dudek's team where he is.
"He's hiding in a cave, and he's being supported with food and everyday living necessities by family members," Dudek said.
State and federal warrants out for Castaneda's arrest are useless unless he returns to the United States, Dudek said. The Sheriff's Office is working with Mexican authorities, but it is a costly and time-consuming process, Dudek said. The United States doesn't have an extradition agreement with Mexico, so it's up to officials there to determine whether to send Castaneda back to Alameda County, a process that could take as much as five years. Prosecutors also would have to agree not to seek the death penalty. more at link: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_12871922?nclick_check=1

LinasK
07-20-2009, 11:13 AM
Sophia Kazmi
Valley Times (skazmi@cctimes.com?subject=ContraCostaTimes.com:% 20Murder%20suspect%20in%20Castro%20Valley%20Jane%2 0Doe%20remains%20in%20hiding)
Posted: 07/19/2009 01:41:04 PM PDT
Updated: 07/20/2009 07:53:15 AM PDTCASTRO VALLEY — They have a suspect. They know where he is. They just can't get him.
Almost two years after Alameda County Sheriff's investigators named a suspect in the killing of Yesenia Nungaray Becerra, a teenager who for years was known only as Castro Valley's Jane Doe.
Suspect Miguel Angel Nunez Castaneda, 30, who has been charged with murdering Yesenia, is in Mexico, said Sgt. Scott Dudek. Informants have told Dudek's team where he is.
"He's hiding in a cave, and he's being supported with food and everyday living necessities by family members," Dudek said.
State and federal warrants out for Castaneda's arrest are useless unless he returns to the United States, Dudek said. The Sheriff's Office is working with Mexican authorities, but it is a costly and time-consuming process, Dudek said. The United States doesn't have an extradition agreement with Mexico, so it's up to officials there to determine whether to send Castaneda back to Alameda County, a process that could take as much as five years. Prosecutors also would have to agree not to seek the death penalty. more at link: www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_12871922?nclick_check=1

LinasK
02-23-2010, 02:18 PM
By Sophia Kazmi
Contra Costa Times (skazmi@bayareanewsgroup.com?subject=ContraCostaTi mes.com:%20Suspect%20in%20Castro%20Valley%20Jane%2 0Doe%20homicide%20is%20on%20state%27s%20%27%27Most %20Wanted%27%27%20list)
Posted: 02/22/2010 01:32:57 PM PST
Updated: 02/23/2010 06:59:41 AM PST

CASTRO VALLEY — The man suspected of killing a 16-year-old girl in Castro Valley has another title: one of California's most wanted fugitives.
Miguel Angel Nunez Castaneda, 30, is accused of killing Yesenia Nungaray Becerra — who for years was known simply as Castro Valley's Jane Doe — and dumping her body behind a Castro Valley restaurant in 2003.
He is one of 14 men on the state Department of Justice's most wanted list, all are accused of such crimes as murder, rape and kidnapping. Another Sheriff's Office suspect, Jose Manuel Hernandez, is also on the list. The 21-year-old is wanted in connection with a San Lorenzo homicide.
Castaneda still alludes capture two and half years after he was named a suspect in the killing of Becerra, who was 16 at the time of her death. He is believed to be hiding in a cave outside Yahualica, Mexico, said Sgt. Scott Dudek of the Alameda County Sheriffs Office. Dudek said his office is working with the Mexican government to extradite Castaneda, but the process is a slow one.
Castaneda is one of five men wanted by the Sheriff's Office who are believed to be in Mexico. more at link: http://www.contracostatimes.com/search/ci_14449332?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com