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TCMom
08-23-2007, 09:34 PM
The death of a woman whose body was found in Lake Arlington over the weekend has been ruled a homicide, Arlington police said Thursday.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/img/08-07/0824necklace.jpg
Close-up of woman's necklace



The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office has conducted an autopsy and found signs of trauma, police said. Detectives have declined to release more details about the type of wounds found on the woman’s body.

Police said the person is believed to be anywhere from 16 to 21 years old. She was about 5 feet 2 inches tall and had medium-length brown hair. She was wearing gray sweatpants and yellow underwear with a picture of a chicken that read “Chicks Rule.” She was also wearing a black string necklace with a crucifix.

According to the medical examiner’s office, the woman had an overbite with two protruding upper front teeth, police said.
A fisherman found the badly decomposed body about 8:30 a.m. Sunday near debris by the lake, police said.

Homicide Sgt. Kraig Fryer said police were trying to identify the woman. "We need to know who she is so we can learn what happened to her and how she died," he said. "Somewhere out there, there are family members and friends looking for this young woman. Now that we know she was murdered, we need to find the person responsible for this crime."

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/082407dnmetarlington.622cc2ad.html

froggierintexas
08-23-2007, 10:16 PM
http://icaremissingpersonscoldcases.yuku.com/topic/428/t/Jean-Marie-Stewart-missing-in-1980-from-Florida.html

She has protruding teeth but too old.

froggierintexas
08-23-2007, 10:37 PM
Another article:

http://www.star-telegram.com/235/index.xml

Taximom
08-23-2007, 10:38 PM
We don't know what race, right? Or how long the body had been in the lake?

I'm not sure if these are "protruding" or not:
http://missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewPoster&caseNum=1077532&orgPrefix=NCMC&searchLang=en_US

Taximom
08-23-2007, 10:39 PM
Another article:

http://www.star-telegram.com/235/index.xml

Try this link instead: http://www.star-telegram.com/arlington_news/story/211615.html

TCMom
08-23-2007, 10:41 PM
The star-telegram article said Anglo or hispanic. No idea how long she's been in the water.

Sable
08-23-2007, 10:41 PM
The article froggier posted says possibly Anglo or Hispanic

Taximom
08-23-2007, 10:48 PM
The article froggier posted says possibly Anglo or Hispanic


Hee hee, of course I saw that after posting my question! :doh:

Taximom
08-23-2007, 10:49 PM
We don't know what race, right? Or how long the body had been in the lake?

I'm not sure if these are "protruding" or not:
http://missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewPoster&caseNum=1077532&orgPrefix=NCMC&searchLang=en_US

She's Hispanic, but not sure about the teeth.... I can't find anything else on her right now.

Taximom
08-23-2007, 11:28 PM
The girl I posted actually lives in Addison, IL near Chicago and ran away while visiting relatives in Missouri City, near Houston.

Lake Arlington is very far away from Missouri City, TX. **sigh**

KR2tonenow
08-23-2007, 11:31 PM
She's Hispanic, but not sure about the teeth.... I can't find anything else on her right now.

I hope someone shows LE that poster Taxi....could be their girl!!

Taximom
08-23-2007, 11:33 PM
I hope someone shows LE that poster Taxi....could be their girl!!

You think? Here's more pics from a facebook site set up by family to help find her:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4536923045 (not sure if you have to be a member of facebook to see that)

The lake is almost 4 hrs away, most of it by highway though. What do you guys think? I can call in the morning, but this would be the first time I did this. What would I say?! I'd rather email someone with all the links etc....

:confused:

KR2tonenow
08-23-2007, 11:38 PM
You think? Here's more pics from a facebook site set up by family to help find her:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4536923045 (not sure if you have to be a member of facebook to see that)

The lake is almost 4 hrs away, most of it by highway though. What do you guys think? I can call in the morning, but this would be the first time I did this. What would I say?! I'd rather email someone with all the links etc....

:confused:

Be great if you could, maybe move the case along if possible!!

Taximom
08-23-2007, 11:39 PM
The facebook site mentions she's from the "Addison cog7" which after googling brings up this:
http://old.cog7.org/churches/us/il/index_html?set_language=es

That appears to be a church of god site, which might explain the cross necklace.

Taximom
08-24-2007, 12:14 AM
I was just finishing the email to the detective when I located another myspace about her, and one of the comments was from 8/22 saying "you probably already know, but they found her"

I don't know any more than that though.

Oh well. Keep looking!

Taximom
08-24-2007, 12:21 AM
Oh my gosh. I'm so tired I hit "SEND" instead of "CANCEL" so that email is on its way. ARGH.

BethInAK
08-24-2007, 01:11 AM
maybe?
http://missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=R0707018&orgPrefix=TXCH&seqNum=1&caseLang=en_US&searchLang=en_US

froggierintexas
08-24-2007, 01:15 AM
Oh my gosh. I'm so tired I hit "SEND" instead of "CANCEL" so that email is on its way. ARGH.


I must be tired too because I had to read it 5 times and actually said aloud 'what' a few times, lol. Shh, don't tell anyone I talk to myself, lol.

At least I haven't started answering myself.

Taximom
08-24-2007, 01:43 AM
maybe?
http://missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=R0707018&orgPrefix=TXCH&seqNum=1&caseLang=en_US&searchLang=en_US

Hmmm, that could be. Seems like a smile where she doesn't want to show her teeth. Why can't they be more descriptive on these posters?!

Same name in myspace but different location. http://www.myspace.com/boog031392 (probably not her if that's the myspace Brit's birthdate (031392) as the poster shows 8/31 as her birthdate) Nothing on Facebook.

I'm starting to think that I'm going to take pictures on every birthday of my children smiling, frowning, no expression, and from the side.

It's late and I'm starting to see double while talking to myself!! (lol froggier ) Good night!

TCMom
08-24-2007, 09:49 AM
The article said that they've checked Missing Persons Reports from the surrounding counties. That would be Tarrant, Dallas, Johnson, Ellis, Denton, Collin, Wise. I think they've probably already looked at the Brittanee girl (from Denton), but it wouldnt' hurt to submit it.

Missouri City is basically down by Houston. I don't think it would be that far fetched for her to make it to Dallas. Lots of people are going from Dallas to Houston and back every day. It's a major truck route.

I wonder if that girl has friends in Dallas.

Taximom
08-24-2007, 10:39 AM
The article said that they've checked Missing Persons Reports from the surrounding counties. That would be Tarrant, Dallas, Johnson, Ellis, Denton, Collin, Wise. I think they've probably already looked at the Brittanee girl (from Denton), but it wouldnt' hurt to submit it.

Missouri City is basically down by Houston. I don't think it would be that far fetched for her to make it to Dallas. Lots of people are going from Dallas to Houston and back every day. It's a major truck route.

I wonder if that girl has friends in Dallas.

Well, I sent the darn email accidentally anyway. Maybe someone will get back to me and let me know they looked at her or not.

Thanks for the info about the locations. Upon googling the two locations, it looked like one long trip, but Texans are probably used to that!

Babyslims
08-28-2007, 02:14 PM
.when I click on the link on that site it says the page was removed or something so maybe she was found....

Taximom
08-28-2007, 02:20 PM
I never heard back from LE regarding the info I sent.

Hopefully she's been identified.

Taximom
08-28-2007, 02:28 PM
The Arlington, TX police site still has info out on the unidentified woman found in the Lake, so KEEP LOOKING for matches!!
Here's the most recent release from LE:
http://www.arlingtonpd.org/MediaRelease/view.aspx?ReleaseID=214 (same info as we already have above)

kgeaux
08-28-2007, 04:27 PM
We don't know what race, right? Or how long the body had been in the lake?

I'm not sure if these are "protruding" or not:
http://missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewPoster&caseNum=1077532&orgPrefix=NCMC&searchLang=en_US


Hmm. When I click on this link, I get a page which says "Sorry! The case you requested does not exist or has been removed from the site."

I know you discovered after you wrote your email that this missing girl had been found, but isn't it interesting that her info was still out there until you emailed LE?

Maybe they had forgotten to remove your "maybe" from the missing kids server? And your email reminded them?

Taximom
08-28-2007, 04:41 PM
Hmm. When I click on this link, I get a page which says "Sorry! The case you requested does not exist or has been removed from the site."

I know you discovered after you wrote your email that this missing girl had been found, but isn't it interesting that her info was still out there until you emailed LE?

Maybe they had forgotten to remove your "maybe" from the missing kids server? And your email reminded them?

Wouldn't it be nice if someone got back to me even if it was to say, sorry-not related! lol

The Facebook and Myspace sites are still out there saying she's 'missing-please help'. There's only one comment (and nothing after) that says basically "you know they found her, right?".

Call me confused. lol If I get a chance later I'll email her to see what's up.

The lady in the lake is still unidentified after all this time though. How sad.

docwho3
08-28-2007, 04:41 PM
The Arlington, TX police site still has info out on the unidentified woman found in the Lake, so KEEP LOOKING for matches!!
Here's the most recent release from LE:
http://www.arlingtonpd.org/MediaRelease/view.aspx?ReleaseID=214 (same info as we already have above)
". . . and yellow underwear with a graphic image of a chicken that reads “Chicks Rule.” . . ."
from the link above

I found this webpage about the underwear:
http://www.webundies.com/david_goliath_chicks_rule.htm

Not sure if they mean the underwear company or the website but it says near the top of the page:
"since 1999"

Taximom
08-28-2007, 04:45 PM
". . . and yellow underwear with a graphic image of a chicken that reads “Chicks Rule.” . . ."
from the link above

I found this webpage about the underwear:
http://www.webundies.com/david_goliath_chicks_rule.htm

Not sure if they mean the underwear company or the website but it says near the top of the page:
"since 1999"

I saw that too the other day! I wondered if LE would want to check that company's records to see if they could id someone that way.

I'm wondering if these could be bought elsewhere too....

Sable
08-29-2007, 11:26 AM
Stores like Claire's, Spencers, Hot Topic, etc. carry David and Goliath merchandise. I'd have to look into it further to be certain though, and I could be wrong about Spencer's and Hot Topic. While trying to trace where the underwear came from is an excellent idea, it might not be possible.

Taximom
09-07-2007, 11:47 PM
Bumping for Jane Doe. Nothing has been updated on the LE site, and the other girl I thought it might have been seems to have been found.

Keep looking for the lady in the lake.

TCMom
09-26-2007, 09:31 PM
Facial Reconstruction:

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/img/09-07/0927facialreconstruct.jpg

See if you can do your work sleuthers!

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/092707dnmetwoman.111484eb9.html

TCMom
09-27-2007, 07:48 AM
Bump due to the reconstruction.

dimples37398
09-27-2007, 10:57 AM
I couldnt see the person's facebook page, but if it was hannah davila I found a link which says she was found safe and had ran away. So we still don't know who Jane Doe in the lake was. I am going to keep looking as well.

Do you guys think for sure she is hispanic? Or what are the chances she isn't? To me that looks like some sort of Celtic(Irish) Cross. What do yall think?

Kel

jodierenee
09-27-2007, 11:16 AM
i say this every time i see a UID, but I know I've seen her somewhere. Those teeth stand out.

I'll search the TX MPCH and see what I come up with.

aj1020
09-27-2007, 11:19 AM
I couldnt see the person's facebook page, but if it was hannah davila I found a link which says she was found safe and had ran away. So we still don't know who Jane Doe in the lake was. I am going to keep looking as well.

Do you guys think for sure she is hispanic? Or what are the chances she isn't? To me that looks like some sort of Celtic(Irish) Cross. What do yall think?

Kel

I don't think she "looks" hispanic, but she very well could be. I also wouldn't chalk up too much to the cross being Celtic (if that's what it is). I know when I put jewelry on I don't think too much about it if it's a Native American tourquoise necklace I have, or a ring I bought in Germany, or a Black Hills Gold ring. Sometimes people just collect jewelry without much thought where it came from.

diamondgirl
10-03-2007, 10:07 AM
I swear I've seen other "Chicks Rule" underwear at like Walmart, but with a different chicken... I don't know if I would say those teeth were protruding. I might just say they were really crooked.

Anuniaq
10-04-2007, 12:10 PM
My daughter has a chicks rule! sweatshirt with a slightly different chicken that was made by Steve and Barry's Quality Athletic Goods.

It has a small S&B right after the !

txsvicki
10-07-2007, 02:39 AM
I think the reconstructed face definitely looks Hispanic.

TCMom
10-12-2007, 12:46 PM
Identified, Suspect Charged

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/101207dnmetarlington.162ff97a1.html


"Randy Lee Wilson was arrested Thursday evening in Fort Worth, Arlington police said Friday. He was taken to Arlington Jail and bail was set at $500,000. He accused in the murder of Brittany Elizabeth Rapoza, 20, of North Richland Hills.


According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Mr. Wilson had been forcing Ms. Rapoza to work as a prostitute. Witnesses told police Mr. Wilson had previously beat Ms. Rapoza for not making enough money and threatened to kill her. "

PrayersForMaura
10-12-2007, 06:20 PM
Rapoza's body was found in Lake Arlington on Aug. 19.

Wilson's arrest warrant (see sidebar) says she died after Wilson stabbed her multiple times and she swam out in the middle of the lake to get away from him. She died in the water.

The warrant also details descriptions of how Wilson got rid of evidence. The night of the murder, he was wearing white athletic shoes that ended up soaked in blood. A witness said Wilson took off the shoes, poured gasoline over them, and burned them on an empty lot.

Two months later, police recovered burned pieces of shoes from the same spot.

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/myfox/photo_servlet?contentId=4622657&version=1&locale=EN-US&subtype=MIMG&siteId=1005&isP16=trueElizabeth Rapoza and an artistic reconstruction of her face.


http://www.myfoxdfw.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=4620294&version=8&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.1.1

Taximom
10-12-2007, 10:21 PM
Oh, I just saw this! I'm glad it's been solved, but sorry she was killed by another jerk. :(

Babyslims
10-12-2007, 10:45 PM
Glad she's identified! Its so sad, she was so young and this was the ending to her life that barely started :mad:



but I guess at least that guy can be someone elses prostitute for awhile :blowkiss:

SewingDeb
10-13-2007, 08:52 AM
Arrest Warrant (PDF):

http://media.myfoxdfw.com/KDFWMISC/Documents/RandyWilson_Warrant.pdf

outofthedark
10-13-2007, 02:29 PM
Unidentified White/Hispanic Female




The victim was discovered on August 18, 2007 in Lake Arlington, Arlington, Texas
Estimated Date of Death: 1 week - 2 months prior

Vital Statistics




Estimated age: 16-21 years old
Approximate Height and Weight: 5'2"-5'4"; 140-170 lbs
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair. A benign bony tumor behind and above the right ear and a pierced navel.
Dentals: Available. The victim has an overbite.
Clothing: "Fred is Red" brand, yellow panties with a chick graphic and the words "CHICKS RULE" (size 8); and "Derek Heart" brand, capri length gray stretch pants (size large). She was also wearing a small metal cross on a necklace.
Fingerprints: Not Available
Case History
The victim was located in Lake Arlington, TX on August 18, 2007.

Investigators
If you have any information about this case please contact:
Arlington Police Department
Detective Jim Ford
817-459-5325
You may remain anonymous when submitting information.
Agency Case Number:
070060290
NCIC Number:
U-080020889
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case. Source Information:
Texas Department of Public Safety (http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/mpch/UnidentifiedDetails.asp?id=U0708006)

Identification News:http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/index.php?showtopic=24545
Case File:http://www.doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase802.html

docwho3
10-13-2007, 03:06 PM
Oct 12, 2007
". . . Arlington police have made an arrest in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found in Lake Arlington in August. Shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday, Randy Lee Wilson, 28, was arrested in connection with the death of 20-year-old Brittany Elizabeth Rapoza. Wilson was arrested on a murder warrant during a traffic stop in Fort Worth by the Arlington Fugitive Unit with assistance from Fort Worth police. . ."
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21270211/

strach304
10-13-2007, 03:49 PM
I'm so glad we found out who she is and they got the one responsible. Poor girl :(

Who's the poster that said the victim looked hispanic from the reconstruction? Good catch. :clap: I think that reconstruction is a very good likeness to what she actually looked like.

Taximom
10-14-2007, 03:01 AM
She's still on the Doenetwork. How long does it take to be removed?
http://doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase802.html

teonspaleprincess
10-17-2007, 04:00 PM
http://www.arlingtonpd.org/MediaRelease/view.aspx?ReleaseID=214

Taximom
10-17-2007, 09:52 PM
http://www.arlingtonpd.org/MediaRelease/view.aspx?ReleaseID=214

I wonder if we should send that link to the Doenetwork? It's been a while since she's been identified.