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    LA - Nelda Louise Hardwick, 34, Lake Charles, 14 Oct 1993

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    Case File 1002DFLA

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1002dfla.html

    Nelda Louise Hardwick
    Missing since October 14, 1993 from Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
    Classification: Endangered Missing



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    Vital Statistics
    •Date Of Birth: January 3, 1959
    •Age at Time of Disappearance: 34 years old
    •Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'3"; 110 lbs.
    •Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Dark brown hair; hazel eyes.
    •Marks, Scars: Her left leg is shorter than her right and she walks with an obvious limp.
    •Clothing: She was wearing casual clothing.
    •Dentals: She has a complete set of dentures.
    •AKA: Nelda Bailey; Nelda Frug
    •DNA: Available



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    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Hardwick disappeared from her home in Lake Charles, LA in October 1993. She had been at home with her boyfriend and her children. The children were bathed and put to bed. The boyfriend went to bed as well and when he woke up the next morning he found a note saying she was going to the store and she would be right back. She never returned.
    According to family members Hardwick would never have simply left behind her four children. Foul play is suspected in her disappearance.



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    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office
    337-491-3719
    Email

    Agency Case Number: 93-054275

    NCIC Number: M-683291078
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office
    National Center for Missing Adults
    KPLCTV

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...ick_nelda.html
    Her case has been classifed as a homicide.

    http://identifyla.lsu.edu/profile_mp.php?id=186

    https://www.findthemissing.org/cases/625/0/
    NamUs profile:
    Dental: charted and entered
    DNA: Sample submitted-tests complete
    Fingerprints: NA

    Nelda has been missing almost 17 years. Her four children deserve to know what happened to and where their Mother is, come home soon.
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    Miss. exhumation sought in new leads on 2 missing La. women

    Faulk told the newspaper he has been contacted over the past year by several groups looking into missing persons cases. That led to the discovery of similarities in the “Jane Doe” who died in the county of a hit-and-run accident in 1998 and two missing Louisiana women, Faye Aline Self, of Coushatta, and Nelda Louise Hardwick, of Lake Charles.
    http://www.shreveporttimes.com/artic...ssing-La-women
    Where is Cherrie Mahan?
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    Justice for Alanna Gallagher

    "I cannot tell you how a child like that can get through the nine months, but she has done that. That concludes to us that she has a level of strength that I'm not sure any of us has."

    Jane Young about Abigail Hernandez

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    MS judge to decide on exhuming body believed to be missing LC woman

    http://www.kplctv.com/story/23157276...ssing-lc-woman
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    Jane Doe may be missing La. woman

    http://www.fox8live.com/story/237274...ssing-la-woman
    Where is Cherrie Mahan?
    Who is Snohomish County Jane Doe?
    Justice for Alanna Gallagher

    "I cannot tell you how a child like that can get through the nine months, but she has done that. That concludes to us that she has a level of strength that I'm not sure any of us has."

    Jane Young about Abigail Hernandez

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    No ruling on Jane Doe, but niece ordered to clean grave marker
    WLOX
    Posted: Oct 18, 2013 11:31 AM CST Updated: Oct 18, 2013 8:21 PM CST
    By Michelle Lady

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    Hardwick's family members took the stand Friday trying to convince Judge Lisa Dodson that the woman buried in Hancock County 15 years ago is their loved one.

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    Judge Dodson said she needed a week to read the entire case file before she makes a ruling. But before she will announce her decision, she ordered Lori Test to clean the grave marker she defaced.

    "Tell me why you wrote on the headstone?" Judge Dodson asked. "Because, I guess, having a moment of emotion, I couldn't stand the thought that she was sitting in there without her name on there," Lori Test answered.


    Much more at this link including quotes from relatives' testimony, and disrepancies questioned by the judge.
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    Update: Judge delays final decision on exhuming body in Hancock County
    Sun Herald
    Published: October 18, 2013
    By ROBIN FITZGERALD

    Dr. Mark LeVaughn, Mississippi's chief medical examiner, said he would help Faulk and a forensic anthropology team from a university unearth the remains. Another university has agreed to try to compile a DNA profile that could be compared to DNA from Hardwick's family.

    "There is a high probability we will find biological material suitable for testing," LeVaughn said.

    If the comparison isn't a match to Hardwick's family, the profile could be used to identify Jane Doe through DNA profiles in various databases, LeVaughn said.

    Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2013/10/18/...#storylink=cpy
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    Looks like the exhumation is a go. According to her Charley Project entry, foul play was suspected in her 1993 disappearance, and this woman was struck by a car in 1998, so I'm not sure what leads her family to think it's likely her, but will be good to have her DNA in CODIS, anyway.

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    According to the following article the family have been convinced since viewing the autopsy photos

    http://www.seacoastecho.com/article_7545.shtml


    Dec 17, 2013, 18:40
    A forensic anthropology team arrived in Hancock County Tuesday and began the process of exhuming an unidentified woman buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery, formerly Rotten Bayou Cemetery.

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    Forensic anthropologist Nicholas Hermann and his team from Mississippi State University began Tuesday by marking off "Jane Doe's" grave of and doing preliminary work at the site. The actual exhumation of the body will not take place until later this week, Faulk said.

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    I'm not surprised. The autopsy photos do bear a very strong resemblance to Nelda. The identity of the other Hancock County Jane Doe was finally confirmed recently. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we'll see both cases resolved before the end of the year.
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