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    TX - Comfort, Wht/HispFem UP7212, 17-26, by Guadalupe River, Mar'10



    Investigators in Kendall County are trying to unravel a mystery after finding human remains under the Guadalupe River Bridge.

    That bridge supports Interstate 10, near the town of Comfort .
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    http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/crime/h...d-under-bridge


    Vital Stats:
    Age: 24-27
    Height: 5'1" to 5'5"
    Dentals: Obvious overbite with some dental discoloration and abnormalities
    Physical Characteristics: surgical stitches along her sternum, which would indicate some kind of open heart surgery at an early age. - Medical issues with ankles which may have necessitated crutches or wheelchair.
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 03-14-2013 at 07:07 PM.

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    An autopsy revealed the remains had been in that location for an estimated 2 to 10 years.

    “Once we got it uncovered, there was about an 80-percent skeleton there and the way it was laid… that tells you it has been there for a while,” Lt. Shad Prichard said.

    Through the use of modern science, forensic researchers determined the woman’s age along with some additional information. They estimated the woman’s age is between 24 and 27.

    "We know she's a Hispanic mix female, she would have been medium built. She has some issues with her ankles so she may of have a limp possibly crutches and on the extreme level she could have been in a wheel chair," Lt. Shad Prichard said.

    According to investigators, the woman also appeared to have undergone open heart surgery at an early age. She also had a distinctive overbite and one eye is slightly higher than the other, as well as her eyebrows.

    http://www.kens5.com/news/local/Depu...115780019.html

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    Here are a couple of cases, but neither of them have any mention of orthopedic issues.:

    Jennie Samantha Cummings

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...gs_jennie.html
    Her teeth appear to be reasonably similar, and she has a similar facial shape. She has abdominal scars, but the scars described of the UID are at chest-level. And there is nothing in the way of orthopedic issues or circumstances that would place her in that part of Texas (after being last seen in El Paso).


    Laurie Pineda

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...da_laurie.html
    She was lost in a flooding river not far from where the body was found. However, from what I can tell by looking at Google maps satellite views, it appears that the location where she was last seen is downstream from where the body was found.
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    Facial resemblance to Pineda is startling.
    Opinions expressed are strictly my own (who else would they belong to???)

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    This guy was missing in Comfort TX in 1987 after the bus in which he was riding was swept away by high waters. It says that there were 42 other passengers.

    John Clinton Bankston
    https://www.findthemissing.org/cases/8845/16

    I wonder if he was the only one of the 43 passengers who is unaccounted for. One would think they would have considered that though, when trying to ID this Jane Doe.

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    NY Times suggests that of the ten killed in the 1987 crash, only John Bankston is missing.

    Laurie Pineda looks like a possibility although the medical issues don't make sense for someone who'd seen active duty - and how could she have gotten upstream unless her passenger's story doesn't hold true? Still needs a look IMO.

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    HC 2400 UID female Kendall County TX found 3/6/10

    Hey all,

    It's been awhile since I've been on the UID threads. A new UID was just posted on Doe Network and I apologize if there's already a thread for it. I can't seem to get a URL to the page directly so I'm going to paste all the info from the page below - if you are looking for it on Doe it's Hot Case 2400:



    Unidentified White and/or Hispanic Female

    * The victim was discovered on March 6, 2010 in Kendall County, Texas.
    * Estimated Date of Death: 1 to 10 years prior.
    * State of Remains: Unknown.
    * Cause and Manner of Death: Homicide.

    Vital Statistics

    * Estimated Age: 17-26 years old.
    * Approximate Height and Weight: 5'0" to 5'4" and unknown weight.
    * Distinguishing Characteristics: Unknown hair and eye color.
    Race is believed to be White or Hispanic, or an admixture of both.
    * Medical: Open chest surgery as a child or adolescent and some
    deformities to the feet. She may have had to use crutches, wheelchair or a walker.

    * Dentals: Available. The decedent had extensive dental work.
    * DNA: Available.
    * Fingerprints: Not available.

    Case History
    The victim was found off of I-10 near the Guadalupe River Bridge on March 6, 2010, in Kendall County, Texas.

    Investigators
    If you have any information about this case please contact:
    Investigating Agency:
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    Missing Persons Clearinghouse
    1-800-346-3243 or 1-512-424-5074

    You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

    Agency Case Number: U1006001

    NCIC Number: N/A

    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    Texas Department of Public Safety

    Since the timeline and most of the distinguishing characteristics are pretty broad, I am focusing on the skeletal and dental issues present to narrow down the search. I'm seeking your feedback on these potential matches.

    I'm looking at white and Hispanic women in this age range who went missing from 2000 to 2010 in Texas. A few of the possibilities I've found are:

    I'm going to post this now and then post my findings below.
    Some people do crossword puzzles or Soduko in their spare time...I look at skeletal reconstructions and work on UID puzzles. I swear I'm not this morbid in person!

    Help Fred Murray find his daughter and bring her home. He should not be walking those woods alone!
    What Happened to Maura Murray? http://www.mauramurraymissing.com

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    The Laurie Pineda page also says that Pineda was an Iraq vet who was wounded in battle - I wonder if that could be what the injuries/open heart surgery on the UID is from?

    Has Pineda been called in as a possible match on this UID yet?
    Some people do crossword puzzles or Soduko in their spare time...I look at skeletal reconstructions and work on UID puzzles. I swear I'm not this morbid in person!

    Help Fred Murray find his daughter and bring her home. He should not be walking those woods alone!
    What Happened to Maura Murray? http://www.mauramurraymissing.com

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    the article says that the open heart surgery was at an early age - if this problem was resolved early, it might not have prevented Laurie Pineda from serving in the military. Also, the ankle issues in the UID could have been the injuries Pineda incurred when she was wounded in Iraq - which she received the Silver Star for. The description does not say that the ankle issues had to have happened when she was young - just that it would mean the person has a disability now. So I think it's still a really good fit - probably the best I've seen thus far, and I've looked at descriptions for half the missing women in Texas so far.

    Someone should call it in.
    Some people do crossword puzzles or Soduko in their spare time...I look at skeletal reconstructions and work on UID puzzles. I swear I'm not this morbid in person!

    Help Fred Murray find his daughter and bring her home. He should not be walking those woods alone!
    What Happened to Maura Murray? http://www.mauramurraymissing.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by future criminologist View Post
    the article says that the open heart surgery was at an early age - if this problem was resolved early, it might not have prevented Laurie Pineda from serving in the military. Also, the ankle issues in the UID could have been the injuries Pineda incurred when she was wounded in Iraq - which she received the Silver Star for. The description does not say that the ankle issues had to have happened when she was young - just that it would mean the person has a disability now. So I think it's still a really good fit - probably the best I've seen thus far, and I've looked at descriptions for half the missing women in Texas so far.

    Someone should call it in.
    I have not called her in. I looked pretty closely at the satellite views of where she was lost, and where the body was found and it looked to me like her body would have had to have gone upstream to get to that location.

    I will be busy tomorrow morning, and will not have too much time to call it in. But feel free to call it in if you feel strongly enough about it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cymro View Post
    NY Times suggests that of the ten killed in the 1987 crash, only John Bankston is missing.

    Laurie Pineda looks like a possibility although the medical issues don't make sense for someone who'd seen active duty - and how could she have gotten upstream unless her passenger's story doesn't hold true? Still needs a look IMO.
    I would think the passenger's story was true. if the Doe Network story is accurate, he was clinging to a tree surrounded by raging flood waters. that is an extremely risky way to cover one's tracks if the person disposed of a body much further upstream.

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    There are ways for bodies to get moved upstream in flood waters -- backwashes, for instance. Body dragged by an animal. Or the passenger might have made a mistake about the crossing location. Or he might not have been telling the complete truth. Maybe he fell in while dumping the body.

    She looks far too close to not call in just because of that.
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    I found this article on a different skull that was found in March 2011, a few miles downstream from where Naomi Pineda was last seen.

    http://haysfreepress.com/archives/18052

    The skull is currently being tested at University of North Texas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlK90245 View Post
    Laurie Pineda

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...da_laurie.html
    She was lost in a flooding river not far from where the body was found. However, from what I can tell by looking at Google maps satellite views, it appears that the location where she was last seen is downstream from where the body was found.
    Quote Originally Posted by CarlK90245 View Post
    I found this article on a different skull that was found in March 2011, a few miles downstream from where Laurie Pineda was last seen.

    http://haysfreepress.com/archives/18052

    The skull is currently being tested at University of North Texas.
    The remains found in March 2011 (not the UID that is the subject of this thread) were positively identified as Laurie Pineda.

    http://www.statesman.com/blogs/conte...yearold_i.html
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 10-07-2012 at 05:59 PM.

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    This is sad - it sounds like she had already lived quite a difficult life, and it seems to have ended just as harshly.
    --Jennifer

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