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    OK - LeFlore Co., BlkFem 394UFOK, 25-35, hitchhiker from OH, Jan'90

    I did a search for this UID and did not find a thread for her case, so I am starting one. I think she is identifiable - she was estimated to have been killed the day before her death, so her remains were mummified and not yet skeletal, and according to the NAMUS file there are dentals and fingerprints available for ID matches (they are unsure if DNA was taken).

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/394ufok.html



    Unidentified Black Female

    The victim was discovered on January 18, 1990 in Big Cedar, LeFlore County, Oklahoma
    The medical examiner ruled her manner of death an accident and cause of death massive head and chest injuries.

    Vital Statistics

    Estimated age: 25-35 years old
    Approximate Height and Weight: 5'2"; 87 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Short black hair; brown eyes.
    Marks, Scars: Scars on her forehead and left upper arm. She also had a c-section scar.
    Clothing: She was wearing a blue and grey striped long sleeve shirt, beige-colored long sleeve sweater, blue corduroy pants with a woven tan-colored fabric belt, and pantyhose.
    Jewelry: A yellow-colored ring with a pink stone.
    Dentals: Available
    Fingerprints: Available.

    Case History
    The victim was a passenger in a tractor trailer rig that crashed near Big Cedar, in LeFlore County, four miles south of Highway 259 and Highway 63 on January 18, 1990.

    The truck’s driver only knew the woman as Beth from Cleveland, Ohio, whom he had picked up several days before the traffic accident near 55th and Euclid Street.

    Investigators
    If you have any information about this case please contact:
    Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
    1-800-522-8017
    You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

    Agency Case Number:
    9008160

    She is also listed on NAMUS here:

    https://identifyus.org/cases/7857

    And please note that there have been 2 rule-outs: Nancy Cobbs and Tasha Wright are NOT matches.

    Since she was found in a trucker cab, I think it is a possibility she was a prostitute at truckstops and perhaps not from Oklahoma. They believe she may have been picked up in Ohio. Here are some possible matches:

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2865dfoh.html



    Mary Cox
    Missing since March 1989 from East Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/w/white_marie.html



    Marie Antoinette White
    Missing since November 1, 1988 from Oakland, California

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...assaundra.html

    Kassaundra Patterson
    Missing since May 5, 1988 from Haskell, Oklahoma

    Last edited by CarlK90245; 04-01-2013 at 01:49 PM.
    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
    I think she is identifiable - she was estimated to have been killed the day before her death, so her remains were mummified and not yet skeletal
    Could you clarify what you mean by that? Are you saying she was already dead in the car when it crashed? Or am I completely misunderstanding

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    Quote Originally Posted by Han-Tastic View Post
    Could you clarify what you mean by that? Are you saying she was already dead in the car when it crashed? Or am I completely misunderstanding
    I don't know if she was already dead - the description said she was mummified, so not skeletal. That's all I know.
    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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    Where are you getting the mummified and the killed the day before death (assuming you mean the day she was discovered) part? DN says she was discovered Jan 18, the day of the accident, and Namus says the estimated time of death was one hour previously, so she'd have been recently deceased when examined.

    The COD appears to be consistent with a traffic accident.

    They say she had massive head injuries so I wonder how difficult it was doing the facial reconstruction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by future criminologist View Post
    ...
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/394ufok.html
    https://identifyus.org/cases/7857


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    Mary Cox http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2865dfoh.html
    Missing since March 1989 from East Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

    Marie Antoinette White http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/w/white_marie.html
    Missing since November 1, 1988 from Oakland, California

    Kassaundra Patterson http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...assaundra.html
    Missing since May 5, 1988 from Haskell, Oklahoma
    It looks like a distinctive feature of this UID is her very prominent widow's peak hairline. None of these three have that feature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donjeta View Post
    Where are you getting the mummified and the killed the day before death (assuming you mean the day she was discovered) part? DN says she was discovered Jan 18, the day of the accident, and Namus says the estimated time of death was one hour previously, so she'd have been recently deceased when examined.

    The COD appears to be consistent with a traffic accident.

    They say she had massive head injuries so I wonder how difficult it was doing the facial reconstruction.
    Yeah, that's what confused me.

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    5' 2" & 87 lbs.

    can that be right? that weight makes me think anorexia or drugs ...

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    here is an interesting potential match, Benita Spears from Gary Indiana. She is stated to be between 5'0" and 5'2" and 95-100 lbs. she was 22 years old when she was last seen on October 24, 1989. her face pic has a widow's peak and she had an abdominal scar.

    from what is said at Namus, Benita disappeared the day her ex-boyfriend was released from prison so she might have run for dear life to get away from him.

    also for what it is worth, "Beth" is not far removed from "Benita".

    as for the scar, granted the scar is stated to be from a hernia when she was born. however, I'm not sure what was herniated on a newborn so it might not be in the same location as a hernia operation on an adult.

    https://www.findthemissing.org/cases/3841/7/

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    Quote Originally Posted by webrocket View Post
    here is an interesting potential match, Benita Spears from Gary Indiana. She is stated to be between 5'0" and 5'2" and 95-100 lbs. she was 22 years old when she was last seen on October 24, 1989. her face pic has a widow's peak and she had an abdominal scar.

    from what is said at Namus, Benita disappeared the day her ex-boyfriend was released from prison so she might have run for dear life to get away from him.

    also for what it is worth, "Beth" is not far removed from "Benita".

    as for the scar, granted the scar is stated to be from a hernia when she was born. however, I'm not sure what was herniated on a newborn so it might not be in the same location as a hernia operation on an adult.

    https://www.findthemissing.org/cases/3841/7/
    her middle name was elizabeth, beth is short for elizabeth.

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    She was wearing pantyhose. Not a lot of truck stop prostitutes do that, for obvious reasons. Which isn't to say she wasn't trading sex for transport or food or something, just that if she was it would have been highly situational and maybe something she was doing because of immediate circumstances (missed a bus? dumped by a date?) not so much habitual.


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    this picture of Benita on the left does not have the widow's peak, although Doe Network said she had two small children. (no reference to c-section) also says she had a chipped front tooth, which is not mentioned with the UID:

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2200dfin.html

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    I too think Benita is a good possible match. If she had fled to stay safe from her husband it is possible he wasn't involved. Also FWIW, I had an umbilical cord hernia when I was born. It didn't need surgery and I don't have any noticable change in appearance as a result of it. (healed on it's own). From what I understand if an infant is born with a hernia it is usually an umbilical cord hernia. Even with surgery so many decades later the scar may not be noticable.

    My recommendation is to submit Benita. A lot matches up. IN and OH are fairly close too -especially that she was in a truck accident.
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    on the plus side we have Benita's height and weight being in the ballpark (the UID was under 100 lbs), Benita's age is just below the estimated range, there was only a 4 month gap between her disappearing and the UID's death in the car accident. Benita's middle name was Elizabeth and the UID supposedly told the truck driver her name was Beth and even if the UID was picked up in OH, Benita could have easily gotten there from ID.

    the biggest downsides are the widow's peak, (not apparent in one of Benita's DN photos) the scar is questionable (Namus describes it this way "Transverse lower abdominal surgical scar (believed to be due to Caesarean Section))" but Benita's is just described as an abdominal scar from hernia surgery at birth, and the DN image for the UID seems to have touches of gray present althought that is not mentioned in the narrative of either DN or Namus.

    we got Cubby's opinion (thanks!), anyone else have thoughts on Benita?

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    If nothing else the ME can easily rule out based on scars.

    hth
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    FWIW, I had a hernia as an infant and it was corrected through a "bikini cut". Meaning a cut that goes from one side to the other and is hidden in the hairline. The scar is nearly invisible and is about 5 inches long. HTH (Sure never thought I would put that online!, LOL!)

    Also, FWIW, all of the c-section scars I have seen from back then are right down the middle, top to bottom. Not saying it could not be done a different way, just that I have never seen it done any other way.

    ETA: Now that I have viewed the pics, Benita looks like a pretty good match!

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