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  1. #1
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    Nov 2009
    El Segundo, California

    NM - Rio Arriba Co., Wht/HispFem 393UFNM, Nov'08 - Sonnet Stala

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 393UFNM
    NamUs UP Case 4968 https://identifyus.org/cases/4968

    Reconstruction of Victim

    Unidentified White/Hispanic Female

    The victim was discovered on November 3, 2008 in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
    Estimated Date of Death: Years prior
    Partial Skeletal Remains

    Vital Statistics

    Estimated age: 30-50 years old
    Approximate Height and Weight: 5'6"
    Clothing: No clothing or accessories.
    Dentals: Available

    Case History
    The victim was located on Forest road 1090 in a rural area south of Coyote, NM.
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 10-06-2013 at 10:37 PM.

  2. #2
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    Nov 2009
    El Segundo, California
    This 1944 case of a woman missing from Phoenix was recently made public in NamUs, although her casefile was created in July 2011.
    Bertha Beatrice Smith


    She was said to have left Phoenix to go to Texas. So New Mexico would be a logical end point.

    The resemblance is pretty good IMO.

    Granted - It's a longshot. But does anyone suppose that "years prior" could mean 64 years prior?
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 10-10-2012 at 11:56 PM.

  3. #3
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    Dec 2009
    Northeast USA
    Quote Originally Posted by CarlK90245 View Post
    But does anyone suppose that "years prior" could mean 64 years prior?
    the term could apply to ancient Native American remains, although that is probably not the case here.

  4. #4
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    Oct 2011
    Reno, Nevada
    Carl, did you end up submitting this match? If not, I say go for it!

  5. #5
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    Nov 2009
    El Segundo, California
    Quote Originally Posted by micheleonelonly View Post
    Carl, did you end up submitting this match? If not, I say go for it!
    Yes, I did submit it to Det. Somershoe of the Phoenix PD back on 22-Sep-2011 . He replied as follows:


    We just received this report so the information I have on it is still very preliminary. The reporting person has not replied to a few emails I have sent...but I am planning on trying for contact again this week.

    I will keep this unid as a possibility.

    Thanks for the interest.

    Detective Somershoe #6395
    Phoenix Police Department
    Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit

  6. #6
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    Feb 2012
    United Kingdom
    Melissa Montoya went missing in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico she was last seen alive on 3/16/2001 according to NamUs. There isn't a lot of information about her, she was 5'7 not 5'6 though and there is no picture.


  7. #7
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    Nov 2009
    El Segundo, California
    I got word from a reliable source that this Jane Doe has been ID'd as Sonnet Shawn Stala DOB 06-Nov-1963, LKA 01-Jun-2003 from Park County Montana.

    Last edited by CarlK90245; 10-06-2013 at 10:53 PM.

  8. #8
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    Aug 2009
    Googling turns up that Ms. Stala bore a child in Espanola, NM in 2002. She may have also been a resident of Jemez Springs, NM in the year(s) prior to her disappearance. I can't locate Forest Road 1090, but the area a little south of Coyote, NM is within several miles of both of those towns. It's too bad there was no information on why she was reported missing from Montana, nor on her previous residences.

    Ms. Stala's brother is the one who originally pointed the grandniece of Dorothy Gay Howard, aka "Boulder Jane Doe," to the Doe Network:
    Wisconsin State Journal: Madison woman's persistence solves a half-century mystery

    He has been searching for his sister for at least a decade now. I am sorry this had an unhappy ending for him; I hope he gets a little comfort from knowing where his sister is.

    Ms. Stala had several aliases, and her photos appear to have been mugshots. I notice that Terry Reyes was located deceased in Jemez Pueblo, which is near Jemez Springs. A witness claimed that Miss Reyes may have been working as a prostitute. There is no verification of this, nor do I find anything clearly indicating that Ms. Stala was involved in any specific criminal activities.
    Identified! NM - Jemez Pueblo, Wht/HispFem 686UFNM, 20-35, In Dry Arroyo, Dec'04, Terry Reyes - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

    The above did make me wonder if there is any connection between the two, but there's no reason to think it's not coincidence either. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of places nor of people with motives to dump a body in the New Mexico deserts.
    Last edited by KateB; 04-29-2015 at 09:03 AM. Reason: repair url tag.

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