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    WA - Dole Valley - WhtFem Skeletal UP10045, 18-25, Oct'74 Martha Morrison

    This UP case was just added last week to NamUs.

    NamUs UP Case 10045 https://identifyus.org/en/cases/10045

    Unidentified White Female

    Found on October 12, 1974 in the Dole Valley area of northern Clark County Washiington.

    Age (est.) 18 to 25 years
    Height (est.) 63 inches (5'3")
    Body condition Not recognizable - Partial skeletal parts only
    Circumstances Partial skeletal remains located in the Dole Valley area of northern Clark County Washiington.

    Dentals: Maxillary Teeth 1,2,3,10,14,15,16 were all that remained. It doesn't appear that the mandible was recovered. #4 was broken off. Fillings in upper molars 2,3, and 14

    DNA: Samples submitted - Tests not complete
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 03-24-2013 at 10:42 PM.

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    Although there are very few details contained in this casefile, the details available seem quite consistent with Linda Lee Lovell (25), last seen on June 27, 1974.



    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/9136/0
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/l/lovell_linda.html

    Apparently she was hitchhiking through Northern California with a traveling companion named Stephen L Packard with an ultimate destination of Spokane WA. Clark County WA is along a logical route that one might have taken from Mendocino County CA to Spokane WA.

    Stephen Packard's MP casefile was just added to NamUs today.



    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/14418/0

    ETA: I sent an e-mail to Nikki Costa of the Office of the MedEx of Clark County
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 10-10-2012 at 01:34 PM. Reason: Added S Packard's Photo

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    Stephen Packard's NamUs casefile now has a photo. I added it to the post above.

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    http://koin.com/2014/10/08/is-uniden...rtha-morrison/

    On October 12, 1974, the skeletons of two women were found in the Dole Valley area of Clark County. One was identified right away as Carol Platt Valenzuela.

    The other skeleton was never identified. But forensic investigators now are seeking more information about Martha Marie Morrison...

    Martha Morrison was 17 when she was last seen in September 1974, authorities said in a release. She disappeared from Portland... Martha Marie Morrison was white, 5-feet-4, about 140 pounds with long brown hair and hazel eyes.

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    http://registerguard.com/rg/news/loc...light.html.csp

    Walker said DNA and other testing at various labs hasn’t eliminated Morrison as the possible victim, “but we need to confirm it.”

    Operations Manager Niki Costa with the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office also noted that the DNA indicators for the unidentified body point to Morrison, but aren’t conclusive. She said she is hopeful something will be generated through the renewed investigation to confirm the identification.

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    Martha Morrison is the MP we were sure was Orange Socks (but was ruled out). I hope her family finds closure.

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    The following people have been ruled out as being this decedent:
    First Name Last Name Year of Birth State LKA MP Discussion Thread
    Pamela Burrows 1949 Washington
    Laura Flink 1947 Washington
    Diane Gilcrest 1959 Washington
    Sharon Giusti 1943 Washington http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?61199
    Jamie Grissim 1955 Washington http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?77636
    Vicki Hollar 1949 Oregon http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?112297
    Rita Jolly 1955 Oregon http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?60792
    Suzanne Justis 1950 Oregon http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?177443
    Suzanne Justis 1950 Oregon http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?177443
    Donna Manson 1954 Washington
    Jeannette Miller 1953 Washington
    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/10045

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    So many women went missing in the Pacific Northwest in the 70s and 80s.

    I hope we can identify this one. If they have a rule-out list then that most likely means that DNA testing has been complete, correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmmaliLucia View Post
    So many women went missing in the Pacific Northwest in the 70s and 80s.

    I hope we can identify this one. If they have a rule-out list then that most likely means that DNA testing has been complete, correct?
    According to Namus, yeah.


    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

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    Could be one of Bundy's victims. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1972 and moved to Utah in the fall of 1974. This says many women went missing around 1972-1974 between Washington State and Oregon.
    http://www.biography.com/people/ted-...xpected-killer
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    They didn't come up with an estimated postmortem interval for this UID, correct?

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    Thankful she finally got her name back! It was her fathers remains that gave the match. All other DNA was inconclusive

    Remains of homicide victim found near Vancouver identified after 41 years
    Medical examiners office employee spent eight years chasing leads
    By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter
    Published: July 13, 2015, 7:34 PM
    In the years that followed, law enforcement took a swab from the inside of the cheeks of Reba Morrison and Martha’s half-brother, Michael Morrison, for DNA comparisons. The results yielded a possible match with the unidentified Dole Valley remains, but nothing conclusive.

    “This is the first lead we’ve had on this case ever — since 1974 — for identifying this girl,” Costa said.

    She was told by the experts: “You need more DNA; it’s statistically weak.”

    But Martha Morrison’s parents were dead. When Costa reached out to more family, they were resistant.
    So she tried different avenues: With help from the Eugene Police Department, Costa hunted down a tissue sample of Martha Morrison’s mother that was on file at a Springfield, Ore., medical facility. That sample, she said, was days away from being destroyed.

    The sample showed the DNA was consistent, but still not conclusive.
    After a while, experts told her the only thing left to do was to get DNA from Martha’s father, who had died in 1976. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children told Costa that if she wanted to exhume Albert Ray Morrison’s body for a family DNA reference sample, they’d pay for it.

    Reba Morrison agreed to the exhumation and the NCMEC spent the next few months coordinating with a cemetery and other agencies in Arizona, where he was buried. While coordinating the effort, Costa considered the possible negative outcomes, such as the possibility that Albert Ray Morrison wasn’t Martha Morrison’s biological father.
    And on Wednesday, Costa got the email.

    Costa choked up as she read aloud the words that concluded eight years’ worth of difficult and sometimes discouraging work: “It is 59.7 million times more likely to be Martha Morrison than any other unrelated Caucasian person with a probability of relatedness 99.999998 percent,” she said.

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    I actually remember seeing her case several times recently. (Last few months) She kept catching my eye. Maybe she'd been saying that she'd be ID'D soon?

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    For a long time I thought she was probably Walker County JD.
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