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    TX - Hockley, Female (UP 4527), 25-35, Shallow Grave -Has Given Birth, Apr'84

    NamUs profile: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/4527

    I did not find a DoeNetwork profile, but please add if you locate one!

    NamUs UP # 4527
    ME/C Case Number: ML84-2602
    Harris County, Texas
    25 to 35 year old Female


    Date found: April 30, 1984 10:30
    Remains found: 25500 Bauer-Hockley Rd, Hockley, TX - Harris County
    Circumstances: Remains found at edge of shallow grave near Hockley, TX
    Estimated age range: 25-35
    Race: Unsure
    Sex: Female
    Weight: Cannot estimate
    Height: 65 inches, estimated
    Hair color: Brown
    Eye color: Unknown
    Distinctive features: Evidence to suggest at least one birth during life
    Remains: Not recognizable. Partial remains with soft tissues. Head not recovered. One or more limbs not recovered. One or more hands not recovered.
    Probable year of death: 1983 to 1984
    Estimated postmortem interval: 6 months
    DNA: nucDNA available at University of North Texas
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    Thoughts on Viola Marie Findley for a DNA comparison? Ms. Findley could have disappeared anywhere between Florida and Iowa. There isn't much to go off of for this UID's profile in terms of distinguishing characteristics. Here is the comparison between the details available.

    Websleuths' 1980's Missing thread: FL Viola Marie Findley, 29, Volusia County, 1 Sept 1983 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community


    Date found: April 30, 1984 10:30

    Remains found: 25500 Bauer-Hockley Rd, Hockley, TX - Harris County
    VMF disappearance location: Anywhere between Florida and Texas.

    Circumstances: Remains found at edge of shallow grave near Hockley, TX

    Estimated age range: 25-35
    VMF age at disappearance: 29

    Race: Unsure
    VMF: White

    Sex: Female
    VMF: Female

    Weight: Cannot estimate
    VMF's weight: 170-200 lbs.

    Height: 65 inches, estimated
    VMF's height: 66 inches

    Hair color: Brown
    VMF's hair color: Brown

    Eye color: Unknown
    VMF's eye color: Brown

    Distinctive features: Evidence to suggest at least one birth during life
    VMF: Three children remaining in Iowa

    Remains: Not recognizable. Partial remains with soft tissues. Head not recovered. One or more limbs not recovered. One or more hands not recovered.

    Probable year of death: 1983 to 1984
    VMF: Disappeared sometime in September or October 1983

    Estimated postmortem interval: 6 months
    VMF: April 1984 is 5 to 6 months from September and October 1983, respectively.

    DNA: nucDNA available at University of North Texas
    VMF: Per NamUs, samples submitted and tests complete.

    Viola Marie Findley Profiles
    DoeNetwork profile: http://doenetwork.org/cases/2902dffl.html
    Iowa Cold Cases profile: http://iowacoldcases.org/case-summaries/viola-findley/
    NamUs profile: https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/2914/5/
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    Someone should definitely submit Viola.

    Good find, tiff!!!


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    ^ Thanks! I sent a quick summary of the similarities to the case manager contact to see if she felt it was worth a comparison.

    Thanks for making the thread subject more specific, CarlK! Definitely helps with filtering through the many threads going on.


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    the $64,000 question for me is what happened to the friend she traveled to Florida with?


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    I don't know how active Viola's sister is on the MP sites but if someone could post a comment on the Charley blog asking her about the friend, that might get some more info. or send her a private message there if that function exists. I assume one must be registered at Charley to post and I am not.


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    Please do not copy/paste comments from another site. The comment may be referred to with a time and date of posting... For example:

    please note comment on January 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm


    http://charleyross.wordpress.com/201.../#comment-7992


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    Dr. Pinto at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences emailed me earlier this week to update that DNA ruled out Viola Marie Findley and that NamUs has been updated.

    Current rule-outs are Viola Marie Findley and Tammy Leppert, both missing from Florida.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tifflee View Post
    Dr. Pinto at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences emailed me earlier this week to update that DNA ruled out Viola Marie Findley and that NamUs has been updated.

    Current rule-outs are Viola Marie Findley and Tammy Leppert, both missing from Florida.
    Thank you.Yes,I asked them to check Tammy and they just ruled this Jane Doe out .
    ALL EVIL NEEDS TO SUCCEED IS FOR GOOD PEOPLE TO DO NOTHING!!!!


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    Hockley is about 45 miles northwest of Houston and about 30 miles by local road from The Woodlands/Conroe area, where there are about 40 people missing, many now being investigated for connections to the guy who killed Mickey Shulnik (sp?).

    map: https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=H...t=m&z=10&via=1
    Opinions expressed are strictly my own (who else would they belong to???)


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    A new no-photo casefile was created for a 24 year old woman named Toni Esbenshade

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/18235/0

    She seems to be a pretty solid possible to this Jane Doe:

    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/4527

    The only negative is that the timeline (1 month) might be a little tight compared to the six month pm interval.

    But otherwise, it's pretty close:

    * Her age (24) is at the low end of the age range (25-35)
    * She had brown hair, consistent with the Jane Doe.
    * Her height matches spot-on.
    * She has given birth (See Below), consistent with the Jane Doe's skeletal findings.
    * Hockley TX (the location of the Jane Doe) is about 130 miles from Lockhart TX.


    I did a bit of research to see if I could find a photo of her, and could not. However, I found some additional information on her.

    Her maiden name is Toni Sue Swartz (DOB 30-Aug-1959).

    She was AKA Toni Sue Range.

    She has been married twice - once to a W.L. Range on 10-Feb-78, and they were divorced 22-May-1980.

    She then Married R.E. Esbenshade (who died in Apr 1990), and they had four children (2 boys and two girls)

    http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com.../UHP-0059.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlK90245 View Post
    A new no-photo casefile was created for a 24 year old woman named Toni Esbenshade

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/18235/0

    She seems to be a pretty solid possible to this Jane Doe:

    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/4527

    The only negative is that the timeline (1 month) might be a little tight compared to the six month pm interval.

    But otherwise, it's pretty close:

    * Her age (24) is at the low end of the age range (25-35)
    * She had brown hair, consistent with the Jane Doe.
    * Her height matches spot-on.
    * She has given birth (See Below), consistent with the Jane Doe's skeletal findings.
    * Hockley TX (the location of the Jane Doe) is about 130 miles from Lockhart TX.


    I did a bit of research to see if I could find a photo of her, and could not. However, I found some additional information on her.

    Her maiden name is Toni Sue Swartz (DOB 30-Aug-1959).

    She was AKA Toni Sue Range.

    She has been married twice - once to a W.L. Range on 10-Feb-78, and they were divorced 22-May-1980.

    She then Married R.E. Esbenshade (who died in Apr 1990), and they had four children (2 boys and two girls)

    http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com.../UHP-0059.html
    She does sound like a good possibility, but with the lack of identifiers, I'm not sure how they'll check.
    Opinions expressed are strictly my own (who else would they belong to???)


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    Quote Originally Posted by carbuff View Post
    She does sound like a good possibility, but with the lack of identifiers, I'm not sure how they'll check.
    I found all four of her children in Facebook, so LE shouldn't have any trouble getting FRS kits out to them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlK90245 View Post
    I found all four of her children in Facebook, so LE shouldn't have any trouble getting FRS kits out to them.
    True, it does say that process is under way. It'll just be slow, most likely.
    Opinions expressed are strictly my own (who else would they belong to???)


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    The wife of Toni Swartz-Esbenshade's son contacted me after reading this thread. She directed me to Toni's son's facebook page where there is a photo of Toni and her husband Roger.

    Here is a photo of Toni:
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 01-25-2013 at 02:56 PM.


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