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    MA - Elaine Kwiatkowski, 20, Marshfield, 29 May 1976

    I saw this new no-photo NamUs casefile for a case dating back to 1976 that was added today.

    Elaine Kwiatkowski
    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/18246/0

    Not only was there no photo, but also no information regarding the circumstances of her disappearance.

    I did a little research to see if I could find a photo or any info on her. I couldn't find a photo, but I found this newspaper article from the 27-Oct-1976 edition of the Springfield Union (Springfield, MA). It looks like she was lost at sea in a boating accident.



    The body of her brother Daniel R Kwiatkowski was located.

    Also missing are:
    Dan Poirer (26) of Worcester MA
    Jana Coonan (17) of Clearwater FL

    I wonder if the bodies of Poirer or Coonan were ever located.

    The article indicates that Elaine is from Leicester MA. But she is not in the 1974 Leicester HS yearbook.
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 12-06-2012 at 12:56 AM.

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    Is there any way to find Daniel's obit? It might say were he graduated from, and then we can infer where Elaine graduated from.

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    Thanks, Carl! I noticed Elaine's listing on NamUs recently, but if she was lost at sea, it is not possible for her to be either of the 2 UIDs I thought that she might be, pending a better physical description.

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    You were probably thinking of the same UID's I was thinking of.

    I started this thread in case someone spotted her as a possible to Woodlawn Jane Doe.

    Here is another Jane Doe who was found the next day after Elaine went missing.

    http://doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase1842.html

    But (1) I don't think Elaine's body could have drifted from Massachusetts to Virginia Beach in a single day, (2) this Jane Doe is too old, and (3) the fact that the body was "decapitated" is not consistent with Elaine's apparent circumstances of a boating accident.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlK90245 View Post
    You were probably thinking of the same UID's I was thinking of.

    I started this thread in case someone spotted her as a possible to Woodlawn Jane Doe.

    Here is another Jane Doe who was found the next day after Elaine went missing.

    http://doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase1842.html

    But I don't think Elaine's body could have drifted from Massachusetts to Virginia Beach in a single day, and the fact that the body was "decapitated" is not consistent with Elaine's apparent circumstances of a boating accident.
    Yes. In fact, it would be pretty difficult for a body to get from Massachusetts to Virginia Beach at all, in any amount of time. The Gulf Stream runs the opposite direction. It would be distantly possible with the right combination of storms, countercurrents, rip tides, etc. but it would take a quite a while.

    Most fishing boats have propellers, so it's possible to be decapitated in an accident like that.
    Opinions expressed are strictly my own (who else would they belong to???)

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    I was looking for info about Jana Coonan and your link came up. Jana is my husband’s sister. As the article said she and three others were presumed drowned in the accident in 1976. In Oct. of that year Danny Kiwatkowski and a head with one tooth were found. What I know as of June 2013. The head was listed as a Jana Doe and was to be cremated. In Oct of 2012 a head was sent to the Boston Tribune and they contacted the police. They connected the head to the 1976 boating accident and contacted Danny’s family to do a DNA test. They gave the police our info. After the accident Danny’ Mother married my husband’s Father. They did a DNA test from both families. It is Jana Coonan. As I said before her remains were to be cremated. After they signed to do this her remains went missing. The coroner’s office did not know this till they showed up at the Newspaper. We were told the person who signed for the cremation is now dead. They do not know who sent her remains to the newspaper. My husband was 11 when this all happened in 1976 so we would like to get more info. We are looking for any articles about the accident and Jana’s head showing up at the newspaper. We also want to get the official records. If you have any help or ideas about how to do this please let us know. Still have questions. What a strange thing to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tqvaxy View Post
    I was looking for info about Jana Coonan and your link came up. Jana is my husband’s sister. As the article said she and three others were presumed drowned in the accident in 1976. In Oct. of that year Danny Kiwatkowski and a head with one tooth were found. What I know as of June 2013. The head was listed as a Jana Doe and was to be cremated. In Oct of 2012 a head was sent to the Boston Tribune and they contacted the police. They connected the head to the 1976 boating accident and contacted Danny’s family to do a DNA test. They gave the police our info. After the accident Danny’ Mother married my husband’s Father. They did a DNA test from both families. It is Jana Coonan. As I said before her remains were to be cremated. After they signed to do this her remains went missing. The coroner’s office did not know this till they showed up at the Newspaper. We were told the person who signed for the cremation is now dead. They do not know who sent her remains to the newspaper. My husband was 11 when this all happened in 1976 so we would like to get more info. We are looking for any articles about the accident and Jana’s head showing up at the newspaper. We also want to get the official records. If you have any help or ideas about how to do this please let us know. Still have questions. What a strange thing to happen.
    Oh, dear-that's terrible! I hope you get the answers that you are looking for.

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    This is a very strange case.

    The relatives of Danny Kwiatkowski have misgivings about whether the body found was really his since he never wore blue jeans and the wallet recovered hadn't undergone the deterioration expected for 5 months in the water. The family has tried to have his body exhumed without success.

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/201...Y7L/story.html

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    This story has a picture of all 4 of the people missing from the boat. Elaine is the second picture from the left.

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/201...B1N/story.html

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    So Jana is the only one who has been found?
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    Here are the long-sought photos of Elaine Kwiatkowski, and her BF Daniel Richard Poirier from the story which hmg linked to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by believe09 View Post
    So Jana is the only one who has been found?
    I think Elaine's brother Danny was found too, shortly after the incident. But the family is skeptical that the body found was Danny.



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