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    GA - Debra Ashe, 14, Bishop, 24 Aug 1970

    I ran across this case while doing some research and I can't find any mention of it on WS -- hope I am not duplicating.

    The link below, from 2011, relates how local LE was to take another look at the case after receiving some new information. Thus far, this is pretty much the most recent report I can find of any activity.

    Debra was at home with her 7-year-old brother when she was attacked, on Aug. 24, 1970, and she died of her injuries on Aug. 26, without, apparently, being able to give any clues about who her attacker had been.

    Splinters of wood at the scene indicated she had been battered from behind with the stock of a gun.

    She was found partially clothed, but forensics did not detect a sexual assault -- it seems she may have gone swimming in a backyard pool and then come in to change from her swimsuit to clothes just before the attack. Her little brother was mentally handicapped and, sadly, though he seemed to have witnessed something, was unable to communicate anything that helped.

    Sheriff's Office Revisits Cold Case Homicide

    A phone call has triggered the reexamination of the 1970 murder of Debra Ashe, Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry tells the Athens Banner-Herald.
    read more at: http://oconee.patch.com/articles/she...#comments_list
    Last edited by Backwoods; 02-15-2013 at 05:30 AM.

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    New lead reopens 41-year old Bishop murder case

    A telephone call from an undisclosed source has reopened the 41-year-old unsolved murder case of a 14-year-old girl who was bludgeoned to death in her Bishop home, according to Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry.


    Debra Ashe was found beaten with the stock of a rifle in her Price Mill Road home on Aug. 24, 1970, and died two days later at an Athens hospital, according to old newspaper reports....

    ...Sheriff’s investigators reopened the case in August when a person called with some information, Berry said....


    ...“It’s not a smoking-gun piece of information,” Berry said.



    Two years after the slaying, Crime Magazine profiled the case. ...
    read more at: http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2...op-murder-case


    Oconee County reopens 40-year-old murder case

    ...Several suspects were considered but quickly ruled out. And eventually the investigation simply stalled.

    But investigators say they recently received a tip that's caused them to take a look at someone they never considered a suspect before.
    more at: http://www.11alive.com/rss/article/2...source=dlvr.it
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    I think the links below (where I first stumbled on this case) probably are considered a blog, but they give some good summary of the case and I think quote some contemporary sources that may not be readily available on line, so I'm posting them. Mods, please take these away if they are not allowed:

    Part 1 at: http://www.avoc.info/info/article.php?article=3726

    Part 2 at: http://www.avoc.info/info/article.ph...091a5c7d08f491

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    The links look fine, BW.

    Wow. Sounds like an interesting case.
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    According to the information at the Find A Grave site, though Debra lived in Oconee Co., GA, and the attack took place there, she both came into the world and departed from it in Clarke Co. -- I guess both events probably took place at an Athens, GA hospital.

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...&GRid=84408505


    Her full name was Debra Anne Ashe.

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    It looks like Debra's dad died in 2000.

    Is it OK to link to his obituary? http://onlineathens.com/stories/022700/obi_03.shtml
    I found it interesting that his obit states that he was well known as a water dowser! You don't see that too often in obituaries.

    Seems the then 7-year-old brother who was in the house with her on the day she was attacked is also deceased. Some of the other links state that she had another brother, too, 5 years old at the time of her death, who was with their father that day. The father's obituary lists a son (I'm assuming that one) and the mother as survivors.
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    This is an interesting case. Wish we knew what the new info that came in in 2011 was.
    I really feel for her brother. He must have witnessed his sister being killed and maybe tried to help her. The killer evidently slapped him.

    The fact that the killer must have known that her brother could not communicate what had happened leads me to believe that the killer knew the family fairly well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backwoods View Post
    It looks like Debra's dad died in 2000.

    Is it OK to link to his obituary? http://onlineathens.com/stories/022700/obi_03.shtml
    I found it interesting that his obit states that he was well known as a water dowser! You don't see that too often in obituaries.

    Seems the then 7-year-old brother who was in the house with her on the day she was attacked is also deceased. Some of the other links state that she had another brother, too, 5 years old at the time of her death, who was with their father that day. The father's obituary lists a son (I'm assuming that one) and the mother as survivors.
    This does seem to be the case, Backwoods.
    I also wanted to update that I did shoot the onlineathens reporter an email regarding the new lead from 2011 and he said nothing ever came of it (whatever the phone call was in regards to) and also that the family was not interested in speaking to him about the case. (Paraphrased).

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    Where did the Rifle (or the stock) originate from, victims residence, or brought to the scene?

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    This is a quote from the avoc article: " And the crime lab technicians had determined that the splinters were from the butt of a gun—exactly what type of rifle or handgun had been used to bludgeon the young beauty, the scientists couldn’t say."

    That, combined with the father's statement that nothing was missing from the home led me to believe that the gun was brought to the scene. (Just my guess).

    Thanks for joining in on yet another perplexing cold case, RichKelly!


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    That's just how I roll Mrs T. ..=

    Ok, so brought and taken by the killer, but no proof it was indeed a rifle stock, or the wooden grips of a gun .

    Id like to know what led them to conclude it was from a firearm then , finished, wood could be anything from a piece of furniture to a baseball bat, to a pool queue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichKelly View Post

    Id like to know what led them to conclude it was from a firearm then , finished, wood could be anything from a piece of furniture to a baseball bat, to a pool queue.
    I am not sure, Rich.. Maybe the shape of it since at least one piece was noted as large? Here is the rest of what was reported about the pieces:

    " ...At the spot in the bedroom where the girl’s head had lain was a large dark-brown-colored splinter from a piece of close-grained, finished wood. A similar section was found in the kitchen. These, no doubt, were from whatever had been used to bludgeon the schoolgirl."

    http://www.avoc.info/info/article.ph...091a5c7d08f491

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsTigglesworth View Post
    I am not sure, Rich.. Maybe the shape of it since at least one piece was noted as large? Here is the rest of what was reported about the pieces:

    " ...At the spot in the bedroom where the girl’s head had lain was a large dark-brown-colored splinter from a piece of close-grained, finished wood. A similar section was found in the kitchen. These, no doubt, were from whatever had been used to bludgeon the schoolgirl."

    http://www.avoc.info/info/article.ph...091a5c7d08f491
    This is one of "those" cases, where, there is SO little info to work with, its like trying to bake a cake with just flour.

    Ok so few questions, that I have (as usual)

    Very interested in the wounds, does it state anywhere how many times they felt she was struck?

    Also did it say anywhere they are more consistent with bring pistol whipped, or bludgeoned with a large heavy object ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichKelly View Post

    Very interested in the wounds, does it state anywhere how many times they felt she was struck?

    Also did it say anywhere they are more consistent with bring pistol whipped, or bludgeoned with a large heavy object ?
    I don't recall ever seeing the phrase "pistol whipped", but the attack is referred to usually as a beating or bludgeoning. Several blows to the back of the head fractured her skull. She was still alive and taken to the hospital where she had surgery, but died soon after.

    " The post-mortem disclosed that Debra Anne Ashe had suffered several severe blows on the back of the head, which had fractured her skull. Bruises on her arms indicated that she had been grabbed, probably unexpectedly, from behind. There were also lacerations on her forehead and on one hip; these injuries, it was surmised, occurred when she had fallen after being attacked."

    http://www.avoc.info/info/article.ph...091a5c7d08f491

    I was able to find the death certificate, let me see if I can attach it.
    I could read severe head injury and skull fracture-multi, but can't make out what is written under that.

    http://i1317.photobucket.com/albums/...ps165e19fa.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsTigglesworth View Post
    I don't recall ever seeing the phrase "pistol whipped", but the attack is referred to usually as a beating or bludgeoning. Several blows to the back of the head fractured her skull. She was still alive and taken to the hospital where she had surgery, but died soon after.

    " The post-mortem disclosed that Debra Anne Ashe had suffered several severe blows on the back of the head, which had fractured her skull. Bruises on her arms indicated that she had been grabbed, probably unexpectedly, from behind. There were also lacerations on her forehead and on one hip; these injuries, it was surmised, occurred when she had fallen after being attacked."

    http://www.avoc.info/info/article.ph...091a5c7d08f491

    I was able to find the death certificate, let me see if I can attach it.
    I could read severe head injury and skull fracture-multi, but can't make out what is written under that.

    http://i1317.photobucket.com/albums/...ps165e19fa.jpg
    Are there any photos of the scene, primarily the spot she was laying when she was found ? ,

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