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    KY - Owen Co., WhtFem 793UFKY, 25-35, off Hwy 330, 'Steve' tattoo, May'88

    Hi all, I searched but I didn't find a thread for this unidentified woman. Please move it to the appropriate thread if there is one.

    http://doenetwork.org/cases/793ufky.html
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    Unidentified Female
    Date of Discovery: May 6, 1988
    Location of Discovery: Owen County, Kentucky
    Estimated Date of Death: 3-10 days prior
    State of Remains: Decomposed Remains
    Cause of Death: Strangled

    Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

    Estimated Age: 25-35 years old
    Race: Caucasian
    Gender: Female
    Height: 5'5 to 5'7
    Weight: Unknown
    Hair Color: Dark brown/black hair with some gray
    Eye Color: Unknown

    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Healed fractures of face and rib (L2); A crude home made tattoo "STEVE" on upper right arm.

    Dentals: Not available. Edentulous - no teeth.
    Fingerprints: Partial prints (Kentucky State Police, case #05-88-277)
    DNA: Available (University North Texas)
    Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: Dark socks only.

    Jewelry: Unknown

    Additional Personal Items: Unknown

    Case History

    The remains of this victim were located on Highway 330, 18 miles South of Owenton in Owen County, Kentucky on May 6, 1988. The remains were in an open field, she was strangled and nude except for a pair of dark colored socks.
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    Possible Match-Marilyn Roberts
    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/ca...nt_page=dental
    All the details seem to match, even down to the tattoos on her arms ie the Steve tattoo. There is nothing to rule her out circumstances wise. It doesn't mention no teeth but her photo looks like it could be the case.
    What are people thoughts?
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    More about her here- http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...s_marilyn.html
    It is interesting that she may be involved with other bodies dumped along highways and this unidentified body was found dumped beside a highway.
    Perhaps a trucker murderer?

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    Possibly connected to Orange Socks, also found naked, only wearing a pair of socks? http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/33uftx.html.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcoope23 View Post
    Possibly connected to Orange Socks, also found naked, only wearing a pair of socks? http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/33uftx.html.
    I don't think so. Nine year difference, different state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcoope23 View Post
    Possible Match-Marilyn Roberts
    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/ca...nt_page=dental
    All the details seem to match, even down to the tattoos on her arms ie the Steve tattoo. There is nothing to rule her out circumstances wise. It doesn't mention no teeth but her photo looks like it could be the case.
    What are people thoughts?
    Hm, yeah, that's close
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    I know the circumstances seem unlikely for it to be connected but what caught my eye was the similar pattern. The being abandoned at the side of the highway, the strangulation and wearing nothing but socks. I have submitted my possible to both agencies that are listed and I will let you know if anything comes of it.

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    where do you see any reference to Marilyn having a "Steve" tattoo?

    Quote Originally Posted by rcoope23 View Post
    Possible Match-Marilyn Roberts
    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/ca...nt_page=dental
    All the details seem to match, even down to the tattoos on her arms ie the Steve tattoo.

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    I cannot see any reports on the nature of Marilyn's tattoos. Why is this not reported?
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    probably a fairly simple explanation.

    if you look at her Charley Project page, it is apparent that she was not in regular communication with her family. if you see what she was doing around the time, her family might not have actually seen the tattoos at close enough range to describe them even if they knew she had tattoos. that, coupled with the fact at that the time, late 1980's, tattoos on women were still relatively uncommon and frowned upon. so I could see why family might not have known the details.

    ETA - this was not the Facebook age when people proudly showed off their new ink to the world. we have no idea of the quality of the work she had done.

    Quote Originally Posted by badhorsie View Post
    I cannot see any reports on the nature of Marilyn's tattoos. Why is this not reported?
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    It's also possible that the LE unit who took the missing persons report has the information, but for whatever reason (usually to filter out false confessions) saw fit to keep some of the information private.
    Opinions expressed are strictly my own (who else would they belong to???)

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    for marilyn, the timeline is close and there is a resemblance so maybe youre on to something, though the killer preying on women in the New Bedford area seemed to have dumped them all near by, right? unless i am reading that wrong? it would be strange for him to take 1 girl to KY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerri Blank View Post
    for marilyn, the timeline is close and there is a resemblance so maybe youre on to something, though the killer preying on women in the New Bedford area seemed to have dumped them all near by, right? unless i am reading that wrong? it would be strange for him to take 1 girl to KY.
    It's always possible it wasn't the same murderer and that her disappearance has been erroneously lumped with the others.

    I think there are too many similarities. Definitely send it in.
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    Hi everyone,
    the Namus person in control of this case, Lori, was in contact. She is contacting the person in control of Marilyn's case to find out more about her tattoos and other identifying features they may have and will let me know.
    Unfortunately namus doesn't list what tattoo's she has, just tattoos on arm. It doesn't mention what tattoos but it is possible a 'Steve' tattoo was one of them.

    They did not capture the Bedford killer, so perhaps he wasn't from the area and he dumped the UID closer to home, or as Carbuff said she is unrelated to those killings.

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    Hi everyone, further contact by the person in contact of the unidentified. Unfortunately this might be one we will never know on. There is no DNA and details for Marilyn and no further information on her tattoo. Very frusturating. On the plus side, Amy Burrows is very open to suggestions from the public. It is nice to have contact with someone eager to use all sources of information to identify these people.

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