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    TX - Kerr Co., BlkMale skeletal 668UMTX, 40-60, Mar'93 - William Shoffner

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 668UMTX
    http://doenetwork.org/cases/668umtx.html
    NamUs UP Case 3809 https://identifyus.org/en/cases/3809


    Unidentified Black Male

    The victim was discovered on March 13, 1993 in Kerr County, Texas
    Estimated Date of Death: 5-18 months prior

    Vital Statistics

    Estimated age: 40 - 60 years old
    Approximate Height and Weight: 5'7" - 5'11
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Salt and Pepper hair
    Dentals: Wore a full set of dentures, with a gold cutout crown on the top right front tooth.
    Clothing: Possibly wearing a green shirt with embroidery on front and tan pants with buttons.

    Case History
    The victim was located on March 13, 1993 in Kerr County, Texas
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 07-31-2013 at 07:53 PM.

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    New addition to NAMPN:

    William Lester Shoffner

    http://www.nampn.org/cases/shoffner_william_lester.html



    Distinguishing Characteristics:Mr. Shoffner had a thin build. He wore dentures with one upper tooth trimmed in gold.

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    The only inconsistencies are his age (31) compared to the 40-60 estimate, and his clothing description doesn't match the description of those found with the UID.

    But everything else looks good.
    * His height (5'11") is right (5'7" - 5'11)
    * His Race matches
    * The timeline (6 months from 10-Aug-92 to 13-Mar-93) is consistent with the 5-18 month est. postmortem interval.
    * Kerr County is less than 100 miles from San Antonio.
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 06-01-2013 at 11:50 PM.

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    Lloyd Downey?

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/8484/98/

    - Race matches
    - Height matches (he's between 5'8 and 5'11 according to NAMUS, 5'8 according to Charley Project)
    - Age matches (he's 56)
    - His hair is 'partially gray'
    - Bexar County is less than 100 miles from Kerr County
    - Went missing on November 19th, 1992 (four months before the body was found)

    I don't know if he has dentures, though...

    EDIT: Sorry, just noticed he was ruled out.

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    Wow! Good job. That seems like a really good one. How common could a set of dentures like that be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucidtx View Post
    Wow! Good job. That seems like a really good one. How common could a set of dentures like that be?
    Add in that the race and the timeline are spot-on, and the location is pretty close. The age is off - but even so, this looks like a pretty solid possible.

    I e-mailed it in to Todd Matthews, and he is passing it on to the appropriate persons.

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    It appears this is a match! The skeletal remains were identified as William Lester Shoffner.

    http://www.news4sanantonio.com/news/...ied-1310.shtml

    Not sure if it was on their radar before Carl contacted Todd. Amazing job, Carl! You are such a great advocate for the missing & unidentified.

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    Thanks for the heads-up. I think this was already on their radar before I called it in. So I am not going to claim credit for this one. I'll go ahead and flag it Identified.

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    Glad he's identified.
    Opinions expressed are strictly my own (who else would they belong to???)

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    Props, Carl. Radar or no in this specific case, your calls have done more real legwork than many of us combined.

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    That is awesome news indeed.
    Just wonderful!


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    William Shoffner

    I am from William L. Shoffners hometown and have known him since I was a child he was a good friend of mine, he also graduated with my oldest brother. For years so many of us have wondered what could happened to him, we knew it had to have been something like this because everyone knew never would he become estranged from his family, he loved them very much but we were yet trying to be optomistic, 21yrs is a very long time. I have no doubt that I speak for his family as well as myself; "THANK YOU" all for everything you do and did to help families such as Williams find some closure. I can only wish that I could have found this community years ago.
    We loved William so very much
    RIP my friend, so glad your finally coming home~

    Quote Originally Posted by CarlK90245 View Post
    New addition to NAMPN:

    William Lester Shoffner

    http://www.nampn.org/cases/shoffner_william_lester.html



    Distinguishing Characteristics:Mr. Shoffner had a thin build. He wore dentures with one upper tooth trimmed in gold.

    UID:



    The only inconsistencies are his age (31) compared to the 40-60 estimate, and his clothing description doesn't match the description of those found with the UID.

    But everything else looks good.
    * His height (5'11") is right (5'7" - 5'11)
    * His Race matches
    * The timeline (6 months from 10-Aug-92 to 13-Mar-93) is consistent with the 5-18 month est. postmortem interval.
    * Kerr County is less than 100 miles from San Antonio.



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