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    OH - Sebring - WhtFem UP8546, 30-40, 6' 2" (74 inches), Oct'76

    Some information from NamUs profile provided below, but please always refer to complete up-to-date profile at link. I did not find a Doe Network profile for this UID nor an entry in the Ohio Attorney General unidentified remains listings.

    This UID has little information available on the NamUs entry. Not clear whether that's because there really isn't any, or because it was never fully entered.

    NamUs UP # 8546
    https://identifyus.org/cases/8546

    Unidentified white female

    Date found: October 4, 1976
    Location found: Sebring, Mahoning County, Ohio
    Estimated postmortem interval: Died in 1976
    Body conditions: Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton

    Physical description

    Estimated age: Cannot determine
    Race: White
    Sex: Female
    Height: 74 inches (6' 2"), estimated
    Weight: 180 lb, estimated
    Hair color: Not stated
    Eye color: Unknown or missing

    Distinguishing features: None provided

    Dentals: Dental information / charting is currently not available
    Fingerprints: Fingerprint information is currently not available
    DNA: Sample is currently not available

    Contacts

    Local Medical Examiner/Coroner Contact
    Name: David Kennedy
    Agency: Mahoning County Coroner's Office
    Phone: (330) 740-2175

    Case Manager
    Name: Courtney Bouchie
    Phone: (330) 740-2175

    I found an e-mail address for Mahoning County coroner David Kennedy here:
    http://www.mahoningcountyoh.gov/Depa...1/Default.aspx
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 12-26-2014 at 01:19 PM.

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    Annita Maria Musto Price looks plausible, at least within the bounds of the very little data available for the UID. The height overlap is eyecatching. Her car was found outside Moundsville, WV on the northbound route toward Wheeling, WV. Sebring, OH, where the UID was located, is about 90 miles or 2 hours' drive north of Moundsville, WV. No rule-outs are listed for the UID.

    West Virginia State Police: Cold Case Files
    http://www.wvsp.gov/Pages/ColdCaseFiles.aspx
    Quote Originally Posted by West Virginia State Police
    Annita Price was last seen on May 30, 1974, at approximately 2045 hours when she left for her place of employment, the Flamingo Club, in Benwood, West Virginia. The car Ms. Price was driving was found along WV Route 2 at 12th Street in McMechan, WV, just north of Moundsville, WV. Ms. Price never arrived at work and was never seen again. Ms. Price has distinctive scars on her left arm and torso from severe burns when she was a child. It is believed that Annita Price's disappearance is connected to foul play in some manner. Anyone who may have information about the disappearance of Annita Price is asked to contact Sergeant Danny Swiger at 304-329-1101 or your local State Police Detachment.
    The Doe Network Case File 1788DFWV: Annita Maria Price
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1788dfwv.html

    NamUs MP # 51
    https://www.findthemissing.org/cases/51
    DNA: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    The Charley Project: Annita Maria Price
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/p/price_annita.html



    Missing Since: May 30, 1974 from Moundsville, West Virginia
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: March 20, 1947
    Age: 27 years old
    Height and Weight: 6'0, 155 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Price's middle name may be given as "Marie." She sustained severe burns in a childhood accident and has extensive scars across her entire torso from her neck to her upper thighs, as well as on her left arm. The injuries may also be apparent in her bone structure. Price's maiden name is Musto.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: Yellow shorts and a blue shirt.

    [snip]

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    West Virginia State Police
    Moundsville Station
    (304) 329-1101

    WV WV - Annita Price, 27, Moundsville, 30 May 1974 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
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    Any thoughts on this? I'm puzzled in part because this seems like a too-obvious rule-out. Furthermore, the NamUs UP entry is so bare-bones I'm not wholly convinced it's good data. However, it's a very old case and a cross-jurisdiction possible match, which leaves a lot of opening for it to have been missed.

    I am aware that there are basically no confirmatory identifying data listed in the NamUs UP entry. My hope is that the coroner's office either has some that haven't ever been entered into NamUs, or that if they felt it reasonable, they could seek DNA extraction from any remains they still have on hand. Annita Price has mtDNA available, according to her Doe Network entry.

    I'm likely to suggest this via e-mail to the Mahoning County coroner address provided in the link above within the next day or two, if no one knows of any objections.

    Edited to add: I didn't realize that CUE Center for Missing Persons has Annita Price's daughter as their Virginia state director. That makes it even less likely that this possible match would have been missed. Still... The article below includes an e-mail address for her.

    Chesterfield Observer: Still searching: When missing persons cases go cold, the real work begins
    http://www.chesterfieldobserver.com/...searching.html
    Last edited by zinc; 01-13-2014 at 05:56 PM.

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    I see no reason not to. At the least, it would be a useful rule-out.

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    I am sort of hesitant to ask this, but 74" is very tall for a woman and the DNA sample is listed as being currently unavailable. Is LE sure that the UID is a woman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ambercat View Post
    I am sort of hesitant to ask this, but 74" is very tall for a woman and the DNA sample is listed as being currently unavailable. Is LE sure that the UID is a woman?
    I'm curious about this too. My first thought was possibly a man with Klinefelter's syndrome (above average height + feminine skeletal characteristics).

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    Yeah, I wondered about that, but 1. there is a six-foot-tall missing XX (assuming Annita Price's children are biological) female within a 100-mile radius, and 2. from our end the speculations aren't really relevant for a first inquiry or submission — we'd need to contact them for confirmation regardless.

    I do plan to ask about the sex identification, so will post the response. I don't think it's any terrible harm to look for male-identified MPs in the meantime, but for practical purposes, until we hear otherwise, it's probably wisest to assume the UID is female.

    I worry about this occasionally. Apart from the simple issue of miscoding "male" vs. "female" when entering data, MPs/UIDs with intersex conditions or with varying gender identity/presentation unquestionably exist. But I've never seen anything about forensic standards designed to handle those cases, or databases accounting for chromosomal sex, phenotypic sex, and gender presentation. Granted that the usual methods are adequate 9 times out of 10, but it seems inevitable that some very vulnerable people are lost to possible matches that 10th time.

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    I dug around to see if I could turn up any early local press. The identification as female appears pretty firm, but what I've found so far makes me doubtful that this UID is Annita Maria Price. Worse still, it sounds like the UID's remains were cremated and no longer exist.

    The discrepant degree of decomposition between upper and lower torso is interesting. I don't know enough about that kind of thing to know whether it's noteworthy in this specific case.

    I won't transcribe the articles, which I attached below, but here are the essentials:

    Unidentified white female
    Located: October 4, 1976 in a wooded ditch near 12th Street and South Range Road, north of Sebring, in Smith Township, Mahoning County, Ohio
    Estimated age: 30 to 40 years, but perhaps as young as 15
    Height: About 6 feet (72 inches)
    Weight: "Heavyset"
    Hair color: Not stated
    Eye color: Decomposed
    Estimated postmortem interval: 6 to 8 months
    Body conditions: Not recognizable; upper trunk nearly fleshless, lower half mostly intact; body had been decapitated
    Distinguishing characteristics: Edentulous (having no teeth). Dentures located near remains.
    Clothing/accessories: Dressed in socks and green slacks. Hair pick (as used for Afro hair) found in left sock. Blue patent leather belt located near remains.

    Youngstown Vindicator: October 5, 1976
    http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...rontpage&hl=en


    Youngstown Vindicator: October 6, 1976
    http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...rontpage&hl=en
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    Bumping this.
    Where is Shawn Hale? https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/7546/0/ Missing from Apple Valley CA since 11/04/1994

    Where is Michelle Crawford? https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/14428/0/ Missing from Lawton, OK since 06/08/1999

    Where is Jennifer Lee Schmidt? https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/4822/0/ (Missing From West Lafayette IN(Purdue University) since 08/06/85.

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    Okay, this is a seriously off the wall suggestion, but one young person with full dentures is Deborah Rae Meyers, missing from Wyoming in 1974 at age 14. She was 5'4" and I don't suppose it's terribly likely she grew 8 inches in two years, but...

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/749dfwy.html
    Opinions expressed are strictly my own (who else would they belong to???)


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    From NAMUS, MP white females between 71-74 inches in height that went missing 1976 or earlier:

    Annita Price, missing since 1974 mentioned in above discussion.

    Helen Stark https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/21890/31/ missing from WI since 1946, Height listed as 69-72 inches. "Helen was stocky in build...."

    Carmen Hallock from FL, missing since 1969 https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/13067/30/ Height is listed as between 60-72 inches.

    Barbara Tolbert missing from CA since June 1973 https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/12668/3/ height 69-71 inches. "short hair, just past her ears, small close set eyes"

    Janice Baze, missing from El Paso TX since July 1974 https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/1630/1/ height 69-71 inches

    There is one African-American woman, Marion Hawkins, missing from CA since Oct. 1975 https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/12010/0/. Marion's height is listed as 71 inches.
    I am listing Marion because in the news article posted above, it is mentioned that a hair pick, of the type used in Afro hairstyles of the 1970's, was found in the UID's left sock.


    Janice Baze fits the age range. Also, Janice's weight is listed as being between 280-320 lbs at the time she disappeared. The other missing women were all in their 20's.
    Last edited by rainwater; 12-28-2014 at 08:24 PM.
    Where is Shawn Hale? https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/7546/0/ Missing from Apple Valley CA since 11/04/1994

    Where is Michelle Crawford? https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/14428/0/ Missing from Lawton, OK since 06/08/1999

    Where is Jennifer Lee Schmidt? https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/4822/0/ (Missing From West Lafayette IN(Purdue University) since 08/06/85.

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    Literally nothing new -- the Namus page hasn't been updated since it was created.

    If somebody feels like calling to see if there's more information, I think this is the person to contact: Courtney Bouchie, D-ABMDI, Unidentified Remains Specialist at Mahoning County Coroner's Office cbouchie@mahoningcountyoh.gov
    Opinions expressed are strictly my own (who else would they belong to???)



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