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    NV - Gerlach, WhtMale UP10536, 55-65, alias 'Richard Lee', devil tattoo, Jul'12

    This UID case intrigues me. Everything from the long term usage of the alias "Richard Lee" to his San Francisco Chronicle mention with photograph (below) to his participation in Burning Man logistics all the way to the discrepancies between the coroner's description and the Namus profile.

    He first caught my eye because his NamUs height is 6.5 feet - pretty tall! However, that's contradicted by what's listed on the Washoe County Medical Examiner's website.

    The way the San Francisco Chronicle writer described her interactions with him made him sound like a cool character. His Facebook memorial pages weren't short on those who were missing his presence. All in all, he carved out an interesting life for himself. What was he starting over from with the fake name?

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    Washoe County Medical Examiner - Coroner's Office - Unidentified Remains
    Link: http://www.washoecounty.us/coroner/u...iedremains.htm
    (Red bolded emphasis by me)
    Date Found: July 19, 2012
    Washoe County M.E./Coroner Case #12-4983
    White male, age approximately 55 to 65 years, 211 pounds, 70 inches tall, blonde hair with adult male type baldness. Found in a one bed, one bathroom, manufactured home on West Sunset Boulevard in Gerlach, Nevada. Gentleman used a fictitious name of Richard Lee.
    Cause of Death: Hypertensive and Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease
    Agency: Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Case #12-4983
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    NamUs UP # 10536 (**Warning** Post-mortem photographs)
    Link: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/10536
    (Red bolded emphasis by me)
    ME/C Case Number: 12-1664
    Washoe County, Nevada
    55 to 65 year old White Male
    Date found: July 19, 2012 11:32

    Demographics
    Estimated age: Adult - Pre 70
    Minimum age: 55 years
    Maximum age: 65 years
    Race: White
    Ethnicity: Other
    Sex: Male
    Weight (pounds): 211, Measured
    Height (inches): 78, Measured
    Body Parts Inventory: All parts recovered
    Body conditions: Recognizable face
    Probable year of death: 2012 to 2012
    Estimated postmortem interval: 12 Hours

    Location Found
    Address 1: 255 West Sunset Blvd
    City: Gerlach
    State: Nevada
    Zip code: 89412
    County: Washoe

    Circumstances
    The decedent was last seen alive on the morning of 7/18/2012. On 7/19/12 at approximately 1120 hours, a worker from senior services was taking meals to the decedent. Upon noticing the decedent's uneaten meals from the previous day, she performed a welfare check and found the decedent to be unresponsive on the bathroom floor. 911 was called at 1120 hours and Gerlach Fire Department was dispatched at that time.

    The decedent was known as "Richard Lee" in Gerlach, NV for approximately 20 year, and it has been confirmed that he is not "Richard Lee" after social security and birth date records had been searched.

    Physical
    Hair color: White
    Head hair: Balding, grey hair.
    Body hair: Chest hair (grey), pubic hair (grey).
    Facial hair: Stubble, beard
    Eye description: Unknown due to corneal clouding

    Scars and marks: Large apparent sugical scar on the decedent's lower abdomen. Large apparent surgical scar on the decedent's right, poximal, lower extremity.
    Tattoos: Left upper arm has a small black tattoo of a devil holding a pitchfork. (Note: Photograph of tattoo on NamUs)

    Prior surgery: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm repair, hemorrhoidectomy, and right femoral/popliteal bypass graft.
    Other medical information: Hypertension

    Fingerprints Status: Fingerprint information is available and entered (Note: Fingerprint card photograph on NamUs)
    Dental Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered
    DNA Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    NamUs Images (**Warning** Post-mortem photographs at NamUs link)

    (Note: Larger version of this photograph available at NamUs link)
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    San Francisco Chronicle
    Feature article: "BLACK ROCK UNPLUGGED"
    Meredith May, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Published 4:00 am, Sunday, July 27, 2008
    Link: http://www.sfgate.com/travel/article...346.php#page-3


    Caption: "Don Lawson of Berkeley enjoys the shade at Rainbow Opal Mine, where Richard Lee (background) offers camping sites, running water, and trips to the mine to prospect for gems in the Calico Mountains of Black Rock Desert. Photo: Meredith May, The Chronicle"
    Pulling into Rainbow Opal Mine, we got a warm welcome from the pirate posse from the night before, plus the caretaker, 58-year-old Richard Lee, known as Cub.

    Cub lives in a trailer, gets his water from a natural spring, uses a generator to run an outdoor washing machine and propane for his fridge. His outdoor shower and his lanterns are solar powered, and he burns most of his trash in a fire pit. The plastics go with him when he makes quarterly runs to town for gas and supplies.

    He has the most gorgeous view of the Playa and Black Rock Mountains from his front porch. Wild horses walk through his yard, and he has no Internet, no phone service, no radio and no TV. He likes it that way.

    He has camping spots, and several trailers scattered about that visitors can sleep in if they are empty. For $10 you can borrow his hammer and chisels and head a quarter mile up the mountain behind his spread and crack open rocks looking for opal.
    Lee showed us a vial filled with opals and water, turning it so the gems glinted in the light.
    Lee passed out the cold ones when we got back, as we were sunburned and sweaty from our expedition.

    We beamed as we showed him our take.

    "Nah, that's agate," he said.

    He must have seen my face fall.

    "Oh, but it's real pretty when you shine it up good!"
    Rainbow Opal Mine: Stop at the Friends of Black Rock trailer in Gerlach and pick up a Bureau of Land Management Black Rock Transportation Map. Follow Soldier Meadows Road to the Calico Mountains Wilderness and look for signs on the left to Rainbow Opal Mine. There's no way to call, so no reservations are necessary. Camping sites with water. Just drive up and ask for Richard Lee, the caretaker.
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    Facebook memorial posting from Gerlach page
    Link: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.p...04743556231122

    Facebook memorial service announcement from NIMBY page with photograph
    Link: https://www.facebook.com/nimbyspace/...ype=1&theater#


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    Various Burning Man Acknowledgements

    Link: http://www.brc-dpw.org/BRC-DPW/Blank.html
    Gerlach Area Residents:
    ...
    Richard Lee (Cub)
    ...
    Link: http://afterburn.burningman.com/02/org/recognition.html
    Department of Public Works (DPW)
    ...
    Richard Lee (Cub), Chief Mechanic
    ...

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    There are probably quite a few potential matches for white males between the ages of 55 and 65 with a height of 5'10" OR 6'6". Add a hair color that could be blonde OR grey (which could have been any color 20 years ago then) and undetermined eye color - and the possibilities are daunting.

    I am including Michael Clarke here because he has a tattoo on an unknown arm and strangely enough, has heights listed on similar extremes as this UID.

    His family apparently lost saw him in 1987, but he has a booking record from 1990. I found a booking record for a Michael Tyler Clarke from June 1990 in Polk, FL. Not sure if it is the same person, but the height listed is 5'9". NamUs has potential height as 6' to 7'. Pretty big spread, like with the UID!

    Mr. Clarke's hair is listed as red/auburn whereas NamUs has the UID's hair as grey and the Coroner's Office has it listed as blonde. If the UID's hair was grey, then this doesn't rule out Mr. Clarke.

    His eye color is listed as blue, but the UID's eye color is unknown due to clouding.

    Age-wise, it looks like Mr. Clarke would have been 65 in 2012 which is the high end of the estimated age range. The UID gave his age as 58 in the 2008 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. If that is his true age, he would be around 62 in 2012.

    Finally, Mr. Clarke has no fingerprints, DNA, or dentals listed available for comparison so he likely has not been compared yet.

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    (Note: Larger image available on NamUs)
    Michael Tyler Clarke
    NamUs MP # 20629
    Michael Clarke
    Miami-Dade County, Florida
    40 to 50 year old white male
    Link: https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/20629/7
    Case Information
    First name: Michael
    Middle name: Tyler
    Last name: Clarke
    Date last seen: January 01, 1987 00:00
    Date entered: 06/14/2013
    Age last seen: 40 to 50 years old
    Age now: 67 years old
    Race: White
    Sex: Male
    Height (inches): 72.0 to 84.0
    Weight (pounds): 150.0 to 250.0

    Circumstances
    City: MIAMI
    State: Florida
    Zip code: 33184
    County: Miami-Dade
    Circumstances: FAMILY HAS NOT SEEN OR HEARD FROM HIM OVER 25 YEARS.

    Physical
    Hair color: Red/Auburn
    Left eye color: Blue
    Right eye color: Blue

    Tattoos: ARM NON-SPECIFIC

    Clothing & Accessories
    Possibly wearing black rim eye glasses as depicted in an 1990 jail booking photo.

    Dental Status: Dental information / charting is currently not available
    DNA Status: Sample is currently not available
    Fingerprints Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available
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    Florida Booking Record for a Michael Tyler Clarke (unknown if the same person)
    Link: http://www.florida-mugshot-locator.c....25744915.html

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    Rule-Outs for this UID
    First Name Last Name Year of Birth State LKA
    Robert Befort 1958 Nevada
    Terence Stone 1950 California

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    The tattoo looks like "Hot Stuff" the little devil based off a 50's cartoon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleuthster View Post
    The tattoo looks like "Hot Stuff" the little devil based off a 50's cartoon.
    Agree!

    Wikipedia has a happy version, minus the curlicue tail and plus large ears. Link: Hot Stuff the Little Devil - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



    The UID's tattoo is a bit blurry on the finer details, but seems similar to these.

    Link: http://www.tattoostime.com/tattoos/devil/page/117/



    Link: http://www.tattoodonkey.com/hot-stuf...oo-88796.jpeg/
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 10-05-2014 at 11:43 AM. Reason: fixed bad link

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    I did a bit more searching for Richard "Cub" Lee and found two more photographs.

    Tumblr: An Inordinate Fondness For Stars And Beetles
    Link: http://johnnypayphone.tumblr.com/pos...miss-you-uncle


    Caption: "R.I.P. Richard “Cub” Lee. I’ll miss you Uncle."


    Facebook posting from NIMBY page with photograph
    Link: https://www.facebook.com/nimbyspace/...1855757136727/


    Caption: "I'm looking for any photos of Cub you have. NamUs UP # 10536"

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    Quote Originally Posted by tifflee View Post
    I did a bit more searching for Richard "Cub" Lee and found two more photographs.

    Tumblr: An Inordinate Fondness For Stars And Beetles
    Link: http://johnnypayphone.tumblr.com/pos...miss-you-uncle


    Caption: "R.I.P. Richard “Cub” Lee. I’ll miss you Uncle."


    Facebook posting from NIMBY page with photograph
    Link: https://www.facebook.com/nimbyspace/...1855757136727/


    Caption: "I'm looking for any photos of Cub you have. NamUs UP # 10536"
    Here's another one from that FB https://www.facebook.com/nimbyspace/...type=3&theater

    I don't see the Uncle caption on the one you posted from Tumbler. Is there a name of a person that was calling him Uncle?? It is possible that even though he changed his name decades ago that he still kept in touch with one or more of his family members.
    Cindi Lou


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleuthster View Post
    I don't see the Uncle caption on the one you posted from Tumbler. Is there a name of a person that was calling him Uncle?? It is possible that even though he changed his name decades ago that he still kept in touch with one or more of his family members.
    The caption/title shows up for me on the Tumblr link directly underneath the photograph in black font, right above the date of the posting in white font. You have to scroll all the way to the bottom.

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    I hope this helps.

    Hello This is my first post. I knew Cub for over 10 years. He was a very private person .//// He received a citation in Gerlach from the the Washoe County Sheriff for no license. He went to court in Wadsworth Nv. ///// After a long night sitting by the fire He told Me that He was Vietnam Veteran ,And he had gone thru Hell there. ///// He told a resident of Gerlach , Nevada , that he had skipped town with several pounds of meth belonging to an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang in Portland Oregon .The reason he was hiding out was on account of the fact they had a contract out on his life. ///// He got the tattoo in 2000 ,
    Last edited by concernedrancher; 10-05-2014 at 08:01 AM. Reason: add the tattoo info

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    Quote Originally Posted by concernedrancher View Post
    Hello This is my first post. I knew Cub for over 10 years. He was a very private person .//// He received a citation in Gerlach from the the Washoe County Sheriff for no license. He went to court in Wadsworth Nv. ///// After a long night sitting by the fire He told Me that He was Vietnam Veteran ,And he had gone thru Hell there. ///// He told a resident of Gerlach , Nevada , that he had skipped town with several pounds of meth belonging to an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang in Portland Oregon .The reason he was hiding out was on account of the fact they had a contract out on his life. ///// He got the tattoo in 2000 ,
    Thank you for sharing this. I wonder if he used the name Richard Lee when he got the citation. I believe driving with no valid license is a misdemeanor offense, so you would think that they would have finger printed him and could run them through the system to compare.

    Another thing I'm wondering is if it's possible that his family has not identified him because they are still concerned about retribution from the Outlaws. Sad. If not I hope they do eventually find out his real name so his family can be told.
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    I will call a friend in Gerlach to help !

    Sleuthster > Great question . I will call some folks in Gerlach and see if I can get any more info!
    Quote Originally Posted by Sleuthster View Post
    Thank you for sharing this. I wonder if he used the name Richard Lee when he got the citation. I believe driving with no valid license is a misdemeanor offense, so you would think that they would have finger printed him and could run them through the system to compare.

    Another thing I'm wondering is if it's possible that his family has not identified him because they are still concerned about retribution from the Outlaws. Sad. If not I hope they do eventually find out his real name so his family can be told.

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    How plausible is it for someone to hide out under an assumed name, but still be able to seek medical attention at a VA Hospital under their real name (as in, the name they served in the military under)? Just wondering if Cub ever sought medical attention or was still able to get veterans benefits despite possibly hiding out from retribution. Also, if he served in the military, would his fingerprints be on file? Would there be a way to compare his available fingerprints against military records?

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    Welcome, concernedrancher! Thank you for joining us! I hope that with our help we can

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcf View Post


    Welcome, concernedrancher! Thank you for joining us! I hope that with our help we can
    Ditto this. Also, I saw some Facebook posts among Gerlach locals linking to this thread and asking for more information plus photographs. It's great to see his friends coming together to compare stories and memories to help try to identify him. Looking forward to the additional information gathered from those posts and concernedrancher's calls!

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    Thanks for the add.

    Quote Originally Posted by bcf View Post


    Welcome, concernedrancher! Thank you for joining us! I hope that with our help we can
    Thanks BCF !!I am also very interested in finding out who he was. I recall Cub telling me he ran a automotive shop in Portland .Hope that helps !

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