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    CA - Oakland, WhtFem 333UFCA, 16-25, strangled in hotel room, Oct'69

    1969 California Murder: Victim Unknown, Killer known but still at large

    Unidentified Caucasian Female
    The victim was discovered on October 2, 1969 in Oakland, Alameda County, California. Manner of death is homicide.
    The Doe Network: Case File 333UFCA

    Vital Statistics
    Estimated age: 16 - 23 years old
    Approximate Height and Weight: 5'5"; 105 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Medium-length, dark brown hair; blue eyes.
    Dentals: The victim wears a partial denture for an old extraction of a front upper central incisor tooth. The partial denture is commercially made and has been repaired several times

    Case History
    The unidentified woman entered room 15 of the St. Louis Hotel in Oakland, which is currently the site of the North Alameda County Jail, with a man named Taylor Morris Teaford on October 2, 1969. He beat and strangled her with an article of her own clothing and there is currently a warrant out for his arrest for her murder. Fingerprints of the victim are available.
    Teaford may also go by the name of "Melvin Teaford", his date of birth is June 18, 1935, height 6'0", weight 185 lbs. and he has black hair and brown eyes.
    Taylor Morris Teaford. Agency Case Number: 69-2266 NCIC Number: N/A

    If you have any information about this case please contact:
    Oakland Police Department, Lieutenant Jim Emery 510-238-3949

    Source Information:
    Fugitive.com
    Oakland Police Department

    Link: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/333ufca.html
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 03-08-2013 at 03:17 AM. Reason: updated doe network link

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    In 1967, Teaford was accused of murdering his own grandmother, wounding his sister and shooting at a Madera County Deputy Sheriff during his escape. Madera County had a warrant for his arrest but it has since been recalled. The victim in the Oakland murder case has never been identified.

    Near botton of page:
    http://www.fugitive.com/f-murder.html

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    Just to make sure I understand this correctly, he has never been captured after all these years? Is there a chance he is maybe in jail currently but is using an alias? I just find it hard to belive that he has never been arrested since for a different crime since he is obviously violent.

    I'm hoping he is captured soon b/c I would bet he knows this girls name who he killed. If he is still alive he will be 71 in june.

    I found this while doing a search for melvin teaford. If he was picked up for rape while being wanted for murder then why is he out of jail?http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/cgi/pros...=1869503800720

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    1969 or 1996?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2sisters
    Just to make sure I understand this correctly, he has never been captured after all these years? Is there a chance he is maybe in jail currently but is using an alias? I just find it hard to belive that he has never been arrested since for a different crime since he is obviously violent.

    I'm hoping he is captured soon b/c I would bet he knows this girls name who he killed. If he is still alive he will be 71 in june.

    I found this while doing a search for melvin teaford. If he was picked up for rape while being wanted for murder then why is he out of jail?http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/cgi/pros...=1869503800720
    The two websites do have different dates and it is confusing. I have a tendency to think that the Offender Registry is showing a typo and that it should read 1969 vice 1996.

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    That could explain it. I thought 1996 was the last time he had any contact with authorities. Is there any way to find out when the rapes he was arrested for were commited? I guess I just have a bad feeling that this man fell through the cracks in the justice system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sisters
    Just to make sure I understand this correctly, he has never been captured after all these years? Is there a chance he is maybe in jail currently but is using an alias? I just find it hard to belive that he has never been arrested since for a different crime since he is obviously violent.

    I'm hoping he is captured soon b/c I would bet he knows this girls name who he killed. If he is still alive he will be 71 in june.

    I found this while doing a search for melvin teaford. If he was picked up for rape while being wanted for murder then why is he out of jail?http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/cgi/pros...=1869503800720
    I agree with Richard... I think it is a mistake on the Registry.

    You are RIGHT about the fact he has committed other crimes. Based on the date he would have been a sex offender in June of 1969 before he murdered the lady in the hotel... and has (IMO) probably committed other crimes of an even more violent nature afterwards.

    Like you said he could be in prison somewhere under an alias... but you would think if he had been in the system (1969) before for as a sexual predator they would have his finger prints on file... but that was years ago and his prints may have been lost.

    This was also on the Registry Info:

    Offense Code
    Description 261.3PRIOR CODE-RAPE BY FORCE
    264.1RAPE/ETC IN CONCERT WITH FORCE/VIOLENCE
    • CRIPPLED RIGHT LEG

    • TEAFORD, MORRIS
    • TEAFORD, TAYLOR MELVIN

    I am curious why the warrant was recalled. Any ideas... someone?

    I would like to see the picture from the time of the attack... all I can find is the age enhanced photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yaya
    ... I am curious why the warrant was recalled. Any ideas... someone? I would like to see the picture from the time of the attack... all I can find is the age enhanced photo.
    I do not know the answer as to why the warrant was recalled. Most likely because of the time lapse. Maybe it had to be reviewed and renewed on a yearly basis or something.

    You hear a lot about the FBI's Most Wanted List, and most other police offices of major cities and states have something similar. Much is made of an arrest when someone on the list is captured or killed. But you don't hear much about those that they don't catch. After a while, they are quietly retired to a cold case file and some other dirtbag gets the honor of being on the list.

    The origional wanted poster for Teaford would have a photo much closer to the 1969 offense, and the police department that made the earlier arrests would have booking photos of him. If he was in prison at any time, there would also be photos of him on file with the correctional system of that state.

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    Bumping Up... Taylor Morris Teaford

    It has been quite some time since anyone has posted to this thread. Here is some information on Teaford which was sent in to Law Enforcement Cold Case Officers:

    Current location of this fugitive is unknown. Oakland Police Department website indicates that he has been at large since 1969.

    From Oakland PD website:
    Name: Taylor Morris Teaford
    Sex: MaleDate of Birth: 06/18/35
    Crime Location: Oakland, Calif.
    Reporting Agency: Oakland Police Department

    Details: The Oakland Police Department is currently seeking fugitive Taylor Morris Teaford on a warrant charging him with the 1969 murder of a woman at the St. Louis Hotel in Oakland.

    Detectives report that Teaford allegedly entered the hotel which was located at the site of the North Alameda County Jail. While in room #15, he allegedly beat her beyond recognition and then strangled her to death with an article of her own clothing. In 1967, Teaford was accused of murdering his own grandmother, wounding his sister and shooting at a Madera County Deputy Sheriff during his escape. Madera County had a warrant for his arrest but it has since been recalled. The victim in the Oakland murder case has never been identified. One photo is of Teaford about the time of the murder and the other photo has been age enhanced.

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    UPDATE:

    Apparently, Teaford was living in North Dakota and managed to get a record there under his own name.

    The following information came from a current North Dakota website of Sexual Offenders. It gives his address as shown, but indicates that he has been "in violation" of the registry rules since 1996. Perhaps North Dakota authorities might be able to assist in his arrest if he is still living and has contacts there.


    Last Name: TEAFORD
    First Name: TAYLOR
    Middle Name: MORRIS

    THIS SEX OFFENDER HAS BEEN IN VIOLATION OF REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS SINCE 06/29/1996.

    Description Offenses: Offense Code Description 261.3 PRIOR CODE-RAPE BY FORCE 264.1 RAPE/ETC IN CONCERT WITH FORCE/VIOLENCE

    Scars/Marks/Tattoos: CRIPPLED RIGHT LEG

    Known Aliases: TEAFORD, MORRIS TEAFORD, TAYLOR MELVIN

    Last Known Address: PO BOX 48 NORTH FORK, 93643 County: MADERA Zip Code 93643

    Date of Birth: 06-18-1935

    Sex: MALE

    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 170

    Eye Color: BROWN

    Hair Color: BLACK

    Ethnicity: AMERICAN INDIAN

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    This information was sent to me by someone who joined here and never posted...

    So here is the email I got in full:

    In response to questions asked in the forum/message boards. He was indeed charged with rape. This happened 3 or 4 years before the murder and shooting in North Fork. He and 2 or 3 boys raped a young girl on reservation up there. He was tried in Juvenile court and did some time. You might be interested to know that One of the boys was stabbed in the Corse Gold bar and died.One was killed in a hit and run accident and one was stabbed and later died,then of course there was what Teaford did.
    Hope this will help answer some questions.



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    Can Teaford be located today?

    This cold case turned 40 years old last October. This woman is still unidentified and Teaford is still at large. He would be 75 years old today.


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    Updated Link...

    Here is an updated link to the case as it appears on the Doenetwork. It has an artist rendition of the unidentified female victim and a photo of Teaford.

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/333ufca.html

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    This is a long shot but I thought I would bring it here so you all could have a look at it.

    Even though the doenetwork on this young lady reports her missing as 03 OCT 1969.

    I wonder if they ruled Ann out?

    CA Ann Bernice Duncan, 31, San Francisco, 03 OCT 1969 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
    Last edited by KateB; 04-06-2015 at 12:28 AM. Reason: repair url tag.

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    Her height is 3" off, and her age is well above the upper limit. Her eye color doesn't match, and there is no mention of dentures or drug abuse. Also, her DLC is a day after the date that Jane Doe was found.

    While each of these things by themselves would not necessarily rule her out, cumulatively they make this very unlikely.

    It is interesting though, that the date of discovery and DLC are a day apart.

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    So close...

    Quote Originally Posted by CarlK90245 View Post
    Her height is 3" off, and her age is well above the upper limit. Her eye color doesn't match, and there is no mention of dentures or drug abuse. Also, her DLC is a day after the date that Jane Doe was found.

    While each of these things by themselves would not necessarily rule her out, cumulatively they make this very unlikely.

    It is interesting though, that the date of discovery and DLC are a day apart.

    I agree that there seem to be quite a few differences which would tend to argue against a match here. But when you consider all the close similarities, I wonder if it might not have been the same perpetrator responsible for both girl's disappearance/murder.

    If this guy is a serial killer, it is quite possible that he was seeking someone very similar to an earlier victim. This sort of thing is not uncommon for some Serial Killers.

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    I would much wonder if this man is living on a reservation somewhere, for him not to have been found for so long it makes me wonder. They have their own govermant and as long as he is behaving himself on the reservation, he would prob. not be noticed as wanted anywhere... that is if he is still alive. moo and all that.
    What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you....
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