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    OK - WhtMale 1813UMOK, 18-99, Self-Hanging From Stairwell, Nov'94 *Donald Merrills*

    The Doe Network
    Case File: 1813UMOK http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1813umok.html
    NamUs UP5118 https://identifyus.org/cases/5118

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    Unidentified Male

    Date of Discovery: November 26, 1994
    Location of Discovery: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Estimated Date of Death: One week prior to discovery
    State of Remains: Recognizable Face
    Cause of Death: Asphyxiation by hanging

    Physical Description

    ** Listed information is approximate
    Estimated Age: 18-99 years old
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Height: 5'9"
    Weight: Unknown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Blue
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Circumcised.

    Dentals: Available. Tooth #2 full chrome steel crown with mesial post; #5 occlusal amalgam restoration; #6 missing with well healed socket and space closure; #12 and #13 occlusal amalgam restoration; #14 occlusal and occlusal lingual amalgam restorations, not crossing the transverse ridge; #15 occlusal amalgam restoration, crossing the transverse ridge; #18 Occlusal and buccal amalgam restorations; #19 mesial occlusal amalgam restoration; #29 occlusal amalgam restoration in the distal pit; #30 occlusal amalgam restoration; #31 occlusal buccal amalgam restorations
    Fingerprints: Available. On file with OCPD.
    DNA: Sample available - not yet submitted.

    Clothing & Personal Items

    Clothing: Black and white plaid shirt, blue jeans, black undershorts, and brown boots.
    Jewelry: Unknown
    Additional Personal Items: Unknown

    Case History

    A security guard found the remains of the decedent in a parking garage corridor at 103 Dean A. Mcgee Avenue. He was in a restricted area where he had had to climb over a chain link fence to get to the upper most floor stairwell. He had tied a rope to a hand railing and draped the rope over the wall and was hanging above the stairs on the flight below. There were no signs of trauma. No suspicion of foul play.
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 03-31-2017 at 02:28 PM.

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    ModNote: The following four posts were copied from Donald Merrills' missing persons thread.


    This is my first official solved case! More info to follow. I'm glad his family will be getting him back.
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 03-31-2017 at 02:36 PM.

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    Dear Mr FINDERS :-)
    I want to thank you for the tip you provided back in January 2017 requesting acomparison of Oklahoma Unidentified Person NamUs #5118 vs NamUs Missing Person#22177 Mr Donald Merrills. Because of your efforts, we were able topositively identify this individual as Mr Merrills via fingerprints and DNAcomparisons. I appreciate the time you took in searching for matches andcontacting us with this information. Thank you so much!

    Best regards-
    Angela


    Angela Berg, M.A.
    OCME Anthropologist -Unidentified case management
    918-295-3400Tulsa
    918-585-1549Tulsa-fax
    angela.berg@ocme.ok.gov

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finders View Post
    Dear Mr FINDERS :-)
    I want to thank you for the tip you provided back in January 2017 requesting acomparison of Oklahoma Unidentified Person NamUs #5118 vs NamUs Missing Person#22177 Mr Donald Merrills. Because of your efforts, we were able topositively identify this individual as Mr Merrills via fingerprints and DNAcomparisons. I appreciate the time you took in searching for matches andcontacting us with this information. Thank you so much!

    Best regards-
    Angela


    Angela Berg, M.A.
    OCME Anthropologist -Unidentified case management
    918-295-3400Tulsa
    918-585-1549Tulsa-fax
    angela.berg@ocme.ok.gov
    Nice work!

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    From Donald Merrills' Missing But Not Forgotten thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    The Doe Network:
    Case File 145DMCA

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/145dmca.html

    Donald Lamont Merrills
    Missing since October 1, 1994 from Lomita, Los Angeles County, California.
    Classification: Missing


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    Vital Statistics

    •Date Of Birth: October 10, 1963
    •Age at Time of Disappearance: 29 years old
    •Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'9"; 195 lbs.
    •Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; blue eyes.
    •AKA: Don Merrills
    •Dentals: Not available


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    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Merrills was last seen in Lomita, CA on October 1, 1994.


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    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department
    323-526-5541
    Email

    Agency Case Number:
    97-0306817

    NCIC Number: M-036167219
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    California Department of Justice

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...ls_donald.html

    Not found to be listed in NamUs at this time.

    No archived articles found under following searches: Full name, first and surname, AKA.

    Don has been missing almost 16 years. Come home soon.

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    Congratulations, Finders


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    Congratulations Finders!

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    Congratulations Finder, awesome job! Thank you for your hard work.
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    Way to go and thank you for your efforts!!


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    Awesome job!


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    Congratulation Finders!!! So pleased to see WS helped another person to go home to finally rest in peace.

    Finders, would you mind to share with us how you have connected the dots between the two cases? Information were quite limited in both cases, there was no post mortem photo or sketch of UID and Donald was last seen by family in 1987, only to follow 7 yeas later by one phone call in 1994 - http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ita-1-Oct-1994. Apart from close time frame between the two, nothing else would tell me that it could be match, not even location. I am glad that someone did look more into it.

    Congratulations once again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Ka View Post
    Congratulation Finders!!! So pleased to see WS helped another person to go home to finally rest in peace.

    Finders, would you mind to share with us how you have connected the dots between the two cases? Information were quite limited in both cases, there was no post mortem photo or sketch of UID and Donald was last seen by family in 1987, only to follow 7 yeas later by one phone call in 1994 - http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ita-1-Oct-1994. Apart from close time frame between the two, nothing else would tell me that it could be match, not even location. I am glad that someone did look more into it.

    Congratulations once again!
    It feels great to have helped his family find the truth about their loved one!
    My pet project is the couple found in Oklahoma in 95 so I was looking at their case when I stumbled across Mr. Merrills. I did have limited resources but the vitals matched as did the time frame. Something just really stood out to me that these were the same people, I can't really explain it, I just looked at his habit of going missing and figured travel was included in that because it is hard to go missing in your hometown. I was tracking highways and also train tracks and I noticed that Lomita to OKC was essentially a straight shot via I-40.

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    Congrats Finders!

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    OUTSTANDING work finders!

    Congrats and thank you!
    Six-year-old Shannon Sherrill disappeared from her front yard in Thorntown, Indiana in October, 1986. Someone knows where she is......

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...annon+sherrill

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