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    MI - Paulette Jaster, 25, Davison, 12 May 1979

    Long gone
    Decades drag on for family, friends of missing woman
    DAVISON TOWNSHIP
    THE FLINT JOURNAL FIRST EDITION
    Sunday, April 30, 2006
    By Ron Fonger
    rfonger@flintjournal.com 810.766.6317

    Anyone with information about missing person Paulette Jaster of Davison is asked to call state police Detective Sgt. Stephen Sipes at (810) 732-0740.


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    To talk to a professional about mental illness, contact Genesee County Community Mental Health at (810) 257-3740. Calls are answered around the clock.



    DAVISON - Paulette Jaster was a homecoming queen candidate and one of the best female players ever to lace up a pair of Converse hightops for Davison High School.

    She was smart - a National Honor Society member - and heartbreakingly attractive, with flowing dark hair and brown eyes.

    And for nearly three decades, she has been missing - presumed neither dead nor alive - leaving her family to assume the worst even though they hope they are wrong.

    "I think she's dead, ... a body that's been buried," said Paulette's father, Edwin, sipping a cup of coffee as he thumbed through old papers that remind him of his daughter's story.

    There is a court petition to commit her to Ypsilanti State Hospital in 1977, an ad from a Florida newspaper offering a reward for information, letters to television shows desperately asking for help.

    In May, it will be 27 years since Edwin Jaster, 85, last saw his daughter. His ex-wife, Caroline, died last year, still chasing rumors about Paulette sightings. His other children are scattered throughout the country, and he still hopes Paulette, who would be 52 now, is somewhere out there, too.

    "Wouldn't it be nice if she was found someplace?" he asked.

    Jaster's eyes brightened at the thought - the same possibility that drives Paulette's sisters to keep recalling the sometimes painful memories about their sibling who started showing signs of mental illness almost overnight and walked away from home early one morning, never to return.

    Paulette faded away, never using her Social Security number after 1980, never contacting her family or her closest friends and still suffering from the schizophrenia that hit her hard at about the time she graduated from Davison High School.

    Paulette was 25 when she left Davison on foot May 12, 1979, headed toward I-69, carrying an old Army backpack, wearing jeans and a favorite turquoise ring.
    "She may be with the Lord by now," said Pam Atkinson, a younger sister who lives in the Bridgeport area. "I believe she was alive (as recently as) 1989. I believe (that) in my gut."


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    Paulette's sister stopped by in another thread, the one in COLD CASES about a Jane Doe case in Blue Earth County, MN. There are going to be DNA tests done to discover if this unidentified female is her missing sister.

    Blue Earth Jane Doe

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho....php?p=1069909

    Quote Originally Posted by Pbuck
    I am Paulette Jaster's sister, and a newbie to this forum. According to SS, she was working at two restaurants (probably as a waitress) in AZ in January and February of 1980. If you would like to read the recent article published in the Flint Journal here's a link:

    http://www.mlive.com/news/fljournal/...l=5&thispage=8

    Thank you for your interest.
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho....php?p=1069909

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    The Doe Network: Case File 108DFMI
    The Doe Network: Case File 108DFMI. 1 2 Left:Jaster, circa 1979 Right: Age progression by Sgt Mark Krebs. Paulette Susan Jaster Missing since May 5, ...
    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/108dfmi.html


    Missing Woman: Paulette Jaster - MI - 1980? [Archive ...
    Paulette Jaster is one of two long-missing women from Genesee County listed on ... 480-644-2019 NCIC Number: M-320682217 Source: NCMA Source: Doe Network ...
    http://www.truckingboards.com/trucki...php/t-763.html


    PAULETTE SUSAN JASTER MISSING, DAVISON, MI - MAY. 1979 ... Paulette Jaster is one of two long-missing women from Genesee County listed on the Michigan Does ...
    http://www.angelsmissing.com/forum/i...ew=getlastpost


    Michigan Does - Paulette Susan Jaster
    Paulette Susan Jaster Davison, Genesee County, Michigan; May 5, 1979; Classification: Endangered Missing; Left: Jaster circa 1979 ...
    http://www.michigandoes.com/MP/PauletteJaster.html


    Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community - Unidentified White Female ...
    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/image.../cases/images/ ... Paulette Susan Jaster Missing since May 5, 1979 from Davison, ...
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/arc...ex.php/t-34977

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    Follow up article & New Detective assigned to case

    Cops look to DNA in 1979 case

    Data banks to be checked to locate missing woman
    DAVISON
    THE FLINT JOURNAL FIRST EDITION
    Friday, May 19, 2006 By Ron Fonger
    rfonger@flintjournal.com 810.766.6317
    QUICK TAKEStill searching

    <LI>Paulette Jaster disappeared from her parents' home in Davison on May 12, 1979. She would now be 52.

    <LI>State police are restarting their investigation of her disappearance, hoping DNA from Jaster's father and sisters will help them close the case. Until now, Jaster's DNA information has not been entered into a national FBI databank that helps match missing persons with unidentified human remains.

    <LI>If you have information that might be helpful to police, call state police Detective Sgt. Jason Teddy at (810) 732-1111.



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    DAVISON - Police have restarted an investigation into the disappearance of Paulette Jaster, a former Davison High School homecoming queen candidate who vanished 27 years ago.

    State police plan to collect DNA from the father and sisters of Jaster, who walked away from home carrying a green dufflebag in May 1979 and never was seen again by her family.

    State police Detective Sgt. Jason Teddy of the Flint Township post said he plans to use the DNA in an effort to match Paulette to unidentified remains in a nationwide FBI database, including a body found in Blue Earth, Minn., one year after Jaster disappeared.

    "It could help. The window is not closed," said Teddy, who took on the case just days ago. "I plan to use the technology available today to reanalyze the information that's been collected over the years."

    Jaster's story was profiled by The Flint Journal last month. The April 30 article generated calls to state police, but no leads have paid dividends, Teddy said.

    Her disappearance has troubled her family for decades, partly because the former honor student and high school basketball star had developed schizophrenia before she left home without warning.

    Family members and police have since followed false leads, offered rewards and traveled around the country to find out whether Jaster is alive or dead, in trouble, or only interested in being left alone.

    Before her mother's death in 2005, Jaster's parents both gave blood at the request of police, a family member said, but that information was only used to eliminate her from consideration in another Jane Doe case in Arizona.

    "If she's out there ... we want her to know her family loves her," said Peggy Sperlich, one of Jaster's sisters. "This makes me more hopeful."

    Police are interested in the possible connection between Jaster's disappearance and the unidentified remains of a Jane Doe whose body was found in a drainage ditch a few miles east of tiny Blue Earth on May 30, 1980.

    The woman found in Blue Earth was nude, her head partly shaved, and a rope was around her neck. She was buried in a rural cemetery with a headstone marked "unidentified person."

    Jaster was 25 at the time she disappeared, and her age and physical description generally match the description of the Jane Doe.

    "I've always thought (Paulette Jaster) was a good candidate to be our Jane Doe," said Deborah B. Anderson, a Blue Earth resident who started a Web site devoted to identifying the woman found in her town.

    Anderson said she has read about Jaster on Web sites dedicated to missing persons and calls the possible match between the two women a "very, very, very huge longshot," but believes it's worth pursuing.

    "I would hope to God somebody would do the same thing if my daughter was buried somewhere under a stone," she said. "You can't say it doesn't matter just because she died in a ditch."

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    Just the other night on TV they were saying that on CSI, the DNA test results always come back, right after the third commercial, but in real life these DNA testings can take many many many months before the results return.

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    I would like to see this family do a photo age progression in case Paulette is still alive. The old artist-type sketch does not reflect a 52 year-old woman. Project Edan will do one for free.

    If the family would like to contact me for additional assistance, please email kelly.jolkowski(at sign)projectjason.org.

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    Yes I will be pursuing a photo age-progression through Project EDAN. What a wonderful service! Thank you for the good information.

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    I am looking forward to seeing the photo age-progression as well, when it comes through. Please keep us updated.

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    Added Paulette's story

    to our Porchlight for the Missing and Unidentified boards

    PorchlightInternational
    http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobe...showtopic=2868

    PorhlightUSA
    http://z13.invisionfree.com/Porchlig...opic=1464&st=0

    ((hugs))

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    Inheritance in store for woman missing since 1979

    http://www.mlive.com/news/flintjourn...980.xml&coll=5

    10 Feb 08

    Edwin Jaster updated his last will several times before he died in January, changing parts of his final bequest but never removing his daughter, Paulette, who disappeared nearly 30 years ago.

    "He always had that hope, and until someone proves otherwise, I still believe she's out there (too)," said Peggy Sperlich, Paulette Jaster's older sister. "If she's gone to the Lord, I just want to know what happened to her."

    Eighteen months after police restarted one of Genesee County's oldest missing person cases, however, the whereabouts of the former high school homecoming queen candidate apparently remain a mystery.

    Family members haven't seen Jaster since May 12, 1979, when one of her sisters saw Jaster carrying a green duffel bag and walking toward I-69 in Davison.

    Now family members hope they'll get help in finding her from two new age-progression sketches that show what she might look like if she is alive today.

    Sperlich said DNA from her mother and father, both of whom have died, has been collected and filed as part of a nationwide FBI database to aid in identifying Jaster.

    Police have ruled out the possibility that an unidentified body found in Blue Earth, Minn., might have been Jaster, Sperlich said.

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    Family members have chased leads about the disappearance to Florida. Social Security records indicate Jaster may have worked at a Walgreens lunch counter and a restaurant in Mesa, Ariz., in 1980.

    Elizabeth Sinor of michigandoes.com said cases of people who have been missing as long as Jaster become harder and harder to solve as new cases demand attention from police, and evidence trails dry up.

    much more at link

    no pics or age progressions at link


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    My best guess is that she's dead, somewhere in the United States or Canada, maybe hundreds or thousands of miles from where she disappeared. Maybe they haven't found her yet, or maybe they have and she's one of those legions of Jane Does all around the country.

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    I would like to know more about the social security records indicating she was in Mesa, Arizona. Does anyone know anything about this? If anything came of it? What the records indicated?

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    Just that Paulette, or someone using her SSN, was employed at two places in Mesa. I'm not sure they ever confirmed that the person in Mesa was actually Paulette, though. It could have been a clerical error, or someone stealing her identity.

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

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    Thanks Meggily. That is very interesting and frustrating. Surely the authorities interviewed co-workers at these restaurants and got a description of this employee to see if it matched Paulette. The phone call made to her sister in '89 is very curious too.

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    One would hope the police in Michigan sent someone to Arizona to investigate the lead. However I don't know whether they did or not. It's possible that they didn't. Missing persons cases were treated lightly back then (even worse than now). Take the example of http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/n/nedd_oscar.html The cops never bothered to send any personnel to pick up the prime suspect in his case.

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