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    TN - Michelle Anderson, 15, Knoxville, 9 Jan 1987

    Another forgotten case question. I'm trying to learn the name of this girl.
    This one took place in Knoxville, Tenn in, I think, 1990 or 1991.
    Victim was a white female, 15-17 years old at the time. Dark wavy hair, coming past her shoulders. Slim to medium build.
    The facts as best I remember them.
    She disappeared on her way home from a party. She was reported missing very soon and posters of her were placed all over the city. I think she disappeared in the North Knoxville area, but I'm not sure. 1-3 months later, her remains were found in a wooded area in a surrounding county. I don't think they were able to determine a cause of death, though obviously, she didn't bury herself. I don't think the police ever had a really strong suspect.
    The case was featured as a segment a few years back on one of the true crime hour long shows on either A&E or The Discovery Channel. The photo used for her missing posters and shown on the program was a school yearbook picture of her behind a counter with her arms resting on the counter in front of her.
    So, does this ring a bell with anyone?
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    Hmmm... This might not be it, Bargle, but the only thing I could find so far that might help is an article indexed at the Knoxville News Sentinel (www.knoxnews.com) (http://web.knoxnews.com/archives/newsbank/). I used the search terms "skeletal remains" and tried 1990 and 1991.

    Unfortunately you have to pay $2.95 to access the full article, so below is the bit that shows in the search results. Anyone here on Websleuths have a Newsbank account and can view the entire article for us?




    TEENAGE GIRL'S SKELETAL REMAINS FOUND

    Published on April 30, 1991, Article 7 of 14 found. Article ID: 1991120032 The skeletal remains of a teenage girl were found by a hunter in a shallow grave about 7:30 a.m. Monday, officials said.

    The remains were found near Rockwood Airport in Cumberland County near the Morgan County line, according to a spokesman for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department.( Dr. William Bass, head of the University of Tennessee's anthropology department and a forensic anthropologist, was called to the scene, officials said. Bass said the remains are of
    Maima
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    Quote Originally Posted by maima
    Hmmm... This might not be it, Bargle, but the only thing I could find so far that might help is an article indexed at the Knoxville News Sentinel (www.knoxnews.com) (http://web.knoxnews.com/archives/newsbank/). I used the search terms "skeletal remains" and tried 1990 and 1991.
    No, that isn't the correct case. Using the bit of info in the excerpt, I was able to identify that skeleton as being that of Sharon Elise George, missing since 1982 from Cleveland, Tn.
    Thanks very much for trying.
    Last edited by Bargle; 11-15-2006 at 11:48 PM. Reason: Typos

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    I found the name while watching the TV show "New Detectives" Her case was one of the ones featured. Michelle Denise Anderson. I had the year wrong, though. She disappeared in 1987 and her body was found in 1989. There was no clear cause of death, but because of where her body was found, murder is assumed. I've found no mention of her case on the 'net and I assume it's still unsolved.
    Her story was used because insect traces told them when she had died and that let investigators backtrack to persons missing at the time.

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    I have been searching on the internet trying to find any info about Michelle and her family but I can't find a thing, I wonder why that is? Anyway, Michelle and I went to middle school together and became best friends. In our freshman year of high school we sort of drifted apart, why I don't know. I have been thinking a lot about her here lately and I hope like heck the police find whomever did this to her.

    I remember seeing on Unsolved Mysteries an episode featuring her death but I can't even find that on the internet, I have searched youtube but no luck there either.

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    For some reason, her case seems to be one of those that just didn't catch people's long term interest. I don't know why.
    If coincidence never happened, there wouldn't be a word for it.

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    Bargle, did you know Michelle?

    haha i realize you didn't from your OP, sorry.
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    Michelle Denise Anderson was last seen riding in a truck with Larry Lee Smith, a convicted sex offender who in 1987 had recently been paroled from prison in Florida where he had sexually assaulted a teenage girl. After Michelle's disappearance, he served almost 20 years in prison for an unrelated Georgia sexual battery.

    In 2011 he kidnapped and raped another teenage girl in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was able to escape from Mr. Smith's apartment when someone knocked on his door. This April he was sentenced for that conviction to life without parole as a violent repeat offender. He has not been tried for Michelle's murder, but her mother was able to attend the recent trial and sentencing.

    WATE: Police hope to solve Knoxville teen's murder from 1987
    February 24, 2011
    http://www.wate.com/story/14136630/cold-case

    Knoxville News Sentinel: Rape case defendant is chief suspect in '87 death of Knoxville girl
    February 24, 2013
    http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/fe...t-in-87-death/

    Knoxville News Sentinel: Jury needs less than an hour to convict Knox man in rape, kidnapping
    February 26, 2013
    http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/fe...-alleged-rape/

    Knoxville News Sentinel: Suspect in 1987 killing of Fulton High student gets life term for rape
    April 11, 2013
    http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/ap...-high-student/

    Sasha Reynolds writes that Larry Lee Smith has three convictions but nine known victims.
    http://www.similartransactions.com/

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    they found an older man named Larry Lee Smith who helped them buy some alcohol. Smith then stayed with the crowd.

    "We've found some witnesses from that day. It's hard to find witnesses over 20 years later, but we've found some," Day said.

    Day says he's found out Smith was last seen dropping the rest of the group off at an intersection, but left with Michelle still in his truck. That was the last time she was seen.


    from the first link in the above post...

    Maybe the police have solved this one whether they can prove it in court or not. Don't get me wrong, I hope they can. This Smith individual should be punished if he murdered Michelle.

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    Thanks very much, Zinc. I don't keep up with the local news the way I used to. I missed the stories on Larry Lee Smith.
    If coincidence never happened, there wouldn't be a word for it.


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