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    PA - Homestead, Female 143UFPA, 20-40, Oct'00 - Amanda Myers

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/143ufpa.html

    I couldn't find anything else in local news. Has anyone heard of this case before?



    The Doe Network:
    Case File 143UFPA



    Reconstructions of Victim
    Unidentified White Female
    • Discovered on October 3, 2000 in Homestead, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
    • No definitive cause of death has been established.
    • Estimated date of death: February 2000
    • Mummified & Skeletal Remains


    Vital Statistics
    • Estimated age: 20 - 40 years old
    • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'4"
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Strands of fine, medium brown hair were located. Average build. Her toe nails were painted with silver polish.
    • Dentals: Available. A metal crown made of a material used only by eastern European dentists was found on the first molar on the left side. They indicate that the woman may have recently immigrated from Europe or traveled there, possibly as an exchange student. She has all 32 adult teeth, indicating that she was probably older than the late teens. Three fillings are in the teeth, but a couple of cavities in the upper molars showed that a dentist hadn't cared for her recently.
    • Clothing: She wore a pair of socks.
    • Other: Police think she may have been Eastern European or Russian.


    Case History
    The victim was found just behind the Giant Eagle on East Waterfront Drive, in a former railroad tunnel near the Homestead Waterfront.
    Near a substantial congregation of Russian immigrants in that area of Homestead.
    Unable to determine if there were drugs or alcohol in the remains due to the level of decomposition. No marks or scars suggesting violence could be seen.

    Investigators
    If you have any information about this case please contact:
    Allegheny County Police
    412-473-3000
    Homestead Police
    412-461-7736
    Or
    Medical Examiner's Office
    412-350-4800


    Last edited by summer_breeze; 11-16-2012 at 09:20 AM.

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    Possibility?

    Maria PROCOPIO

    http://www.ppdonline.org/det/det_adult.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soonerbabie View Post
    Possibility?

    Maria PROCOPIO

    http://www.ppdonline.org/det/det_adult.php

    Very interesting. Do you want to submit the link or should I?

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    She's been in the news several times since she was found. Many of the articles are now only available through newslibrary.com (for a fee) and the triblive archives, links only take you to the interconnect page (not to the articles themselves), but these links you should be able to access with no problem:

    http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/...09/detail.html

    http://www.post-gazette.com/regionst...24bodyreg3.asp

    http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/...48/detail.html

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07276/822388-52.stm
    (this one also mentions 3 other Jane Does in the Pittsburgh area)

    http://pennsylvaniamissing.com/143ufpahomestead.html

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    You turn it in. Ive never done it before. I'm chicken.

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    If the woman was an illegal immigrant, or living with or among recent immigrants or illegals, they might not have reported to the police that she was missing. So it may be that she is not in the system, so to speak.

    Procopia looks like a physical match, but she was left/dumped in an urban area where it would be more likely that suspicious behavior will attract attention. Usually women found like that around here have turned out to be local, in one sense or another. I think it more likely that she was an immigrant (there are a number or Russians, Serbs, Croatians, etc. in this area) or a student who came to the U.S. and whose family might not be aware that she is missing.

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    PA - Homestead - Female 143UFPA, 20-40, Oct 2000 -European or Russian?- Amanda Meyers

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09158/975661-455.stm

    Sunday, June 07, 2009

    ...The badly decomposed body of the first, a slight woman identified only as 03-5925, was pulled from the Allegheny River near the Fox Chapel Yacht Club on Oct. 24, 2003. Her remains were wrapped in a blue blanket bound with duct tape. A plastic bag covered her head.

    The mummified remains of another, 00-4395, were discovered Oct. 3, 2000, in an abandoned railroad tunnel in Homestead. A stainless steel crown affixed to one of her teeth resembled those made in Eastern Europe.


    The third, 99-2629, was a homicide victim found June 28, 1999, in the storm cellar of an empty house in Wilkinsburg. She had been strangled...

    ...who they were remains a mystery, even as the county prepares to finally lay them to rest.
    Victim number one:
    www.doenetwork.org/cases/202ufpa.html


    Victim number two:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/143ufpa.html


    Victim number three:
    www.doenetwork.org/cases/397ufpa.html
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 04-08-2013 at 11:34 PM.

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    What a shame that they haven't been identified.


    Victim number one:
    www.doenetwork.org/cases/202ufpa.html

    It says her age range is 20-45 but the reconstruction looks to me like she's the older end of the age range rather than 20. I wonder how accurate that is.

    Victim number two:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/143ufpa.html

    If she was a recent immigrant it may be there were not many people to miss her, or they may have thought she returned to her native country.


    Victim number three:
    www.doenetwork.org/cases/397ufpa.html[/QUOTE]

    It says the local fingerprint records were checked but no results. Does it mean no national databases were consulted?
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 04-08-2013 at 11:34 PM.

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    I agree Donjeta, it's a shame. I know that many members here donate their time and energy to matching IUD's to Missing Persons that have been reported.

    That's not my forte, although I am interested. I wanted to bring these ladies here in case someone wishes to later work on their identifications.
    "Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind." ~ Henry James

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    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/143ufpa.html
    http://www.nampn.org/cases/ciesek_magdalena.html

    This is a very long shot but I thought I'd post it anyway. The age (19 vs. 20-40) and the height (5'5" vs. 5'4") could be a match, and the missing person immigrated from Poland in 1995 so it matches the not-quite-recent Eastern European dentistry. The resemblance is not striking but the shape of the face looks different to me in the two different reconstructions. The short haired one looks more like Magdalena. Medium brown hair was located near the UID; in one of Magdalena's photos she has brown hair and in the other dyed blonde with darker roots. She had mentioned moving to USA, possibly Florida so that could explain her being found in PA. There's a discussion about her. http://www.crimeandjustice.us/forums...=&st=&#entry16
    If the information is correct, her family had difficulty making a missing person's report and the investigation started only 2003. She had not contacted her child. She had told her sister that together with her Russian friend she was going to the USA to work as a waitress, so that might explain how she ended up where there are many Russian immigrants.

    The buts: the missing person went missing two months after the estimated time of death and if it really was her alive and well picking up the driving licence in 2002 then she's obviously ruled out. Could it have been someone who stole her identity? How strict identity checks do they have in Toronto when you pick up a driver's licence? She had talked about moving so it could be that she just voluntarily broke contact with her family. Magdalena has tattoos; no mention of them on the UID but the state of the remains might have rendered them unrecognizable. No mention on doenetwork if the UID had given birth.

    Any thoughts?


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    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/143ufpa.html

    I live very near to where this Jane Doe was located, and this case has interested me for quite a while. Just a little background: the shopping plaza she was located near is quite busy, and borders the crime-ridden, run-down steel town of Homestead. There have been a few body finds, murders and other various crimes over the years in the Waterfront shopping plaza the Giant Eagle is located in, most near the plaza's border to the Monongahela River, or in the various restaurants. Because of crime concerns, a tracking system has been put into the entrances to the Waterfront, taking note of all license plates entering the plaza.

    The Pittsburgh area in general has a high concentration of Russian immigrants. I've shown this Jane Doe to Russian co-workers, with no positive responses, but it was mentioned to me that the composite ought to be put up in area Russian specialty markets, which there are more than a few. I'm going to make some print-outs of her doe page, blow up the picture, and hit a few markets this weekend. Hopefully this helps reach the immigrant community.

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    That reconstruction reminds me a lot of Michaela Godau
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/572dfsau.html

    In 1982 Michaela was a fifteen year old who did not want to return with her family to Germany from Australia. She disappeared along with cash, her passport and some of her personal effects.

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    The woman in the river:
    https://identifyus.org/cases/2668

    The woman in the railroad tunnel:
    https://identifyus.org/cases/2642


    The woman in the basement:
    https://identifyus.org/cases/2670
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 04-08-2013 at 11:35 PM.

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