Results 1 to 25 of 25

Thread: PA - Nellie Flickinger, 29, Erie, March 1979

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    3,562

    PA - Nellie Flickinger, 29, Erie, March 1979

    Unidentified White Female
    • The victim was discovered on October 7, 1982 in Colusa County, California
    • Estimated Date of Death: October 1, 1981
    • State of Remains: Skeletal


    Vital Statistics
    • Estimated age: 20-26 years old
    • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'1"-5'4"
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair. Fracture of lower left leg; pin through right femur. Plate screwed to right femur with the words "VITALIUM 3 3/4".
    • Clothing: Red/white/blue blouse; brown cord pants; brown lace, leather, rubber-soled shoes size 5 - 5 1/2.
    • Personal Effects: Silver ring; silver pendant necklace with Hebrew writing; pair of crescent shaped earrings, 3 1/2 inches, 1 white and 1 brown; round pin-brooch; gold color frame sunglasses.
    • Dentals: Available

    Case History
    The victim was located in Colusa County, California on October 7, 1982.

    vs.


    Carol Jean Pierce
    Missing since September 8, 1975 from Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin.
    Classification: Endangered Missing


    Vital Statistics
    • Date Of Birth: December 4, 1939
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 35 years old
    • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'5; 115 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; hazel eyes.
    • Marks, Scars: Surgical pin in right femur, and small scar on upper lip.
    • AKA: Carol Fillion; Aungst; Clark

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Pierce was last seen between 8:00am and 4:30pm at her residence in the vicinity of W. Elm Street and N. Hudson Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, WI. She was reported missing by her husband, one week after her disappearance. He told investigators that on the date of her disappearance he had morning coffee with Carol Jean at his home. When he returned home at about 1630hr. Carol Jean was gone. She has not been heard from or seen since.
    The couple had plans to move to Cheboygan, Michigan, where they owned some property. Carol Jean Pierce was a home maker. There has been no use of her social security number since 1975.
    Police checks on Carol Jean's credit history, social security, possible passport use, Interpol, the Canadian Authorities and every state DOT Office in the U.S., have been made in the name of Carol Jean. There has been no activity under her name since the date of her disappearance.
    Her purse, prized cat, personal belongings and makeup were all left at her home.
    Foul play is suspected.



    I know that the states are pretty far apart, but I have seen it in other cases. They both had pins in the right femur. It says she had blonde hair but it looks closer to brown to me. The height is close but the age is off. The remains were skeletal so it could have been there for longer than a year.
    Happy New Years

  2. The Following User Says Thank You to teonspaleprincess For This Useful Post:

    Kat

  3. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    28,418
    Teon - are there pictures or links? I think it is worth reporting. Pins in a right femur are not that common. Pins in a right femur of a missing person and/or an unidentified person must be pretty rare, I would think.

    I think this is a very good catch and you should definetly report it.

    I really admire all the work that you do!

    Salem

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    3,562
    Carol

    The UID does not have a picture. Thanks Salem, it makes me feel good to try and do something to help someone else during my free time.
    Happy New Years

  5. #4
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    texas
    Posts
    557
    I would call it in for sure. Even though some of the details are off, what are the chances of finding a surgical pin in the right femur of two different missing persons?

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    155
    Surgical pins in the femur aren't that uncommon, having said that I would definitely call this one in. We would rather be mistaken than pass up a match. Good luck! I hope it is her so she can be brought home to her family.

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    4,793
    Teon, it's always worth reporting!! If it's not an exact match, then at least it can be ruled out.
    She could have bleached her hair when she went missing, small details would be hard to reconstruct with a skeleton; yet the surgical pin, the time frame, height, aren't far off!!

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    28,418
    Teons - did you report this one? Have you heard anything?

    Salem
    "If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking." George S. Patton, Jr.

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    3,562
    I did report it. They said that they would check things out and that was it. I figured I would give them a few weeks and then call for an update.
    Happy New Years

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    On the Third Coast
    Posts
    8,746

    MISSING SINCE 1979 Nellie Flickinger, 29, Erie PA

    Long article here:

    http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/...an_family.html

    18 March 08

    For nearly three decades, the family of Nellie Flickinger has struggled to learn why the young mother disappeared from her Pennsylvania home.

    Now the search for an answer may lie with a nameless body found in Colusa County a quarter-century ago, leaving Flickinger's children and relatives hovering between hope for closure and fear of her fate.

    The Colusa County Sheriff's Department exhumed the body at Colusa Cemetery on Monday, according to Lt. Shane Maxey.

    "We're bracing for closure while hoping for a reunion," said her niece Joni Lapeyrouse, a Pensacola, Fla. resident who has led the search in recent years. "One way or another, I want to get her home."

    Testing at a state forensics laboratory is expected to show whether the remains are those of Flickinger, a 29-year-old mother of five last seen leaving her Erie, Pa., home in March 1979.

    Relatives of Flickinger say the woman was staying at her mother's house when she left in the company of a male visitor, possibly a serviceman. Before departing, Flickinger told her family she planned to return later for her children, but never did.

    Deputies discovered the skeletal corpse Oct. 7, 1982, off Interstate 5 and Hahn Road, north of Arbuckle. A coroner was unable to learn the woman's identity or how she died.

    The Colusa County remains caught the family's attention after Internet searches apparently matched the find to Flickinger's bodily description, according to Lapeyrouse. In particular, the skeleton included a metal plate in the right femur, a possible link to a broken leg the woman suffered in a motorcycle wreck.

    more at link

    pic at link

    Contact reporter Howard Yune at 458-2121, 749-4708 or hyune@appealdemocrat.com.

  11. The Following User Says Thank You to hoppyfrog For This Useful Post:

    Kat

  12. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    979

  13. The Following User Says Thank You to meggilyweggily For This Useful Post:

    Kat

  14. #11
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    1,605

    Colusa Cold Case May Be Solved After 30 Years

    A mother of five has been missing for decades, and her family's search has taken them across the country. Now, it could be ending right here in northern California.

    Nellie Flickinger was a young girl with a bright smile and bright future. She grew up to be a mother of five young kids, but in 1979 Nellie disappeared from Pennsylvania with a stranger. Her family doesn't even know his name, only that he was a Marine.

    "She said she was going back to California," said Joni Laperyouse. "She said she was either going to send for her kids or come back and get her kids. That's the last anybody ever heard from her."

    29 years later, Joni is on a mission, desperate and driven by one thing. "Emotion," she said. "This is my dad's sister. My dad's not in good health. My grandmother died looking for her."

    Joni took over on a national hunt for the aunt she never knew. "It's been a brick wall the whole time."

    Last year, she got a call that would change her life.

    "I'd called the local sheriff's department in Pensacola and I said, 'How do you find a dead person?'"

    She found her answer in a website called DoeNetwork.org. Joni posted Nellie's information that would be checked against a database of hundreds of Jane Does.

    http://cbs13.com/local/colusa.cold.case.2.685791.html

  15. The Following User Says Thank You to Rle7 For This Useful Post:

    Kat

  16. #12
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    4,333

    DNA Test Fails To Identify Colusa County Jane Doe

    WILLIAMS (CBS13) ― Investigators have failed to identify a woman who was found dead decades ago in Colusa County, shattering the hopes of a family who has been looking for answers.

    Nellie Flickinger left Pennsylvania for California in 1979, leaving her five kids behind. She said she would bring them with her later, but nobody ever heard from her again.

    http://cbs13.com/local/jane.doe.colusa.2.803974.html

    “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

  17. The Following User Says Thank You to MagicRose99 For This Useful Post:

    Kat

  18. #13
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    3,562
    So glad to see that her case is getting some attention.

  19. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by teonspaleprincess View Post
    So glad to see that her case is getting some attention.
    If there isn't enough DNA to do any comparisons, is there any hope for an identification?

  20. #15
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Norfolk, VA
    Posts
    310
    So strange. I grew up near Philly, PA and went to school with two boys with the last name of Flickinger. They both look like her from what I can see in the photographs of her, A LOT, but they would have been born around when she disappeared. Was Flickinger her married or maiden name?

  21. #16
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    southern California
    Posts
    770
    Can't they trace the metal plate in the femur to a hospital or something? There has to be some way they can be at least 75% sure it is her.

  22. The Following User Says Thank You to kylie For This Useful Post:


  23. #17
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    979
    It seems to me that one metal plate looks much like any other. Unless it had a serial number I think it would be impossible to trace.

  24. #18
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Raleigh, NC
    Posts
    201
    Bumping so Nellie isn't forgotten!
    All my posts are only my opinion!

  25. #19
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Penn's woods
    Posts
    17,239
    Quote Originally Posted by MagicRose99 View Post
    WILLIAMS (CBS13) ― Investigators have failed to identify a woman who was found dead decades ago in Colusa County, shattering the hopes of a family who has been looking for answers.

    Nellie Flickinger left Pennsylvania for California in 1979, leaving her five kids behind. She said she would bring them with her later, but nobody ever heard from her again.

    http://cbs13.com/local/jane.doe.colusa.2.803974.html
    The Colusa County Sheriff's Department called her late last week, informing her that there wasn't enough DNA to extract for an accurate test.
    Snipped from above link.

    This week I read an article where there wasn't enough DNA to be extracted from bones that were found in a grave and there was some question about the identity of the remains in the grave by family members. (a different case)

    They were able to identify the remains by the hair, with a hairmat that had been saved from the woman's family.

    It turned out to be the correct remains in the grave. Although, a few of the family members still disagreed because there was a discrepancy between the confession of the woman's murderer and the condition of the remains.

    I attribute that to the fact when you rely on a confession, you are relying on the word of a known criminal (murderer).

    I trust the science behind it.

    I would encourage the family of this woman and LE to try to find another way to extract DNA for comparison. JMHO.

  26. #20
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Penn's woods
    Posts
    17,239
    I meant hairmat saved from an earlier investigation into the other woman's disappearance prior to her being found*

    Sorry couldn't ETA post #19.

  27. #21
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    1,504
    Received update on Nellie Flickinger from NamUs.

    NamUs Case # 1737 has had changes made. You can view the case by clicking the url below

    URL: https://www.findthemissing.org/cases/show/1737

    The following fields have been changed:
    Y-STR checkbox has been changed from "true" to "false"
    For I the Lord thy God will hold they right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. ~Is 41:13

  28. The Following User Says Thank You to Houston Mom For This Useful Post:


  29. #22
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    1,504
    Received update on Nellie from NamUs.

    The following fields have been changed:
    Deformities text has been changed from "One leg is believed to be smaller in size, due to a leg injury" to "One leg is believed to be smaller in size"

    Scars and marks text has been changed from "She had numerous skin grafts done due to a motorcycle accident when she was a teenager" to "numerous scars on her leg"

    Nellie where are you??
    For I the Lord thy God will hold they right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. ~Is 41:13

  30. The Following User Says Thank You to Houston Mom For This Useful Post:


  31. #23
    Nellie's brother just posted on [ame="http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?p=10174272#post10174272"]TN "Shotgun" Jane Doe[/ame]

    Quote Originally Posted by lost sisters brother View Post
    Hello, Nellie Florence Cornman Flickinger is my sister. We still haven't found any good leads. My daughter was doing the searches because she better on the computer than I am.

  32. The Following User Says Thank You to Roselvr For This Useful Post:


  33. #24
    DNA TESTS FAIL TO LINK BODY TO MISSING WOMAN - 29-YEAR OLD ERIE MYSTERY UNSOLVED August 23, 2008

    I wonder if they can get DNA from Jane Doe now that technology is better

  34. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Roselvr For This Useful Post:


  35. #25
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    2,820
    Arnold teen back home, but some A-K Valley missing-person cases decades old

    Read more: http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yo...#ixzz2yn6avyXi
    Follow us: @triblive on Twitter | triblive on Facebook
    No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. - 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)

    We are all one poor choice from being a subject on this forum. Think twice.

  36. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to mikkismom For This Useful Post:


Similar Threads

  1. IA IA - Ronald Eugene Westwick, 34, Ames, 12 March 1979
    By Richard in forum 1970's Missing
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 04-29-2014, 11:11 AM
  2. Replies: 20
    Last Post: 03-29-2014, 11:40 PM
  3. VT VT - Selinda Winegar, 16, Burlington, 21 March 1979
    By dark_shadows in forum 1970's Missing
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 03-23-2014, 10:09 PM
  4. FL FL - Kipling R. Hess III, 12, Merritt Island, 27 March 1979
    By Richard in forum 1970's Missing
    Replies: 35
    Last Post: 02-25-2013, 07:34 AM
  5. Replies: 102
    Last Post: 07-25-2012, 12:21 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •