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    Ricky Lee Jones was identified as another UID


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    I could be wrong but it is my understanding that the skeleton's owner had been using the woman's ID not Singleton's. Sounds weird but that's what's written.


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    The UID had the woman's drivers license in his possession (for reasons as yet unknown). When LE tracked the woman down, she stated that her common-law husband (Alabama is one of eleven states, I beleive, which still recognize common-law marriage) had left the year before, taking her drivers license with her. She told LE that she knew the man, her common-law husband, as Chad Singleton. When LE checked into this person, they discovered he had died in 1995. The common-law husband had apparently been using the dead man's identity.
    As there is no such thing as a common-law divorce (a judge must issue an order dissolving the marriage) it appears to me that the woman may still have been married at the time she was approached by LE. I have to wonder if she reported the disappearance to anyone...
    And, of course, under what circumstances did Chad Singleton die? I and a few others have been trying (as yet unsuccessfully) to uncover any information on Chad.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowangel View Post
    The UID had the woman's drivers license in his possession (for reasons as yet unknown). When LE tracked the woman down, she stated that her common-law husband (Alabama is one of eleven states, I beleive, which still recognize common-law marriage) had left the year before, taking her drivers license with her. She told LE that she knew the man, her common-law husband, as Chad Singleton. When LE checked into this person, they discovered he had died in 1995. The common-law husband had apparently been using the dead man's identity.
    As there is no such thing as a common-law divorce (a judge must issue an order dissolving the marriage) it appears to me that the woman may still have been married at the time she was approached by LE. I have to wonder if she reported the disappearance to anyone...
    And, of course, under what circumstances did Chad Singleton die? I and a few others have been trying (as yet unsuccessfully) to uncover any information on Chad.
    Ah, now it makes sense. So the skeleton was the common-law husband but he wasn't Singleton contrary to what his wife believed?

    As a side note, wouldn't the fact that the skeleton had misrepresented his true identity make the common-law marriage invalid? Not a big deal I know I'm curious. Laws governing common-law marriage vary from state to state among those that recognize it. I think the "divorce" in common-law marriage is called "dissolution of legal union" or something similar, it appears quite complicated. A fiend of mine was a "victim" of such a common-law marriage: he (quite foolishly) didn't know that such a status acquired in a jurisdiction where it is legal (in his case, DC) would be considered a legal marriage in states that don't recognize the status themselves, but recognize it as legal marriage if it was acquired in a jurisdiction where it is legal. What started out with two student roommates of opposite sex sharing a flat in Georgetown then falling in love lead to quite a legal ordeal when love vacated the premises in another state.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KarlK View Post
    As a side note, wouldn't the fact that the skeleton had misrepresented his true identity make the common-law marriage invalid?
    A good question...As you've stated, the laws concerning common-law marriages are complex and differ from state to state. As I understand the basics, all that are really required are cohabition, consummation, and the declaration of marriage (the couple must present themselves as married to the general public).

    I'm not certain how LE made the leap from the woman missing her common-law husband to this skeleton in fact being that man (as no DNA comparison has yet been done). I feel fairly certain she didnt have his dental records lying around, either. That's why I question where the photos on the Doe Network page came from.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowangel View Post
    I'm not certain how LE made the leap from the woman missing her common-law husband to this skeleton in fact being that man (as no DNA comparison has yet been done).
    I guess it could simply be because he was carrying both his own -albeit fraudulent- ID and that of the wife. I guess Skeleton could have stolen or bought both sets but I assume LE thought this was unlikely, maybe because Skeleton appeared just as shady a character (from the way he died and was not reported missing) as the common-law husband had been.

    Maybe they obtained photos from the wife?


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    Outofthedark - I didn't know that but I don't think it's him anyway. I'd be interested if you do have a link though.

    In relation to this case I have found some more information above and beyond that which is on Doe:

    https://identifyus.org/report.php?p=individual&i=512

    Estimated height is 5'6" (no surprise there then) but this is very interesting:

    Dental Comments: Tooth 2 & 4 removed and submitted per a court order to Reliagene for possible paternity testing.
    I don't know if this was done postmortem and this provided a match between the UID and his children or if the dental removal was antemortem and so they matched the ID to the common law husband based on (at least partial) dental records.
    Last edited by Cymro; 07-20-2008 at 02:47 PM.


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    I got the info from Porchlight


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    I would assume the teeth were removed post-mortem in order to compare with a child the common-law wife had with her missing husband. Pure speculation, of course, but it makes sense. Still, without that confirmation, I think the posting of the pics was premature.

    I've been searching news archives for days now, and still nothing on Chad Singleton.


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    There is another thread on this same UID, on the unidentified fourm....


    here is a link interesting both thread were started on the SAME DAY

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67515


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    ...just putting this out there for opinions....
    http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/mpch/mp...1:58:26PM'

    The Doe entry states brown eyes, but with skeletal remains...?


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    I had seen this guy's pic elsewhere (on Ohio's missing persons site, possibly) but I also found him on Doe Network.
    LE at the time has suspicions that he faked his own death.

    Case File 3635DMWV


    Jason Scott Adkins
    Missing since January 17, 1999 from Huntington, West Virginia
    Classification: Endangered Missing


    Vital Statistics
    • Date Of Birth: April 1, 1975
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 23 years old
    • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'9"; 160-170 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; blue eyes. Dimples, could have mustache or goatee.
    • Marks, Scars: Small bump at top of nose, surgical scar from appendectomy, previously broken leg (possibly right).
    • Clothing: A brown leather jacket, coveralls, blue jeans and wading boots with inside "Nike" tennis shoes.
    • Jewelry: Possibly wearing a silver chain with a "Cross" pendant. The "cross" possibly has "Jesus" on it also.
    • Nickname: Scott

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Jason Adkins was fishing on the Ohio River with his brother on January 17, 1999 when the boat he was in had engine failure.
    Around this same time frame, a barge passing by caused a series of large waves in the river where the men were fishing, and caused the boat to capsize. One of the brothers made it out of the boat and went to call for help.
    As search and rescue crews arrived, they reported it appeared as if someone had exited the water in a certain area that was different from where the sole survivor would've left the wreckage.
    Police asked the family was it a possibility that Adkins could've faked his death, because he owed back child support.
    His estranged wife and family do not believe Adkins faked his death that day, because he only was $200 behind on child support. There has never been any trace of Adkins' body if he did perish in the boating accident.
    *******
    The family also has a website:

    http://www.geocities.com/jasonscotta...formation.html

    Only a partial skeleton was found...It's possible the right leg was not among the remains, thus the info not being listed for the UID.


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    I found a Doe Network page for this same missing person, with some interesting info... (I also posted this in the Unidentified forum)

    LE at the time has suspicions that he faked his own death.

    Case File 3635DMWV


    Jason Scott Adkins
    Missing since January 17, 1999 from Huntington, West Virginia
    Classification: Endangered Missing


    Vital Statistics
    • Date Of Birth: April 1, 1975
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 23 years old
    • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'9"; 160-170 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; blue eyes. Dimples, could have mustache or goatee.
    • Marks, Scars: Small bump at top of nose, surgical scar from appendectomy, previously broken leg (possibly right).
    • Clothing: A brown leather jacket, coveralls, blue jeans and wading boots with inside "Nike" tennis shoes.
    • Jewelry: Possibly wearing a silver chain with a "Cross" pendant. The "cross" possibly has "Jesus" on it also.
    • Nickname: Scott

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Jason Adkins was fishing on the Ohio River with his brother on January 17, 1999 when the boat he was in had engine failure.
    Around this same time frame, a barge passing by caused a series of large waves in the river where the men were fishing, and caused the boat to capsize. One of the brothers made it out of the boat and went to call for help.
    As search and rescue crews arrived, they reported it appeared as if someone had exited the water in a certain area that was different from where the sole survivor would've left the wreckage.
    Police asked the family was it a possibility that Adkins could've faked his death, because he owed back child support.
    His estranged wife and family do not believe Adkins faked his death that day, because he only was $200 behind on child support. There has never been any trace of Adkins' body if he did perish in the boating accident.

    *******
    The family also has a website:

    http://www.geocities.com/jasonscottadkins/MoreInformation.html

    Only a partial skeleton was found...It's possible the right leg was not among the remains, thus the info not being listed for the UID.


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    They removed the case from being a hot case; here's the new link: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1139umal.html

    Since the photos are real, I'm thinking maybe the common law wife had photos of the friend with her husband, but didn't know who it was.


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    Wow - just wow!

    Hot case 776 is now 1139UMAL and that is one heck of a good match.

    This is "Chad Singleton":



    and this is "Jason Scott Adkins"



    Admittedly Scott is slightly too young (three years outside the age range) and 3" taller than the estimated height - but it's only an estimate from a partial skeleton and the height could easily be overstated by an inch or two.

    "Chad" had a couple of additional broken bones over Scott but could easily have gotten those in the last five years of his life.

    Vask - our posts have obviously crossed but I'm confused as to who the "friend" is with the husband. According to Doe the photos are of the victim and we know the identity the victim was living under but don't know who he really was.


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