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    CA - Los Angeles, AsianFem UP3384, 18-30, burned in MVA, Nov'99

    The Doe Network:
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    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/972ufca.html

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    Unidentified Asian Female



    • The victim was discovered on November 17, 1999 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
    • Estimated Date of Death: November 17, 1999
    • Cause of Death: Victim of an auto vs. auto collision.
    • State of Remains: Charred


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    • Estimated age: 18+ years old
    • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'3"; 146 lbs.
    • Personal Effects : 1 yellow metal band, with a bridged setting of a heart shaped, clear stone, held at the sides by hands; and crowned with another small stone; 1 yellow metal, "twisted" chain necklace, with a clear pendant, shaped like a "Hersheys kiss" confection.


    Case History
    The victim was a victim of an auto vs. auto collision on 101 freeway at Western Avenue in Los Angeles, California on November 17, 1999. The car burst into flames and the victim was burned.
    The vehicle was a 1985 Mitsubishi Galant, maroon color.

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    If you have any information about this case please contact:
    Los Angeles Coroner
    Investigator Daniel Machian
    323-343-0754
    323-222-0343
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    Agency Case Number:
    1999-07845
    NCIC Number:
    U-560002915
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case. Source Information:
    Los Angeles Coroner
    Last edited by OkieGranny; 05-30-2016 at 04:50 AM. Reason: updated Doe link

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    I wonder if what she had on was similar to a Claddagh ring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teonspaleprincess View Post
    I wonder if what she had on was similar to a Claddagh ring?
    That sounds exactly like the claddagh, actually
    nothing seems black when i see your red shoes

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    Do they make cheap yellow metal versions? All the ones I have seen are silver or gold. I wonder if we could get pictures of the jewlry? Maybe a family member would recognize it?

    ETA: I am looking at lots of different versions. I did find an Avon claddagh ring that is yellow metal, but it does not have a clear stone. It says that it was popular in the late 70's though.

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    With the stone in the ring being clear, it's a possibility she was born in April as April's birthstone is a diamond/crystal.

    Just in case you're not sure of what 'bridged' means either when it comes to a ring setting, see this photo:

    See how in the lower left photo the stone is raised away from the band itself? From what I can find, that's what a bridged setting is.


    Also, with her wearing a traditional irish/celtic style ring, I'm wondering if that Hershey's Kiss shaped pendant might have been a Triquetra.


    Or.. they actually do make Hershey's Kiss pendants:
    http://images.google.com/images?q=he...=1&sa=N&tab=wi

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    Thanks Vask. I didn't know what a bridged setting meant, I was just browsing through different rings. That may help in finding one that looked like hers. Good idea about the necklace. I wish they would show a picture. I wonder if the detective in charge would send us pictures of the jewelry if they are available.

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    Haven't looked at any of the info on this yet, but If they know the year, model and color of the car, there should have been enough left to get the VIN number off of several parts throughout the car, and track down the registered owner.

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    Depends. What's the boiling point on most metals in a car?
    Quote Originally Posted by fmw63 View Post
    Haven't looked at any of the info on this yet, but If they know the year, model and color of the car, there should have been enough left to get the VIN number off of several parts throughout the car, and track down the registered owner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vask View Post
    Depends. What's the boiling point on most metals in a car?
    Not sure, but the VIN is on several major pieces. Maybe they forgot to look? Or maybe all were destroyed? Seems like searching DMV records could have given clues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vask View Post
    Depends. What's the boiling point on most metals in a car?
    Not sure, but the VIN is on several major pieces. Maybe they forgot to look? Or maybe all were destroyed? Seems like searching DMV records could have given clues.


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    Oops...

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    If she wasn't in her own car that was properly registered to her name knowing the VIN might not help. It could have been a stolen vehicle or she could have hitched a ride from someone who also died in the crash and couldn't tell who she was
    Her Namus page but there's not much new info.
    https://identifyus.org/cases/3384

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    I was just watching the local Los Angeles news station KCal 9, and they did a little story of a local woman who has taken an interest in trying to solve this case, after browsing through the LA County Coroner Website.

    She has spent quite a bit of energy obtaining coroner reports, and even trying to track down the owner of the car that the Jane Doe was driving. The owner told authorities that he didn't know the woman. But it is strange that someone would be driving his vehicle and he didn't know who that person was. The woman, along with the KCal field reporter, traced his current address to a location in Chinatown, but they could only find the man's daughter. He was out of the country, and she doesn't know anything about the vehicle or the woman.

    They must have filmed the segment a couple of years ago, because they ran a few very quick flashes of the site when they still had postmortem photos online. There are no PM photos of this Jane Doe, but they showed a few others that I hadn't seen in a while.

    They also visited the potter's field in Los Angeles where all the unclaimed and UID's are buried in mass-graves, marked only by a stone engraved with the year.

    I wonder what it was about this specific case above all others that piqued her interest.

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    Interesting that someone tracked down the owner of the car.... and they didnt know who was driving car at the time. So it makes me think the car was payment for a debt, or he does have some idea but in disclosing the information might mean disclosing benefit fraud, or a mistress. If the car had been stolen you would say so. I think there is something odd about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood146 View Post
    Interesting that someone tracked down the owner of the car.... and they didnt know who was driving car at the time. So it makes me think the car was payment for a debt, or he does have some idea but in disclosing the information might mean disclosing benefit fraud, or a mistress. If the car had been stolen you would say so. I think there is something odd about this.
    They said in the news segment that the car's registration had been expired a few months when the accident happened.

    That was the first thing I thought of - that the man was having an affair with this woman, and didn't want his wife or family to know about her. Or he may have been involved in trafficking illegal immigrants from China (or some other illegal activity that he didn't care to discuss with LE).

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