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    CA - Pogonip, WhtFem remains 716UFCA, 12-18, Jan'94 - Kori Lamaster

    The young age range is what always catches my eye.

    http://www.doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase1207.html

    Found 1-29-94. Death 3-6 months prior. Heart tattoo. Cosmetic restorations.

    Someone is missing their child. WHo is she?
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 12-05-2013 at 01:10 PM.

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    Unhappy

    It is so sad how a child can remain unclaimed for so many years... I did some looking and came up with nothing..but will look more later. :-(

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    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/783dfca.html

    This girl fits the description, even down to the tattoo.

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    But no dental records available for Melissa and the UID sounds like she had a lot of dental work. Otherwise spot on.
    If they are both on CODIS would this have been checked?

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    Dentals not available might mean that the dentist lost them, or they were misfiled.

    I think they are close enough as a match to turn it in! Good find!

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    I did see that as a potential match, but just assumed it's probably been ruled out b/c it's so obvious. But I guess anything is possible. It would be really sad if that has not been looked into.

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    I thought it was probably obvious to investigators, too, due to the proximity, but I figured it couldn't hurt to submit it. I emailed the Sergeant in charge, and this was his email response:

    Hello Susan, we have checked the missing girls Dental and compared it
    with our unidentified. They do not match. Because of the close
    proximately in age, tattoo, I have asked that DOJ check the DNA from our
    unidentified against the DNA from the missing girl and use that to rule
    out identification. Sincerely Sgt. Burt
    So it looks like they've eliminated her through dentals, but they're checking DNA just to be sure. Dang...it seemed like such a perfect match. But nothing in life is that easy, is it?


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    It's so true! But it's nice to know that it was looked into at least!

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    when will we know about the DNA match?
    Some people do crossword puzzles or Soduko in their spare time...I look at skeletal reconstructions and work on UID puzzles. I swear I'm not this morbid in person!

    Help Fred Murray find his daughter and bring her home. He should not be walking those woods alone!
    What Happened to Maura Murray? http://www.mauramurraymissing.com

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    I received word that dentals and DNA have both been checked against the unidentified and Melissa Espinoza, and there is definitely no match. Ah, well...nothing is ever as easy as it should be, is it?


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    damn - what is the likelihood of another missing girl having the same exact tattoo?
    Some people do crossword puzzles or Soduko in their spare time...I look at skeletal reconstructions and work on UID puzzles. I swear I'm not this morbid in person!

    Help Fred Murray find his daughter and bring her home. He should not be walking those woods alone!
    What Happened to Maura Murray? http://www.mauramurraymissing.com

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    CA- UID Female 716UFCA, Pogonip Park, 1994 to: Melissa Espinoza, Rancho Cordova, 1993

    I was trying to find possible matches for Hot Case 1207;

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/716ufca.html

    Unidentified White Female

    * The victim was discovered on January 29, 1994 in Pogonip Park, Santa Cruz County, California
    * Estimated Date of Death: 1-6 months
    * Cause of Death: Blunt force trauma to head.

    Vital Statistics

    * Estimated age: 12-18 years old
    * Approximate Height and Weight: 5'0"-5'5''; 110-120 lbs.
    * Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, cut short (approx 2"). Left ear pierced twice, right ear once. Red painted fingernails.
    * Tattoos: Small tattoo, 1/4" in length, of a stylized, valentine type heart, done in outline in blue ink, on web of left hand.
    * Clothing: Cotton, pullover sweater, with ribbed neck, cuffs and bottom, sized Large, 100% cotton, beige, horizontal, floral design (flowers in red and blue), Brand "LiaWear". Medium sized, black sweatpants with side pockets, "Gap Sport" brand.
    * Dentals: Available. The decedent had regular dental care. The decedent's bite was nearly perfect, possibly as a result of orthodontics. The acrylic restorations reflect a high concern for appearance by her primary caretakers. Third molars were unerupted.
    * Fingerprints: Available.
    * DNA: Complete - mtDNA Profile available in FBI NMPDD.

    Case History
    The victim was found in Pogonip Park, a wooded area used by the homeless for camping. This is near UCSC. The victim may have been in Santa Barbara California area within three months prior to her death.
    No clothing on body, clothing found down trail in the opposite direction from body.

    Then I came across;

    Case File 783DFCA
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/783dfca.html




    Melissa Ann Espinoza
    Missing since December 2, 1993 from Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County, California.
    Classification: Non Family Abduction

    Vital Statistics

    * Date Of Birth: September 23, 1981
    * Age at Time of Disappearance: 12 years old
    * Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'1; 125 lbs
    * Distinguishing Characteristics: White/Hispanic female. Brown hair; brown eyes.
    * Tattoos: Espinoza has a homemade tattoo of a heart encircling the letter "M" near the thumb of one of her hands.
    * Clothing: She was last seen wearing a black "Chicago Bulls " jacket, black pants and black low top Nike shoes.
    * Dentals: Not available
    * DNA: Available in CODIS

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Espinoza was last seen in her hometown of Rancho Cordova, California on December 2, 1993. She was sitting on the hood of a car at 3 a.m. in an area known for drugs and shady deals. There are suspicious circumstances surrounding her disappearance. Foul play is suspected.

    Any thoughts, or other possibilities? I found the similarities to Melissa Ann Espinoza particularly chilling. Though I know a few detail are off, everything else is remarkably close.
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    Melissa's Charlie Project page offers more insight into the circumstances of her disappearance, and is suggestive, at least to me, that she may have run away.

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...a_melissa.html

    snipped;

    "Melissa was last seen in her hometown Rancho Cordova, California December 1st, 1993. She had an argument with her mother at 11:00 pm and left the house angry."

    "Espinoza's parents are divorced. She had lived with her father and two older siblings in Sacramento, California in 1993, but moved in with her mother and younger brother a month before her disappearance. She has a history of running away after arguments but always returned home within a short time."

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    The Tattoos

    I was wondering if the UID and Melissa might actually be connected in someway. I was thinking they may have been friends or it may even be a gang symbol or something. It just seems odd that there would be two girls around the same age with the same style tattoo and general appearance in the general proximity one going missing and the other turning up dead without there being a connection. Just a thought.
    Last edited by Mark Franzeo; 05-27-2009 at 08:33 PM. Reason: spelling error.

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    if she's a runaway though, it could have been a tattoo she got after she went missing, on her way to California.

    good thought on the gang connection though. I hadn't considered that possibility.
    Some people do crossword puzzles or Soduko in their spare time...I look at skeletal reconstructions and work on UID puzzles. I swear I'm not this morbid in person!

    Help Fred Murray find his daughter and bring her home. He should not be walking those woods alone!
    What Happened to Maura Murray? http://www.mauramurraymissing.com

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