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    NV - Las Vegas, WhtMale 1240UMNV, 25-45, letter written in German, Sep'06

    This one is a mystery. I've spent the last month going through Australia, North America and German missing persons/fugitive sites and I have a few possibles but I'd love to see what you all think first. Here are the details:


    Case History
    The decedent was found inside of a local motel room with an apparent self-inflected gunshot wound to his head. The decedent had natural teeth in fair repair. His fingerprints were checked and no match. He was using the name of a live person who had his identity stolen in CA.


    His property contained a letter written in German to his sister Brigit no last name, no address, no city/country - the decedent makes reference to an ex-wife named Karen that lives in Perth, Australia and a possible daughter named Amy.




    • Discovered in: Las Vegas
    • Date Found: 09/11/06
    • Cause of death was: Suicide
    Vital Statistics:

    Estimated age :
    45 - 55 years-of-age
    Approximate Height: 72"
    Weight: 197
    Hair: Brown
    Eyes: BlueDentals: Natural teeth in fair repair.
    Clothing: Distinguishing
    Characteristics:
    Other: Jewelry


    Picture:



    So many clues! Post up your possible ids.
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 03-17-2013 at 03:09 AM.

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    Is the letter available? Could you post it?

    Thanks.

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    No, unfortunatly there is no letter available. I tried to contact Clark County about it but they didn't respond to my email. After I couldn't find any information on any other websites about the case I emailed again to ask if it was still a valid case. This time they responded with a confirmation that it is still valid.

    Early this morning I really thought I had a break on it when I found this gentleman's website:
    http://www.angelfire.com/hi/all1/index.html

    It mentions a man named Keith Nightingale who suffers from depression and has twice tried to comit suicide, has a daughter named Amy AND he lives very close to Perth, Australia.

    I managed to find more about him and even a picture which does resemble our UID: http://www.blogger.com/profile/18436742941795252761

    The only problem is that "Keith" was actively blogging (I think) up until 2007 and the UID was found in 2006.

    I will try to email Clark County again for more information.

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    In some areas of Switzerland and Belgium German is used, and of course, in Austria.

    It would be interesting to see the letter.

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    Darn no letter? If not German he may very well be Swiss/German, Austrian, or even Belgian. I am off to do some sleuthing as I love to work the German angle and put my muttersprache to use. I also wonder if "Brigit" is not "Birgit" a more German name (incidently the name of an aunt of mine).

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    Below is a Swiss website of the missing, if you scroll down there is one man a Dennis Charles Richard Furrer who coincidently went missing in FL in 1995. Though age is off and the resemblence is only slight it might be a possibility as there is a 10 year gap.

    Edited: The website below lists the state as CA rather than FL.

    http://www.swisspolice.ch/d/2_missed/aktuell_vp1.htm
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    We were thinking the same way at the same time.


    Quote Originally Posted by MaedchenX View Post
    Darn no letter? If not German he may very well be Swiss/German, Austrian, or even Belgian. I am off to do some sleuthing as I love to work the German angle and put my muttersprache to use. I also wonder if "Brigit" is not "Birgit" a more German name (incidently the name of an aunt of mine).

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    Quote Originally Posted by KivaSupporter View Post
    We were thinking the same way at the same time.
    You know what they say about great minds ...

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    I would be curious to know who and where the man whose identity was stolen lived. Perhaps they were neighbors or knew each other casually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julessleuther View Post
    I would be curious to know who and where the man whose identity was stolen lived. Perhaps they were neighbors or knew each other casually.
    This morning I made contact with a detective working the case and I have some new details regarding it. I'm just waiting on clearance to post those details.

    In the meantime, I've throrougly searched through Doe Network, NAMPN, Interpol and The Australia Federal Police: http://www.missingpersons.gov.au/mis.../profiles.aspx and nobody there fits the details.

    The closest picks (and I'm confident none are him) that we can rule out are:
    Dennis Furrer - Swiss man with similar face. Height is wrong
    http://www.mispers.com/furrer.html

    William James Henry - hair is all wrong
    http://www.mispers.com/henry.html

    Michael Allen Jarvi - Has cleft chin, no match
    http://www.mispers.com/jarvi.html


    Since this man was using a stolen ID we know that he is at least some sort of small time criminal. The Coroner ran his finger prints and no matches came up so we are safe to assume that he has no criminal record in the USA.


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    Or maybe he didn't know him, I guess you can buy a identity if you know the right... or should I say... the wrong people?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Julessleuther View Post
    I would be curious to know who and where the man whose identity was stolen lived. Perhaps they were neighbors or knew each other casually.

    It would be helpfull to know a little more about the letter - like how correct was the gramma? Did it seems to be his native language?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MidnightQ View Post
    Or maybe he didn't know him, I guess you can buy a identity if you know the right... or should I say... the wrong people?!




    It would be helpfull to know a little more about the letter - like how correct was the gramma? Did it seems to be his native language?
    I agree that letter very likely holds clues as to where this German speaker is from. Though he likely wrote in Hochdeutsch, variations in spelling and sentence structure might even indicate what dialect he would have spoken and provide better insight into what country or region he is from. How I would love to see that letter in its original form.

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    Tom, could you ask the detective if he could possibly share the letter with us? Or give you more information about it?

    I believe it is very possible it holds a clue to identifying this person.

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    This might be a stupid question but I have looked through this thread and cannot see a link to the unidentified page for this person - I can't even find it on the clark county site. Is someone able to post it for me?

    I too would love to see what is in the letter. Very interesting case

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdinburghLass View Post
    This might be a stupid question but I have looked through this thread and cannot see a link to the unidentified page for this person - I can't even find it on the clark county site. Is someone able to post it for me?

    I too would love to see what is in the letter. Very interesting case
    Yes strange that its not searchable right? I have confirmed that it is active. Here is the direct page: http://www.accessclarkcounty.com/dep...v_06-7139.aspx



    Ok here are the new details:
    -The ID was stolen in 2004 or 2005 and was used for several jobs. The owner of the ID is still alive
    -One of his former employers has said he had a strong german accent
    -The decendent had a computer with him which contained a letter to a sister "Birgit" with no last names or addresses. Interesting to note that the name mentioned at the above link says "BRIGIT" and not "Birgit" which is what the detective says it is.
    -He also mentioned a childhood friend named "Dirk Matthlas" and detectives were able to find a Dirk Matthlas in the states who did not recognize the man.

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