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    DE - Wilmington, WhtMale 1399UMDE, 45-55, Medic Alert necklace, Jul'97

    DoeNet just published a new case file using a drawing that I created at the request of Hal Brown of the Delaware State Medical Examiners Office.

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 1399UMDE

    http://doenetwork.org/cases/1399umde.html



    Unidentified White Male

    * The victim was discovered on July 14, 1997 in Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware
    * Estimated Date of Death: Days prior

    Vital Statistics

    * Estimated age: 35-60 years old
    * Approximate Height and Weight: 71"; 186 lbs.
    * Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown short hair. Side burns to mid-ear.
    * Clothing: White or grey tank top shirt. Black men’s pants. Black belt, silver colored rectangular buckle. Black work-style, lace-up boots. White socks. Silver-plated necklace with rectangular medal Medic Alert necklace; "Patient has Heart Disease".
    * Dentals: Available
    * Fingerprints: Right thumb print available.

    Case History
    The victim was located floating in middle of Christina River near South Market Street Bridge Wilmington, Delaware.

    Investigators
    If you have any information about this case please contact:
    Delaware State Medical Examiners Office
    302-577-3420
    You may remain anonymous when submitting information.
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 09-16-2014 at 12:10 AM.

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    I found a possible for this case, and submitted it to the Delaware State Medical Examiners Office.

    Gregory Downes Howells
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...s_gregory.html



    Here is my e-mail message to Hal Brown.

    Hal:

    I saw that Doe Network just published a new case file on NamUs UP # 6476.

    I started looking for possible matches, and I came across this guy.

    Gregory Downes Howells
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...s_gregory.html

    He is the right height, weight and age. With sideburns and a little longer hair, he bears a reasonable resemblance to the decedent. His hairline matches very closely, including the very slight widow's peak and the hairline along the temples.

    He disappeared on 17-Jun-97 (27 days before the decedent was found). While he disappeared from California, he was said to be despondent and possibly suicidal, and there is a suspicion that he may have staged his disappearance.

    It is quite plausible that under these circumstances, he could have fled to the east coast before committing suicide nearly a month later.

    Do you think that this is worth a look?

    Let me know what you think
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    I received the following reply from Hal Brown.

    This looks very interesting Carl!

    I've sent correspondence to the Office of the Sheriff in Monterey, CA. I will let you know how we make out with the case.

    Thank you for your interest and for sending this potential match to my attention! Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

    Have a terrific weekend, -Hal

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    I don't see anything to rule it out, and by the way, I think you did a great job on this reconstruction. For this decedent, your reconstruction makes him viewable for everyone. Nice work on this one Carl.
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    Nice work on that reconstruction, and on the match, Carl!

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    Just got the ruling on the comparison of Greg Howells to this UID. - No Match.

    re: Howells, per Forensic Latent Print Examiner Rodney B. Hegman of the Delaware State Police on April 26, 2010 11:44 AM, a comparison between NamUs 6476 thumbprint and Gregory Downs Howells prints are “not a match”.

    Howell's right thumb has a ridge count of 14. NamUs 6476 right thumb has a ridge count of 24+.

    None of Howell's fingers have a ridge count that high.

    Well, it was a good try and the deputy in California did provide excellent assistance. I've encouraged him to join NamUs... hopefully he will!

    All the best, -Hal

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    I just submitted another:

    Thomas Lee Walters



    http://doenetwork.org/cases/4210dmnc.html

    Hal:

    I was just going through the list again, and came across another for NamUs 6476.

    Thomas Lee Walters
    http://doenetwork.org/cases/4210dmnc.html

    His age, height, hairline, hair color, and overall appearance are all consistent with the Unidentified Decedent (UID).

    His comes from Kinston NC, and apparently left in a vehicle on his own volition at the time that he disappeared.

    His Date of Last Contact is over a year prior to the discovery of the UID. However, nothing in his circumstances of disappearance would be inconsistent with him being out of contact for a year prior to his death.

    And one thing in particular caught my attention:

    He has the same vertical ridge at tip of his nose (flanked by two side-by side bulges) as does the UID. I removed this from the reconstruction, thinking that this was a postmortem bloating effect. But perhaps this was an ante-mortem facial feature of the UID. If so, this is a very unusual facial feature that is consistent between Walters and the UID.

    Please take a look at your earliest convenience, and let me know what you think.
    I have posted a zoom in of the tip of the UID's nose for comparison to Mr. Walters' nose.

    Caution: Although I have cropped the photo of a badly bloated decedent to display only the portion of his nose relevant to this discussion, the image at the link below still may be disturbing to some viewers.

    http://inlinethumb36.webshots.com/28...600x600Q85.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlK90245 View Post
    I just submitted another:

    Thomas Lee Walters



    http://doenetwork.org/cases/4210dmnc.html



    I have posted a zoom in of the tip of the UID's nose for comparison to Mr. Walters' nose.

    Caution: Although I have cropped the photo of a badly bloated decedent to display only the portion of his nose relevant to this discussion, the image at the link below still may be disturbing to some viewers.

    http://inlinethumb36.webshots.com/28...600x600Q85.jpg
    I received a reply from Hal Brown regarding this submission:

    We called Kingston Police in North Carolina, talked to a Det. Lewis who runs the case. He said that Mr. Walters would have a steel rod in one of his legs because of a previous surgery. This doesn't match our NamUs UP#6476.
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    You know it's a wonder any matches are made at all. Why don't they list important items like that in the missing person's info??....

    Sorry just had to get that out....
    All of the above is just my relaxed coastal Carolina opinion.
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    here is the namus profile for this UID. they list only 3 rule-outs and they did not include Carl's last submission Thomas Lee Walters:

    https://identifyus.org/cases/6476

    I'm not finding any missing persons on Namus remotely matching this guy.


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    Looking throught the dentals, I noticed that he has an "anterior open bite". This means that when his back teeth are clinched, his front teeth (uppers and lowers) do not make contact or overlap.

    So any smiling photos of this guy would probably appear like his teeth were slacked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlK90245 View Post
    Looking throught the dentals, I noticed that he has an "anterior open bite". This means that when his back teeth are clinched, his front teeth (uppers and lowers) do not make contact or overlap.

    So any smiling photos of this guy would probably appear like his teeth were slacked.

    Here's a guy that appears to have an anterior open bite. His hair doesn't look dark enough though.

    Daniel L. Fraher.

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

    ... and BTW, his height is spot. on. His nose doesn't look as broad at the tip, but considering the significant bloating of the UID, the true shape of his nose is very difficult (if not impossible) to determine.


    ETA: Here's another possible whose height is right and "often has trouble with his teeth"

    Bruce Berthelot

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1586dmon.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlK90245 View Post
    Here's a guy that appears to have an anterior open bite. His hair doesn't look dark enough though.

    Daniel L. Fraher.

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

    ... and BTW, his height is spot. on. His nose doesn't look as broad at the tip, but considering the significant bloating of the UID, the true shape of his nose is very difficult (if not impossible) to determine.
    I dropped an e-mail to Hal Brown last night on this one.

    He was already able to do a dental comparison and was able to rule-out Daniel L Fraher based on major inconsistencies in dentition.

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    I re-did the reconstruction for this John Doe.

    Hal Brown indicated that the decedent didn't have long hair as it appears in the postmortem photos. The mud and shadows created the illusion of long hair.



    Of course, given the decomposition and bloating, alot of this was based on guesswork. Particularly, the jawline, thickness of the lips, and fullness of the cheeks.
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    In my e-mail exchange with Hal Brown, we were discussing the "anterior open bite" noted of the decedent. He sent me a quote from the Forensic Odontologist who did the examination.

    According to the FO, this man would have had difficulty eating a pizza or sandwich due to his inability to properly clinch his front teeth. The FO also said that this person's tongue might have been evident between his front teeth, and he might have spoken with a lisp.

    I asked Hal if any photos were available of the decedent's teeth, so that I could depict them in my reconstruction. He said that no photos were available of the victim's teeth. He said that this was unusual, since most cases in that era were well documented with dozens of photos.

    But he says that he intends to exhume the body and he will fill-in the missing info when he does.

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