AL Body floating in backwaters of Tennessee River,Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, 31 July 2020

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  1. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    Body found in Wheeler Wildlife Refuge | CBS 42
    Aug 1, 2020
    DECATUR, Ala. – Decatur Police said they were working to recover a body found Friday morning.

    Decatur Police spokesperson Emme Long confirmed the police department was called to the back of Wheeler Wildlife Refuge around 9:45 a.m.

    The caller told police they were boating in the Refuge and found the body floating in the water.
    ''The body was taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for an autopsy to identify the person and determine the cause of death''.
     


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    YaYa_521 Every Body's Name Matters

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    A body was found in the water near the headquarters of the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur
    The body was pulled from the backwaters of Flint Creek and the Tennessee River
     
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    carbuff Well-Known Member

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    So they're different ways of describing roughly the same spot, I guess.

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    YaYa_521 Every Body's Name Matters

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    Does this mean the body was found at/near the headquarters yet the water flows or backs up from both the creek and the river?
     
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    That's what I take it to mean? The visitor center is on that island, and all those waterways around it are labeled "slough" so I would assume not much current no matter which way it's flowing?

    If it's not a person who drowned while boating or fishing, the most likely thing would seem to be that they were dropped off Highway 67, or from I-95 where it crosses the Tennessee River.
     
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    Link thanks to killarney rose on the Leila Cavett thread. rbbm.
    Decatur police seek help identifying body found in water

    ''Efforts to identify the body found near the headquarters of the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur last week have been unsuccessful, the authorities said today.

    Decatur police are asking anyone with information or possible leads to come forward.

    The body was a woman, believed to be between the ages of about 25 to 50, about 100 to 140 pounds and 5 feet 9 inches tall, according to the Decatur Police Department. The woman’s ethnicity is unknown.''

    ''Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn said the body doesn’t match local missing person reports.
    Scientists were unable to determine the woman’s identity or cause of death during an autopsy, he said.

    Chunn said the authorities are attempting to identify the woman using DNA from law enforcement databases. But if they are unsuccessful, leads from the public will be needed for additional DNA testing or dental record comparisons.''
     
  8. YaYa_521

    YaYa_521 Every Body's Name Matters

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    I believe this is her NamUs profile.

    The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
    No photo.

    Unidentified Person / NamUs #UP72327
    Female, Uncertain
    Date Body Found July 31, 2020
    Location Found Decatur, Alabama
    Estimated Age Range--
    Estimated Age Group Adult - Pre 50
    Estimated Age Range (Years)--
    Estimated Year of Death--
    Estimated PMI--
    Height Cannot Estimate
    Weight 100-130 lbs, Estimated
    Hair Color Unknown
    Eye Color Unknown

    Circumstances of Recovery - Found in the water next to a boat.
    Inventory of Remains--
    Condition of Remains - Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
     
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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for that, will try and get thread title adjusted, oh maybe will wait a bit longer, just realized it states female,UNCERTAIN.
     
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    Gabrielle is only 5'1", while this UID is estimated at 5'9" (though they didn't carry this piece of info over to her NamUs profile).
    By the way, can anyone access the Alabama missing persons list? i can't open it for some reason, maybe since I'm outside the US.
     
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    Also could not open that link (in Canada) or several others, had no problem with the Crimestoppers Alabama link..
    Missing Persons - Central Alabama Crime Stoppers
     
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    Thanks for the info on the UID's height, bombardier!
     
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    I can get in but won't have time to look for a while...
     
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    margarita25 “Science, solutions and solidarity“ - Dr. Tedros

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    Interesting.

    Is there a thread for her? Will check when I get a chance.
     
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    I got into the Alabama database by hacking the system (just kidding; i downloaded a VPN :rolleyes:), not a ton of missing women reported so far in 2020 but a few worth mentioning. I will link outside sources so those outside the USA can also see these reports.

    Sharon Hardee was last seen on June 30, only a 30 minute drive from where the UID was eventually found. She is a white female, 51 y/o, with some identifying tattoos. She is only 5'5" but now I'm doubting their original estimate of 5'9" since they didn't include it on the NamUs profile. The proximity to the Wildlife Reserve is very worrying imo. I am guessing a PMI of ~one month seems suitable for this UID, given how they can't even guess her ethnicity. You'd think they would have ruled out such a local MP though, huh?

    Cherrie Haile was last seen on April 26 2020, a little over an hours drive away from the UID. She is a white female, 48 y/o, 5'6" and 115lbs. The image linked is from an earlier 2018 disappearance. She has problems with drug abuse and mental illness.
     
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    They did say she didn't match any local missing people, so I think it's unlikely to be somebody in the AL missing database.

    Is Tennessee on the other side of the river there? Which direction in upstream?
     
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    Keeping in the back of my mind that Namus said "female, uncertain."
     
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