Canada - Anne Abraham, 19, Ramah Bay, Labrador, 6 Aug 1976

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  1. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    http://siarchives.si.edu/collections/siris_sic_1348

    Anne Hilda Abraham disappears in the area of Ramah Bay, Labrador, while on an archeological-geological expedition led by Curator William W. Fitzhugh of the National Museum of Natural History, Department of Anthropology. Abraham reportedly became separated from a companion and was never found.
     
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  3. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    Also posted this in the Jane Britton thread, not sure if these missing women cases are related or not, but including just in case...

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?189878-MA-Jane-Britton-22-Harvard-student-1969
    MA - Jane Britton, 22, Harvard student, 1969


    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/nl-inuit-mmiw-1.3512896
     
  4. Kaeru

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    Anne Abraham's parents were convinced of foul play. They were they apparently unaware of the Jane Britton murder 6-1/2 years earlier. Mr. & Mrs. Abraham attempted an unsuccessful litigation against the Smithsonian to try to prevent other such tragedies However the Smithsonian was protected by a government regulations clause stating that even volunteers are employees and that the government agencies could not be held legally responsible for injury or death.

    I would recommend any individuals who have knowledge of relevant disappearances and/or unsolved murders of geologists/archaeologists or their relatives or individuals that were near archaeological digs be posted on both the Jane Britton and Anne Abraham sites. I believe that authorities in both the US and Canada are aware of the WS information. I am cross-posting this on both Jane and Anne threads so it does not get stuck in jurisdictional silos.
     
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    Are her folks still living?
     
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    Can you shed some light as to why they were convinced of foul play?
     
  7. dotr

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    https://news.google.com/newspapers?...AIBAJ&sjid=gP8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1843,1743179&hl=en

    https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/23073384/
     
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    The conditions in the area where she was lost do support the idea of accident rather than anything more sinister (unless anyone has other information to the contrary). The following was a comment left in 2007 by one of the helicopter pilots involved in the search, at http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/magazine/so07/reverberations.asp.

    " We were told that a Smithsonian archaeologist had gone missing. We used the two helicopters to search the Ramah Bay area, to no avail. The wind was so strong, I wouldn't have been flying if there hadn't been a life at risk. At one place I landed, my airspeed indicator was still showing gusts to 60 miles per hour. This trip pushed my flying skill to the limit. Until your article, I never knew the name of the missing archaeologist. I have always regretted that we could not find Anne Abraham.

    On this and other trips to the area, I did not see any polar bears from the air. I give more credence to the theory that she may have slipped and fallen. One morning, we woke to find about a centimetre of ice coating the entire helicopter. This was the middle of summer. As Kobalenko says, northern Labrador is not an area without hazards for the traveller."
     
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    It was 8 days since the Ramah team was dropped off and Fitzhugh's base camp had not heard from them. RMG [Dr. G] was the only person with Anne at Ramah Bay and he did not follow communications protocol.

    Excerpts from the 104-page Report to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution: Abraham Internal Review Panel, dated March 8, 1977.

    Part I – Sequence of Events, Page 7:
    From Dr. G’s point of view, setting up the radio, except in an emergency, was of a lower priority than their field work. Viewed in that light, his actions in this regard are understandable. However, at September Harbor the perspective was different. Dr. Fitzhugh had only to ways of knowing how his teams in the field were faring: regular radio communication to let him know that the team was able to man the radio, and emergency calls. He viewed the silence from Ramah as ominous.

    Part II – Conclusions Regarding Ms. Abraham’s Disappearance, Page 6:
    Convinced that the Spillsbury-Tindell radio were an effective and reliable means of intermediate range communication, Fitzhugh obtained funds at the Smithsonian for the purchase of three such radios for his Labrador project; these he had with him in 1976. Previous arrangements regarding frequencies remain in effect.

    Fitzhugh’s party had two broadcasting times each day, 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Field parties were expected to check in with the home camp at those times.

    Appendix 15: Communications, Page 9:
    Communications:

    • A control center with two-way radio is assumed.
    • Reports to control center should be made frequently, at least once a day if possible.
    • Lapses of as many as three days without a report from a camp will be taken as presumptive evidence of trouble, and a site visit will be started.
    • Inform control center of any plans to be away from camp longer than normal. Include as much information on destination and route as possible.
    Formalities to be observed during radio communication are detailed elsewhere. Such formalities are rigorously controlled by governmental authorities.

    ------NOTE: see also many comments since 2014 on the Jane Britton thread about Anne's case and RMG.-----
     
  11. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    A repost..
    Wonder if this murdered woman, can now, in any way be linked to Anne and Jane ?
    http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1...um=web_primary&utm_campaign=recommend_sidebar


    Widow Killed Near Radcliffe Dorm; Police Cite Britton Case Similarities
    February 7, 1969


     
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    From what I can tell, Anne Abraham, a 19 year old student aid, who had been working with the Smithsonian every summer since she was 14, was working on a geological/ archeological "dig" in Northern Labrador. It was directed by Dr. Fitzhugh.

    Anne was assisting a Harvard grad student who has been referred to as RMG. Anne and RMG were put down at Ramah Bay which is in the fat north or Labrador 120 miles north of the "base camp" where Dr Fitzhugh was posted. RMG was expected to set up the radio he was given, but he did not set it up and did not make the expected daily radio contacts with September Harbor.

    I can find no information on what research they were undertaking nor have found any information about the events leading up to Anne's disappearance. At some point RMP contacted Dr Fitzhugh and reported Anne missing. A search was initiated but she was never found. It is believed that she fell from some cliffs on the north side of Ramah Bay and went into the water which would have been extremely cold and would probably kill her before she could be out. I could not tell if she was assigned to go to that area or if it just considered the most treacherous spot in the area.

    The terrain is low lying tundra with barren mountains to the west. There is no roads, landmarks or human habitation anywhere near so it would not be that difficult to get lost if she strayed from the coastline. What is not know is what account of the situation RMG gave.

    While there are inherent risks in sending a 19 year old woman out into the wilderness with an older male, it seems like the greater risk would come with allowing anyone to go alone into wilderness when there was no way to track them if they became lost or injured. I suspect scientists in the field display more bravado than a business with employees might permit but a mishap like this, even if standard safety procedures were not followed and radio contact not maintained, this still appears to be nothing more than an accident.

    One poster has alleged that Anne's parents "we're convinced of foul play" but no quotes or other evidence was provided. A lawsuit against the Smithsonian could have been based on negligence rather than foul play.

    This incident came to the attention of WS because RMG may have been a grad student in Harvard's Archeology Dept at the time Jane Britton. This is compelling evidence of anything. He was not identified as ever being a suspect or even having any links to Jane. I can not ascertain that he ever knew her or even lived in Cambridge at the time of her death. At this point, it seems contrary to the policies of WS to go suggesting that he is, in anyway. A murder suspect.

    If more information is known about the Ramah Bay incident, we might be able to settle that issue at least.
     
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    August 6, 2016 is the 40th anniversary of Anne Abraham's death. There is a strong suspicion by many people that it was not an accident. Help us solve this case.

    Here's a logsheet of references to Anne's case on the Jane Britton thread. RMG may have connections to both these cases and also a third case of Ada Bean near Harvard. For the actual posts go to “MA - Jane Britton, 22 Harvard student, 7 Jan 1969”, a Thread started 11/2/12 by MAcoldcase.

    www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?189878-MA-Jane-Britton-22-Harvard-student-7-Jan-1969

    Post# Date Poster’s alias topic/issue
    #598 8/14/14 Scrutin-eyes Anne, RMG connection
    #600 8/14/14 DonMitchell RMG, Smithsonian article
    #604 8/15/14 Scrutin-eyes Mad Mike @ Stony Brook
    #607 8/16/14 Scrutin-eyes RMG selling artifacts
    #608 8/16/14 Scrutin-eyes connect cases of Jane & Anne
    #615 8/16/14 Pink Panther same suspicion of RMG
    #618 8/16/14 Pink Panther Anne’s family search
    #620 8/16/14 Dotr refer to VIDOCQ Society?
    #623 8/16/14 DonMitchell RMG at Harvard
    #624 8/16/14 Pink Panther RMG was in Cambridge1969
    #625 8/17/14 Pink Panther Anne’s sister to Labrador in 2006
    #629 8/18/14 Scrutin-eyes RMG was enrolled, probably knew Jane
    #632 8/19/14 Scrutin-eyes RMG was there, knew Jane
    #637 8/19/14 Ausgirl Anne & Jane murders connected
    #640 8/19/14 PinkPanther Anne citation
    #641 8/19/14 PinkPanther Torngat articles
    #642 8/19/14 PinkPanther Hilda’s Creek
    #644 8/20/14 Scrutin-eyes RMG violating NAGPRA 1990 laws
    #645 8/20/14 Scrutin-eyes RMG trigger
    #648 8/20/14 DonMitchell RMG calls FBI on Miller
    #649 8/20/14 Ausgirl Anne – protocol for field teams
    #650 8/21/14 Scrutin-eyes RMG an ex-marine and Anne
    #653 8/29/14 Hoosgirl Helicopter pilot searched for Anne
    #654 9/2/14 MAcoldcase RMG suspicion from start (began Jane thread)
    #655 9/2/14 Ausgirl RMG and Jane
    #656 9/2/14 Ausgirl Radio tribute for Anne
    #657 9/2/14 Rhino-Esq RMG’s temper
    #658 9/2/14 Dotr Anne’s handwriting in final journal?
    #660 9/3/14 PinkPanther Wish Anne’s sister would join.
    #661 9/5/14 Scrutin-eyes Anne’s find, RMG’s temper
    #668 9/11/14 DonMitchell RMG unethical
    #670 9/16/14 Scrutin-eyes RMG’s rage and poss multiple murders
    #672 9/16/14 Ausgirl RMG premeditated?

    #741 1/14/16 HerBrother Boyd Britton join thread
    #752 2/14/16 Kaeru Red ochre, Jane & Anne
    #753 2/14/16 DonMitchell Many people discussed earlier
    #755 2/22/16 PinkPanther Anne & Hilda’s Creek
    #756 2/24/16 Kaeru Hilda’s Creek
    #761 3/7/16 PinkPanther RMG & other in article
    #767 4/17/16 Dotr Helicoptor Pilot Mike Ash
    #768 4/18/16 Scriptgirl Why Anne on Jane Britton thread?
    #769 4/18/16 DonMitchell Because…
    #770 4/19/16 Hedwig Other archaeology related murders/accidents?
    #771 4/19/16 December Should Anne have own thread?
    #772 4/19/16 Kaeru Anne was skilled climber
    #775 4/20/16 Dotr **separate Anne Thread started**
    #779 4/23/16 PinkPanther contact authorities about Anne’s case?
    #781 4/23/16 PinkPanther archaeologists in common with Jane & Anne
    #785 4/24/16 Kaeru Anne’s parents
    #786 4/24/16 Meade shushed up?

    Also see earlier on the Jane Britton thread the discussion of red ochre and ritual murder. That is another possible connection to Anne's case.

    #5 12/5/12 Pink Panther Red Ochre rites in Britton’s murder
    #7 12/8/12 MAcoldcase “100’s of students” interviewed
    #16 12/13/12 Pink Panther Red Ochre
    #17 12/14/12 MAcoldcase Ada Bean murder connection?
    #18 12/14/12 Pink Panther “ “
    #19 12/16/12 Pink Panther Ritual stone bludgeoned Britton
    #21-23 12/16/12 Pink Panther “ “
    #27 12/16/12 Pink Panther Britton over 40 years – open case
    #28 12/19/12 Pink Panther rush job on interviewing students
    #32 12/19/12 Pink Panther rush -- archaeology students leaving for digs
    #40 12/24/12 Ausgirl jealous archaeology dig team? Possible weapon?
    #65 12/28/12 Robin Hood Red Ochre rites
    #123 1/4/13 MAcoldcase students interviewed? Bean connection?
    #182 8/14/13 Justice4Jane stone not missing. Globe 7/20/75 article.
    #223 11/22/13 HankB New England & Red Ochre rtiual.
     
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    Wow, thanks for the organization Kaeru, glad the posts of mine relating to Anne, were not the only ones you followed with a question ? mark beside it, lol!
     
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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    Not related to this case, but perhaps of some interest.fwiw
    http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6360/162.full
     

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