FL FL - Mary Lue Kelly, 33, Fort Lauderdale, 24 April 1970

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  1. Soulmagent

    Soulmagent Active Member

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  3. christine2448

    christine2448 Retired WS Staff

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    Do understand correct? The missing has been id'd and they are trying to find the family to notify?
     
  4. Soulmagent

    Soulmagent Active Member

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    From the way the article reads it seems so ,odd that they released her name before they were notified maybe they where stuck.

    I was upset by the fact the officer had to keep resending her fingerprints the FBI and didnt get a responce that is very disheartening. What if he hadnt been so persistant?
     
  5. Fairy1

    Fairy1 No Country for Old Men

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    This is so odd - I don't see Mary Lue on the missing boards, yet they have ID'd her? Wierd. I hope they find her loved ones soon - she's been "missing" a long time.
     
  6. belimom

    belimom Our lives begin to end the day we become silent ab

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    Interesting - she lived about 20 minutes from my hometown... Maybe not a big deal in large cities, but where I grew up, the next town over in rural Georgia was "close"...!
     
  7. hoppyfrog

    hoppyfrog Retired WS Staff

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    Here is the press release from LE:

    ci.ftlaud.fl.us/POLICE/pdf/2008/october/2008-108homicide.pdf

    31 October 2008

    On April 24, 1972, officers with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department were
    checking a field in the 2000 Block of West Broward Boulevard for abandoned
    vehicles. While the officers were in the area, they found a partially decaying
    body behind some bushes.

    Detective John Curcio reopened this case back in 2004 as a cold case review.
    The original murder case involved the death of an unknown female. The open
    case had been looked at by a variety of detectives over the decades. In 2004,
    Detective Curcio with the assistance of Forensic Detective Juan Cabrera, using
    technologies not available in 1972, scanned the fingerprints taken from the
    victim’s mummified fingers to the FBI prints section for AFIS search in the hopes
    of identifying the victim and again in 2006. Recently, Detective Curcio was
    contacted by the FBI Latent fingerprint sections who advised that the unknown
    victim’s fingerprints had been matched to a black female named Mary Lue Kelly
    born in 1937.

    In researching the information it was learned that Kelly had been arrested once in
    Georgia back in 1966. Detective Curcio was able to obtain the booking
    information showing a list of the victim’s relative’s names and was able to make
    contact with one of her sisters in Wrens Georgia. The sister informed Detective
    Curcio that Mary Lue Kelly had come to Fort Lauderdale to visit with relatives on
    her father’s side of the family sometime in 1970.

    We know that Mary Lue Kelly had relatives in Georgia and was meeting with
    relatives in Florida. However, we do not know who those relatives may be and
    we would like to identify them.

    Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mary Lue Kelly’s family is
    encouraged to contact Detective John Curcio at 954-828-5529 or Broward​
    County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

     
  8. christine2448

    christine2448 Retired WS Staff

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    Hoppy....they know her name and her possible connections but can't find family????

    If true, I am sure we can get a press release out via Tricia and her connections in GA/FL....thoughts? Could get GBI to send out a whatever they do when they contact all other LE, things we don't have capability to do....thoughts?
     
  9. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    My goodness she's going to be difficult to track. She's not quite old enough to be on any census info and she's too old and died too early for computer docs.

    She was born in 1937, she would be either 71 or 72 had she lived.

    I'll give it a go, tomorrow. I'm not sure where to start though.
     
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    capoly New Member

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  11. hoppyfrog

    hoppyfrog Retired WS Staff

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    I think the first thing to do is phone the detective and ask if he has found any family yet. Then go from there.

    Hoppy
     
  12. hoppyfrog

    hoppyfrog Retired WS Staff

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    Thanks for working on it, Kat.

    I do think you are mistaken about the census though. I'm pretty sure they go back past 1937.

    Good luck!

    Hoppy
     
  13. Vegas Bride

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    From the article, it does sound like they were able to find family since they talked to one of her sisters, I think what they are trying to do is find the relatives on her fathers side that she had gone down to Florida to visit, maybe looking for clues to how she died? I wonder if she was staying with them when she was killed? Strange that the sister did not have their names, maybe they were half-sisters and had different fathers so these would not be relatives of the sister?

    VB
     
  14. jnTexas

    jnTexas Can't wait for softball and baseball to start :-)

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    That's what I thought to when I read ithey want. Sounds like to talk to the family she was visiting to find the perp.
     
  15. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    Hi Hoppy, I didn't make myself clear last night about the census info, I'm sorry.

    The latest census info that we can access through say like ancestry would be 1930. IIRC they release census info after 70 yrs. In 2010 that's when we will have access to the 1940 census info.

    Since she was born in 1937, she wouldn't be on the 1930 census that can be accessed now. Her parents would but it is very possible that they had not been married in 1930.

    There are other ways, I'm approaching this in a more genealogical way, given that she would have been in her early 70's.

    I'm start plugging away but I don't know if I have enough info to help find her. :)
     
  16. hoppyfrog

    hoppyfrog Retired WS Staff

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    Kat,

    If you get stuck let me know. I'm not into genealogy but have a few close friends who are. They are EXCELLENT at it, in fact. I can ask them to help.

    Hoppy
     
  17. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    Update:

    I'm still trying to locate her family. I am not making any headway. Here is the problem(s)

    1. We have her year of birth but not date

    2. We don't have her place of birth

    3. We don't have any family names of those that were contacted in Wrens Georgia

    4. We do not have the names of the Family she was supposed to be visiting in FL.

    I'll keep trying but without that information I'm not sure I can help find her.
     
  18. hoppyfrog

    hoppyfrog Retired WS Staff

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    Thanks for trying.

    Have you contacted the officer/detective mentioned in the press release?

    Hoppy
     
  19. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    Not yet Hoppy, I was thinking to do that though and ask if it was possible to have more information about Mary Lue. I will compose something this weekend and send it off.
     
  20. dreamweaver

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    I think starting with LE info is the best place to start.
    I wonder why they could not track her other family members.?

    Does LE have a copy of her ssn?
    Do they know the dob?

    Is it just to do a notification, so that all the family is aware of
    what happened? Or do they suspect family?

    Otherwise, they could contact newspapers and ask them
    to run the information. Or perhaps the other family
    member would like to ask for a memorial/obituary to be in the newspaper.

    Good luck. Let us all know.
     
  21. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    Bump

    Is anyone working this still? I wonder if LE has located her family or not yet? I never got far and to be honest it slipped my mind to contact LE. Looking at the time frame that I last posted on this thread, that was right before we moved to El Paso. We have since moved again. Anyone else up for it? If not, I'll try to work on it. :)
     

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