FL FL - Miami, WhtMale 662UMFL, 16-20, blonde, alias 'Bobby Copeland', Jan'88

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  1. carbuff

    carbuff Well-Known Member

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    I've found a couple of references to a Robert Copeland in that area but I don't think it's the same guy. The real estate agent of that name resembles the high school photo but his other information doesn't seem to match.
     
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  2. snowgoose

    snowgoose Well-Known Member

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    That's a very interesting find. Did you end up reporting it? Or did you find out anything else about this Robert?

    I noticed that Bobby's NamUs page was updated recently, but I don't have an account and can't see what changed.
     
  3. Grungster

    Grungster Well-Known Member

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    It was just the rule out page
     
  4. Bit of hope

    Bit of hope Have a nice day!

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    I don't know exactly how things were in 1988, but the Marco Polo (Beach) Hotel has a rich history and was always kind of upscale, at least in the beginning of it's existence. My guess is the room was rented by somebody else, and he "visited" there. Or maybe even used by an hotel worker, for the occasion? You would expect a registered name for the room? Or was it so "upscale" that you could buy yourself a room anonymously through the head of security, the one as in many other hotels decides who can work as a sex worker and who doesn't. Nothing about that in the investigation at all. As a sex worker, he could have earned a lot of money on the side, beside from selling magazine subscriptions, making renting a room there affordable for him. What name was associated with the room he was found in?

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    Marco Polo Hotel, 19201 Collins Avenue.
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    Could it be LE protected a kind of well known person? Why is there nothing known about the arrested person and the follow up?

    Sorry....edited a lot to add.
     
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  5. Bit of hope

    Bit of hope Have a nice day!

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    I wonder what could come up if somebody filed a FOIA request.
     
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    Grungster Well-Known Member

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    I tried but they asked for my address and I don’t want to give that away. I do think they are willing to release the report.
     
  7. Bit of hope

    Bit of hope Have a nice day!

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    Well....they could do it if they are willing to without a FOIA. What is taking them so long.....We are talking about a child who was shot to death......for whatever reason....There can never be a good enough reason to take another human beings life...IMO.
     
  8. Grungster

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    Apparently, he wasn’t shot to death, I have previously emailed the ME who said he wasn’t, so I can only imagine it was worse…
     
  9. Bit of hope

    Bit of hope Have a nice day!

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    HUHHH big revelation.....what is it about this case....weird???
     
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    Grungster Well-Known Member

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    I should have told you guys this sooner…sorry
     
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  11. Bit of hope

    Bit of hope Have a nice day!

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    I'm not sure what is going on here.....I don't like it at all. Did he took his own life? Why was it called a homicide....What is it that is so difficult...whatever happened, he was a child, almost reached adolescence....Makes me fuel my feelings more this was kind of a cover up, to protect somebody.....bah!
     
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  12. PropaneYeeter

    PropaneYeeter If only sorrow could build a staircase.

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    That's weird. I wonder where the information he'd been shot came from then, because I remember that being largely accepted and circulated as the COD. I'm gonna have a look on Newspapers.com for any contemporary articles. Will report back if I find anything.
     
  13. PropaneYeeter

    PropaneYeeter If only sorrow could build a staircase.

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    Aaaand nothing. Not so much as a mention of the poor boy's death. No relevant hits for the name "Bobby Copeland" or "Robert Copeland", nor any for "Marco Polo Hotel". None about a body being found in the area, either. None naming a suspect or even talking about an arrest. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place, but it just seems as though this case was completely swept under the rug.
     
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    DBM
     
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  15. carbuff

    carbuff Well-Known Member

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    The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
    Exclusions -- two additions.

    MP7087
    MP1 Anthony Allen 10/01/1978 Sebastian AR
    MP3117 Steven Anderson 04/07/1975 Burlington NJ
    MP2049 Steve Arrowood 04/04/1975 Gaston NC
    MP4391 Rogelio Cerda 06/29/1975 Matagorda TX
    MP35524 Michael Fischer 08/14/1984 Hartford CT
    MP4615 Michael Gaughan 07/20/1975 El Paso TX
    MP41033 Robert Hampton 11/26/1986 Kitsap WA
    MP7089 Reed Jeppson 10/11/1964 Salt Lake UT
    MP6244 Danny Jones 09/01/1974 Upshur TX
    MP2551 Robert Keck 06/30/1979 Lehigh PA
    MP1058 John Kinsora 02/26/1982 Maricopa AZ
    MP7429 Randall Leach 11/07/1980 Bonneville ID
    MP4674 Rodney Longman 03/14/1985 Lancaster NE
    MP7512 Darrel Nichols 04/01/1973 Summit UT
    MP6482 Brian Page 01/12/1975 Multnomah OR
    MP27011 Alan Stanfill 01/13/1988 Baker FL
    MP1165 Tom Starkel 12/05/1979 Los Angeles CA
    MP12919 Christopher Vigil 04/30/1978 Larimer CO
    -- Terry Wallace PA
    MP4 Mitchel Weiser 07/27/1973 Sullivan NY
    MP6800 Chester Wetmore 05/27/1986 Manatee FL
     
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    Does anyone know if Anything ever became of this guy?
     
  17. Bit of hope

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    I'm sorry @Grungster....what do you consider worse?
     
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  18. Bit of hope

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    It's an interesting find @apearn You came up with him. How old would this person be in 1988?....It's kind of delicate, sleuthing him, because as far a I know this person isn't an official missing person. But I see a resemblance.... It would mean he wasn't an orphan and not from NY state....Am I right? Would it be possible to ask around f.i. on this site Log into Facebook
     
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  19. Grungster

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    I can only imagine how he died was worse than we thought. The reconstruction makes it look like they covered up a throat wound.
     
  20. Bit of hope

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    So it was a homicide but not by gun shot.....? I don't know...it's all weird...the info I mean. I don't see that in the recons btw.
     
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