FL FL - Miami, WhtMale UP10130, 17-32, killed in insurance scam, May'82

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  1. Migmuu

    Migmuu Member

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    UP#10130

    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Age: 17 - 32 years old
    Race: Caucasian
    Sex: Male
    Height: 71 inches
    Weight: 160 pounds
    Postmortem interval: 12 hours
    State of remains: Burnt beyond recognition

    CIRCUMSTANCES

    9901 SW 138 ST, Miami, FL 33136

    According to police investigation, the deceased was working underneath a car to repair a leaky gas line, when the car caught fire. Neighbors heard an explosion and summoned the fire department. When the fire was extinguished, a body of a male was found pinned underneath the vehicle, burnt beyond recognition.

    IDENTIFIERS

    Fingerprints: Available and entered
    Dentals: Available and entered
    DNA: Available - not yet submitted
     
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  3. Migmuu

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    This actually happened about 7 miles from my home. I found out about this case through a Dr. G episode; I'm not a big fan of her show, but I found this particular episode fascinating.
    It's a pretty crazy story. The circumstances on NamUs don't really explain what really happened, so here's the background information.

    Here is the Dr. G episode about the case (it's the first 20 minutes or so): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99cW2Uot5_k
    Dispatch article: http://news.google.com/newspapers?n...xIeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=kVIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5086,6037505
    Wall Street Journal: http://alb.merlinone.net/mweb/wmsql.wm.request?oneimage&imageid=5446032

    The following excerpt is from the Wall Street Journal article printed in 1986:

     
  4. Migmuu

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    Hoping I can revive this thread. I was just doing some research for something I'm writing, and found some more info about the case itself and the John Doe.

    - The UID's official cause of death is smoke inhalation. No soot was found in his airway, but his carbon monoxide blood saturation level was 61.9%. 20% is enough to make someone ill, 60% is a fatal dose.
    - He had fractures on both forearms. These were listed as "thermal fractures". I learned that, when a body is subjected to intense heat, the heat can burn through the flesh and 'warp' the bones underneath, causing the exposed bones to become brittle and then fracture.
    - His fists were clenched and the body found in a "pugilistic" position. When a body is subjected to intense heat, the muscles in the arms contract and the body will assume a 'defensive' position, like it's holding its fists up in preparation for a fight.
    - According to a magazine article (c. 1994), the UID had no dental work at all. This makes me think he was possibly a transient (Miami is also one of the most popular cities among transients and the homeless).
    - AFAIK, his remains have all been destroyed. His body was cremated and the ashes scattered into the ocean. The forensic odontologist did save the upper and lower jaws at one point for identification purposes, but who knows what happened to them. Fortunately, there is DNA available.

    I also got a picture of his teeth directly from the Dr. G episode. You can see it here: http://i.imgur.com/WODM6hx.png

    I think I found just about all the information that was available online. I ended up with ~10 pages of notes.
    I'm off work today. I want to go to the library and see if they have any archived news articles or anything like that.

    I've checked several times over the past 1 1/2 years, but I haven't found any missing men who really fit. The problem is that there just isn't a lot of info to rule someone in or out. The body was in such bad condition that he was unrecognizable, they couldn't tell his hair or eye color, there are no distinguishing marks.
    The best identifier we have is his teeth. In particular, his two front lower teeth overlap significantly and very noticeably. That is probably the easiest way to rule a missing person in or out.
     
  5. cvaldez1975

    cvaldez1975 Well-Known Member

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    the poor guy was prob never reported missing.
     
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    As I was reading, I was thinking transient or homeless, or maybe migrant worker. Somebody who wouldn't be noticed missing right away, if at all.
     
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    Here is the Miami Herald article written by Dan Goodgame in 1983. Almost all the articles I've read about this case refer back to this article. I'm posting it here in its entirety since the only place I can find it on the web is in the Miami-Dade Library's news archives, and you need a library account to access it.

     

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