Identified! IL - Lake Co., Female 207UFIL, 25-35, in woods, Dec'99 - Mary Kate Sunderlin

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  1. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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  3. Bobbisangel

    Bobbisangel New Member

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    Isn't that sad to have no one to claim your body?? She had to be someone's daughter..sister..neice..maybe a mother..grandaughter, etc. I wonder what the story is behind her life. Her killer is still out there...I wonder how many more lives he has taken since then. Everyone who is murdered deserves justice...poor little thing.
     
  4. mere

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    Are the sketches available anywhere?
     
  5. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    I have looked around and haven't found anything. If you can't find them, you might want to try the DOE network or the Chicago coroner's office.
     
  6. KatherineQ

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    Wow, that's a missed opportunity. Here this case makes national news, and they didn't put a sketch and description in the story.

    This is how these cases just languish and languish, unsolved. Stuff like that, where they take up a paragraph to talk about how many times they passed her pic around, but don't put the pic actually in the national news story.

    I tried looking for a picture of her myself, but there isn't any identifying info to even search on, such as a Jane Doe # or a date of discovery, except Richard Keller's name, and that turned up nothing useful.

    Sad all around.
     
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    lisag Former Member

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    mere Member

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    Thanks for the link.
     
  9. KatherineQ

    KatherineQ Former Member

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    Oh heavens, that sounds hopeless. A transient from Europe, or at least from somewhere outside the US.

    Prayers for her pour soul.
     
  10. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    I wonder if that was considered because of the materials used or the methods used? A dentist who migrates here from another country would use the methods he learned when he first attended dentistry.

    She may have been from another country, or she may have been American who spent some time in another country.

    The hair style is kind of unusual for the time period. Militant maybe?
     
  11. PonderingThings

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    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/207ufil.html

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    Unidentified White Female

    * Located on December 9, 1999 in the Forest Preserve in Lake County, Illinois.
    * Cause of death was multiple injuries. Manner of death is homicide. Authorities believe she was killed within 24 hours of when her body was found.

    Vital Statistics

    * Estimated age: 25 - 35 years old
    * Approximate Height and Weight: 4'9" (145 cm.); 90 lbs. (41 kg.)
    * Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair; blue eyes. She had short, recently dyed brown hair with a wide shaved section above her ears. She had partially shaved eyebrows. She had pierced ears, which had been closed. She had no distinguishing piercings or tattoos.
    * Dentals: She had prominent gaps between her teeth. Dental chart available.
    * Clothing: She was wearing a blue and white striped hooded pullover shirt and an old pair of dark blue sweatpants. Her feet were bare and her toenails were partly painted with green polish.

    Vital Statistics
    The victim was located on December 9, 1999 in the Forest Preserve in Lake County, Illinois. She was disfigured by a severe beating that led to her death. She may have been a transient from another country, possibly somewhere in Europe, based on dental work that didn't appear to have been done in the U.S.
    Investigators quickly zeroed in on Jason Strong, who lived at the Motor Inn Motel near U.S. Highway 41 and Illinois Highway 173 in unincorporated Lake County and worked at a nearby adult bookstore. Strong was sentenced in May 2001 to 46 years in prison for the murder. Authorities believe Strong killed the woman soon after he met her walking on the roadside and invited her to his motel room in December 1999. Two other men--Jason Johnson, and Jeremy Tweedy, --worked with Strong at the bookstore and lived at the motel located between Zion and Wadsworth. Tweedy was sentenced in July 2000 to 2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. Johnson was sentenced to 3 years in prison in September 2000 after pleading guilty to concealing a homicide.
    One of the men told police they discarded the woman's identification in a garbage bin at the motel. Police traced the contents of the can to a garbage dump about 10 football fields long, where they abandoned the search. In trying to identify the woman, police enlisted the help of the FBI and ran her photo and fingerprints through missing-persons databases, but there were no matches.
     
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    PonderingThings Former member

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    http://nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/sunderlin_mary.html

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    Mary Kate Sunderlin
    Above Image: Sunderlin, circa 1999

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

    # Missing Since: September 4, 1999 from Carpentersville, Illinois.
    # Classification: Endangered Missing
    # Date Of Birth: April 7, 1965
    # Age: 34
    # Height: 4'11"
    # Weight: 100 lbs.
    # Hair Color: Brown
    # Eye Color: Gray
    # Race: White
    # Gender: Female
    # Distinguishing Characteristics: Dark facial hair over upper lip.
    May be wearing contacts or eyeglasses. Speech impediment,
    long and dark hair on arms.
    # Medical Conditions: Unspecified medical condition.
    # AKA: Mary Sunderlin-Chamizo
    # Case Number: 00-16469

    Details of Disappearance
    Mary was last seen in the vicinity of the 1300 block of York in Carpentersville, IL. She has not contacted her family since Labor Day weekend in 1999.
     
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    PonderingThings Former member

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    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=3895090

    Very good, long, detailed story at link.

    Excerpt:



     
  14. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    From May 2015:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/subur...on-strong-lake-county-met-20150528-story.html

    This is interesting, from October 2010:

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/...conviction-mary-kate-sunderlin-dna-evidence/2

     
  15. Tony1902

    Tony1902 Unverified thread killer

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    Yet another incredibly sad story. I hope she has found some peace at last.
     
  16. JusticeWillBeServed

    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    May 2016:

    Man convicted, then cleared of murder in Lake County sues police

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-jason-strong-sues-police-met-20160503-story.html

     
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    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    Wrongfully convicted Lake County man settles suit for $9 million

    http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170926/wrongfully-convicted-lake-county-man-settles-suit-for-9-million

     
  18. notamisfit

    notamisfit New Member

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    I remember that before Sunderlin was identified, several aspects of the case were regarded as being similar to the Racine Jane Doe. With Strong's conviction tossed aside, I wonder if authorities are going to look in that direction again?
     

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