KY KY - Redhead Murders, 70's-90's

Dylansmom08

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The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

Someone in another group I am in suggested Donna Michelle Barnhill she was last seen in Lexington, North Carolina walking to a friends house she never made it to her friend and hasn't been seen since. Her last known location is roughly 5 hours, 310 miles away from where the unidentified was found.
Namus gives a 1 year PMI for the UID but NCMU gives a 1-4 year PMI so I don't see that she could be ruled out as a possibility. However, the distance from where she went missing to where this one was found is a bit on the longer side of the normal I would think but anything is possible.

Have you seen this child? Jane Doe1985
 

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The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

Someone in another group I am in suggested Donna Michelle Barnhill she was last seen in Lexington, North Carolina walking to a friends house she never made it to her friend and hasn't been seen since. Her last known location is roughly 5 hours, 310 miles away from where the unidentified was found.
Namus gives a 1 year PMI for the UID but NCMU gives a 1-4 year PMI so I don't see that she could be ruled out as a possibility. However, the distance from where she went missing to where this one was found is a bit on the longer side of the normal I would think but anything is possible.

Have you seen this child? Jane Doe1985

Thanks for the link. I think this is her:

NC - NC - Donna Barnhill, 13, Lexington, 18 March 1981
 

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Please let me know if anyone knows anything about these cases, or if they've been solved, or if there is already a thread. I have never heard of this case before, I can only find one piece of info out there on it - does anyone know anything on the status of the "redhead murders"?:

The Redhead Murders - Cold Case Investigations

Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)
February 6, 1986
Edition: FINAL
Section: CITY/STATE
Page: B2

TRUCK DRIVER NOT SUSPECTED IN EIGHT 'REDHEAD MURDERS'

Author: Bill Estep Herald-Leader staff writer

Article Text:
A Pennsylvania truck driver questioned in connection with the "redhead murders" has been cleared as a suspect in the string of eight unsolved killings.
"At this point, our agency does not consider Thomas Lee Elkins as a suspect in our . . . unsolved murder cases," said Steve Watson, the deputy director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Elkins, 32, a long-distance trucker, was arrested Monday on U.S. 51 near Newbern, Tenn., 80 miles north of Memphis, and was charged with kidnapping and raping a young redheaded woman.
The 20-year-old Boston, Mass., woman, who told police she was kidnapped in Indiana or Illinois, was later able to escape while Elkins was sleeping and called police from a farmhouse, said Jim Porter, a Dyer County sheriff's investigator.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has served as an information clearinghouse for investigators in Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky and Mississippi looking into the unsolved deaths of eight women since late 1983.
The murders were dubbed the "redhead murders" because three of the eight victims had red or reddish-brown hair. All were young, slightly built white women, and most were strangled and dumped near major interstates.
Kentucky joined the list of states April 1, 1985, when the nude body of a young, unidentified woman with red hair who had been strangled was found in a dump in the Gray community near Corbin, a few miles from Interstate 75.
Only one of the eight women has been identified. Similarities in the eight murders led investigators to consider them as possibly having been linked.
TBI officials were notified about Elkins' arrest "as a matter of routine," Watson said.
"Because of our investigation of the . . . unsolved cases, we routinely talk to people involved in these types of crimes," he said.
However, a TBI agent concluded after questioning Elkins yesterday that the truck driver should not be considered a suspect in any of the eight unsolved murders, Watson said.
Elkins remains jailed without bond in Dyer County on the kidnapping and rape charges, Porter said.

Copyright (c) 1986 Lexington Herald-Leader
Record Number: 8601050807




I am looking into these as well. Have you seen the recent identification of Susan Lund who went missing from Clarksville, TN (1992) and her remains were found in 1993, but were not identified until 03/11/2022. She is a red headed woman matching the profile for all of the other victims and her remains were found in a state park in IL.
 

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03/11/2022- SUSAN LUND MISSING IN CLARKSVILLE IN 12/1992 FOUND DEAD IN ILLINOIS WAYNE FITZGERRELL STATE PARK 1993

WENT MISSING WALKING TO THE GROCERY STORE HUSAND STATED HIS WIFE HAS BEEN SPOTTED ON I-65 NEAR LOUISVILLE. HE BELIEVED HIS WIFE HAD BEEN KIDNAPPED. SHE WAS PREGNANT.

CAUSE OF DEATH HAS NOT BEEN REALEASED AT THIS TIME. (REMAINS APPEARED DECAPITATED)

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I do not think that this possibility has been suggested before, so I will now. Could be be entirely possible that the Cheatham County Jane Doe and the Campbell County Jane Doe are mother and daughter? It would explain why it has been so hard to identify them, as we were looking for missing individuals instead of two who disappeared together.
 
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