Match! OK - WhtMale 1813UMOK, 18-99, Self-Hanging From Stairwell, Nov'94 *Donald Merrills*

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  1. CarlK90245

    CarlK90245 UID Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    The Doe Network
    Case File: 1813UMOK http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1813umok.html
    NamUs UP5118 https://identifyus.org/cases/5118

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    Unidentified Male

    Date of Discovery: November 26, 1994
    Location of Discovery: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Estimated Date of Death: One week prior to discovery
    State of Remains: Recognizable Face
    Cause of Death: Asphyxiation by hanging

    Physical Description

    ** Listed information is approximate
    Estimated Age: 18-99 years old
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Height: 5'9"
    Weight: Unknown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Blue
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Circumcised.

    Dentals: Available. Tooth #2 full chrome steel crown with mesial post; #5 occlusal amalgam restoration; #6 missing with well healed socket and space closure; #12 and #13 occlusal amalgam restoration; #14 occlusal and occlusal lingual amalgam restorations, not crossing the transverse ridge; #15 occlusal amalgam restoration, crossing the transverse ridge; #18 Occlusal and buccal amalgam restorations; #19 mesial occlusal amalgam restoration; #29 occlusal amalgam restoration in the distal pit; #30 occlusal amalgam restoration; #31 occlusal buccal amalgam restorations
    Fingerprints: Available. On file with OCPD.
    DNA: Sample available - not yet submitted.

    Clothing & Personal Items

    Clothing: Black and white plaid shirt, blue jeans, black undershorts, and brown boots.
    Jewelry: Unknown
    Additional Personal Items: Unknown

    Case History

    A security guard found the remains of the decedent in a parking garage corridor at 103 Dean A. Mcgee Avenue. He was in a restricted area where he had had to climb over a chain link fence to get to the upper most floor stairwell. He had tied a rope to a hand railing and draped the rope over the wall and was hanging above the stairs on the flight below. There were no signs of trauma. No suspicion of foul play.
     
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  3. Finders

    Finders Member

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    ModNote: The following four posts were copied from Donald Merrills' missing persons thread.


    This is my first official solved case! More info to follow. I'm glad his family will be getting him back.
     
  4. MagnoliaMountain

    MagnoliaMountain Red Rose

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    So Donald has been identified?
     
  5. Finders

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    Dear Mr FINDERS :)
    I want to thank you for the tip you provided back in January 2017 requesting acomparison of Oklahoma Unidentified Person NamUs #5118 vs NamUs Missing Person#22177 Mr Donald Merrills. Because of your efforts, we were able topositively identify this individual as Mr Merrills via fingerprints and DNAcomparisons. I appreciate the time you took in searching for matches andcontacting us with this information. Thank you so much!

    Best regards-
    Angela


    Angela Berg, M.A.
    OCME Anthropologist -Unidentified case management
    918-295-3400Tulsa
    918-585-1549Tulsa-fax
    angela.berg@ocme.ok.gov
     
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  6. JusticeWillBeServed

    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    Nice work!
     
  7. CarlK90245

    CarlK90245 UID Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    From Donald Merrills' Missing But Not Forgotten thread:

     
  8. CarlK90245

    CarlK90245 UID Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Congratulations, Finders

    :cheers: :takeabow: :happydance:
     
  9. coffeeandacig

    coffeeandacig Active Member

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    Congratulations Finders!:yourock:
     
  10. Cubby

    Cubby fly the W!

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    Congratulations Finder, awesome job! Thank you for your hard work.
     
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    Way to go and thank you for your efforts!!
     
  12. coeurfragile

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    Awesome job!


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  13. Al Ka

    Al Ka Well-Known Member

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    Congratulation Finders!!! So pleased to see WS helped another person to go home to finally rest in peace.

    Finders, would you mind to share with us how you have connected the dots between the two cases? Information were quite limited in both cases, there was no post mortem photo or sketch of UID and Donald was last seen by family in 1987, only to follow 7 yeas later by one phone call in 1994 - http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?115135-CA-Donald-Merrills-29-Lomita-1-Oct-1994. Apart from close time frame between the two, nothing else would tell me that it could be match, not even location. I am glad that someone did look more into it.

    Congratulations once again!
     
  14. Finders

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    It feels great to have helped his family find the truth about their loved one!
    My pet project is the couple found in Oklahoma in 95 so I was looking at their case when I stumbled across Mr. Merrills. I did have limited resources but the vitals matched as did the time frame. Something just really stood out to me that these were the same people, I can't really explain it, I just looked at his habit of going missing and figured travel was included in that because it is hard to go missing in your hometown. I was tracking highways and also train tracks and I noticed that Lomita to OKC was essentially a straight shot via I-40.
     
  15. KaylaraOwl

    KaylaraOwl Well-Known Member

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    Congrats Finders!
     
  16. meanmaryjean

    meanmaryjean Verified RN (Pediatrics Specialty)

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    OUTSTANDING work finders!

    Congrats and thank you!
     
  17. JanetElaine

    JanetElaine Well-Known Member

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    Great job, Finders. Thank you for your hard work.

    Prayers for the family of Donald Merrills.
     
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    What a blessing for the family after all of these years. Rest in peace Donald and congratulations Finders on a job well done. <3
     
  19. shandram19

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    I had to use this parking garage for a forensics class that I was taking. I always found it extremely creepy. I had no idea that this had happened. I always chalked the creepiness up to the area having a high homeless population.

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