Identified! OR - Cave Junction, 'Annie Doe' WhtFem UP10929, 16-20, Redwood Hwy, Aug'71 - Annie Lehman

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  1. Duchess Of The Moon

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    I just saw the post about Annie Lehman and I'm really hopeful she is our Annie doe! I hope we get an update soon!
     
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  2. Nancy Drew RN

    Nancy Drew RN Well-Known Member

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    Someone posted the article in a comment on DDP's Facebook page, and Margaret Press responded:
     
  3. Liv27

    Liv27 Well-Known Member

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    I saw that! Honestly, that kind of confirms it for me. I would be VERY surprised now if AL wasn’t the Annie Doe.
    DDP could’ve not even replied or said “we are not sure about it at this time.”
     
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  4. Nancy Drew RN

    Nancy Drew RN Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I feel like if the lead was untrue or they didn't know anything, they would just deny awareness of it and move on.
     
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  5. CarlK90245

    CarlK90245 UID Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    IDENTIFIED - As Annie Lehman - Thanks to the efforts of the DNA Doe Project.


    JOSEPHINE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

    PRESS RELEASE

    SHERIFF DAVE DANIEL


    1901 NE F St, Grants Pass, OR 97526

    Office: (541) 474-5123

    Fax: (541) 474-5114

    E-mail: jocosheriff@co.josephine.or.us

    Release Date: March 14, 2019
    INCIDENT: Up-Date – Skeletal Remains Found Off Redwood Hwy 1971
    INCIDENT NUMBER: 71-940
    REPORTING DEPUTY: Detective Ken Selig – Cold Case Volunteer

    DETAILS:


    On August 18, 1971, a traveling father and his son stopped along the Redwood Hwy. near MP 35 in Josephine County to spend the remainder of the night. The next morning, they both stepped into the nearby woods and discovered the scattered skeletal remains of a young female. At the time, Sheriff’s investigators did all they could to identify who the remains belonged to, the cause and manner of death and how the remains came to be in Josephine County. When all the investigative leads were exhausted, the case was deemed “inactive” and the remains were placed in storage at the Sheriff’s Office warehouse and listed simply as “Jane Doe –Josephine County 71-940”.


    In August 2004, Cold Case detectives renewed activity in the case as forensic science now allowed investigators to put a face on Jane Doe – Josephine County 71-940. Forensic Artist and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Deputy Joyce Nagy completed a clay facial reconstruction of our Jane Doe. Deputy Nagy nick-named her work “Jane Annie Doe” as she felt the likeness she created displayed features inspiring the name “Annie”. Investigators distributed the image of Jane “Annie” Doe nationwide resulting in numerous leads that kept the case active for several more years.

    In the latter part of 2016, forensic isotope analysis of Jane Annie Doe’s hair, teeth and bones indicated she was most likely from the northeast portion of the United States and migrated along the northern US border to the Pacific Northwest. This revelation along with a new forensic drawing of what Jane Annie Doe may have looked like was also published nationwide with emphasis in the New England states. Again, several leads were generated with one particular lead having strong similarities to a state of Massachusetts missing person. Investigators from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) based in Alexandria Virginia worked those leads but DNA failed to make a match. In February of 2017, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, funded and sponsored a case study of this Josephine County Sheriff’s Office investigation.

    In November of 2018, Sheriff’s Cold Case Investigator and retired Major Crimes Unit Detective Sergeant Ken Selig, received news that at the request of the NCMEC and the DNA Doe Project, DNA from Jane Annie Doe was submitted to the DNA Doe Project by Dr. Nici Vance of the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s office assumed custody of her remains in 2013.


    The DNA Doe Project is a non-profit all volunteer organization which uses donated funds to analyze DNA from John and Jane Does to compare with GEDmatch (a public genetic genealogy database) to identify them through their “DNA-cousins”. After weeks of careful analysis and painstaking ancestral research, Jane Annie Doe’s family was traced to relatives in England, New Zealand and Canada. In February, DNA Doe Project volunteers were able to notify Detective Selig that a potential match was found with a sister living in Washington State. As a result, Detective Selig, with the help of NCMEC, established contact with the sister and obtained a DNA sample from her.


    Today, Sheriff Dave Daniel is pleased to announce that Jane “Annie” Doe – Josephine County 71-940, has been identified as Anne Marie Lehman of Aberdeen, WA. through a confirmed match with her full sister’s DNA. The family has been notified. Anne Lehman would have turned 65 years old this year.

    Cold case investigators learned that Anne “Annie” (a nickname her family affectionately used for her) Lehman was born and raised in southwestern Washington State, primarily in Aberdeen, WA. Investigators believe Annie Lehman went missing from Aberdeen in the winter or spring of 1971 under troubling circumstances. Some say Annie Lehman was a runaway and others feel she was abducted and traded to a criminal human trafficking organization. These claims, how she ended up in Josephine County and the cause and manner of her death remain under investigation.


    If anyone knows of any information concerning Anne “Annie” Marie Lehman (age 16 at the time of her disappearance) and her activities in years 1970 and 1971, we ask that you contact the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office – Detective Ken Selig, phone 541-474-5123 case #71-940


    Sheriff Daniel would like to extend his sincere gratitude and thankfulness to all the employees and volunteers who worked on this case over the years. These include not only members of the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, but also the Oregon State Police, Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office, NAMUS, The University of North Texas, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, all of whom contributed to years of investigative and forensic investigation. It has taken nearly a half century to identify the mysterious Jane Annie Doe – Josephine County 71-940.


    Our gratitude and thanks are humbly extended to Dr. Margaret Press, Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick, and the many volunteers of the DNA Doe Project whose hard work on Jane Annie Doe’s genetic genealogy led to her identification. Without the DNA Doe Project orchestrating the effort to bring Annie Marie Lehman home, it may well have taken another 47 years before Annie would be identified and reunited with her family.


    Forensic genetic genealogy is fast becoming the most powerful new tool for solving cold cases that have resisted all other approaches. Annie's case illustrates how far the field has come. Her DNA was heavily degraded, making it difficult to obtain the data needed for finding matches in GEDmatch. These matches were only distantly related, and each one whose family tree was used to solve her case was from outside the US. These unique challenges made the DNA Doe Project’s identification of Anne Marie Lehman groundbreaking.


    It takes a dedicated staff of genetic genealogy volunteers to spend the hundreds if not thousands of hours needed to perform the complex investigative work necessary to solve such cases. The management and volunteer staff of The DNA Doe Project are to be recognized for this success. Anyone who has ever researched their family knows how hard and frustrating tracing family members can be. The records are often missing, hard to interpret with names and places misspelled, and often contain incorrect information. This work requires much dedication and compassion towards reuniting lost loved ones with their families. In addition to the tenacity of the investigators and to the dedicated volunteers at the DNA Doe Project, Annie's identification depended on painstaking bioinformatics work by Dr. Greg Magoon of Aerodyne Research.


    We who work these cases are keenly aware that our success often brings pain to those who have lost their loved ones. The long-awaited closure brings with it the details of the investigation not easily accepted, causing family members to relive the pain of their loss. We offer our sincere condolences to the family and extend our continuing support in any way possible.
     
  6. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    wary Well-Known Member

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    And her name is Annie! There are tears in my eyes. The sheriff gave a very generous and thorough acknowledgement to DNA Doe, too.
     
  8. Alleykins

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    Glad to read it's official. RIP Annie.
     
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  9. Two for the road

    Two for the road Well-Known Member

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    Glad she has her name back!

    I do have to say though, the more and more these Does are getting their names back, it seems that Isotope analyses are being further and further discredited. They said she grew up in the Northeast US and migrated towards the PNW but it turns out she was born and raised in WA state.

    In any case, my thoughts are with her family and I hope justice can still be served and she can rest in peace!
     
  10. Liv27

    Liv27 Well-Known Member

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    DDP is swinging the identifications out of the park! It’s once a month now!!!
     
  11. Blue Corduroy

    Blue Corduroy New Member

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    I've driven through this area off & on most of my life. I had no notion of this girl's story until late last year when some locals were talking about Kim Mericle (sp?) and this girl's story also came up. I stopped to take a look at the spot where "Annie" was found (according to the directions I was given). There was a wreath of wilted flowers a few dozen feet off the road, a small homeless camp, and the milepost 35 sign was missing from the sign post. (Recent souvenir hunters?)

    I just joined this site and it looks like there are a few stories of old cases along the Oregon & California coasts I haven't heard about in years, if ever. Time to check them out. (R.I.P Annie)
     
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    Isn't it fantastic! I just love watching their progress, this is a game changer for identifying UIDs and a true example of technological advances being used for positive purposes.
     
  14. Alleykins

    Alleykins Well-Known Member

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    Welcome aboard. Thanks for your input
     
  15. Fairy1

    Fairy1 VOTE!!!

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    So amazing to see another ID! And her name was Annie! But so sad for her family.
     
  16. dotr

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    Welcome to Ws Blue Corduroy, plenty of cold cases to dig into here!
    OR - OR - Kimberly Mericle, 46, Williams, 2 March 2017
     
  17. FireOwl9

    FireOwl9 Someday everything will make perfect sense...

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    So it is Annie Lehman! Rest in Peace, Annie.

    Once again congrats to CarlK and our lovely DDP members for all their hard work! :)
     
  18. Duchess Of The Moon

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    I've been crying like a baby. Our sweet Annie can be put to rest now and I hope this will bring some kind of closure to her family.
     
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  19. TmmEye

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    Based on the crime scene, what if Annie was hitchhiking and got struck by a car? There were no rails, and she could’ve fallen over into the area she was found.
     
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  20. dizzigirl1

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    I am so glad Annie can find her way home and i am very glad for Klee who had been working tirelessly to give her a name.
     
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