Identified! OR - Polk Co, WhtFem UP9457, 45-70, frontal craniotomy, Sept'96 -Kathy Jean Buxton Thomas

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  1. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Forum Coordinators

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    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/09/cold_case_files_authorities_se.html

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    NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/9457
     
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    OkieGranny New Member Forum Coordinators

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    http://www.1190kex.com/articles/portland-local-news-123543/police-need-break-in-cold-case-12755859

     
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    NamUs says: " This surgery would NOT have left a scar on the skin of her forehead, although the healed crescent shape may have been seen through the skin as an indentation or depression." She is also described as having "aucasian skeletal characteristics with possible afro-american genetic admixture".
     
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    annemc2 her name is Suzanne Marie Sevakis

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    NamUs also says: Update 07/07/14: CT scan by neurologist indicated that the excision was only partial thickness and did not perforate the inner sinus wall of the frontal bone.

    So if they didn't go into the sinus wall, was it a complete incision? It's very odd, and the "partial thickness defect" (e.g. scar-type thing) is too low for a typical frontal craniotomy procedure. There is no hardware to hold the frontal bone back together, and the "defect" is too clean to be a result of trauma. Usually this kind of surgery is for tumor removal but it looks like removal of the frontal bone is incomplete? And from what I can gather, frontal sinus problems can be complication from the craniotomy, but a craniotomy is not done to treat frontal sinus problems. Just super weird, makes no sense whatsoever.

    It will be interesting to see what OHSU thinks about it or if they give us any more information.
     
  6. rats

    rats Where is Justice for the Jane and John Does?

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    Even though the NamUs profile was updated this year, I don't see anything different on it. No rule outs.

    I like the possibility!
     
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    I recently submitted a match to namus for tami seymour... missing from Sacramento. There is nothing noted about her having any prior surgeries but everything else seems to line up... height, date she went missing compared to date estimated of death.. white female larger nose. If you look at her picture enlarged it looks like she may have some lighter skin between her eyes? Possible scarring from an older surgery? So hard to tell. Could just be the lighting. But my heart really goes out to her family. I hope they get answers
     

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    Unidentified Person Case

    Updated Namus link. No ruleouts listed. There are a couple of variations on the reconstruction, with different hair styles and apparent weight.
     
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    I submitted with namus and I emailed polk county. I live very close to where they found her, so this case really gets to me. Some body has to be missing this poor lady
     
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    I submitted with namus and I emailed polk county. I live very close to where they found her, so this case really gets to me. Some body has to be missing this poor lady
     
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    Mill Creek Jane Doe has been unidentified for 23 years today.
     
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    Mill Creek Jane's Namus page is not accessible, although her Doenetwork entry is (29UFOR)
     
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    Looks like she will/was supposed to be featured on an upcoming Oxygen show called Jane Doe Murders. Given that her NamUs page is gone, I'm guessing she may be identified but won't be announced until the show airs?

    Oxygen Greenlights New True Crime Projects From Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos And BuzzFeed Studios

    “The Jane Doe Murders”
    In the United States alone, there are nearly 40,000 open cases where a victim of a violent crime remains unidentified — bodies without names and loved ones never returned to their families. Without identification, there can be no justice for the victims’ families, and cases often go unsolved. But now, thanks to groundbreaking new forensic technology, investigators are able to bring a victim’s face to life and uncover new evidence. **In the new special “The Jane Doe Murders,” renowned crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary will delve into an active case from Polk County, Oregon. In the special, Yolanda works alongside Polk County investigators as they work tirelessly until the Jane Doe’s identity is revealed, and in hopes of putting together the pieces of what happened.**
     
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    I snagged the Doenetwork page in case it becomes unavailable. 29UFOR

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    29UFOR - Unidentified Female

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    2-D Re-approximation; Reconstruction of victim by Sandra Mays; View victim's cranial scar here


    Date of Discovery: September 1, 1996
    Location of Discovery: Salem, Polk County, Oregon
    Estimated Date of Death: 1-8 years prior
    State of Remains: Not recognizable - Partial remains with soft tissues
    Cause of Death: Homicide

    Physical Description
    Estimated Age: 45-70 years old
    Race: White with possible Black admixture
    Sex: Female
    Height: 5'3"
    Weight: Unknown
    Hair Color: Black, graying of medium length.
    Eye Color: Unknown
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Slight build. Wide-set nose. She had a crescent-shaped healed cranial scar on her forehead, indicating she had been the subject of a successful past right-sided approached bi-frontal craniotomy. This surgery would not have left a scar on the skin of her forehead, although the healed crescent shape may have been seen through the skin as an indentation or depression. The surgery was possibly performed in the 1960's. A CT scan performed in July 2014 by neurologist indicated that the excision was only partial thickness and did not perforate the inner sinus wall of the frontal bone. She was beginning to suffer arthritis in her lower spine.

    Identifiers
    Dentals: Available. Most probably had a complete set of upper dentures due to the characteristics of her palate.
    Fingerprints: Not available.
    DNA: Available.

    Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: None.
    Jewelry: None.
    Additional Personal Items: The body was wapped in a blue tarp, fastened by rope.

    Circumstances of Discovery
    Three hunters found the victim's skeletal remains off Mill Creek Road, a logging road about 22 miles west of Salem.

    The body was originally wrapped in a blue tarp tied with a light-colored rope and covered with sticks. By the time the hunters came across the skull in a clearing, the bones had been widely scattered by coyotes.

    Investigators recovered 97 percent of the skeleton. They also found strands of medium-length black-gray hair along a path from the logging road - an indication that the woman had been dragged about 75 yards.

    The bones revealed no signs of trauma or gunshot wounds.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    Agency Name: Polk County Medical Examiner's Office
    Agency Contact Person: Dr. Veronica Vance
    Agency Phone Number: 971-673-8220 or 971-673-8300
    Agency E-Mail: nici.vance(at)state.or.us
    Agency Case Number: 96-7115

    Agency Name: Polk County Sheriff's Department
    Agency Contact Person: Detective John Williams
    Agency Phone Number: 503-623-9252; Fax Number: 503-623-2060
    Agency E-Mail: williams.john(at)co.polk.or.us
    Agency Case Number: 14-14513 - CCSO

    NCIC Case Number: Unknown
    NamUs Case Number: 9457

    Information Source(s)
    NamUs
    Koin.Com
    The Statesman Journal News Archive

    Admin Notes
    Added: Prior to 2005; Last Updated: 1/29/18

    Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

    ** Listed information may be estimated.

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    Mill Creek Jane Doe was found 24 years ago today.
     
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    My name is Tina and I am the daughter of Kathy Jean Buxton Thomas. She was 43 years old when her body was found. I found out in November 2019 after receiving calls from investigators and detectives in Oregon. I knew my birth place was in Roseburg Oregon; but other than that, I was fairly unaware of what was about to unfold when first speaking to the detectives. We, my sister and I, were told that there was an ongoing investigation regarding this case and that our biological mother, Kathy, had been a Jane Doe for many many years in the state of Oregon.
    I was adopted as a little girl along with my brother and sister. We were ultimately connected to this case as the technology of DNA and ancestral research advanced over the years. Adoption records, genealogy, countless interviews, phone calls and persistence lead investigators to her biological family in Oklahoma. This, in turn, revealed that she had 3 children that were adopted and now adults with their own families living in Oklahoma.
    As this story will unfold-from Oklahoma to Oregon and back to Oklahoma, many layers of sadness, happiness, and moments of surreality, have affected our lives in ways that words can't begin to explain. Therefore, we've agreed to be included in the documentary of her story and murder. This happened to not only our mother, but ultimately it happened to us. She was taken from us when we were just babies and yet again many years later when she was murdered.

    This is a very unusual case that is not a typical "story of finding your biological family". We found out that my biological mother left this world over 25 years ago, approximately. Myself, along with my sister and brother, had no idea that she was murdered and in our minds believed that she was living a life with another family and had just moved on. Our story along with hers has unfolded into a type of "novel" that continues to add new pieces to the puzzle as each day passes.
    The documentary of our mother will air on December 13th, 2020; which is also her birthday. Kathy Jean Buxton-Thomas would have been 67 years old. Please understand, I joined this group as a way for healing to begin, awareness to be broadened, and for those that are maybe "just curious", to understand that these are real stories. I'm not looking to be felt sorry for or to be thought of with anything other than "strength". I've been strong my whole life due to knowing that I was adopted and may never know my true "biological" history. Now I do and I'm so thankful and blessed that through all of the inexplicable circumstances that brought this information to light, I now know who I came from. I'm not discounting what my adoptive family has given me in any way at all. But I'm beginning to feel more complete in "just knowing".
     
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    Thank you so much for sharing your powerful story, Tina. My deepest condolences for the loss of your biological mother, Kathy. Indeed you seem like a strong, thoughtful person who has been processing a very complicated, surreal, emotionally intense situation with a lot of grace. I wish you well on your path to healing & look forward to learning more about Kathy and the rest of your family next month. Thank you for the necessary reminder that every unidentified person is a real person with a real life story and family behind them. All the best to you and your family
     
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