TN TN - Nashville, Child's Skull, 4-8, found in flood debris, May'10

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  1. southern_scout

    southern_scout Member

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    they are saying it dates from the 1960's.

    http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100811/NEWS03/100811037/Child+s+skull+found+in+North+Nashville

    Metro Police are trying to identify a child’s skull thought to be from the 1960s found in North Nashville.

    A cleanup crew found the skull among flood debris on May 17 at Lagrange Drive and Snell Boulevard, police said. The skull was missing its lower jaw.

    A forensics examination of the skull found the child was between 4 and 8 years old and died sometime in the mid 1960s. A check of local cemeteries has been unable to turn up any cases where graves were flooded or washed away.

    Anyone with information about any burial sites that may have been disturbed by the floods is asked to call the Medical Examiner’s Office at 615-743-1800 or Metro Police at 615-862-7329

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    I know this isn't a lot of information to go on, but I thought it should be here in case more details come out. I am going to look and see if there are any local missing children cases from that time in this area.
     
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  3. CarlK90245

    CarlK90245 UID Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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  4. nerosleuth

    nerosleuth Active Member

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    Is there any way to determine whether the skull is from a boy or a girl?
     
  5. CarlK90245

    CarlK90245 UID Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    It's quite difficult to determine gender and ethnicity of a skull under 14 years old. If they can get DNA, then they would be able to determine gender.
     
  6. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    http://www.tennessean.com/article/2...ild-s-skull-continues-to-baffle-investigators

    By Nicole Young • THE TENNESSEAN • September 4, 2010

    Child's skull continues to baffle investigators

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    More at link.
     
  7. Cubby

    Cubby fly the W!

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    From the above link posted by Kat:

    Detectives are asking anyone with information about small family burial sites or graveyards to contact the medical examiner's office at 615-743-1800 or Metro detectives at 615-862-7329.

    eta: I wonder if local church records might have info on small family burial sites or graveyards.
    Where might that info be sleuthed?

    tia
     
  8. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    Thanks for editing that for me Cubby, I had walked away from the computer!

    I wonder how far out from Nashville we would have to sleuth the family burial plots? Interesting way to go about finding this child's identity.
     
  9. Cubby

    Cubby fly the W!

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    YW Kat.....Where did the flooding come from? Was there small creeks, rivers? What was in the area? What is known about family plots? I honestly don't know much about them in general. Is there a place to find records of family plots?

    I don't imagine this child would be listed in the SSDI. Perhaps a death record for the county where the remains were found? ETA: Not all counties are on ancestry..... maybe just local for this county? Do we have a local who might do some on the foot off the net research?

    I honestly have little idea how to search family plots.... but someone here should know. WS'rs seem to have knowledge of somekind in about every area.
     
  10. nerosleuth

    nerosleuth Active Member

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    I believe that you're more likely to find family cemeteries out in rural areas.

    Your best bet for finding family cemeteries would be from local funeral homes and the local genealogy society of the area that you're interested in. They would have the names of cemeteries in their area.
     
  11. Mensch

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    There exists even today in rural areas of WV, KY, OH, that I know for certain births and deaths and burials that are not recorded anywhere.

    I am personally familiar with cases even in the 50's where people are buried in what they call a "family" plot. Sometimes this is a tract of land in the hills that they don't even legally own, but have claimed through generations. These "cemeteries" usually bear the surname of one family and are not found on maps.

    There are also "cemeteries" that are near or adjacent to churches that are called family cemeteries and generally there are many others outside one family who are buried there. Some may have markers and most don't.

    In the past (I have a 1959 case) the preacher of the local church (not necessarily ordained) kept births, marriages and deaths only he officiated, handwritten within a ledger. There was not back up paperwork and no formerly filed notifications in most of these cases. If someone wanted to know where there family member was buried, they would call the locals to start a long and complicated search for known burial sites and preachers.

    Once the actual "cemetery" was identified and the date confirmed by the preacher's ledger, it was another task entirely to find the grave site. Most are not marked. I don't know the requirements for filing these deaths but it must be complicated because so many have gone unreported. Best of luck.
     
  12. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    The Tennessean links are dead already.

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    http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=130423&provider=rss

    This article narrows the date range further:
    http://www.wsmv.com/news/24593793/detail.html
     
  13. carbuff

    carbuff Well-Known Member

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    There was record flooding in Tennessee in May 2010 so the skull could have been washed there from quite a distance away -- anywhere upriver, really.

    Here's the spot where it was found, right in a loop of the Cumberland River: Snell Blvd and Lagrange Drive, Nashville
     
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    carbuff Well-Known Member

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    Not in Namus still.
     

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