TX TX - Fort Worth, BlkMale 1518UMTX, 40-60, amputated foot, facial trauma, Oct'08

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  1. lucidtx

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    Doe Network Case 1518UMTX
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1518umtx.html

    TX DPS Case U0903002

    http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/mpch/UnidentifieddetailsPrint.asp?id=U0903002&Person=Unidentified%20Person

    Unable to locate on NamUs


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    Unidentified Black Male

    The victim was discovered on October 22, 2008 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
    Estimated Date of Death: January 2008
    Skeletal Remains

    Vital Statistics
    Estimated age: 40-60 years old
    Approximate Height and Weight: 6'0-6'4".
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Several healed fractures including left maxilla under orbit, left and right nasal bones and mandible. The right foot was amputated through all 5 metatarsals. The amputation likely occured close to death. The victim had a metallic fragment embedded in his left hip.
    Clothing: Clothing was decomposed. Notebooks found with lot so handwritten notes were found with the decedent.
    Dentals: Edentulous

    Case History
    The victim was located in a homeless camp between Martin Luther King Freeway and its service road, near East Vickery Boulevard.


    I've been looking at Robert Earl Davis AKA "Mook" - Doe case 4494DMLA / NamUs #576
    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/576/0
    http://doenetwork.org/cases/4494dmla.html
    http://identifyla.lsu.edu/profile.php?id=146
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/d/davis_robert.html

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    I was mostly struck by the fact that both are listed as edentulous (with no specific mention of dentures for missing or mention of dentures found with UID), less than 4 hr drive distance between the two, and that Davis has a right club foot and the UID's right foot was amputated. I think it's kind of a stretch but the coincidences are kind of interesting.

    Davis has Down Syndrome and that is not mentioned in the UID. I wonder if significant facial trauma (as the UID had) would complicate identification of Down Syndrome in skeletal remains. I did a little research on identification of DS in skeletal remains/skulls and it looks like it's not always a clear cut identification. I thought it was interesting I found only one adult UID case where DS was mentioned...she was found very soon after drowning and even in that case they only said there was a chance she had DS nothing definitive.

    NamUs and Doe list Davis as 57 when he disappeared, but LSU and Charley list him as 38 when he disappeared. It's kind of hard to tell in the picture - the younger age would be within in the UID age range and the older one would be just slightly out of it.

    Davis disappeared in late 2002 - so a 5-6 year gap... kinda long but it looks like UID was transient so it wouldn't be surprising.

    Any thoughts? The only other person I could come up with after some pretty in-depth searching is Lloyd Downey... only because of proximity (same state), similar height, and diabetes. I figure withthe amputation, there's a strong chance the UID was diabetic. The age, time frame and circumstances seem pretty inconsistent though.
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/d/downey_lloyd.html

    Any thoughts?
     
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  3. CarlK90245

    CarlK90245 UID Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Could be. The recon images aren't always very accurate, but what strikes me about the recon is the very wide cheekbones on the John Doe. Mook's cheekbones aren't particularly wide.

    But that's a big FWIW. As I said, you can't always rely on the accuracy of a facial recon.

    BTW, if the UID had Down's Syndrome, that would show up in the DNA testing. But that doesn't necessarily mean that they would mention it.
     
  4. lucidtx

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    I wonder who the best person to contact would be for more information or to see if it's even an active case? It looks like Tarrant County ME is pretty good about putting cases in to NamUs but this guy isn't. I wonder if they took a DNA sample?

    Here's another possibility.
    Henry Lawrence Jr.
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    https://www.findthemissing.org/cases/680
    http://www.nampn.org/cases/lawrence_henry.html

    The age and height are good. Lawrence was supposed to be traveling to Dallas, was missing 3 front teeth, and had been hit by a car previously - which could account for the facial trauma and possibly the amputation. The time frame is long though... 10 years.

    Thanks for your response - I was hoping you'd take a look since I have no experience or knack for comparing faces.
     
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    I think Davis resembles the recon the most out of the two but it is hard to picture what some weight loss and age would do to Lawrence.
     
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    According to the Doe Network, "The right foot was amputated through all 5 metatarsals. The amputation likely occurred close to death." Since it was amputated through all 5 metatarsals, does this mean that it was probably amputated by a medical professional? That is, is it possible that someone tortured him by cutting off his foot while he was still alive?

    I'm sure this already would have hit a match in a database somewhere, but Stanley Driver's foot was found in the Pecatonica River while the rest of his body is still missing.

    http://www.charleyproject.org/resolved/resolved69.html
     
  8. annemc2

    annemc2 her name is Suzanne Marie Sevakis

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    I was wondering the same thing, Hannah1998 - I'm guessing the amputation was likely surgical as opposed to traumatic, probably as a result of diabetes. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1839900-overview

    They've probably checked local county hospitals and ortho clinics (notably JPS and the VA)? I wonder if there was anything useful in the notes or if they might indicate if he was a mental health consumer?
     
  9. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    Robert Earl Davis was listed as 5'6
    The deceased as 6' 00" - 6' 04"
     

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