WA WA - Union Gap, NtvAmFem 26-40, 918UFWA, found on Tribal Land, clothes, "bowling-type" shoes, Feb'88

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  1. pineappleexpress

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    I ran across this and didn't see it anywhere. It mentions a possible 32 other bodies.



    Unidentified Native American FemaleFound February 16, 1988 in Yakima County, Washington.

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    Estimated Age: Late 20's to early 30's
    Race: Native American
    Gender: Female
    Height: 4'11"-5'1"
    Case History

    The victim was found on tribal land near Parker Dam in Yakima County, Washington on February 16, 1988.
    There may be as many as 32 unsolved cases that occurred on the reservation in the 1980's and early 1990's involving missing persons and deaths that cold case detectives have re-opened.

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/918ufwa.html

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  2. JerseyGirl

    JerseyGirl Forum Coordinator Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    She left her home sometime in 1987 and never returned. She was petite — around 5 feet tall — and likely wore a long-sleeved blouse, lavender pants and brown bowling shoes when she disappeared.

    A horseback rider found that clothing and her skeletal remains on Feb. 16, 1988. She lay close to a dirt road running parallel to the Yakima River near the Parker Dam and the unincorporated community of Parker.

    Who is this woman? Investigation of remains found in 1988 near Parker Dam continues

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  3. carbuff

    carbuff Well-Known Member

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    You don't usually wear bowling shoes for anything but bowling. The soles have to be clean or you can't wear them on the lanes.

    You would think someone would notice if they went missing from their bowling league.
     
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  4. Ari_

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    Could she have been younger than 20's? I only ask because of her height. I'm 5'3 though, not much taller, so I probably shouldn't be asking. She certainly doesn't look it though.
     
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  5. carbuff

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    Yes, she's apparently a small woman--somewhat unusual but not abnormally small, either. (My mother's about the same size and my mother-in-law was only 4'10")
     
  6. Al Ka

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    Lower Valley human remains discovered in 1988 to be exhumed for DNA

    She has rested without a name in a Yakima Valley grave for years, the details of her death unknown, her killer unidentified.

    Much about this young woman and her life is a mystery. Ever since a horseback rider discovered her skeletal remains and clothing on Feb. 16, 1988, near the Parker Dam and the unincorporated community of Parker, authorities have sought the person they believe murdered her. At the same time, someone has been missing this 30- to 40-year-old woman, believed to be Native, who could be a mother, a sister, a cousin, an auntie, a friend.

    For now, she is still known as Jane Doe. But in another effort to identify her, authorities will exhume her remains to extract DNA for comparison to possible relatives. A date has not been set.
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    Towell made the request of the Yakima County Coroner’s Office a few days after Capt. Monica Alexander of the Washington State Patrol hosted a meeting at the Yakima Convention Center with Craig Bill, director of the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, on Oct. 29.

    It was among several meetings happening around the state as a result of Washington House Bill 2951, which requires the State Patrol to work with the Office of Indian Affairs, federally recognized tribes, tribal and other law enforcement and tribal leaders to determine how to increase reporting and investigation of missing Native American women.

    No one knows exactly how many Native girls and women have gone missing on or near the 1.3-million-acre Yakama reservation. Many cases of missing people or mysterious deaths of women and men remain unsolved. During a 2008 FBI investigation spurred by rumors of a serial killer, investigators found as many as 32 cases dating back to 1980.
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    Two other women were found stabbed to death near Parker during that time frame.

    Serial rapist John Bill Fletcher Jr. was resentenced in 2011 for killing Theresa Branscomb, 20; and Bertha Cantu, 26. Their bodies were found near Parker and both were stabbed to death in 1987, Branscomb in early January and Cantu in late June. Fletcher, 62, remains at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Monroe.
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    After a story about her ran in the Yakima Herald-Republic in October, Towell got calls from people within and beyond the Valley, even outside the state, he said.

    Lower Valley human remains discovered in 1988 to be exhumed for DNA
     
  7. sasha17

    sasha17 Curiouser & curiouser

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    "Investigators hope in the next several weeks to exhume the remains of a woman whose life and death have been a mystery ever since she was found more than three decades ago.

    Jim Curtice, the Yakima County coroner, has an estimate of the exhumation cost from West Hills Memorial Park, the cemetery where the 30- to 40-year-old woman, believed to be Native, is buried. He is working with the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, which requested that she be exhumed for DNA samples.

    “We will work together on financing. It will cost from $4,000 to $5,000,” Curtice said. “We will exhume her, locate some good DNA material and put her back into the ground.”"

    Yakima coroner hopes to exhume woman’s remains, to find her identity and her killer

    This looks about the same content as Al Ka posted last December--so very slow movement.
     
  9. Bit of hope

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    http://lostandmissinginindiancountry.com/Newsletters/February2019.pdf

    Lost and Missing in Indian Country is also assisting law enforcement authorities in Yakima county with the entry of Karen Louise Johnley. Karen was last seen by a relative in Harrah, Washington on Nov. 1, 1987. This spring the remains of Parker Dam DOE, (UP#16335) discovered in 1988 will be exhumed for DNA collection.

    Karen's file is pending to be put in Namus. No picture available (yet?) Big chance that Karen is this Jane Doe.

    Here is her thread. WA - WA - Karen Louise Johnley, 29, Lazy R Tavern, Harrah, November 1987

    Karen Louise Johnley, 29, disappeared from a now-closed bar in Harrah. A cousin reported her missing and described her clothing and build and worried aloud about the person she was last seen with. She was last seen by a friend at the Lazy R Tavern in Harrah.
     
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  10. MadMcGoo

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    Refreshing the thread...
     
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    I think she’s a very likely match. I wonder how they’re coming along with DNA from the UID.
     
  13. victoriarobinson642

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    I know things are a bit backed up due to the pandemic, so maybe it's stalled.
     
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  15. Bit of hope

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    Thanks, I really thought Karen could be the one.
     
  16. PommyMommy

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    SEP 12, 2021
    Investigators plan to exhume, identify remains found more than 33 years ago in Yakima County | Thevanished | yakimaherald.com
    [...]

    Back in 1988, Shaw stood on a car to photograph the scene where she was found. After lying there for an estimated four to 10 months, only her skeleton remained. She was 4-foot-11 to 5-foot-1, with black hair approximately 12 inches long. Petite clothing remained on her frame.

    “She was not a big lady. She was quite small, maybe 120 pounds,” Shaw said. Investigators initially thought she could be 20 to 30 years old — later estimating 30 to 40 years old — and weren’t sure if she was Native or Hispanic. Her teeth showed no signs of dental work.

    “Her head was slightly lower than her feet. I did tip the body over slightly to check and see if there was any dried blood underneath or a weapon, and there wasn’t anything,” he said. “It appeared to me she had been killed elsewhere and placed there.”

    They call her Parker Doe because she lay near the unincorporated Lower Yakima Valley town of Parker. Curtice wants to exhume her from a cemetery west of Yakima as soon as possible. Because of drastic advances in DNA technology, he is closer than ever to being able to identify her and return Doe to her family — goals since he became coroner in 2019.

    “I’ll do whatever it takes,” Curtice said. “I’m waiting on the cost. As soon as they come up with a cost, we’ll set a date.”

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    Because of where she was found, investigators think Doe was murdered. Two other women’s bodies were discovered in the Parker area months before.

    In 1987, a paroled rapist who had moved from Texas to Yakima the previous fall terrorized women familiar with the city’s rough late-night scene. His name was John Bill Fletcher Jr., and DNA evidence tied him to the rape and stabbing deaths of Theresa Branscomb, 20, and Bertha Cantu, 26, in separate attacks in 1987. Their bodies were found in the Parker area. Branscomb’s remains lay in an orchard about a mile west from where Doe was found and Cantu at the end of the dirt road, almost to the river. Both were last seen in downtown Yakima.

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    Her skeleton is believed to rest in an unmarked grave at West Hills Memorial Park outside Yakima. Her clothing is in evidence at the sheriff’s office, which is handling the homicide investigation. Her skull was transferred to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office in Seattle after years of storage at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, where it was taken for a clay reconstruction in the 1980s.

    Authorities have never extracted Doe’s DNA and know they must, said Detective Sgt. Jason Pepper, head of detectives at the sheriff’s office.

    [...]

    Doe wore lavender pants, a long-sleeved lavender shirt with a label in Spanish, and argyle socks with lavender tones. Investigators think she was pulled out of a vehicle by her arms or armpits because her head was farthest from the dirt road. Because her feet were closest to it, her brown shoes were what Shaw saw first.

    They were unique. One sole was black, the other white, with grooves in both.

    “She’s wearing bowling shoes,” Shaw said. Performance bowling shoes are made with different soles for each foot.

    He took Doe’s shoes to the bowling alleys in Toppenish and Wapato. Employees couldn’t identify them, Shaw said. There were also bowling alleys in Sunnyside and Yakima.

    But he doesn’t think Doe was a bowler.

    “A bowler would have never worn bowling shoes as street shoes,” he said. She may have bought them at a yard sale, borrowed or got them from someone else.

    [...]

    Authorities originally said Doe was of Hispanic descent, up to the point Blair presented the clay reconstruction of her skull. Then, they believed she was Native American. But they still don’t know for sure.

    Doe’s DNA would answer that question, said Judd Towell, who retired in January as head of detectives at the sheriff’s office. ...

    “We need the DNA to push it. You can’t go much further at this point. We’ve got to have some proof — is she Native? Is she Hispanic? That’s what we need to know,” Towell said in January.

    [...]

    A search of NamUs cases of missing Native, Hispanic or mixed-race women in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and California shows two other Native women missing at that time, one from California and the other a woman from Montana. But neither matches the description.

    [...]

    An autopsy by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office did not determine the cause of Doe’s death, said the Yakima County coroner at the time, Leonard Birkinbine. He classified her cause of death as undetermined and that’s still the case. But the manner of her death is presumed to be homicide.

    Her skeleton was intact except for a few bones in her right hand. Her hyoid bone was also missing. ...

    [...]
     
  17. PommyMommy

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  19. Bit of hope

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    Can somebody tell me why strands of her hair in the new recon are blonde? Maybe I missed that.

    Hyoid bone missing. How would that work? If she was strangled the bone would be crushed, but still there....Can somebody fill me in!
     
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    Could she have been Mexican? She wore a Mexican brand of shirt and pants. Not sure how well those would have been available in the USA in the 80s?
    Many Mexicans have a lot of Native admix or are pretty fully Native.
     

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