WA WA - Yakima Co, NtvAmFem 918UFWA, 20-30, Found on Tribal Land, Feb'88

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  1. pineappleexpress

    pineappleexpress Newbie

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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 Staff Member 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_

    Ari_ On Time Out

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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.
     
  5. carbuff

    carbuff Well-Known Member

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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")
     
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  6. Al Ka

    Al Ka Well-Known Member

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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.
     
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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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