Sunday, June 30, 2019
a friend of mine was super sweet. he kept me in the loop while i was "incommunicado" at the singles ward for a month. he offered a blessing when i was grieving my last grandparent passing away as well as mentioning a trip to the temple. that was the nicest anyone had been. i said thanks but no thanks to a bunch of things he offered. he bought me food as well as gave me tons of rides and met my mom.
Lamduan Armitage (née Seekanya) was a formerly unidentified woman whose body was discovered in 2004 on the mountain Pen-y-ghent in Yorkshire, England, leading her to become known as the Lady of the Hills. The woman was found to have originally come from somewhere in South-East Asia, but despite an international police investigation, the identity of the woman, and how she arrived at the location remained a mystery until 2019. The woman was identified in March 2019 through DNA testing. Discovery: On Monday 20 September 2004 at 11:30 am, a man walking in the vicinity of Pen-y-ghent alerted the police to the discovery of the body of a dead woman. The man had discovered the body in a well-trafficked location on the Pennine Way between Pen-y-ghent and Horton in Ribblesdale in a stream called Sell Gill Beck which flows into a cave called Sell Gill Hole. It was thought that the body had been in the stream for some time and that the woman could have died up to three weeks prior to the discovery. The cause of death was not initially apparent and no signs of violence were reported. Description: The woman was believed to be of southeast-Asian origin, had dark, shoulder-length hair and was about four feet, 11 inches tall. Her age was estimated between 25 and 35 years. The woman had healthy teeth which had a noticeable gap at the front. Her body was clothed in green jeans and a green-and-white-striped T-shirt; she also wore a wedding ring. The ring was found to be 22-karat gold, made in Bangkok, Thailand. The woman had pierced ears but no earrings were found. No shoes, warm outer clothing, or other personal effects were found at the site. The woman weighed 10 stone (64 kg) but appeared to have gained weight in the years prior to her death. Initial investigation: Immediately after the discovery, North Yorkshire Police commenced an extensive investigation. Police questioned walkers using the Pennine Way, conducted house-to-house enquires in the locality and issued letters to local holiday accommodations that appealed for witnesses in multiple languages. Police investigated every sighting in the Yorkshire Dales of women matching the description of the unidentified body dating back to 1 August 2004. A postmortem was undertaken which suggested the woman died between 31 August and 13 September but it did not provide enough information to enable investigators to establish the cause of death. The postmortem indicated that the woman had probably been pregnant at some point during her life. Detective Chief Inspector Pete Martin who was working on the investigation stated that the death was unexplained rather than suspicious. A search of missing persons databases did not produce any matches. A number of countries were identified as the potential origin of the woman. These countries included: Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Analysis of the body indicated that the woman had been in the UK for at least two years prior to her death and that she had probably lived in Cumbria, Lancashire, or the west Yorkshire Dales. Subsequent investigations: In December 2004 the Police produced an e-fit photograph of the woman which was issued to the embassies of a number of Asian countries. At this time time it was believed that the woman could have originated from the Philippines, China or Korea. No meaningful response was received from this appeal. In February 2005 an appeal was made on the BBC programme Crimewatch. In May 2007 the inquest heard that the investigation found no evidence of trauma, assault or drowning and it recorded an open verdict. In 2011 the police announced that they were reopening the investigation of eight unsolved deaths. The 'Lady of the Hills' was one of these cases along with the Sutton Bank Body. In 2018 an appeal was made by the North Yorkshire Police. The appeal was made on Facebook in the Filipino, Thai, and English languages so that the messages could be shared internationally. On 22 January 2019, a family in Thailand came forward in the belief that they knew the identity of the victim. The woman had married a British man in 1991 and moved to north-west England in 1995. The mother of the woman identified had not heard from her daughter since 2004. Her cause of death remains unknown. Identification: On 19 March 2019 North Yorkshire Police revealed that they had identified the body, following DNA testing, as Lamduan Armitage (nee Seekanya). Lamduan was married to British lecturer David Armitage, (her second husband) in Thailand and moved to Portsmouth in 1991. Mr Armitage was located in 2019 and denied any involvement in Landuan’s death.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Robert "Bobby" Adam Whitt and Myoung Hwa Cho were two formerly unidentified murder victims whom were killed in 1998. They remained unidentified until they were both identified using GEDmatch in early 2019. While unidentified, Whitt was nicknamed Mebane Child and the Boy Under the Billboard respectively. Discovery: On May 13, 1998, the nude body of an Asian female was found on the side of a road parallel to Interstate 85 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The victim had been bound at the wrists, with ligature marks present upon her discovery. An autopsy determined her cause of death as suffocation. On September 25, 1998, a landscaping crew cutting grass under a billboard along Industrial Drive along Interstate 85 and Interstate 40 in Mebane, North Carolina discovered the skeletal remains of a young boy. There was no sign of trauma at the scene and was likely that the child was killed elsewhere. The child was wearing khaki shorts, white socks and matching underwear, and black and white shoes that appeared to have been purchased recently. $50 was found in the pocket. The child had straight, dark brown hair about 3 to 4 inches in length, likely had a light brown to fair complexion, and likely had brown eyes. The boy was initially thought to have been Hispanic and possibly a migrant worker. The boy had no fillings, but preventative dental sealing in multiple teeth, as well as a slight overbite with erupting upper canines, which may have been noticeable when he smiled or spoke. The boy likely died during the spring or summer of 1998. Investigation: Sketches of the decedents were created in attempts to identify them, but to no avail. The boy's case received wider attention. Through the use of forensic palynology and isotope analysis, it was determined that the boy was originally from the southeastern United States, particularly Alabama and Georgia. Forensic artist Frank Bender created a clay reconstruction in 2010. It would be Bender's last case he worked on before dying of cancer in 2011. The boy's case was also given to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, where they created multiple reconstructions using CG technology. 20 years after the boy's discovery in October 2018, more details about the boy's case were released. The details stated that the cause of death was determined to by strangulation, and through further genetic testing determined that the boy was not of Hispanic descent, but was biracial; being of European and East Asian descent. The details also narrowed the time of death to be around June or July of 1998. Additional photographs of the crime scene were also released to the public. In December 2018, Dr. Barbara Rae-Venter, who is known for her work in identifying the Golden State Killer, reviewed the boy's latest DNA tests, and matched his DNA to the DNA of a relative who submitted the information into the GEDmatch database. After contacting the relative, a first cousin from Hawaii, the relative confirmed the identity of the boy as Robert "Bobby" Adam Whitt.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Septic Tank Sam is the nickname given to an unidentified murder victim who was found in a septic tank thirteen kilometers west of Tofield, Alberta. Authorities suspect he wasn't from Alberta, but most likely worked as a migrant worker. Discovery: Sam was found wearing a blue Levi shirt with snap buttons, a gray t-shirt, blue jeans, and imitation Wallabee shoes. His decomposed body was wrapped in a yellow bed sheet and tied up with a nylon rope. Sam was found by a local couple scavenging their abandoned property for a septic tank pump. After seeing his leg bobbing in their old septic tank, they alerted the Tofield Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment. Two officers came to the scene to recover Sam's body, where they spent an hour emptying the 1.8 meter deep septic tank with empty ice cream pails. Autopsy: A medical examiner in Edmonton determined Sam to be of European Canadian descent. His bones and teeth suggested he suffered from an unspecified illness at five years old. Sam's cause of death was two gunshots to the head and chest, although it was possible there could've been more if any of the bullets didn't reach his skeleton. Before his death, Sam had been tortured; he'd been beaten, tied up, burned with a small butane torch and cigarettes, and sexually mutilated with farm shears. The sexual mutilation was so severe that the medical examiner took several months to positively identify him as a male. Based on the burn marks on his shirt sleeves, Sam could've been tied to a bed while tortured. After Sam's death, he'd been covered in quicklime, most likely in an attempt to quicken decomposition. Investigation: Due to a lack of evidence in the septic tank, Sam was most likely murdered elsewhere and the septic tank was only a dumpsite. Sam's murderers are believed to have known him, due to how viciously he'd been killed. It's also suspected Sam's murderers were Tofield locals or were familiar with the area. due to the location of Sam's dumpsite being on a rural property. Sam's body has been exhumed from his unmarked grave in an Edmonton cemetery twice. In 1979, Sam's remains were flown out to Clyde Snow and Betty Gatliff, Forensic anthropologist and medical illustrator at the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma who'd been creating 3D facial composites from skulls since 1967. Along with creating a facial composite for Sam, the two could tell by measuring his hands that he was right handed. Snow believed Sam to be of Indigenous origin and around 35 years old, contradicting the RCMP's belief of Sam being a European Canadian and between 26 to 32. Sam was exhumed and reconstructed for the second time in 2000 by Cyril Chan, who was with the Edmonton medical examiner's office at the time. Aftermath: The 1,200 residents of Tofield at the time were horrified to hear of Sam's murder. Farmers checked their own septic tanks for bodies and business owners worried that Sam's murderers could've been regular customers. Many speculated Sam had been sexually mutilated due to committing a sex crime or being unfaithful in a relationship. Ed Lammerts, one of the officers who helped recover Sam's body, has since retired. He believes Sam will never be identified, despite sending X-rays of Sam's teeth to 800 Albertan dentists coupled with publishing them in dental magazines, and spending $1,000,000 CAD on the case.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
The Bear Brook murders (also referred to as the Allenstown Four) are female murder victims, two being discovered in 1985 and two in 2000, at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire. All four of the victims were either partially or completely skeletonized; they were believed to have died between 1977 and 1985. In the years following the discovery of the bodies, the identities of the four victims and the perpetrator were pursued by law enforcement. The victims' faces were reconstructed multiple times, most recently in 2015 by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. In 2017, investigators announced that Terrence "Terry" Peder Rasmussen, who used multiple aliases including Robert "Bob" Evans, was the most likely suspect. His identity was confirmed via DNA from a son from his first marriage. He was also confirmed, via DNA, to be the father of the 2-to-4-year-old girl who was one of the Bear Brook victims. He is believed to be responsible for several other murders, including that of Denise Beaudin, his known girlfriend, who disappeared in 1981. Under the name of Evans, he was convicted and sentenced for the murder in 2002 of his then-wife. He died in prison in 2010. In 2019, the three biologically related females were identified as mother, Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch, and her two daughters (of different biological fathers) Marie Elizabeth Vaughn, and Sarah Lynn McWaters, last seen in November 1978. The middle child, identified as Rasmussen's daughter, currently remains unidentified. Discovery: On November 10, 1985, a hunter found a metal 55-gallon drum near the site of a burned-down store at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire. Inside were the bodies of an adult female and young girl, wrapped in plastic (possibly a garbage bag). Autopsies determined both had died of blunt trauma; they were later buried in the same grave. On May 9, 2000, the remains of two young girls were found near the first discovery site. These bodies were also in a metal 55-gallon drum. The cause of death for these children was also blunt force trauma. Examination: The adult, later identified as Honeychurch, was determined to be Caucasian with possible Native American ancestry. Her age at the time of death was estimated to be 23 to 33. She had curly or wavy brown hair and was between 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m) and 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) in height. Her teeth showed significant dental work, including multiple fillings and three extractions. The three girls may have also had some Native American heritage; they had light or European-American complexions. The girl found with the adult female, later identified as Vaughn, was between 5 and 11 years old. She had symptoms of pneumonia, a crooked front tooth and a diastema (space between her top teeth), two earrings in each ear, and was between 4 ft 3 in (1.30 m) and 4 ft 6 in (1.37 m) tall. Her hair was wavy and light brown; she had no dental fillings. The middle child, currently unidentified, also had a gap between her front teeth and died at an age between 2 and 4. She had brown hair and was about 3 ft 8 in (1.12 m) tall. She had an overbite, which was probably noticeable. She also may have suffered from anemia. DNA proved this child was fathered by Terry Peder Rasmussen. The youngest girl, later identified as McWaters, was estimated to be 1 to 3 years old, had long blond or light brown hair, was between 2 ft 1 in (0.64 m) and 2 ft 6 in (0.76 m) tall, and also had a gap between her front teeth. Investigation: In the early days of the investigation, authorities publicized the case in the United States and some parts of Canada. At least ten possible identities were ruled out. Despite hundreds of leads, the bodies were not identified. In June 2013, new versions of the victims' facial reconstructions were created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. These versions incorporated their dental information, showing how their teeth could have affected the appearance of their faces. The reconstructions were created in black and white, as their skin tones and eye colors could not be determined. In November 2015, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children released a third set of reconstructions of the four victims at a news conference at the New Hampshire State Attorney General's office. DNA and isotopic evidence. In 2014 police announced that DNA profiling had revealed through MtDNA that the woman, and oldest and youngest girls were maternally related. This means that the woman could have been the girls' mother, aunt, or older sister. In 2015, the woman was identified as the mother of the two girls. Other forensic information showed that the woman and children lived together in the Northeastern United States between two weeks and three months before their deaths. Investigators have concluded the woman and two of the children lived in the area where their bodies were found. Advanced forensic testing showed the 2-to-4-year-old girl (since identified as Rasmussen's daughter) probably spent most of her childhood in either the upper Northeast or upper Midwest, perhaps Wisconsin. In 2019, however, it is stated that the youngest child most likely originated from Arizona, Texas, California or Oregon. Later developments: In January 2017, it was announced that Denise Beaudin, who had been missing since 1981, was connected to the murders. Beaudin disappeared from Manchester, New Hampshire, along with her young daughter and then-boyfriend Robert "Bob" Evans. She was not reported missing until 2016, when her daughter resurfaced alive and well in California after there was more publicity about the murders and Beaudin's disappearance. The daughter is keeping her name private. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children subsequently announced that an unidentified man, known by the alias "Robert Evans," was found through DNA to be the father of the middle child (who was not related to the three other victims). He had abandoned another young girl "Lisa" at a truck stop, and she was found to NOT be his daughter. Her DNA confirmed that one of the Bear Brook girls was also Evans/Rasmussen's daughter. Authorities believed that Evans was the killer of the four Bear Brook victims, but did not elaborate. Authorities said in 2008 that the Bear Brook woman was not Beaudin. They also said that "Robert Evans" was a pseudonym and that the man's legal identity was unknown. In 2015 they said that the adult woman at Bear Brook had been identified as the mother of two of the girls. Evans died in prison in 2010. He had been convicted and sentenced as Evans for the 2002 murder and dismemberment of his wife at the time, Eunsoon Jun, a chemist in California. In June 2017, police released a video of a police interview of Evans in hopes of finding his true identity. Two months later, Robert Evans was confirmed as Terrence "Terry" Peder Rasmussen, through Y-DNA testing from a DNA sample contributed by one of his sons from what is believed to be his first marriage. Born in 1943, Rasmussen was a native of Denver, Colorado. He was discharged from the Navy in 1967, and married in 1969. Rasmussen and his wife lived in Phoenix, Arizona, and Redwood City, California. The couple had four children before his wife left him between 1973 and 1974. This family last saw Rasmussen around Christmas 1974. One of his sons from this marriage provided the DNA sample that confirmed Rasmussen as Evans in June 2017. The senior Rasmussen, known as the Chameleon killer, is believed to have used "at least five different aliases in a decades-long run of crimes across the country, including at least five homicides, and likely more." At one time authorities had speculated that the adult victim at Bear Brook may have been Elizabeth Lamotte, a New Hampshire teenager who disappeared in 1984 after receiving a furlough from a group home in Manchester. Evans was thought to have a significant other with the same first name. However, DNA from Lamotte's relatives later proved that she was a homicide victim found in Tennessee in 1985, killed about four months after her disappearance. Identifications: On June 6, 2019, New Hampshire investigators held a press conference regarding the case and revealed the identities of three of the victims. Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch (b. 1954) was the mother of Marie Elizabeth Vaughn (b. 1971) and Sarah Lynn McWaters (b. 1977), all of whom went missing from California in 1978. The fourth victim's identity is not yet known, but investigators stated that through advanced DNA testing they could confirm the child was Rasmussen's. They have so far been unable to identify who the mother of the child is and whether or not she may still be alive. Sarah's younger half brother, who had never met her, created a post in 1999 on the Ancestry.com website in efforts to locate her. She was born in Hawaiian Gardens, California, when her father was in the Marines. Similar posts also aided in the identifications of the victims. Marlyse, her two daughters and Terry Rasmussen (whom she was presumed to be dating at the time) were last seen in California at a family gathering in November 1978. This was the last time Marlyse had any contact with her family; she was never seen or heard from again. It is believed that all four victims were murdered before 1981, as Rasmussen was known to have left New Hampshire after this time.