by: Arezow Doost
Posted: Feb 25, 2021 / 12:01 AM CST / Updated: Feb 25, 2021 / 10:28 PM CST
Texas is one step closer to requiring the use of a national database which uses fingerprints, DNA and dental records to solve missing and unidentified persons cases. Ten states have passed laws mandating police and medical examiners to enter case details to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System or NamUs – but not Texas, even though it’s based in Fort Worth. Now two Texas families and a newly elected lawmaker are determined to help others looking for loved ones.
HOUSTON (KXAN) — Standing on the side of a packed street in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, David Fritts held his son’s picture and talked to anyone who would listen.
The photo was a more recent one of Joseph smiling. Fritts would show it to shop owners along the border and people crossing from Texas.
He would tell them that he was 5’10”, with brown hair and brown eyes and was last in the Laredo area.
“It’s really hard to describe the feeling of looking for your son with a picture and showing it to people … at one moment you’re determined and the other you feel so vulnerable,” the father described. “A lot of people were so kind … really caring people saying, ‘Oh I’m so sad,’ and they would look at the picture and say, ‘Oh, that’s your son, isn’t it?'”
He would make the trip countless times, even going to Costa Rica because Joseph loved to surf.
“Weeks turned into months,” Fritts said. “As time passed, especially after his brother Jordan’s birthday … we were all realizing how dire it was.”
A Marine’s struggle
Joseph was Fritts’ middle child.
“He was so full of life and had so many great friends and always lit up the room. He was just such a character,” he said, smiling.
Fritts recalled how he excelled in college and then how proud he was when he joined the Marines.
“Joseph was the rough, tough little buffed-up guy, you know. Even in the Marines, he was number one in that whole class, as far as physical activity, you know. But it’s still tough, you know. It’s still mentally and physically tough, and Joseph didn’t always smile in pictures, but that one he was definitely smiling after boot camp. He was so happy to have graduated,” Fritts said, pointing to a picture of Joseph in uniform.
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If your state is not requiring the use of NamUs contact your local representative and ask them to start legislation to require it.
Clarence Theodore Moore has been located in #Canada - Mr. Moore passed away last year. A positive ID was made thru DNA testing. May he RIP
Eastlake mystery man identified as WWII veteran who disappeared in 1965
POSTED 9:42 AM, JUNE 21, 2018, BY DARCIE LORENO, UPDATED AT 03:12PM, JUNE 21, 2018
EASTLAKE, Ohio -- A man whose 2002 suicide led to extensive speculation about his true identity has been identified as Robert Ivan Nichols, a World War II veteran who disappeared in 1965.
But now that authorities know who the man is, they're asking for the public's help to learn why he went off the map.
"Someone out there may hold the key as to why," U.S. Marshal Peter Elliot said during a press conference Thursday. "We need the public's help as to why."
Joseph Newton Chandler III, a man in his 60s, killed himself in his Eastlake apartment on July 30, 2002. Soon after his death, authorities realized he was living under a stolen identity.
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APRIL 24, 2018, BY PEGGY GALLEK
CLEVELAND – The Fox 8 I-Team has an exclusive look at a break in the case of a local mystery.
A family of a missing man finally getting answers to questions that have lingered for decades.
“When we first got the call, we thought someone was playing a prank on us,” said Jeanie Cooper. “We just couldn’t believe it, that they finally found him.”
But it wasn’t a prank. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office had finally been able to identify a man that was found in Lake Erie in 1980.
“The fellow who was found floating in Lake Erie had no identification on him,” Dr. Thomas Gilson told the Fox 8 I-Team Tuesday morning. He said the man’s fingerprints were taken at the time, and after officials at the time were not able to identify them, those prints were stored.
Through the years attempts were made to identify the man and employees kept working the case. Last summer, Anjie Fischer tried again.
“I don’t give up because all these unidentified people are somebody’s, somebody,” Fischer said.
Fischer said she teamed up with Cleveland Police on a project , and they sent the fingerprint cards to the National Missing And Unidentified Persons System. She said new technology helped make the identification.
“We got a hit pretty quickly,” Fischer said. After more than three decades, officials finally were able to put a name with the unidentified man, Dale Edwin Cooper.
Fischer was then able track down his family members, who live in Fairview Park.
“We have been searching for him for years,” said Cooper’s younger brother, Keith. “He was in the Air Force. He returned home and was living in Cleveland when he went missing. “
Keith Cooper said he and his family are extremely thankful to the medical examiner’s office for their hard work and dedication.
“This is bitter sweet,” said Keith Cooper. “It is good to finally know. This brings us closure and peace.”
For three months straight, they drove from Eclectic, Alabama, and stayed in a motel so they could search for a son they would never find.
In the years that followed, Beverly Duck tracked down other Navy sailors she believed were involved in her son’s disappearance. Read more of this article on the link below.
Jeremy Baker, KENS 11:37 PM. CDT October 22, 2017
Janet Griffey says her sister, Wendy Martinez, was the life of the party. "Singing was her passion. She loved to sing."
On the night of December 3, 2009 that party came to an end. It was the last time they ever saw Martinez.
They were celebrating her birthday at a dance club on the city's Northeast side. "We called it a night,” Griffey says. “She didn't. She stayed behind which was nothing out of the ordinary."
Martinez, who lived with Griffey at the time, never came home. "Years passed and years passed. We had nothing. No clue, nothing. She just disappeared." Griffey would also get monthly calls from detectives; calls that were not easy to take. "They were either going to tell you that we found your sister, or we haven't found her," said Griffey.
Last Thursday, detectives told her that Martinez’s DNA matched remains found on Brooks City Base. It wasn't the outcome the family was hoping for, but Griffey tries to remain positive. "Now there is closure, and that was the hardest part--not knowing what happened to her." Read more at the link below.
BY S.P. Sullivan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
They could fill a small stadium, if only you could find them.
There are more than 1,100 long-term missing people in New Jersey -- men and women, boys and girls who up and vanished months, years or decades ago, leaving behind scant traces and lingering questions.
The New Jersey State Police's missing persons unit in May hosted an event, Missing in New Jersey, at Rutgers University to bring together the families of those missing and perhaps find a few of them.
Ahead of the event, State Police gave NJ Advance Media a list of 15 cold cases they are seeking the public's help in cracking. You can also comb through all of the cases on the State Police website. Photos and details of the case are included where available.
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As part of the NamUs system, the Center for Human Identification at the UNT Health Science Center coordinates with criminal justice agencies, the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to identify, collect and perform DNA analyses on unidentified remains and family reference samples free of charge. For DNA submission paperwork and instructions, visit the DNA Submission Page.
Funding for cold cases, missing persons getting cut
POSTED 12:35 PM, NOVEMBER 3, 2016, BY SARAH STEWART, UPDATED AT 07:44PM, NOVEMBER 3, 2016
OKLAHOMA - Anthropologists in our state said it will be a blow to solving cold cases in our state.
They’ve just learned a federal grant that funds DNA testing for missing persons will no longer be funded.
The grant is through the National Institute of Justice and is called Using DNA Technology To Identify the Missing.
It provides $4.7 million for the entire country and has been in existence since 2004.
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Anthony Urena’s mom seeks change in how NYPD handles missing persons
By Sheila Anne Feeney email@example.com January 28, 2016
Judith Lopez, 46, believes the NYPD’s initial refusal to acknowledge her son as a missing person after he disappeared last year is a civil rights issue: Why shouldn’t cops take the disappearance of a healthy adult, without cognitive or physical problems, as seriously as they might a missing child or elderly person?
Police, she complained, “repeatedly told me he was a healthy 23-year-old who didn’t want to come home,” rebuffing her first attempts to lodge a missing person’s report when her son, Anthony Urena, inexplicably vanished.
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