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.
Terry Peder Rasmussen had a US Navy background. He seemed to work mainly as an electrician after serving.
He was a serial killer who still has known victims that are unidentified, including 3 children.
Authorities believe that Rasmussen was in New Hampshire, Texas, Arizona, California, Oregon and Virginia during the mid- and late 1970s, and they are seeking the public’s help to clarify his whereabouts during that time.
Beth Warren and Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal Published 12:50 p.m. ET Aug. 31, 2017 | Updated 2:07 p.m. ET Sept. 1, 2017
No one, except her killer, is sure how a Louisville mother and veteran ended up battered and mostly nude dumped in rural Ohio.
For nearly 27 years, her name remained a mystery. But a determined Louisville Metro Police detective helped identify the body as Patrice Anita Corley.
Corley was 29, with a toddler son, when someone beat her in the head — causing her to die of blunt force trauma, sheriff's officials told the Newark Advocate, part of the USA TODAY Network. Her body was left near a dumpster behind a bustling truck stop. Her only clothing, underwear.
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.
Read more at the link below.
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.
National database solves case of man found in Niagara River in 1994
By Rick Pfeiffer firstname.lastname@example.org Jul 5, 2017
The man was from Ohio. He had a family, a wife and children. Park police officials did not release the man’s identity.
“He had been kind of a drifter and the family never reported him missing,” Moriarty said.
The lack of that missing person report had hampered the attempts to identify him. NamUs, however, matched him using a fingerprint database from the man’s military service. Read more at the link below.
Montana "Cold Case" remains identified as an AF member
By Linda J. Card, AFOSI Public Affairs / Published June 22, 2017
On June 8, 2017, investigators received a dental match on the unknown skull found in Montana in 1982, Airman First Class Rudy Victor Redd had been found. On June 14, 2017, the coroner produced a death certificate concluding Victor's cause and manner of death were undetermined, but ruled Victor died on or about June 15, 1974.
Read more on the link below.
Effort underway to identify Marine buried in unmarked graveBy USMC Life | March 3rd, 2017
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