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    patstar Police hope new technology helps solve 1985 cold case homicide in Clay County,MO

    CLAY COUNTY, Mo. – Bones, which were discovered by a dog and his owner, once again have the attention of local law enforcement. It is believed they are the remains of a woman from a 1985 homicide cold case.

    The bones were discovered by the dog, which dragged them into the backyard on his owner’s home. The owner called police after seeing the bones.

    “He had a Pit Bull and a Doberman. They dug up a part of the jaw bone from what I remember,” Rich Edwards said about his neighbor’s dogs.

    He’s lived there his entire life and was only 11-years-old when the bones were discovered. Edwards can still recall the frenzy surrounding that day.

    “They covered that scene and had it quarantined off, dang near left an officer around there for a while before they had it all cleared up,” he said.

    Even though the bones are long gone, the memory still haunts the community.

    “Keep my doors locked I guess. We don’t keep them unlocked anymore as we used to probably,” he said.

    About three weeks ago, the bones were sent to a forensics program and the University of North Texas.

    On February 20, 2015 the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Squad announced that they had recently renewed their efforts into the investigation of a female homicide victim whose skeletal remains were discovered near Missouri City, Missouri on April 18, 1985 in a field near 210 Hwy and Boyer Road.

    The remains are believed to be those of a female in her late teens to early 20’s and her death has been estimated to have occurred as early as 1984.

    A tortoise-shell barrette style comb was also found at the recovery site.

    Detectives said they have chosen to resurrect the 1985 homicide cold case because of new technology which has been developed. They believe it will help solve this case. Last year Detectives solved a 1990 cold case in a similar fashion.

    The Clay County Sheriff’s Office and investigators from the Cold Case Investigative Squad held a question and answer session regarding details of the cold case at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

    If anyone has any information regarding a missing person or even the knowledge of a death that occurred approximately during that time, please the call the Cold Case Squad at 816-407-3716. The Cold Case Squad Detectives may also be reached at m. Those with information regarding this case may remain anonymous upon their request.

    They reminded everyone that a community effort is required to solve this murder and bring closure to the victim’s family and deliver justice to those who are responsible for her untimely death.


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    From Doe Network:

    Case File 446UFMO

    Unidentified Female

    Date of Discovery: April 18, 1985
    Location of Discovery: Clay County, Missouri
    Estimated Date of Death: 1984 to 1985
    State of Remains: Not recognizable - Partial skeletal parts only
    Cause of Death: Undetermined

    Estimated Age: 21-25 years old
    Race: Unknown
    Gender: Female
    Height: 5'2" to 5'7"
    Weight: Unknown

    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Unknown
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown

    Dentals: Available. Several unattended cavities. Degree of decay on both sides of the right upper incisors which would have been visible. Enamel hypoplasias (possibly from a high fever).
    Fingerprints: Not available.
    DNA: Available.

    Clothing: Unknown
    Jewelry: Unknown
    Additional Personal Items: Brown tortise shell colored hair comb.

    The victim's partial skeletal remains were located in a field in the vicinity of Highway 210 next to some farmland near Cooley Lake in Southeast Clay County. The area is approximately 11 miles east of Missouri City, Missouri.

    If you have any information about this case please contact;
    Agency Name: Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Coldcase Squad
    Agency Contact Person: Detective Don Mansell or Detective Art Chevalier
    Agency Phone Number: 816-407-3716

    Agency Case Number: LE: 0500634; NCMEC: NCMUU10147
    NCIC Case Number: U800017814
    NamUs Case Number: UP #3155
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

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    Cold case squad needs public help in identifying skeletal remains

    More than 30 years have passed since the partial skeleton of a young woman was found, leaving detectives wondering who the remains of the unidentified person found in 1985 belong to.

    A sister, a mother, an aunt or a friend of years gone by are all possibilities that the Clay County Sheriff Department Cold Case Squad are looking into.

    In April of 1985 the partial skeletal remains of a female homicide victim were found in Clay County in an area off Hwy 210 and Boyer Road near Cooley Lake.

    It was on April 18, 1985, that a dog belonging to nearby homeowner close to the crime scene carried home the remains of what was determined to be a female thought to be in her late teens to early 20s.

    Now, 30 years later, the home no longer stands, the landscape has changed but what remains is the desire of cold case detectives to find the truth of what happened so many years ago.

    Knowing that a community effort is what can bring at least half closure to the case, Clay County Sheriff Department Detective Shane O’Roark believes that someone has information to help the case along.

    This past Saturday, Nov. 14, more than a dozen volunteers from MOSAR (Missouri Search and Rescue K9) spent hours combing the area near Cooley Lake where the victim’s remains were found over 30 years ago.

    O’Roark told The Standard that MOSAR volunteers used the opportunity to search for remains as a training operation for K9s and their handlers but to also look for clues to help in identifying the victim.

    Nothing further was located at the scene in which the landscape has changed significantly.

    O’Roark and the cold case squad believe that there is someone in the area that could have further information about the missing remains.

    “We don’t believe it to be a random discarding of a body as the location was not as secluded as one would think now, or even more so back then,” explained O’Roark.

    The silence heard from the community is heartbreaking and has left detectives asking for anyone to please share information as any little tip could potentially bring closure to the case.

    “There is someone being silent right now. Maybe they are reading this story, maybe they are torn about what to do,” O’Roark continued.

    “Even if someone cannot generate enough energy to confess or tell what they know, maybe they can divulge the identity of this victim or more specific information about how the suspect came into contact with her so that we can identify her.”

    With an identification of the remains, O’Roark and the detectives at Clay County believe that the first chapter of the case can be brought to a close by locating family members of the victim. So many years have gone by that time is of utmost importance to the case.

    “Maybe the family does not have that much time to wait as some folks in the case may have passed away,” said O’Roark.

    A time of death for the victim is estimated to be between the years of 1984-1985, although the date of the woman’s death is just an estimate and could possibly go back even as much as a year further.

    The victim’s approximate age at the time of death was between 21-25 years old, her height is believed to be between 5’2” and 5’7” with her weight and eye color unknown, but her hair color was brown. No distinguishing marks or features are known at this time. A brown tortoise shell colored hair comb was also found at the scene three decades ago.

    When the victim’s remains were found a composite sketch was made from her skull, and now 30 years later a new composite has been made to give the community an idea of what she could have looked like at the time of death.

    The area of the discovery is near the county line, so it could be connected to either Clay or Ray County, and is approximately 11 miles east of Missouri City, leaving cold case detectives with the belief that there is still the opportunity for someone to come forward with information to help move the case along.

    “This listener or reader that has the information about this case should make the right choice. After all, this victim could have easily been our family as well,” continued O’Roark.

    “If anyone was in the area in 1985 and has an unusual, odd or illegal occurrence to share about activities related or unrelated to this case, should call also and share.” O’Roark referred to any instances that may have occurred in the area near the time of death, including cases such as drug activity, deviant sexual behavior, molestation, rape or any other serious crimes. Any case could potentially be related back to the victim.

    Anyone with information regarding a missing person, or even the knowledge of crime activity or a death that may have occurred around the time, is encouraged to contact the cold case squad at 816-407-3716.

    Detective O’Roark can be reached at m. Those with information regarding the case may remain anonymous upon their request.

    Please help the Clay County Sheriff Department Cold Case Squad find closure for the victim and her family by providing any information, no matter how trivial.


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    She was African American.

    CLAY COUNTY, Mo. — Cold case investigators working to solve a 1985 homicide released new information about the victim on Monday night. The young woman whose bones were found in a field near Missouri 210 Highway and Boyer Road on April 18 of that year was African American, not Caucasian as previously believed.

    Investigators say advances in technology, forensic science and computer imaging revealed new details about the victim, who was between the ages of 17 and 23 at the time of her death. While she was found in 1985, she may have been killed in 1984.

    When new efforts in this case were announced in February of 2015, investigators also pointed out that a tortoise-shell barrette style was found at the recovery site.

    Anyone who recognizes the victim should contact the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit at (816) 407-3716, or email at m

    Clay County investigators released information related to this case while operating under the premise that the victim was Caucasian, that report is below to include a man’s description of the day the victim’s body was found:


    Also see: http://www.officialcoldcaseinvestiga...9718#post69718

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    Investigators want to hear from tipster in 1985 cold case homicide

    Clay County's cold case squad would like to talk to a person who called Crime Stoppers and claimed to know a woman found dead in a field near Missouri 210 and Boyer Road in 1985.

    Investigators said that after a new composite sketch of the homicide victim was released in October 2016, someone called Crime Stoppers, claiming to know her.

    The caller reported occasionally riding to and from work together, and that the victim possibly had children. The caller is only identified by a disposition code provided by Crime Stoppers as 51073.

    Investigators said they have been unsuccessful in reaching this tipster.

    Detectives are asking this person to call them at 816-407-3716.

    Anyone who recognizes “Jane Doe” or has information about the anonymous tipster is asked to contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477 or the Clay County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Unit at 816-407-3716.

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