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    Unidentified Female, Located in 1970, Ohio - ID as Jeannie Marie Melville

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/613ufoh.html

    Unidentified White Female

    • The victim was discovered on October 11, 1970 in Arcanum, Twin Township, Darke County, Ohio
    • Estimated Date of Death: September 27-October 9, 1970

    Vital Statistics

    • Estimated age: 20-40 years old
    • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'3-5'7"; 150 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair of medium length, but she had been wearing a red wig, longer than her natural hair. She may have suffered rib fractures.
    • Dentals: She had 20 teeth, some with dental work, and extractions had been made prior to her death.
    • Jewelry: A silver-colored, homemade ring, with small studs, on her right ring finger.
    • DNA: Available at University North Texas

    Case History
    The victim was located in a secluded cornfield, on the east side of Frazers Road, south of Grubbs-Rex Road in Twin Township.
    Strangulation or asphyxiation are suspected in her death, which was ruled a homicide.
    The body was never identified and was eventually buried in an unmarked grave in the Darke County Cemetery. After a few months of investigation no substantial lead developed and the case grew cold with no activity.
    Last edited by Texaskowgirl; 07-16-2009 at 12:07 PM.

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    Articles/ FRAZERS ROAD JANE DOE

    Dayton Daily News (OH)
    October 10, 2008
    Section: Local
    Page: A3

    If you recognize 'Jane Doe,' alert Darke County

    Author: Ben Sutherly Staff Writer

    Article Text:
    GREENVILLE TWP., Darke County — Investigators hope putting a face on the county's lone unidentified cold case in recent memory will unearth a name and help solve the homicide.
    The sheriff's office made public the facial reconstruction of "Jane Doe" on Thursday, Oct. 9 — 38 years after her nude, decomposing body was found in a cornfield in southern Darke County.
    At 1 p.m. Thursday, the woman's remains, placed in a wooden casket lined with blue cloth, were reinterred in a cemetery south of Greenville following a memorial service.
    Detective Sgt. Mark Whittaker, who with the coroner's office reopened the case in 1999, said the county has served as a "surrogate family" for the woman for 38 years, but wants to find her family.
    Two teens found the body on Oct. 11,1970, on the east side of Frazers Road, south of Grubbs-Rex Road in Twin Twp. Strangulation, asphyxiation or drowning are suspected causes of her death, which was ruled a homicide.
    Officials exhumed her body in October 2006, extracted DNA and sent her skull to a University of Tennessee forensic artist who created the facial reconstruction.
    If a person believed to be family of the victim comes forward, DNA could prove the relation, Whittaker said.
    The sheriff's office said the woman was white and probably 23 to 34 years old. She stood 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 7 inches, and weighed about 150 pounds. She had dark brown hair of medium length, but wore a red wig longer than her natural hair. She had 20 teeth, some with dental work.
    She may have suffered rib fractures and is believed to have died between Sept. 27 and Oct. 9,1970. She was wearing a silver-colored homemade ring with small studs on her right ring finger.
    Whittaker said the sheriff's office no longer has the ring.
    Anyone with information should call Whittaker at (937) 548-1193.

    Caption:
    "Jane Doe"
    Last edited by Starless; 02-03-2009 at 09:03 PM.

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    Dayton Daily News (OH)
    August 6, 2007
    Section: Local
    Page: A9

    'Somebody cares about them. We do.'
    Jane Doe cases could be solved 'overnight' if database utilized, police say.
    Author: Jim DeBrosse Staff Writer

    Article Text:
    By the time Jane Doe's body had been found in Englewood on Aug. 10, 1987, seven other young women had preceded her as victims of similar crimes. By 1990, three more would follow in the same pattern — 11 young women in all — beaten, strangled or stabbed, their bodies dumped along roadsides and interstate highways.
    Soon after, 15 law enforcement agencies in Ohio and surrounding states banded together in a task force to try to solve the 11 killings, including the possibility that at least some of the slayings had been the work of a serial killer.
    Three of the victims were found in the Miami Valley. Seven were found in Ohio. Many had been prostitutes picked up at truck stops.
    By focusing attention on the problem, the task force was able to help solve the murder of at least one victim in Tennessee, but none in Ohio, said former Shelby County Chief John Lenhart, who was vice chairman of the task force.
    Going back to the 1980s, Lenhart said, more than 400 women across the nation have been killed and dumped along roadways by perhaps more than one serial killer, including Gary Leon Ridgeway, the "Green River Killer" who pleaded guilty in 2003 of murdering 48 women, mostly in the Pacific Northwest.
    The arrest and conviction of Ridgeway was aided by new crime-fighting technologies, including DNA testing and computerized databases of DNA and fingerprints that can be shared instantly among law enforcement agencies. There also has been a proliferation of volunteer Web sites for missing and unidentified persons, such as The Doe Network (www.doenetwork.org/ ), The Cold Cases Group (www.coldcasesgroup.com) and Web Sleuths (www.websleuths.com/).
    "It used to be we had very little interaction among (law enforcement agencies), other than phone calls and investigators getting leads based on height and weight matches," said Chief Investigator Harry Brown of the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory,
    Guthrie and Englewood Det. Alan Meade, now in charge of the Jane Doe case, said they have gotten "hits" over the years of potential matches between missing persons and Jane Doe, and still do, but none has panned out so far. Her DNA has been sent to a central data bank in the event of a possible match with a family member.
    "We follow up on every lead," Meade said, "but either the DNA doesn't match or the eye color doesn't match or the dental records don't match. There's always a bump in the road."
    More "hits," of course, would increase the possibility of identifying Jane Doe, as well as the estimated 50,000 to 60,000 dead persons in America who are still unidentified and unclaimed by loved ones, said Todd Matthews, a volunteer and spokesman for The Doe Network, a Web site that assists law enforcement agencies with missing and unidentified persons cases.
    Matthews said a major obstacle to solving these frustrating cases is that only one state in the nation — California — currently requires all its local law enforcement agencies to file their missing and unidentified persons reports with the FBI's national database.
    The Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory submits all its reports to both state and national clearinghouses, including the FBI's and a site maintained by a national association of medical examiners, said Montgomery County Deputy Coroner Kent E. Harshbarger.
    Matthews wishes every law enforcement agency would be as conscientious. "If we actually used (the FBI database) to its full potential, I feel we would have many potential matches overnight," he said. "It's a matter of either moral obligation or federal mandate. You have to give good valid data."
    Experts estimate that the 6,408 unidentified persons currently in the FBI system, including 34 submitted by Ohio, may be as little as 10 percent of the actual count, Matthews said. "There is still a huge lack of interest" among many law enforcement officials.
    Of the seven known Doe cases in the Miami Valley, "we never stop trying to identify them," said Brown of the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory. "They are someone's brother, sister, father, mother, daughter, son — someone out there who may need closure. And if we can identify them, maybe these kind of crimes could be stopped."
    "Somebody cares about them," Brown said. "We do."
    Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2437 or jdebrosse@DaytonDaily News.com.
    Miami Valley's unidentified dead
    The Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory has helped in the investigations of the deaths of seven people who still can't be identified, dating back to 1970. If you have or need information, contact the lab at 225-4156.
    JANE DOE #1

    Description: White Female

    Age Unknown

    Date found: Oct. 11,1970

    Location: Darke County

    Manner of Death: Homicide

    Case Summary: Her remains were found in a field. She was exhumed on Oct. 6, 2006, and brought to the regional crime lab for DNA testing.

    THE BUCKSKIN GIRL

    Description: White Female

    Early 20s

    Date found: April 24, 1981

    Location: Miami County

    Manner of Death: Homicide

    Case Summary: Her body was found about 11 hours after her death, clad in blue jeans, turtleneck sweater, no shoes and a fringed suede jacket that led to her unofficial name.

    She was 5'4" to 5'6", with red hair in pigtails and brown eyes.

    She had suffered blunt trauma to the head and neck region.


    BOY X Description: White Male, 14 to 16 years old

    Date found: May 20, 1974

    Location: Dayton

    Manner of Death: Homicide

    Case Summary: His nude and bound body was found on a railroad embankment at the rear of 1353 Stanley Ave. He had a homemade tattoo on his arm depicting a cross with three teardrop shapes.

    JANE DOE #2

    Description: White Female

    17 to 25 years old

    Date found: Aug. 10, 1987

    Location: Englewood

    Manner of Death: Homicide

    Case Summary: Her partially-clad body
    was found off the roadway near the Hoke Road entrance ramp to Interstate 70 East. The victim was about 5'5", 130 pounds, with medium-length brown hair and brown eyes. She had tattoos of a unicorn and a rose above each breast.


    JOHN DOE #1

    Description: White Male, Mid-60s

    Death Occurred: Feb. 20, 2001

    Location: Dayton

    Manner of Death: Natural

    Case Summary: Decedent was treated for kidney and bone cancer at the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center beginning Feb. 6, 2001 and died there. He had furnished false information about his identity.

    JOHN DOE #2

    Description: Black Male, Late 60s

    Death Occurred: Feb. 26, 2001

    Location: Dayton

    Manner of Death: Natural

    Case Summary: Decedent was admitted to the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Feb. 15, 2001 with severe abdominal pain. He underwent surgery for a suspected bowel obstruction Feb. 18 but later died at the hospital. He had furnished a false name.


    JOHN DOE #3

    Description: Unknown Age and Race

    Date Found: April 10, 2006

    Location: Dayton

    Manner of Death: Suicide

    Case Summary: His skeletal remains were discovered at 325 N. Paul Laurence Dunbar St. by a geological group checking "dig" sites in an old storage building owned by the city of Dayton. The decedent had been in the building an estimated 5 to 6 months. A shotgun and shells were found near the remains.

    Caption:
    Autopsy photo of a Jane Doe found in Englewood Aug. 10,1987. File photo
    Last edited by Starless; 02-03-2009 at 09:06 PM.

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    I hope they photographed the ring before they lost it.

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    Texaskowgirl Guest

    Location Where Found

    "Two teens found the body on Oct. 11, 1970, on the east side of Frazers Road, south of Grubbs-Rex Road in Twin Twp"

    I had to pull it up on the maps, as Arcanum, OH...

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    Texaskowgirl Guest

    Default Re: Location Where Found

    Haven't found an official website for the Golf Course, but some say it opened in 1997 and some say it added 9 holes (to 18) in 1997....

    Creekside/Lakeview at Beachwood Golf Course
    1476 State Route 503
    Arcanum, Ohio 45304
    Darke County

    Phone(s): (937) 678-4422
    Driving directions
    Start address / ZIP


    Tee times in this area
    The 18-hole Creekside/Lakeview at Beachwood Golf Course in Arcanum, WI is a public golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by Jerry Smith, Creekside/Lakeview at Beachwood Golf Course measures 6319 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 110 and a 68.1 USGA rating. The course features 2 sets of tees for different skill levels.


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    Ohio golf courses
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    Golf course details
    Holes: 18
    Designed by: Jerry Smith

    Public/Private: Public
    Year opened: 1997
    Golf Season: Open: 3/01 Closed: 11/01
    Guest Policy: Open
    Tee times welcomed: Yes
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    Texaskowgirl Guest

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    Found the website, but no history date.... "IF" it existed in 1970... Only thing close to where she was found... It is a road that connects a few highways..... Photos of the actual golf course, show it's wooded around there....

    http://www.beechwoodgc.com/photo_gallery1.htm

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    Texaskowgirl Guest

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    Not related to this case, but just some bad karma at that intersection... There was a female motorcyclist from Arcanum, that wrecked there and in serious condition.....

    Payd-Per-View - Dayton Daily News - NewsBank - Jul 17, 1993
    ... at Miami Valley Hospital after the motorcycle she was driving collided with a car about 11 am at Grubbs-Rex Road and Frazers Road in Darke County. ...

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    Texaskowgirl Guest

    Default Re: Articles/ FRAZERS ROAD JANE DOE

    A rapist/Pedophile lived on Rex-Grubbs...

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    MAN, 70, ALLEGEDLY TOLD BOY TO KEEP RAPE SECRET
    BYLINE: Dwayne Bray
    STAFF WRITER
    DATE: August 30, 1991
    PUBLICATION: Dayton Daily News (OH)
    EDITION: CITY
    SECTION: METRO
    PAGE: 3A



    One of four Darke County children who authorities say a 70-year-old man raped told his mother that the man had asked him to keep him out of jail by keeping quiet.

    For awhile, the boy obeyed, his mother said Thursday. "He said, 'I thought I could handle it, mommy. I thought I could handle it, but I can't take it anymore," she said her 8-year-old son told her.

    Clarence Tinkham of Grubbs-Rex Road in Darke County has been indicted on one count of rape and six counts of gross sexual imposition. He is free on a $25,000 bond.

    Mark E. Heggie, an assistant county prosecutor, said the attacks occurred in June. Tinkham was first indicted on the single count of rape, but a grand jury later returned the other charges.

    Tinkham, who couldn't be reached for comment, was arraigned Wednesday. He was first given a court-appointed attorney, but was later ruled not to be indigent. He now has 60 days to get a lawyer, Heggie said.

    The mother said the rape charge stems from an incident involving her son. The case also involves two other 8-year-old boys and a girl, 9, she said.

    The mother first reported her son's complaint to the Darke County Children's Services Board.

    Her son was left alone with Tinkham on several occasions and eventually told her the man had raped him - or tried to rape him - each time, she said.

    The family, and those of the other children, live in unincorporated areas of Darke county. The country setting has made it all the harder on her son, the mother said.

    "Everybody knows (who he is) because we live in a small town," she said. "But our church is real supportive. And I've told my son he has nothing to be ashamed of. He's done nothing wrong."
    Copyright, 1991, Cox Ohio Publishing. All rights reserved.

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    Texaskowgirl Guest

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    GUILTY PLEAS ENTERED IN SEX OFFENSES
    BYLINE: Dwayne Bray DAYTON DAILY NEWS
    DATE: November 6, 1991
    PUBLICATION: Dayton Daily News (OH)
    EDITION: CITY
    SECTION: NEWS
    PAGE: 3A



    A 70-year-old grandfather has pleaded guilty in Darke County to four counts of sexually assaulting children, all under the age of 10.

    Clarence Tinkham's trial was set to begin Monday, but he pleaded guilty to one count of attempted rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Tinkham is free on bond and is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 23. He had been indicted on one count of rape and six counts of gross sexual imposition. The attacks occurred in June and involved three 8-year-old boys and a girl, 9.

    The mother of the boy Tinkham was accused of raping said she was not pleased with the plea bargain. She said the strain of the case had been too tough on her son, now 9.

    Her son, she said, had been left with Tinkham on several occasions. He later told his mother that Tinkham raped - or tried to rape him - each time.

    "He was sexually tortured, raped repeatedly and abused mentally - yelled at, degraded, made to do all kinds of terrible things," she said.

    Tinkham's "attempted-rape (plea) is nothing to what actually happened. . . ," she said. "I think they just wore us down until we gave in. After a while, you pretty much just want to get it over with."

    Tinkham could not be reached for comment on the plea. His lawyer, Eric Brand of Greenville, did not return a phone call. Tinkham faces a total of up to six years in prison on the counts of gross sexual imposition and a maximum of 15 years in prison for the attempted rape.

    Mark E. Heggie, an assistant Darke County prosecutor, said the state preferred not to take the case to trial so the abused children wouldn't be forced to recount their experiences in open court.

    "Because of their age . . . it was felt it was better not to require them to testify," he said.

    He said, however, that the case would have gone to trial "if it was necessary, and if the child can handle it."
    Copyright, 1991, Cox Ohio Publishing. All rights reserved.

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