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The Doe Network Newsletter

DATE: ----February 23, 2004----                                                                            ISSUE: ----# 14----

 

"In This Issue"


- New Cases
- Updated Cases
- Closed Cases
- Articles
- Link of the Week
- Area Directors
- Editorial
- Featured Member
- Featured Missing Person
- Contact Us

"New Cases"
Unidentified Male
Located in Texas.

Margaret Sherman
Missing from Indiana.

Unidentified Female
Located in California.

Unidentified Female
Located in Pennsylvania.

Anthony Ross Allen
Missing from Arkansas.

Johnny Babino
Missing from Louisiana.

Rosalind Allen Wall
Missing from North Carolina.

For a complete list of new cases, Click Here

"Updated Cases"
For a complete list of updates, Click Here

"Closed Cases"
Unidentified Male
Located in Florida has been identified.

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"Hot Cases"
Please help identify this Unidentifed Woman
Located in Colorado in 1954.

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"Articles"
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"Link of the Week"
The Chattanooga, Hamilton County Medical Examiner

Cases from The Chattanooga, Hamilton County Medical Examiner, Tennessee
"Area Director's"
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Media Center
GeoIndex
ChronoIndex
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Editorial
Cases of missing people, especially children, seem to be everywhere. They are in the national news, on fliers in the mail, and on the internet. However, these are just a fraction of the cases that occur around the country every day. Why is it that some cases get the national coverage that all cases deserve? This is a question that I’ve asked myself time and time again.

When I first came upon The Doe Network website about 4 years ago, I was looking for cases for my own website. I was shocked at how many cases that Doe had, that weren’t even on NCMEC. I was always under the assumption that all missing children’s’ cases were there. As Doe grew, and more and more cases were added, I was amazed by how many cases I had never heard of, even though I always followed missing person’s cases on the internet.

As the last few years went on, and we heard about Laci Peterson, Dru Sjodin, Danielle VanDam, Carlie Brucia, and other very high profile cases, I wondered why the others weren’t getting the national coverage. Just last week, remains were found in New Jersey of a woman who had been missing here for 10 months. It wasn’t until her remains were found that I even heard her name, and even then it was merely a clip of information. It doesn’t seem fair to me. If this woman had been alive, and I’d seen her somewhere, I wouldn’t have known she had been reported missing. Unfortunately, it’s usually the middle class caucasian missing person that usually gets the most media attention. Does the media pick out those cases to show us that “it can happen to anyone”? I’m not really sure, but it definitely shouldn’t be so. This isn’t always the case; it just seems to be a pattern in missing person’s cases.

Media prejudice from one case to another isn’t only in missing cases. Other crimes suffer the same fate, one getting a huge amount of exposure, and others fading into the background. We all know about Jonbenet Ramsey, but I’m sure few of us have heard the names Stephanie Crowe or Staci Leigh Weinstein. Those small girls were also both murdered in their homes, both by intruders. Why do we hear about one, but not the others?

Fortunately, with websites like The Doe Network, we can do our best to get exposure to all of the cases, at least on the internet. We can take our own local cases and go to the media on an anniversary of a disappearance, or a missing person’s birthday. We can do what we can in our own areas to make sure that at least, the local cases are seen. Hopefully, the media will begin to treat crimes with an equal amount of urgency, and more cases will be seen, and solved.

Author: Dana Gonzolez


Featured Doe Network Member

"Never underestimate how others feel about you."

The featured member this week is Deanna Leip. She is our "reminder." She assists with the potential matches by gathering the matches that need to be sent to Law Enforcement by the Area Directors and sending them to us in groups, saving the Area Director so much time. Plus she helps with countless projects such as our media database, initial database and Law Enforcement database for internal use, and assists the Area Directors and fills in whereever she is needed and always does a fantastic job.

Deanna proudly admits to being a 56 year old grandmother of three grandchildren who she resides with in California. She came to live with her loving family after a bout of bad health. But she doesn’t let that stand in her way of lending us a hand. She’s familiar with the care of handicapped people as she once kept handicapped adults in her home. Deanna also has worked as a janitor, housekeeper & a book keeper. Perfect background for the role she fills at the Doe Network. Deanna admits that she became depressed not being able to do much, and her becoming a vital part of the group warms her heart and helps us in so many important ways.

"I was always busy. I am a research nut. For the past 23 years I have traced my family History and any one else who wanted it. I love working on the computer …crazy about spread sheets and databases. I spent many hours wandering around cemeteries, reading head stones. I have spent hours in libraries doing research. "

It was the Laci Peterson case that brought Deanna to us. "When Laci Peterson was missing I could not understand how a person could be missing and not found. My daughter brought it to my attention that there were many people missing right here in my town. So I got on the web and sure enough so many more beautiful people missing and so many unidentified persons. I was shocked, I just could not believe that there were so many. "

Deanna decided to, "Quit feeling sorry for my self and started looking and volunteering where I could." Her own background also helps her identify with the victims she is trying to help, she was once in an abusive marriage and she feels a kinship to the women who are missing an unidentified, possibly at the hands of someone who might have vowed once to "love them".

Though Deanna says she gets that "sad feeling every time I see the beautiful face of a missing person". She takes comfort in the fact that she has found others who care. And she has been able to perform quite a service, despite any shortcomings that are invisible to us as we interact with her on a daily basis. "I know I belong to a wonderful group of caring persons that given time will find them.Each person in the group giving of there experience and knowledge to make one fine group." And Deanna herself adds just that by adding her own unique experiences to "us".

Despite being disabled, she stated in her membership application…."After finding so many missing persons and unsolved cases It makes me want to get a cadaver dogs and search the woods and areas some one would leave a body. I did not realize it was so bad, the police not having the resources to find these lost persons. But I have to do what I can." Deanna didn’t have to get the dogs out to fill an effective role. Her passion revealed the skills she already possessed were very valuable.

So in addition to her own family in California…Deanna has become part of a bigger family that she pledges devotion too."I have found another family one that reaches all over the world. I can't see giving this up any time soon there are too many missing and unidentified to find. "

Even though she protested her being a featured member as she felt she was "not deserving"…I had to remind her of a quote form her that she encloses on each and every e-mail she sends out.

"Never underestimate how others feel about you."

That goes for you too Deanna. Thank you for reminding us of so many things…

Author: Todd Matthews

Missing Person of the Week
Cherrie Ann Mahan

Missing since February 22, 1985 from Cabot, Butler County, Pennsylvania.

Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Date Of Birth: August 14, 1976

Age at Time of Disappearance: 8 years old

Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'2; 68 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair; hazel eyes. Mahan has pierced ears. She has a dog bite scar on her left arm. The same arm was previously broken below her left shoulder; the injury had healed by the time of her disappearance.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Mahan was last seen exiting the bus from her elementary school approximately 100 yards from her family's home in Cabot, Pennsylvania on February 22, 1985. She has never been seen again. A bright blue or green Dodge van with a mountain and skier mural on both sides of the vehicle may be involved in Mahan's abduction. Mahan was last seen wearing a gray coat; denim skirt; blue leg warmers; and beige boots.

Investigators:
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Pennsylvania State Police
412-284-8100
You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

NCIC Number: M-147906762
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case

Source Information:
Nation's Missing Children Organization and Center For Missing Adults
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children

Case Submissions
Unidentified Victims
Unidentified Victims cases are selected for our site if they meet the following criteria:
  • The victim died prior to or during the year 2002 in the US, Canada, Australia or Europe.
  • The case is filed with a law enforcement agency
  • A reconstructed image or a picture of the victim is available
  • **NOTE**We also have a group of Forensic Artists called Project EDAN (Everyone Deserves a Name) that will donate their time to create reconstructions for agencies that don't have access to a Forensic Artist, please see the Project EDAN website at http://www.projectedan.us/ for more details or contact Angela Ellis. If a reconstruction is not possible we will feature pictures of tattoos, clothing or victim's possessions.

    To submit an unidentified victim case to our site:
    Please fill out the Unidentified Victim Case Submission Form
    Please send scanned photo(s) / sketches of the unidentified victim by email to Angela Ellis.

    Unexplained Disappearances
    Unexplained Disappearances cases are selected for The Doe Network if they meet the following criteria:
    • The victim disappeared prior to or during the year 1995 in the US, Canada, Australia or Europe.
    • The case has been filed with a law enforcement agency. We can make exceptions if a missing persons report have been impossible.
    • An image of the victim exists.
    The Doe Network does feature cases involving both estranged and endangered runaways. Whereas the persons' disappearances may technically be explained, we do feature cases in which no contact with the runaways has been received in recent years. We also feature cases of family abduction. These cases are selected if there were no further communications or sightings of the victim and abductor for more than nine years. The Doe Network considers such cases to fall into the unexplained category, as the whereabouts and condition of the people involved are unknown.

    To submit an missing person case to our site:
    please fill out the Missing Person Case Submission Form
    Scanned photo(s) of the missing person must be provided.
    Please send them by e-mail to Angela Ellis.


    Hot Cases
    The Doe Network has recently added a Hot Cases section to our site. This section will feature recent Unidentified persons cases submitted by Law Enforcement for release to the public. The "Hot Cases" section is a special service exclusive to Law Enforcement. We will be happy to link to your poster or create a case file for you for any unidentified persons cases more recent then 2002. Any cases from 2002 and prior will be added to our Unidentified Victims section.

    Please submit Hot Cases by email to Angela Ellis.

    Doe Network Membership

    We are always looking for more volunteers to help us in our mission to assist Law Enforcement in solving missing and unidentified persons cold cases.
    If you are interested in joining our group please fill out our Membership Application

 
 

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