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Case File 39UMTX

Unidentified White Male

Located on June 3, 1977 in Mesquite, Dallas County, Texas.
Cause of death was injury due to vehicle / pedestrian accident.
The victim died the same day he was located.

Vital Statistics
Estimated age: 20-30 years old
Approximate Height and Weight: 5'8-5'10"; 160-170 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Light brown hair and brown eyes. He had an enlarged heart and may have been suffered from heart murmurs during his life.
Clothing: He was wearing a tan print t-shirt; blue jeans; and brown moccasin-style shoes. The victim was carrying a reddish-colored guitar.
Fingerprints: Available
Other: He may have been traveling through Texas with a dog.

Case History
The victim was struck and killed by a car.


If you have any information concerning this man's identity, please contact:
Texas Department Of Public Safety
Mesquite Police Department
Dallas County Medical Examiner
You may remain anonymous when submitting information to any agency.

Agency Case Number:
Mesquite Police Dept. #772496 County Medical Examiners case # 1120-77-0599

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

Source Information:

Texas Department Of Public Safety


NamUs UP # 4570

ME/C Case Number: 1120-77
Dallas County, Texas
24 to 26 year old White Male

Case Report - NamUs UP # 4570
Case Information
Status Unidentified
Case number 1120-77
Date found June 03, 1977 21:36
Date created October 15, 2008 00:00
Date last modified October 11, 2016 12:52
Investigating agency
date QA reviewed November 14, 2011 15:21

Local Contact (ME/C or Other)

Agency Dallas Cnty Med Examiners Ofc
Phone 214-920-5900
Case Manager
Name Casey Gould
Phone 214-920-5900


Estimated age Adult - Pre 30
Minimum age 24 years
Maximum age 26 years
Race White
Sex Male
Weight (pounds) 167, Estimated
Height (inches) 69, Estimated
Body Parts Inventory (Check all that apply)
All parts recovered
Body conditions
Recognizable face

Probable year of death 1977 to 1977
Estimated postmortem interval Minutes


Location Found
State Texas
Zip code
County Dallas
Medium build. Struck and killed by motor vehicle. May have been accompanied by dog. Wearing tan-print shirt, blue jeans. Brown moccasin boots. Carrying reddish-colored guitar


Hair color Brown
Left eye color Brown
Right eye color Brown
Eye description

Other medical
Enlarged heart, may have had heart murmur.

Clothing and accessories are described below
Clothing on body
Wearing tan-print shirt, blue jeans.

Clothing with body

Brown moccasin boots.
Other items found
with body
Carrying reddish-colored guitar.


Status: Dental information / charting is currently not available


Status: Sample is currently not available


On June 3, 1977, this man died after being struck by a motor vehicle while walking along Highway I-635 in the city of Mesquite (Dallas County), Texas.  He was reported to have been seen traveling through Texas with a dog.

The decedent was hit by a car at 4400 Sylvester in Dallas. The driver failed to stop and render aid.

4400 Sylvester St, Dallas, TX 75219


Dallas Texas Jane Doe July 2004 | Scars: Multiple scars .Tattoos: Eyeliner to both eyes & lip liner to lips. Visit her profile for details.

699UFTX - Unidentified Female

Artistic rendering of the victim

Date of Discovery: July 4, 2004
Location of Discovery: Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
Estimated Date of Death: Minutes prior
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Auto/Pedestrian Accident

Physical Description
Estimated Age: 35-50 years old
Race: Unknown, possibly Asian or Hispanic.
Gender: Female
Height: 5'0", Measured
Weight: 127 lbs., Measured
Hair Color: Dyed auburn with gray roots, long and straight.
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Scars on both upper eyelids consistent with plastic surgery. Irregular scars on both upper arms and a scar on right lower quadrant of her abdomen. Dark green eyeliner tattooed on eyelids and pink lip liner tattooed on lips.Pierced ear, nonspecific.

Dentals: Available. Partial upper denture on teeth 7, 8, 9 and 10. Lower teeth natural and in good condition.
Fingerprints: Available
DNA: Samples submitted - Tests not complete.

Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: Green panties, a pink print short set, and blue plastic slide style sandals.
Jewelry: Yellow metal pierced hoop earrings with clear stones.
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Discovery

The decedent was hit by a car at 4400 Sylvester in Dallas. The driver failed to stop and render aid.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office
Agency Contact Person: Steven Kurtz
Agency Phone Number: 214-920-5900
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 2301-04

NCIC Case Number: U520021890
NamUs Case Number: 1734

Information Source(s)

Admin Notes

Added: 9/9/09; Last Updated: 7/3/16


NamUs UP # 1734

ME/C Case Number: 2301-04
Dallas County, Texas
35 to 45 year old Female

Case Report - NamUs UP # 1734
Case Information
Status Unidentified
Case number 2301-04
Date found July 04, 2004 17:44
Date created May 09, 2008 18:45
Date last modified July 17, 2014 14:14
Investigating agency
date QA reviewed May 10, 2008 05:34

Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
Agency Dallas Cnty Med Examiners Ofc
Phone 214-920-5900
Case Manager
Name Steven Kurtz
Phone 214.920.5900


Estimated age Adult - Pre 50
Minimum age 35 years
Maximum age 45 years
Race Other
Sex Female
Weight (pounds) 127, Measured
Height (inches) 60, Measured
Body Parts Inventory (Check all that apply)
All parts recovered
Body conditions
Recognizable face
Probable year of death 0 to 2004
Estimated postmortem interval

Location Found
GPS coordinates
Address 1 4400 Sylvester
Address 2
State Texas
Zip code
County Dallas
Failure to stop and render aid.

Hair color Gray or Partially Gray
Head hair
Long, straight color-treated auburn hair with gray roots.
Body hair
None noted.
Facial hair
None noted.
Left eye color Brown
Right eye color Brown
Eye description
Brown eyes.

Scars and marks
Right lower quad. of abdomen, scars on both upper eyelids, and irregular scars on both upper arms.
Dark green eyeliner tattooed on eyelids and pink lip liner tattooed on lips.
Pierced ear, nonspecific

Status: Fingerprint information is available and entered

Clothing and Accessories
No clothing or accessories
Clothing and accessories are described below
Clothing on body
Green panties, pink print short set.
Clothing with body
Blue plastic slide style sandals.
YM pierced hoops with clear stones in ears.
None present.

Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

Status: Samples submitted - Tests not complete

There are currently no images available for this case.


The decedent was hit by a car at 4400 Sylvester in Dallas. The driver failed to stop and render aid.

On December 4, 2020, Jackson County Sheriff's Office announced the identification of Delta Dawn as 18-month-old Alisha Ann Heinrich of Joplin, Missouri. Her identity was confirmed via DNA sequencing and genetic genealogy,[22][1] with the child's DNA linked to family members in Missouri, where her mother, Gwendolyn Mae Clemons, had previously lived. The process of generating a profile suitable for uploading into a public genealogy database was performed by a lab operated by Othram; the research was conducted by forensic genealogists under Redgrave Research Forensic Services.[14]

Gwendolyn Clemons had recently divorced from the father of her daughter. She, her daughter, and an unnamed boyfriend had reportedly disappeared "on or around" November 24, 1982, from the family's residence in Kansas City, Missouri.[4][5] The intent of their departure was to relocate to the state of Florida, with Clemons informing her relatives of her intentions to start life afresh in this state.[23] The boyfriend later returned to Missouri alone. This man, now deceased, has been described as both a "person of interest" and a suspect in various media reports.[24][22]

The circumstances surrounding Alisha's death, and the simultaneous disappearance of her mother, remain under active investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff's department.[3] Investigators remain uncertain as to Clemons' ultimate fate. At a press conference held on December 4, 2020, Sheriff Mike Ezell informed reporters: "We do not know if she is dead or alive at this point. We're assuming the worst, but we don't know that for sure."[22]

Prior to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department's formal announcement of the identity of Delta Dawn as Alisha Ann Heinrich, the previously unknown woman accompanying the child upon the eastbound Interstate 10 bridge was theorized to have been responsible for her death in a suspected murder-suicide, although this theory is now in doubt.[6]

Subsequent search
Following the discovery of the child's body, the general vicinity of the Escatawpa River where the truck driver had sighted the body of the adult female was dragged in the hopes of also retrieving her body, although these efforts would prove unsuccessful.[10] These searches were conducted with the aid of helicopters and boats, although the body of the woman initially sighted within the Escatawpa River has never been found.[n 1] However, if the body seen floating in the river on December 5 was not hers, she has never been located alive, or presented herself to authorities.[7][14][n 2]

Although the underwater search unit failed to locate the body of the adult woman,[9] this search unit did locate the largely skeletal remains of an African-American male on December 8. This individual is believed to have been aged 18 to 22, and his body was located beneath the eastbound I-10 bridge approximately 60 yards from the scene of the earlier discovery of the child's body.[15][16] This decedent remains unidentified, and although investigators believe this individual had also been thrown over the I-10 bridge, this decedent had lain undiscovered for a minimum of six months, and had been shot to death, thus making his death extremely unlikely to be connected to the case.[17]

Physical examination
An autopsy performed on the child's body revealed that someone had attempted to smother her before she had entered the river, although the child had still been alive when she had entered the water,[18] having inhaled murky water from the river into her lungs, thus indicating she had ultimately died of drowning.[6] The official cause of death would be certified as drowning due to her having inhaled water upon impacting the surface of the river.[11] Investigators would also conclude she had been intentionally deposited into the river from the eastbound I-10 bridge, very likely having been thrown into the river by the woman seen carrying her two days prior to her discovery (with this woman possibly believing the child had died via the act of smothering).[2]

In life, Delta Dawn had been a healthy toddler, with her age estimated to have been between the ages of one and two years old, most likely being between 18 months and two years of age. Twelve of her milk teeth had erupted at the time of her death, which influenced this age estimation. The girl was Caucasian, with curly strawberry-blond hair,[7] and has been described as being markedly beautiful in appearance.[11] Because the child's body had lain in the river for approximately 36 to 48 hours prior to her discovery, her eyes had clouded to such a degree that determining their precise color was very difficult, although it is believed they had been either blue or brown.[7][6] Despite the elemental damage to the eyes, her face was described as being in a "recognizable" condition.[12] She was around two feet six inches in height, weighed around 25 pounds and although no food was found in her stomach, she showed no signs of having been malnourished.[12] The girl wore a pink and white Cradle Togs checkered dress, decorated with three flowers on its front, along with a diaper.[7][11]

The funeral of this unidentified child (who would become known as both "Delta Dawn" and "Baby Jane" to both the public and the media) was primarily funded by a local deputy named Virgil Moore who, along with his wife, Mary Ann, initiated a fundraising and donations appeal via local businesses and funeral homes to ensure the child received a Christian funeral, with Mary Ann Moore as the individual who coined the name "Baby Jane," having been aghast at the thought of the child being simply buried as a Jane Doe.[11][n 3]

Delta Dawn was buried in the Jackson County Cemetery following an hour-long service conducted at the Bethel Assembly Church in Pascagoula. This service was conducted within weeks of the child's discovery, after all efforts to locate any relatives had proven fruitless. The service itself was attended by approximately 200 people, with four police officers serving as pallbearers. The primary means of paying for and conducting the child's funeral were donations by various local businesses and their employees,[13] and Delta Dawn was buried beneath a flat granite marker with a ceramic vase. Her grave bears the inscriptions "Baby Jane" and "Known Only To God".

On the 25th anniversary of the funeral of Delta Dawn, a memorial service in her honor was held at the Bethel Assembly Church.[14] This memorial service was organized by two Alabama women named Marjorie Brinker and Lynn Reuss, who have both stated they could not comprehend "why someone would throw a baby into the river like that."[19]

"She belongs to somebody. And, if she's not remembered, it's not going to be put out anymore. It's just ... time is going to pass on by. And this way here, if we keep her in the light, somebody may just come forward."
Paul Murphy; Deputy sheriff on duty at the time of the recovery of the body of Delta Dawn from the Escatawpa River, 2007.[20]
Extensive searches were conducted to find the body of the woman seen floating face-down within the Escatawpa River on December 5; equal efforts have been made to locate and/or identify the acutely distressed woman seen walking along Interstate 10 carrying a barefooted child in her arms on December 3, should the body sighted by the truck driver actually not have been hers.[7][2] All efforts proved fruitless. Several scenarios surrounding the death of Delta Dawn have been theorized, with the most common contemporary assertion being that the woman seen with the toddler was the child's mother, who had either accidentally or intentionally caused the child's death before subsequently committing suicide.[6]

Following the discovery of Delta Dawn, newspapers throughout the country published stories of the discovery of the child's body, and the sightings on Interstate 10 two days previously. These stories often featured contemporary forensic facial reconstructions of how the child had most likely appeared in life. All initial efforts proved unsuccessful with ascertaining the identity of Delta Dawn via this technique.[2] A contemporary report of a woman who informed sheriff's deputies that she had "given away" her child to a group of men was originally connected to the case by the investigating officers, although these investigators rapidly determined that the subject requesting assistance had a male child, thus enabling investigators to quickly determine this report as being impertinent to this case.[11]

In 2009, the body of Delta Dawn was exhumed in order that investigators could obtain a DNA sample from her body which could be entered into both the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children databases for comparison with nationwide unsolved murders and missing person reports. Initially, no DNA match with Delta Dawn or the individual believed to have been her mother (should the two have been related) was obtained.[21]

Two forensic facial reconstructions of Delta Dawn prior to her 2020 identification. The most recent rendering (right) was created in 2014.[3]
With advances in technology, several forensic facial reconstructions of the child were created in the years following the discovery of her body in ongoing efforts to identify her. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children also released two illustrations depicting potential likenesses as to how Delta Dawn may have physically appeared in her life; other forensic artists also produced their own renderings in efforts to discover her identity.[7][6]


Alisha Ann Heinrich, previously known as "Delta Dawn" and "Baby Jane" was a formerly unidentified child murder victim whose body was found in Moss Point, Mississippi in December 1982. The child aged approximately 18 months was partially smothered before she was thrown alive from the eastbound Interstate 10 bridge into the Escatawpa River, where she ultimately drowned. Her body was recovered between 36 and 48 hours after her death.[2]

On December 4, 2020, investigators announced that Heinrich had been identified via genetic genealogy research.[3] Heinrich and her mother, 23-year-old Gwendolyn Mae Clemons, had been missing since approximately November 24, 1982, from Kansas City, Missouri.[4] Clemons is believed to be the distressed woman seen carrying the infant on December 3 of the same year, close to the location where Heinrich's body was discovered.[1][5] Although a witness reported seeing an adult female's body in the same river, no further remains were ever recovered; Clemons is still considered a missing person.[6][5]

Prior to her identification, Heinrich was known as both "Delta Dawn" and "Baby Jane" due to her sex, her age, and the fact her body was discovered at daybreak close to a delta of the Escatawpa River.

Interstate 10 bridge
According to numerous witnesses, in the early hours of December 3, 1982[7] a female toddler was seen in the area of Moss Point, Mississippi, in the company of a young adult female presumed to have been her mother and who had been carrying this toddler in her arms. These sightings had occurred on both Mississippi State Highway 63 and, later, the National Interstate 10, close to the state border of Alabama.[8][9][10][7] The woman carrying this child had been wearing a blue plaid shirt and blue jeans, and was last seen walking west along Interstate 10, close to the truck scales at the Alabama-Mississippi border sometime between midnight and one o'clock in the morning of December 3. Reportedly, this woman had been in an acute state of distress, but had ardently refused any offers of help from passing vehicles. These eyewitness reports subsequently given to investigators would further be corroborated by accounts from a woman who had been monitoring CB radio conversations between truck drivers early in the morning of December 3, and who stated to investigators numerous truck drivers had been raising what she termed a "boatload of hell" regarding an obviously distressed woman walking along Interstate 10 with a barefoot, coatless female toddler in her arms and who had repeatedly refused any offers of assistance from passing vehicles.[6][11] It is believed that the toddler in this woman's company may have been the victim subsequently recovered from the river.[7]

Within two days of these sightings, at approximately 7:00 a.m. on December 5, a truck driver called police to report having sighted the body of an adult female floating face-down close to a bridge spanning the Escatawpa River along Interstate 10. The woman had been clothed in a blue plaid shirt. This truck driver immediately reported his discovery to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, and a sheriff's deputy immediately responded to the scene of the truck driver's sighting; finding no body floating in the general area of the river in which the body had been sighted, this deputy decided to continue the search, expanding the geographical search radius of the river as he did so. Shortly thereafter, he discovered the body of a small blond-haired child lying partially submerged and face up in the weeds close to the bridge.[6][12] Authorities quickly determined the child had been thrown from the bridge into the general area where her body was subsequently found, and that this child's body was unlikely to have been that sighted by the truck driver, as the section of the Escatawpa River where her body was discovered had been heavily infested with weeds, thus making a sighting of any body in this section of the water very difficult for passing motorists.[9]

Mom, Toddler Left Mo. in 1982 But Both Are Likely Dead, and Mom's Former Boyfriend Is Suspect

Authorities say Alisha Ann Heinrich died from drowning, and her mother is believed to be dead as well

By Chris Harris
December 08, 2020 11:51 AM

Authorities in Mississippi have identified the body of a slain toddler girl nearly 38 years after she was found along the banks of the Escatawpa River.

At a press conference Friday, investigators revealed the name of the toddler who was previously known only as "Delta Dawn" or "Baby Jane." The toddler's mom is also believed to be dead.

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The suspect in the case is the former boyfriend of the toddler's mom, who is also deceased.

Alisha Ann Heinrich was identified using DNA evidence, reports the Birmingham News, the Clarion-Ledger, and WPXI.

Alisha's remains were found Dec. 5, 1982, after a truck driver spotted a body floating in the waters nearby and called 911.

Officials believe the floating body belonged to Alisha's mother, Gwendolyn Mae Clemons Henrich.

Authorities have never recovered the 23-year-old Missouri mother's body, believing it likely swept away with the tides.

Alisha was found in a pink-and-white checkered dress and a diaper. It was determined she likely died from drowning, but asphyxiation was not ruled out.

The last time the mother and daughter were seen alive was in Joplin, Missouri, on Thanksgiving 1982. They both left the family's celebration with Gwendolyn's boyfriend.

At a Friday press conference, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said the couple wanted to start a new life in Florida, the Clarion-Ledger reports.

Police have not released the boyfriend's name, but say he is a suspect in Alisha's killing.

The girl was laid to rest at Jackson County Memorial Park.


Delta Dawn

Delta Dawn is the nickname given to an infant or toddler found dead in the Dog river in Moss Point, Mississippi in 1982.

It is believed that Delta Dawn was seen alive one night with a woman who was carrying a child while pacing over a bridge. The woman, presumably Delta Dawn's mother or abductor, was causing a disturbance and refused help from those who offered.

The child's body was found in the river the next day. Someone had attempted to suffocate her, but she was still alive when she landed in the water, as some was found in her lungs, indicating she drowned.

It is unknown why the victim had been disposed of in the river, possibly by the woman carrying her or by someone who was seen that stopped and possibly grew angry when the woman refused help.

Delta Dawn's body was found after a man had called police to report a woman's body in the river, but the child's body was found instead. The adult has never been located.

Another victim, the Jackson County John Doe was found after an additional search. He was not likely related to this case, as he had been shot and was deceased for a significant amount of time before.

Delta Dawn

Sex Female
Race White
Location Moss Point, Mississippi
Found December 5, 1982
Unidentified for 34 years
Postmortem interval 24 Hours
Body condition Recognizable face
Age approximation 1-2
Height approximation 2'6
Weight approximation 20 - 25 pounds
Cause of death Drowning (homicide)

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