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NamUs UP # 989

ME/C Case Number: PA90-0334
Brazoria County, Texas
15 to 19 year old White Hispanic/Latino Female

Case Report - NamUs UP # 989

Case Information
Status Unidentified
Case number PA90-0334
Date found September 10, 1990 17:00
Date created April 16, 2008 11:38
Date last modified June 08, 2016 11:16
Investigating agency
date QA reviewed April 17, 2008 05:42

Local Contact (ME/C or Other)

Agency Ofc Of The Brazoria Cnty JP
Phone 979-864-1402
Case Manager
Name Sharon Derrick
Phone 713-796-6858

Estimated age Adult - Pre 20
Minimum age 15 years
Maximum age 19 years
Race White
Ethnicity Hispanic/Latino
Sex Female
Weight (pounds) , Cannot Estimate
Height (inches) 60, Estimated
Body Parts Inventory (Check all that apply)
All parts recovered

Probable year of death 1990 to 1990
Estimated postmortem interval 1 Years


Location Found
GPS coordinates
Address 1 CR 101 East of HWY 288
Address 2
City Manvel
State Texas
Zip code 77578
County Brazoria
Skeletal remains of an unknown White or Hispanic female found in wooded area under trash pile. Estimated date of death is 6 months to 1 year; located at dump site off CR 101 and Hwy. 288 near Manvel, TX. Jewelry includes a 1975 Robert E. Lee High School ring with blue stone, and a white gold ring with turquoise unicorn.

Possibly referred to as "Princess Blue."


Hair color Unknown or Completely Bald

Left eye color Unknown or Missing
Right eye color Unknown or Missing

Several rings: Yellow band with 6 clear stones (1); White colored bands (2); White colored band with scroll pattern (1); 1975 Robert E. Lee High School ring (1)

Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete


Houston Chronicle (TX)
September 2, 2006
Edition: 3 STAR R.O.
Section: B
Page: 1 Metfront

ANGLETON - A well-worn ring from the 1975 class of Houston's Robert E. Lee High School is the main evidence police have to try to unravel a 16-year-old mystery. It was found on the finger of a skeleton at the end of a Brazoria County road in 1990.

"It's not much to go on," said Manvel police Detective Jay Coffman, "but it's about all we've got."

In the years since the remains were found, investigators have not been able to tell what happened to the female victim, how she got to be on a pile of debris or, more importantly, who she was.

"Somebody's missing this girl," Coffman said, holding the ring. Somebody is missing the ring, too, he said, because he doubts it originally belonged to the victim.

A medical examiner's report estimated that the skeleton found on Sept. 10, 1990, was that of a girl about 17 years old, plus or minus two years, Coffman said. She would have been far too young for the 1975 class ring to be hers.

"It could have been given to her by an aunt, an older sister, by anybody," Coffman said.

Richard Rosser, an investigator with the Brazoria County Sheriff's Department, is working with Coffman to solve the mystery.

"Back then, Brazoria County was a dumping ground for bodies of people killed in Houston," Rosser said. "It seemed like we had at least one a month."

The skeleton was found by an Alvin man who had pulled off the highway to find a place to urinate. He told investigators that he stepped behind a barricade and saw a skull in an old tire.

Investigators have no clues as to how she died. No traces of drugs were found in the bone marrow. Medical examiners estimated she had been dead six months to a year.

The victim was about 5 feet tall, plus or minus 2 inches. Medical examiners said the skeleton was probably that of a Hispanic female.

Investigators looked at dozens of different reports of missing teenage girls, but none seemed to match the skeleton.

Three rings were on the skeleton's fingers. One was silver with a scroll design, another had a turquoise unicorn on it. But investigators think the 1975 Lee High School ring probably has the best chance of leading to her identity.

A jeweler recently told investigators the ring was a size 9 1/2 and had been resized twice. The person it fit was probably about 175 pounds.

An ornate "L" inlaid in the blue stone could have stood for the owner's last name or for Lee High School. The company that made Lee High School's rings doesn't have records from 1975, Rosser said.

The Lee class of 1975 probably had about 150 girls, Rosser said. He would like to hear from any of them who lost a ring or gave it to somebody else.

The skeleton is now at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. That facility operates the Texas Missing Persons DNA Database, which, in turn, feeds information about missing persons to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), operated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

If investigators get new leads, they can try to test the DNA of relatives to identify her.

"We would at least have a name," Coffman said.


Houston Chronicle (TX)
June 8, 2007
Edition: 3 STAR
Section: B
Page: 3

MANVEL - Investigators hope new forensic drawings can lead to identification of a young woman whose skeletal remains were found 17 years ago, dumped behind a road barrier near Texas 288 in Brazoria County.

"Even if it didn't clear the case, we want to have her identified," said Manvel Police Sgt. Jay Coffman. "It could mean closure for her family."

Coffman has never had a name to call her by. To the state, she is case number U03-10-014. One Internet forum, Some, has named her Princess Blue, for the blue stone in the class ring she wore from Houston's Robert E. Lee High School.

"We would love to know her real name," Coffman said.

Investigators originally thought she might be Hispanic, but a recent forensic analysis conducted by the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification determined that she was probably Caucasian with some possibility of African-American ancestry.

Using information from the new study, Texas Rangers forensic artist Suzanne Birdwell created two new drawings of what she may have looked like - one with long hair and one with short hair.

Investigators think she was between 4-foot-11 and 5-foot-3 and had a slight to medium build. When she died she was probably 17 to 21 years old.

Police have no idea of how she died or how her remains came to be where they were found. A motorist relieving himself behind the barrier at the end of County Road 101 just east of Texas 288 spotted her skull on Sept. 10, in 1990. The spot is barely visible from 288.

No clothes were found with the body. Investigators think she was dead six months to a year before her remains were found.

Because she was probably born sometime between 1968 and 1973, the Lee High School class of 1975 ring wouldn't have originally been hers.

Just how she got it remains one of the many mysteries surrounding the case. The original owner could have given it to her. She could have found it or stolen it or bought it in a pawn shop. It could even have been put on her finger after she died.

The body had other jewelry - a silver-colored ring with a turquoise horse or unicorn, three silver-colored bands, one with a scroll design, and a gold-colored ring with six clear stones. She also wore a pearl-type beaded bracelet.

The case is one of many listed on the Texas Department of Public Safety's Missing Person Clearing House Web site:

Anyone with any possible information are asked to call Coffman at 281-489-1212 or Brazoria County Sheriff's Investigator Richard Rosser at 218-756-2218.


1975 Robert E. Lee High School class ring.

Victim wore a silver-colored ring with a turquoise horse or unicorn design

A silver ring with a scroll design

Another piece of jewelry

The Victim also wore a gold band with 6 clear stones, 2 thin silver bands and a pearl-beaded bracelet.[/img]


Victim was wearing a 1975 Robert E. Lee High School class ring. This ring has a blue stone with a silver colored, inexpensive metal band. It is unknown whether or not there were ever engravings on the inner side of the ring's band. The ring was up sized twice, which would have removed evidence of previous engravings.

The ring has an inlaid, "L" which many students chose as an option that year that stands for the school mascot, Robert E. Lee himself.


Date of Discovery: September 10, 1990
Location of Discovery: Manvel, Brazoria County, Texas
Estimated Date of Death: 6 months - 1 year prior
State of Remains: Skeletal
Cause of Death: Undetermined

Physical Description
Estimated Age: 15-25 years old
Race: Biracial (White and Black). It is likely she had a parent or grandparent who was Black. Originally believed to be Hispanic.
Gender: Female
Height: 4'10" - 5'3"
Weight: Unknown, but likely slim to medium build.
Hair Color: Unknown
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Two fractured ribs; and a defect on a bone beneath her left knee. The victim possibly had a tumor on her knee.

Dentals: Available. There were several teeth with untreated carries, and two amalgam fillings. Tooth #10, an upper left, lateral incisor, which is right next to her two front most teeth was surgically removed prior to death and the corresponding space was partially obliterated by mature bone.
Fingerprints: Not available.
DNA: Available.
Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: None.
Jewelry: One pearl, beaded bracelet. Six rings. One gold band ring with six clear stones; one silver band with a scroll design; two thin silver bands; one silver-colored ring with a turquoise horse or unicorn. One 1975 class ring, size 9 1/2, of Robert E. Lee High School (now the Margaret Long Wisdom High School), located in Houston. This ring has a blue stone with a silver colored, inexpensive metal band. It is unknown whether or not there were ever engravings on the inner side of the ring's band. The ring was up sized twice, which would have removed evidence of previous engravings. However, it does have an inlaid, "L" which many students chose as an option that year that stands for the school mascot, Robert E. Lee himself.
Additional Personal Items: None.

Circumstances of Discovery

The decedent was located on a pile of debris at the end of a Brazoria County road (101) just east of Highway 288 inside the Manvel city limits on September 10, 1990. The skeleton was found by a man who had pulled off the highway to relieve himself. He stepped behind a barricade and saw a skull in an old tire. No purse, wallet, clothing or hair were located around the skeleton, six rings were on the fingers, and a bracelet around her wrist.

The company that made Robert E. Lee High School's (now Margaret Long Wisdom High School) rings doesn't have records from 1975. The Lee class of 1975 had about 300 girls. Authorities would like to hear from any of the girls who lost a ring or gave it to somebody else, as the female would likely have been too young to have graduated in 1975.

Toxicology tests yielded no trace of opiates in her bone marrow. However, it is unknown whether or not other drugs were present, tested for or could have been tested for.

The female is known as "Princess Blue" for the class ring she wore.


Skeletal Remains Found in 1988 Belonged to Teen Girl Who Vanished 50 Years Ago, Investigators Say
By Abigail Adams
Published on December 6, 2022 04:03 PM

 New Jersey officials have confirmed that a set of skeletal remains found in 1988 belong to a teenage girl who went missing 50 years ago.

Nancy Carol Fitzgerald was 16 when she vanished the day after Easter on April 2, 1972, according to a press release from the Office of the Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago.

Her remains were discovered 16 years later on Dec. 10, 1988, during a community clean-up near the Henry Hudson Bike Trail in Atlantic Highlands. For more than three decades, it was unclear whose remains were found.

Through interviews and DNA analysis, officials determined that they belonged to Fitzgerald, the MCPO said on Monday.

"Today's announcement marks the culmination of decades of hard work by a network of individuals whose collective determination and ingenuity proved inexhaustible," Santiago said in a statement.

 Fitzgerald lived with her family on Mohr Avenue in Bloomfield when she vanished in 1972, according to the prosecutor's office. The circumstances surrounding Fitzgerald's disappearance and death remain unclear.

"To that end, we are urging anyone who may have any information about this matter whatsoever to come forward and tell us what they know," Santiago said.

"Ms. Fitzgerald's peers would all likely be in their 60s today," he added, "so we firmly believe that it is not too late to determine what happened to her and why – and, if possible, to hold any living person who may be responsible accountable for it."

 Like authorities, Fitzgerald's sister Kathleen Unterberger still has questions about her sister's death, according to the Asbury Park Press. She was 15 when her sibling went missing, and is now one of only two living relatives of Fitzgerald.

Unterberger, who lives in Pennsylvania, said she helped authorities identify her sister's remains once the MCPO located her through a distant female relative in Georgia.

The prosecutor's office said it was able to make the connection after contacting Bode Technology, a Virginia-based DNA analysis firm, in 2020 "to pursue a forensic genealogical review of the case" after previous profiles were unsuccessful.

 Unterberger traveled cross-country in search of her sister after she disappeared, the Asbury Park Press reported. She told the paper that the identification of her sister's remains has left her with a jumble of emotions.

"I never really stopped thinking about her," Unterberger explained, "but when I stopped feeling about it, life got easier, I guess. But now I have that feeling again. I just want to hold her."

Anyone with information about Fitzgerald is asked to call MCPO Detective Raynor at 800-533-7443 or Atlantic Highlands Police Department Lt. Michael Zudonyi at 732-291-1212.

Monmouth County Jane Doe has been identified as Nancy Carol Fitzgerald, of Bloomfield, NJ.


Sheriff’s Office gets break in cold case
December 7, 2022

It took more than 27 years, but the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) has caught a break in the case of an unidentified female murder victim found May 24, 1995 off Cotton Hall Road in Yemassee.

Through advanced DNA technology and genealogy research, the woman has been identified as Maria Telles-Gonzalez of Kissimmee, Fla.

About the case

On May 24, 1995, an employee from the South Carolina Highway Department discovered the body of a dead woman in a drainage ditch on Cotton Hall Road in Yemassee. Sheriff’s deputies and investigators began investigating the death.

According to retired BCSO investigator Maj. Bob Bromage, the woman suffered a violent death by strangulation. The woman was killed elsewhere and the body had been moved. When found, she had been dead for 24-36 hours.

An autopsy was performed at the Medical University of South Carolina. Pathologists deemed the woman’s death a homicide.

The woman, clothed only in underwear, was not identified at the onset of this investigation, and there were no personal effects at the scene to help identify her.

Investigators provided information on her death to local media and employed forensic technologies available at the time to try to identify her. Efforts to identify her in 1995 proved unsuccessful and the case grew cold.

The woman’s physical description, including surgical scars, was entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and searched against missing persons nationwide. To date, no matches have been made through the NCIC entry.

Bromage called the case “ extremely frustrating.”

A cold case

In January 1999, Sheriff PJ Tanner directed Sheriff’s Office investigators to examine the agency’s unsolved murders or cold cases.

“We care about these investigations. Great care is put into these investigations,” said Bromage, now the Public Safety Director for the Town of Hilton Head. “Sheriff PJ Tanner, without his leadership, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Cold case initiatives in 1999 were very few.”

Bromage is still a reserve deputy for the BCSO and remains in charge of cold case investigations.

Cold case investigators, along with a team of retired law enforcement professionals, reviewed reports and inventoried evidence of those cases which included the 1995 murder of the unidentified woman found in Yemassee.

With improvements in forensic science, investigators submitted evidence from the unidentified woman’s case to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s Forensic Laboratory for DNA and forensic analyses.

A DNA profile of the woman was developed and uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). Nationwide comparisons with missing women having DNA profiles in CODIS were conducted. None matched the unidentified woman’s profile.

Meanwhile, NCIC teletypes of missing women with similarities to the unidentified woman were received. Hundreds of NCIC teletypes of missing persons, having partial matching characteristics with the unidentified woman, were received and eliminated as being her.

False hopes

In 2004, on the Doe Network’s website, investigators observed a listing of a missing person, Sybil Warren, with physical similarities to the unidentified woman. Warren’s mother was contacted and gave cold case investigators a DNA sample. SLED DNA analysts were able to exclude Warren as being the unidentified woman. Warren remains missing.

In 2006, Interpol was contacted and issued a black notice internationally to assist in identifying the woman. No leads on her identity were received.

In 2007, investigators submitted the unidentified woman’s DNA for biogeographical analysis to determine her ethnicity to better target identification efforts. DNA Print Genomics reported that people with similar DNA markers self-identified as South Asian, Hispanic, and Middle Eastern.

This new information coupled with the woman’s Leonisa brand underwear, which was mostly sold in Latin American countries at the time, led investigators to conclude she was most likely of Hispanic descent.

In 2010, investigators with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office volunteer cold case committee, contacted the international Spanish language television network, Univision, to request publicity on the case of the unidentified woman. Univision agreed and produced a segment that aired in April 2011.

Following Univision’s broadcast, investigators received information from a man who said the unidentified woman resembled his sister, Josefina Nava. The man, who lived in New York, told investigators Nava was originally from the Dominican Republic and disappeared in Italy in the early 1990s.

Investigators reached Nava’s family in the Dominican Republic via telephone and obtained photographs of Josefina. She resembled the unidentified woman. Nava’s biological mother and son agreed to provide DNA samples to compare with the unidentified woman.

The FBI was contacted and sent an agent in the Dominican Republic to collect the samples. DNA analysis and comparison were conducted at the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Services Laboratory. Nava’s mother and son’s DNA samples showed no biological connection to the unidentified woman. It is believed Nava remains missing.

Subjects were interviewed through the years, one as far as Ohio. Those subjects were eliminated as being involved in the unidentified woman’s death.

A breakthrough

In 2020, following stories of numerous national successes in identifying persons through genealogy research, cold case investigators employed the assistance of Parabon Nanolabs. The unidentified woman’s DNA extract was sent to Parabon, analyzed with its advanced technology, then uploaded to numerous ancestry databases.

A list of potential distant relatives of the unidentified woman was received through Parabon. The Assistant Public Information Officer at the time began research on the woman’s family tree. Sometime later, a volunteer member of the cold case committee was enlisted to assist, and ultimately, took over the task of research.

The volunteer reached hundreds of potential family members through email, many of whom questioned the volunteer’s identity and purpose.

In October 2022, the volunteer received a lead on a possible biological son of the unidentified victim. The volunteer reached the victim’s possible son via email, and he agreed to upload his DNA profile to GEDmatch. Within minutes, Parabon reported a parent-child match between the unidentified victim and the son.

An answer brings questions

The victim was identified as Maria Telles-Gonzalez, who was 36 years old at the time of her death, a wife and mother of three.

Investigators have been in contact with Telles-Gonzalez’ family members who reported to have last seen her in 1995 at their Merrimack Drive home in Kissimmee, Fla. Investigators traveled to Florida to interview Telles-Gonzalez’ family members.

Through the investigation and interviews of various family members, it was learned the day following Telles-Gonzalez’ return from a trip to Puerto Rico in May 1995, she left her Florida home after her three children went to school. She never returned. It was also learned that Telles-Gonzalez’ husband was home alone with her when the children went to school. She left without her vehicle. The suitcase she arrived from Puerto Rico with was also gone.

Telles-Gonzalez has never been reported missing. As expected, identifying Telles-Gonzalez brought quick focus on a possible person of interest.

Investigators are trying to identify two people closely connected to Telles-Gonzalez; her close friend whose name may be “Patricia” and a male friend/suspected boyfriend, who remains unidentified. They are believed to have also lived in the Kissimmee, Fla., area.

The investigation into the murder of Telles-Gonzalez is ongoing and active.

“We’re a long way from where we started,” Tanner said. “We hope we’ll be able to resolve this case in a timely fashion.”

Anyone with information about Maria Telles-Gonzalez’s disappearance or murder is encouraged to call cold case investigator Robert Bromage at 843-816-8013 or via email at

Beaufort County Jane Doe has been identified as 36-year-old Maria Telles-Gonzalez, of Kissimmee, FL.


The DNA Doe Project has made an identification of Pillar Point Doe, pending confirmation. We are unable to release further details at this time. We would like to express our sincere sympathy and gratitude to the family as the investigation continues.

We would also like to thank the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, Othram Inc., Full Genomes Corporation, Inc , Dr. Gregory Magoon at Aerodyne Research, GEDmatch, Family Tree DNA, and our team of dedicated DDP volunteers.

Special thanks to the Trans Doe Task Force and their team of volunteers for sending this case to the DNA Doe Project, and for their continued work to give a voice to the deceased.

Anyone with information on this case should contact:
San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office
Telephone: (650) 599-1536


San Mateo County Doe (also known as Pillar Point Doe) was an individual found murdered in California in 1983. Although having been born a male, it is unknown if the victim identified as a different gender.

The DNA Doe Project took on the case in January 2019 and found a suitable match by October.

The victim was discovered not long after death on a beach in Half Moon Bay, California. The victim had been beaten, stabbed, and strangled. Additionally, the wrists had been slashed.

Investigators theorize the victim may have been picked up in a San Francisco neighborhood by a group of individuals that intended to have sex with the victim. It is believed that upon learning that the victim was not a cisgender woman, they murdered the decedent out of rage. This theory fuels the idea that the murder was a hate crime.

Two men were identified as persons of interest in the case, but were never charged due to lack of evidence.

Tentative identification
The DNA Doe Project announced on October 8, 2019, that they had tentatively identified the victim and are awaiting confirmation from law enforcement.

    Hazel eyes.
    Brown hair, cut short.

Clothing and accessories
    Light yellow jacket.
    Maroon turtleneck with multi-colored stripes.
    Beige bra.
    Sponges to simulate breasts.
    Yellow Capri pants (also known as "Clam Diggers").
    Blue stockings made from nylon material.
    Brown pantyhose.
    Blue bikini underwear.
    Beige lace underwear.
    Silver-colored chain with cross pendant.
    Two silver-colored rings.


Clothing and Accessories

Clothing on body: Male body wearing female clothing; light-yellow knee length Capri pants; light-yellow jacket; multi-colored turtleneck t-shirt (maroon with multi-colored horizontal stripes); black nylon stockings; brown colored pantyhose' blue bikini-style underpants (size small/North Beach brand)' beige colored lace underpants, beige colored bra with foam breast padding

Footwear: None

Jewelry: White metal necklace with crucifix pendant; two (2) white metal rings

Eyewear: None


San Mateo Doe was an individual found murdered in California in 1983. The victim was wearing female clothing, it is unknown if the victim was a drag queen or a transgender woman.

South Charleston, West Virginia

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