Author Topic: HARRIS COUNTY JANE DOE: BF, 16-19, found near King Highway in Houston, TX - 23 Jan 1971  (Read 129 times)

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 https://www.namus.gov/UnidentifiedPersons/Case#/4541

 A passerby found the decedent's skeletal remains in a wooded area near the intersection of CE King Highway and East Mount Houston Road in Harris County, Texas.

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 Decedent's shoes and skirt

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    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/683uftx.html

    Date of Discovery: January 23, 1971
    Location of Discovery: Houston, Harris County, Texas
    Estimated Date of Death: 1 to 2 years prior
    State of Remains: Not recognizable - Partial skeletal parts only
    Cause of Death: Unknown

    Physical Description
    Estimated Age: 16-20 years old
    Race: Black or possibly Black/White admixture
    Gender: Female
    Height: 5'1" to 5'6"
    Weight: 100-120 lbs.
    Hair Color: Black
    Eye Color: Unknown
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown

    Identifiers
    Dentals: Available. Third molars partially erupted only.
    Fingerprints: Not available
    DNA: Available at UNT.

    Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: A red or orange mini skirt with a brown, white, yellow and orange zig-zag pattern in horizontal stripes (size 24 waist), a long-sleeve brown shirt (size 16-36), a fringed suede vest or jacket, white Bestform bra (size 32C), and brown Cuban Towncraft(?)leather sandals with heels and a square-toe (size 6).
    Jewelry: None located.
    Additional Personal Items: Unknown

    Circumstances of Discovery
    A passerby found the decedent's skeletal remains in a wooded area near the intersection of CE King Highway and East Mount Houston Road in Harris County, Texas.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    Agency Name: Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
    Agency Contact Person: MEO ID Unit - Sharon Derrick
    Agency Phone Number: 713-796-6774 or 6858
    Agency E-Mail: N/A
    Agency Case Number: ML-71-0299

    Agency Name: TXDPS
    Agency Contact Person: Missing Persons Clearinghouse
    Agency Phone Number: 512-424-5074 or 800-346-3243
    Agency E-Mail: N/A
    Agency Case Number: U0312024

    NCIC Case Number: U040004661
    NamUs Case Number: 4541
    NCMEC Case Number: 1126004

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Harris County Jane Doe has been identified as 18-Year-Old Patricia Thomas-Wardell who went missing from Houston, Texas on July 17, 1970.


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https://www.fox26houston.com/news/daughter-finds-missing-houston-mom-after-more-than-50-years

Daughter finds missing Houston mom after more than 50 years

HOUSTON - A Houston woman whoís been looking for her missing mother for more than 50 years is finally getting answers. 

Patricia Thomas-Wardell was just 18 years old when she went missing way back in 1970. At that time the Beltway 8 Toll Road didnít exist. Her daughter Cynthia was just a year old, and sheís been searching for her mother her entire life. Now DNA confirms a woman found dead in the woods near what is now the Beltway, was confirmed to be Cynthiaís missing mother. 

"Itís been just like a bad nightmare," the grieving daughter says. 

With no real memories of her mom, Cynthia has been clinging to photos of her mother, preserving old newspaper clippings about her disappearance, and holding on to stacks of letters, like the one she showed me from Unsolved Mysteries, after years of begging for help to find her mom, to anyone who would listen. 

"As I became an adult I was able to hire private detectives and things like that," Cynthia explained. "My family has been scammed by people who contacted us saying they have information about where my mother is, and they ask for money." 

Several family members gave DNA samples to Houston Police investigators in 2016 in hopes of locating Patricia. 

"Weíre able to solve more missing person cases with the use of DNA, familial DNA." Houston Police Department Missing Persons Detective Darrin Buse explains

This past Friday, Detective Buse told the family DNA confirmed Patricia had been buried minutes from where they live, in a county cemetery as a Jane Doe, for years. 

"It's hard to understand. Itís hard to wrap your head around after all these years. Sheís been so close all this time," her brother Raymond Thomas, 82, who was a TSU student when his baby sister went missing. "Itís been very, very difficult."

"Itís been lots of nightmares, you know, wondering where she is," Patricia's 75-year-old sister Maxine McNeely added. "Itís just been horrible."

"Even though itís a bad outcome, itís still a good outcome," 72-year-old Leroy Thomas concluded. "Now we know for sure where she is." 

After more than 50 years, although itís her grave they're visiting, Patriciaís siblings and her baby girl are the closest theyíve been to her in decades, but they were met by a locked gate at the cemetery entrance.

 "Iím just ready to go in," Cynthia said. "The lock is like torturing me right now." 

When Harris County found out, they immediately sent someone to let the family in. The key to unfasten the padlock couldnít turn, and the gates couldnít swing open fast enough. 

"I'm glad to know sheís here," Cynthia said. "I canít wait to just be next to her." 

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There at her momís grave for the very first time, 52 years of emotion spilled out.

 "And now maybe I can really and truly be happy and thatís what Iím trying to get to because Iím all messed up right now," Cynthia said tearfully. 

Turns out, that after Patricia went missing in 1970, her skeletal remains were found in the woods near CE King Parkway in January 1971. Somehow it wasn't put together that it was the missing 18-year-old until now by a Missing Persons investigator, who has his fair share of cold and new cases. 

"We work north of 9,000 cases a year," Det. Buse explained.