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“Help Find The Missing” Laws Start With The State

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In 2015 U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy proposed the federal "Help Find the Missing Act," or "Billy's Law," in honor of missing Waterbury man William Smolinski Jr. He sought to create an organized system to match remains to missing people. It would of provided an incentive grants program for law enforcement and medical examiners to report information to NCIC, the U.S.…

Buffalo Cave Remains Tentatively Identified

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Remains found in Buffalo Cave in 1979 may soon return to family. First, a torso was found by a family in the Idaho cave. In 1991, a young girl found a mummified hand. A search of the area turned up both arms and legs, wrapped in burlap. No head was ever located. Professors at the Idaho State University's Anthropology Department have…

Barrel of Bones

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On November 5, 2017 a transient in Sun Valley, California was walking along a hillside when he found a barrel. The barrel appeared to have been burned. The same area had been engulfed in a fire only two months earlier. The person opened the barrel lid, revealing what appeared to be bones and called 911. The skeleton was noted to…

NamUs training at Montana Reservations this November

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The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is offering four training sessions across Native American Reservations in Montana, this November. At the training session, a NamUs representative will teach people about the free-to-use tool, and about how to enter information about a missing person. Nov. 6: Blackfeet Community College, Browning, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., with lunch.  Nov. 7:…

Palo Verde Desert Unidentified

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November 1, 2009. The remains of an adult male, estimated to be over 60 years old and 6' tall, were found in a remote Palo Verde desert. The unidentified person had been deceased for at least a couple months and was unrecognizable. On the body was a gray shirt, gray socks, and gray shorts over gray sweatpants. There's was also…

Who Was Robert Cessler?

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A patient at St. Mary's Hospice in Tucson, AZ for palliative care died October 21, 2010 after battling lung cancer. Preceding his death he gave the fake name “Robert Johnson” to social workers. Fingerprints matched to a record under the name Robert Cessler AKA Bobby Steve Redman. Date of Birth April 19, 1945 and 103-36-3195 , a New York SSN.…
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