Archived discussions relating to discussions for Featured Case nominations.

September 2019

DB Cooper

DB Cooper was an unidentified man who hijacked an aeroplane in 1971. He parachuted out and has never been seen or heard from, and no remains have been recovered. His case has been prominent in popular culture and the FBI maintained an active investigation for 45 years until 2016. Despite the article being short, I plan to add to it to make it more suitable for nomination. (Nominated by Hoshiiiii

  • Support: This is a massively intriguing case with a huge legacy. I do want to expand this site to detail more unidentified fugitives, but I feel they could overwhelm the unidentified dead (perhaps we could create specific guidelines for notability, based on their prominence or number of crimes).
  • Support: This case is extremely prominent, as it also helped increase airline security in the wake of several more copycat hijackings. However, as you point out, I would try to avoid making it a featured case until it is better expanded to add more case details and sources.
  • Support: Cooper's case is one of the most fascinating cases on this list. Its legacy has birthed many conspiracy theories, as well as having it being portrayed in many television shows. I'd recommend expanding the article, but I'm still in support of it regardless.
  • Lead processed, uncovered new leads Case featured as of September 30, 2019.

Elizabeth Short

Elizabeth Short, also known as the Black Dahlia, who was murdered and dismembered in 1947. Her murder was the inspiration for theories, documentaries, novels, movies, and even a video game, as well as playing a significant role in the formation of the sex offender registry in California. (Nominated by Yukine's Odyssey.)

  • Oppose: I'm a bit conflicted with adding featured status, as Short was not unidentified for a long time (according to the Wikipedia page). However, it is worth recognizing the notoriety of the case throughout the years and its legacy. -Gourami Watcher
  • Support: My main reason for support is that the year she was murdered was 1947. The reason for this is the recent theory regarding serial killers and war. 1947 was around the beginning of the "golden age" of serial killers. Elizabeth Short falls into this category. Too I think it was a prime example of the serial killer of this era. - User:CRUXELOQUENS
  • Oppose: I sat on this one for a while and I thought I was neutral but I probably lean more towards oppose. Even though her case is very significant and has had an impact, she was only unidentified for a short period of time and the focus on this wiki is on the unidentified and the missing. - Hoshiiiii
  • Lead processed, turned up negative Not featured, based on discussion. Renomination is permitted in the future.

Benjaman Kyle

Benjaman Kyle, real name William Burgess Powell, is a man who was found nude, beaten, and sunburned behind a Burger King in 2004. He survived the attack but developed amnesia, causing him to forget his identity. His case is a special unidentified person case because it is one of the most well-known amnesia victim cases, being widely publicized in the media, appearing on Dr. Phil and being the subject of a documentary. (Nominated by EnterTheLizard)

  • Oppose: At this time, the article needs to be revamped, as it is closely paraphrased/copied from one or more sources. It is a prominent case and I would support this nomination if the required changes would be made. -Gourami Watcher
  • Support: There would be more that needs to be added to the article, however, he was a very prominent UID who had significant media coverage so I believe he should be featured. - Hoshiiiii
  • Lead processed, turned up negative Not featured, based on discussion. Renomination is permitted in the future.

November 2019

Jenkins County Jane Doe

Jenkins County Jane Doe (1988) was a young woman recovered from a dumpster in Millen, Georgia. Very little was known about her case until a recent podcast provided extensive details. There are various theories and information which was not available in the past. She is the only unidentified victim of East Asian descent in the NCMEC database. (Nominated by Gourami Watcher)

  • Support: I would support this due to the recent developments and details revealed in the case, but also because she is also the only unidentified victim of East Asian descent in the NCMEC database too and feel that representation is important. - Hoshiiiii
  • Support: I agree with Hoshiiiii here. The new developments are very interesting and I hope this might bring more attention to her case. -Maiwynne
  • Support: Lots of recent developments were there in her case and her featuring could reveal an enchained criminal matter. - Predator Point
    • Lead processed, uncovered new leads Case featured as of November 13, 2019.

 Daviess County John Doe

Daviess County John Doe was discovered murdered in a wooded area of Kentucky. He had been sexually assaulted, beaten almost beyond recognition, and shot to death. His hands and feet had also been removed, and his body lacked clothing. I contributed a lot to his page on here, so I might be a bit biased. (Nominated by Angrycommuter1999)

  • Support: An interesting case with coverage from multiple angles and is quite reminiscent of Septic Tank Sam's case. His information here is very well-written as well. - Predator Point
  • Support: This is certainly a bizarre case, in addition to the misidentification of the victim. Extensive work has gone into the article. I'm going to add "characteristics" and "clothing" sections. --Gourami Watcher
  • Support: My reason for support is simple. Here is a case with viable DNA evidence that seems not to be currently pursued. It is a good example of many such cases and as such has my vote. -:CRUXELOQUENS
  • Support: Very extensive article that has a lot of research put into it. I would support this becoming a featured case. - Hoshiiiii
  • Lead processed, uncovered new leads Case featured as of November 18, 2019.

 Tamara Tigard

Tamara Tigard was a young woman whose mummified body was found covered in quicklime in Jones, Oklahoma in 1980. The article has extensive information about theories surrounding her death as well as listing the many people who were ruled out. The DNA Doe Project has since taken on her case, which will hopefully garner more attention to it. (Nominated by EnterTheLizard)

  • Support: An arguably prominent case in this country with considerable coverage and a lasting legacy. -Gourami Watcher
  • Support: I also feel like Lime Lady is a well-known UID case. Her article on here is also very well-written, in my opinion. - Angrycommuter1999
  • Support: She is a well known UID so I believe she should be featured. - Hoshiiiii
  • Lead processed, uncovered new leads Case featured as of November 18, 2019.

February 2020

Henry Loveless

Henry Loveless was a male whose partial remains were initially discovered in Buffalo Cave, Idaho. Due to his interesting backstory as a bootlegger and criminal and the fact that he has been the oldest unidentified decedent identified through forensic genealogy, I believe he would make a great featured case. (Nominated by Hoshiiiii)

  • Support: A fascinating case, which was unexpectedly solved, as it was so much older than previously believed. The article is well-documented. -Gourami Watcher
  • Support: This case is well-substantiated and there are multiple angles to approach it as an older case. It would make an interesting precedent on crime resolution. - Predator Point
  • Support: This case is a landmark in forensic genealogy, as it is the oldest case that has been solved using said method. The article is also very descriptive and well written. - EnterTheLizard
  • Lead processed, uncovered new leads Case featured as of February 11, 2020.

April 2020

Princess Blue

Princess Blue was a teenager or young woman whos skeletal remains were discovered alongside a dead end road in Manvel, Texas in 1990. Her death wasnt determined, but her death is considered highly suspicious by police. I have been working on her article no matter the time, ever since December 30th of 2019. Her racial estimation was very unique as she was described to be White with African traits, summarized as a black parent or grandparent possibility or her maternal side. She is also retrieving a phenotyping reconstruction, and she is also submitted to the DNA Doe Project as a case to take on. Her UID is starting to finally become well known. (Nominated by Dead.Cacti)

  • Support: This article is well-written, has many sources and has extensive details. I would support this becoming featured, due to her case becoming more well-known and because of the recent developments.- Deltatriangle
  • Support: The article is very extensive and I believe it would be great as a featured case due to the recent attention it has been receiving. - Hoshiiiii
  • Support: I think that this is a very well-written article, and deserves to be featured. I also agree that this case has been getting a lot of attention recently and because of that, I support this nomination. - Blackholesun1
  • Lead processed, uncovered new leads Case featured as of April 17, 2020.

Dana Lowrey

Dana Lowrey was a young woman whose skeletal remains were found in Ohio in 2007. She was identified by the DNA Doe Project in 2019. Dana's case is considerably well known in the community, as well as having a sizeable amount of attention from the media. (Nominated by EnterTheLizard)

  • Support: Considering her status as a considerably known UID, her story, the media coverage and her identification by the DNA Doe Project, I would support this to be a featured case. - Hoshiiiii
  • Support: Lowrey's case was well-known even before her identification and was all over the media following her identification. The rare instance of her murder's probability of being solved is also evident. -Gourami Watcher
  • Support: Her case was well-known with notable media coverage prior to her 2019 identification by the DNA Doe Project. -Deltatriangle
  • Lead processed, uncovered new leads Case featured as of April 17, 2020.

Iredell County John Doe

Iredell County John Doe was discovered in blankets stabbed and shot in the face to death and set on fire. The way he was found is indicative of organized crime and could be gang-related. This is one of the rare cases where the body is lost and DNA is unavailable thus bringing publicity to this case could set an example to related agencies in crime resolution. (Nominated by Predator Point)

  • Oppose: The article does need a bit more expansion to be considered. I do agree to feature it would bring awareness, but this cannot be the sole reason to do so. -Gourami Watcher
  • Oppose: The article is not very detailed or sourced. If more is added to the article in the future, I might consider supporting this case to be featured - Hoshiiiii
  • Lead processed, turned up negative Not featured, based on discussion and passage of time. Renomination is permitted in the future.

May 2020

Niki Bakoles

Niki Bakoles, formerly was known as Saltair Sally, was a young woman whose skeletal remains were found in Utah in 2000 and was identified nearly 12 years later. This article contains extensive details about the case, her life leading up to her disappearance, her discovery, and identification. (Nominated by EnterTheLizard)

  • Neutral: I agree on the notability of the case, as well as the coverage of her article. However, it might need some more organization with sections and format. I'm currently working on a "manual of style" for articles to be based on. -Gourami Watcher
  • Support: The article previously had formatting issues and I voted for neutral, however, those have been fixed and I believe it is now worthy of being featured due to the extensive research that has been put into the article. - Hoshiiiii
  • Support: Niki’s case should be featured because of the coverage of her article. I have done an extensive amount of research on Niki’s case in order to write her entire article. Also, her case was the first case IsoForensics used stable isotope analysis on in order to identify a victim, and her successful identification using SIRMS technology has paved the way for stable isotope analysis to play an important role in identifying unidentified victims for the past decade. -Indigoflowrs
  • Support: I believe the reason her article should be featured is that it has been been made probably one of the most extensive and detailed articles, since “Indigoflowrs” has been putting in a lot of effort with their research into this, along with the fact the Isotope analysis had helped backed up Niki’s mother’s story. All in all, this is a great article and should be featured. -Dead.Cactii
  • Lead processed, uncovered new leads Case featured as of May 1, 2020

July 2020

Bitter Creek Betty

Bitter Creek Betty was a young woman who was found murdered in Wyoming in 1992. She is a prominent UID alongside the Sheridan County Jane Doe, who she has been linked to through DNA as they share the same killer. Due to both of them being popular UID cases, I am nominating both of them. (Nominated by Hoshiiiii)

  • Support: She is a well-known UID. Her article is well-written and detailed. -Deltatriangle
  • Support: Well-known case and comprehensive article.-Gourami Watcher
  • Support: Since her killer has been identified and is on trial, this would be a good time to feature her.-PuzzleDude400
  • Lead processed, uncovered new leads Case featured as of July 21, 2020

Sheridan County Jane Doe

Sheridan County Jane Doe was a young woman who was found murdered in Wyoming in 1992. Alongside Bitter Creek Betty with whom she is linked, she is a prominent UID and both of them have been subject to speculation and investigation. As they are both popular cases, I am nominating them. (Nominated by Hoshiiiii)

  • Support: Well-known case and comprehensive article. -Gourami Watcher
  • Support: Since her killer has been identified and is on trial, this would be a good time to feature her.-PuzzleDude400
  • Support: Her case along with Bitter Creek Betty's is well known, and was recently added to the featured cases, and with the recent developments in her case, I think we should. - Grungster
  • Lead processed, uncovered new leads Case featured as of July 27, 2020

September 2020

Opelika Jane Doe

Opelika Jane Doe was a young girl who was found dead in a trailer park in Alabama in 2012. She is a well-known UID and NCMEC case that has extensive leads and media appearances, in addition to interesting theories like the photographs that could be her. (Nominated by Hoshiiiii)

  • Support: She is a well-known UID case. Considering her media coverage, and leads, I would support this becoming featured.. -Deltatriangle
  • Support: I remember when the images of the unknown bible school student surfaced, and the case took off from there. Ever since she has been a popular case. -Gourami Watcher
  • Support: Ever since supposed photographs of her were released, her case picked up a significant amount of traction in the media, as well as adding to even more intrigue to the case. -EnterTheLizard
  • Lead processed, uncovered new leads Case featured as of September 21, 2020

Terry Rasmussen

Terry Rasmussen, a previously unidentified murderer, and suspected serial killer, who has been subjected to significant media coverage after he was genetically linked to the Bear Brook murders; his biological daughter is the only victim to remain unidentified. Rasmussen used the alias "Robert/Bob Evans" at the time he was convicted of murdering a common-law wife in 2001 and was unidentified himself until 2017.

  • Support: Due to his previous status as an unidentified murderer as well as his connection to arguably one of the most well-known cases of UIDs, I support him becoming a featured case. - Hoshiiiii
  • Support: A perplexing and complicated case, which continues to make headlines.-Gourami Watcher
  • Support: One thing about this case that stands out is that he managed to be in prison under an alias for many years with no one catching on. -EnterTheLizard
  • Lead processed, uncovered new leads Case featured as of September 21, 2020

October 2020

Vernon County Jane Doe

Vernon County Jane Doe was an elderly female who was found murdered in Wisconsin in 1984. She had been beaten, her hands severed from her body and had been dumped at the location she had been found in. She is quite a prominent UID case with her own Wikipedia article, extensive leads and has recently been taken on by the DNA Doe Project. She is also a UID who is elderly, which many of our featured cases are not. (Nominated by Hoshiiiii)

  • Support: As she was found in my home state and has had a significant amount of testing and media coverage. Interestingly, when I originally came across this case, I actually wondered if I was related to her because of a resemblance to my grandfather (we're not related, as our DNA would have matched in GedMatch by now).-Gourami Watcher
  • Support: This has been a highly chased case by web sleuths for years now, and the investigation by the DNA Doe Project has been slow thus far (FamilyTreeDNA results notwithstanding). I feel if she were to get a featured case status, and possibly replace the slot on the home page that Mario Palermo was recently removed from, hopefully it would help bolster the case's exposure and help her get identified faster. -SergeIvanov13
  • Support: I agree, since female elderly UIDs are uncommon, and I believe It should get more attention then it does now. -skytomyhead
  • Lead processed, uncovered new leads Case featured as of October 3, 2020

Ben Bilemy

Ben Bilemy was a man who was found dead on a hiking trail in Opachee, Florida in 2018. There are many images of the decedent while alive, which makes this case particularly intriguing. He also went by several aliases and appeared to be familiar with many people on the hiking trail, however, none knew his true identity. Due to the intrigue around this case with the photos of the decedent alive and the number of people who knew him, in addition to the aliases that lead to more questions, I'm nominating him to be a featured case. -Hoshiiiii

  • Support: Ben's case is one that is very fascinating, since there are many pictures and eyewitness accounts of him while he was still alive, yet the case is still shrouded in mystery. -EnterTheLizard
  • Support: A very popular John Doe represented across the media and community. I do recommend the "case" portion of the article to be expanded a little more, but there is no denying the prominence of his case.- Gourami Watcher
  • Support: I support since the circumstances are so bizarre, and there are living photos of him, yet they have yielded no answers.- skytomyhead
  • Lead processed, uncovered new leads Case featured as of October 3, 2020

April 2021

Wilmington John Doe (April 1973)

Wilmington John Doe (April 1973) is a young man whose dismembered remains were found all over Los Angeles County starting in April 22, 1973. He is a victim of serial killer Randy Kraft. It would appear that despite the circumstances of his case, this UID has fallen under the cracks. What I mean by this is that Kraft's other unidentified victims Wilmington John Doe (February 1973), Long Beach John Doe (1979), and Marion County John Doe (1980) all have NamUs and Doe Network entries, but this victim has neither even though, as far as I can tell, he has not been identified. Because of the lack of prominence of this UID despite the circumstances, I propose we make this a featured case.

Update: A NamUs file for him was created on July 24, 2020. Here is a link.

- (Nominated by PuzzleDude400)

  • Oppose - I feel that there is not really enough information about this case out there to make it a featured article. - Hoshiiiii
  • Oppose - Although I am fascinated by the Randy Kraft cases, I agree with Hoshiiiii's point about the availability of information. The Wilmington John Doe (February 1973) article was featured before the nomination process was created (and back when the site was first started), and does have a similar issue with available information. In the future, cases that were featured before we started voting (that are not unquestionably prominent) will undergo a re-nomination process out of fairness to other users. - Gourami Watcher
  • Lead processed, turned up negative Not featured, based on discussion and passage of time. Renomination is permitted in the future.

Benjaman Kyle

Benjaman Kyle is a man who was found with amnesia in 2004 and was identified in 2015. He was previously nominated but the article lacked content, however, I've expanded it quite a bit and feel it can be nominated again. Due to the coverage and press attention this case received, as well as the efforts made to identify him (arguably one of the first identifications through genealogy), I believe he should be a featured case. (Nominated by Hoshiiiii)

  • Support - I agree, The case has had a lot of media coverage, including CBS and Dr. Phil, and the circumstances are so bizarre. -Grungster
  • Support This was a popular case while he was still unidentified, and the previous concern regarding possible close paraphrasing/plagiarism has since been resolved.- Gourami Watcher
  • Support I previously submitted this case to be featured, yet it didn't get in. Now that it's more well written, I can say that I think this is one of the most unique unidentified persons cases I've seen. -EnterTheLizard
  • Lead processed, uncovered new leads Case featured as of April 7, 2021

Bibb County John Doe

Bibb County John Doe was a teenage boy who drowned in a car accident while hitchhiking in 1961. I feel like the case is significant by not only how old it is, but how it's getting more attention lately. (Nominated by EnterTheLizard)

  • Support I actually came here to nominate him and just saw he was. I believe there is enough intrigue with this case despite the age of it (reminds me of Jason Callahan). It is also a popular case in the online community. - Hoshiiiii
  • Support Funnily enough, I as well was going to nominate him. I was the third person thinking it apparently. I recently found out about him a couple months ago. I think his pictures and the information about him is interesting. He has good post-mortem pictures. It is quite shocking he has not been identified for this long. I think he needs more attention than he has been getting all these years. He has many details about his story that I feel people need to see. - -Dorkalicious92-
  • Support It is a fairly popular case and it is a old one and it does need more attention. - Skytomyhead
  • Lead processed, uncovered new leads Case featured as of April 7, 2021
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