Susan Gale Poole

Susan Poole was recently identified as being the Jane Doe whose partial skeleton was found on Singer Island in North Palm Beach, Florida on the 16th of June 1974. The remains had been scattered around the discovery area and animal activity was present when the remains were found. Not all parts of her skeleton have been recovered.

Due to the animal activity, investigators have not been able to find out conclusively how Susan died. But as there were bullet-shaped holes on the sweater that she had been wearing, authorities do believe that it was a homicide. Furthermore, it looked as if she had been bound to a tree before she was killed.

Susan Poole disappeared in late December 1972, when she was just 15 years old. It is not known whether she left of her own choice, as she had done so before, or if she went missing involuntarily. Susan, who was originally from Wilton Manors in Florida, also had a history of hitching rides.

Investigators didn’t have a lot to work with, and after running a DNA test which came back with no results, genetic genealogy was used in the fall of 2021. Susan Poole was officially identified in May 2022 by Othram Inc, and the announcement about her identification was made the next month.

There is a possibility that serial killer Gerard Schaefer was involved in the murder of Susan Poole as he worked as a police officer in the same city where Susan disappeared, and she had the same appearance as his other victims. However, Gerard was known for killing his victims in pairs, and there has been no evidence to suggest that there was another victim at the scene.

Hopefully one day Susan’s killer will be caught and brought to justice.

Susan Gale Poole. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom

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Julie Doe (1988)

Julie Doe is the name given to an unidentified transgender woman whose mummified remains were found 8 months after her death in Clermont, Florida on the 25th of September 1988. Her exact cause of death is unknown, but it is suspected that she died as a result of a homicide.

Julie Doe’s skirt had been rolled down to her knees which suggests that she may have been sexually assaulted. There is also an indication that she was not killed at the location at which she was found, and instead was dragged and dumped there.

Julie Doe was originally thought to be a cisgender woman until DNA testing revealed a Y chromosome. Julie Doe either had or was going through, sex-reassignment at the time of her murder. Isotope testing indicated that she was native to South Florida.

In 2018, the DNA Doe Project took on her case to try and locate relatives of hers. It took three attempts before they were able to successfully extract DNA from her. Genealogy testing did find that Julie Doe had ancestral ties to the Southeastern United States.

Julie Doe is described as being a white transgender female (post-operation), 5″10′ and weighing 170 pounds. She had naturally brown hair that had been bleached blonde and had an injury to the right cheekbone.

Julie Doe had undergone upper body reassignment surgery, which most likely took place in Miami or Atlanta. She had 250cc breast implants which were likely put in around 1984, and it is possible that she had plastic surgery on her nose either as a result of the injury to her face or as part of her transition process.

Julie Doe was wearing a blue-green tank top, pantyhose and an acid-washed denim skirt when she died.

It is important to note that some places list Julie Doe as being male, but as she had gone through gender-reassignment surgery and hormone replacement therapy she will be listed as female here.

Do you recognise her?

Reconstruction of Julie Doe. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom / Carl Koppelman

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Colleen Elizabeth Perris

On the 30th of September 2000, at around 3:00pm, 18-year-old Colleen Elizabeth Perris received a phone call on her mobile phone. After the call, she left her parent’s house, which was near Flamingo Boulevard and Sunrise Boulevard in Plantation, Florida.

Colleen told her parents that she was going to go to Coral Springs, Florida, for a while but planned to return between 5:30pm and 6:00pm as she had planned to attend a Florida Marlins baseball game with her family that evening.

Since leaving her parent’s house, Colleen has not been seen or heard from again.

Colleen Elizabeth Perris. Credit: The Charley Project

Colleen’s car, a two-door white 1994 Mazda MX-6, was discovered in a Tamarac, Florida, shopping centre just a few days later on the 6th of October. Colleen’s car has the Florida licence plate D48-PIE, a sunroof, tinted windows, and dents behind the driver’s side door and rear wheel well.

Colleen’s car was found abandoned, with the doors locked and windows rolled up. Her mobile phone and purse were not inside the car. There was no indication of foul play at the scene where the car was found, but it had rained in the days before the car was located so any evidence or fingerprints located on the exterior of the car would have been washed away.

Colleen’s family were not sure as to why her car would have been parked at the shopping centre, and have said that it was extremely out of character for her just to leave without any warning. She had no history of running away.

All of Colleen’s personal items were left at her parent’s home, aside from her mobile phone and purse which have never been located. Colleen’s father still pays for the phone and leaves a message every time he calls the number.

At the time of her disappearance, Colleen was working part-time as a waitress at a restaurant. She had saved up $1,000 in her bank. Colleen had also brought plane tickets for a holiday to Colorado in the December of 2000, but those plane tickets have never been used. She also planned to take a cruise at a later date.

Colleen’s family have described her as being shy, yet a free-spirited and strong-willed woman who loved singing, playing the piano, playing darts, going bowling and playing billiards. She didn’t really like to drive, she got her nails done very frequently and preferred dating men who were older than her.

Colleen dropped out of Plantation High School, despite having been an excellent student. She later re-enrolled at the school and took summer classes, and was supposed to receive her diploma just a short time after she went missing.

Colleen’s friends told authorities that she used LSD and Ecstasy, and said that it was Colleen’s uncle who was supplying them to her. Colleen’s friends also said that he was trying to get Colleen a role in a pornographic film. Colleen’s uncle has denied supplying her drugs or having anything to do with a pornographic film, and there is no evidence to support these claims.

It was also said that Colleen was planning on visiting her uncle the day she went missing, but her uncle said that he hadn’t arranged for her to come over.

Authorities have been trying to trace the call that Colleen received at 3pm on the day she went missing, but have had no luck. It is unknown if the call is related to Colleen’s disappearance.

Over the years, investigators have received several unconfirmed sightings of Colleen in the states of California and Alabama, and even in the Bahamas. But Colleen’s disappearance is still unsolved.

Authorities do not believe that Colleen left on her own accord, but they are unsure of the exact circumstances that led to Colleen going missing. Colleen was declared legally dead in November 2007.

If Colleen is still alive today, she would be 40 years old. She is described as having blonde hair with red highlights, hazel eyes and a large tattoo of a multicoloured butterfly on her back. She also has Chinese characters tattooed on her right ankle and an unspecified tattoo on her left ankle. Colleen had her ears, tongue and belly button pierced. Colleen was known to dye her hair, and her hair is naturally curly but she often straightens it.

At the time of her disappearance, Colleen was 5″2′ and weighed 95 pounds. It is unknown exactly what she was wearing, but she would normally be wearing jeans, a t-shirt and platform shoes. She was wearing blue earrings.

If you have any information on Colleen’s whereabouts or any information about her disappearance, please contact the Plantation Police Department at 954-797-2118.

Colleen age-progressed to 38. Credit: Missing Alert / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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“Edna”

Edna is the name given to an unidentified woman whose remains were found on the 19th of July, 1972, in a wooded area that is located just off State Road 50 and High Corner Road in Brooksville, Florida.

Her body was found wrapped in a yellow and brown bedspread or quilt, which its pattern has been described as a “Pineapple Damask” print with three square corners and one rounded corner.

The Bedding. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Wiki
Reconstructed image of the bedding. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Wiki

Authorities were able to determine that Edna had been strangled to death just 3 to 4 days before she was discovered. She was wearing a white bra and white bikini-style pants.

Edna is described as being a white female between the ages of 25 and 45. She stood between 5′ and 5’1″ and weighed between 130 to 140 pounds. Edna also had brown hair between 4 and 6 inches long, and her teeth were not in very good condition with only six upper and six lower teeth remaining.

It is possible that Edna had been seen alive just a few days before being found deceased. A witness saw a woman matching Edna’s description with two other people inside of a 1961/1962 white Ford Falcon. The group was then seen leaving the vehicle and going into the woods, before returning later with one member of the group missing. Authorities have also theorised that Edna may have travelled to the area from Alabama or North Florida quite recently.

In 2015 Edna’s body was exhumed for additional testing and to make a newer reconstruction of her face. Isotope tests revealed that Edna had been living in the US for at least 5 to 10 years, with several of those years being spent in Florida.

As of 2022, Edna’s true identity has still not been found.

Do you know who she is?

Reconstruction of Edna. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Wiki

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Unsolved, Unidentified, Jane Doe, Unidentified Person, Cold Case, True Crime, Mystery, Florida, 1972, Brooksville, Murder, Homicide

Broward County Jane Doe (1984)

On the 18th of February, 1984, the body of a young woman was found in Davie, Florida. She was pulled out of a canal, and it is estimated that she had died from strangulation just 2 days before being found.

Jane Doe is described as being between 18 and 35 years old at the time of her death, and weighing around 120 lbs. She was a white female with blonde hair and hazel eyes, and she had a gap between her front teeth.

There are some who speculate that she may have been the first known victim of the serial killer Christopher Wilder, but this has never been confirmed. 14 women have been ruled out as being Broward County Jane Doe, but her true identity is unknown.

Do you recognise her?

Reconstruction of Jane Doe. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom / Carl Koppelman

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DeSoto County John Doe (2013)

On the 14th of June 2013, in Arcadia, Florida, the skeletal remains of a John Doe were recovered. It is believed that he died a month or so before he was found, and his cause of death has been ruled a homicide.

John Doe is either a Hispanic or white male who stood between 4’9″ and 5’3″. He weighed between 125-150 pounds and was between 25 – 50 years old when he passed away. He also had Klippel-Feil syndrome, which resulted in a very short neck. He had black hair, but his eye colour is unknown.

He was found wearing a long-sleeved blue work shirt with vertical white stripes and patches reading “Shore Mechanical Corp” and “Gary”. Unfortunately, this has not helped to give the man his true identity back. /

The shirt John Doe was wearing. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom

John Doe was also wearing a black tank top, grey work pants, brown “Rhino” boots in a size 8 and a brown belt with a “Virgin Mary” or “Guadelupe” belt buckle.

At the time of this article, DeSoto County John Doe has yet to be formally identified. Do you know who he is?

Reconstruction of John Doe. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom
Reconstruction of John Doe. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom

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Unidentified, Unsolved, John Doe, Homicide, DeSoto County, Florida, 2013, Unidentified Person, True Crime, Mystery, Unsolved

“Randy”

“Randy” is the name given to the skeletal remains of a man found in an orange grove off Curley Road in San Antonio, Florida, in January 1989. He is thought to have been discovered 6 months after he had died, and he died from a gunshot wound in a suspected homicide.

“Randy” is believed to be between 30 and 50 years old at the time of his death, and he stood between 5″6′ and 5″7′. He was a white male and had reddish/brown hair. His eye colour could not be determined due to the state of his remains, and neither could his weight.

His teeth were not in good condition, as he had upper and lower partial denture plates which had been made out of chrome cobalt and acrylic. The dentures appeared to be relatively new as there were hardly any stains or wear on them. Tooth #15 was tilted mesially, tooth #17 was chipped and tooth #20 was rotated distally. He also had generalised periodontal disease.

“Randy” also had a couple of distinctive tattoos.

The first was a green flaming dragon winding around a confederate flag and a nude woman who was wearing red high heels on his left forearm.

The second was the letters “HFD” below a swastika and a Norse cross with Harley Davidson wings in front of a confederate flag on his left upper arm.

Reconstruction of what “Randy’s” tattoo may have looked like. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom

At the time of his death, “Randy” was wearing brown cowboy boots, Navy blue work pants size 32 and inseam 28 which had two spots of red paint on them and there was a tag on the waistband with the name “Randy” written on it, a Sunbelt Sportswear black sleeveless shirt with “Black Hills of South Dakota” written on the front and a Native American in front of several teepees and a shield was on the back, a grey sock with yellow and blue stripes and a white sock with red stripes.

The front of “Randy”‘s shirt. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom
The back of “Randy”‘s shirt. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom
“Randy”‘s pants. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom

He also had the following items with him at the time of his death: a pink gas lighter, a green gas lighter, a few pellets of birdshot, a quarter dated 1980, an empty can of Budweiser and thick-lensed glasses from the Givenchy brand.

It has been over 33 years since “Randy” was found, will we ever know his true identity?

Reconstruction of “Randy”. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom
“Randy”‘s glasses. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom

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Unsolved, Mystery, True Crime, Randy, Murder, Homicide, John Doe, 1989, Florida, Unidentified

Jennifer Joyce Kesse

Jennifer Joyce Kesse was born on the 20th May 1981 in New Jersey, USA. She studied at the University of Central Florida, and in 2003 she graduated with a degree in finance.

In January 2006, Jennifer is working as a finance manager at Central Florida Investments Timeshare Company in Ocoee, Florida.

On the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of January 2006, Jennifer and her boyfriend spent the weekend on holiday in Saint Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Isles.

They returned home on Sunday the 22nd of January, and Jennifer stayed at her boyfriend’s house that night.

On the morning of Monday, 23rd January, Jennifer headed straight from her boyfriend’s home to work.

At 6pm that evening, Jennifer left work and called her parents. She arrived home safely, and at around 10pm that same evening, she called her boyfriend to say goodnight.

This was the last time anyone would hear from Jennifer.

Jennifer Kesse. Credit: NBCNews.com

Between 8:00am and 9:00am, Jennifer’s boyfriend tries to call her on the way to work as he would usually have heard from her by then, but her phone goes straight to voicemail. He marks it down to a meeting that she mentioned. He did try to call her a few other times, but each attempt went straight to voicemail.

Within the same hour, Jennifer’s parents were informed that she had not shown up to work that day. They informed her boyfriend.

At 11:00am, Jennifer’s employer contacts her parents again to say that she still had not turned up at work that day. Jennifer’s parents begin driving from Tampa to Orlando. Her parents contact the manager of her condominium that she owned in Orlando, and ask the manager to check the apartment she had. The manager says that everything inside of the apartment looked normal and that her car was not parked outside.

Between 3:00-3:15pm, Jennifer’s parents and her brother arrive at her apartment. They find evidence that Jennifer had been home that morning, so they contact the police.

That evening, her family started distributing flyers in the area with her photo on, and police start searching her apartment.

Authorities have theorised that Jennifer was abducted between leaving her apartment and getting into her car, as there were no signs of forced entry at her apartment and no evidence that anyone besides Jennifer had been at her apartment that morning.

On Thursday, the 26th of January, just two days after Jennifer had been reported missing, her abandoned car was found parked at another apartment building just a mile away from her own apartment. Investigators found that there were several hidden security cameras at the parking lot where Jennifer’s car had been found.

After reviewing the footage, investigators identified a “person of interest” who dropped off Jennifer’s car at the parking lot at around 12pm on the day she disappeared. Unfortunately, whilst investigators were able to get photos of this person, the fencing from the apartment building has obscured their face in every shot.

The image of the person of interest. Credit: CBS News

None of Jennifer’s family or friends recognised this person, and the lack of being able to make out any distinctive physical features makes it incredibly hard to identify this person. The FBI did analyse this video and have managed to put the suspect at around 5″3′ and 5″5′. They were not able to determine the gender of the person.

Jennifer’s car was forensically examined, but all that was found was a fingerprint and a small DNA fibre. They suspect that her car had been wiped down. As some of Jennifer’s valuables had been left in the car, investigators were fairly certain that this wasn’t a robbery.

The items that are known to be missing are her mobile phone, her iPod, her briefcase and the clothes she was wearing. Attempts to try to ping her mobile phone have been unsuccessful, as her phone has been switched off the whole time. None of Jennifer’s bank accounts have been used since.

Investigators interviewed Jennifer’s close friends and family, to see if they knew anyone that was capable of hurting Jennifer. Jennifer’s boyfriend had a solid alibi and was ruled out as a suspect, as was her ex-boyfriend who had recently been trying to get back with her.

Her apartment at the condominium in Orlando had been undergoing major work at the time of her disappearance, and Jennifer had told several family members that the workers had been catcalling and harassing her. Due to a language barrier, detectives were unable to interview most of the workers. No other leads or investigations into the workers were found.

Jennifer’s work computer was also taken for forensic examination, from which detectives learnt that a manager at her workplace wanted a relationship with Jennifer, but that she denied him because she was uncomfortable with workplace relations. The manager was interviewed multiple times but was ultimately ruled out as a suspect.

Jennifer’s family and authorities are open to the theory that she may have fallen victim to human trafficking, but think that other possibilities are more likely.

As of June the 10th, 2010, the FBI are the lead investigators in this case. They are actively searching and pursuing any leads that come in.

Jennifer Kesse. Credit: News 13

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Viola Marie Findley

Viola Marie Findley was a 28-year-old mum to three children. She and her children lived in Waterloo, Iowa at the time of her disappearance.

In the summer of 1983, Viola left Iowa with a friend to visit her family down in Daytona Beach, Florida. Her three children remained in Iowa.

In early September 1983, Viola left Daytona Beach to return home to Waterloo. After leaving her mothers home that morning, Viola has never been seen again.

Ten days after Viola still had not returned home, her mother contacted the police in Daytona Beach and reported her missing.

Viola Marie Findley. Credit: Thevanishedpodcast.com

Viola’s case is a very hard one to investigate because no one knows exactly where she went missing between Florida and Iowa. You have to pass through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri to get from Daytona Beach to Waterloo if you are driving, and perhaps, even more, states if she took the bus or train.

Twelve years after Viola’s disappearance, in 1995, Viola’s mother had a presumptive death certificate issued. The death certificate does not have anybody or the place of death listed on it. Unfortunately, police placed this certificate in storage, where it was eventually destroyed by a flood.

As of 2021, Viola is still classed as missing. No trace of her has ever been found. Her family say that she would never have abandoned her children, and that she had no history of legal trouble or mental issues.

Viola Marie Findley age-progressed to 62. Credit: Iowacoldcases.org

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Missing, Unsolved, USA, Florida, Iowa, True Crime, Mystery

Haleigh Cummings

Haleigh Cummings is a 5-year-old girl from Satsuma, Florida, who went missing from her family’s trailer on the 10th February 2009.

Haleigh, along with her 4-year-old brother Ronald Jr, was staying at her father’s, Ronald Cummings, house the night she went missing. Ronald was out working a midnight shift as a crane operator. Ronald’s girlfriend, 17-year-old Misty Croslin, was looking after the children at home.

Misty’s recollection of events that night keeps changing. At first, she claimed that Haleigh slept in the big bed with her, but she then claimed that Haleigh was actually sleeping on a mattress on the floor just four feet away from the bed.

Misty said she went to sleep at around 10:00pm that night. The back door to the trailer was locked, and even Ronald himself said that it was very tricky for an adult to open, so there is no way a 5-year-old girl would have been able to open it.

Misty claims she woke up in the night to find the kitchen light on, and the back door being kept open by a cinder block. It was then she realised that Haleigh was missing.

Haleigh Cummings. Credit: NBC

Ronald Cummings had got custody of his two children because their mother, Crystal Sheffield, had a history of drug problems. Crystal also missed the custody hearing because Ronald lied to her about when the hearing was. Crystal was also unemployed at this time, which was used against her.

Police were informed about Haleigh’s disappearance, and they began to start searching the local area. To this day, investigators still believe that Misty did not tell them the whole truth about the night Haleigh went missing and that she is holding back vital information that could move the case forward and potentially find Haleigh.

Ronald and Misty got married not long after Haleigh’s disappearance. When questioned by a news presenter as to why he married Misty so soon after his daughter had gone missing, Ronald became defensive and essentially told the news presenter to “mind your own business.”

Ronald and Misty were involved in a world full of drug use and violence. It came as no surprise when both Ronald and Misty were arrested in January 2010, for drug trafficking.

Ronald was sentenced to 15 years in prison, which was a reduced sentence as he agreed to testify in all future cases involving the drug counts he was charged with, and the case of his missing daughter, Haleigh. He is due to be released in October 2022.

Misty was sentenced to 25 years in prison and is due to be released in January 2032. Since being arrested, Misty has not given any new information to the police regarding Haleigh’s disappearance.

As of 2021, Haleigh is still considered to be a missing person. Her paternal grandmother, Teresa, believes she is still alive. Speaking to News4Jax, she said: “There is nothing to tell me that she isn’t still alive.”

The former lead detective in Haleigh’s case said they have no evidence to suggest that she is dead and that they urge Misty to tell them the truth about what happened that night.

Haleigh is age-progressed to 16 years old. Credit: News4jax.com

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Unsolved, Missing, Missing Child, USA, True Crime, Mystery