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Posted: Jan 2 2009, 01:45 PM


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Hi, My name is Ellen
I started this site to help find the missing and give the unidentified of Mississippi their names back.
I have worked with various missing persons groups for over 13 years.
I have helped identify 8 persons and given their families much needed closure. I hope to help more families in the future.
I have lived in Mississippi since 2001.
I am also in the Gulf Coast Search and Rescue, a volunteer 2009-present.
* Cases I've helped solve
Gregory May from Bellvue , Iowa ( missing 2001-identified 04/2005) located deceased
http://www.doenetwork.org/Solves.html
CBS 48 Hrs Mystery : http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/01/04/...093_page4.shtml

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-girl-next-door-04-01-2006/4/

Robert Ezzell from Jacksonville, Florida ( missing 2001-Identified 08/2005) located deceased
http://www.doenetwork.org/Solves.html

Jean Marie Stewart from Miami-Dade , Florida ( missing 1981-Identified 12/2007) located deceased
http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/in...showtopic=26306
Article on Jeans case& solve: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07347/841307-85.stm

Laquita Smith from Atlanta Georgia ( see comment below in another posting)
Missing 2008,Identified 08/ 2011... Located deceased

Robert Baynard from Phoenix, Missing 2004 - Identified, 09/ 2011 - located deceased in Glendale AZ ( see link in another posting below and comment)

Richard Bakker, missing 7-4-1950 from Holland , located alive and well in Austrailia ..located Aug- Dec 2012
This is an assisted solve, as I helped him communicate with the Dutch Missing site, Sent documents, ect...
http://z13.invisionfree.com/PorchlightAust...=599&st=0&#last

Kevin O'Brien from West Chester Pa missing 8/2009... Located deceased in Maine 9/2009 ... Identified by DNA 3/9/2012 (e-mail from ME and article below)

Christine Miller a January 1989 case from Tulsa, Ok... ID'd Dec. 2012, verified March 1, 2013.. ( letter below)

Credibility:

CBS 48 hrs. Mystery , with a clip of me trying to match a jane doe with a missing person(full video): http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=513...ain;contentBody

Officer.com article:
http://blog.officer.com/2008/07/19/leaving-the-light-on/

Desoto Magazine: April 2008 issue

Book: The Skeleton Crew by Deborah Halber ( 2014)
http://deborahhalber.mit.edu/
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Hello Ellen,

Thank you for your kindness and humanity. Few give missing persons any thought, But with public awareness sites such as this and with education for the law enforcement community, Hope can be generated for the grief riddle families of "The Missing". I laud loud praises for your accomplishment, and wish for you continued success in your quest for peace(of mind).

My son is a missing person's case in Mississippi (Yazoo county) but he isn't listed here. Then I noticed; "If you have a missing person to report, contact your law enforcement ageny." I did that, They even assigned a case #..(m-p 07-09-644) But I'm pretty sure that's as far as it went.
It's unfortunate that I live in Kentucky(for that reason) If I were able, I would have a second home at the SO in Yazoo. I would know everyone by first name. I would become a fixture.. Till my son was found..

Again Ellen, I thank you kindly, And pray for your success.
Stephen Johnston
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This is another of my matches in Atlanta, Georgia, Laquita Smith
Match Confirmed 08-03 2011
This was just a jaw bone located....no reconstruction

http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/in...opic=66923&st=0

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sorry for the delay. We’ve been trying to catch up with a couple of former UID cases here.



Yes, Laquita Smith was identified as our unidentified case 09-0952 through dental comparison last week. Det. Loy pickedup the dental records from a dentist here in Atlanta and Dr. Mary Beth Hauptle reviewed the radiographs and charting over the span of a couple of days and eventually arrived at the identification.

Thank you for your continued help and suggestions!


Tami J. Schroder

Senior Investigator

Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office

430 Pryor St SW

Atlanta, GA 30312

tami.schroder@FultonCountyGA.gov

(404) 613-4422
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Ell
Posted: Sep 29 2011, 05:05 PM


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Robert Baynard

Match confirmed 9-29-2011

http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/in...showtopic=67438




I am responding to your inquiry about the unidentified remains found in Glendale, Arizona on August 11th, 2011. I receive confirmation via DNA analysis the deceased is in fact Robert Anthony Baynard of Phoenix (ref:Phoenix Police missing report #2004-41218287). Local media outlets were asked to profile the decedent on their websites and newscasts in anticipation that viewers may have information about his demise. Thank you for notifying us about Mr. Baynard, it was invaluable for expediting the DNA process. Your work is an invaluable service to those who are still missing and their families.



Thank you,



Detective Sergei Droban

Glendale Police Department

Criminal Investigations Division

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Posted: Oct 23 2011, 07:31 PM


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an old article in Desoto Mag.

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Posted: Oct 23 2011, 07:33 PM


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Part 2 DeSoto Mag.

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Ell
Posted: Apr 25 2012, 06:34 AM


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I sent this possible match into ME and LE Jan. 2011

Maine unidentified located 9-13-2009
Matched with Kevin O'Brien missing from Pennsylvania 8-24-2009
There was no reconstruction..... just stats
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e-mail from David King ( ME)
Reply from David King:
King, David David.King@maine.gov

7:24 AM (47 minutes ago)
to me

Yes indeed, our unidentified in Windham was identified as Kevin O’Brien.

Thanks for all your help.

Dave


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Windham police, state close cold case
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Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012 4:48 pm
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After a two-and-a-half-year investigation, Windham police has closed its investigation of a body that was found off Webb Road in 2009 and deemed a suicide.
According to a press release issued late Thursday, authorities were able to identify the body after investigation by the Maine State Police Crime Lab. The body, identified through the process of DNA analysis and comparison, is that of Kevin O’Brien, 29, of West Chester, Penn.

The crime lab issued its findings to Windham police March 9. Since then, Windham police had been in contact with the West Chester Police Department and a member of O’Brien’s family investigating the details of O’Brien’s initial disappearance and how they may have played a part in his death in Maine. As a result of that investigation, the initial ruling of suicide was confirmed.
Both the Windham police and medical examiner have closed their involvement in the case
http://www.keepmecurrent.com/lakes_region_...19bb2963f4.html

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Posted: Nov 29 2012, 04:42 PM


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Richard Bakker / Allan Mckenzie

Letter from Allan:


Spoke to my half sister for the first time briefly last night
It really is amazing how all this is unfolding.

Thank you again for being part of it. It would not have happened without your involvement. I will stay in touch and let you know how it pans out.

My best
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Christine Miller case: ( there wasn't any stats on Christine, I went by timing and reconstruction of unidentified)

Hi Ellen-

We received verification in December 2012 that the DNA for UP 8908008 matched the familial DNA of MP Christine Miller.

Thanks for your help and let me know if you see any other potential matches-

Angela

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This a match I had sent in but not getting credit for because someone else had sent it in before me:

http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/in...2898&st=0&#last

http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/in...3068&st=0&#last

Hughes, 45, disappeared from Tiptonville, Tennessee on December 4, 1982. She left home with a male companion, L.V. Young, and never returned. A month later, their vehicle was found in the Mississippi River with Young's body inside. Hughes remained missing until May 2013, when her remains were identified. They had washed ashore on the banks of the river in a small Arkansas town 150 miles from where she disappeared.

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Posted: Oct 6 2014, 04:09 AM


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Sunherald article

Finding closure: Gulfport web sleuth a voice for nation's missing, unidentified

By JUSTIN MITCHELL

jmitchell@sunherald.com Twitter: Journalism_JOctober 4, 2014
2014-10-05T00:11:08Z
By JUSTIN MITCHELL Sun_Herald


GULFPORT -- From her desk in Orange Grove, Ellen Leach helped identify a skull found in a bucket of cement at a Missouri truck stop.

From Leach's 2005 findings, the skull was found to be that of Iowa antiques dealer Gregory May. May's remains were identified two days before his roommate, Douglas DeBruin, went to trial for May's murder.

Leach said DeBruin and his girlfriend were caught selling May's antique collection in Arizona.

"It would've been the first case in Iowa to go (to trial) without a body," Leach said.

Since 2005, Leach has helped solve eight cases around the country.

"That's kind of unheard of in the web-sleuth community," said Deborah Halber, author of "The Skeleton Crew," each chapter of which highlights a web sleuth who has helped solve cold cases across the nation.

Leach's story, "The Head in the Bucket," is chapter 12.

"This ID came through just in the nick of time to get the murderer convicted," Halber said.

Halber, a Boston resident, came to Gulfport to meet Leach last year after learning of her success in the web-sleuth community. She said Leach is a part of "a minority of people who are actually spending the time trying to identify the missing with unidentified remains."

A passion for closure

Leach moved to Gulfport in 2001, and that's when she began researching missing and unidentified websites and databases trying to find matches.

In 1995, two of Leach's younger cousins went missing, and it was later learned boys' mother drowned them. That inspired Leach to investigate missing persons and John and Jane Does, in hopes, she said, "to give families closure so they know where their loved one is … so they're not sitting there for 40 years waiting on them to come home."

Leach matched Gregory May's photo on a missing persons website to a clay reconstruction produced by Frank Bender. In those cases, Leach compares facial and physical features to find matches.

She saw similarities in May's eyebrows, hairline and nose-to-chin profile.

"You go through each case to compare them, and it's very time consuming," she said.

When reconstruction isn't available, Leach doesn't let that stop her from searching.

"I tend to go more by distance more than anything," she said.

Miami connection

In 2005, Leach used distance to identify a body found in a Miami canal.

Matching remains and missing-person profiles, she determined the body, found 20 miles from where he went missing, was that of Robert Ezzel.

On her desk are two computer screens that allow Leach to search missing-persons databases and unidentified remains databases simultaneously.

A retail clerk by day, she spends evenings and weekends researching.

She also runs the Mississippi Missing and Unidentified Persons website.

"She's dedicated to it," said Leach's partner and fellow web sleuth, Chip Glass. "She spends an enormous amount time on the computer and on that phone."

Glass helps Leach verify all her leads to ensure corrections are accurate, and he works on his own cases. "She'll work on any of them I've got," he said.

Coastal connection

Leach hasn't been solved any cold cases or missing-person profiles in South Mississippi yet, and she said getting cases here can be a challenge.

"She needs to get one in Mississippi so she can get credibility with the locals," Glass said.

But Leach has found allies in Pascagoula police investigator Darren Versiga, Harrison County Fire Services Chief Pat Sullivan and Harrison County sheriff's investigator Kristi Johnson.

"She does a great job," Sullivan said at a web sleuth panel Thursday at Island View Casino, which featured "The Skeleton Crew" and Leach's story.

Sullivan spoke about key elements in an investigation and why time is important.

Versiga and Johnson laid out missing and unidentified cases from Harrison and Jackson counties.

They said investigators from Coast counties are now working together to solve cases, a change from the past.

"Ellen knew more about what was going on in these coastal counties than we did when we first started," Versiga said.

Leach said she has been given access to many of Johnson's and Versiga's case files.

Versiga said he enjoys talking with Leach and appreciates her dedication.

"She's constantly emailing and calling me and having me dig up a case, and I enjoy doing that," he said. Leach said she has some matches pending, but May's case was the most interesting so far.

Halber said she was glad to include Leach's work in her book.

"She's one of the top web sleuths in the country, I think," she said.
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Leach has helped solve 8 cases around the country

By JUSTIN MITCHELL

The Sun HeraldOctober 12, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. — From her desk in Orange Grove, Ellen Leach helped identify a skull found in a bucket of cement at a Missouri truck stop.

From Leach's 2005 findings, the skull was found to be that of Iowa antiques dealer Gregory May. May's remains were identified two days before his roommate, Douglas DeBruin, went to trial for May's murder.

Leach said DeBruin and his girlfriend were caught selling May's antique collection in Arizona.

"It would've been the first case in Iowa to go (to trial) without a body," Leach said.

Since 2005, Leach has helped solve eight cases around the country.

"That's kind of unheard of in the web-sleuth community," said Deborah Halber, author of "The Skeleton Crew," each chapter of which highlights a web sleuth who has helped solve cold cases across the nation.

Leach's story, "The Head in the Bucket," is chapter 12.

"This ID came through just in the nick of time to get the murderer convicted," Halber said.

Halber, a Boston resident, came to Gulfport to meet Leach last year after learning of her success in the web-sleuth community. She said Leach is a part of "a minority of people who are actually spending the time trying to identify the missing with unidentified remains."

Leach moved to Gulfport in 2001, and that's when she began researching missing and unidentified websites and databases trying to find matches.

In 1995, two of Leach's younger cousins went missing, and it was later learned boys' mother drowned them. That inspired Leach to investigate missing persons and John and Jane Does, in hopes, she said, "to give families closure so they know where their loved one is . so they're not sitting there for 40 years waiting on them to come home."

Leach matched Gregory May's photo on a missing persons website to a clay reconstruction produced by Frank Bender. In those cases, Leach compares facial and physical features to find matches.

She saw similarities in May's eyebrows, hairline and nose-to-chin profile.

"You go through each case to compare them, and it's very time consuming," she said.

When reconstruction isn't available, Leach doesn't let that stop her from searching.

"I tend to go more by distance more than anything," she said.

In 2005, Leach used distance to identify a body found in a Miami canal.

Matching remains and missing-person profiles, she determined the body, found 20 miles from where he went missing, was that of Robert Ezzel.

On her desk are two computer screens that allow Leach to search missing-persons databases and unidentified remains databases simultaneously.

A retail clerk by day, she spends evenings and weekends researching.

She also runs the Mississippi Missing and Unidentified Persons website.

"She's dedicated to it," said Leach's partner and fellow web sleuth, Chip Glass. "She spends an enormous amount time on the computer and on that phone."

Glass helps Leach verify all her leads to ensure corrections are accurate, and he works on his own cases. "She'll work on any of them I've got," he said.

Leach hasn't been solved any cold cases or missing-person profiles in South Mississippi yet, and she said getting cases here can be a challenge.

"She needs to get one in Mississippi so she can get credibility with the locals," Glass said.

Leach has found allies in Pascagoula police investigator Darren Versiga, Harrison County Fire Services Chief Pat Sullivan and Harrison County sheriff's investigator Kristi Johnson.

"She does a great job," Sullivan said.

They said investigators from coast counties are now working together to solve cases, a change from the past.

"Ellen knew more about what was going on in these coastal counties than we did when we first started," Versiga said.

Leach said she has been given access to many of Johnson's and Versiga's case files.

Versiga said he enjoys talking with Leach and appreciates her dedication.

"She's constantly emailing and calling me and having me dig up a case, and I enjoy doing that," he said. Leach said she has some matches pending, but May's case was the most interesting so far.

Halber said she was glad to include Leach's work in her book.

"She's one of the top web sleuths in the country, I think," she said.

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2014/10/12/585152...l#storylink=cpy
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