Skeletal remains of an adult male were discovered in an irrigation ditch in Butte County, CA on March 12, 1998.
The body of an adult male was discovered inside an abandoned house in Vallejo, CA on August 31, 2010.
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An adult male mummified body was discovered in an abandoned restaurant in Sacramento, CA on October 11, 2010.
The body of an adult male was discovered deposited on Sheldon Road near Sacramento, CA on September 1, 1989.
an identification is only possible if people work together as a team. It takes the expertise of many people, from different fields, to accurately reconstruct the face of a person.
From the Investigator who worked the crime scene to the Anthropologist who examined the bones, or the Odontologist who studied the teeth... each person's role fits another piece to the puzzle in finding someone's identity.
cases are only successful because of the many dedicated professionals that believe in not letting someone stay a "john or a jane doe"...
On June 29, 2001, firefighters responded to a fire in a dumpster at 7933 18th Ave in Sacramento, CA. When the flames were extinguished, they discovered the charred remains of a young female...
Art and Forensics
"They call to us from beyond the grave. We answer their call and bring them justice."
Skeletal remains of an adult male were found in a vacant lot in Sacramento, CA on August 31, 1993.
Leon Danker was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on Halloween in 1950 and was the third of three boys. He became a skilled mechanic in high school and opened his own shop after graduating in 1969. The only notable event after that was his brief marriage (less than one month) before his abrupt departure from everyone.
The last contact his family had with Leon was in 1978 when he called them from Colorado asking for money to get him back home. Fifty dollars was wired and they never heard from him again…
~ A Cold Case Investigation ~
Mr. Danker had been associated with a victim (Mary Scott) of a homicide 3 years earlier, and the detective investigating the case had not been able to find him. Because Leon was homeless, the detective began to believe that he had died. The detective went to the Sacramento County Coroner’s website and looked at the unidentified persons page. It was on that website that he recognized the facial reconstruction sketch as being Leon Danker.
DNA later confirmed he was right. It had been 28 years since his family had heard from him. Now they had closure.
In 2002, an adult male was found lying unconscious on the side of the road. He was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.
I completed a postmortem sketch.
In 2009, seven years later, his identity was confirmed through fingerprints.
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Skeletal remains of an adult woman were discovered near the city of Isleton, CA on March 29, 2008.
In May 1980, the body of a man was found in an almond orchard in the Sacramento area. In 2016, after 36 years, he has a name...
Known as Joseph Zale for over 20 years, his identity still remains a mystery.
His body was found in Sacramento, CA on December 4, 1999.
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