Saturday, January 31, 2015

"Unidentified Girl" Identified After 35 Years

Found murdered in a Caledonia, New York in 1979, the Floridian girl buried locally under a gravestone marked "Unidentified Girl" has finally been identified — 'A huge, huge day for Tammy Jo'.

Former Livingston County Sheriff John M. York, whom we learn "continued to visit Alexander’s grave on her birthday each year and left flowers," said
    It’s somebody’s child. She deserved better. We always knew we would it, we had it. We always knew the Internet would help. We had flooded the Florida area ... but nobody cared. It was so important to at least give her the name and the decency of a human being. Obviously, her parents never gave her that.
A moving article on the locals who performed Corporal Works of Mercy for this unidentified girl by giving her a decent, Christian burial and making annual pilgrimages to her grave — They never stopped caring for Tammy Jo.

"We’re going to engrave her name on the stone,” said York. Our Christian civilization cares for its dead. Rest in peace, Tammy Jo.

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Blogger Steve Hayes said...

A sad yet encouraging story that raises more questions than it answers. How did they visit her grave on her birthday when they didn't know who she was?

Who were her parents, how was she identified, and when and where did she disappear from? What schools did she attend? Didn't any school friends comment on her disappearance?

February 1, 2015 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger Steve Hayes said...

PS. I've just read a novel set in your area, I think. It wasn't a very good one. My review here: The Lake of Dreams (book review) | Notes from underground

February 1, 2015 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

I had the same question about her birthday, too. I think it was a local reporter's error. May he meant the anniversary of her burial.

Her school friend's didn't report her missing until three decades later! Her parents didn't even report her missing. Sad reminder that some people are just forgotten.

The small town sheriff took it personally all his life. I heard him on TV say, his voice breaking with emotion 35 years later, "How could anyone just throw a child away?"

February 4, 2015 at 9:26 PM  

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