John Doe 2 - Tom Green County, Tx
November 01, 1996
Tom Green County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a man whose remains were discovered in December 1996 in Tom Green County. Investigators estimate that the man died in the beginning of November 1996. The cause of death is unknown.
On Dec. 2, 1996, the man's body was found in a pasture in the northern part of Tom Green County near the northeast bank of O.C. Fisher Lake. Based on multiple forensic analyses, the man is believed to be Caucasian, although mixed Hispanic descent should not be ruled out.
A DPS Texas Rangers' forensic artist was able to develop a facial reconstruction image (pictured below) from the skull of the decedent. At the time of his death, he was estimated to be between the ages of 28 and 50, and approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with a slight frame. His hair was medium-brown or possibly red, although its lightened appearance may have been due to sun exposure before the body was discovered. The hairstyle and length depicted in the facial rendering is an exact likeness to the victim's hair at time of death.
Items found with the victim's remains include:
•White socks and Brahma-brand hiking boots (size 7 ½ )
•Light-blue Levi's-brand 550 relaxed-fit, button-fly jeans with a 31-inch waist, 34-inch length
•A Roundtree and Yorke-brand burgundy pullover sweatshirt (size large)
•An open package of GPC-brand cigarettes
•A green Outdoor Products-brand backpack containing cans of Cougar-brand snuff and assorted toiletries
•On the outside of the upper flap of the backpack the words, "Wayne Rudd Austin, TX. And damn proud of it!" were handwritten in dark marker. Leads related to Texas men with the name Wayne Rudd, or variations of such, have been explored over the years without positive results.
Law enforcement encourages anyone with a missing relative to submit a familial reference sample of DNA by contacting the agency that investigated their relative's disappearance. The process is simple and free, usually consisting of a simple cheek-swabbing; however, it must be done through a law enforcement agency.
Anyone with information about a person similar to this unknown man's description should contact Lt. Terry Lowe at the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office at 325-655-8111 or the DPS Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 800-346-3243 . Or call Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS or use our app P3Tips. All callers remain anonymous.
For more information related to this case or to see additional images of items found with the remains, visit the Missing & Unidentified Persons Clearinghouse web page.
Baby "John Doe"
July 18, 1996
Few of us will ever forget the sight of an officer lifting the body of a newborn baby from a trash dumpster in Odessa on July 18, 1996. Homicide investigators have spent hundreds of hours trying to identify this child but have had no success.
July 07, 1994
Denise Christie was last seen in the parking lot of a motel at 2nd and West County Road on about January 7, 1994. Approx. 4 weeks later her body was found in a vacant lot just 2 blocks away. She had been strangled to death.
July 04, 1993
On the night of July 4, 1993 Steve Brosch was passing thru an area in the 2000 block of Moss Ave. when he saw several grass fires which were threatening near by homes. As he attempted to help put out the fires, Brosch was struck by a vehicle that left the scene. He died a short time later from the injuries he sustained.
Hubert Dean then 69 years old was found unconscious outside his home in the 300 blk of Lindy around 3 a.m. on January 16, 1978. The apparent victim of a robbery he later died from his injuries. Dean was known to carry large sums of money on his person in his capacity as a deliveryman for an Odessa liquor firm. For 25 years detectives have been stumped. There were no witnesses and Dean never regained consciousness to tell what happened.
February 25, 1992
Teresa Wagner was last seen on the night of January 10, 1992 at an Odessa night club partying with friends. 46 days later on February 25th her body was located in west Ector County, about ½ mile north of I20 near FM 866 on an oilfield lease road. At the time she was 25 years old.
Her badly decomposed body left few clues for investigators. A tattoo of a Pegasus on the back of her right shoulder would later aid in identifying her. Autopsy reports state her death was a result of an undetermined cause, but investigators strongly believe foul play was involved. An extensive investigation eventually wound up at a stand still.
Teresa had 2 small children at the time of her death, who are now young adults. They want and deserve to know what happened to their mother. 23 years is a long to wonder and wait. Someone knows how Teresa ended up in that field and they know what caused her death.
October 08, 1991
UPDATE: On September 14, 2010 Leroy Flores Alaniz was arrested and charged with capital murder in connection with this armed robbery that resulted in the death of Larry Willsey.
On October 8, 1991, Larry Willsey was at the Party House Lounge on West County Road when two masked individuals entered the establishment and robbed several customers at gunpoint. During the robbery Mr. Willsey would not comply with their demands and was beaten severely. He suffered several blows to the head which ultimately led to his death.
Mary Kathleen Rodriguez
December 30, 1990
On December 30, 1990 the beaten and battered body of then 26 year old Mary Kathleen Rodriquez was found inside the residence where she worked and lived in west Odessa. Mary Kathleen had been last seen alive on December 28, 1990. It was determined that she died as the result of several blows to the head and investigators believe she knew her attacker.
February 18, 1989
February 15, 1989 was the last time anyone saw 15 year old Wendy Burdette alive. A couple of days later a man came across her body on a back lot in the 2800 blk of west 2nd street. Wendy had been stabbed numerous times.
Brenda Kay Van Ginkel
July 30, 1988
Brenda Kay Van Ginkel’s body was found approx 50 yards south of 42nd
and Comanche in western Ector County on July 30, 1988. She was killed by a gunshot wound to the head and chest.
Joe Doe 1 Tom Green County, Texas
November 15, 1987
The Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office on Monday released photos of facial reconstruction performed to identify a man whose body was discovered nearly 31 years ago at the Twin Buttes Reservoir in the southwest part of Tom Green County.
The man’s body was discovered Nov. 15th, 1987 and was in an advanced state of decomposition.
The photos, which were based on forensic anthropology and dental examinations, as well as DNA samples, revealed a male about 17 to 27 years of age, Caucasian or possibly Hispanic in ancestry. Additionally, the Forensic Anthropologist was able to tell Investigators that John Doe had suffered from Spina Bifida, which was confined to the Sacral area of the spine. It is possible that “John Doe” did not know he had the defect.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of this John Doe and this case is asked to contact either Lt. Terry Lowe or Sgt. Billy Fiveash at the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office, (325) 655-8111. Or call Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS or use our app P3Tips. All callers remain anonymous.