My Favorite Murder Presents: The Fall Line - Season 9 - Episode 1
I. This is exactly right. The fall line is an investigative show covering unsolved murders and disappearances in the southeastern United States, particularly cases involving communities marginalized by mainstream media or investigation through intensive research and compelling narratives. The fall line builds the knowledge base on little known cases. You can listen and subscribe to the fall line, and all of exactly right shows on apple podcasts stitcher who wherever you like to listen. We wanted to take a moment to share some of the important work that the fall line podcast is doing to cover overlooked cold cases within marginalized communities in the southeast. Their latest season highlights the cases of missing teenager the Ryan Nicholson an unidentified homicide victim both set against one of the worst tornadoes that Nashville Tennessee has ever seen so keep listening to hear their story beginning with episode, one unidentified man, and then please go to the fall line feed, and you can hear episode. Episode to son of Nashville that's out right now and then please go to the fallen podcast dot Com and follow the show at Fall Line podcast on twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to the fall line on Stitcher podcasts or wherever you listen, we hear it exactly right are so proud to have the show roster as please check it out. Thanks so much. This is the first episode in a three part series. It discusses crime scenes graphic injury autopsy in violence. Listener discretion is advised. This is the fall line. From the Archives of the United States National Weather Service. The following is directly excerpted from reports of the nineteen eight Nashville Tornado. Quote. At historic Tornado outbreak of at least thirteen tornadoes struck Middle Tennessee on April Sixteenth nineteen ninety eight. Many of these tornadoes for strong or violent and tracked long distances, killing four people and injuring nearly one hundred people while causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, the most infamous tornado during outbreak struck downtown, Nashville, blowing out numerous windows and skyscrapers and causing the clubs, some older buildings. This tornado outbreak was unusual in several respects. The event lasted nearly the entire day with the first round of severe weather, beginning very early around four M, central standard time, and the second and more significant round of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes occurring during the afternoon and evening. The tornado went through downtown Nashville at three forty PM and on toward East Nashville Donelson and hermitage. The tornado blew out many windows on office buildings, the nationsbank office towers were one of the hardest hit buildings in Nashville thirty private airplanes were damaged at. Ford Airport. Thirty five buildings in downtown Nashville were red, tagged meaning these buildings were structurally unsound. At, least three hundred homes for damaged in East Nashville. Many homes lost a good part of their roofs. Trees were uprooted. Telephone Poles were knocked down. Saint Ann's Episcopal Church which is well over one hundred years old received major damage uprooted trees damaged roofs, too many homes with the story across Donelson Hermitage. Numerous windows were blown out at the Gaylord building and Donaldson. About half the trees that is over a thousand trees were blown down Andrew Jackson's home. The Hermitage. Mayor Phil Bredesen's close to downtown Nashville on Friday April seventeenth. Many workers had an unscheduled holiday. The downtown area was reopened Monday April twentieth. End Quote. Everyone knows a little something about Nashville the home of country and bluegrass northeast of Memphis. Where rock and roll and rhythm and blues were born, though both might claim it, it's Nashville that gets the title of Music City maybe more rhinestone than diamond of Tennessee a state. The name derived from the Cherokee town of Nasi. Nashville sits in the middle region of the state on rich soil. It's over five hundred square miles and one of the largest cities by land mass in the southeast. In terms of population Nashville proper is home over half a million little. Richard lived in Nashville for years holding as the Tennessee newspaper describes quote long residencies in the famed R&B. Clubs on Jefferson Street. There's Dolly Parton Justin Timberlake Young Buck Carrie underwood the list of stars who were from or who live in Nashville who can sometimes be spotted downtown where tour snapped pictures of the city's walk of fame. They seem unless. Online vacation guides are crowded with memorabilia shops to peruse restaurants serving Nashville hot chicken and links to book a seat at the Grand Ole opry your to download a map of music row. Nashville is also home to Tennessee. State University, Fisk University and Mary Medical College all three, historically black colleges and universities. The latter two were founded in the decade after the civil war, and there's also vanderbilt named after an American millionaire who provided its initial endowment. His name is all over town including the various vanderbilt medical facilities that serve the city. It's a music town, a college town, an everlasting tourist attraction and a city that's faced numerous natural disasters. Nashville has seen floods, a collapsed reservoir, tornadoes, fire and heat waves, blizzards and earthquakes when it comes to states of emergency. Nashville Tennessee has been host to more than its fair share of trouble. Nineteen Ninety eight was a particularly bad year. On April Fifteenth April sixteenth of that year, deadly Tornados swept through the southeast. Much of the damage was concentrated in Tennessee and Mississippi on April. Sixteen th at about five PM. Downtown Nashville was hit according to the Atlanta. Journal constitution quote. Tornado roared down music row, sending tourist, running for cover that tornado quote touchdown in Centennial Park before cutting a pack clean through downtown Nashville. The damage was extensive, uprooted trees, crushed power lines, residential homes government buildings. The AJC reported that the tornado even quote, rip the seal off the state flag. It hit retail stores Honky tonks in the football stadium where residents saw parts of the structure quote being tossed around. Let popsicle sticks. A reporter for the Tennessean described. The aftermath is chaotic lights down residents driving recklessly through intersections strewn with debris. At least one hundred people were injured, and one was killed a student from Vanderbilt University. Per the Jackson Sun he was quote crushed underneath the tree in centennial. Park according to the article, there had been no tornado siren to warn residents to take cover. All told Nashville face roughly seven million dollars worth of damage. Different media outlets gave varying totals for the cost in the number of injured, but they all agreed. The city was seriously impacted. A. State of emergency was declared the Boston. Globe reported that then Vice President Al Gore went down to Tennessee to view the aftermath. East Nashville, the hardest hit, saw massive recovery and cleanup efforts in the days following the storm. A twenty, thirteen Tennessee and retrospective recalls the former National Mayor Phil Gresson quote personally directed traffic as cleanup trucks rolled through. The destruction would take weeks to assess. Contain Andrew Perr. And, it wasn't limited to Nashville much of Tennessee, have been hit in the following weeks Tennessee. News was dominated by that storm. The repairs the stretched thin public services the first responders. And maybe that's why. One of the reasons why the body found in North Nashville just a few days before the tornadoes hit got so little press. That discovery came on Monday April thirteenth, nineteen ninety eight, a cool clear morning in Nashville. It was around eight am that someone called the police to report the? The collar lived on Mary Street. A. Dead End Road in North Nashville. The street runs up against interstate to sixty five where patchy woods meet the road barrier and back then there were a few vacant lots at the end of the road to so no direct neighbors where the street ran into the embankment. According to the Tennessean that particular spot was known as a convenient place to abandon strip cars. Mary Street was reportedly popular with sex workers to, and it wasn't unusual for residents to see cars on the street at all hours. Her, the Tennessean residents had heard a car early on the morning of the thirteenth at around five am nothing remarkable there as noted the streets traffic, but as the sun rose, it became evident that something happened left behind something burning. A crime stoppers bulletin published later that summer. A Mary Street residents saw a rolled up beige carpet at the end of her road. It was still smoldering. And wrapped inside that charred material was the body. The victim was so profoundly burned that per the Tennessean first responders could not guess at race, gender or age or cause of death. The fire hadn't spread, but kerosene sprayed on the carpet had created a very intense heat, and yet no one had heard a thing. As reporter John Yates pointed out the traffic from highly to sixty five would probably have drowned out quote more suspicious sounds. Police arrived, and the scene was photographed and processed, but it would take a medical examination to determine more about the victim. The police report is brief quote. The body was found in a prone face up position at the dead end of Mary Street in North. Nashville at the time of this report body could not be identified. Having been burnt beyond recognition, the body was transported episode Bessie for further examination. The case remains open as of April thirteenth nineteen. Ninety eight at fifteen hundred hours. Hours then there were two articles at least that we found published on the discovery of this victim. They are also brief the Tennesseans. Initial report didn't contain the information about the carpet. Likely that detail hadn't been released to the press at the time of publication. Perhaps there would have been a follow up as soon as the coroner's report was in. Had there not been a dramatic change to the Nashville New Cycle? The Tennessee tornadoes came in the case disappeared from the local papers. There was much to report on the state and in Mississippi, and beyond, and so that report from April fourteen remained the only spring coverage. The body found that Mary. Street in that, there were virtually no identifying details nothing to help a family recognize. Their missing loved one in the description. Only upon the publication of crime stoppers bulletin in July was more known about the victim. According to the bulletin, the Mary St Victim with a black male between eighteen and twenty, five old, his body had been profoundly burned and postmortem. Examiners were able to give an approximate height of about five eleven in a weight range of one hundred fifty to one hundred sixty pounds, though not in the paper, a source who has seen the autopsy told us that the cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma to the head and according to our source, a toxicology report was run the victim. The results showed that no controlled substances were in a system. The examiner was able to distinguish some details of the young man's clothing. A pullover shirt blue jeans. A Maroon CPO Zipper style jacket with Y. K. K. displayed on it and sandals. The clothing. Details were specific enough that someone hopefully could have recognized them. But, no identification came eventually the unidentified victims remains would either need to be interred, cremated or stored for testing in Nashville. Unidentified persons are generally buried. Every city has so called Potter's fields or cemeteries or Where public burials are conducted? These public burials are funded by the city because of a deceits lack of funds, unknown identity or unclaimed status, historically criminals might also be buried in Potter's fields, sometimes like other citizens in unmarked plots that might or might not be recorded in a log. These public burial grounds usually exist within or adjacent to traditional cemeteries where there are plots that are also privately and the twentieth and twenty first centuries Nashville's in the or proper burials have occurred in various cemeteries and on county owned land throughout the city. In some cases, there are not individual grave markers whether the descendants identity was known or unknown. Now the process is overseen by Metro. Social Services specifically indigent burial and cremation services. The eligibility for assistance is outlined on their website. The office works to provide plots, caskets, and grave markers, residents of Davidson county or those who died while in Nashville. The Tennessean newspaper that spotlighted the program on a few occasions, and it's program manager. A woman named Carol Wilson. tro Boorda cemetery is one of the sites of Nashville's indigent burials. A two thousand fourteen, Tennessee in article describes the area as industrial, and the graveyard is home to a thousand people who were interred via metro social services. Maps showed that the entrance to the cemetery is off the main road on the way to the main building of a local water treatment plant. The Tennessee notes that Metro social services made use of Bordeaux cemetery from nineteen, eighty, six, until two thousand and three Bordeaux has attracted a number of find grave contributors who have photograph nearly a thousand of the markers in the cemetery, both the indigent burials section and in the main burial area. When such photo on the website shows the entrance to the Potter's field or the name? Plates are flush with the ground. That section is marked by a granite memorial bearing the following words. Bordeaux Cemetery Rest with us here at the stone or poverty and suffering are not known. Dedicated to the deceased citizens of Nashville Davidson. County who rest with us here. It was then board that the unidentified victim found on Mary Street in April of Nineteen Ninety. Eight was buried unlike many victims we've covered. His remains were not cremated. Upon his interment, a marker was placed. John Do Nineteen. Per the Tennesseans, Brian has quote. He was the nineteenth unidentified man buried in the Bordeaux Cemetery. He lies and plot five fifty, five, a grave, overlooking the whites creek. We water treatment plant. We are not sure of the precise day of John Nineteen burial. The tornado came just three days after his body was found, and there would have been an autopsy and required records to file, and all of that would have been slowed down by the city storm damage. But based on information from social services. We know the intern happen sometime in May assuming that John DOE. Nineteen was local to the city. Exactly how many young black men were missing that? April in Nashville, how much could did the storm impact? The public's awareness that body have been found. Did anyone missed the news? Due to a lack of power that would have signaled that the man could be their missing son or brother or friend. Her the two thousand Census David County had an African American population of roughly twenty seven percent, young black men and John. Doe Nineteen Age Range of eighteen to twenty five. They numbered in the thousands. We can't say precisely. How many young adult black males were reported missing nine, hundred, Ninety eight? There aren't public records of clear cases, and as our audience knows most missing persons reports are eventually closed. But we can access the cases that are still open the cold ones now present as entries in public databases when the parameters are limited to a five year span, Namus lists exactly four missing black men from the Greater Nashville area you further narrow the search and nineteen ninety eight Namus returns exactly one case. The missing person in question is a young man named Marcus Rutledge, who was last seen by his family in June of ninety eight, so he couldn't have been John Nineteen, but his family and authorities feared that he too was a homicide victim. Marcus was twenty three years old at the time of his disappearance and a senior at Tennessee State University where he majored in biology, according to the Charlie Project, he actually planned on a career as a patron narian, which is why his family was so concerned when they found his dog locked in an apartment bathroom without food or water. It just wasn't something that Marcus would do, and there were no signs that he gone on a trip. Though. His car was eventually found across town. Markets remained missing. While! Unsolved disappearances were comparatively rare in Nashville. There was plenty to keep law enforcement busy. The nineteen nineties were hard on the city and the effects of crime at some communities harder than others. All told there were ninety nine homicides in Nashville in nineteen ninety eight. John Doe. Nineteen was unusual in that his identity remained unknown, but he shared three common factors with a number of years other homicide victims. He was young. He was black. He was male. According to a long-term study conducted by the Tennessee Department of Health, which covered the years nineteen, ninety, five to two thousand and two quote among fifteen to thirty four year old African American males homicide was the leading cause of death responsible for thirty four percent of deaths in this age group. The study also found that across the board. Black men and boys had the lowest life expectancies of populations living in the metropolitan areas of Tennessee. A two thousand eighteen study found bet across the United States quote Non Hispanic Black men were nearly ten point four times more likely than non Hispanic white men to die by homicide in the US. That, reality isn't reflected in the media that we consume. The white women are at the forefront of true crime entertainment, their statistically much less likely to be murdered, both in Tennessee and across the nation. Her. The Tennessee Department of Health Study on the State's population quote based on two thousand and one to two thousand and three data, African American males, each fifteen to twenty four died from homicide at a rate that is more than thirty one times that of white females. When it came to covering the city's victims, Nashville's local paper actually had much more coverage than in many cases. We've researched in the nineteen ninety S. the Tennessean ran regular features on unsolved homicides and based on what we saw. The paper seems to have highlighted diverse victims and families affected by rising violence. Nineteen ninety, five and nineteen, ninety-seven were Nashville's worst years. Though homicides were comparatively high in nineteen, ninety, six, thousand, nine, Ninety Eight leaders were concerned, and the police were stretched then, and there was the worry as a tourist town of developing a reputation. As one city officials told the Tennessean in Nineteen ninety-seven quote. Nobody wants to see music city become murder city. In nineteen, ninety seven, the Tennessean reported that some big cities were seeing a decrease in crime, but Nashville wasn't so lucky. The city was facing what the paper described as quote. Killing almost every third day reporter John Yates who covered crime for the Tennessean throughout the Nineteen Nineties interview detectives who said by Nineteen Ninety-seven? They were sometimes quote juggling five murder cases at once. According to Yates the city put various plans into action from citizen committees to participation in a national program called officer next door per yates. Nineteen ninety-seven article on the subject of the program encouraged law enforcement officers to buy homes in high crime areas at quote, half, market, value, and some neighborhoods law enforcement provided retailers with emergency bieber's to summon police. In? October nineteen, Ninety, eight, Tennessee and article mentioned something called Flex Teams, which were small groups of officers that could be dispatched quickly by precinct captains to combat neighborhood crime, and in nineteen, ninety eight Metro Nashville police expanded what they called their murder squad along with increased homicides, case clearance rates had also fallen a cause of concern for the Metro Nashville. Police Department Nashville had begun the decade with a higher than average software eight. The Tennessean reported at eighty seven percent, but by nineteen ninety seven. Seven that percentage had fallen to quote just under seventy and asked reporter John Yates pointed out caseload had doubled in that time. He interviewed a Metro Nashville captain who pointed out a problem that was facing every growing city. What the captain called quote mystery murders though he doesn't elaborate. The concept is a common truth. Disgust in true crime circles, the more people, the more roads in the more access, the lower the likelihood that a victim can be traced to a suspect and a need straight line. So Nashville major growth and part due to the arrival of the Houston oilers football team who relocated to Nashville in nineteen ninety-five, but the decade was also hard as we said in nineteen, Ninety eight, the year John Doe Nineteen was found there were ninety nine murders of those homicides twenty one would still be unsolved by January of Nineteen, Ninety nine, the Tennessee and provided a long feature article on those unsolved sides with each victim discussed by name this piece also by reporter. John Yates includes John Doe Nineteen and the years other unidentified victim, a woman shot and left in the Cumberland River. There are listed along Nashville citizens. The majority of whom were shot in many cases, burglary or robbery are listed as the motive, though many are labeled as quote motive on. An elderly couple Clayton North Smith were shot in their home by a man in an army type uniform. A young woman named Caroline. Fisher was strangled and left along interstate forty. The skeletal remains missing mother forty four year old. Donna far were discovered in a wooded area. Terrence teasingly twenty one was shot. No Suspects Kevin Carter Twenty one shot motive, unknown German banks, twenty six shot robbery, and the list goes on. The victim show pattern of particular intent, different races, ages areas of town, but for each case marked motive, unknown bears an example of that mystery murder phenomenon, no clear treadle follow perhaps no answers forthcoming. Of the twenty one then unsolved homicides five took place in April, but only to occurred within a week of the tornado. There was John Doe Nineteen on April Thirteen, and then there was Jeffrey Davis. who was shot on April seventeen? Davis was found on Garfield. Street just about half a mile away from Mary, Street, where John Doe Nineteen's body was recovered, both victims were found close to I two sixty five. Davis was found bleeding on the sidewalk and later died at Vanderbilt, hospital. To the best of our knowledge Davis's murder remains unsolved. With the victim known as John Doe, Nineteen though detectives were looking at what were essentially two different cases, identifying the victim and catching the suspect. We were able to speak with retired. Nashville detective Larry Flair, who worked on the department's murder squad in the nineteen nineties. For a brief time, he was actually the lead detective on John Doe Nineteen Case. We asked him to walk us through how they would have approached the case of an unidentified homicide victim especially in the days that came before the tornado. He told us that pre-planning was essential that the murder squad had a number of procedures in place to help them quickly gather as much information as possible. He also walked us through use of a regional teletype system essentially, NC, icy focused on a particular state. In this case Tennessee well in my career when we first formed our squad in Nashville, we actually. put all of our heads together and got a checkless and the checkless. Consist of at least a hundred and fifty different things everything from date and approximate time that we felt at the time of of being notified. All the way through the other one, hundred, fifty or sixty. Including weather temperature. Outside, all types of of samples or or extracted from if we're outside, I'll types of forensic stuff that is gathered by our forensic team and and such. All the way down to once we if it was determined honing unidentified. Person that we felt was missing. Are we found out that somebody was on the missing person? Be Poor. And that's where we would follow up and when you've got a body with no identification. You keep that in a lot of Pronto with own front page. That's everything we got, and you get someone out to eat with paperwork on them deals or something like that. It might not even be there. So you treat each one of these victims is. If they're practically possibly not the person you feel that they are, they could be an unidentified individual so. That's that's the teamwork that we had at the Nashville during that era in the unidentified cases that I worked. I depended. Tremendously own the organization. It's called R. O. C. I see. That's real organization crime. Information Center. And we. Is detected, that utilized the. We'll see I see we would Author I complete. Actual part of everything that we knew of the unidentified person, we would pour that into their system. And their system along with their antlers. Would Dan You know complete searches and any other type of situations that might match up. Now in this particular case. We didn't get anything back on this victim. Entire file on that and that alone with the RMC. Unfortunately it was. They had a regional office there in Nashville made it. Much easier than we gained a relationship and there was different professionals over there. So, they're just wearing missing young adult black males who met the aging in? Physical criteria. That at that time, because each and every hit that we would just it would be closed when we would follow up on it. That's my memory. Is that They were definitely not in the criteria where it of been either in Nashville or The age group or different things of that nature so everything in. We weren't able to get anything of value, but it helped us cancel so many others as well. Larry told us that they would employed in CIC to to run national and sometimes even international checks. They would have had the basic victim description back from the coroner on an average case within a day or two, and sometimes it has little as seven hours, the official report would come much later, but as with the Glenn County Jane Doe the Medical Examiner would have prioritize giving law enforcement basic. They needed to begin sorting through missing persons reports. So with that in mind, the first check through the system would have likely come on April fourteenth, though we can't be certain detective Larry Flair left the homicide squad in July of Nineteen, ninety eight, so he can't speak to how the case eventually unfolded, but he was involved in the retrieval of evidence evidence that Metro Nashville would explore over the next two decades. And the murder squad would have worked John. Nineteen case throughout the spring of Nineteen Ninety eight, but would have also experienced the same shutdowns as the rest of the city when the tornado hit on April sixteenth. How much did the storm impact the search for the victim and the killer? And a two thousand and thirteen article on the case, law enforcement related the effort to Tennessean. Reporter Brian Haas Haas reported that quote. Sergeant Gary Kemper who now leads Metros Cold Case Unit, said detectives worked feverishly. They developed persons of interest, even went out of state to conduct interviews, but the case went cold, two thousand and one, and they never identified John Doe Nineteen and quote. No. There have been a few studies that concerned the combination of natural disaster and crime, but most focus on crimes that occur after a disaster, and who was most vulnerable, and which predators might take advantage of long-term chaos like the multiple serial killers, adding Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. What's much harder to quantify though is how a natural disaster might affect an ongoing case, we can offer a study on that phenomenon, but we do know of a single specific example from the week of the Nashville. Tornado. There was a missing persons report filed on April. Fifteenth Nineteen Ninety eight two days after. After John Doe Nineteen was found one day before the tornado hit. The report identified the missing person as the Ryan. Nicholson of North Nashville. He was described as an eighteen year old black male, according to the incident report law. Ryan was last seen by his mother. Sylvia on April Twelfth Nineteen. Ninety Eight, the report mentions that he was living with his uncle on Jefferson Street, but that's not quite right. He was actually staying with his mother and regularly visited his uncle's apartment. His mother and uncle reported that they last seen him on Sunday afternoon when he left the House on foot. The responding officer noted that Lou Ryan was on quote medication to treat schizophrenia and quote known to smoke marijuana. We don't know why the latter is included unless it was discussed in response to a routine question about medications and substance, issues. Ryan Nicholson was a native of Nashville. He'd grown up pretending. It's public schools and participating in civic programs. His name appeared in the local paper a few times before that April when he disappeared. Pearl Cohn High School. He'd been talented athlete, running track and placing several races that were reported in the regional sports section. He was fifteen then and a lot would change over the next three years. The Police Department's report lists Lorraine as six foot, one in one hundred and fifty pounds with black hair and Brown eyes, his mother and uncle said he was last seen in a white shirt, bluejeans, black nikes and a black hat. There's not mention of a jacket or what style of Nikes sneakers or slip on sandals that the Ryan had on. It for recall John. Doe Nineteen was described as a black male eighteen to twenty, five, approximately five eleven, and somewhere around one hundred fifty pounds. John DOE nineteen clothing was badly damaged, but the medical examiner with make bluejeans sandals scowl shoes and a Maroon jacket. We don't have access to the report, so we can only say. The shirt was pullover style meaning without buttons most likely that minute t shirt. Minor discrepancies aside the descriptions of the Ryan Nicholson and John Doe, nineteen or similar, certainly similar enough to suggest a comparison should be made for a few days. Laurent's case was open alongside John Doe Nineteen's Lorraine went missing on the twelfth, and was reported as such on the fifteenth. John. Doe and Nineteen was found on the thirteenth less than a day after Sylvia. The Ryan's mother said she had last seen him. Laurent's case would have been active for about twenty four hours before the Nashville Tornado hit. So there were four days before his case was closed that a comparison might have been made if anyone was actively working cases at that time when a state of emergency have been declared. There's an addendum Tila Ryan's missing persons report on a separate page that provides some vital additional information on April. Twentieth Nineteen, Ninety, eight, a person called the Metro Nashville Police Department and reported that the Ryan Nicholson had returned home. His case was summarily quote closed by exception. After April Twentieth Nineteen. Ninety eight. There was no missing. Persons Report to compare to John Nineteen whose identity was still being sought. Of his family. Only the Ryan's mother and uncle knew he was missing. That weakened April of Nineteen Ninety eight. They were not contacted when the case was closed. And the Ryan Gender. Sister Amira and his step sister candace. They weren't sharing a home with him at that time, and they weren't aware of his daily comings and goings. Lorraine's father, who lived out of state, was similarly unaware of a son's daily movements and candice and Amirah. They didn't know that a missing persons report have been filed in the first place, so they didn't know it had been closed either five days after Ryan's mother reported his absence, and they didn't know the woman who'd phoned. Metro Nashville police her the police report the caller had identified herself as hauling venable and claimed she was a neighbor of Law Ryan's. She was no relation to family. We know that when there's an unidentified victim, law enforcement starts close to home looking through the city's own missing persons reports Nashville had certainly done that and would do that in the future. In fact, we came across a number of articles, discussing attempts and other cases to match human remains to missing persons reports. One in particular that stood out, was the skeleton of a man found in two thousand and one wants. Those bones were discovered. They were quickly compared to the medical records of a missing local Man Rodney Woodard Rodney was reported missing by his girlfriend in nineteen, ninety seven, when the skeletal remains discovered in two thousand and one police conducted to DNA tests, but were unable to match although Rodney, woodard met the parameters of our Nima search a-block male who disappeared in the years directly surrounding nineteen, Ninety Eight. He didn't appear in the results. He does have one mention on the Charlie project, but we can't find any documents on his case past two thousand and one. It's unclear whether his disappearance still unsolved. And as far as other open cases go. There was another man who might have been compared to the skeletal remains found in two thousand and one Marcus Rutledge the Tennessee state senior. We mentioned earlier in the episode whether he was compared. We can't say, but we know. The remains would not be compared to Laurent Nicholson. After all his case would've been closed for several years, and as for John Doe Nineteen. Metro Nashville gleese would still be seeking the homicide victims identity the next year and the next and the next. It would be fifteen years until the cold case of John Doe nineteen collided with the detective work of two sisters who had been asking and eventually looking for their missing brother Laurent. They hadn't spoken to him. Since April of Nineteen, ninety, eight, Amiram was just twelve that year felt his loss keenly. And also felt sure that big brother wouldn't have abandoned her. Here's what she told us an interview the spring. I'm telling you it's. It's unlike him to not call anybody. He would have reached out so one of us. You know one or the other would have heard from him by now all this time. He would've call somebody. He didn't even show up. I knew something was definitely wrong because the year that he went missing ninety eight, my sister. My Dad's daughter was graduating from high school, and they had the graduation on the football field at Pearl Cohn. He loves US school. You know and I'm sure that he knew that that she graduated because they would have been graduating in the same year, and I lived for him and our crowd. I'm like I. Know I'm GonNa see him standing somewhere. I can't wait, gets it his graduation and I looked and looked, and he never showed. A never saw. Even up until my graduation when I graduated in two thousand four from high school. I just knew he was going to be there. I was GONNA see him. He's GonNa pop up after all these years. Never saw. Next time on the fall line will bring you part two in the series on the Ryan Nicholson. Again in Nineteen Ninety eight with the story of Law Ryan and two sisters, and the strange call close his case, and how it all intersected with the unidentified victim known as John Doe Nineteen. How a sisters Amirah and Candice Became Citizen Detectives who wouldn't take no for an answer. We'd like to thank all the listeners who've taken time to support our sponsors lead US reviews or support our show directly unpatriotic. We couldn't do it without you. Special thanks to Angie Dodd thanks also to Olivia. Land flat rock then. Something's not right. Who connected us with Lorraine Nicholson Stanley she and her co host to Shauna covered his case on something's not right, thanks, Eric Kelly of Southern, fried true crime for reading the National Weather Service report that you heard the top of the episode and Vincent of Gone Cold for reading the inscription from the dose Metairie. Please check out both shows. They are dear friends and they're putting out. The fall line is created by Laura. 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