The alert in July 2011 by VHF radio couldn’t have been stranger: the skipper of a sailing yacht said he found a suitcase with human body parts hanging out of it, floating in the sea off of the coast of Lorient, France. Half-submerged, half-open, there was no doubt in the skipper’s mind that the suitcase contained a dead body.
Friends of 36-year-old Army veteran Maribel Ramos thought it was unlike her to simply vanish. One friend started a thread on Yelp, where Maribel’s roommate, who would later be arrested for her murder, posted remarks hoping for her safe return.
A woman walking the dog in the waterfront village of Lattingtown on Long Island’s north shore stumbled upon a bag filled with the skeletal remains of a human body. Found in the bag alongside the bones and clothing was a 24 karat gold pendant in the shape of a pig. Police believe the golden pig may hold important clues to the victim’s identity.
The search for Linnea Lomax ended tragically last Friday when voluteers conducting a search found her remains in a heavily wooded area.
DNA tests indicate that a body found in Latvia is that of Leonid Rozhetskin, a Russian-born American citizen who vanished in 2008 at the age of 41. While official confirmation of Rozhetskin’s identify is pending, the discovery could cast aside any doubts about whether Rozhetskin, a Harvard Law School graduate and self-made multimillionaire, was dead or not.