Monday, September 9, 2013

A Texas Monday Mystery...!

Not many things in life are more sad than for someone to pass away and their family having no idea.

I know that families sometimes have trouble and spent years apart, but the idea of not knowing what happened to the missing family member goes beyond sad to me. Family should mean everything to us all! Believe me when I say that I know what the "not knowing" is like!

Several years ago, one of my nephews was found floating in a lake, his teeth had been knocked out and his shoes were missing. The actual details of his death were unknown and remain so to this day! The saddest part of this is that he had been separated from his family for a couple of years. They had no idea where he was or how he lived. The whole family was affected by the mystery of his passing, and there was a lot of guilt shared by some family members because of this.

Princess Blue

In Brazoria County, Texas on September 10, 1990, a motorist who pulled off the highway to relieve himself in a trash-dumping area was shocked to discover a skull inside an old tire. The skeletal remains of a female, believed to be between the ages of 15 and 25, were then found on a pile of debris. Cause of death is unknown, but it is estimated she died one to five years before being discovered. She was initially thought to be Hispanic, but later analysis has determined that she was probably white and descended from at least one black parent or grandparent.

Even though no clothing was found, the victim had six rings on her fingers and a bracelet. The most distinctive piece of jewelry was a silver-colored 1975 class ring from Robert E. Lee High School in Houston. The blue stone in the ring is what led to her being nicknamed “Princess Blue”. Given that the victim was too young to have graduated high school in 1975, investigators were baffled about why she would have this ring and have tried to find out if anyone from that graduating class might have lost or given their ring away. Thus far, they have had no luck solving this mystery.

Being that this story takes place almost in my neighborhood makes it all the more personal. Unfortunately, in this day and age we have become almost numb by all the tales we hear of murder and mayhem, all without thinking about the families affected by the tragedy. When we stop feeling at least some of our neighbors' pain, we loose part of our humanity. Just my opinion, ya know?

Coffee out on the patio this morning, but be ready to scoot to the kitchen!

13 comments:

Glan Deas said...

Hello Hermit, How are you?
I do not understand one thing that why people are hesitate to told truth.

Regards,
Kopi Luwak

HermitJim said...

Hey Glan...
That is a very good question, my friend.

Thanks for coming over today!

Gorges Smythe said...

Maybe the person who gave it to her is dead, too.

Chickenmom said...

School rings usually have initials engraved in the band. Can't they look at a missing persons report? So sad. Chilly here at 39, but will warm up this afternoon - I'll bring some crumb buns!

linda m said...

That is sad. Unfortunately our society is becoming numb to violence. We constantly see it every where. Becoming "separated" from family , for whatever reason is a sad thing as these are people you should be closest to. Would love a cup of coffee on the patio and thanks for the crumb buns Chickenmom.

Rob said...

These stories often remind me of 'how it was'.
Way back, a family would pack up & head for some distant place (it could have been the frontier of the Ohio Valley, Kentucky, the Oregon Trail or California in the 1800's). They would leave behind everyone & they knew they would probably not never meet again. Go even further back and I'd imagine the "Iceman's" family wondered what happened to him after he died in the Alps.

Still, each lost family member today must be hard on the remaining members.

Sixbears said...

Sad tale this morning Hermit.

In a month or two as hunters hit the woods here in NH, it won't surprise me if bodies will turn up. Happens a lot.

Coffee inside this morning, as we had frost warnings last night. Supposed to warm up to near 70.

JO said...

With today's advance technology maybe they can reopen these cases and get more clues. It is very sad.

Coffee on the dash might liven things up a bit. We haven't seen the sun in a few days now and it isn't going to be any better for a few more.

The Odd Essay said...

My husband has been doing genealogy for many years. One of the most exciting, and rewarding, "finds" was when he located his Aunt who'd left the area nearly 50 years earlier and didn't stay in touch with the family. We met her and visited her several times before her passing a couple of years ago. That young woman's in your blog... her family is probably still wondering where she is.

Dizzy-Dick said...

I got a surpise visit from my Grandson who is now 22 years old. He is the son of my oldest boy who was killed in an accident. Since I moved from my original home in Pennsylvania, I don't get to see family except every few years when I manage to get back up there for a visit.

HermitJim said...

Hey Gorges...
That's kinda what I was thinking!

Thanks for coming over today!



Hey Phyllis...
39? That sounds pretty cool right now!

Many thanks for dropping by today!



Hey Linda...
When we get so numb to stop feeling, that's a bad thing. Terrible loss!

Thanks for coming over today!



Hey Rob...
Back then it was pretty common, I reckon!

Hard on everyone!

Thanks for coming by today!



Hey Sixbears...
What a terrible thing to find in the woods, but it probably happens more than we know!

Thanks for the visit today!



Hey Jo...
One can only hope that they find someone to tell.

Hope the weather clears up for ya, sweetie.

Thanks for coming over!



Hey Essay...
She was probably glad to reconnect to family!

Many thanks for dropping by today!



Hey Dizzy...
What a great surprise visit! Hope you had a great time!

Thanks for coming over today!

Mamahen said...

Two sad cases, your nephew and this young lady. Not knowing is always worse than dealing with the whole story!

HermitJim said...

Hey Mamahen...
Right you are about the not knowing. Makes you wonder all the time!

Thanks for coming over today!