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ESTIMATED YEAR OF DEATH: 1969
HEIGHT: 5'5", measured
WEIGHT: 105, measured
Found in a hotel room, beaten and strangled. Archived Case from 1969. Indefinite areas of scarring of the right forearm just below the elbow and of the right hand. White knit dress, zipper in the back. Black bra. Blue panties.
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Forensic Art by NCMEC artist
From THE DOE NETWORK:
Cause of death: Homicide by beating and strangulation
Needle mark scarring inside both elbows, indicating drug abuse. Slim build.
Partial commercially made denture for an old extraction of a front upper central incisor tooth. The partial denture had been repaired several times.
The victim entered room 15 of the St. Louis Hotel, which is now the site of the North Alameda County Jail, in Oakland with a man named Taylor Morris Teaford on October 2, 1969. He beat her and then strangled her with an article of her own clothing.
A 1971 news article states that the victim was a prostitute and a victim of a serial killer nick-named "the crewcut killer." It is not confirmed if Teaford and the crewcut killer are one and the same.
There is a current warrant out for Taylor Morris Teaford's arrest for murder. He may go by the name "Melvin Teaford", he is Native American, originally from North Fork, California, DOB June 18, 1935, height 6'0", weight 170-190 lbs., black hair, brown eyes, and a crippled right leg and noticeable limp. While crippled, he is a strong walker and was known to regularly lift weights. He is skilled at hunting and fishing. He reportedly drinks heavily and may abuse narcotics. He is proficient with firearms of all types and has a "vicious and explosive temper." Additionally, he has a criminal record that began when he was 8-years-old and includes burglary and rape convictions. Allegedly he murdered his own grandmother and shot his own sister. At one time he was on the FBI's Most Wanted list, but for different charges than listed above.