Administrator/True Crime Author
Donna G. Smith

Friday, March 31, 2006

Samantha Barremore ~ Samantha Baremore ~ Samatha Baremore: What’s in a Name?

I’m sure Samantha Baremore would say, “My Life”. From the beginning of my search I have found Samantha’s name has been spelled in different ways. Even the North Carolina Judicial system has two different spellings, Samantha Baremore & Samatha Baremore. Congratulations, at least they were trying to cover all the bases. Never on any official document have I seen it spelled Samantha Barremore. Some people may think bringing this up is being petty, but I feel it is just one of the many signs that Law Enforcement are not doing a thorough job.

It’s hard to say what is in the minds of Law Enforcement when they begin an investigation. Are they so rapped up in the big picture they forget to check the smallest of details. I don’t know how serious LE could be in finding her if they can’t even get the spelling of her name correct. What else do they have wrong?

I brought the different spellings of Samantha’s name to the attention of the News Anchor Cameron Kent when I emailed him. In the reply email from Mr. Kent, of WXII, he stated according to LE the spelling of her name had been different based on whom you asked. A simple check of the Davidson County birth records would have cleared it up for Mr. Kent and Mr. Alridge. If I were in charge of finding a missing woman I would want to get her name right.

Yeah, “The devil is in the details”. My daughter was robbed while at work. The man was later arrested with her pocketbook in the backseat of his car. The business even had him on video surveillance. He gave a false name. It was placed on the arrest report. To this day he has never been prosecuted. Yeah, it still sticks in my craw.

So if it turns out that I get her name wrong it won’t be for lack of trying. I choose to go with the Davidson County Vital Statistic Record of Birth: Samantha Baremore. But for those who may be searching for her information I will list it at the top of each post all three ways.

Research on the name of Samantha Baremore:
North Carolina Birth Index
Name: Samantha Elizabeth Baremore
Birth: 30 Dec 1979 - Davidson, North Carolina

Index to Vital Statistics Davidson County, North Carolina
Name Samantha Elizabeth Baremore
Birth: 30 Dec 1979 – Lexington, North Carolina
Page – 865
Book – 100

Veromi People Search
Associated names:

North Carolina Inmate Search
BAREMORE, SAMATHA or Samantha Baremore
Conviction Date: 07/20/2000
County of Conviction: FORSYTH
Punishment Type: COMMUNITY SS (DCC)
Sentence Type 1: PROBATION

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Samatha Baremore is Missing...

Samatha Baremore, a young black woman, is missing and "it seems no one cares". Maybe if she had blonde hair and blue eyes things might be different.

The Search:

At this time I have no vitals on Samantha and that is part of her story! If you want to follow me on my journey for information then read on… if you want to help… please do.

Samantha Elizabeth Barremore, 25, was last seen in the 1700 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on April 8, 2004. She worked at the Sugar Bares dance club on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Winston-Salem North Carolina. Barremore has a 10-year-old daughter, and police think it's unusual that she hasn't tried to contact her daughter or her family. "Right now, anything's possible in this case. She could show up tomorrow, and for the little child's sake, I hope she does," Alridge said. He's interviewed friends, co-workers and family, without luck. It's one of the many cases where the police could use help from the public. People who might be able to help may call Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

I first heard about this case approximately a month ago from a short update on a local news station, WXII, asking for help in this woman’s disappearance. No Vitals were given. It was a Crime Stoppers update interviewing Cpl. Kent Alridge the detective on the case, showing a photo and asking for information. He said he had sent her missing persons information to the FBI and to other missing person’s organizations. Let me just say... if he has sent this information out someone sure as hell is slack on their job because there's nothing listed about Samantha on any missing persons site or on the FBI missing persons page.

I wanted to post her story and at least be able to look through UID’s (unidentified remains) to see if there might be anything there matching her description.

This is my journey so far:
I looked on my own for information on the Internet about Samantha Barremore using the information I knew from the news report.
Results: Nothing

Then brainstormed with Shadowangel, a Member at "The Baker Street Connection", on Messenger to find information using every spelling we could think of.
Results: After over an hour of searching together with no results, Shadowangel used and found out her name is actually spelled Baremore not Barremore.

During that long search Shadowangel came up with a site called The Troublemaker it had two links to news articles on Samantha. So far The Troublemaker is the only Internet Source trying to get the information out about Samantha. His article was posted Tuesday, January 17, 2006.

Basically there was no information in either of the articles of any substance but it did give me a place to start: The Winston-Salem Journal.

I emailed Patrick Wilson of the Winston-Salem Journal who first wrote an article that included a small amount of information about her disappearance. The article was meant to be a piece on Cpl. Kent Alridge so there was not much info on Samantha.
Results: Patrick quickly emailed me back to let me know he didn’t have the information I was looking for “VITALS”. He was very nice and wanted to help. Included in email was Cpl. Kent Alridge’s email address. Other information contained in the email I am not at liberty to disclose… it was helpful to me personally but was not meant for the public.
Comment: Thanks Patrick for your help. You are one of the good guys.

I emailed Cpl. Kent Alridge asking for vitals so I could get Samantha’s information listed on our forum and with other Missing Persons Sites.
Results: He did not reply to my email. I waited for a week before taking my next step.
Comments: He stated on the WXII that he had sent her info out… if he has… the organizations are not listing her. I will give Mr. Alridge the benefit of the doubt and try to assume my email was routed to his Spam. I would like to believe he did not receive it and that is the explanation for not replying.

I emailed Cameron Kent of WXII news, who reported the story, asking for vitals and a copy of the photo he had shown during his report.
Results: A day later I received a polite email from Mr. Kent. He suggested I contact Kent Alridge and thanked me for my interest.
Comment: I didn’t bother… We already know how that went.

I posted on The Troublemaker asking for help. The post had to be approved by Troublemaker before being post.
Results: Post Approved
Comments: Thanks Troublemaker for giving me the opportunity to ask for information.

I continued to read at The Troublemaker. It led me to a new source to ask for help. For privacy purposes I will refer to this person as “Hero”

I emailed “Hero” asking for help in attaining Samantha’s vitals and maybe a photo.
Result: Within a day replied. “I'll ask around and see what I can do.”
Comments: I will let “Hero” do his thing… and I’ll let you know how it comes out.

Links for stories listed at The Troublemaker Blog:
Saturday, October 15, 2005 The first article was titled, “Dogged: Officer's pursuit in criminal cases pays off in hundreds of arrests.” Basically a story about the Detective in charge of the investigation. Samantha Baremore was only mention as an aside.

Friday, January 28, 2005 The second article was titled, “Fire & Police Briefs” Police still looking for missing woman. Nothing new, same information as before.

Donna G. Smith Administrator
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(The spelling of Samatha's name had been corrected in the above title post)

Saturday, March 11, 2006

"Boulder Jane Doe" Case To Be Featured on AMW

"Boulder Jane Doe" and Me ~ Frustrations with a cold case,
Submitted by: Silvia Pettem

A decade ago, I first saw a gravestone in Boulder Colorado's Columbia Cemetery that read, "Jane Doe, April 1954, Age About 20 Years." I was participating in a "cemetery re-enactment" at the time, sponsored by two local historical organizations. I was one of several people who dressed as a historical character buried in the cemetery. On one particular fall day, the public was invited, and each of us gave first-person accounts of our characters. I was Mary Rippon (first woman professor at the University of Colorado) and someone else played the part of "Jane Doe." I was told that she was an unidentified murder victim found near Boulder in 1954. Her killer was
never found.

I had two daughters, one just older than 20 years and one just younger. I wondered who Jane Doe was and, as a mother, I wondered who her mother was. How could a 20-year-old be murdered and no one come forward to claim her? Was she a run-away, abused by a boyfriend or husband? Or was she hitchhiking or somehow abducted? Who was she, and where did she come from?

As the years went by, my curiosity deepened. I contacted the Sheriff's Office and found out that the outgoing Sheriff in 1970 either took with him or destroyed all records prior to 1970! (This outraged me into becoming an activist in public records access. More on that later.) Since I worked at the local newspaper, I looked up the "unidentified murdered girl, 1954" in the newspaper's archives. I found a lot of brittle and yellowed newspaper articles carefully clipped by a librarian from long ago.

A friend was the first to suggest that perhaps today's technology could help to identify Jane Doe. I saw a TV program (48 Hours?) on the "Tent Girl" identified by Todd Matthews who was one of the founders of the Doe Network. Finally, in September 2003, I approached the Boulder County Sheriff and asked him if Jane Doe's body could be exhumed and her DNA profiled so that it could be compared to potential relatives and lead to her identification. My goal, then and now, has always been to return her remains to her family.

The Sheriff was intrigued with my idea, but he couldn't justify using tax-payers' money. So he challenged me to raise private funds. I started a "Jane Doe Fund" with the Boulder Historical Society so that donors could earmark their donations for the non-profit organization (thus getting a tax write-off). I raised more than $4,000, plus I enlisted the pro-bono help of members of the Philadelphia-based Vidocq Society.

In June 2004, with 3 members of the Vidocq Society flown in to Boulder from various parts of the country, they and the Sheriff's Office exhumed Jane Doe's remains. I felt privileged to be allowed at the grave during this exhumation. We invited the TV program "America's Most Wanted" to film the event and offered them exclusive coverage. The casket had disintegrated underground, and Boulder Jane Doe's remains took two days to remove (like an archeological dig), bone by bone. Two members of the Vidocq Society reassembled her skull which was in many pieces. Jane Doe's DNA was profiled, and Marion Joan McDowell of Toronto (missing since December 1953) was ruled out.

In the spring of 2005, Vidocq member and noted sculptor Frank Bender created a "bust" of Jane Doe, based on her skull. I wish he had given her a 1950s hair style, but this facial reconstruction is posted on So far, we have no leads as to her identity.

Within the past year, we wiped out the money in our Jane Doe Fund by having another DNA profile done, as there were some questions about the quality control of the first profile. (I learned that DNA is not "black-and-white." Nor is it a magic answer to all questions.) With both the first and second profiles, we have ruled out Twylia May Embrey, a young woman missing from Nebraska.

I the summer of 2005, I called "America's Most Wanted" and asked about the status of our program. I was told that the producer left for another job, and the show was off. When I explained that we had given them exclusive coverage during the exhumation and couldn't do that again, we were assigned to a new producer. That producer brought his film crew back to Boulder two more times. This segment, we are
told, is edited and ready to go. But it still hasn't been on the air! We NEED the program in order to get Jane Doe's face out to a national audience and bring in some leads. Again, my goal is to identify this murder victim and return her
remains to her family.

In the meantime, I have a devoted hardcore group of researchers who are working on every woman reported missing in the spring of 1954, trying to find out if any were ever were found. We are now trying to find Katherine (or Catherine) Dyer, reported missing shortly before Jane Doe's body was found on April 8, 1954.

I shouldn't complain, as we have made great progress, i.e., convincing law enforcement to reopen the case,raising money and pro-bono help of forensic experts, exhuming the remains, reassembling the skull, profiling the DNA, completing a
facial reconstruction, and ruling out two possible young women. So, why am I so frustrated? I guess it's because people who have donated funds don't see any results. When "America's Most Wanted" airs the show, we hope to get some leads, but we don't have an air date yet, so we don't know when that will be. For so long, people have been asking me how the Jane Doe research is going, and I tell them we still don't have an answer.

My research into missing young women, as well as possible murder suspects, has led me into a lot of frustration with access to public records. I may become an activist not only in trying to solve cold cases, but also how to deal with bureaucracies who don't seem to care at all about people who do historical research.

I would like to correspond with others who have similar frustrations. Why are cold cases a low-priority with law-enforcement? Why is obtaining public records like pulling teeth? There are exceptions, of course. I've found some very interested and dedicated people in my decade-long pursuit, but they are the exceptions. Trying to solve the identity of Boulder Jane Doe has led to many tangents, i.e., helping the family of Twylia May Embrey, trying to uncover the remains of Arizona's "Little Miss X." Please be warned, this kind of research is addictive!

Who else is going through the highs of actually FINDING something, as well as the lows of waiting and waiting and waiting? I'd love to hear from you. Thanks so much for listening.

Silvia Pettem

Boulder Jane Doe Web Site

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Little Jane Doe 1979 Arizona

On March 24, 1979, two rock hunters searching in the riverbed underneath the Tempe Bridge in Tempe, Arizona came across a partially buried skeleton of a little child. The body was partially buried by the far north pillar of the bridge and above the high water mark from floods the prior December. The bridge is a portion of Old State Route 60.

The remains had miscellaneous shards of unidentifiable clothing of off-white coarse weave cotton and possibly a dark blue or gray loose weave blanket. Lining the shallow grave were fragments of newspaper identified as articles appearing in The Arizona Republic on June 6, 1966 and October 2, 1966. It was determined that the child suffered a possible broken neck after she died.

The coroner thinks she had been deceased anywhere from 1-13 years. (It has been judged that the child probably died in 1966, but that is not certain). Anthropologist from the University of Arizona in Tucson could not determine the cause of death.

The press dubbed the child Little Jane Doe

Vital Statistics:
3 feet 3 inches tall - plus or minus 2 inches
Hair -Medium Brown – Approximately 7 inches long

Story Links:
Little Jane Doe At Fallen Wall

Westerfield Brothers Missing Since 1964

Alan John Westerfield & Terry Lee Westerfield
September 12, 1964 Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina

According to Carl Bock, the boys stepfather, he dropped Alan and his older brother Terry off at Fayetteville's popular Broadway Theater on Hay Street at 5:30 p.m.

The stepfather stated he returned to the theater about 8 p.m. and the boys were gone. When the boys vanished authorities were not sure if the brothers ever made it to the theater. Some employees interviewed said they saw the boys, others said they did not. Neither child was ever heard from again and police think the boys were killed the day they disappeared. Heavy rains from hurricane Dora late that night and the next morning hampered the search. Authorities questioned the stepfather who was separated from the boys' mother at the time. His account of what happened that evening was sketchy.

Army Sergeant Carl Bock worked in the Criminal Investigations Division at Fort Bragg in 1964 and was shipped overseas a year after his stepsons disappeared. Investigators believe Bock was in some way involved in the Westerfield children's disappearances.

Bock has since divorced from Alan and Terry's mother and now lives in Wisconsin. Police in Virginia last interviewed him in 2000. The Westerfield brothers' cases remain unsolved.
Police also questioned the boys' natural father and concluded that he did not take the boys.

Alan John Westerfield
Date of Birth: August 24, 1957
Age at Time of Disappearance: 6 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 3'10; 80 lbs.
White male, Sandy hair, blue eyes

Terry Lee Westerfield
Date of Birth: February 7, 1953
Age at Time of Disappearance: 11 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'7; 89 lbs.
White male, Red hair, blue eyes, freckles

If you have any information on this case, please contact:
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office 910-323-1500