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  1. #11

    Default Re: Susquehanna Jane Doe's Jewelry

    Quote Originally Posted by Starless View Post
    Can anyone find another ring on the web like the one on the right ?? It seems at this point to be sort of rare. I really haven't found one like the one on the left either.
    Last edited by Starless; 06-05-2008 at 07:14 PM.

  2. #12

    Default Re: Susquehanna Jane Doe's Jewelry

    Same Concept, and this is off a Navajo jewelry site:

    Click for detail

    Sterling Silver
    Face Of Ring Measures
    1 1/4 Inch by 3/8 Inch

    So what's up with all the Indian jewelry on this lady ??
    Last edited by Starless; 06-05-2008 at 07:15 PM.

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    Paulette Susan Jaster
    Missing since May 5, 1979 from Davison, Genesee County, Michigan.
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics
    • Date Of Birth: January 9, 1954
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 25 years old
    • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'4"; 115 lbs.
    • Distingishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; hazel eyes. Slender to medium build.
    • Dentals: Available
    • Marks, Scars: Scar on crown of head, gray mark from pencil lead embedded on left cheekbone below eye.
    • Medical Conditions: Jaster occasionally suffered from periods with mental illness.
    • Clothing: She was wearing blue jeans and was carrying an army-style duffelbag. She also wore a ring with a turquise stone and a silver ring with a stone of unknown color.
    • AKA: Paula Johnson,Paula Breck, Paulette Breck, Paula Lynn Sweet
    • DNA: Available

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Jaster was last seen in Davison, Michigan sometime in May of 1979. She left Michigan and was last seen headed toward Highway 69. She was sighted in Mesa, AZ during 1980.

    She worked at WAG's Restaurant (in Walgreen's) and Paul Perry's Smorgee Table early in 1980, both in Mesa, Arizona. It is believed that she may have been traveling to Florida. Jaster was known to have bouts with mental illness, and is very creative and artistic, loves unusual jewelry, animals and anything "natural". Jaster has never been seen or heard from again.
    A cursory search of Social Security databases showed no evidence of Jaster or any of her known aliases in recent years.

  4. #14


    Paulette looks good for this Jane Doe.
    Last edited by Starless; 06-02-2008 at 04:27 PM.

  5. #15


    Flint Journal, The (MI)
    April 30, 2006
    Section: LOCAL NEWS
    Page: A01

    Index Terms:
    Flint area general news
    local news

    Long gone
    Decades drag on for family, friends of missing woman
    Author: Ron Fonger; * 810.766.6317


    Article Text:
    DAVISON - Paulette Jaster was a homecoming queen candidate and one of the best female players ever to lace up a pair of Converse hightops for Davison High School.

    She was smart - a National Honor Society member - and heartbreakingly attractive, with flowing dark hair and brown eyes.

    And for nearly three decades, she has been missing - presumed neither dead nor alive - leaving her family to assume the worst even though they hope they are wrong.

    "I think she's dead, ... a body that's been buried," said Paulette's father, Edwin, sipping a cup of coffee as he thumbed through old papers that remind him of his daughter's story.

    There is a court petition to commit her to Ypsilanti State Hospital in 1977, an ad from a Florida newspaper offering a reward for information, letters to television shows desperately asking for help.

    In May, it will be 27 years since Edwin Jaster, 85, last saw his daughter. His ex-wife, Caroline, died last year, still chasing rumors about Paulette sightings. His other children are scattered throughout the country, and he still hopes Paulette, who would be 52 now, is somewhere out there, too.

    "Wouldn't it be nice if she was found someplace?" he asked.

    Jaster's eyes brightened at the thought - the same possibility that drives Paulette's sisters to keep recalling the sometimes painful memories about their sibling who started showing signs of mental illness almost overnight and walked away from home early one morning, never to return.

    Paulette faded away, never using her Social Security number after 1980, never contacting her family or her closest friends and still suffering from the schizophrenia that hit her hard at about the time she graduated from Davison High School.

    Paulette was 25 when she left Davison on foot May 12, 1979, headed toward I-69, carrying an old Army backpack, wearing jeans and a favorite turquoise ring.

    "She may be with the Lord by now," said Pam Atkinson, a younger sister who lives in the Bridgeport area. "I believe she was alive (as recently as) 1989. I believe (that) in my gut."

    Popular girl

    Paulette was popular at Davison High School, part of the same class of 1972 that produced filmmaker Michael Moore.

    Boys were interested in her, but she wasn't just a pretty face. She was named to the All-Big Nine Conference basketball team two straight years and sang in the school choir. She could draw and played piano.

    "She had a beautiful figure. She was just dramatic looking," said best friend Kathy Pagels, now of Scottsdale, Ariz. "She was beautiful, artistic, funny, adventurous, gifted - all those things."

    Friends since they met at St. John Catholic Elementary School in Davison, Pagels still has photos of her and Paulette from her sixth birthday party.

    And she keeps a children's book that she wrote and Paulette illustrated while the two were at college.

    The colored-pencil drawings tell the story of a little boy who wanders away from home.

    The two stayed best friends through high school, and Pagels said she tried to help her friend through a single semester at Central Michigan University.

    But there already was a distant look in Paulette's eyes - something that wasn't right.

    "The summer after high school, things really started to change for her. It was kind of a rigidity - almost more of a fearful look," Pagels said about her friend. "She kind of shunned attempts to talk to her.

    "In my heart, I think she just had a dramatic onset of mental illness that nobody understood or treated properly. ... People were afraid of it, and she began to lose her connections."


    The Jaster family lived in a new ranch-style house on Gary Ray Street in Davison.

    Edwin Jaster says he was busy with work as an appliance salesman, traveling to retail stores all over the region, which extended into Michigan's Thumb.

    His daughters say he was strict with them and had a quick temper.

    Paulette's sisters remember their mother as loving, taking care of their needs and getting them where they needed to go. The girls rode bicycles, played hopscotch and make-believe at home, and vacationed at a shared cabin at Oscoda.

    Paulette "was just a normal kid," said older sister Peggy Sperlich of Hot Springs, S.D. "She was fun-loving, very physically active - kind of a tomboy."

    Paulette shared a room with older sister Pat Miller, who now lives just south of St. Paul, Minn.

    "We were typical sisters - half the time getting along (and) half the time fighting," Miller recalls.


    As with other victims of schizophrenia, there was no way to tell Paulette would develop the disease and no early signs that it was starting to eat away at her as she grew into a woman.

    There is no certain cause for the disease, which can be like a distortion of reality accompanied by delusions, hallucinations and bizarre behavior. It can develop with no loss of basic intellectual functions.

    Two years before she disappeared, Paulette showed signs of her troubled mind. She walked into the Davison Police Department and told dispatcher Donna Granger that she was afraid that people - "even Henry in California" - were trying to kill her

    In a Genesee County Probate Court petition, Granger wrote that Paulette said Henry was "trying to use her brain," and other men took her up north and shot her full of poison.

    A probate judge found Paulette mentally ill on July 7, 1977, after she was arrested following an argument with a customer at a Davison restaurant for reasons no one can remember.

    At Ypsilanti, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and admitted to the hospital.

    "Mental illness can abruptly present itself, and I think Paulette was dealing with that longer than anyone probably knew. I think she tried very hard" to mask it, said Pagels, who visited her friend in Ypsilanti but remembers only a few details.

    "There was almost a part of her that was missing. That part that you could really connect with was missing. It was almost like she was talking to someone through a fog."

    After less than two months at the former state mental hospital, Paulette signed herself out, and her sisters said her condition grew worse.

    "She would sometimes take her medication and sometimes she wouldn't," Sperlich said.

    And she self-medicated, friends and family said, using marijuana and other drugs.

    She also came and went from Davison, traveling out West and to Florida, using her parents' house as a home base.

    Dr. Robert A. Cuthbertson, vice president of medical affairs at Genesee County Community Mental Health, said schizophrenia can develop suddenly and its cause is unknown.

    Sufferers become more withdrawn and have a harder time interacting. They can hear voices and struggle with decisions like whether to turn left or right.

    And, importantly for Paulette, they can become reclusive, intentionally avoiding contact with others even when they need help.

    "There are many of the street people who choose not to be in an apartment despite the fact that an apartment is available," Cuthbertson said.

    Sometimes, perhaps most frustrating for Paulette's family and friends, people with schizophrenia change their identities to avoid being found.

    Last seen

    Just six years ago, Paulette's family got its last break in locating her when former state police Detective Sgt. Daniel Bohnett tracked Social Security records that put Paulette or someone using her identity in Arizona in 1980.

    An e-mail from Bohnett to the family says Paulette earned $319 working in January and February 1980 at a Walgreens lunch counter and a family restaurant, both in Mesa, Ariz.

    No other records have been found, and the leads were too old to help much, said Bohnett, who has since retired.

    The investigator tried to shake the case up and generate new leads by sending out a nationwide bulletin and ordering computerized and hand-drawn age-progressions of Paulette some years ago.

    The drawings assume Paulette has lived for decades as a transient.

    "There's different possibilities," Bohnett said of the case. "There's times I think she may still be out there. She may (be in) Mexico or the Dominican Republic.

    Atkinson said she believes Paulette, who lived with her briefly after college, tried to contact her on Dec. 23, 1989 - more than 10 years after she left Davison for the last time.

    Another secretary at the church where she worked answered the telephone and heard an operator ask, "Is this the number you wanted?" Atkinson said. The female caller said yes, then, "Pam? Pam?" before becoming guarded, nervous and hanging up.

    "I think she just panicked," Atkinson said.

    Paulette's mother followed several tips that her daughter was alive, including one that she was in Florida and could be in trouble. In the Sarasota area, Caroline Jaster found several people who believed they had seen Paulette a few months before.

    Never coming back

    Paulette talked to Atkinson before she left Davison for the last time, telling her she was leaving town and never coming back. She may have feared her family wanted to institutionalize her.

    "She knew her life was out of control," Atkinson said, and had already started using different names, including Paula Johnson.

    Mark Higham, who dated and traveled with Paulette after she dropped out of college, said his ex-girlfriend just "wanted to disappear."

    Higham said he didn't see the mental problems - just a desire to leave the Genesee County and get away from her family.

    "We were pretty rebellious," said Higham, who lived for years in Arizona until recently moving back to the county. "Our families did everything to break us up.

    "Everybody just wanted to be in control, and we were not controllable. ... If your parents told you to do something, you didn't listen."

    Many missing

    Paulette Jaster is one of two long-missing women from Genesee County listed on the Michigan Does - as in John or Jane Doe - Web site,

    The other - Linda S. Nickell - walked away from her sister's home on Davison Road in Flint 30 years ago and has been missing ever since. Michigan Does tries to find long-term missing persons and to identify human remains.

    So far, the Web site lists the stories of about 200 missing Michigan residents.

    The FBI's National Crime Information Center says almost 7,000 people from Michigan missing and unaccounted for, according to Michigan Does.

    "Sometimes people are murdered, and their remains are never located. Sometimes they just take off and assume a new identity, some seem to vanish into thin air," said Elizabeth Sinor of Michigan Does.

    "Sometimes people disappear, but no one reports them missing until years later, and others go about their lives and don't even realize they (themselves) are 'missing,' " Sinor said.

    Paulette's dental records and personal information - date of birth, height, weight, scars and birthmarks - have been entered into a national database that police use when trying to identify unidentified bodies.

    At the state police post in Flint Township, troopers keep an open file on the case, but there hasn't been activity since Bohnett retired, said Detective Sgt. Stephen Sipes.

    Higham said he believes Paulette may still be alive.

    "Just the other day I was thinking, 'I bet she's out there,' " he said. "She left and didn't really care about coming back.

    "That was mine and her attitude at the time, and her attitude was stronger than mine."

    An age-progression sketch shows how Jaster might look today.

    Paulette Jaster in 1969 (above) and in 1972 (right). "

    Paulette Jaster (left) and younger sister Pam in a family snapshot.

    From left, Penny, Peggy, Paulette, Pam, Phyllis and Pat Jaster are dressed for Easter morning in a family snapshot.

    A Davison High School yearbook photo from Homecoming 1971 shows Paulette Jaster (center) among the queen candidates.

    Paulette Jaster is second from left in this photo of the Big Nine Conference all-star girls basketball team for 1971-72.

    Flint Journal files

    Looking for leads

    * Anyone with information about missing person Paulette Jaster of Davison is asked to call state police Detective Sgt. Stephen Sipes at (810) 732-0740.

    Getting help

    * To talk to a professional about mental illness, contact Genesee County Community Mental Health at (810) 257-3740. Calls are answered around the clock.

    Slipping away

    Paulette Jaster has been considered a missing person for most of the past three decades. Here's what is known:

    * JAN. 9, 1954: Paulette Susan Jaster is born the fourth of seven children to Edwin and Caroline Jaster at Wayne County's Holy Cross Hospital.

    * 1958: The Jasters move from the Detroit area to Davison.

    * June 15, 1971: Paulette is popular and does well at Davison High School. She is named to the National Honor Society.

    * AUG. 27, 1972: Paulette leaves home for Central Michigan University but drops out after one semester.

    * 1974: Family members say Paulette shows signs of emotional problems and drug use. She breaks up with her high school sweetheart and quits a job at Chevrolet in Flint.

    * JUNE 22, 1977: Paulette tells Davison police that people are trying to kill her. Police petition the state, saying Paulette is unable to understand her need for treatment or care for herself.

    * JULY 7, 1977: Paulette is found mentally ill by Genesee County Probate Court. She is sent to Ypsilanti State Hospital but signs herself out less than two months later.

    * DEC. 23, 1978: At home off and on, Paulette leaves town for Florida after a fight with her father.

    * MARCH 13, 1979: Paulette's mother files a missing person report after Paulette remains out of touch, apparently in Florida.

    * APRIL 28, 1979: Appearing refreshed and happy, Paulette returns home for her mother's birthday.

    * MAY 12, 1979: Paulette is last seen by one of her sisters as she leaves town without saying goodbye - carrying a green dufflebag and walking toward I-69 in Davison.

    * 1980: Still out of touch with her family, Paulette earns $319 while working at a lunch counter at Walgreens and restaurant in Mesa, Ariz., according to Social Security records.

    * 1983: Following a tip that her daughter is back in Florida and could be in trouble, Caroline Jaster finds several people who say they believe they saw Paulette a few months before.

    * DEC. 23, 1989: A sister receives a strange telephone call from a woman she believes is Paulette, but the woman refuses to stay on the line.

    * OCTOBER 1996: Michigan State Police receive no new leads in response to a new nationwide bulletin.

    * MAY 1, 2005: Paulette's mother dies without ever having found her daughter. Her estate remains unsettled, partly because of Paulette's status as a missing person

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    Flint Journal, The (MI)
    May 19, 2006
    Section: LOCAL NEWS
    Page: A01

    Index Terms:
    Missing person

    Cops look to DNA in 1979 case
    Data banks to be checked to locate missing woman
    Author: Ron Fonger; * 810.766.6317

    Dateline: DAVISON

    Article Text:
    Police have restarted an investigation into the disappearance of Paulette Jaster, a former Davison High School homecoming queen candidate who vanished 27 years ago.

    State police plan to collect DNA from the father and sisters of Jaster, who walked away from home carrying a green dufflebag in May 1979 and never was seen again by her family.

    State police Detective Sgt. Jason Teddy of the Flint Township post said he plans to use the DNA in an effort to match Paulette to unidentified remains in a nationwide FBI database, including a body found in Blue Earth, Minn., one year after Jaster disappeared.

    "It could help. The window is not closed," said Teddy, who took on the case just days ago. "I plan to use the technology available today to reanalyze the information that's been collected over the years."

    Jaster's story was profiled by The Flint Journal last month. The April 30 article generated calls to state police, but no leads have paid dividends, Teddy said.

    Her disappearance has troubled her family for decades, partly because the former honor student and high school basketball star had developed schizophrenia before she left home without warning.

    Family members and police have since followed false leads, offered rewards and traveled around the country to find out whether Jaster is alive or dead, in trouble, or only interested in being left alone.

    Before her mother's death in 2005, Jaster's parents both gave blood at the request of police, a family member said, but that information was only used to eliminate her from consideration in another Jane Doe case in Arizona.

    "If she's out there ... we want her to know her family loves her," said Peggy Sperlich, one of Jaster's sisters. "This makes me more hopeful."

    Police are interested in the possible connection between Jaster's disappearance and the unidentified remains of a Jane Doe whose body was found in a drainage ditch a few miles east of tiny Blue Earth on May 30, 1980.

    The woman found in Blue Earth was nude, her head partly shaved, and a rope was around her neck. She was buried in a rural cemetery with a headstone marked "unidentified person."

    Jaster was 25 at the time she disappeared, and her age and physical description generally match the description of the Jane Doe.

    "I've always thought (Paulette Jaster) was a good candidate to be our Jane Doe," said Deborah B. Anderson, a Blue Earth resident who started a Web site devoted to identifying the woman found in her town.

    Anderson said she has read about Jaster on Web sites dedicated to missing persons and calls the possible match between the two women a "very, very, very huge longshot," but believes it's worth pursuing.

    "I would hope to God somebody would do the same thing if my daughter was buried somewhere under a stone," she said. "You can't say it doesn't matter just because she died in a ditch."

    Jaster in 1972

    Age progression sketch of Jaster

    Still searching

    * Paulette Jaster disappeared from her parents' home in Davison on May 12, 1979. She would now be 52.

    * State police are restarting their investigation of her disappearance, hoping DNA from Jaster's father and sisters will help them close the case. Until now, Jaster's DNA information has not been entered into a national FBI databank that helps match missing persons with unidentified human remains.

    * If you have information that might be helpful to police, call state police Detective Sgt. Jason Teddy at (810) 732-1111.

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    Flint Journal, The (MI)
    February 10, 2008
    Section: LOCAL NEWS
    Page: A03

    Index Terms:
    Flint area general news
    local news

    Inheritance in store for woman missing since 1979

    Author: Ron Fonger; * 810.766.6317

    Dateline: DAVISON

    Article Text:
    Edwin Jaster updated his last will several times before he died in January, changing parts of his final bequest but never removing his daughter, Paulette, who disappeared nearly 30 years ago.

    "He always had that hope, and until someone proves otherwise, I still believe she's out there (too)," said Peggy Sperlich, Paulette Jaster's older sister. "If she's gone to the Lord, I just want to know what happened to her."

    Eighteen months after police restarted one of Genesee County's oldest missing person cases, however, the whereabouts of the former high school homecoming queen candidate apparently remain a mystery.

    Family members haven't seen Jaster since May 12, 1979, when one of her sisters saw Jaster carrying a green duffel bag and walking toward I-69 in Davison

    Now family members hope they'll get help in finding her from two new age-progression sketches that show what she might look like if she is alive today.

    Sperlich said DNA from her mother and father, both of whom have died, has been collected and filed as part of a nationwide FBI database to aid in identifying Jaster.

    Police have ruled out the possibility that an unidentified body found in Blue Earth, Minn., might have been Jaster, Sperlich said.

    The Flint Journal could not reach state police Detective Sgt. Jason Teddy of the Flint Township post for comment. Teddy has been involved in searching for Jaster.

    Jaster, who would have turned 54 last month, was profiled by The Flint Journal in April 2006. The story generated calls and tips to police, but none so far has panned out, Sperlich said.

    Anyone who thinks they may recognize Jaster from the new age-progression sketches can contact Teddy at (810) 732-1111.

    Family members have chased leads about the disappearance to Florida. Social Security records indicate Jaster may have worked at a Walgreens lunch counter and a restaurant in Mesa, Ariz., in 1980.

    Elizabeth Sinor of said cases of people who have been missing as long as Jaster become harder and harder to solve as new cases demand attention from police, and evidence trails dry up.

    "Cases aren't necessarily closed, they are just sort of put in a file," Sinor said. "A lot of these cases just sort of fall into the cracks by default."

    The Web site features information about missing Michiganians, including Jaster, in an effort to bring attention to their cases.

    Sinor said the chances of finding a long-term missing person alive are slim, and families have to push for publicity and police attention if they ever hope to resolve their cases.

    Sperlich said her sister has one year to claim her part of an insurance settlement with their father's estate, or the payment will be lost.

    "I just wish we could do something to bring (her case) to light again," Sperlich said. "It might be just one thing that leads to the answer."

    Paulette Jaster, 1969

    A sketch by a New Jersey

    police detective of what

    Paulette Jaster might look like


    e A second sketch of what

    Jaster might look like now,

    created by Vickie Kellar of

    Grand Blanc, who knew


    Missing for decades

    * Paulette Susan Jaster was born Jan. 9, 1954, to Edwin and Caroline Jaster at Wayne Countyís Holy Cross Hospital.

    * A high school honor student, she

    was a Big Nine Conference All-Star in basketball and a member of Davison High Schoolís homecoming queen court.

    * She was deemed mentally ill in 1977 in Genesee County Probate Court and sent to Ypsilanti State Hospital after family members said she showed signs of emotional problems and drug abuse.

    * After signing herself out of the state institution, Jaster traveled the country before returning home. She was last seen May 12, 1979.

  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by Starless View Post
    Paulette looks good for this Jane Doe.
    Note the timeline in one of the articles above, seems to indicate someone was using her social security number in later years ?? Do y'all think I should submit this or not ?? They'd have hell with it, since no dna or dentals on Jane Doe.

  9. #19
    Texaskowgirl Guest

    Default Re: Unidentified Female, Located 1979 Watts Township, PA

    Quote Originally Posted by Starless View Post
    Does anyone know what they mean by "mushroom black label?"
    I found some hits for a brand "mushroom black" under vintage t-shirts. When I read it, I think they mean the label/brand.

    Now, in higher end fashion, there are such things as "black label" lines.. Such as Donna Karan "black label", etc. IE DKNY or regular Donna Karan, then there's black label (more exclusive). Don't think that's what was meant here though.

  10. #20
    Texaskowgirl Guest


    Argyle Doe estimated death is Summer/Fall of 1978. Janet went missing in 1979 and her social was used in Jan/Feb 1980 (seems consistent with her waitressing)... Janet's case is interesting too...

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