Sunday, September 26, 2010

Dwight Clark - Earthly Body - September 2010

Police say the body found Wednesday in Bellingham Bay is Dwight Clark, the 18-year-old Western Washington University student who has been missing for more than a week.
Investigators found Clark's driver's license with the body and made the identification from physical characteristics, police spokesman Mark Young said. A medical identification and cause of death are expected later this week.
Hundreds of Western students gathered Wednesday at a 4 p.m. memorial for Clark at the center of campus.
"We are profoundly saddened, and extend our deepest condolences to the Clark family and all who knew Dwight personally," Western President Bruce Shepard said in a statement.
Clark, of Auburn, was last seen about 2 a.m. Sept. 26 leaving a party in the 1000 block of Indian Street. He was believed to be going to his room at nearby Nash Hall, but police said about 40 minutes later a blank text message was sent to a friend from downtown Bellingham.
Search parties had been combing the area for Clark since.
The body was found in an area owned by the Port of Bellingham, which was previously owned by Georgia-Pacific. An independent contractor working for the Port of Bellingham found the body floating in the water between a dock and a log boom, Young said. He notified port officials, who called police.
Officers notified Clark's mother about the body early Wednesday afternoon. Young said police wanted to let her know of their efforts and brace her for possible developments, but the notification was initially done as a precaution.
On Saturday, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection unit helping with the search for Clark found a woman's body along the shore of Bellingham Bay. She was found near Cornwall Avenue and Pine Street, a few blocks from the Western campus.
The woman, in her 60s, had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Young said.
On Tuesday, a man wrote on a missing poster outside a convenience store that Clark was stabbed 17 times. Police took the poster, but have not said if they think the claim is legitimate or a hoax. The owner of the Super Store at 2019 Harris Ave. told KOMO/4 that Bellingham police reviewed store surveillance footage to try and identify who left the note.
More than 100 people gathered Saturday for a candlelight vigil at Brannan Skate Park in Auburn. Clark was an avid skateboarder and recent graduate of Auburn High School.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Greg Hart – Earthly Body Found March 16, 2010

Gregory James Hart – Left Establishment Alone
Located Deceased.

On March 13, 2010, after getting a late start, Gregory Hart, 23, drove his Mustang from Dedham, MA, to the apartment of a friend in Providence, RI. There, he met up with three old college buddies–Will, Zach, and Zach’s girlfriend–to celebrate his new job. By 10 p.m., the group was heading out to the Red Room Tavern at One Fox Place in Providence.
At 1:21 a.m., Hart spoke on the phone with Will, who was at the bar that night. The two spoke for 8 minutes, but it has not been reported what was said. It was the last time Hart’s phone was used.
Friends say that around 1:40 p.m., Greg just got up and left the tavern without saying a word. Nothing unusual appeared to be going on, but Hart left the bar (FOX 25 /, March 15, 2010).
Friends initially speculated that while they returned to their apartment, Hart may have gone to an International House of Pancakes (IHOP) on Promenade Street. But Hart’s brother, JP, later told the Providence Journal that this wasn’t likely. While he and his brother had indeed sometimes walked from the Red Room to the IHOP, it had been in the summer. Family members did not believe Greg would have walked to the pancake house in the rain, and there appears to be no indication that he did so. (Providence Journal).
Cell phone records indicate that, at some point, Hart’s friend, Zach, tried calling Greg’s phone (along with the police and local hospitals) to find out what happened to his friend.
Hart’s family remained uneasy; Greg Hart’s car was still parked outside the apartment building where he had left it, and his cell phone had not been answered.
By Sunday when he still hadn’t returned for the St. Patrick’s Day parade, they became “seriously worried” and they filed a missing person’s report. (
When the police failed to search, family and friends of Greg Hart launched their own search effort. More than 50 people came to the aid of the Hart family, helping to look for Hart and/or post fliers around the area.
On Tuesday, March 16 at around 2:45 p.m., a family friend made a grim discovery just three-quarters of a mile from where Hart had last been seen. Hart’s body was found washed up against a tree limb in the rain-swollen Woonasqatucket River in Providence, “half in and half out” of the water (
If you know anything about what happened on the night of March 13, 2010 please come forward and tell what you know regarding Greg Hart! While some facts are know such as that he went out that night with friends and that he was later found in the river. It is not known how he left or how he got into the river. He was an avid swimmer and was trained in scuba diving as well. His Family has some serious and genuine concerns that there was foul play involved. If you know anything please come forward and bring this Family the answers they need and deserve.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Jay Polhill - Earthly Body Locted - March 2010

Jay, 20, was last seen on  February 27, 2010 His body was found in the Calumet River at 126th and Stony Island. Initially, police ruled his death “undetermined”. Jay’s parents hired experts to take another look at the case and they determined that skull fractures suggested Jay was the victim of an assault. Based on information from the outside experts, Jay’s cause of death was officially changed to ”drowning due to multiple injuries due to assault,” a homicide.
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Jay Polhill's death is a mystery spanning 20 miles, 18 months

How Jay Polhill's body turned up far from his downtown Columbia College dorm baffles police as much as how he died

August 22, 2011|By Annie Sweeney, Tribune reporter

A year and a half ago, as the late-season snow and ice still clung to the bank and stretches of the wintry gray Calumet River, a body bobbed to the surface near 126th Street, startling a worker collecting a water sample.
Identifying him as Jay Polhill, 20, a happy-go-lucky photography major at Columbia College Chicago, proved to be a deceivingly easy start to the investigation.
How Polhill, who drowned and sustained head injuries, wound up in a remote, industrial area some 20 miles from his downtown university dorm has eluded Chicago police detectives in spite of an unusually lengthy and extensive investigation driven in part by a family who has refused to let the case slip away.
"I would go through a lifetime of pain if I just knew that (in) Jay's last moments he wasn't scared," Polhill's mother, Jane, said last week in an interview. "I would take it. Jay was a loved kid. He was a loved kid. And I just want him to have felt that love till his last breath."
Polhill was born and raised in Lena, about 130 miles northwest of Chicago but a world away from the artsy community of Columbia. Friends say he talked fondly of his days in the small town, where he bagged groceries and was close to his parents and older brother, Billy.
After graduating from the local high school, where he wrestled and ran track, he came to Columbia to study film and met other budding artists: dancers, fiction writers and musicians who recognized him as a lighthearted kid with a quick, sometimes surprising wit.
Polhill blossomed at Columbia, his family said. Lena, a picturesque and quaint community where cornfields nudge against cemeteries filled with family plots, just wasn't wide enough for him.
"He was very witty, had a great sense of humor," his mother said. "He had an open mind. He accepted everybody."
By his sophomore year, Polhill had turned his attention to photography and took pictures of everything, according to friends and family.
His framed photos hang on the wall of the Polhill home. In one shot a friend took of him, Polhill stands at the edge of a dune, his shirt off and his arms stretched wide as if to greet the world.
In the last image of Polhill on his dorm security camera two days before he was found dead, he was captured walking out of the building on South State Street that Sunday with a camera strapped around his neck and his laptop in a bag. Neither has been found. His wallet is also missing.
Though they cannot even be certain where Polhill went into the water, detectives believe it's possible that his love of photography had brought him to the Calumet River to take pictures of its weather-beaten bridges.
But detectives are plagued by a nagging question: How would Polhill, who didn't have a car, have gotten to the desolate spot?
He never told anyone about visiting the area. None of his friends who have cars said they gave him a ride there. His CTA card was last used on the Sunday at a subway station near his dorm, though he could have taken a Metra train and Pace bus and walked a short distance to get there.
"Where did he go?" said Polhill's friend Taylor Streiff, 21. "That's the thing that is bothering us. He got on the Red Line, but what on earth happened after that?"
The manner in which he died is also still in dispute.
According to the autopsy performed at the Cook County medical examiner's office, Polhill suffered serious head injuries before drowning. He had two identical wounds on his legs that appear consistent with being cut by a boat propeller after he died. In addition, Dr. Mitra Kalelkar found no signs of drugs or alcohol use — or of a sexual assault even though Polhill was clothed in only a T-shirt.
But Kalelkar did not rule on how Polhill died — homicide, suicide or accident — calling it undetermined.
Without a clear direction from Kalelkar, police had to consider all the possibilities.
Detectives have not found anyone who believed Polhill would hurt himself. Those closest to Polhill say he had a deep appreciation for life, having struggled through multiple childhood surgeries because of a tumor in his sinus cavity.
Police have considered the possibility that he fell from a bridge or lost his footing on the icy embankment while shooting photos, striking his head and drowning.
In the weeks after Polhill's body was pulled from the river, the Chicago marine unit searched the waters for clues and detectives checked the department database of pawn shop records to see if someone had sold his computer or cameras. They pored over his debit card records but found no activity. His phone — after a last text he sent to his mother a day before he was found — was no help. They asked the Illinois International Port District for video footage from area bridges but found none. They discovered that he had not activated the LoJack tracking device on his computer — yet another dead end.