Whilst looking at cases on NamUs for today’s posting I came across Lewis C. Burton and Maidie Louise Gibbs, both of them listed as “missing from Woodlawn Cemetery during flood caused by Hurricane Irene.” No vital information available except their ages.

It took me a few minutes to realize these are not really missing people. These are corpses who were washed out of their graves.

9 thoughts on “Oh-kay…

  1. yomama February 28, 2012 / 6:22 pm

    Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.??

  2. Princess Shantae February 28, 2012 / 8:07 pm

    I don’t think that’s very professional of Namus to do a silly joke like that.
    But I’ll keep my eyes open. lol

    • forthelost February 28, 2012 / 8:10 pm

      It’s not a joke. Unless someone is listed as “missing” in namus, there are no DNA comparisons with unidentified remains. They are automatically run if that is the case. This is why several people are listed who have been found deceased; they only found partial remains.

      • Meaghan February 28, 2012 / 9:01 pm

        Oh, I know. I just think it’s very weird.

  3. Margie February 28, 2012 / 9:42 pm

    It is weird. Had I not read your post, I would interpreted the Circumstances descriptions as the MP were visiting the graves, got caught in the hurricane and were washed away by a flood. I wonder why NamUS does not specify these are graves?

    • Meaghan February 28, 2012 / 9:43 pm

      They really ought to say that.

  4. amy February 29, 2012 / 12:05 am

    Ok, I get why, but…eeka freaka. It would also help to know how long the deceased were deceased so we had some idea of what we were looking for. Is the entire coffin gone?

    I remember when the cemetery flooded in Albany, Georgia back in the early 90’s. The news footage showed a veritable flotilla of coffins. I don’t believe they got all of those back either but the stories I got from the reporters, off the record, were, shall we say, gruesome.

    • Meaghan February 29, 2012 / 12:10 am

      Well, it says Maidie is 38 or 39 and would be 90 today, so she must have been dead for over fifty years.

  5. Peter Henderson February 29, 2012 / 7:46 am

    Hi guys,

    A bit of an explanation. The 2011 Vermont floods disinterred a number of graves. All the Vermont Jane and John Doe’s currently listed at NamUs are the result of that flooding.

    In the case of the two individuals listed above investigators know they were buried in a cemetery that was disrupted and my guess is their loved one are hoping to locate them and it was at their request that they were listed as missing. DNA testing is currently underway.

    For those interested in unidentified victims Vermont has one additional case not yet listed at NamUs. The skull of a unidentified female were discovered on Danby Hill Road in Danby, Vermont on February 12, 2012.

    Investigators established that the skull was of a young Caucasian female, estimated to be in her late teens to early twenties at time of death. The victim is believed to have been deceased for a considerable time. The Vermont state medical examiner’s office has stated that based on evidence of trauma to the victims skull it’s possible her death was the result of foul play.

    The closest active missing person case that could fit the known facts is that of Heide Wilbur, 16, who has been missing since 2/9/91 from Middletown Springs, Vermont.


    If your interested you can find out more if you Google “Danby, Vermont Jane Doe.”


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