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Missing Woman: Jessica Cain - TX - 08/17/1997


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#1 Denise

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 04:07 PM

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Age Progressed

DOB: Aug 28, 1979
Missing: Aug 17, 1997
Age at time of disappearance: 17
Sex: Female
Race: White
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
Weight: 140 lbs (64 kg)
Missing From:
LA MARQUE
TX
United States

Jessica's photo is shown aged to 29 years. She was last seen by friends at a local restaurant on the evening of 8/17/97. Her vehicle was later found abandoned on the shoulder of I-45 South, near Highland Bayou Park. Jessica's whereabouts are unknown.

La Marque Police Department (Texas) - Missing Persons Unit - 1-409-938-9269

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#2 Denise

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 04:10 PM

Jessica Lee Cain

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Upper Images and Lower Left and Center: Cain, circa 1997;
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[font=Times New Roman]Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance


Missing Since: August 17, 1997 from La Marque, Texas
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: August 28, 1979
Age: 17 years old
Height and Weight: 5'4, 140 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair with blonde highlights, blue eyes. Cain's ears are pierced. A permanent retainer has been placed on her upper teeth. She has a scar on her right knee.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A sleeveless black shirt with a lace bodice and collar, brown knit pants and black patent leather sandals.


Details of Disappearance
Cain had dinner with friends at Bennigan's Restaurant in the 1300 block of west Bay Area Boulevard in Clear Lake, Texas during the early morning hours of August 17, 1997. She departed the establishment at approximately 1:30 a.m. She was driving her father's tan 1992 Ford pickup truck with an extended cab and a camper shell back to her family's residence in Tiki Island at the time. One of Cain's friends saw her vehicle parked on the southbound shoulder of Interstate 45 between Exits 7 and 8 in La Marque shortly after she left the restaurant. The location is near Highland Bayou Park. According to her friend, Cain was last seen walking towards a 1993 or newer cherry-red Isuzu Amigo parked behind her truck on the shoulder. The Amigo is described as being in mint condition with a hardtop, dark-tinted windows, no chrome, rounded wheel wells and a spare tire mounted in the center rear. The driver of the Amigo is considered to be a possible witness in Cain's case and has yet to be identified. Cain has never been heard from again.

Cain's truck was discovered locked and abandoned near the location her friend last saw her on Interstate 45 southbound at 5:00 a.m. that same day. Her wallet was on the driver's seat of the vehicle but her keys were missing. There was no sign of Cain at the scene and no damage to the truck, but the vehicle's camper appeared to have been tampered with.

Authorities are also searching for the driver of a mid-to-full-size white pickup truck who may have been a witness during the time Cain disappeared on the interstate. Witnesses reported seeing the car pursuing Cain's vehicle at a high rate of speed. The driver's truck is described as having a white toolbox mounted near the cab and a light bar with rotating yellow/orange lights. In addition, another possible witness is also being sought in connection with Cain's disappearance. He is described as an African-American male, approximately 25 to 32 years old with a short Afro-style haircut. The witness was driving a purple Dodge or Plymouth Neon at the time he may have seen Cain. Authorities believe the possible witness may be involved in the music industry.

A private investigator claimed that there was a possible link between Cain's disappearance and Jonathan David Drew. Drew was charged with the murder of Tina Michelle Flood in December 1998. He was employed as an automobile mechanic at the time Cain disappeared. The investigator said that Drew had access to a red Isuzu Amigo in August 1997. The Amigo was in the possession of a used car dealership where Drew occasionally worked. It is not known if Drew was the driver of the vehicle spotted behind Cain's truck on the day she disappeared.
Cain's case is also being investigated along with the murders or disappearances of numerous other women from the Galveston County, Texas area since the 1970s. It is not known if any of the cases are connected to one another, but the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) and Texas law enforcement have formed Operation HALT (Homicide/Abduction Liason Team) to look into the possibilities. The disappearances of Sondra Ramber in 1983, Michelle Thomas in 1985 and Suzanne Richerson in 1988 are among the cases being investigated by Operation HALT.

Cain is described as a model teenager who had no enemies and would not run away from home. She had recently graduated from O'Connell High School and was due to start her freshman year at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas the week after her disappearance. She planned to major in criminology and drama. Cain's case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
La Marque Police Department
409-938-9269

OR
Texas Department Of Public Safety
800-346-3243

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Source Information
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
The Polly Klaas Foundation
America's Most Wanted
Texas Department Of Public Safety
The Abilene Reporter-News
The Laura Recover Center
Nation's Missing Children Organization
State to State Unsolved Crimes
[size=small]The Galveston County Daily News
[size=small][color=#0000ff]The Houston Chronicle


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“Missing Child, Wounded Hearts” - “Someone, somewhere, knows something.”

The words are spoken softly, firmly, and without quavering, but behind them lies a decade of grief and frustration. They are spoken by Susie Cain who faces the tenth anniversary of her daughter’s disappearance this month - as well as the 28th birthday of that same daughter.

Jessica Cain was 17 when she disappeared the morning of August 17, 1997. Her family would have celebrated her 18th birthday on August 28. Instead, they were embroiled in a search that involved hundreds of volunteers, law enforcement agencies from around the country, and eventually resulted in them offering nearly a quarter of a million dollars to anyone who could help them find Jessica.

Ten years later, C.H. and Susie Cain are still waiting.  “You go on with your life,” Susie Cain says.  “You have to, and Jessica would want us to. For one thing, we have to be here for her if she’s ever found. But for another, Jessica was vivacious and full of life. We would dishonor her if we just gave up.”

Jessica’s story, as tragic as it is to those who knew and loved her, has become part of a larger epic that, to this day, occupies a unique place in the annals of America’s crime. Collectively gathered under the umbrella term of “the killing fields”, “the I45 corridor killings, her disappearance adds one more name to a long list of young women who went missing some of whose bodies were later found in an area paralleling I45 south of Houston.

The list contains the names of over 30 young women, added since the early 70s, who are either still missing from, or whose remains have been found in, that general area. The vast majority of those instances remain “unsolved.”

Susie Cain says that while time may diminish the immediate piercing of grief, it does nothing to erase the underlying loss and pain. “That is always with us,” she says. “Jessica is gone, and no passage of time will make that any easier to bear.”

It was early 1:30 a.m. the morning of August 17, 1997, when Jessica left Bennigan’s Restaurant in Clear Lake, driving her 1992 tan Ford pickup. She had been at a cast party for a musical in which she had performed, and was on her way to Tiki Island, where she lived with her parents. Her parents, who had attended the musical, grew worried when she didn’t return home by 2 a.m. and her father went looking for her. He found her truck abandoned on the I45 shoulder near Highland Bayou Park in LaMarque with her wallet inside. A later search of the vehicle also disclosed Jessica’s duffel bag with clothing, a coin purse with money and her driver’s license, and truck keys.

One of Jessica’s friends later said she had seen the truck parked on the southbound shoulder shortly after she left the restaurant. That friend also reported that Jessica was last seen walking towards a 1993 or newer red Isuzu Amigo parked behind her truck.  Jessica Cain was never seen nor heard from again.

Law enforcement officials, including an FBI task force, searched for several possible witnesses, including the driver of the Isuzu Amigo; another person who was driving a white pickup truck with a toolbox and a light bar with rotating yellow and orange lights; and an African-American male who was driving a purple Dodge or Plymouth Neon at the time he may have seen Jessica. None of those possible witnesses ever came forward with information about the young woman’s disappearance.

The Cains were adamant about the impossibility of Jessica having left voluntarily. Due to start her freshman year at Sam Houston State University the week after the disappearance, they described her as a “model teenager” who “had no enemies” and would not run away from home.

Jessica’s disappearance in August 1997 followed close behind an earlier tragedy in April 1997. Laura Smither, 12, was abducted from a jogging trail in Friendswood. Her nude body was found two weeks later in a Pasadena retention pond. Laura’s father, Bob Smither, joined in the massive hunt for Jessica as did Tim Miller, founder of the Houston-based Equusearch. Miller’s 16-year-old daughter, Laura, was found dead in the “killing fields” in League City in February, 1986. To date, no one has been charged with her murder, nor that of Laura Smither.

Theories about the person or persons involved in the decades-long unsolved murders and disappearances are as numerous as the multiple agencies involved in the investigations. Those theories have resulted in a “suspect list” posted on numerous Internet websites.

Only one conviction has been obtained for any of the disappearances/murders - that of Anthony Shore, who was convicted in October 2004 in the murders of four young women and girls, three of which had been previously considered I45 corridor victims. Shore was sentenced to die for killing Laurie Tremblay, 16, Maria Del Carmen Estrada, 21, Diane Rebollar, 9, and Dana Sanchez, 16. The four killings stretched from 1986 through 1995. While originally considered a suspect in other slayings, he has never been substantially linked to any other cases.

Several of the suspects have histories of sexual assaults and violence, and at least one - Mark Stallings, currently serving what amounts to life in prison on aggravated assault charges - offered a confession in 2001 to the killing fields murders. Most officials, however, consider that confession to be suspect and, in fact, he has never been charged with any of those crimes.

Private investigator hired by the Cain family later claimed that there was a possible link between Jessica’s disappearance and Jonathan David Drew, who was subsequently convicted of the murder of a Houston waitress in 1998 and suspected of several sexual assaults. Reportedly, a search of Drew’s former home in League City produced a vial containing several human teeth.

William Lewis Reece, an ex-convict who served 10 years in an Oklahoma prison for rape and aggravated kidnapping, was charged in October 1997 with the May abduction of a young woman from Webster. Reece was a construction worker who had worked at a site near the Smither home. A few days after Jessica’s disappearance, he brought his own bulldozer to a ranch near Alvin and began moving huge mounds of horse manure. Investigators later searched through that pile, but found no evidence of human remains.

The owner of that ranch, Robert Abel, now deceased, also came under intense official scrutiny when he seemed to fit an FBI profile of the killing fields murderer. Again, however, that investigation turned up nothing of substantive value to officials.

In August 2006, Equusearch founder Tim Miller received a letter from an unknown person who, Miller believes, may have murdered his daughter - and perhaps other “killing fields” victims. More than 20 years after Laura Miller’s death, the letter’s author claimed to be “the last man your Laura saw and many more.”

Shortly after Miller received the letter, he revisited the site on Calder Drive in League City where his daughter’s remains were found and where he had previously erected a cross in her memory. As alluded to in that letter by the symbol of an upside-down cross, Miller found the actual cross in the field broken. Also found were two pornography tapes, one featuring 16-year-old girls. Laura had been 16 when she was killed.

Officials were unable to recover any forensic evidence from the letter, and despite Miller’s public pleas, the author has never again contacted him.

It’s the unknown that has tormented the parents and family members of the young women down through the years, including the Cain family.

In September 1997, as the search for Jessica continued, one man voiced a truth to a Houston Chronicle reporter that has only grown more definite in the 10 years following Jessica’s disappearance.

Alton Ramber of Hitchcock was the father of then 14-year-old Sandra Ramber who disappeared from her Santa Fe home in 1983. While officials considered her disappearance to involve “foul play,” the case had never been solved. Remembering the last time he saw his daughter, Ramber said, “I remember teasing her for picking at some food on my plate at breakfast. She was happy. But when I got home, was gone. It’s only now that I can even talk about,” he continued. “I’ve had to try to put it behind me or else I would have gone crazy.”

As the Cain family can attest, “putting in behind you” does not mean the loss, the ache and the horror of not knowing what really happened goes away. Jessica Cain occupies as large a part in their hearts as she ever did.

But, Susie Cain is quietly confident. “People may think that what they know or believe or have seen isn’t important enough to report, or that someone may have already done so. That’s not true. We need all the information we can get.

Someone, somewhere, knows something.

If you are that someone, contact the LaMarque Police Department at 409-938-9269. Or, if you’re more comfortable dealing with a local law enforcement agency, contact the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at 936-336-4500, or Eastex Crimestoppers at 936-724-TIPS (8477). Your information can remain
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Posted 19 August 2008 - 08:13 AM

Jessica has now been missing for 11 years.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family for her safe return.

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 07:21 AM

MySpace page for Jessica:  www.myspace.com/missingjessicacain 
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 09:46 AM

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 10:12 PM

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Fifteen years later, Jessica Cain’s disappearance still a mystery

 

by Doug Miller / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on August 17, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 17 at 6:46 PM

 

HOUSTON—Fifteen years ago, along a busy stretch of the Gulf Freeway, something terrible happened.

 

A young woman named Jessica Cain, just days away from her high school graduation, had spent the evening performing in a musical gala.  A few of her drama club friends celebrated their performance at a Bennigan’s restaurant in the Clear Lake area.  Then, she drove away in her pickup truck and simply vanished.

 

“You wake up one morning after spending a lovely evening with your friend and you’re told she’s not there,” recalls David Stallings, one of her high school friends.  “And you look for her.”

 

Her father found her truck parked on the shoulder of the Gulf Freeway, but she was nowhere in sight.  Her wallet was inside.  Authorities dusted her truck for fingerprints, but found nothing that indicated what might have happened.

 

Her disappearance triggered a massive and frantic search, with deputies slogging through marshes on horseback, and dogs searching through thick brush.  Hundreds of volunteers joined the effort, faxing the missing girl’s description to every hotel, motel and truck stop within a day’s drive.

 

For a time during those sweltering summer days in the swampy fields around LaMarque, it seemed an entire community wept and prayed for the return of a teenage girl whose photographs dominated newspapers and television newscasts for weeks.  But Jessica Cain, who would’ve been a 32 year-old woman today, has never been found.

 

“It was so hard,” says Alicia O’Neill, a high school friend.  “I think it’s almost unimaginable to think that you would be walking through a field looking for your best friend, unable to find her and just thinking that she’s out there somewhere.”

 

Cain was one of dozens of girls and young women who either vanished or were murdered in an area around the Gulf Freeway in Galveston County that came to be known as “the killing fields.”  Since the 1970s, more than 30 females have apparently died or disappeared, and there is little doubt some of the killings were connected.  Four bodies were discovered buried in the same remote patch of land.   One victim’s father reported receiving a disturbing letter purportedly written by a serial killer who claimed to have murdered a number of others.

 

People familiar with Cain’s disappearance aren’t sure whether it’s related to the other cases.  In fact, they really don’t know very much at all about what happened, despite years of searching and investigation, but they’re not about to give up.

 

“Families don’t stop,” said Bob Walcutt, the executive director of the Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children, which was founded by the parents of Laura Smither, a murder victim killed in the area.  “Other people can go on with their lives.  For the parents, that one moment in time, they’re locked in that moment in time.  They will continue searching.”

 

Cain’s disappearance is no exception.  Some of her friends organized a candlelight vigil to dedicate a memorial in Highland Bayou Park near where her father found her pickup truck.  Her parents plan to attend a vigil scheduled for Saturday evening, August 18.

 

And the friend responsible for the memorial decided to pursue a career in criminal justice.  O’Neill became a prosecutor for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, analyzing DNA to help exonerate wrongly convicted prison inmates.

 

“You know all the time that she’s out there somewhere, and that the right person coming forward, the right person being brave even after all this time, and just giving us the information we need,” O’Neill said.  “All we want to do is just know where she is.”


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