EPISODE 206: MURDERED JANE DOE + GENE ROBINSON, SEARCH & RESCUE DRONE PILOT


MURDERED JANE DOE

On January 27, 1996, the body of a woman was found near some trash in a hilly area near Gilman Springs Road and Highway 60 in the Beaumont area. She has still not been identified. Homicide investigators that responded to the scene 26 years ago believe the victim was murdered just a few hours earlier at that same location – about 20 feet south of eastbound Highway 60 and about a mile and a half east of Gillman Springs Road.

During the autopsy conducted in 1996, a forensic pathologist found that the body had a surgical scar believed to be from a cesarian so Cold Case Team investigators believe the victim may have at least one child who may still be seeking answers about their mother. Investigators describe the victim as Latina, possibly 30-45 years old, about 5-feet 1-inch tall, weighing about 130 pounds. A forensic dental examination done in 1996 showed her teeth had been well maintained and she received quality dental care. Her clothing was clean and had been well maintained. Also found on the body were several pieces of jewelry that cold case investigators hope can help identify the woman.

Steve Gregory does a ride a-long with the LA County Sheriff’s Department’s marine unit as they do cargo ship patrols

VICTIM'S JEWELERYPhoto: RIVERSIDE COUNTY DA

The video highlights the case and shows the jewelry and where the body was found.

GENE ROBINSON, SEARCH AND RESCUE DRONE PILOT

This hour is part of Unsolved’s ongoing “Crime Fighter Series”

Gene teaches drone curricula at Austin Community College's Public Safety Training Center. Training both public safety individuals, Texas state agencies, and commercial operators in legal, safe, and practical drone use. Chief Pilot for the Texas State University program "Detecting Clandestine Graves with Drone" under a $280K NIJ grant flying diverse payloads such as RGB, FLIR, NIR, multi-spectral, and hyperspectral payloads. Nearing the end of this 3-year cycle, game changing methods of aerial forensics have been developed that will directly benefit the drone equipped public safety community.

Gene was part of the search efforts for Amber Dubois and Chelsea King, the girls from the San Diego area who were murdered by John Gardner.

Authored “First to Deploy - Unmanned Aircraft for SAR & Law Enforcement”, the first how-to book on UAS use in SAR. It has been used to cultivate training programs and testing exercises at agencies including Texas Engineering Exchange (TEEX), Homeland Security’s Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS), many universities and private training programs among others. Several White Papers I’ve authored have been a source of information for many including the Texas State Guard.

Testing and prove out to all our UA operations are in the Search & Rescue/Recovery and law enforcement operations under the 501(c)3, RPSearch Services. Flown Spectra flying wing from Mexico, Africa, Jamaica, and Mongolia along with 31 states in the union. The Spectra flying wing is directly credited with 17 missing person recoveries, including interventions in human trafficking and drug interdiction

Served as the PIC (external pilot) and UA asset manager $1.5M) for the National Institute of Standards & Technology's (NIST) fire research project utilizing the Martin UAV Superbat.

Recognized as a thought leader in the drone space and as a finalist in the AUVSI Award of Excellence in 2017 and recipient of the Spectra Humanitarian Award in 2016.


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