It’s a story that involves a long-ago murder, an unidentified victim, and exposure on “America’s Most Wanted”. Now it appears the mystery is over and that justice may be served. NewsOK.com and several other outlets are reporting the arrest of 55 year old James Ray Vogel of Muskogee in the 1988 death of Jeanette Ellen Coleman. Her body was found below the Fort Gibson Dam in Cherokee in May 0f 1988.
Investigators at the time concluded that Coleman had drowned after being thrown in the water with a cement block tied around her waist. The victim remain unidentified for many years and was referred to as “Daisy Doe” because of a tattoo of a daisy on her shoulder.
Kyle Hinchey wrote of events leading to a positive identification on NewsOK.com in March of 2015: “With no solid suspects or witnesses, the Daisy Doe case grew cold. Her body was buried in an unmarked grave at the Tahlequah City Cemetery. She was temporarily exhumed in 1994 so a forensic sculpting expert could reconstruct her face for an episode of “America’s Most Wanted” regarding the slaying.
The medical examiner’s office recently discovered Doe’s hands in cold storage. Creek County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said it was unclear how her hands ended up there, but they were able to use the fingerprints to identify the remains.”
The Oklahoman’s Nolan Clay has updated the story, including information about Vogel’s arrest. You can read the full story when you click here.