MARIN CO. Calif.- Bones of 21 year-old Swedish student missing for 33 years, identified.
Elisabeth Martinsson, a bright young citizen of Uddevalla, Sweden, came to California to attend school as a foreign exchange student in the 1980’s. Elisabeth worked as a nanny while living with a local family in the San Francisco Bay Area community of Greenbrae. On Jan. 17, 1982 Elisabeth set out to go shopping for a pair of boots in Larkspur, a nearby town, and was never seen alive again. Sadly, her skeletal remains were located in Fremont in late 2010, just across the Bay from her home.
FORENSIC MATCH– Seven bones were collected and sent to be examined by forensic anthropologists. The once cold case had been re-opened but remained dormant for another four years until Nov. 2014, when a match was finally made to Elisabeth, missing for over a quarter century.
HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION- In 1982, after Elisabeth vanished, the yellow Volkswagen Rabbit she was driving was located in the possession of two suspects in Oklahoma. The suspects, Henry Lee Coleman, 31, and Sabrina Ann Johnson, 26, were arrested and charged with auto theft. Consequently, Henry Lee Coleman was convicted of auto theft and served five years in prison for the crime. However, prior to his possible encounter with Elisabeth, Coleman had been convicted of rape, a disturbing fact that has followed this case for decades.
The Marin Co. Sheriff and Fremont Police Departments are working together on this case. If you have information regarding this matter please call Fremont Police Dept. at 510-790-6800 or Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Elisabeth Martinsson’s cremated remains have been sent back to Sweden to her final resting place.
True Crime California wishes to offer it’s deepest sympathy and prayers for Elisabeth’s family. True Love Never Dies.
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NOR CAL HUMAN BONES FOUND- Unidentified skeletal remains found in Northern California are frequently sent to Chico State University to be examined by expert forensic anthropologists. The following cases are open in California…
BUTTE CO. March 8, 2015-Human skull found on west bank of the Sacramento River just outside of Chico. The discovery was made by a Fish and Game officer and his canine who found it protruding from the mud of the shoreline. The skull was determined to be an older male subject, deceased for at least one year.
EL DORADO CO. Nov. 14, 2015- Human skeletal remains were found at Folsom Lake by a 12-year old boy and his mother after severe drought caused lake levels to drop. The discovery included a skull, leg bones and a partial spine. Along with the bones, a Price Club card with the name of “Ted” on it and an older model cell phone.
EL DORADO CO. Feb. 10, 2015- A partial human skull was discovered in El Dorado National Forest. Two local men made the discovery while panning for gold near the Bear Creek picnic area, off of Traverse Creek Road near Georgetown.
SUTTER CO. June 22,2014- A human skull was discovered in a Yuba City backyard on Nadean Drive after a dog named Skye dug it out of the ground. The dog’s owner called 911. Also excavated from the site: a large clay pot, animal bones, numerous machetes and a doll head resembling an Arab or African male. A modern coin was also retrieved, a U.S. penny, circa 1995. Experts presume that a religious ceremony may have been performed in the Afro-Caribbean tradition of Santeria. The investigation is considered a homicide until the remains are identified and/or the circumstances surrounding the case are determined.
SUTTER CO. July 21, 2013- Sutter County investigators were notified when a frightening discovery was made in the micro community of Live Oak, California. A female resident found a single human bone in her backyard near the 2400 block of Archer Avenue.