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Case File: 333UFCA

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Composite of the victim by NCMEC; Sketch by Barbara Martin

Unidentified Female

  • Date of Discovery: October 2, 1969
  • Location of Discovery: Oakland, Alameda County, California
  • Estimated Date of Death: Less than 24 hours
  • State of Remains: Recognizable face, although news reports indicate she was beaten beyond recognition.
  • Cause of Death: Homicide
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 16-25 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Height: 5'5"
  • Weight: 105 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Dark brown, short to medium length.
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Indefinite areas of scarring of her right forearm just below the elbow and of the right hand. Needle mark scarring inside both elbows. Slim build.
  • Dentals: Not available. Partial commercially made denture for an old extraction of a front upper central incisor tooth. The partial denture has been repaired several times.
  • Fingerprints: Available
  • DNA: Not available
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Wearing a white knit dress with a zipper in the back, black bra, and blue panties. Additional clothing included a white sweater, white knee-height leather boots, multi-colored (pink, green, orange, purple) bell-bottom jeans, multi-colored (yellow, grey, orange, brown, black) blouse, and a multi-colored (black, white, orange, yellow striped) miniskirt dress.
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    The victim entered room 15 of the St. Louis Hotel, which is now the site of the North Alameda County Jail, in Oakland with a man named Taylor Morris Teaford on October 2, 1969. He beat her and then strangled her with an article of her own clothing.

    A 1971 news article states that the victim was a prostitute and a victim of a serial killer nick-named "the crewcut killer." It is not confirmed if Teaford and the crewcut killer are one and the same.

    There is a current warrant out for Taylor Morris Teaford's arrest for murder. He may go by the name "Melvin Teaford", he is Native American, originally from North Fork, California, DOB June 18, 1935, height 6'0", weight 170-190 lbs., black hair, brown eyes, and a crippled right leg and noticeable limp. While crippled, he is a strong walker and was known to regularly lift weights. He is skilled at hunting and fishing. He reportedly drinks heavily and may abuse narcotics. He is proficient with firearms of all types and has a "vicious and explosive temper." Additionally, he has a criminal record that began when he was 8-years-old and includes burglary and rape convictions. Allegedly he murdered his own grandmother and shot his own sister. At one time he was on the FBI's Most Wanted list, but for different charges than listed above.

    Taylor Morris Teaford (age-progressed)

    Investigating Agency(s)
    If you have any information about this case please contact;

  • Agency Name: Alameda County Coroner's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: Patricia Wilson
  • Agency Phone Number: 510-268-7300 or 510 268-7270
  • Agency Name: Oakland Police Department
  • Agency Contact Person: Lieutenant Jim Emery
  • Agency Phone Number: 510-238-3949
  • E-Mail

  • Agency Case Number: ME: 69-2266; LE: 6966670; NCMEC: 1184565
  • NCIC Case Number: U765653912
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #10945
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • NCMEC
  • Oakland Police Department
  • The Oakland Tribune News Archive (9/19/71, pg 29)
  • Fugitive.com

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    Last Updated: 9/10/2014 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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