I am happy to report that I have been contacted by media and will be talking to them about Spring Doe in the near future.

Why is it so important to publicize my “adopted daughter” Spring Doe when there are so many unidentified persons across the United States?  Every time publicity is received for one Doe, this is a wonderful opportunity to educate and inform the public about resources available to help bring home other missing and unidentified. The Ninth Anniversary of Spring Doe’s discovery in Chicago is coming up April 28th, 2014.  My “Vigil for Spring will be held that day.  More details about the vigil will be released soon.  If my nieces Diamond and Tionda are in a morgue somewhere unidentified, my hope is that someone there will do the same for them.

Here are some facts that I will encourage media to publicize when covering Spring Doe.

1.   Spread the word that family members can enter their missing loved one’s information and a family DNA sample into NamUs for comparison with unidentified persons.  Spring Doe was the first Chicago Cook County Doe listed with NamUsNamUs:  Wonderful database for missing and unidentified that works with National Center for Missing/Exploited Children.  Many people have no clue what NamUs is.

2. Family Members of missing persons:   Make sure any advocacy work you do for a Doe serves as an example for what can be done for all Does in your area.  And be sure and thank the individuals in law enforcement who do the follow-through and hard work to utilize NamUs and other resources.  I am so grateful for all the work Spring Doe’s detective, the Chicago Police,the Cook County Medical Examiner and NamUs have done for Spring Doe, including most recently having her facial approximation constructed and then published on our Medical Examiner’s Unidentified Site and Spring’s NamUs profile.

3.  Not all missing persons have been reported missing and entered into NamUs.  Educate family members that  this is important.  Make that missing person report!

4.  Family Members of Missing Persons are our primary target audience for the Facial Approximation. The approximation can’t help if the right person doesn’t have the opportunity to see it. When publicizing a facial approximation, the goal is that hopefully a close friend or family member will see it and something about it with spark recognition of their missing loved one.  That alone does not identify a Doe.  It is just a catalyst for more investigation.

5.  Facial Approximations are NOT portraits.  The more evidence and details that remain for anthropologists and forensic artists to work with, the better chance of getting a likeness that a family member can recognize.  Some facial approximations are made with more information to work with, such as hair color and eye color.  In Spring Doe’s case, her approximation was based on skeletal remains.  Working with an anthropologist and the scientific information available, a forensic artist gave her an approximation of a face based on her skull.

6.  Identifying a Doe is NOT a “guessing game.”  Make sure the public knows that the best way they can help is to keep passing on the facial approximation through social media, etc. so that eventually a family member or close friend may see and recognize the victim. Don’t waste law enforcement’s time with guesses. Do encourage your local medical examiner to hold a press conference when releasing a new approximation to the public.  Press conferences where 3-D prints of facial approximations are unveiled have led to identifications in the past.

7.  Most important, if a family member of a missing person contacts you about a possible match, tell them to contact law enforcement directly. There is contact information for the Doe’s law enforcement case manager in that NamUs entry and also physical facts about the Doe that the family member can compare their missing person to.  If the family member feels strongly that this might be a match, it is important for them to contact law enforcement directly.

Many thanks to any of you who share this blog post and the link to Adopt A Doe on Facebook.  A special thank you to the forensic expert who took the time to speak with one of my volunteers about facial approximations in preparation for this post.

Blessings and thank you all for your help,

Shelia Bradley-Smith

Great Aunt of Missing Children Diamond and Tionda Bradley


Please Help me bring my adopted daughter Spring Doe home by or before the ninth anniversary of her remains’ discovery. Let my Vigil for Spring on April 28th, 2014 be a celebration that she finally has her real name and gets to go home.

We have a new visual aid to help find her family. You can help by sharing the attached facial approximation and links. Facial approximations can only help if someone who knew her sees it!

One month from today will be the ninth anniversary of the finding of the skeletal remains of my “adopted daughter” who I named “Spring Doe” until her real name is discovered. Spring is M.E. Case 435 and was found near 13060 S. Indiana in Chicago on April 28, 2005. She is described as “a White Female, approximately 13 to 18 years of age”.

Both of my nieces Diamond and Tionda were ruled out as being Spring Doe. If my nieces are lying in a morgue somewhere, I hope someone will push for publicity for them just as I am now pleading for more coverage for Spring!

Our new Medical Examiner, the Chicago police and NamUs and FBI have worked hard to try and determine Spring’s identity. This past Christmas Eve, a facial approximation constructed by an FBI Forensic Artist of what Spring may have looked like was placed on Cook County’s Unidentified web site and later added to her NamUs profile. The right person needs to see this!

Please like and share! The only thing sadder than a missing child is a missing child who has been found and remains unclaimed.

Let’s bring Spring home by her vigil on April 28th, 2014. Somewhere a family has waited suffered and wondered much too long.

More details about the vigil will be posted soon. Thanks for your help,

Shelia Bradley-Smith
Great Aunt of Missing Children Diamond and Tionda Bradley

Cook County Unidentified Web Site:

Spring Doe’s NamUs Profile

On Christmas Eve., we finally get to see what my “adopted daughter” Spring Doe may look like.  Please help get her picture out to be seen by as many families with missing persons as possible.  She has the face of an angel and we need to help her get home.,%20Office%20of/435%20Apr%2005%20written%20final.jpg

Here’s as pdf file explaining “Adopt A Doe”, based on questions received:


My adopted daughter “Spring Doe” (Medical Examiner’s case 435 April 2005) now has her DNA entered into NamUs. Many thanks to the Medical Examiner’s office for getting this vital data entered! Praying for a match. Behind the scenes, other progress is happening that can’t be discussed here.

Thank you so much to the Medical Examiner’s office and the Chicago Police Department for caring about this Doe. Spring’s NamUs rating is now up from 3 Stars to 4 Stars out of 5:

Here is a link to Spring’s NamUs profile:

Important Reminder: The “Adopt A Doe” campaign hinges on the help of the families of the missing using their voices to help identify Does.

We have received several requests from advocates wishing to help. The best way you can help is help a specific family of a missing person “Adopt A Doe”, but you need to have the family’s permission and we have to hear directly from the family that you are their designated advocate. Thanks for understanding.

If you aren’t an official advocate of a family, sharing the “Adopt A Doe” Facebook page and WordPress site is helpful and very much appreciated. And remember all the other wonderful ways you can help Unidentifieds through existing networks: Namus, Doe Network, etc.
Thanks for understanding and thanks for your offer of help.

WBBM Coverage of “Adopt A Doe”

Tionda, I adopted Spring Doe with the hopes that if you and Diamond are somewhere unidentified, waiting to be found, another family will do the same for you!  My “adopted daughter” is now listed with NamUs!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sending you and Diamond love and prayers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great Aunt Shelia


Many thanks to the Medical Examiner’s Office and Chicago Police for adding my “adopted daughter” Spring Doe’s case into NamUs. This was one of my primary goals when I “adopted” her in September of 2012. That goal has been accomplished with the help and cooperation of the Chicago Police, Medical Examiner’s Office, NCMEC and NamUs. I would especially like to thank Illinois NamUs Regional Administrator Anthropologist Dr. Emily Craig for personally assisting the staff at the Medical Examiner’s office with getting Spring Doe listed. Just having a listing in NamUs may be all that is needed to bring her home. If not, I’m going to be continuing the search for Spring’s identity, as if she were my own flesh and blood. That’s what I hope someone will do for every unidentified now resting in morgues across the country.

Spring is the FIRST Chicago Doe listed in NamUs and our new Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Cina assures us that she is just the first of many Chicago cases that will be added to the NamUs system in the near future.

As I write this, behind the scenes, Spring’s information is being compared to cases of missing girls from across the country. More progress will be posted as it occurs. Spring’s DNA will be added to the system shortly, which will boost her NamUs Profile rating.

Meanwhile, here is a link to Spring’s current “three-star” NamUs profile:

Click here to find out why I adopted Spring and click here to find out how other family members of missing persons can “Adopt A Doe.” Please “Adopt A Doe” and add your voice to mine!

Blessings to you all as the search continues!

Shelia Bradley-Smith

Great Aunt of Missing Children Diamond and Tionda Bradley of Chicago