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I was blessed to be able to be in Chicago yesterday for the 2nd annual Missing Persons Day and it was a day all about family.


I am so grateful to my family members that joined me to remember Diamond and Tionda,  but also my second family, the family members of other missing persons who have also been on this painful journey for too many years.

When I heard that this year’s event was going to be held on the anniversary of my “adopted” daughter’s discovery in Chicago, April 28, 2005, I knew that no matter how hard it was to arrange, I had to be here.

Aquavion Cathery, Faith Bradley-Cathery, Faith Cathery, Ajani Carr, Foster, Cassandra Cales, Jeff Skemp, and Garry Henning, thank you for being there surrounding me with your loving support!

Months ago, I received word that they were close to a possible I.D. for Spring. As I sat surrounded by both my “families” yesterday, feeling their love and support, my thoughts drifted to Spring, wondering when the answers would come. Who is she? What is her given name? Where are her family members? They weren’t with us yesterday, but some day, they will know that Spring was surrounded with love and family, her flyer displayed along side the loved ones of the rest of us.

Spring, I know the answer is coming soon. Praise God. Soon, I will be able to call you by your given name. Until that day, when your own family can surround you with their love and finally grieve for your loss, I am here for you.

Your loving “adopted” Mother,

Shelia Bradley-Smith

Great Aunt of Missing Children Diamond and Tionda


Thanking God that my Adopted Daughter Spring Doe  finally got massive media coverage in the Chicago area last week thanks to a community alert sent out by the Chicago Police.  Hoping the right person has seen this and the tip that can bring her home comes in.


Never give up hope.  Spring, we will find your family!

Shelia Bradley-Smith, Great Aunt of Diamond and Tionda

Recent coverage of Spring Doe in Chicago Area:


Chicago Police ask for help identifying bones found on South Side in 2005

Chicago Police are asking for the public’s help identifying the bones of a teenage girl found more than 10 years ago on the Far South Side.


Chicago police ask for help identifying bones of girl found in 2005

This is a facial reconstruction done by the FBI that depicts a white teen girl between the ages 13-18 whose skeletal remains were found near the Metra railroad track on the South Side in 2005.


Police ask for help identifying bones found in 2005

Chicago Police are asking for the public’s help identifying the bones of a murdered teenage girl, found more than 10 years ago on the Far South Side.


Police Seek Help Identifying Body Found Near Metra Tracks In 2005

I want to start out this post by expressing my grattitude to Sue Olsen, mother of missing Brad Olsen.  Sue heard my Adopt A Doe plea and proceeded to adopt the Bolingbrook John Doe found behind a truck stop in 1998.  AND she is in the process of adopting another Doe which I will write more about on another day.

1998 Bolingbrook John Doe was originally thought to be Caucasian.  Through the pro-active efforts of the Will County Coroner and Will County’s Cold Case Squad, he was discovered to be African American.image

His case needs new publicity so that his family may be found and his name returned to him.  Here is his information on NamUs:

Not all families report their loved ones as missing and may not know to check cases at

This Doe was found with a Chicago Pager, so we need Publicity both in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

Help us get his facial approximation and the approximation of my “Adopted” daughter Spring Doe out in the media where the right  person can see them and identify them.


If Diamond and Tionda or Brad are out there unidentified, we hope someone else will do as much for them.


Brad Olsen

God bless you and thanks for your help!

Shelia, Great Aunt of Diamond and Tionda Bradley

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


Still Missing!

Still Missing!

Spring Doe

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