UNSOLVED DISAPPEARANCE: ANDREA KNABEL + UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: OPELIKA JANE DOE

When a Kentucky woman disappears, the missing persons search group she often volunteered with must look for one of its own. Questions and possibilities abound as the search for a beloved mother, sister, daughter and friend continues in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Also included in this episode: a request for information regarding the unsolved homicide of an unidentified young girl currently known as Opelika Jane Doe. Do you recognize this child?

Unsolved Disappearance: Andrea Knabel

Sources used to research this episode (Andrea’s Story):

Three Years Since Her Disappearance, Andrea Knable’s Family Holds Onto Hope For Answers, Closure (Darby Bean / WDRB News)

Missing: Andrea Knabel (uncovered.com)

On Her 40th Birthday, Andrea Knabel is Still Missing–And Her Family Still Wants Closure (Caray Grace / WLKY News)

‘Things Are Advancing’: Andrea Knabel’s Family Reflects on Three Years Since Her Disappearance, Provides Update on Case (Connor Steffen / WHAS11 News)

The Disappearance of Andrea Knabel (Alissa Fleck / crimescoop.org)

Bates (Ethan Samuel) vs. Commonwealth of Kentucky (via justia.com)


If you know anything about the disappearance of Andrea Knabel, please call the Louisville Metro Police Department at 502-574-7111 OR the anonymous tipline at 502-574-5673.

Unsolved Homicide: Opelika Jane Doe

Opelika’s Baby Jane Doe was 4-7 years old when she was murdered in or around 2011. Her remains were discovered in Opelika, Alabama. Investigators believe she may also have had ties to any or all of the following places: Norfolk, VA, Rockingham County, NC and Orlando, FL. Her most distinctive feature was her left eye, which appeared different than her right due to an injury that likely left her blind in that eye.

Do you recognize this child? Does she perhaps resemble the child of a friend or family member who you haven’t seen for the past decade+? Her autopsy revealed that she was badly abused throughout her short lifetime. It is very possible that she died at the hands of her guardian(s) and was never reported missing. If questioned regarding the child’s whereabouts, her guardian(s) may claim that she was adopted, or that they relinquished custody of her to another party.

Investigators in Opelika are working hard to give her her name back and diligently follow up on every tip received. Please report any possible information to the Opelika Police Department.

Sources used to research this episode (Opelika Jane Doe’s Story):

Alabama Jane Doe’s Identity Still a Mystery Despite Leads (Jasmine Williams / WSFA News)

New images: Opelika Police Department Continues to Investigate 2012 Jane Doe Cold Case (Hannah James / WRIC News)

Investigators Remain Hopeful in Identifying Opelika Baby Jane Doe One Decade After Her Discovery (Jolyn Hannah and Elizabeth White / WRBL News)

Alabama Murder Case Could Have Ties to Southeastern Virginia, Northeastern North Carolina (Amy Avery / WAVY.com)

Using Isotopes in Human Hair to Reveal Personal Characteristics for Forensic Investigations (National Institute of Justice)

Opelika Investigators Hope Sharper Images Turn Focus on “Baby Jane Doe” Killer (Elizabeth While / WRBL News)

If you recognize Opelika’s Baby Jane Doe / have any information regarding her identity or death, please call the Opelika Police Department at (334) 745-8665.

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