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Gallery: Evidence Jane Doe left behind


Examine some of the documents and photos the Social Security Administration has discovered in its investigation into identity-theft suspect Lori Ruff. Click on an item for a closer look. Have a tip or information that might help the investigator? Use this form to tell reporter Maureen O'Hagan. Have a thought on the story? Use the comments thread at the bottom of this page.

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Item 1: A copy of Becky Sue Turner's birth certificate from Bakersfield, Calif. She was born July 18, 1969. Join the discussion.">

Becky Sue Turner birth certificate

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Item 2: A copy of Becky Sue Turner's death certificate filed Dec. 30, 1971, in Tacoma. Note that Becky's first name was misspelled. Join the discussion.">

Becky Sue Turner death certificate

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Item 3: An undated clipping from an unidentified newspaper noting the deaths of Becky Sue Turner and her two sisters in a house fire in Fife. Join the discussion.">

Becky Sue Turner's newspaper obituary

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Item 4: Idaho ID using Becky Sue Turner's name Join the discussion.">

Idaho ID using Becky Sue Turner's name

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Item 5: A close-up of the photo Jane Doe used for her Idaho identification card, obtained June 16, 1988. Join the discussion.">

Close-up of Idaho ID photo

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Item 6: The legal document filed in Dallas, Texas on July 5, 1988, notes the changing of Becky Sue Turner's name to Lori Erica Kennedy. Join the discussion.">

Name legally changed to Lori Erica Kennedy

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Item 7: A copy of Lori Kennedy's Social Security number application filed July 12, 1988. It was not uncommon in those days for people to file for a number in their teens. Join the discussion.">

Lori Kennedy's Soc. Sec. number application

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Item 8: Undated notes found in the lock box in Lori Erica Ruff's closet after her death. Join the discussion.">

Notes found in lockbox

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Item 9:: These notes found in Lori Erica Ruff's lockbox could possibly have been her attempt to figure out how old her parents (actually Becky Sue Turner's parents) would be. Join the discussion.">

Parents' age calculated?

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Item 10: An undated letter of reference for Lori Kennedy for both tenancy and employment at the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. It's almost certainly a forgery, and investigators say there is no such person as Roger Steinbeck. Join the discussion.">

Letter of reference

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Item 11: A passport application for Lori Kennedy. The passport was issued March 19, 1990. Join the discussion.">

Lori Kennedy's passport application

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Item 12: A close-up of the photo Lori Kennedy used for her passport in 1990. Join the discussion.">

Close-up of passport photo

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Item 13: The official results of Lori Kennedy's GED test in May 1990. It shows she passed, essentially granting her a high-school diploma. Join the discussion.">

GED test results

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Item 14: A certificate showing that Lori Kennedy completed a tandem parachute jump in 1996. Join the discussion.">

Parachuting certificate

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Item 15: A photo of Lori Kennedy that appears to be from 1997. Join the discussion.">

1997 photo

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Item 16: An undated photo showing an older Lori Kennedy. Join the discussion.">

Later photo

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Item 17: A resume for Lori Kennedy, presumably from 2003, before she changed her name to Lori Ruff near the end of that year. Join the discussion.">

Lori Kennedy resume

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Item 18: Lori Kennedy married Blake Ruff in December 2003. Sometime thereafter, she put together a book of Ruff family recipes that included this photo. Join the discussion.">

Photo of Lori Ruff

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Item 19: Another photo from the Ruff family cookbook, this one showing Blake and Lori Ruff. Join the discussion.">

Blake and Lori Ruff

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Item 20: This Texas driver's license for Lori Kennedy was issued before she was married in late 2003, and uses a photo that was taken in 1997. Join the discussion.">

Texas driver's license

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Item 21: This Texas driver's license, produced after Lori Kennedy married Blake Ruff, shows her new married name. Join the discussion.">

Later Texas driver's license

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Item 22: An updated license for Lori Ruff was set to expire next month. Join the discussion.">

Final Texas driver's license

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Item 23: Fingerprints from the right hand of Lori Ruff, obtained after her death. Join the discussion.">

Lori Ruff's fingerprints

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Item 24: A flyer produced by the Social Security Administration after Lori Ruff's death. Join the discussion.">

Identity-theft suspect

Most Popular Comments Join the conversation

I know this might be a long shot..anyone ever thought about throwing this out to Brian Ladd Dream Psychic?  Posted on July 27, 2013 at 10:01 PM by jamiemo. Jump to comment
I can't help but wonder if Mr. Velling and Ms. O'Hagan had any idea how this story would play out on the internet. It appears to be...  Posted on July 27, 2013 at 8:56 PM by NoviceSluth. Jump to comment
Maybe she wasn't "crazy", either. Maybe she simply had a severe case of postpartum depression. She had quite a bit of trouble...  Posted on July 27, 2013 at 6:41 PM by angelae7777. Jump to comment

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