Cold Case Project: 1987 Kettering murder still haunts mother

Published: Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 10:06 AM
Updated: Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 10:06 AM

When she woke up early Nov. 18, 1987, Mary Beth Marino sensed her daughter was in danger.

“I woke up at five in the morning and knew something was wrong, 500 miles away,” Marino said.

By days end, she learned that her daughter, Karen Sue Goff, had been murdered in her Kettering home. But 25 years later, Marino, who lives in Atlanta, still doesn’t know who did it. The case is unsolved, though Kettering police have recently turned over evidence to the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory for testing.

Goff, 20, was found dead in her bedroom at 2341 Carew Ave., about 4 p.m. Her father Donald, who owned the house, was letting her stay there until he could get a bedroom set up in her home, Marino said.

Marino said she was so concerned about her daughter that morning that she called her several times, but got no answer. She also could not reach Karen’s answering machine. Marino then called her ex-husband’s home and spoke to Karen’s stepmother about checking on her. Donald stopped by his rental property on the way home from work, Marino said.

“He called and said ‘Karen’s gone – Karen’s dead,” Marino said.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office found that she had been strangled sometime in the early morning hours. The killer apparently climbed in through a window while she was in the shower, then attacked her. Goff, who lived alone, was sexually assaulted during the attack.

There were signs of a furious struggle in the house, particularly in the bedroom, but police also discovered why Karen’s answering machine wasn’t working – the killer had cut the phone lines, police said.

Karen spent her early years in the Dayton area, but moved to Atlanta with her mother and younger brother. Karen had learning disabilities and spent much of her time in school in special education. Though she struggled, she was proud that she was able to be mainstreamed and graduate with her class in 1985.

“The biggest day of her life was her graduation,” Marino said. “It meant the world to her.”

She described Karen as outgoing but naïve, and someone who tried to hide her learning disabilities because she wanted to be liked.

“She wouldn’t know to be careful of a guy,” Marino said. “Probably emotionally, she was 18, 17. I always said she was younger than her age.”

Kettering Det. Vincent Mason said she spent her last day with a boyfriend and some other friends who stopped by the Carew Avenue house. She also had a late doctor’s appointment.

She spoke to a friend on the telephone about 1 a.m., and “after that, there’s no other contact with anybody outside the house that I know of,” Mason said.

She may have been preparing to go out. Her curling iron was on when the first paramedic arrived at the scene.

Mason said there is a strong possibility that Goff knew her killer. Karen was a regular at the Bourbon Street Nightclub on Woodman Drive, where she danced three to four nights a week with her friends.

The department still has people of interest, but will look at any new information about any possible suspect. The department also has DNA samples from some of the possible suspects, but not all them, Mason said.

One man, contacted by police after News Center 7 did a story on the case last fall, agreed to give a DNA sample. The man, who lives in Washington, D.C., was cleared, Mason said.

Donald Goff died in 1998 at age 54 without knowing who killed his daughter. Mason said he wants to provide that answer for Karen’s mother.

“I just want to try and give mom something because we couldn’t give dad the answer he was looking for,” Mason said. “It’s very sad, and I don’t want mom to have the same problem.”

Anyone with information about the killing of Karen Sue Goff is asked to call 296-2583.

Wright-Patt organization recognized for hurricane support

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:09 PM


            A fuel tank truck is loaded onto a C-17 aircraft, for delivery to Puerto Rico, to assist in the hurricane recovery efforts. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Air Transportability Test Loading Activity office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, ensured the aircraft was able to carry the fuel truck and that it was properly secured. (Courtesy photo)
A fuel tank truck is loaded onto a C-17 aircraft, for delivery to Puerto Rico, to assist in the hurricane recovery efforts. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Air Transportability Test Loading Activity office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, ensured the aircraft was able to carry the fuel truck and that it was properly secured. (Courtesy photo)

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the deadliest in history, resulting in hundreds of lives lost and billions of dollars of infrastructure destroyed.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Air Transportability Test Loading Activity office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was recently recognized for the crucial support it provided for hurricane rescue and recovery efforts in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and countries in the Caribbean.

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The office provided support by ensuring that approximately 45 vital pieces of equipment, including trailers for carrying food and water, as well as a mobile air control tower, large generators, a 9,500-gallon fuel tank, a mobile field hospital and satellite communications vehicles were safe for flight and compatible with the Air Force aircraft.

Essentially the team made sure that aircraft delivering supplies could carry the cargo and that proper restraints were used to secure the load and prevent damage before arriving at their destination.

In addition, hundreds of items certified prior to the hurricane season were delivered to areas impacted by the storms.

These efforts were crucial because in many areas impacted by the hurricanes, airlift was the only way to bring in supplies and equipment, said Mark Kuntavanish, lead engineer for ATTLA.

He added that the team worked day and night, often from home, to support the relief and repair efforts.

“I’m convinced that the ATTLA folks and their work saved lives,” said Col. George Vogel, chief of the mobility division and director of the North American Aerospace Defense Command/U.S. Northern Command Deployment Distribution Operations Center, which coordinated the Department of Defense’s delivery of supplies to the islands. “There were pieces of equipment that had never flown on DOD aircraft before, and ATTLA certified all of it in less than 24 hours, which was absolutely huge.”

Vogel went on to add that the mobile control tower that was certified by ATTLA and delivered to Puerto Rico was able to increase the volume of planes delivering supplies from three to four planes per day to three to four planes per hour, ultimately getting more resources to survivors.

“I wanted to tell them (ATTLA) thanks for everything that they’ve done during the hurricane relief,” Vogel said about his trip to Wright-Patterson. “I also wanted to see what we can do to help each other and be more efficient in the future.”

“It was an honor to be recognized and that our efforts helped so many people in need,” said Kuntavanish.

Members perform military funeral honors, range of extra events

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:04 PM


            The Honor Guard’s primary mission is to provide military funeral honors for active-duty members, retirees and veterans who served honorably in the Air Force within their six-state, 210,000-square-mile area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mark C. Lyle)
The Honor Guard’s primary mission is to provide military funeral honors for active-duty members, retirees and veterans who served honorably in the Air Force within their six-state, 210,000-square-mile area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mark C. Lyle)

The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard is one of the most tasked honor guards in the Air Force and the Department of Defense.

The Honor Guard’s primary mission is to provide military funeral honors for active-duty members, retirees and veterans who served honorably in the Air Force within their six-state, 210,000-square-mile area of responsibility. States include all of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, half of Indiana and West Virginia, and two counties in Pennsylvania.

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“I love the Honor Guard,” said Staff Sgt. Isabella Allen, an education and training NCO from the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, who is currently serving a six-month rotation with the Honor Guard. “Every time you hand off the flag to the next of kin is a special moment.”

Military funeral honors is an Air Force tradition.

The Honor Guard began in 1948 as a single guard responsible for ceremonies in the Washington, D.C., area. In 1972, the current Honor Guard system was formed and bases throughout the United States received training. In 1998, the Air Force standardized training for all honor guards, and in 2000 the Wright-Patterson Honor Guard was fully recognized and accepted.

“It is a very humbling experience,” said Airman 1st Class Melissa Domingues with the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. “The service member that passed away is ending their Air Force journey and I am taking their place and giving them a proper send off and thank you.”

The Honor Guard has 32 personnel who are assigned on a rotational basis, 12 Air Force Reserve and National Guard members on orders, and six staff members. They average approximately 300 details per month and more than 4,000 per year.

“The Honor Guard teaches you direction while learning new movements,” said Airman 1st Class Jeremy Riviere, a communications specialist with the 88th Communications Squadron. “It can be a struggle but after the ceremony your confidence builds.”

The Honor Guard also performs color guard events, which include retirements, promotions and change of command ceremonies.

In addition, more than 400 community events are performed each year.

“I recommend this job to any military person,” said Master Sgt. Keith Watson, superintendent of the Wright-Patterson Honor Guard. “It gives you the opportunity to broaden the leadership and management skills you learn in Professional Military Education because of the diversity of active, Reserve, National Guard members you encounter within the unit. I believe this is one of the most rewarding ways to serve and give back to the Air Force and those that paved the road for us.”

Despite the long hours and occasional severe weather, each member of the Wright-Patt Honor Guard lives by their creed of representing every member, past and present, of the United States Air Force.

To schedule the Wright Patterson AFB Honor Guard, call 937-257-8964 and request a funeral honors request form.

Big breakthrough: Google helps NASA discover an 8-planet solar system

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 1:32 PM

With help from Google--and their machine learning computer software--scientists analyzed thousands of data points captured from this NASA planet hunting space telescope, the Kepler. The new planet is Kepler 90-I.

In the never-ending search for life beyond planet Earth, NASA scientists have uncovered the only other 8-planet solar system they know of that circles a sun.

With help from Google--and their machine learning computer software--scientists analyzed thousands of data points captured from this NASA planet hunting space telescope, the Kepler. 

That data helped researchers discover this new planet, Kepler 90-I.

Like Earth, Kepler I-90 is the third planet from its sun.

Unlike Earth, the temperature on the surface of this planet is about 800 degrees Fahrenheit -- far too hot for life to develop, as we know it.

Astronomer Derrick Pitt says it’s the way the new planet was discovered that has scientists buzzing and makes their jobs easier.

"The Google AI system has been able to search through that pile of information much faster that humans have been able to dig through it.,” Derrick Pitts, astronomer and Planetarium Director at Franklin Institute, said.

“If you think about the analogy of the number of stars in the galaxy being like the number of sand grains on a beach, it's as if we've been asked to search through all the sand grains on the beach to find just the red sand grains." 

With our current rocket technology, it’s estimated it would take us millions of years just to reach Kepler 90-I. The new planet also orbits its star about every 14 days, which means you’d have a birthday there just about every two weeks.

Ohio 4 lane closure Saturday in Butler County

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 1:59 PM


            Pavement inspection work requires closing the right lane of northbound Ohio 4 (Hamilton Middletown Road), just before and after Kyles Station Road in Liberty Twp., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.
Pavement inspection work requires closing the right lane of northbound Ohio 4 (Hamilton Middletown Road), just before and after Kyles Station Road in Liberty Twp., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.

Pavement inspection work requires closing the right lane of northbound Ohio 4 (Hamilton Middletown Road), just before and after Kyles Station Road, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.

Arrows and/or signs will be in place to alert motorists of the upcoming work zones and restrictions. All work is contingent upon the weather, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

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