If you or anyone you know has further information regarding the homicide of these two victims, please contact the FBI at 804-261-1044 or tips.fbi.gov with information that may lead to the identification of the person(s) involved.
Incident Details: On July 3, 2018, Joseph James Bruce Sr. was reported missing in Grand Forks, North Dakota. His last known whereabouts were in the Devils Lake and Fort Totten areas of North Dakota around June 25, 2018.
Upon discovering Bruce Sr.’s van at the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota shortly after he was reported missing, his wife requested investigators to drain the slough during their search. They decided against her suggestion.
Approximately one year later, passersby in the Fort Totten area stumbled upon a skull that was later revealed to belong to Bruce Sr. The skull was found in the exact location his van was discovered. Although investigators originally felt that Bruce Sr. had run away, the discovery of his remains indicates foul play.
Contact Information: If you or anyone you know has information on the death of Joseph James Bruce Sr., please contact the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office at (763) 569-8000.
Reward: The FBI is offering a maximum reward of $5,000 for any information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the death of Joseph James Bruce, Sr.
Current Leads: There are currently no substantial leads at this time although investigators are still trying to locate other remaining body parts. Tests are still being conducted to determine how Bruce Sr. was murdered.
Incident Details: The body of Tammy Jo Alexander was discovered on November 10, 1979, although she was unidentified at the time. She was found in a cornfield off of New York State Route 20 in Caledonia, New York.
Alexander had been shot in the head just above her right eye. After she was dragged to the cornfield, she was shot in the back once more, apparently to confirm she was dead. Due to the location of the first bullet, investigators believe she knew her assailant.
It wasn’t until January 26, 2015, that investigators confirmed that the body belonged to Alexander after being able to verify her DNA. At the time of her disappearance, Alexander was known for running away from the area by hitchhiking with truck drivers.
Contact Information: If you or anyone you know has information on the death of Tammy Jo Alexander, please contact the FBI’s Buffalo Field Office at (716) 856-7800 or the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office at 1-844-527-6847.
Reward: The FBI is offering a maximum reward of $20,000 for any information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the death of Tammy Jo Alexander.
Current Leads: Although male DNA found on Alexander’s jacket was tested against three men back in 2016, a match was never made. There are currently no substantial leads at this time.