Fond du Lac County Jane Doe

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Fond du Lac Jane Doe
Digital images created from CT scans of skull to depict an estimation of the victim in life
Two reconstructions of the victim created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Born Approx. 1987–1994
Status Unidentified for 9 years, 10 months and 19 days
Died Summer of 2008 (aged 15–21)[1]
Cause of death Undetermined, manner of death presumed to be homicide.
Body discovered November 23, 2008
Ashford, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, United States
Resting place Cattaraugus Cemetery, Waupun, Wisconsin, United States
Known for Unidentified victim of homicide
Height Between 4 ft 10 in (1.47 m)
and 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight 110 lb (50 kg) (minimum)
135 lb (61 kg) (maximum)
Website Facebook

Fond du Lac County Jane Doe is an unidentified female discovered on November 23, 2008, in Ashford, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. She has yet to be identified, although many efforts have been made to discover who she was. Investigators believe that it is possible that she may not have been from the area.[2][3] Her face was reconstructed digitally by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2009 and again in 2018 to give an approximation of how she may have appeared in life. The victim was between fifteen and twenty-one years old when she died, placing her year of birth between 1987 and 1994.[1]

Discovery[edit]

The remains of a young woman were found frozen in a creek by hunters on November 23, 2008, in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, near an abandoned farm.[4] To extract the body, investigators were forced to chisel away the ice and scuba divers searched the bottom for evidence.[3] Some articles of clothing were found, including a strapless Zoey Beth black and pink top with a pink bow, originating from Family Dollar, distributed in the spring of 2008.[2][5][6] The underclothing that she wore, also from Family Dollar, was shipped only between July 1 and July 15, 2008.[4][7] Her jeans were that of the Angels brand and the bottom of the legs had been rolled up, somewhat, and an elastic ponytail holder was found on her wrist.[4][8]

No socks or shoes were found at the scene. Initially, no jewelry was found, until a penny-sized St. Benedict medal was found by divers, but it may not have belonged to her, as examiners could not be certain how long it had been in the water. However, some reports claim that a bracelet containing several pendants was also found on the girl's remains.[9] The hair was a shoulder-length light brown, possibly having hair highlights due to having some different shades.[4][5] The clothing had caused some issues with investigators, as many of the different articles were in various sizes.[7] It has been determined, however, that she was most likely around 120 pounds.[6]

Examination[edit]

Another artist's rendering of the Jane Doe, incorporating the clothing she was found wearing.

Determining the cause of death was inconclusive, as the severe decomposition on the body had removed all signs of possible violence from the remains. However, the case is believed to have been a murder, as suicide was eliminated as a possibility of the girl's death. The circumstances of the location of the remains had also sparked suspicion among authorities.[10] Toxicology tests were conducted to see if any drugs or alcohol had been in her system, yet the results were never released.[2][7][11][12]

Although the body was found in autumn, she had died in the summer, two to four months previously. This was established by examining traces from insects that were found on the remains.[4] She had an overbite, and some fillings and dental sealants were found on the upper molars with no current cavities. The overbite was not described as extreme, but may have been noticeable, which could be a reliable feature depicted in her facial reconstruction. The estimated height was between 4'10" and 5'4", the victim being between fifteen and twenty-one years old and weighing between 110 to 135 pounds, at an "average frame".[4] Examiners believe she was either white or Hispanic, although Native American and Asian races cannot be ruled out.[7][13] She also may have been biracial. Other physical characteristics included a healed rib fracture and being pigeon toed or knock-kneed, which may have been noticeable when she walked, as her feet were slanted inward.[4][12] She also suffered from spina bifida occulta, but may have been unaware of the condition.[1]

To obtain DNA information, her femur was transported to the University of Texas.[3] The victim's dental records were also recorded to compare to missing persons.[6]

Investigation[edit]

At least 200 leads have been explored into discovering the identity of the victim.[10] A computer-generated reconstruction was created from the skull by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children from mortuary photographs and a CT scan of the skull that were submitted to the center.[2][4][7] The reconstruction of the victim generated over two hundred tips that did not produce solid leads, as the composite apparently resembled a large number of missing people.[3][14] Former missing person Amanda Berry, one of several possible identities of the Jane Doe, was ruled out by DNA analysis. She was recovered alive in 2013.[15]

Besides Amanda Berry, two other individuals that were eventually located were also ruled out of the case: Connie McCallister and Brittany Peart.[13] McCallister, native to Wisconsin, was abducted at age 16 and taken to Mexico. She was eventually recovered alive after meeting a "church missionary" that reported the find to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.[16] Brittany Peart disappeared in July 2008 from Elkton, Maryland. Peart's remains were located and identified in December 2011. Her cause of death remains unreleased.[17]

The Jane Doe's body was buried in 2011 after the investigation turned cold.[2][8] Television shows such as America's Most Wanted were contacted to broadcast the case to possibly reveal new clues.[6][18] A Facebook page was also created to generate leads for the case.[12][19][20]

On April 23, 2018, a revised reconstruction was released and plans to exhume the victim for isotope testing and DNA phenotyping to predict geographical locations where she may have originated and to develop a clearer estimation of her ethnicity and physical characteristics.[21]

In August 2018, it was revealed isotopic analysis was performed on the victim's remains in the IsoForensics laboratory located in Utah. The testing indicated the Jane Doe likely spent most of her life in the Southwestern United States, such as Arizona and New Mexico. She had lived in the Midwest, perhaps states such as southwestern Wisconsin, northern Iowa and southern Minnesota for less than a year preceding her death. [6] It was speculated by investigators that her case was related to the so-called West Mesa murders, but this was later ruled out.[22]

Exclusions[edit]

Name Birth date Disappeared Age at time of murder Location Circumstances
Audrey Backeberg July 6, 1942 July 7, 1962 65–66 Reedsburg, Wisconsin A woman who vanished after having marital problems with her husband, who claims he is not involved in her disappearance.[23]
Patricia Schmidt June 4, 1964 June 4, 1985 44 Richmond, Virginia A woman who disappeared at the age of 21 and had left her children and her belongings behind, indicating foul play in her disappearance.[24]
Tiffany Sessions October 29, 1968 February 9, 1989 39 Gainesville, Florida A college student who was presumed to have been murdered, yet her body has never been located.[25]
Victoria Owczynsky April 23, 1973 August 26, 1990 35 Minneapolis, Minnesota A young woman who disappeared at the age of seventeen.[26]
Shannon Arif April 4, 1977 March 17, 1998 31 Clarksville, Tennessee A woman whose vehicle was located at the establishment she worked at, yet she had never clocked in that day to work. She is presumed to have been murdered.[27]
Stacy Rudolph November 14, 1987 December 2, 2000 20 Medford, Wisconsin A girl believed to have been abducted by her non-custodial mother.[28]
Bethany Sinclair October 15, 1985 February 3, 2001 22 Chesterfield, New Hampshire A teenager who went missing alongside her mother.[29]
Por Her 1978/1979 March 12, 2002 28-30 Minneapolis, Minnesota A woman who disappeared from Minnesota, whose vehicle was located a week following her disappearance[30].
Mindy Arnett 1981[13] August 15, 2002 27–28 St. Ignace, Michigan A woman thought to have jumped to her death with her baby daughter. Their bodies were never located.[31]
Tabitha Tuders February 15, 1990 April 29, 2003 18 Nashville, Tennessee A teenager who disappeared after she was seen entering the vehicle of a middle-aged man. There was unconfirmed sighting in October 2003.[32][13]
Becky Marzo May 3, 1980 December 15, 2003 28 Milwaukee, Wisconsin A woman who disappeared before she was due to testify against her abusive boyfriend, who committed suicide in 2007.[33][13]
Maura Murray May 4, 1982 February 9, 2004 26 Amherst, Massachusetts[13] A woman who disappeared after being involved in a single-vehicle accident in New Hampshire under suspicious circumstances.[34]
Tiffany Reid December 2, 1987[35] May 17, 2004 19 Shiprock, New Mexico A teenager who disappeared, perhaps on her own accord and may still be in the area where she was last seen.[36]
Ashley Martinez January 24, 1989 [37] July 6, 2004 19 Saint Joseph, Missouri A teenager who left her home state with an adult male who was later located alone in Washington. [38][39]
Amy Haueter April 7, 1990 [40] January 15, 2005 18 Fern Creek, Kentucky A teenager with a history of running away who disappeared under unknown circumstances.[41][42]
Nina Herron 1983/1984 May 14, 2005 24/25 Albuquerque, New Mexico A woman involved in drugs and prostitution prior to her disappearance.[43]
Madeline Edman April 27, 1990 July 29, 2005 18 La Crosse, Wisconsin A teen who is theorized to possibly be alive and living in the area that she disappeared from. Edman is of White and Hispanic ancestry and has Heterochromia iridum, which caused one of her eyes to be brown and the other to be blue.[44]
Jillian Ortiz 1985/1986 January 19, 2006 21-23 Albuquerque, New Mexico A woman who disappeared after announcing plans to travel to California.[45]
Vanessa Reed 1981/1982 June 13, 2006 26/27 Albuquerque, New Mexico A prostitute last seen at a hotel after an argument with her sister.[46]
Diana Mazariegos June 22, 1991 June 23, 2006 17 Fontana, California A teen believed to be alive and living in the area she disappeared from.[47]
Roxanne Paltauf January 3, 1988 July 7, 2006[48] 20 Austin, Texas A woman who disappeared under unknown circumstances from a hotel. [49]
Tammy Walker 1969/1970 October 13, 2006 36/37 New Port Richey, Florida A woman reported missing by a friend after losing contact for two weeks.[50][13]
Brittany Stalman 1988/1989 November 16, 2006 19-20 North Delta, British Columbia A teenager who disappeared after taking a walk following an argument with her boyfriend.[51][13]
Erinn Rogers February 11, 1992 January 8, 2007 16 Modesto, California A teenager who may still be living in the area where she disappeared.[52][13]
Kateri Mishow September 22, 1984 January 8, 2007 23 Minneapolis, Minnesota Little is known about the subject's disappearance.[53]
Nachida Chandara February 27, 1992[54] March 14, 2007 16 Phoenix, Arizona A teenager last seen in Michigan, known to use several aliases.[55]
Ashley Summers June 16, 1993 July 9, 2007 15 Cleveland, Ohio A teenager who may have left home on her own accord. She made contact with her mother a month later but was never heard from again. Some theorize she may be a victim of Ariel Castro.[56][13]
Devinee Pingul February 1, 1990 December 31, 2007 18 Las Vegas, Nevada A teenage female who may have gone missing alongside a "male companion".[57]
Yasmin Acree October 25, 1992 January 15, 2008 15 Chicago, Illinois A teenager who went missing from her home. Unlike the Jane Doe, she was of African descent.[58]
Kyla Porter October 27, 1988[59] February 15, 2008 19 Tampa Bay, Florida A young woman who had called her sister from a party, yet never returned to the residence. Authorities suspect she was murdered.[60]
Jascie Kaywaykla May 12, 1988 April 7, 2008 20 Lawton, Oklahoma A young woman who disappeared after she was dropped off at a store by a family member.[61]
Claudette Osborn 1987 July 24, 2008 21 Winnipeg, Manitoba A Canadian woman who disappeared under suspicious circumstances.[62]
Dana Bruce July 10, 1985 October 4, 2008 23 Sedalia, Missouri A woman who disappeared under suspicious circumstances after spending time with a person of interest at a bar.[63]
Sarita Camacho August 27, 1993[64] October 15, 2008 15 San Diego, California A teenager who may have run away to Mexico.[65]
Krista Lueth 1973/1974 November 11, 2008 34/35 Lansing, Michigan A college student who disappeared under uncharacteristic circumstances.[66]

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