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Unsolved Murder Spotlight: The Caledonia Jane Doe

Victim reconstruction done by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC.)

On November 9, 1979, the body of a teenage girl was discovered by a motorist in Caledonia, New York. She was believed to have died the day prior, of brain hemorrhage resulting from a gunshot to the head. Estimated to be 13-19 years old, she was 5’3″ tall and weighed approximately 120 pounds.

According to her Doe Network profile (1UFNY,) at the time of her death, the Caledonia Jane Doe was wearing a boy’s plaid shirt, tan corduroy pants, blue knee socks, light blue panties and white bra; brown lace-up shoes and a red nylon-lined man’s windbreaker with black stripes down the arms. The windbreaker had a label that read Auto Sports Products, Inc. Her dental records show that she had not had dental care and, despite her young age, her #14 tooth was severely decayed.

Keychains that Jane Doe wore on her belt loops. The heart is inscribed with the words, "He who holds the Key can open my heart.."

There is no evidence that Jane Doe was sexually assaulted. She was found in a cornfield about 20 feet from Route 20, and it’s believed that she was shot in the head near the road, and then dragged to the field where she was shot in the back. A bloody spot near the road indicates the area where the first shot was fired. The weapon used is believed to have been a .38-caliber handgun.

Among those who claim to have seen the girl before she was killed was a diner waitress in nearby Lima, and a trucker who said he saw her at a truck stop trying to find a ride to Boston. Of the thousands of leads police have followed up one, none have proved fruitful.

Jane Doe rests in a grave in Dansville, N.Y. Her tombstone reads, ”Lest we forget an unidentified girl. November 9. 1979. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

More details at the Doe Network.

A necklace worn by Jane Doe. It is made of silver beads and small turquoise stones. Detectives believe it came from the Southwest.

Clothing worn by Jane Doe. Pollen samples taken from her clothing came from Arizona, California, South Florida, or Mexico, indicating that she may have been traveling across the country.

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