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Unsolved Murder Spotlight: The Slidell Jane Doe

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A reconstruction of the victim. Source: DoeNetwork.org

On June 19, 1986, the decomposed remains of a female victim were discovered in Lake Pontchartrain in Slidell, Louisiana. The victim is believed to have been 20-30 years of age at the time of death. She is believed to have been in the water, held down by a 22-pound weight tied to her neck, for 36 hours prior to discovery. Cause of death was determined to be homicide.

According to her Doe Network file (16UFLA,) the Slidell Jane Doe was found weighted down in Lake Pontchartrain by a fisherman just east of the Interstate 10 twin spans and about 50 yards from the north shore. A plastic bag was placed over her face, held there with gray duct tape. She had numerous stab wounds on her face.

The weight used to submerge Jane Doe.

The victim was 3 months pregnant. Markings indicative of a ring on her left hand led detectives to believe that she may have been married. The body is believed to have been dumped in the lake between Bayou Lacombe and the Rigolets Pass.

According to information provided by authorities to the Doe Network, the victim was 5’2″-5’4″, had light brown/red hair shoulder length hair, unknown eye color, freckles and was very petite. She was not wearing any clothes nor jewelry when she was discovered. An attempt was made to identify her based on the serial numbers in her silicone breast implants, but this proved unsuccessful.

Anyone with information is urged to call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-645-2467 or Mary Manhein at 225-578-2467 in reference to Agency Case Number LSU 03-35.

Reconstructions of the victim.

Reconstructions of the victim.

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