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Unsolved Murder Spotlight: The Rising Fawn Jane Doe

A reconstruction of the victim.

On December 16, 1988, the remains of a female victim were discovered in the town Rising Fawn in Dade County, Georgia. The victim is believed to have been 16 to 25 years of age at the time of death. Authorities say she was sexually abused before her death. Cause of death was determined to be homicide, likely strangulation.

According to her Doe Network File (26UFGA,) the Rising Fawn Jane Doe was found on the east side of the northbound Interstate 59 lane, about 5 miles from the Alabama state line.

The victim is believed to have been traveling through the area when the murder took place. In 1988, hitchhiking was not uncommon so investigators do not leave out that possibility.

Reconstruction of the victim
According to information provided by authorities to the Doe Network, the victim was 5’6-5’8″, had shoulder length strawberry red or brownish-red hair with frosted ends, brown eyes and no tattoos or scars. She was wearing an extra large navy blue thermaknit long-sleeved pullover shirt, navy blue bra and Calvin Klein jeans.  She was also wearing black, size 9, lace-up, ankle-high shoes and a yellow gold chain around her neck and white gold pinkie ring with a heart.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at 770-624-1424 or the Dade County Coroners Office at 706-657-4111 in reference to Agency Case Number 11980189.


Reconstruction of the victim

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