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Unsolved Murder Spotlight: The Orange County Jane Doe

Reconstruction of the victim. Source: DoeNetwork.org

Reconstruction of the victim. Source: DoeNetwork.org

On August 30, 1987, the decomposed remains of a female victim were discovered in Orange County’s Anaheim, California. The victim is believed to have been 15-19 years of age at the time of death. An autopsy of the woman’s remains didn’t reveal cause of death, but did reveal defects in two ribs, consistent with penetrating stab wounds. Her death was ruled a homicide.

According to her Doe Network file (22UFCA,) the Orange County Jane Doe was found in Santa Ana Canyon near the Riverside Freeway, in a grassy area about 50 feet off of the road. The bones were scattered across a 50-by-50-yard area.  The estimated date of death was six weeks prior to the discovery of the body, around July 20.

It is believed she is a runaway teen.  Searchers found handfuls of blonde hair in the area, but no clothes, pocketbook or car keys; and no further clues to the identity of the victim.

According to information provided by authorities to the Doe Network, the victim was 5’1-5’4″, had long blonde hair, high cheek bones, a chipped front tooth and a slender physique.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Orange County Coroner’s Office at 714-647-7400 in reference to Agency Case Number 87-04092 EL.

Reconstruction of the victim. Source: DoeNetwork.org

Reconstruction of the victim. Source: DoeNetwork.org

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