Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Maury County Jane Doe unidentified for nearly 40 years

Authorities in Maury County, Tennessee, are still trying to identify the remains of a Jane Doe found by hunters on February 14, 1975. Police think she was killed in the fall of 1974, and dumped about 2 miles from Highway 99 and Joe Brown Road. They have never gotten any leads in the case.

Unsolved murder spotlight: The Caledonia Jane Doe

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.

Missing, now found: Michelle Garvey

Police have announced that the remains of a slain girl found in Texas over 30 years ago belong to missing teen Michelle Garvey, who vanished from New London, Conn., on June 1, 1982. Authorities assumed that Garvey ran away to North Carolina or New Jersey. All prior assumptions have likely been discarded as the investigation continues.

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: The Clark County Jane Doe

In early 2008, police in Clark County, Nevada, received an anonymous letter that included maps of the area around US 93 & Boulder Highway. Police conducted a search and on January 23 discovered a woman’s skull.

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: The Napanee Jane Doe

On December 30, 1984, the skeletal remains of a female victim were found in Napanee, Ontario, Canada. The victim is believed to have been 18-25 years of age at the time of death. She is believed to have died over a year before being discovered. Cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head.

Identifying Chicago’s Unclaimed Dead

The Office of the Medical Examiner maintains a list of all unidentified remains found in Chicago. Each entry for a John or Jane Doe lists a description of the person and their belongings and the location and date they were found. A few have pictures.

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: The Orange County Jane Doe

On August 30, 1987, the decomposed remains of a teen were discovered in Orange County’s Anaheim, California. An autopsy of the young woman’s remains did not reveal cause of death, but did reveal defects in two ribs, consistent with penetrating stab wounds. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: The Racine County Jane Doe

Not much is known about the young woman whose body was discovered on the edge of a cornfield in rural Racine, Wisconsin. She had been murdered just hours before a man walking his dog discovered her just after 6 a.m. on July 21,1999. Cause of death was determined to be multiple injuries; she showed signs of torture.

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: The East Caln Township Jane Doe

On July 11, 1995, the remains of a female victim were discovered in East Caln Township in Chester County Pennsylvania. The victim is believed to have been 17 to 25 years of age at the time of death. Authorities believe that the estimated date of death is 3-7 days prior to discovery. Cause of death was homicidal violence.

Police Seek Help in Identifying Murder Victim

Do you recognize this woman? Police in Sumter County, Florida, are hoping this composite sketch will help identify a murder victim whose remains were discovered in Wildwood near State Road 44 and Interstate 75 on April 22. Police say she was shot to death two to four weeks prior to being found.

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