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Monday, October 22, 2007

Jane Doe - New Lenox Illinois - 1981


Sometime in the fall of 1980 or early in 1981 - a young woman was taken nude from an auto traveling on the east-bound side of Interstate 80 in a rural area of Will County, Illinois and tossed over the side of the road. Her body lay undiscovered, except by the animals that carried off pieces as food or nesting material, until Spring.

On a cold, overcast Easter Sunday in 1981 a man searching for cans came across her remains. By the time the police arrived to check on the man's gruesome discovery, a cold chilly rain was falling.

Lt. William Ferguson of the Will County Coroner's office, along with the Illinois State Police did a remarkable job of trying to identify the young woman. Forensic reconstruction of unidentifed persons was in its infancy when Lt. Ferguson decided to send the victim's skull to Colorado to Dr Michael Charney at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. Dr. Charney's reconstruction of what the victim may have looked like is pictured above.

The photo of the reconstruction was sent to other law enforcement agencies, to local papers and a wire service. A few leads came in - some from as far as Pennsylvania, but none matched. The young woman was buried, the last mention of her in the media came in July 1981 - 3 months after she was found...and then she was forgotten.

But was she really? Wasn't there someone still looking for her? Her parents, perhaps? A sibling, a neighbor, a friend? Was she from Illinois or did someone passing through find the rural, lightly traveled interstate the perfect place to dispose of her body?

What is known about Jane Doe is that she was probably 25 to 30 years old, roughly 5'5" to 5'7" tall, and 100 to 125 pounds. She probably had long hair - either blonde or light brown. At some point her nose may have been fractured. She had dental work performed. She was someone's child.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lisa Marie Sexton. went missing about the same time Jane doe was suspected to have been murdered please look into this very very similar circumsatances
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Anonymous said...

No, the time line doesn't add up.
Plus, Lisa's mother heard from her in 84.

Anonymous said...

She looks like April Zane,only April had long,straight hair.Has this been ruled out?

S Zane said...

I am Sharonrose Zane Neu, April is my older sister. Our father brought dental records to compare. It was not her.

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Emsmilieface27 said...

There were other murders around this time by Milton Johnson. a similar story where he walked up to a couple in their car, killed the male and kidnapped, raped and stabbed the female then left her for dead south of Joliet. He is also a suspect in other murders in the area. He is also from Joliet. Whoever this girl was, she was probably not from around here. I'm guessing since no one from around here has been matched, could she have been going to meet someone she didn't know? I wonder is Milton and this case are related. Too bad he isn't talking though and maintains his innocence. What is in Joliet that you would go there to see? Was she a street walker or homeless? They could've just been passing through but I would think if you murdered someone you would go far enough away that it can't easily be linked to you but also close enough to get rid of the body quickly.

Anonymous said...

How sure are they, that Jane Doe wasn't there much longer than just one year? Could be why there has been a problem knowing who she is.