Do You Know Who This Woman Is? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/4/08

Do You Know Who This Woman Is?

Investigators believe that a woman whose body was found in Tennessee in 1985 may have either been from Texas or had Texas connections, and they are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

On April 14, 1985, fishermen found the body of a nude female at Exit 44, Jeraldstown Road, off of IH-81 in Green County, Tennessee. The decomposition of the body indicated that it had been in that location for three to six weeks when discovered. An autopsy showed the cause of death as blunt-force trauma to the head.

The "Jane Doe" is a white female who was between the ages of 15 and 17 at her death. She weighed approximately 140 pounds and was 5 feet, 5 inches tall. She had shoulder-length wavy light brown to dark blonde hair. Her nails were painted with a frosted silvery pink nail polish. The autopsy revealed that she had recently lost a pregnancy during the first trimester. (The pictures above are a reconstruction of her skull completed by the University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.)

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is asking for assistance in identifying the woman. Based on information they have collected thus far, investigators believe she may have been from Texas or had Texas connections.

DNA has been collected from her remains and is on file. Investigators also have dental information and fingerprints from the body.

Anyone with information on any missing person matching her description is asked to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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