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    arr MARY ROSE

    Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) October 28, 1984

    Edition: FINAL
    Section: OBITUARIES
    Page: C16

    Author: Associated Press

    Article Text: COLUMBUS, Ohio - For more than a year, she was a nameless murder victim - an abandoned body in the Franklin County morgue. Then a Roman Catholic priest stepped in, giving the woman a name and a Christian burial because it was "something that needed to be done." The Rev. Joseph Losh of Sacred Heart Church renamed the woman Mary Rose and saw to her interment. On Friday, after Losh celebrated an hourlong Mass, she was buried in a $250 casket sealed with eightpenny nails in an unmarked grave at St. Joseph's Cemetery. "If this would have happened to one of our daughters, we would have appreciated it if someone would have given her a Christian burial," he said. ''We felt this was something that needed to be done." Early on July 2, 1983, two fishermen walking on the north shore of Hoover Reservoir in Delaware County discovered the decomposed body. An autopsy showed the woman, who had been dead about a week, was about 26 years old, 5-foot-4 and 102 pounds. She had been strangled. Columbus Police Lt. Ralph Casto said detectives have received no inquiries since the body was discovered.
    Copyright (c) 1984 Lexington Herald-Leader
    Record Number: 8402110315

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    Default Re: MARY ROSE

    From Doenetwork: Case File 455UFOH

    •The victim was discovered on July 2, 1983 in Columbus, Delaware County, Ohio
    •Estimated Date of Death: undetermined; may have been about a week.
    •Cause of Death: ligature strangulation

    Vital Statistics

    •Estimated age: 16-25 years old
    •Approximate Height and Weight: 5'4"; 102 lbs.
    •Distinguishing Characteristics: Dark hair; unknown eye color. She had a 3 1/2 inch scar over left quadrant of abdomen.
    •Dentals: Available extensive dentistry
    •Clothing: White shirt with red and yellow stripes, blue jeans, maroon - colored slip-on shoes. The clothing found on the body didn't fit properly, suggesting that it wasn't hers.
    •Fingerprints: Available
    •DNA: Not Available
    •AKA: Mary Rose Doe

    Case History
    The partially decomposed victim was located in the Hoover Reservoir, Columbus, Ohio by two fishermen on the morning of July 2, 1983.

    Authorities believe the woman was killed somewhere other than the reservoir. It's likely she was dead about a week before her body was found; her body was too decomposed to determine whether she had been sexually assaulted.

    High school students from four Roman Catholic parishes memorialized the unidentified woman who was found strangled in 1983. The students raised money to buy a grave marker to be dedicated October 31, 1998 at St. Joseph Cemetery, 6440 S. High St., at the grave of ''Mary Rose Doe,'' the name they gave an unidentified woman whose body was found in the Hoover Reservoir in Delaware County.
    The victim's body spent 14 months in the Franklin County Morgue until St. Joseph Cemetery claimed and buried it in October 1984.
    The victim's teeth and jawbone were extracted before she was buried, but efforts to make matches with dental records in national databases have proved fruitless.

    If you have any information about this case please contact:
    Columbus Police Department
    Detective Larry Reese #1001
    You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

    Agency Case Number: 29-83, O.R. 31868-83

    NCIC Number:
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    Columbus Police Department
    Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) - 10/28/84
    Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) - 10/19/98


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    Default Re: MARY ROSE

    Missing SLC woman identified as victim in Ohio cold case

    Sharon Rae Bowen’s body was found at Hoover Dam on July 2, 1983.

    A 30-year-old Ohio cold case was solved last month when detectives identified a murder victim as a woman from Utah.

    Columbus police now believe the body of Sharon Rae Bowen, missing from the Salt Lake City area, was discovered July 2, 1983.

    Two fishermen found the body of a woman, which was partially decomposed, on the north side of Hoover Dam, near Blendon Township, Ohio. An autopsy revealed the woman had been strangled, but investigators were unable to identify her for three decades.

    The case was solved Dec. 6, when investigators discovered the body belonged to Bowen, according to a police report. The report does not mention how police finally identified the body. Cold case investigators in Ohio could not immediately be reached Thursday night.

    Bowen was buried Oct. 27, 1984, in a Columbus cemetery under the name "Mary Rose Doe."

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