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    Unidentified Female

    •The victim was discovered on April 3, 1976 in Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin.
    •Estimated Date of Death: 1966-1971.
    •State of Remains: Not recognizable - Partial skeletal parts only.
    •Cause of Death: Unknown.
    Vital Statistics
    •Estimated Age: 25-40 years old.
    •Approximate Height and Weight: Unknown.
    •Distinguishing Characteristics: Unknown hair and eye color. Unknown race.
    •Clothing: None.
    •Dentals: Not available. No teeth were present in the skull.
    •DNA: Not available. Bones are currently buried at the cemetery.
    •Fingerprints: Not available.
    •Other: Skull, humerus and two bone chips were all that was recovered.
    Case History
    The victim's partial skeletal remains were found on April 3, 1976, in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

    If you have any information about this case please contact:
    Investigating Agency:
    Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office
    Patrice Plungis
    You may remain anonymous when submitting information.
    Agency Case Number: 7780; NamUs 7548

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    Says she could have died up to 10 or more years before the bones were found:

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    Database could solve 1976 Waukesha's Jane Doe case

    Waukesha - A skull, an arm bone and two bone chips found 36 years ago in a vacant Waukesha field, then later anonymously buried in the city's cemetery with a simple ceremony, could finally be given a name.

    Waukesha County's Deputy Medical Examiner Kathryn Dougherty is working to find it.

    With help from NamUs, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System that compares case reports of unidentified human remains against reports of missing persons, Dougherty has zeroed in on the 1976 case of Waukesha's Jane Doe.

    It's one of eight anonymous cases, some dating back decades, in the Waukesha County medical examiner's files and among 40,000 unidentified human remains the U.S. Department of Justice estimates are in morgues and cemeteries nationwide.

    The Waukesha remains are expected to be exhumed this month from Prairie Home Cemetery.

    They were found on April 6, 1976, by a National Guardsman in a field near the National Guard Armory in Waukesha, near the cemetery. Donald Eggum, elected coroner at the time but not a medical professional, had a section of the field dug for further remains. None were found.

    He ruled it was unlikely they had come from the cemetery. A forensic pathologist in his office determined the skull was of an adult female probably younger than 40 who had died no more than 10 years earlier, and possibly much more recently.

    Two months after the bones were found, the case was closed. More than a year later, Jane Doe was buried with a small religious ceremony.

    When the remains are disinterred, a forensic anthropologist will participate and try to determine more closely the age of the individual and confirm the sex as female. The bones will then be sent for DNA testing. The $825 disinterment fee and the other testing services are being covered by the national advocates, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which has taken an interest in the case.

    Dougherty's predecessor until last fall, Patrice Hall, who is now the Kenosha County medical examiner, spearheaded the local effort after attending training about the system a few years ago. Dougherty has picked up where Hall left off.

    "If I had a loved one missing, I'd want to know where they were," Hall said. "It's important to me. I can't even imagine one of my family members missing and not knowing where they are."

    Hall and Dougherty hope the NamUs resource becomes more widely known and used. Only a fraction of cases - both unidentified remains and missing persons - are entered in it.

    As of November 2011, records for 8,448 unidentified remains were listed in the NamUs database along with records of just over 9,000 missing persons. Nationwide, the Department of Justice estimates there are as many as 100,000 active missing persons cases.

    The system has a searchable database. Searches can be done by identifiers that include dental work, DNA, scars and tattoos, jewelry and clothing, or other case facts.

    The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office also uses NamUs, but officials there went even further. As of January, the office has put its unidentified cases - complete with photographs and multiple warnings that the site contains graphic photographs - on its website along with links to the NamUs case records.

    The NamUs system, launched in 2009, is an online tool, accessible for free to the public, that searches and compares cases of unidentified remains and missing persons.

    Hall said that when she first learned of the system, she added Waukesha County's cases. Two of the unidentified remains were still held in the morgue, so those were sent for DNA testing that added invaluable information to the Nam Us case file.

    When it came to Waukesha's Jane Doe, however, there was no DNA readily available because she was buried decades ago.

    Exhumation and new tests should take care of that.

    Hall said the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is paying for the exhumation, but doing the same for other unidentified remains comes down to a budget issue. A full-body disinterment would cost $1,500.

    Dougherty said that in addition to the Jane Doe case, two other unknowns are buried at Prairie Home Cemetery. If funds become available, they would also be disinterred and sent for DNA testing, she said.

    Those two include a man buried Nov. 22, 1977, after he was killed in a Town of Delafield auto accident during a police pursuit and who had no identification on him. The other is a man buried July 30, 1982, after his body was found in Okauchee Lake without identification.

    Dougherty said the other unidentified Waukesha County cases are three infants buried at Prairie Home, and the two sets of remains held in the morgue.

    "It's sad because a lot of the public doesn't know about this, and even law enforcement agencies don't know," Dougherty said.

    While only medical examiners and coroners enter data about the unidentified dead in their case files, the missing persons' aspect is open to law enforcement, missing persons' clearinghouses and even the general public.

    So far, NamUs reports fewer than 100 successful matches and identifications, a small number compared with the cases reported - not to mention the unreported ones.

    For those who have been searching for missing loved ones, it can bring hope and, if they're lucky, an answer.

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