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    More than three years after a group of hunters came across a woman's body in Fond du Lac County, authorities announced plans Monday to finally bury the unidentified remains.
    The woman investigators refer to as Jane Doe will be laid to rest next week, on December 7.
    The burial service is at 1 P.M. at Cattaraugus Cemetery, which is off Highway 151. The public is welcome.
    Authorities have struggled to find clues to her identity since her body was found in 2008.
    They have a DNA profile, a reconstruction of what she looked like -- everything from her hair to her face -- and replicas of the clothes she was wearing the day her body was discovered.
    Her case has been featured on the web site for "America's Most Wanted."
    Authorities say if they ever find the woman's family, they'll turn over the remains.

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    Case File 764UFWI on Doenetwork.

    The victim was discovered on November 23, 2008, in Fond Du Lac County, Wisconsin

    Estimated age: 15-21 years old (+/- 2 years)
    Approximate Height and Weight: 5'1" (+/- 3 inches); 110-135 lbs.

    Distinguishing Characteristics: Her race may be White, however anthropology suggests that she also may be of Hispanic, Asian or Native American descent. Light brown to dark blonde hair, 12-14 inches long, with some color variation light to dark. The victim may have been knock-kneed or pigeon-toed based on anthropological exam.

    Clothing: Black strapless top with pink trim and a pink bow that tied in the back (shown); blue jeans.

    Jewelry: Wrist bracelet having pendants; wearing dark band similar to hair tie on right wrist.
    Dentals: Charting/X-Rays/Photographs available.
    Last edited by Starless; 04-02-2019 at 07:23 AM.

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    'Jane Doe' victim is laid to rest
    Murdered woman buried in Waupun; identity still unknown

    WAUPUN — Jolene Vanderwoude stood near the final resting place of Fond du Lac County's only unidentified murder victim and wondered why nobody has recognized "Jane Doe."

    With her face reddened by the cold wind and tears forming in her eyes, Vanderwoude and her two adult daughters arrived at Cattaraugus Cemetery to watch Sheriff's Office Chief Chaplain Pastor Don Deike lead detectives, media, the Fond du Lac County medical examiner and about a dozen citizens in prayer.

    "I am with my kids all of the time. If one of them is gone, I would look for them until my dying day," Vanderwoude said. "To believe there is somebody out there that is missing her is sad. If there is nobody out there missing her, that is sadder. You don't live a life without having someone know who you are."

    A laminated sign that reads "Jane Doe" was her headstone Wednesday. A few citizens stayed to watch the light blue casket slowly lowered into the ground. Atop her coffin lay a wreath donated by Waupun High School and flowers brought by two women.

    The weather was a reminder of the frigid Sunday morning in November 2008 when detectives left behind church and family to witness the sight of a woman's body partially submerged in a creek in the town of Ashford.

    Hunters found body
    Three hunters stumbled across her remains.
    "Three years is a long time. It doesn't make sense that nobody can come forward and claim her. I said somebody sat in a classroom with her," said Brenda Edmunds, Vanderwoude's daughter.

    Fond du Lac County Sheriff Mick Fink says detectives have tried everything to put a name to the victim and kick-start a homicide investigation. He was hoping that each passing holiday would encourage a family to report the young woman as missing.

    "Jane Doe" was buried in the small cemetery that is surrounded by farms and located just off busy U.S. Highway 151. The gravestones next to her have names of people who were likely buried by relatives.
    If and when a family member comes forward, the remains of "Jane Doe" will be turned over, said Fink.

    But on Wednesday, the victim of a homicide had to settle for detectives as her pallbearers.
    Robert Daniels traveled one mile from his farm to witness the burial ceremony.

    "It's a sad thing. About 20 years ago, they found (murder victim) Berit Beck just two miles to the north of here. It's just sad," Daniels said. "Everybody should have somebody come to their funeral."
    John Dixon of Brandon said Wednesday afternoon's burial was the least that could be done for the woman.

    Database"With the technology they have these days, it is unbelievable they have not identified her," Dixon said.
    DNA and dental information from "Jane Doe" is in a nationwide database. She has her own Facebook page and has been featured on "America's Most Wanted."

    Retired detective Charles Sosinski overcame a legal battle to get the victim on Facebook. He and other detectives hoped for a quick conclusion to the case.
    "It's still an important case to me, even though I am retired," he said. "It is one of those cases you often think about. It's a case I will not forget about until it is resolved."

    Deike urged the person responsible for the woman's death to step forward and bring closure.
    "We value life — everyone's life," Deike said of the reason people gathered Wednesday. "God values the life of everyone on Earth."

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    Finding Jane Doe

    FOND DU LAC - A biography and photos for Fond du Lac County's only unidentified murder victim are on her donated gravestone.

    All it takes is pointing a smart phone at the stamp-sized quick response (QR) code to view a Web page containing information about the woman and contact information for Sheriff's Office detectives who are left scratching their heads as to who the woman is since she was left in a creek behind W4617 Skyline Drive in the town of Ashford.

    If three hunters did not stumble upon her body at about 9 a.m. Nov. 23, 2008, her remains could still be covered in a fresh layer of snow.

    A QR code is a new tool for families to utilize as a remembrance of lost loved ones, said Tom Schumacher of Rock of Ages Fond du Lac Memorial, 651 Fond du Lac Ave.

    Spearheading the donation of a gravestone and getting Ron Steffes of Quality Monument Foundations on board was an easy decision for Schumacher since the "Jane Doe" investigation is eerily similar to a tragedy he dealt with as a boy.

    In August 1958, Schumacher, who was 13 years old at the time, learned of the disappearance of his aunt, 17-year-old Ruth Schmidt of Oshkosh.

    "We found out she was murdered," Schumacher recalled. "She was left in a ditch alongside a road near Omro. The eerie thing is that on the way home from school on the school bus, we would go by that ditch. It was near one of the stops for the school bus. Every day, we went past the spot she was lying."

    The stark difference between the cases is that Ruth's killer eventually was located and sent to prison.

    Jane Doe's body was found almost 50 years to the date that hunters found Ruth Schmidt's remains.

    When newspaper articles and newscasts announced Sheriff Mick Fink's plans to bury "Jane Doe" at Cattaraugus Cemetery near Waupun after years of no solid leads, Schumacher knew he needed to give her an appropriate monument.

    Detective Gerry Kane said Schumacher was the first of at least three people who wanted to donate a grave marker.

    The gravestone is sitting in the lobby of the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office and will remain there until a foundation can be laid in spring.

    Fink said he is appreciative of the donation but does not like a reminder of a murder in his lobby.

    "It bothers me more that we do not know who she is," said Fink.

    Associated Press

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    Wrist bracelet having pendants; wearing dark band similar to hair tie on right wrist

    I wonder if there is a picture anywhere with the bracelet and/or pendants, or a description?
    Still trying to check if it is somewhere on the internet.

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    Unraveling the Jane Doe mystery

    FOND DU LAC COUNTY — The death of “Jane Doe” is a cold case with few clues, and no leads. A young woman is identified by numbers in a national database by her DNA and her dental records, but her past is unknown, and her death remains a mystery. “Jane Doe’s” death is being investigated as a homicide, but before the case can be solved, one question has to be answered: who is she?

    Deer hunters discovered Jane Doe’s body frozen in a creek on November 23, 2008. The hunters reported seeing two legs and a midsection, and that was it. Detectives arrived and chopped the ice several inches away from her body – basically making a sort of chalk outline. An autopsy was done, and it was determined Jane Doe was in an advanced stage of decomposition and basically encased in ice. That’s when the mystery began.

    More than three years later, after loads of leads and dozens of dead ends, investigators admit they’re stuck. What they know is overshadowed by what they don’t know, and the facts of the case fuel more questions than they answer.

    Jane Doe’s body was found in a small creek on an abandoned farm in southern Fond du Lac County. From the Mayville/Kewaskum exit off of Highway 41, it’s one of the first remote areas you’d encounter. It’s also a mile and a half up the road from an adult video store, but Jane Doe doesn’t appear in the store surveillance tapes.

    An aerial photo obtained by FOX6 News from the federal government shows what the farm looked like just weeks before Jane Doe’s body was discovered. The creek where she was found crosses under the tree-lined driveway, 500 feet from the road. Investigators believe she was dumped there for a reason, but it is unclear whether the person who did it knew the farm was abandoned, or whether it was just the first convenient spot. What investigators do know is that Jane Doe didn’t get there by herself, and this is not a suicide.

    Forensic entomologist Neal Haskell analyzed insects found within Jane Doe’s body. By correlating different species with weather data, Haskell determined her body had been decomposing for two to four months before it was found. “Normally, we don’t get bodies with insects frozen in water,” Haskell said.

    That means Jane Doe had been dumped in July, August or September of 2008. That time frame was reinforced by something found at the scene.

    After Jane Doe had been extracted from the ice, her body was brought to the Fond du Lac County Medical Examiner’s Office. Water and time had taken away many details. “She was quite decomposed when she came in. There’s a chemical change with the soft tissues called adopecere, which we had to deal with. It replaces the soft tissue,” the Fond du Lac County Medical Examiner said.

    This means any wounds, scars, tattoos or piercings she may have had were gone. Whether she had any is unknown. However, her remains revealed other clues. She was probably white or Hispanic, but Native American or Asian American cannot be ruled out. She could have been biracial. All investigators know is she was not African American.

    Based on Jane Doe’s bones, it is believed she was between 15 and 20 years old – a young woman born between 1987 and 1993. Her bones also show she was a bit pigeon-toed or knock-kneed – enough that it may have been noticeable when she walked.

    Investigators believe she was between 4’10″ and 5’4″ tall, and in a range from 110 to 135 pounds. In other words, she was not tall, she was not skinny and she was not fat. “I would say, in general, she was pretty average frame, and pretty average size,” the Fond du Lac County Medical Examiner said.

    Investigators say Jane Doe’s hair was pretty well preserved. “There was some alternation in the shade of brown, so she may have had highlights,” the Fond du Lac County Medical Examiner said.

    Her skull and autopsy photos were sent to the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children in Virginia. Using a CT Scan of her skull, and tissue-depth markers for her estimated age and ancestry, they were able to rebuild an estimate of what the time and water had taken away – giving Jane Doe a face.

    However, when this same process was done with other images of people sketched from their skulls – matched with a picture of the person it turned out to be, there are dramatic differences. In one case, the actual picture of a boy shows that he is not Hispanic, as the sketch implies. Certain features may be more accurate through this process than the image as a whole, and in Jane Doe’s case, one feature stands out.

    Joe Mullins noticed, when studying Jane Doe’s skull, that she had an overbite – not an extreme one, but enough that it may have been noticeable. “It could be something that helps people spark that recognition,” Mullins said. Jane Doe also had sealants on four upper molars, four fillings on her lower molars, and her x-rays reveal she had no current cavities.

    Investigators say this reveals she was cared for, and another clue that indicates this – her clothing was fairly new: a black tube top with pink across the top, and a pink band below the breast with a pink bow in the back. It was sold at Family Dollar stores starting in the Spring of 2008.

    FOX6 News spoke with the exclusive importer of the bra and panty set she was wearing, and only one shipment was sent to Family Dollar on July 1st, 2008. Within two weeks, it was for sale in the stores.

    This indicates that at some point between mid-July and when she died, she either bought, stole or was given a bra and panty set from Family Dollar.

    The jeans she was wearing were Angels brand, that could have been purchased at Kohl’s. Her pants were rolled up and she was found with no socks or shoes. Perhaps, since it was warm out when she died, she’d been wearing sandals.

    The size of Jane Doe’s clothing is a conundrum. The bra is a 36C, but the top was a small. The panties were a large, but the jeans were size three. Investigators have struggled to make sense of the disparity.

    Equally puzzling, Jane Doe wore no jewelry, just an elastic ponytail band around her wrist. FOX6 wondered whether, with decomposition, her jewelry had fallen off, if she was wearing any at all. FOX6 brought expert metal detector, Paul Humphries to the scene, and the search uncovered one item of interest – a St. Benedict medal about the size of a penny. Corrosion experts were unable to tell how long it had been in the water. It could have belonged to Jane Doe, but could have been someone elses.

    Jane Doe’s dental chart and DNA have been entered into every relevant database, and her sketch has been made available to media across the country. Dozens of leads have come in, and investigators track these leads on a spreadsheet. The FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program developed a lead – a potential offender with ties to Wisconsin, and a young woman who had disappeared in July of 2008, but when they ran the DNA it was negative.

    So who is Jane Doe? What events led up to her death? When will the clue come? Investigators say, they remain frustrated with this case. If you have any information that may help investigators, or if you believe you may know who this woman is, you’re asked to call 920-929-3388.

    Investigators don’t know how Jane Doe died – whether it was a drug overdose, a murder, or something else. They were able to perform toxicology tests using muscle tissue, and aren’t releasing the results of those tests, but insist they still do not know the cause of death in this case.


    It also has X ray pictures of the dentals

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    Just saw this when looking for something else. So Arizona maybe or New Mexico.

    FOND DU LAC - Forensic testing following the exhumation of Fond du Lac County’s Jane Doe has mined new leads for investigators.
    DNA samples taken from her remains after the body was exhumed April 26 from a grave in Cattaraugus Cemetery near Waupun revealed the petite blonde was a resident of a region in the southwestern U.S., spanning an area of 100,000 square miles from Las Cruces and Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Flagstaff, Arizona, for the majority of her life, the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

    Samples submitted to IsoForensics, a laboratory in Utah that specializes in chemical isotope analysis and geo-location services, provided the data to investigators on where Jane Doe may have lived in her short life. She is estimated to have been between the ages of 15 and 21 when she was discovered by deer hunters on Nov. 23, 2008, in a shallow creek in the southern part of Fond du Lac County.
    The test results also indicated that she likely resided in the regions of southwest Wisconsin, southern Minnesota, and northern Iowa for less than a year prior to her death.

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