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    glitter14 Buckskin Girl, Located April 24, 1981, Ohio

    Unidentified White Female
    • Located on April 24, 1981 in Miami County, Ohio
    • Cause of death was strangulation, she also had suffered blows to the head and neck.
    • Estimated Date of Death: April 23, 1981

    Vital Statistics

    • Estimated age: Late teens to mid-20s
    • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'4"-5'6"; 130 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown eyes; reddish-brown hair plaited into thick pigtails. Her complexion was freckled and ruddy. She was in remarkably good physical condition, with excellent personal hygiene. Her ears were not pierced. Scar on chin.
    • Dentals: Available. Her teeth were in good condition and she still had all four of her wisdom teeth.
    • Clothing: She was wearing a brown and orange turtleneck sweater, a size 32 D bra, Wrangler brand jeans and a distinctive handmade suede jacket with a purple satin lining. No shoes.
    • Fingerprints: Available
    • DNA: Available at Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab.

    Case History
    This young woman's, nicknamed The Buckskin Girl, body was found on Greenlee Road near State Route 55 in rural Miami County, Ohio in April of 1981.

    A coroner's report revealed that she died of strangulation. She also had suffered blows to the head and neck.
    Evidence indicates that the body was transported to the scene from another location. Investigators believe she may have been a runaway or just a wanderer, hitching rides from one state to the next, although it did not appear that she had been on the road very long. She was not sexually assaulted.

    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Detective Steve Lord
    937-440-3965 ext. 6633

    Agency Case Number: 8104240101

    NCIC Number: U-990001965
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information: Miami County Jane Doe
    Unsolved Mysteries
    Dayton Daily News 8/6/07

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    Pollen yields clues about Jane Doe of Miami County

    TROY — Pollen samples are revealing some clues about Jane Doe of Miami County, found 35 years ago in a ditch west of Troy, and Miami County sheriff’s investigators are hoping these new avenues in the cold case homicide lead to the discovery of the victim’s name and how she ended up in Ohio.

    Sheriff’s investigators are sharing what the office has learned. They’re also sharing new photographs of Jane Doe, reconstructed using new technology and additional lab testing on her clothes.

    Monday, the sheriff’s office received lab results from pollen samples taken from her clothing. The analysis was performed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Southwest Regional Science Center in Houston, Texas.

    Pollen analysis of the clothing suggests that she was from or spent a significant amount of time in the northeastern dry-oak forest region, which includes areas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

    A high level of soot from vehicle traffic and/or industrial activity was also found on her clothing, according to the findings released this week, that suggest she spent a significant amount of time in an urban area within the Northeastern region or possibly from hitchhiking.

    Some pollen grains found to be in excellent condition, from a more arid region in the western U.S. or northern Mexico, were found on the outer layers of her clothing, including her jeans and jacket.
    This suggests she traveled to an arid region in the western U.S. or northern Mexico shortly before she was killed.

    Jane Doe was found April 24, 1981, in a ditch along Greenlee Road west of Troy. She had been deceased less than two days before she was found.

    Here are some details about her, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children:

    * She was in her late teens to early 20s, about 5 foot 6, 125 pounds

    * She had reddish-brown hair parted down the middle, styled in two side braids

    * She appeared to be Caucasian, had a ruddy complexion with facial freckles

    * She had several scars: beneath her chin, one on her left arm, two on her left wrist, right hand, right ankle and right foot.

    * She had been treated by a dentist. Her top right central incisor had a porcelain-metal crown

    * She was dressed in bell bottom blue jeans, brown turtleneck sweater with an orange crisscross design on the front, and a handmade tan buckskin pull-over jacket with leather fringe around the seams with a deep purple lining.

    Additional testing will performed soon in an attempt to narrow the region or location of the country Jane Doe may have been from. For now, she’ll remain in Riverside Cemetery in Troy, under the name Jane Doe.

    If you recognize Jane Doe or have any information as to her identity, please contact sheriff’s Detective Steve Hickey, 937-440-3965 (ext. 6629) or the Miami County Communication Center at 937-440-9911.


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    Slain Jane Doe's curious case in Ohio still puzzles after 35 years

    'Jane Doe' was found in a ditch in Miami County, Ohio, on April 24, 1981. Authorities have been unable to identify her, but new technology that tested pollen on her clothes recently determined that she was likely from a northeastern state, perhaps Pennsylvania. She is depicted here in a computer regeneration.
    Anyone with information on Jane Doe's identity is asked to call

    She is buried in a section of the cemetery known as the potter's field.

    Her tombstone reads, “Jane Doe.”

    When they put her to rest, detectives whom she never met served as pallbearers. People from town who knew only of her fate came to leave flowers.

    Thirty-five years later, they still do.

    “I call her Dorothy, because she looks like Dorothy from ‘The Wizard of Oz,' ” a cemetery groundskeeper recently told a detective visiting the grave. “I just want to send her home. Put on her ruby shoes and send her back where she belongs.”

    If only they knew where that was.

    Jane Doe had been dead less than two days when Miami County, Ohio, sheriff's deputies found her April 24, 1981. Her body had been tossed in a ditch on a desolate country road, far from any homes.

    She was white, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and 125 pounds. She had reddish hair, freckles and a “ruddy” complexion, suggesting she enjoyed the outdoors. Her hair was braided into two pigtails.

    Her clothes consisted of bellbottom jeans, a white bra, brown turtleneck sweater with orange crisscrosses, and a buckskin pullover jacket. Her shoes, socks and underwear were missing, as were any bags or forms of identification. Her pockets were empty.

    She was well-groomed, “someone who cared for herself,” said Carol Schweitzer, a senior forensic case specialist for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

    Her eyebrows were neatly plucked, her clothes clean, her teeth perfectly aligned and brilliantly white.

    But she also had several small scars on her body, including one on her left wrist that was over 2 inches long.

    She had been strangled. The coroner also found blunt force trauma to her forehead and a lacerated liver, possibly the result of a blow. Authorities estimated her age at 18 to 24, though Miami County Sheriff's Detective Steve Hickey thinks she looks closer to 15.

    “Something like that, it's hard not to make it personal,” Hickey said. “You see her (autopsy) photos and just wonder who she is. It makes you realize, you're here for a reason: to solve this.”

    Hickey took over the case three years ago, the third detective to adopt Jane Doe.

    The only evidence was her body and her clothes. No ID, no hometown, no known family or friends.

    There were plenty of tips in 1981, said Hickey, who hadn't been born yet, but “none panned out.”

    “Some locals said they saw her at a bar, but those leads didn't go anywhere.”

    Years passed. Detectives kept the case open, constantly checking Missing Persons databases. Strangers continued to leave flowers at the grave in Riverside Cemetery in Troy, Miami County.

    Investigators suspect Jane Doe was killed elsewhere and dumped along Greenlee Road just west of Troy in Newton Township. They concluded this because her bare feet were clean, showing no indication of walking on dirt, and because Interstate 75 is just 5 miles away, making it a convenient and discreet drop-off spot.

    And they are certain she was not from the area. Somebody would have known her.

    “She's either from a different state or country, maybe Canada or Mexico,” Hickey says. “But was she a runaway? A juvenile? A hitchhiker? We don't know.”

    This year, Hickey called Schweitzer at the missing children center's headquarters in Virginia. She suggested Hickey send the clothes — sealed all these years in a box in the sheriff's office property room — to the Customs and Border Protection Southwest Regional Science Center in Houston, to test pollen particles. They use the technology on drug cases to trace smuggled drugs, Schweitzer said. Why not try it on Jane Doe, too?

    The results were startlingly specific: Pollen on Jane Doe's clothes suggests she was likely from or spent at least a year in the Northeast, specifically a dry-oak forest region that includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Further samples, from the buckskin jacket, showed that she had recently visited a more arid region, likely in the West or northern Mexico. Soot on her clothes suggested she was often in larger cities.

    “It was amazing,” Hickey said. “We had no idea they could even do that.”

    Hickey has since sent hair samples to a lab in Utah hoping for more insight, including the origins of the water she drank in her final weeks. If additional DNA or dental testing is required, the sheriff's office might exhume Jane Doe's body.

    “We want a name with the face,” Hickey said. “We want to provide a proper burial. Then we turn a corner and hopefully find a suspect.”

    “She deserves to have her name given back to her, her story told and justice served,” Schweitzer said.

    In autopsy photos, blood marks the wound on Jane Doe's forehead. Her pigtails are disheveled. Her lips are parted in a slight grimace.

    There are about 20 of the photos, the only images Hickey had seen of his Jane Doe until the missing children center created a new facial reconstruction, using technology that renders a more accurate likeness than anything available in 1981.

    Hickey recalled the moment he saw the rendering.

    It was nice to see her this way, he said. They cleaned up her wounds. Her pigtails were tight and neat. Her lips now formed a slight smile.

    But most of all, he said, it was the eyes.

    They were open.

    “I'd never seen my Jane Doe with her eyes open,” Hickey said. “It was like she was finally looking at me. ‘Here I am. Please solve this case for me.' ”

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    Miami Co. eliminates Ohio in search for Jane Doe ID, looks south

    TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – Miami County investigators have eliminated nearly all ties that an unidentified woman may have had to Ohio.

    Jane Doe was found on April 24, 1981 strangled to death, but also suffered blunt force trauma to her head and also had a lacerated liver. She is believed to be in her late teens or early 20s at the time of her death, was found along Greenlee Road — west of Troy.

    Jane Doe, also commonly referred to as “the buckskin girl,” is believed to have had some sort of tie to the Fort Worth, Texas and southern Oklahoma area, said detective Steve Hickey with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

    Hickey believes Jane Doe had practically no ties to Ohio, other than being found here deceased. She was believed to have been dead for two days before her body was found.

    Jane Doe is believed to have been a traveler, or a wanderer, but spent roughly four months in the Fort Worth, Texas and southern Oklahoma area in the year preceding her death, according to Stable Isotope analysis.

    If anyone recognizes or has any information in regards to Jane Doe’s identity, they are asked to call Detective Steve Hickey with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office at 937-440-3965 ext. 6629 or the Miami County Communication Center at 937-440-9911.

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