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    PULASKI COUNTY -- The Pulaski Sheriff's Department says 34-years ago an unknown 35-year-old woman was found just outside of Dixon in a creek on canyon road.

    The department says they are reopening the case to see if they can find the true identity of the woman only known as Jane Doe.

    Sheriff Ronald Long of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department says, "Nobody seems to know who she is…we have put this out on the news media and placed her picture out there and we were hoping to have some calls from that and still to this day we haven’t had that one link that would put us in touch with the family or discover what her true identity is."

    The Sheriff's Department says she is possibly of American Indian descent, but was found with no identification.

    Sheriff Long says within the past year the department has had forensic artists reconstruct a rendition of what they think she looked like 34-years ago.

    "If there's a murder that's about the most serious type of crime that there is out there so we have two things…first of all, we have a family that they need closure so we're trying to discover who she is so we can track down her family so they can close out the missing person that is in their life and also there's a murderer on the loose and even though it's 34-years ago that murderer needs to come before the justice system,” explains Sheriff Long.

    With new scientific investigative tools available, Sheriff Long says Pulaski County detectives are going to make another attempt to identify Doe.

    Sheriff Long says that Jane Doe's body will be exhumed at the end of May.
    He says once the body is exhumed the remains will be sent to forensic scientists to do DNA testing and to further look at evidence.

    KRCG 13 will keep you updated on this on-going investigation to find the woman's true identity.


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    She was described as dark, in her 30's, with a full upper denture plate, five foot, three inches tall and weighing 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

    According to news coverage from Daily Guide archives, the Pulaski County Sheriff 's Department had trouble pinpointing her ethnicity because she had been severely beaten and was strangled.

    When the body was discovered, the woman was wearing a dark blue, long-sleeved blouse with white pinstripes, jeans, and a bra with Jubel or Julie written inside the bra in magic marker.

    She was not wearing shoes, and none were found at the scene.

    The cause of death was listed as strangulation.

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    This young woman is approximately 35 years of age with American Indian descent. She has black hair, brown eyes, 5’3” and weighed approximately 130 lbs. with a full upper denture place.

    The victim was beaten on the head and face.

    On May 25, 1981, the body of the unidentified deceased female was recovered from a low water crowing off of Highway MM, north of Dixon, Missouri.

    She was wearing a dark blue long sleeved blouse with white pinstripes, brand name Try 1, blue jeans, brand name Gear. She had on blue bikini panties and a bra with Jubel or Julie written inside the bra in magic marker.

    If you have any information about this woman or this case, please contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop I at (573) 368-2221 and the Missing Persons Clearing House at (573) 526-6178. You may also visit

    NOTE: Forensic reconstruction drawing by Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations Forensic Artist Harvey Pratt.

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    Exhumation of Jane Doe

    Law enforcement officials opened a tiny grave in Waynesville on Wednesday to try to find answers to 34-year-old questions: Who was Jane Doe? Who killed her?

    On May 25, 1981, Jane Doe's body was found in a creek bed in a rural part of Pulaski County near Dixon. She was beaten and strangled.

    This spring, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, in a rare move, asked a judge to have her body exhumed. The judge agreed.

    If the remains aren't too decomposed, Sheriff Ron Long hopes advances in science will help investigators find new clues that could identify not only Jane Doe but also her killer.


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    Someone Got Away With Murder: Do You Know This Woman?

    She was brutally murdered in May 1981, when she was about 30 years old—beaten about the head, strangled and dumped in shallow water off an isolated country road near the small town of Dixon, in Pulaski County, Missouri.

    She was a small woman: 5 feet, 3 inches tall and about 130 pounds, with a slightly dark complexion, dark hair, hazel eyes and high cheekbones, leading investigators to think she might be Native.

    However, without any federally recognized tribes in Missouri, there were—and are—no obvious tribal nations for the police to check with.

    Public appeals for information at the time of her death came up empty.

    Pulaski County’s “Jane Doe” remained little more than a shelved file until advances in technology and communications inspired Detective Doug Renno to reopen her case this past May on the 34th anniversary of her passing.

    “We have to do whatever we can,” said Renno, who is a member of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases. “This lady was a daughter and a granddaughter. She may have been a mother, an aunt or a sister.

    She had friends. She was special to someone.”

    And her killer may still be out there. “Somebody got away with murder,” said J. Todd Matthews, spokesperson for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs, a free Department of Justice program that offers an online database of information on victims, along with access to DNA, fingerprint, dental and other analysis. “If we want a safer society, we have to solve cases like these.”

    The 1981 autopsy revealed that Jane Doe was well nourished, with no scars, tattoos or other marks, according to Renno. Unusual for someone her age, she had a full upper dental plate. She also had dental work on her lower teeth.

    When she was found, she was wearing In Gear brand blue jeans, a blue pinstriped long-sleeved blouse from the brand Try 1, blue panties and a white bra labeled “Jubel,” or perhaps “Julie” (see photograph).

    Renno thought the label could indicate that at some point she lived in a situation where laundry for several people was washed together, then separated out.

    She did not appear to have been raped, according to the first investigators handling her case, but her clothes seemed put on hurriedly, perhaps by another person.

    Her jeans pockets were pulled out, her panties were bunched up, and she had no socks, shoes, ID or jewelry. Renno suspects she was killed elsewhere and taken to the remote area where she was found, which kids sometimes used for partying.

    Surprisingly, the time elapsed since the murder isn’t necessarily a problem for this new phase in the investigation. “Time can hurt, but it can also help,” Renno said.

    He noted that federal, state and nonprofit organizations’ databases of missing and victimized persons now share information in a way they didn’t decades ago.

    In addition, Renno said, today’s increasingly sophisticated DNA analysis, forensic anthropology techniques and isotope testing (which examines chemical elements in the body to determine where a person was born and/or spent time) greatly improve the odds of identifying victims and tracking down perpetrators.

    Jane Doe’s remains are now at the University of North Texas, undergoing examinations of this sort.

    Modern media will also be important. The sheriff’s department did get word out when the body was found, but the scope of such an effort was limited back then. “At the time, we could hope to reach four or five thousand people if we went to the newspapers and television,” said Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long. “Nowadays, with social media and the internet in addition to traditional media, we can potentially reach tens or even hundreds of thousands of people.”

    In any investigation, the human element is also critical. “Another set of eyes on a file can make all the difference,” said Renno. People who have information but were once afraid to come forward may now be willing to do so, Matthews added.

    Renno is determined to work the case until he’s exhausted every lead. “Everyone deserves justice,” he said.

    How You Can Help

    If you recognize Jane Doe, or if anything in this article jogs a memory that you think might be helpful, you can email Pulaski County Detective Doug Renno at,
    text or call him at (573) 855-1069 or contact the tipline (573) 774-7948.

    If you think Jane Doe was a relative of yours, you can assist in identifying her by submitting DNA (via a mouth swab) to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs.

    For instructions, go to the University of North Texas’s Forensic Services Unit website,, and click on “Submitting DNA.”

    Anyone with a missing relative can get involved in finding them, including submitting DNA, according to NamUs spokesperson J. Todd Matthews.

    To see whether the individual might already be in the system, go to, and check the three databases listed—“Missing,” “Unidentified” and “Unclaimed” persons.

    You can also report someone missing, even if years have gone by, by registering as a public user on the NamUs website and entering his or her information, said Matthews.

    If you have difficulty completing the form—you aren’t sure how best to estimate height and weight, for example—a NamUs administrator will contact you to help.


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    Pulaski County Sheriff hopeful of identifying ‘Jane Doe’

    Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long said this past week his office received a report from a forensic investigative team that he hopes will help investigators possibly solve some of the mysteries surrounding the death of Jane Doe.

    The generic name Jane Doe was given to a deceased woman who was discovered murdered on a rural gravel road near Dixon on May 25, 1981. Pulaski County law enforcement officials have been unable to identify the woman.

    The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department reopened this cold case in 2014, with hopes of identifying the woman, which could be the main factor in finding her killer or killers.

    Jane Doe’s body was exhumed from Waynesville Memorial Cemetery in May of 2015 after a magistrate’s order was signed.

    Long stated in his weekly column earlier this week that “investigators were pleased with the results, finding more remains than anticipated.”

    Doe's body was sent to the forensics department of the University of North Texas in Fort Worth, Texas, “in hopes of being able to extract DNA from her body, along with making attempts to find additional evidence that could help the investigators,” Long wrote.

    According to Long, the “forensic experts were able to extract a viable amount of DNA from Jane Doe’s body, which can hopefully lead investigators to the discovery of her identity.”

    According to Long, the cause of Jane Doe's death was strangulation with a pair of women's pantyhose.

    She is described as dark complected, in her 30s, with a full upper denture plate, 5 feet, 3 inches, tall and weighing 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

    According to the Waynesville Daily Guide archives, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department had trouble pinpointing her ethnicity because she had been severely beaten and was strangled.

    Long said he believes Jane Doe may possibly be of Native American descent.

    “Since our last report, many other groups and media outlets have come aboard with our efforts, promising to assist with reaching out to American Indian tribes and groups in North America, which Jane Doe could possibly be associated with. Additional information now has investigators focusing on Indian tribes in the state of Oklahoma,” Long wrote.

    According to Daily Guide archives, her body was discovered in a low-water crossing off of State Highway MM north of Dixon by local resident Wayne Brandt and a “companion, said to be from Bartlesville, Oklahoma” while he was attempting to get gravel from the creek at 8:47 a.m.

    Long reported that it was estimated at the time she was found that she had only been dead for about four or five hours.

    “This agency would also like to commend the many individuals who have come forth with information and tips regarding the Jane Doe case.

    With the amount of community involvement the sheriff’s department has been receiving, along with the help of modern forensic technology and persistent investigators, your sheriff believes that at least a portion of this case can be solved in 2016,” Long wrote in his column.

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    DNA Successfully Collected From "Jane Doe"

    WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- Authorities investigating a 35-year old mystery in Pulaski County, Missouri, may be a step closer to the answer.

    Sheriff Ron Long, in his weekly newsletter to county residents, says two types of DNA have been extracted from the remains of a murder victim who is only identified as "Jane Doe."

    The woman's body was found in 1981 near Dixon. Sheriff Long was beginning his law enforcement career when she was found strangled lying in a creek bed.

    "We still have a murderer that's on the loose," says Long. At the time of the murder, there was no national DNA database to match unidentified remains with missing persons.

    The body was exhumed in May, 2015, in hopes of finding DNA that could help identify her and solve the murder.

    Long says the University of North Texas Forensic Sciences Department was able to collect two types of DNA from the remains. Along with complete dental records, both STR-DNA and MtDNA were obtained.

    Long writes, "...due to scientists being able to extract and identify both STR-DNA and MtDNA from Jane Doe, the odds of identifying her in the future dramatically increased.

    Since this finding, the DNA profiles for Jane Doe have been added to national databases in hope of someday finding a genetic match.

    In addition, if a possible relative is located, their DNA could be matched to that of Jane Doe's. "

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    Cold Case Files: Jane Doe one step closer to having a name; Community asked to add pieces to the puzzle

    The Daily Guide has been working with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department(PCSD) to revisit some of the county’s cold cases in an attempt to assist the department in generating leads, finding justice for victims, and peace for families.

    Anyone with any information on a cold case is encouraged to call the tip line at 573-774-7948. One of the oldest, violent, and perplexing cold cases is that of Jane Doe.

    Doe is the victim of a murder, who has gone more than three decades without a name. She is getting closer to having a name, thanks to modern technology. Additionally, the PCSD is asking that individuals who may have come into contact with the victim come forward to add more pieces to the puzzle.

    What can DNA and bones tell us?

    Doe’s body was exhumed in May of last year in an attempt to see if DNA could be extracted from the remains, as well as any other evidence that could be collected.

    Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long announced earlier this week, in his weekly column, that both mitochondrial DNA and STR-DNA (Short Term Repeats) were retrieved from Jane Doe’s remains by the University of North Texas Forensic Sciences Department.

    The fact that scientists were able to extract DNA from Doe’s remains has Long, Sgt. in Charge of Detectives Linda Burgess and Detective Doug Renno excited that an answer to Doe’s identity is only a DNA swab away.

    The DNA profile has been added to databases such as CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) and the FBI national data base , allowing the capability to confirm or eliminate matches.

    Renno said that he had already been contacted about one missing woman who was not a match.

    Burgess said that family members who believe Doe may be a relative should get a DNA swab. She said that people may not realize that their DNA is not on file or in a database because, at the time Doe’s body was found, the technology wasn’t around yet.

    Doe’s biological profile, to determine racial identity, based on her bones, “are supportive of the assessment of possible Amerindian or Mestizo (“Hispanic”) ancestry but are not conclusive.”
    The crime scene
    The Daily Guide visited the crime scene with Burgess and Renno to revisit the area and discuss the facts of the case on Thursday evening.

    Doe’s body was discovered on May 25, 1981 in a low water crossing off of Highway MM north of Dixon, beaten and strangled with a pair of panty hose.

    The location is off the beaten path, on a gravel road, in an area that was, and still is, a place that young people gather for parties.

    While visiting the area, signs of recent activity were present, including a place where there had been a fire and empty beverage containers.

    Renno noted that the spot is not a place that someone from outside the area would find “on their own.” The road going to the low water crossing is a rough gravel road, that is very steep in places, and curvy.

    The location is isolated, on a creek bed, at a low water crossing in an area that would be known only to locals.

    “A trucker couldn’t have driven in here, without knowing where it was and just dumped her here,” Renno said.

    Renno and Burgess confirmed that they had received information, sometime after the exhumation, that there may have been a party nearby around the time that Doe was killed.

    The detectives said they hope that any individual who may have any information about that would come forward to help add pieces to the puzzle.

    Burgess noted that people often don’t realize that they know something or think it probably isn’t important, but they “have no way of knowing” whether or not it will mean something to the investigation.
    The detectives also noted that if teenagers were in the area nearly 35 years ago drinking, smoking marijuana, or other activities that might have gotten them into trouble at the time, it wouldn’t get them into trouble now.

    How did Jane Doe die?

    Doe’s death was violent. She was beaten and strangled with a pair of pantyhose. Renno said she was the victim of an “obvious assault” with blows to her face and head.

    According to Renno, the autopsy showed mild trauma to the vaginal walls, as well.

    She was discovered lying with the midsection of her body up out of the creek, on a section of gravel, her head under the water, fully dressed, and her feet under water. According to Long, last year, Doe had most likely been dead roughly four or five hours when her body was discovered at 8:47 a.m.

    Renno noted that the creek is spring-fed and the water is cold, even in the summer. The cold water could possibly affect body temperature and time of death estimates.

    Doe is described as dark complected, in her 30's, with a full upper denture plate, five foot, three inches tall and weighing 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

    The Missouri State Highway Patrol Missing Persons Clearing house and the Daily Guide archives report that she was found wearing a dark blue, long-sleeved blouse with white pinstripes (brand name Try 1), jeans (brand name In Gear), blue bikini panties and a bra with Jubel or Julie written inside the bra in magic marker. She was not wearing shoes, no shoes were found at the scene and she was found with a pair of pantyhose wrapped around her neck.

    Renno said that the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s original report on the case said that investigators had walked up and down the creek looking for Doe’s shoes.

    Why is it important to solve this case?

    Identifying Doe and solving this case has become near and dear to the detectives on the case, as well as members of the department, as a whole. They believe this woman deserves her name, a proper burial, and justice, if they can get it.

    Burgess told the Daily Guide that when it was time for her remains to be transported to Texas for forensic analysis the department decided that it would not be shipping her like a package.

    Instead, she was driven by Burgess and another officer to Texas.

    Burgess and Renno also said they plan to see to giving Doe a proper burial, when she returns to Pulaski County in within the few months.

    However, they are hoping that her family has been located by that time and she’ll be able to have her real name placed on her tombstone.

    Burgess asked Renno, “What eats at you the most with this case?”

    Renno said, at first, it was “how to get things done,” such as the exhumation, learning about resources through NamUs (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System), but now, as a cop, he would like to know what happened.

    “I want to know what happened to her. Who did it? Somebody knew her. Somebody knows what happened to her,” Renno said.

    Burgess said, for her, she knows there’s a family out there missing their daughter, their sister, or their mother.

    “Somebody out there grieves for her, mourns for her. They’re asking where is my mother? Where is my daughter?” Burgess said.

    Renno said he wanted to fell like “everything that can be done, has been done” to solve this case and give Doe her name back.

    “She deserves to know that every agency has done everything they can to find her. She deserves to know that the community has done everything it can do to find her,” Burgess said.

    What’s next?

    PCSD will be making arrangements to bring Doe back to Pulaski County and has begun the process of reviewing missing person profiles, in an attempt to identify Doe. They will be making requests for DNA comparisons where they can.

    Renno said none of what has been accomplished on this case, so far or in the future, would have been possible if it wasn’t for NamUs. The forensic analysis of Doe’s remains were done through NamUs and did not cost the county anything.

    PCSD will continue to investigate this case and hope that some new leads will emerge from this story. Anyone with any information, no matter how small, can call the tip line at 573-774-7948. Burgess said the department follows up on every lead.

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    Just a thought on this, what she was wearing, you wouldn't typically wear panty hose with, leading me to believe she was probably killed in someone's home. She was strangled with the pantyhose. Where did they come from? I know most pantyhose sizes can fit most women too, but they didn't say what size the pantyhose were, I mean, if they were queen sized obviously they would not be hers as she was very small. Also, could the writing on the bra have a smiley face at the start of it and a dot over something towards the middle?? Also would a 30 year old woman be hanging out in a place like this partying?

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    Everyone on my facebook is saying Juliet

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