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    Articles For Arroyo Grande Jane Doe

    Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV)
    December 27, 2005

    Section: News
    Page: 1B
    Index Terms:
    Brian Haynes, henderson cold case, jane doe john williams
    detectiv, ron cornell families of murder, jane doe, john
    williams, ron cornell, families of murder, slaying teen girl,
    1980 slaying, photo color, karlsen, 25-year-old case, henry lee
    lucas, ottis toole
    Detective not giving up hope
    Author: Brian Haynes
    Article Text:
    The desert where they found Jane Doe disappeared long ago,
    forgotten under asphalt highways and stucco homes.
    Twenty-five years have passed since her death, but Henderson
    police Detective John Williams hasn't forgotten. Not when Jane
    Doe still doesn't have a name, and not when her killer still
    walks free.
    "I've lived this case for 25 years," he said.
    The case was one of the first homicides for Williams, who
    joined the Henderson Police Department in 1971 and became a
    detective in 1976. Since then he's handled dozens of homicides
    in the sprawling suburb as it grew from about 17,000 residents
    to more than 230,000.
    Besides new homicide cases, the 55-year-old Williams works 11
    cases that remain unsolved. He reviews the cold cases when he
    has time, rereading the case files, reviewing evidence, looking
    for a connection he might not have seen before.
    "They need to have justice," Williams said of the cold case
    victims. "Justice for them. Justice for their families."
    Ron Cornell of the support group Families of Murder Victims,
    said victims' relatives appreciated efforts by Williams and
    other cold case detectives like him because one of the hardest
    things for some families to deal with is never getting a chance
    to confront their loved one's killers.
    "Ultimately, we're looking for justice," Cornell said.
    So is Williams. That's why he'll probably volunteer his time on
    the cold cases even when he's officially retired from the
    force. Of all his cold cases, however, the Jane Doe case, which
    dates back to October 1980, affects him the most.
    Twenty-five years later, the details of the case are etched
    into his memory: She was found nude, beaten to death with a
    hammer, stabbed in the back and dumped off state Route 146. She
    had a homemade "S" tattoo on her right forearm, and she wasn't
    much older than 16.
    She had been dumped near the intersection of old Lake Mead
    Drive and Arroyo Grande Boulevard. Two men discovered her when
    they pulled off the road. Williams had no witnesses and no name
    for Jane Doe.
    "Where do you start?" he said last week as he walked though the
    Palm Mortuary grounds where Jane Doe was buried.
    Investigators thought Jane Doe might have come from California,
    but no one ever came forward to identify her. Detectives also
    looked at possible connections with serial killers of the day,
    including Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole. Together they
    confessed to hundreds of murders across the country, though
    experts believe they were responsible for far less.
    Nevertheless, they never claimed responsibility for Jane Doe,
    Williams said.
    In more recent years, the case has been featured on television
    shows, including "America's Most Wanted," "Cold Case Files" and
    "Unsolved Mysteries." They generated a few leads, but none ever
    panned out.
    The best lead came in 2003 when a detective in Sparks uncovered
    a case file from a missing girl who looked a lot like Jane Doe.
    Henderson authorities exhumed Jane Doe's body and compared her
    dental work with dental records from the missing Sparks girl.
    They looked so much alike in their photos, Williams said, but
    the dental records did not match.
    Jane Doe's identity remained a mystery, and Williams was still
    at square one.
    She was reburied at Palm Mortuary, where the temporary placard
    that marked her grave has disappeared. Williams and other
    officers plan to get her a proper headstone, and Williams plans
    to keep working the case.
    "I'm not going to give up," he said.

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    Default Re: Articles For Arroyo Grande Jane Doe

    Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV)
    August 3, 2006

    Section: City
    Page: 2B
    Index Terms:
    David Kihara, coroners office, cold case john williams, photos
    color luevano, jane arroyo grande doe 1980, murder homicide
    perkins, state route 146 beating death
    A cold case that haunts
    Author: David Kihara
    Article Text:
    John Williams had worked as a detective with the Henderson
    Police Department for four years in 1980 when he came across
    the case that he is now carrying, unsolved, into his
    The body of a teenager, Jane "Arroyo Grande" Doe, was found
    just south of state Route 146 and Arroyo Grande Boulevard on
    Oct. 5, 1980. She had been beaten with a hammer, and her naked
    body had been dumped in the desert. Williams worked on the case
    for more than 25 years but never found her killer and, just as
    frustrating, never discovered who the girl was.
    Williams, 55, is retiring from the police department today
    after more than 30 years of service, but his retirement is
    bittersweet. He says he still wants to find out who killed the
    girl and is considering working part time for the police
    department to continue pursuing more than 20 unsolved cases and
    Jane "Arroyo Grande" Doe's case in particular.
    "I'll never not work on it," he said. "We're basically the only
    family she's got."
    Henderson Police Chief Richard Perkins said he hasn't had any
    detailed discussions about Williams serving on a part-time
    basis to investigate "cold cases," but it is something he is
    considering. "I'm checking into it," Perkins said.
    Originally from Ohio, Williams moved to Henderson when he was
    18. He said he always wanted to be either a police officer or a
    firefighter but eventually chose to join the police. "I was
    just always impressed with cops," he said.
    When Williams started working at the Henderson Police
    Department in 1971 as a reserve officer, the city had a
    population of about 17,000. He was one of just 14 police
    officers on the force.
    About 250,000 people live in Henderson now, and 327 officers
    work at the police department.
    Perkins praised Williams' service, saying he has made a "huge
    impact" on the department.
    "He's been involved in virtually every murder and complicated
    crime (case) we've had," Perkins said. "I can't even count the
    number of detectives who have come through here who have
    benefited from his knowledge."
    And most of the detectives Williams has worked with know about
    the case that has haunted him for more than 2½ decades.
    Williams recites the facts about the case as if the discovery
    happened yesterday.
    The teen was found face down around 9:30 a.m. Someone had
    beaten her on the head with a hammer and stabbed her in the
    back with a two-pronged instrument that the police could never
    identify. She had the letter "S" tattooed on her inner right
    forearm. She had red hair and green eyes, was a little taller
    than 5 feet, weighed 103 pounds and may have been as young as
    Williams and the police investigated possible links to serial
    killers at the time and scoured national lists of missing
    girls, but they came up empty.
    The police have had leads in the case. A detective in Sparks
    was working on a missing persons case in which the girl looked
    a lot like Jane "Arroyo Grande" Doe.
    Authorities exhumed Williams' unidentified victim, but the
    dental records didn't match, he said.
    "We had our hopes up really high," Williams said.
    Despite the disappointments and years of fruitless
    investigation into the case, Williams said he can't just let it
    go when he retires.
    "You don't just lose a young girl like that," he said. "You
    never stop looking."
    The Clark County coroner's Web site has information on the Jane
    "Arroyo Grande" Doe cold case file.

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    Texaskowgirl Guest

    Default Re: UID Female, 1980, Henderson, Clark Co, NV

    From reading the articles, this is highly likely the Sparks girl that they ruled out (she does favor her a lot).

    Sandra Butler

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    Texaskowgirl Guest

    Default Re: Articles For Arroyo Grande Jane Doe

    "stabbed her in the
    back with a two-pronged instrument that the police could never

    First thing that came to my mind is a big BBQ/Meat fork.

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    Default Re: UID Female, 1980, Henderson, Clark Co, NV

    It can't be her, the dentals didn't match. I dunno. It does resemble her, but they're the experts.
    Last edited by Starless; 11-16-2008 at 12:24 AM.

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    Default Re: UID Female, 1980, Henderson, Clark Co, NV

    What are those, Doenetwork pics on this thread that are just showing up as x's ?

    I'm posting a prospective possible match for arroyo.

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    Default Re: UID Female, 1980, Henderson, Clark Co, NV
    More information about missing persons, unidentified bodies and the national database can be found at
    Anyone can enter information about missing persons. After verification, each case will be searchable on the database.
    Online coroners and medical examiners can enter information into the unidentified persons and unclaimed persons database.
    Each individual case has contact information on it for people to call if they have any information about that case.
    It started with a young, pretty girl.
    She was found face down and nude in the middle of Arroyo Grande Boulevard in 1980. Her cause of death was multiple stab wounds in her back and blunt force trauma to her head.
    She should have been easy to recognize. But no one identified her.
    The Clark County coroner’s office took X-rays, finger­prints and dental samples but couldn’t find a match in any existing databases.
    “Back in the day, that’s the way everybody did business,” Coroner Michael Murphy said. “We’re talking about the science of the ’80s and ’90s versus today. We were very limited in the resources we could get.”
    In November 2003, the 14- to 20-year-old girl remained unidentified. The Clark County Coroner’s Office had exhausted all techniques available at the time.
    Except one: the Internet.
    “Some people came up with the idea of putting dead people’s photos on the World Wide Web,” Murphy said. “I said, ‘We’ve done everything else. Why not this?’ ”
    The initial reaction was not positive.
    “I was convinced I had made a big blunder, and I thought I would lose my job,” he said.
    But then reports from family members started coming in, and people started identifying their loved ones.
    “Within 24 hours, we had identified our first decedent,” Murphy said. “The response that we got was amazing. That started to kind of give us a boost. Within 72 hours, we had identified another one. A week later, another, and we were off the ground running.”
    In the 10 years since the November 2003 inception of the online program, the coroner’s office cold case unit has identified 67 people. About 200 open cases remain.
    “It’s not an exact science,” coroner’s office investigations supervisor Rick Jones said. “There’s a lot of hard work behind it.”
    Murphy’s decision to put images of the unidentified people online, along with a coroner’s office in Fulton County, Ga., led to the founding of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, commonly known as NamUs, Murphy said.
    NamUs compares family reports of missing persons with police reports of unidentified bodies.
    “We got much more sophisticated about what we did,” Murphy said. “We put today’s science to yesterday’s cases.”
    A federal grant in 2009 allowed the coroner’s office to exhume 54 bodies from the county cemetery for identification.
    The exhumations began in 2010 and lasted 18 months while the coroner’s office retrieved DNA samples and other data, such as fingerprints if available, from the bodies.
    The first exhumed body, a man, was identified in October.
    But an unidentified woman exhumed during a different project looms over the office.
    A 3-D printout of her head sits on a desk in the forensics office. She is missing a tooth. She watches the coroner and his staff work every day.
    No one knows who she is.
    Jane “Golfer’s” Doe died Jan. 4, 1995, and was exhumed in 2008.
    The FBI printed the 3-D image as part of a facial estimation program.
    “We sent the DNA through three labs; we tested almost every viable sample,” forensics supervisor Bill Gazza said. “So far, we’re going to work that case for­ever.
    “We have always taken cold cases to heart. The issue is technology, funding and resources.”
    Cold cases are only a portion of what the coroner’s office does on a regular basis. Workers perform about six autopsies or medical examinations a day, process paperwork, data and remains, investigate deaths around the valley and notify family members.
    “We’re there to try to help people through the worst time of their lives,” Jones said. “That’s our foremost responsibility.”
    Every deceased person who comes into the coroner’s office is given a standard medical examination and fingerprinted.
    While the forensics department handles X-rays, dental and other data gathering, the investigations department attempts to identify the person and locate next of kin.
    “We have a responsibility to find out what happened,” Jones said. “Sometimes you get a case that’s emotionally draining on you.”
    After DNA is obtained, if no family members are found, the bodies are buried in the county cemetery. They are not usually cremated. The bodies could be held in the freezer at the coroner’s office for six to eight months before burial while forensics and investigative teams conducts their investigation.
    “When we’ve exhausted all means, that’s when they are laid to rest,” Gazza said. “We work these cold cases forever. It’s important to us and their loved ones. We’re here to serve the community and serve those that can’t serve themselves — the deceased.”
    The office identifies about six missing people a year from their missing persons caseload. Six to 12 investigations a year turn into cold cases.
    “I wish we could do more,” Gazza said. “I’d love to get them all.”
    As for the first unidentified girl entered into the cold case online program, the coroner’s office might finally have a lead.
    The sister of an out-of-state runaway who went missing in 1971 thinks Jane “Arroyo Grande” Doe is her sister.
    “She was the one that really sparked my interest in unidentified folks,” Jones said. “She’s somebody’s child out there, and that’s what we look at. Hopefully some day we can get this little girl identified.”
    The staff at the coroner’s office will never stop looking into cold cases, and they will never stop trying to identify unidentified decedents, Gazza said.
    “We’re the last responders to any investigation. We try to treat everyone with full respect, because no one else can defend them except for us.”
    Contact reporter Rochel Leah Goldblatt at rgoldblatt@reviewjournal. com or 383-0381.

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    Jane 'Arroyo Grande' Doe cold case open 35 years later

    LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) – About 15,000 people die in Clark County every year. Among them are a few whose stories cannot be told. They are the “Jane and John Does.”

    The Clark County coroner’s office works to identify every one so they can contact relatives and give them some resolution.

    Sadly, many die without anyone knowing who they were. With some cases, the coroner’s office never gives up.

    Among the thousands of good-byes at Palm Mortuary, News 3 is about to witness one of the saddest and loneliest.

    A single visitor surrounded by silence. There are no tears or heart-felt words. Love ones cannot mourn her. The person to be buried in a county-supplied, plan coffin will have no headstone. A nameless soul: A Jane Doe.

    Each “Doe” is assigned a unique middle name. This woman was discovered at Craig Ranch Golf Course. Her name: “Jane ‘Golfers’ Doe.” It’s the only thing that separates her from the more than 200 “cold cases” buried in various cemeteries throughout Clark County.

    But there is one “Doe” with an extended “family.”

    The family is in the persons of John Williams and his wife. He places flowers on a grave, remembering a bond that has lasted 35 years.

    Williams has been watching out for Jane “Arroyo Grande” Doe since the day he found her body while serving as a Henderson police officer.

    "I was on my day off,” Williams remembers. “It was a Sunday, October 5, 1980."

    It was 9:20 p.m. along a once-dirt road near the Arroyo Grande Wash.

    "Nothing was incorporated out there at the time," Williams says. "She was laying there, posed basically, and nude."

    Williams saw the different faces of death.

    "She had been struck numerous times in the face, apparently with fists. And then in the back of the head with what appeared to be a roofing or framing hammer. And then stabbed with a two-pronged instrument in the back."

    The case tugged at his heart.

    "Obviously I felt very sad for her," he says.

    The attachment has lasted into his retirement from the force.

    "She was a young lady, 14 to 18 years old,” Williams says. “It's just like, who could do this?"

    From the moment he discovered her body, Williams has dedicated his life to finding justice for Jane “Arroyo Grande” Doe.

    "We have done everything. We have done everything."

    On the anniversary of her death each year, and on holidays, Williams and his wife place flowers at her grave.

    "In fact we put some on the other day. We come down all the time and put flowers. Just so that she has someone that cares about her."

    The Williams family even bought a gravestone for her final resting place.

    "And why is that important? It's important to me. She's like family to me."

    But to this day, she still does not have a name. Her identification is unknown.

    "I would really, really like to find out who this youngster is."

    He wasn’t the only one. Former Clark County Coroner Michael Murphy also is interested in finding out who she was.

    "Jane Arroyo Grande Doe was one of the reasons we started our Cold Case Project to begin with," Murphy says.

    In 2002, Jane “Arroyo Grande” and dozens of other “Does” were exhumed to gather new clues, hoping advanced technology might help solve some of these mysteries.

    "We continue to identify old, and cold cases, and cases that we thought couldn't be done,” Murphy says. “And we have never identified her."

    The mystery of Jane “Arroyo Grande” Doe has become a symbol.

    "So sometimes these cases, and maybe hers in particular, is the one that drives us forward, and she serves maybe a greater purpose at that point,” he says.

    For the “Does” buried in Clark County, the ground is anything but final.

    "I'll never give up," Williams vows, with the help of others who also go beyond what’s expected.

    "Alright kiddo, love you,” Williams says as he leaves the grave. “See you shortly."

    Since 2002, the Clark County Cold Case Project has identified about 80 men and women. Former Coroner Murphy is now employed at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

    That organization has selected Jane “Arroyo Grande” Doe’s case to review in June, as the 35th anniversary of her death approaches.


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    Henderson cold-case homicide marks 35th anniversary

    A post mortem picture is on this website: (Warning graphic picture)

    HENDERSON (KSNV News3LV) – Monday marks the 35th anniversary of one Clark County’s oldest cold cases. The murder of Jane “Arroyo Grande” Doe remains unsolved.

    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released a new composite of what the young woman may have looked like in 1980.

    Former Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy now heads the Unknown Victim Identification Unit at NCMEC, working to identify Jane “Arroyo Grande” Doe, along with more than 700 unknown children.

    “There are Jane Arroyo Grande Does all over the United States. People need to understand that it takes just one look at just one picture by the right person and the case starts all over again,” Murphy said. “It’s not just about giving them a name, it’s about providing these young people that have lost their lives tragically, with some justice.”

    There are more than 200 cold cases in Clark County – unidentified men and women buried throughout cemeteries, with a paper-laminated name tag in a county-supplied coffin.

    But Jane “Arroyo Grande” Doe has an extended family. John Williams is the Henderson police officer who discovered her body and has spent the past 35 years trying to solve her murder.

    "Extremely hurt that we haven't been able to identify her, at least," says Williams. "I say my prayers every night to at least get her identified and find out who she is and get some closure on that portion."

    Williams and his wife frequently visited Jane “Arroyo Grande” Doe at Palm Mortuary in Henderson. The couple even purchased her gravestone.

    “My wife and I come over all the time. You know just little flowers and stuff," he says. "I just want to keep her in my thoughts and in my heart."

    Now retired, Williams is still involved in Jane “Arroyo Grande” Doe’s case. This summer he, along with the Clark County coroner’s office and Henderson Police Department, traveled to NCMEC in Virginia to present her case.

    Williams says that a billboard with Jane “Arroyo Grande” Doe’s image and information will be posted in southern Nevada in the near future.

    The Henderson Police Department released the following statement:

    "Jane Arroyo Grande Doe was found just south of State Route 146, west of Arroyo Grande Boulevard in Henderson on October 5, 1980.

    "She had light brown shoulder-length hair, pierced ears and blue eyes. She had a small tattoo on her right forearm. The tattoo was blue and appeared to be homemade.

    She was wearing silver colored fingernail polish and had a vaccination scar on her left bicep. She had a gap between two teeth on the upper right side of her mouth. She was between 14 to 25 years old, and approximately 5 feet 2 inches tall and 103 pounds."

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678 or


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    Can you identify this woman in a cold murder case?

    HENDERSON, NV (KSNV News3LV) --One of Clark County's oldest murder mysteries remains a priority for the Henderson Cold Case Unit. A young woman, found dead, lying naked on a Henderson road.

    Jane "Arroyo Grande" Doe was one of the reasons Clark County started its cold case project, but 36 years after her murder, she still doesn't have her real name.

    Loved ones cannot mourn her. Her family may still be searching for her, but who Jane "Arroyo Grande" Doe was, remains a mystery.

    On this new year, we take another look at tools to spark a memory that could form a lead.

    A reconstruction of what she looked like when she was alive are on websites and posters that are being passed out at various missing persons events, and a billboard was created to reach more eyes.

    The case now in the hands of Henderson Lieutenant Garrett Poinier and his colleagues.

    "Anytime we don't solve a case, especially if it's a violent crime, that affects us because we want to bring justice to those who lost their lives and their families," said Poinier. "We are constantly looking at cold cases. They are generally deemed cold because of the time, not because we're not looking at them."

    This is a cold case detectives have tried to crack for decades, since October 5, 1980.

    "Multiple people in that age frame went missing during that time. {Henderson} only has one case, but in the valley, there are several other cases that are possibly tied to this case. So if you can ID the victim it helps you decide if you can tie them to other victims," said Poinier.

    John Williams was the Henderson police officer who discovered the young woman's body along what was once a dirt road near the Arroyo Grande Wash. News 3 went to her grave with Williams in May 2015. On the anniversary of her death and on holidays, he and his wife pay her a visit. They even paid for her gravestone.

    "She had been struck numerous times in the face-- apparently with fists. And then in the back of the head with what appeared to be a roofing or framing hammer. And then stabbed with a two-pronged instrument in the back," he said.

    In 2016, Clark County is seeing various agencies including the non-profit, "Can You Identify Me?" joining the effort to find who Jane "Arroyo Grande" Doe was by handing out fliers in hopes someone will recognize her.

    For now, all we know is she was a white woman, 14-25 years old with brown hair and blue eyes, standing 5'2" tall. We are also learning an "S" was roughly carved into her right forearm. It could have been a homemade tattoo representing someone's initial, showing branding or ownership.

    "That could stand for a slave, possibly a victim of a motorcycle gang, or a serial killer," said Rebel J. Morris, the Executive Director of Can You Identify Me?

    She says all it takes is one look because if it's by the right person, it may be enough to turn a cold case hot. Meanwhile, the Henderson Police Department says it's working through every listed missing person in the country to see if it's someone that fits the profile of Jane "Arroyo Grande" Doe.

    "Simply by looking you might be able to solve who this victim is," she said.

    And a Jane Doe, can lay to rest with a tombstone that bears her name.


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