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VA ANNANDALE JANE DOE: WF, 50-70, found in Pleasant Valley Cemetery - 18 December 1996 *GRAPHIC*

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  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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    A groundskeeper at the Pleasant Valley Memorial Park Cemetery in Annandale, Virginia found this well dressed woman near the infant's burial section. She had placed clear plastic on the ground and decorated a small Christmas tree. She had a tape player with a recording by Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner from the 2000 Year Old Man. She committed suicide by drinking brandy, swallowing Valium, and covering her head with plastic to suffocate herself. She left a typed note and cash for the cemetery and the coroner.


    Media link added by staff: http://www.crimewatchers.net/forum/...inia-lots-of-clues-to-help-identify-her.1788/
     
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  2. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/6279

    Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
    Name Constance Di Angelo
    Agency Northern District ME Office
    Phone 703-530-2603
    Case Manager
    Name Paul Yoakam
    Phone 757 683-8366

    Exclusions
    The following people have been ruled out as being this decedent:
    First Name Last Name Year of Birth State LKA
    Teresa Abeja 1953 California
    Geneva Adams 1922 Missouri
    Linda Adams 1963 Washington
    Frances Allen 1937 Kentucky
    Kimberly Allen 1958 Wyoming
    Dawn Amlo 1949 Connecticut
    Carla Anderson 1964 Minnesota
    Cynthia Anderson 1961 Ohio
    Denise Anderson 1948 California
    Denise Anderson 1948 California
    Katherine Anderson 1954 Maryland
    Eva Arehart 1922 Michigan
    Ina Arnall 1934 Oklahoma
    Maureen Baca 1950 California
    Nancy Baird 1952 Utah
    Lynn Baltzley 1962 Missouri
    Dixie Barker 1926 Kentucky
    Teresa Barnett 1956 Texas
    Kathleen Bennett 1960 Michigan
    Marie Blee 1964 Colorado
    Lina Borges 1959 California
    Linda Bowdre 1948 Ohio
    Georgiana Breckenridge 1939 California
    Kimberly Britts 1963 Virginia
    Carlene Brown 1955 Wyoming
    ROBIN BULL 1945 Washington
    Mary Burns 1947 Washington
    Sandra Butler 1962 Nevada
    Patricia Calloway 1954 Kentucky
    Sharman Carey 1956 Washington
    Peggy Case 1960 Utah
    Josephine Chatraw 1948 New York
    Debra Childers 1954 North Carolina
    Janet Clark 1955 Michigan
    Rose Cole 1956 California
    Cynthia Coleman 1963 California
    Patricia Colyer 1948 Washington
    Shelia Cooper 1952 Kentucky
    Tina Coverdale 1963 Delaware
    Andrea Coyle 1948 Pennsylvania
    Rebecca Crist 1962 Virginia
    Wilda Cross 1953 Louisiana
    Frances Crownover 1953 Tennessee
    BEATRICE CUBELOS 1950 New Mexico
    Lois Darnopuk 1956 New York
    Sherry Daughtery 1963 Arizona
    Evelyn Davis 1962 Ohio
    Deborah Dean 1961 Missouri
    Eva Debruhl 1962 South Carolina
    Jennifer DeLap 1951 Oregon
    LORREE DENNIS 1965 Nevada
    Patricia DePunte 1957 New Jersey
    Josephine Despard 1958 New York
    Audrey Dill 1946 Iowa
    Linne Dominelli 1950 California
    Kelly Dove 1961 Virginia
    Debra Duncan 1957 Michigan
    Lilli Dunn 1951 Michigan
    Wendy Eaton 1959 Pennsylvania
    Elizabeth Eisel 1962 Washington
    Ann Ellinwood 1965 Oregon
    Debbie Escalante 1960 New Mexico
    Mary Etter 1959 Oklahoma
    Sherry Eyerly 1963 Oregon
    Marsha Ferber 1941 West Virginia
    JENNIE FISHER 1953 Florida
    Teresa Fittin 1957 Florida
    Laura Flink 1947 Washington
    Melanie Flynn 1952 Kentucky
    Iva Foss 1901 New York
    Francine Frost 1938 Oklahoma
    Audree Gagne 1935 Nevada
    Rachael Garden 1964 New Hampshire
    DAVETTE GAUNT 1959 California
    Rose Gayhart 1962 Florida
    Mae Gebhard 1915 California
    Judith Geurin 1945 New York
    Pamela Golden 1949 Arkansas
    Donna Gonzales 1964 Louisiana
    Arisoneide Gosselin 1960 California
    Linda Grimm 1961 California
    Clara Grunst 1963 Missouri
    Anita Gunn 1953 Virginia
    Heather Guy 1953 Washington
    Billie Hall 1960 Maryland
    Gina Hall 1962 Virginia
    Lynda Hanley 1948 Rhode Island
    Marchelle Hansen 1964 Wisconsin
    Nelda Hardwick 1959 Louisiana
    Karen Harmon 1956 Oregon
    Darla Harper 1960 Arkansas
    Donna Harris 1956 Virginia
    Donna Harris 1956 Virginia
    Cindy Haumann 1959 Arizona
    Katherine Heckel 1951 Pennsylvania
    Charlotte Heimann 1954 New York
    Rogene Helm 1952 Oklahoma
    Ashley Higgins 1962 California
    Mary Carol Hill - Frederick 1957 Florida
    Sherri Holland 1962 Florida
    Susan Hoppes Bennett 1948 Washington
    Frankie Horsley 1964 North Carolina
    June Howard 1951 Washington
    Mary Hunter 1960 Washington
    Elba Irizarry 1951 New Jersey
    Gail Joiner 1959 Florida
    Suzanne Justis 1950 Oregon
    Gail Katz-Bierenbaum 1956 New York
    Joyce Kennedy 1933 Washington
    Debra Kent 1957 Utah
    Nahita Khatib 1946 Wisconsin
    Debra Kidwell 1952 California
    Frances Kiefer 1949 Pennsylvania
    Tracy King 1960 Pennsylvania
    Shirley Klemgard 1940 New York
    Hazel Klug 1962 Virginia
    Gloria Korzon 1943 Pennsylvania
    Marilyn Koski 1953 Oregon
    Renee LaManna 1958 New Jersey
    Peggy Lammon 1961 Michigan
    Elaine Lehtinen 1945 California
    Sherrill Levitt 1944 Missouri
    Velda Leyba 1953 New Mexico
    Dorothy Limestahl 1939 Minnesota
    Dagmar Linton 1926 Washington
    Lillian Lipscomb 1921 New York
    Lori Lloyd 1961 Ohio
    Ella Beth Lodermeier 1948 South Dakota
    Sheree Magaro 1956 Maryland
    Tammy Mahoney 1961 New York
    Cynthia Maine 1959 California
    Anne Manchester 1954 Delaware
    Donna Manson 1954 Washington
    Susan Marable 1956 Washington
    Donda Martino 1961 Tennessee
    Elisabeth Martinson 1960 California
    Sandra Matott 1942 Utah
    Deborah McCall 1963 Illinois
    MARINTHIA MCCOY 1963 Florida
    Teresa McKinley 1952 California
    Martha McNiel 1959 North Carolina
    Patricia Meehan 1951 Montana
    Kathleen Meyers 1962 Delaware
    Stephanie Miles 1961 Washington
    Barbara Miller 1959 Pennsylvania
    Frances Morales 1962 New Jersey
    Sheri Muhleman 1964 California
    Pamela Nater 1946 Florida
    Madalene Neace 1955 Ohio
    Barbara Nunez 1956 California
    DEBBY OBERG 1954 Nevada
    Deborah Owens 1955 California
    Juanita Oxenrider 1947 Maryland
    Barbara Paciotti 1949 Minnesota
    Laurie Partridge 1957 Washington
    Jan Pattinson 1955 Michigan
    Susan Pearson 1935 Montana
    Kathleen Pehringer 1947 Wyoming
    Karen Penson 1952 Washington
    Kristina Perkins 1953 Arizona
    Rose Peterson 1948 Michigan
    Robyn Pettinato 1960 Montana
    Babette Phillips 1959 Louisiana
    Evelyn Piper 1940 Alabama
    ADA PLA 1933 Florida
    Deborah Post 1961 Massachusetts
    Behdokht Pyke 1952 Florida
    Angela Ramsey 1961 Florida
    Juanita Reedy 1943 West Virginia
    Marcia Remick 1962 Virginia
    Edna Reynolds 1921 New Mexico
    Teresa Rhodes 1962 Pennsylvania
    BEVERLY RIBLEY 1946 California
    Dorothy Richardson 1960 Texas
    Simone Ridinger 1960 Massachusetts
    Anne Riggin 1956 Pennsylvania
    Isabel Rizzo 1953 New York
    Anne Robinson 1930 California
    Lonene Rogers 1951 Pennsylvania
    Martha Rooks 1936 Colorado
    Guadalupe Rosales 1924 Michigan
    Hannah Rowell 1964 California
    Veronica Safranski 1956 Minnesota
    Cheryl Scherer 1959 Missouri
    Juliana Schubert 1959 Washington
    Jeanne Scrima 1935 New York
    Linda Seymour 1947 Illinois
    Denise Sheehy 1954 New York
    Jami Sherer 1963 Washington
    Nancy Shoupp 1963 Colorado
    Barbara Shumac 1953 Pennsylvania
    Terry Slaugenhoupt 1962 Pennsylvania
    Betty Smith 1942 New Jersey
    Dale Smith 1933 Georgia
    Verna Smith 1919 California
    Sharon Sons 1965 Kentucky
    Sally Stone 1964 Idaho
    Mary Ann Switalski 1946 Illinois
    Linda Taylor 1948 Tennessee
    Flora Tobin 1936 Louisiana
    Donna Urban 1959 Delaware
    Darline Vaughan 1950 Virginia
    Wilma Vermaas 1952 California
    Debra Vowell 1957 California
    Kathi Warren 1956 North Carolina
    Mary Watkins 1925 California
    Cherry Weaver 1941 Florida
    Julie Weflen 1958 Washington
    Vernette Wester 1947 Arizona
    Joanne Williams 1956 Pennsylvania
    Karen Wilson 1963 New York
    Candace Wright 1947 Wisconsin
    Jennifer Wyant 1958 Tennessee
    Jerry Yell 1940 Oklahoma
    Karen Zendrosky 1963 New Jersey
     
  3. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/6279

    NamUs UP # 6279
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    ME/C Case Number: N1996-41257
    Fairfax County, Virginia
    50 to 70 year old White Female

    Case Report - NamUs UP # 6279
    Case Information

    Status Unidentified
    Case number N1996-41257
    Date found December 18, 1996 12:10
    Date created November 30, 2009 06:20
    Date last modified June 12, 2016 13:36
    Investigating agency
    date QA reviewed December 06, 2009 05:41

    Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
    Name Constance Di Angelo
    Agency Northern District ME Office
    Phone 703-530-2603
    Case Manager
    Name Paul Yoakam
    Phone 757 683-8366

    Demographics
    Estimated age Adult - Pre 70
    Minimum age 50 years
    Maximum age 70 years
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Weight (pounds) 157, Measured
    Height (inches) 60, Measured
    Body Parts Inventory (Check all that apply)
    All parts recovered

    Probable year of death 1996 to 1996
    Estimated postmortem interval Hours

    Circumstances
    Location Found
    GPS coordinates
    Address 1 8420 Little River Turnpike
    Address 2 Pleasant Valley Memorial Park Cemetery
    City Fairfax
    State Virginia
    Zip code
    County Fairfax
    Circumstances
    Groundskeeper at the Pleasant Valley Memorial Park Cemetery found the body of a white female. Two notes at the scene requesting no autopsy and stating she had ingested valium and alcohol prior to death.

    Physical
    Hair color Red/Auburn
    Head hair
    hair was almost copper color

    Scars and marks
    8" scar on midline of abdomen

    Prior surgery

    Clothing on body
    "Eddie Bauer", size-M, Teal jacket.
    "Classiques Entier" size- L, navy cardigan sweater.
    "Classiques Entier" size-XL, red sweater.
    "Classiques Entier" size-Petite L, sleeveles red silk shirt.
    "Classiques Entier" size-L, navy knit wool pants.
    Knee high stockings.
    White sport bra (no tag).
    White "Fruit of the Loom", size-5, underpants.

    Clothing with body

    Footwear
    A pair of black loafer shoes, size- 7M.
    Jewelry
    Metal bead chain with medic alert pendant engraved with "NO CODE, DNR, No penicillin".
    A pair of earrings.
    A watch.
    A gold tone ring with green stones.

    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    DNA
    Status: Samples submitted - Tests not complete
     
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    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://doenetwork.org/cases/245ufva.html

    The Doe Network: International Center for Unidentified & Missing PersonsCase File: 245UFVA


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    Artistic rendering of the victim; Victim's personal effects and Christmas tree


    Unidentified Female

    • Date of Discovery: December 18, 1996
    • Location of Discovery: Annandale, Fairfax County, Virginia
    • Estimated Date of Death: Hours prior
    • State of Remains: Recognizable face
    • Cause of Death: Suicide
    Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

    • Estimated Age: 50-70 years old
    • Race: White
    • Gender: Female
    • Height: 5'0"
    • Weight: 157 lbs.
    • Hair Color: Auburn or red, almost a copper color, curly.
    • Eye Color: Unknown
    • Distinguishing Marks/Features: She had an 8-inch scar on her abdomen, probably from a C-section. Her fingernails were painted red.

    • Dentals: Available.
    • Fingerprints: Available.
    • DNA: Samples submitted - Tests not complete
    Clothing & Personal Items

    • Clothing: Teal all-weather Eddie Baur hooded jacket (size M), navy blue Classiques Entier sweater (size L), red Classiques Entier sweater (size XL), red Classiques Entier sleeveless silk shirt (size Petite L), navy blue Classiques Entier knit wool pants (size L), knee-high stockings, white support bra, white Fruit of the Loom underpants (size 6), and black loafers (size 7M). Her clothes may have come from an upscale store such as Saks Fifth Avenue.
    • Jewelry: Two clip-on earrings, a small gold women's Guess watch with a mesh band, a 14-karat gold ring with four jade stones, and a metal bead chain with a medic alert "NO CODE, DNR, No Penicillin."
    • Additional Personal Items: Bifocals with translucent frames. A green knapsack that held Jeff Foxworthy's You Might Be A Redneck cassette, a tape of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, two empty juice bottles, and a new roll of masking.

    Case History

    A groundskeeper at the Pleasant Valley Memorial Park Cemetery discovered the decedent's body near the section of the cemetery where infants are buried, but not near any particular grave.

    There was a clear plastic sheet on the ground with an 8-inch Christmas tree adorned with gold balls and red ribbons. She had a portable tape player with headphones, which were on her ears. A recording of comedians Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner doing their 2000 Year Old Man routine was in the player.

    She had committed suicide by drinking brandy (she had a 0.14 blood-alcohol level), swallowing Valium, and placing a plastic bag over her head and tying it off with tape, suffocating herself.

    She left two fifty dollar bills; one for the coroner,and one for the cemetery, both with the same typed note: Deceased by own hand...prefer no autopsy. Please order cremation with funds provided. Thank you, Jane Doe.

    She had no receipts in her pockets for investigators to trace her movements. Most of the headstones nearby where she was found were fairly recent. The site would probably not be known to a drifter.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    If you have any information about this case please contact;

    • Agency Name: Northern District Medical Examiner's Office
    • Agency Contact Person: N/A
    • Agency Phone Number: 703-530-2600
    • Agency Name: Fairfax County Police Department
    • Agency Contact Person: N/A
    • Agency Phone Number: 800-673-2777
    • Agency Name: Fairfax County Crime Solvers
    • Agency Contact Person: N/A
    • Agency Phone Number: 800-411-TIPS or 703-691-8888
    • Agency Case Number: LE: 96353000549; ME: N1996-41257
    • NCIC Case Number: U989549567
    • NamUs Case Number: UP #6279
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.


    Information Source(s)
    • National Center for Missing Adults
     
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  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.fairfaxunderground.com/forum/read/2/207625.html

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    The woman found dead in Pleasant Valley Cemetery across from NVCC?

    She supposedly killed herself and her identity remains unknown.

    Channel Four did a piece on her several months ago.

    There are details about her on the internet.

    Go to Google and enter Jane Doe Annandale Pleasant Valley
     
  7. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.defrostingcoldcases.com/missing-johanna-jopie-atalia-gersina-de-haas/

    This unidentified woman committed suicide on December 18, 1996. She left two 50$ bills one for the coroner and one for the cemetery with the same typed note:

    Deceased by own hand…prefer no autopsy.

    Please order cremation with funds provided.

    Thank you, Jane Doe



    She was located inside Pleasant Valley Memorial Park, a small cemetery in Annandale, Virginia. There was a clear plastic sheet on the ground. Next to the sheet was an 8″ Christmas tree, adorned with gold balls and red ribbons.

    In addition to drinking brandy (she had a 0.14 blood-alcohol level) and swallowing Valium, the victim had two empty juice bottles and a new roll of masking tape in her knapsack.

    She had no receipts in her pockets to enable police to trace her movements. She had a portable tape player, the headphones over her ears and had listened to a recording of comedians Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner doing their “2000 year old man” routine.

    She had placed a plastic bag over her head and tied it off with tape. This made her suffocate.

    The site she chose, Pleasant Valley, probably wouldn’t be known to a drifter. She lay down near the section of the cemetery where infants are buried, but not near any particular grave, and most of the stones nearby were fairly recent.”
     
  8. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://reallifeishorror.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-cemetery-suicide-of-unknown-woman.html

    The Cemetery suicide of the unknown woman

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    (Image: Google Earth)
    On the 18th of December 1996 in Annandale, Fairfax County, Virginia, an unidentified woman was found dead by suicide in the infants section of a small cemetery in Pleasant valley memorial park.

    She had premeditated her suicide, leaving a typed note saying:

    “Deceased by own hand… Prefer no autopsy. Please order cremation with funds provided. Thank you, Jane Doe.”

    She left $100 in the form of two $50 bills to be given to the coroner and the cemetery.

    Jane Doe was found on a plastic sheet that she had laid out on the ground. There was a small, decorated 8” Christmas tree nearby.
    She had ingested brandy and valium and her blood-alcohol level was 0.14.
    She was wearing head phones and listening to a stand-up comedy cassette of “The 2000 year old man” routine by Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks. There was a plastic bag over her head with masking tape making it air tight at the neck.

    There were no clues to her identity on her person and no leads for investigators to follow, however the contents of her backpack included:

    -A portable cassette player
    -2X cassettes including “Monty Python and the holy grail” and “You might be a redneck” by Jeff Foxwirthy.
    -2 empty juice bottles

    -Roll of masking tape (the same one used to seal the plastic bag around her neck)

    The unknown woman was estimated between 50 – 70 years old, Caucasian, around 5”0 tall with curly copper brown hair and a C-section scar.
    Her nails were painted with red polish.

    Who was the cemetery suicide Jane Doe?
    As always guys, if you have any leads on this case, contact:
    Northern District Medical Examiner’s Office 703-530-2600
    Fairfax County Crime Solvers 800-411-TIPS or 703-691-8888

     
  9. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://thinkingsidewayspodcast.com/jane-doe-245ufva/

    Jane Doe 245UFVA

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    December 18th, 1996, an unidentified woman commits suicide in the children’s section of a cemetery. She leaves two $50 bills to “cover the cost of cremation”. She was found on a clear plastic sheet, next to the sheet was an 8″ Christmas tree, adorned with gold balls and red ribbons. All signs point to her perhaps being well off. Despite this, she has never been identified.
     
  10. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/ar/t24550.htm

    The clothing description is not that of which the everyday normal person would wear.... this clothing is VERY expensive!!! I looked up Classiques Entier wool slacks and they are $188.00 , A Classiques Entier silk sleeveless top is $98.00.....I am thinking this woman had means , maybe a wife of a government official, or some other profession that makes real good money to afford clothing like this...
    here is a site with the prices of the clothing:
    http://shop.nordstrom.com/C/2379375/0~2376...ers&pbo=2379375


    Looked at the link on the clothing...this brand is exclusive to Nordstroms---the state of VA only has five stores in the state and NEW YORK has 4 Nordstrom stores...checked Washington, DC has none...The cities in Virginia with a Nordstroms are Dulles, McLean, Arlington, Richmond and Norfolk.


    Nordstrum store distances from Annandale, where the uid was found...

    Nordstrom
    1400 S Hayes St, Arlington, VA (2.37 miles away)

    Nordstrom
    8075 Tysons Corner Ctr, Mc Lean, VA (7.64 miles

    Nordstrom
    7111 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD (9.76 miles away

    Nordstrom
    15760 Shady Grove Rd, Gaithersburg, MD (16.41 miles

    Nordstrom
    45575 Dulles Eastern Plz, Sterling, VA (20.40 miles

    Nordstrom
    2700 Potomac Mills Cir, Woodbridge, VA (20.52 miles

    I'd venture to say she shopped at one of these stores!
     
  11. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/ar/t24550.htm


    PLEASANT VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK
    8420 Liffle River Turnpike, Annandale, Va.
    Phone Number: (703) 978-3900

    This commercial cemetery was established in 1968 (Charter Book 50:14). It features flush to the ground memorials and is well maintained.
     
  12. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.facebook.com/ColdCasesReopened/posts/691844507514749

    Cold Cases added 6 new photos.
    December 6, 2013 ·
    Unidentified suicide victim located in Virginia

    Unidentified White Female

    Discovered on December 18, 1996 in Annandale, Fairfax County, Virginia.
    Estimated Date of Death: December 17, 1996
    Cause of death was suicide
    Vital Statistics

    Estimated age: 60 years old
    Approximate Height and Weight: 5'0"; 157 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Auburn/red, curly hair. She had an 8 inch scar on her abdomen, probably from C-section. Fingernails painted red.
    Clothing: Teal, all weather Eddie Baur hooded jacket, (size M). Navy blue Classiques Entier sweater (size L); red Classiques Entier sweater (size XL), red Classiques Entier sleeveless silk shirt (size Petite L), navy blue Classiques Entier knit wool pants (size L). Black loafers (size 7M), knee high stockings, white support bra, white "Fruit of the Loom" underpants (size 6). Her clothes may have come from an upscale store such as Saks Fifth Avenue. She also had a green knapsack.
    Jewelry: She wore bifocals with translucent frames, two clip-on earrings, a small gold women's Guess watch with mesh band and a 14 karat gold ring with 4 jade stones, a metal bead chain with medic alert "NO CODE, DNR, No Penicillin."
    Fingerprints: Available
    Dentals: Dental chart is available.
    DNA: Available
    Case History
    This unidentified woman committed suicide on December 18, 1996. She left two 50$ bills one for the coroner and one for the cemetery with the same typed note:
    Deceased by own hand...prefer no autopsy. Please order cremation with funds provided. Thank you, Jane Doe
    She was located inside Pleasant Valley Memorial Park, a small cemetery in Annandale, Virginia. There was a clear plastic sheet on the ground. Next to the sheet was an 8" Christmas tree, adorned with gold balls and red ribbons.
    In addition to drinking brandy (she had a 0.14 blood-alcohol level) and swallowing Valium, the victim had two empty juice bottles and a new roll of masking tape in her knapsack. She had no receipts in her pockets to enable police to trace her movements. In her backpack, she also had a Jeff Foxworthy "You might be a redneck" cassette and a "Monty Python and the Holy Grail tape She had a portable tape player, the headphones over her ears and had listened to a recording of comedians Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner doing their "2000 year old man" routine. She had placed a plastic bag over her head and tied it off with tape. This made her suffocate.
    The site she chose, Pleasant Valley, probably wouldn't be known to a drifter. She lay down near the section of the cemetery where infants are buried, but not near any particular grave, and most of the stones nearby were fairly recent.

    Victim's Personal Effects

    Investigators
    If you have any information about this case please contact:
    Fairfax County Crime Solvers
    800-411-TIPS
    703-691-8888
    Or
    Fairfax County Police Department
    800-673-2777
    You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

    Agency Number: 96353000549

    NCIC Number: U-989549567
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
     
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    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/arch...wn-dead/25553f3d-208b-43e5-84a1-176b304996aa/

    Unsettling Tales of the Unknown Dead

    By Tom Jackman
    December 5, 2000


    Just inside Pleasant Valley Memorial Park, a small cemetery in Annandale, a freshly coiffed auburn-haired woman in her late fifties or early sixties spread a clear plastic sheet on the ground. Next to the sheet, she placed an eight-inch Christmas tree, adorned with gold balls and red ribbons. She wore bifocals with a translucent frame, a blue all-weather Eddie Bauer hooded jacket over a blue sweater and blue pants, and she carried a green knapsack.

    In the darkness of a mid-December morning, she sat down and finished off a flask of brandy, perhaps chasing it with bottles of peach and mango juices. She turned on a portable tape player, placed headphones over her ears and listened to a recording of comedians Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner doing their "2,000-Year-Old Man" routine. Then she reached into her knapsack and pulled out a plastic bag and a roll of masking tape, placed the bag over her head and tied it off with the tape. She put the roll of tape back in the knapsack, then lay down and suffocated.

    It was Dec. 18, 1996, when "Jane Doe" committed suicide, apparently determined to remain anonymous. And nearly four years later, she has.

    It happens occasionally in every police department. A body is discovered, and no one seems to know who it is. Sometimes it's a homicide; but more often it's a suicide or death by accident or exposure. Normally, the mystery is solved within hours, a few days at the most.

    But even in these days of automated fingerprints, DNA testing and computerized police information networks, Virginia authorities still must unravel about four similar mysteries every year. For some counties, publishing an enhanced photo of the person has led to a quick identification. That is being done for the first time today for Fairfax's Jane Doe, with computer enhancement done by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

    Statewide, of the 40 unidentified people found since 1990, 38 remain anonymous, said Cynthia Morrison, a medico-legal death investigator for the state medical examiner in Richmond. Even though the state undertakes a long series of scientific steps to try to place a name with a person, many still evade identification.

    "With these unidentified people, they're like my children," Morrison said. "I want them to go home. I feel so horrible for the families. Even if they weren't the cream of society, somebody loved them. It's my own personal crusade."

    Many of the detectives working on the mysteries feel the same way. The case of Fairfax's Jane Doe shows why.

    When cemetery workers found her shortly after 9 a.m., they called police. Detectives Richard Perez and Mike Headley arrived 40 minutes later, and her body was still warm. As the investigators checked her pockets for identification, they found only two envelopes, one addressed to the cemetery and one to the coroner. Both contained two crisp $50 bills and the same typed note:

    "Deceased by own hand. . . . Prefer no autopsy. Please order cremation, with funds provided. Thank you, Jane Doe."

    When they couldn't identify the woman through fingerprints or locate any family from missing persons reports, police distributed a drawing of the woman through the news media. Still nothing.

    Not everyone's fingerprints are on file. Not every missing person is reported to police. "Just because we have the ability to track people doesn't mean we're going to catch everybody," Morrison said. Some of the unidentified may have been mentally ill or homeless, or they may have been substance abusers. "And these are the people that are slipping through the cracks," Morrison said.

    The number of unidentified cases has stayed roughly the same over the years--no increases, but no noticeable decreases even with the technological advances.

    "What makes it so frustrating," Perez said of Jane Doe, "is this isn't a case where we're dealing with skeletal remains. This is a lady that somebody should recognize."

    After a number of days have passed without an identification, police and medical examiners have a standard procedure to try to develop an identity. A complete set of photographs and X-rays, from head to toe, is taken, and the clothes are fully documented. Finger and palm prints are taken, as is a DNA sample.

    A forensic odontologist, a specialist in dental science, performs a dental exam and devises a numeric code that is entered into the National Crime Information Computer, as are the codes for the fingerprints. A radiologist reviews the X-rays for distinctive marks or breaks. A high-resolution photo of the prints is sent to the FBI for closer examination. And if the person appears to be from another country, the Immigration and Naturalization Service is also consulted.

    Sometimes, all those steps produce nothing. A man who apparently was strangled and discovered in a trunk in Loudoun County in May 1996 remains unidentified. And a woman apparently shot to death in Falls Church in May 1990 also is unidentified.

    Technology has provided some help--twice by computer software at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that was used to retouch photos, providing a far less traumatized view of the person.

    In Prince William County in 1996, a 19-year-old woman who had been unidentified for two weeks was named the same day her enhanced photo was broadcast on television. And in Alexandria several years earlier, a man who had died of a heart attack on a city street was identified only after his photo was retouched and released.

    Fairfax has two unidentified victims from the 1990s. Detectives call the first one "the Bone Lady," because only her skeleton was found in a Centreville field in 1993. When an anthropologist from the Smithsonian Institution examined her, he found knife wounds on the bones, probably dating to the late 1980s. Last year, a Fairfax officer crafted a clay recreation of her face, complete with eyes, hair, lips and her distinctive front teeth, one of which was crooked and decayed.

    The other Fairfax case is Jane Doe. Every year during the holiday season, the case gnaws at Perez, because the woman's body was found a week before Christmas. He figured that as healthy and well dressed as she was, and with as many clues as she left, he would have identified her long ago. But he resigned from the Fairfax department Friday to take a job in North Carolina, with Jane Doe still frustrating him.

    "If she's a drifter, she's the best-kept drifter I've ever seen," Perez said. She wore a gold Guess watch, a 14-karat gold ring with four jade stones, and clothes that Perez thinks might have come from an upscale store such as Saks Fifth Avenue. The site she chose for her demise, Pleasant Valley, probably wouldn't be known to a drifter.

    The woman had an eight-inch scar on her stomach, possibly from a Caesarean section. She lay down to die near the section of the cemetery where infants are buried, but not near any particular grave, and most of the stones nearby were fairly recent.

    In addition to drinking brandy (she had a 0.14 blood-alcohol level) and swallowing Valium, she had two empty juice bottles and a new roll of masking tape in her knapsack. But, unlike many suicides Perez sees, she had no receipts in her pockets to enable police to trace her movements. "Most people don't think about that when they commit suicide," Perez said.

    "This lady appears to have taken a thoughtful effort to leave us no clue as to who she is, and she's got it all plotted out," Perez added, noting the typed suicide notes, the money for cremation, even the plastic sheet on the ground. "I don't think I've had another case that's beaten me up like this one."

    Anyone with information about the women may call Fairfax police at 703-691-2131.
     
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