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OR ANNIE DOE: WF, 14-25, found in Josephine County, OR - 19 Aug 1971 *Annie Lehman*

Discussion in 'Identified!' started by DaisyChains, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. Jem

    Jem Member

    I’ve recently connected something. Anne Marie’s map with the campsites circled may be places she was picked up in the Sex Trade, in which she was sold into. It is believed Annie was taken to San Francisco - no surprise - there’s a campsite nearby. I am really suspicious, however, why her luggage wasn’t with her when Annie left home, and when her body was found.
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  2. Jason Futch

    Jason Futch TCCF Host, King of the Highway

    There is a chance that could be a factor or maybe she was picking out places to stay. We have to remember that her being involved in the sex trade was only a theory so we have to be careful how we discuss her case. We can't heavily rely that she was forced into prostitution. However, I believe that there is a chance she may have been hitchhiking home from where she came from and maybe those sites were en route. With that said, there is also the chance of kidnapping, forcible sexual assault from a camper she may have been camping near that resulted in her death.

    The reason no one found her luggage could probably be because it could have been stolen and looted. I'd bet that if there was luggage, its somewhere deep in the woods.
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  3. Redrover

    Redrover Well-Known Member

    I think the most important thing is for law enforcement to figure out who the woman Annie left with was. Even if the woman had nothing to do with it and Annie and her split up during their travels, she can start the timeline after she left the house.
  4. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    "Annie" You can finally rest with your name. I hope you get the justice You deserve! 48 Years is way too long!
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  5. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    For three times longer than she walked this earth with an identity to call her own, the girl whose bones were found scattered in the Oregon woods was known by the name she was assigned in death.

    She was “Jane Doe – Josephine County 71-940,” or “Annie Doe” as she would later come to be called, for 48 years, a girl with no identification, no home and no known loved ones. A girl with no history.

    “For so many years, you feel like you have a sister with no name, with no face,” retired Detective Sgt. Ken Selig told InsideEdition.com of taking on such a case and with it, the mission to do what hadn’t been possible for nearly a half century: give the girl her name back.

    And finally that day would come when earlier this year, Selig learned that Annie Doe may have a family of her own. It was a revelation that would open the door to a chance at closure and the answers that have long eluded investigators and the loved ones unsure of what happened when that girl disappeared so long ago.

    All those years that I spent on a daily basis investigating … murders of kids, innocent folks, you deal with that and take it with you,” Selig said. “But there’s a certain amount of satisfaction and comfort that overcomes the pain and suffering that you take with you. In amongst the tragedy you see the good. [This case] is a win – we know who she is, and she’s going home.”

    That semblance of a happy ending was only possible through advancements in DNA technology and resources available through genetic genealogy websites, such as GEDmatch, Selig said. But it’s one that some fear may again become a pipe dream for other investigators as access to those same resources are rolled back to quash the growing concerns surrounding privacy rights.

  6. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

  7. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    On August 18th, 1971, a traveling father and his son stopped along Redwood Highway, near milepost 35 in Josephine County to spend the night. The next morning, stepping into the surrounding woods, they discovered the skeletal remains of a young woman, according to the Josephine County Sheriff's Office report on the case. At the time, investigators "did all they could to identify who the remains belonged to, the cause and manner of death, and how the remains came to be in Josephine County." However, investigative leads were exhausted.

    The case became "inactive," placed in storage, and simply listed as "Jane Doe-Josephine County 17-940."

    An update in the case wouldn't come for another 33 years - almost to the date. In August of 2004, new forensic science allowed investigators to put a face on Jane Doe. Forensic Artist and Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy Joyce Nagy completed a clay facial reconstructions of the victim. It was then that Nagy also gave her a nickname, "Jane Annie Doe," because she felt the likeness she created "displayed features inspiring the name "Annie," according to the JCSO report.

    Investigators distributed the image of Jane "Annie" Doe nationwide, resulting in multiple leads that kept the case active for a few more years.

    Then, in late-2016, forensic isotope analysis of Jane Annie Doe's hair, teeth, and bones indicated she was most likely from the northeast portion of the United States and migrated along the northern U.S. border to the Pacific Northwest, according to the Sheriff's Office report. This revelation, along with a new forensic drawing of what Jane Annie Doe may have looked like, was again published nationwide. More leads were generated, with one particular lead having strong similarities to a Massachusetts missing person. However, those leads failed to make a DNA match.

    Jane "Annie" Doe identified as Anne Lehman in 47-year-old cold case.(Images Courtesy Josephine County Sheriff's Office)

    In February of 2017, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, funded and sponsored a case study of this Josephine County Sheriff’s Office investigation.

    In November of 2018, Sheriff’s Cold Case Investigator and retired Major Crimes Unit Detective Sergeant Ken Selig, received news that at the request of the NCMEC and the DNA Doe Project, DNA from Jane Annie Doe was submitted to the DNA Doe Project by Dr. Nici Vance of the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s office had assumed custody of her remains in 2013.

    The DNA Doe Project is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, which uses donated funds to analyze DNA from John and Jane Does to compare with GEDmatch (a public genetic genealogy database) to identify them through their “DNA-cousins”.

    The DNA Doe Project was instrumental in identifying Annie. Forensic analyst and Project Manager Cairenn Builder said this was one of their most challenging cases because the majority of Annie's DNA matches led to distant, international cousins.

    After finding her fifth cousin in New Zealand, Builder said volunteers were able to build Annie's family tree and track down her sister in Washington state.

    After weeks of careful analysis and painstaking ancestral research, Jane Annie Doe’s family was traced to relatives in England, New Zealand and Canada. In February of this year, DNA Doe Project volunteers were able to notify Selig that a potential match was found with a sister living in Washington State. As a result, Selig, with the help of NCMEC, established contact with the sister and obtained a DNA sample from her. It was a match.

    "When annie's sister's DNA came back confirming her identity it was really a relief," said Builder.

    Aside from DNA, Builder said they found other clues Annie may have left behind before she died.

    "She has a ring that she had carved her initials into-- AL -- and so it seems like she was sending us a message from beyond telling us a little bit of a clue about who she was," said Builder. "I'm really happy that we got the opportunity to let her have her name back."

    For anyone who knows of any information regarding Anne "Annie" Marie Lehman, who was 16 at the time of her disappearance, and her activities in the years of 1970 and 1971, the JCSO asks that you contact Detective Ken Selig at (541) 474-5123, in reference to case #71-940.
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