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IL GRUNDY COUNTY JANE DOE: BF, 18-23, found in Seneca, IL - 2 Oct 1976

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  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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  3. Scorpio

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    A Red, White and Black knit sweater was was near the victim
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    A modern day map of the crime scene.
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  7. Sunburst

    Sunburst Bronze Member

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    Red, White and Black knit sweater.
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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Billboard seeks public's help in solving Grundy County's only cold case

    Forty-two years ago, an unidentified young black woman was found dead in a wooded area just west of Morris.

    The case is Grundy County's only cold case. Now an electronic billboard outside the Joliet Regional Airport has a photo of what authorities believe the woman looked like. The caption reads: "The year was 1976. Who was I?"

    "She was found partially clothed, with a gunshot wound to the head," said Grundy County Coroner John Callahan. "It's bothered me, knowing she's someone's daughter, someone's loved one. Her parents are probably deceased, however she could have brothers or sisters or cousins."

    The woman was found Oct. 2, 1976 and there have been no leads.

    The victim was believed to be between 18 to 23 years old. She was 5-feet-7-inches and approximately 150 pounds. She was African American, but Grundy County's population at the time was mostly white which is why authorities suspect she was not a local resident.

    The woman was found in a ditch in an area within a mile from Interstate 80. Officials believe she was dumped there and not where she was murdered.

    Advances in genetic testing and national organizations dedicated to tracking missing people gave Grundy County officials a second chance.

    The first step was getting an accurate picture of what she looked like. Gunshot injuries to the victim's face partially disfigured her, so sketch artists created two renderings they hope to distribute.

    They also used DNA evidence found on a sweater she was wearing to create a profile. That profile is now being used to test against all missing African American women in her age range nationwide from that era.

    "I have a list of 17 females. Of those 17, I feel like four or five of them are potential matches. Two are from Texas. One from Kentucky. One from Washington state," says Grundy County Deputy Coroner Brandon Johnson. "So right now, the DNA is being tested in Texas. Once that's completed they're going to compare our individual from the rest of them and tell us whether or not it's an exclusion or indeed is a match."


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  11. Canucklady

    Canucklady Well-Known Member

    Woman thinks Grundy County cold case victim may be missing sister

    The results of a DNA test could help solve a murder in Grundy County that's been a mystery for more than 40 years.

    By Michelle Gallardo
    Wednesday, October 24, 2018 03:34PM
    GRUNDY COUNTY, Ill. (WLS) --
    The results of a DNA test could help solve a murder in Grundy County that's been a mystery for more than 40 years.

    An unidentified black woman was found dead in a ditch within a mile of Interstate 80 on Oct. 2, 1976. Investigators said she may have ties to Columbus, Mississippi.

    A woman who lives in that town has come forward, saying she thinks the victim is her long-lost sister.

    Lyrian Barry-Stallings has been missing since the 1960s, when she moved to Illinois. Her sister has given a DNA sample for testing.

    The case is Grundy County's only cold case.
  12. Scorpio

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    Here is an article about Lyrian Barry-Stallings with a photograph

    Lyrian Wyvonne Barry is pictured in her Hunt High School graduation photo, circa 1956. Barry disappeared in the summer of 1960. Photo by: Carmen K. Sisson/Dispatch Staff
  13. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Well there's definitely a resemblance there, IMO.
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  14. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Look at those cheekbones! Yes, I think this is strong possibility.
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  15. TmmEye

    TmmEye New Member

    Lyrian was ruled out
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  16. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Podcast to look at '76 Jane Doe case in Grundy County

    The case of an unidentified murder victim, found 42 years ago near Seneca, will be featured on a podcast.

    A woman's body was found Oct. 2, 1976, in a field in Erienna Township near Seneca. She had been shot in the back of her head. The woman was buried in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery in Grundy County, but was exhumed Dec. 18 to see if technology can help identify her.

    Grundy County Coroner John Callahan said Friday the case will be discussed at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 on The Vanished Podcast, which was created in 2016 by Marissa Jones to examine missing person cases. The podcast can be heard via iTunes or at: thevanishedpodcast.com.

    Callahan, Jones and Deputy Coroner Brandon Johnson will speak on the podcast.

    For information about the case, visit grundycountycoldcase on Facebook or Instagram.

    Anyone with information about the case should contact Johnson at: 815-941-3359 or bjohnson@grundyco.org.
  17. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    On the 2nd of October, 1976, a local farmer in unincorporated Seneca, Illinois, stumbled across an unexpected sight in a ditch along U.S. Route 6, around 1.4 miles east of the LaSelle County line in Illinois. It was the deceased body of a young woman. She had been shot once in the back of the head and then dumped in the lonely ditch. She was an African-American woman, estimated to be between 18 and 23 years old with black afro-style hair. The young woman had brown eyes, a scar on her right hip, and a possible birthmark on her lower right abdomen. She stood at approximately 5’7” and weighed 130ls – 150lbs. She was nude and her head had been covered with a green plastic bag bound with electrical tape and wrapped with a red, white and black knit sweater which didn’t have a branded tag but instead, a tag with a handwritten “L.”

    Her autopsy was conducted at the Range Funeral Home by Dr. Ahiuwalia, a pathologist for the Morris Hospital. The results concluded that the woman had been dead for around 24 hours when she was found and that she had died from one shot to the head with a .38-caliber revolver. The bullet entered her head behind the ear and came out of the forehead.1The young woman’s fingerprints were taken and sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as all state crime laboratories in the nation in the hopes that she could be identified. A sketch of what she may have looked like while still alive was featured in a local newspaper. The gunshot injury she sustained had disfigured her so extensively that the sketch was as accurate as it could have been. There was unfortunately very little news coverage of the murder other than one article detailing the discovery and another mentioning her funeral. There were no photographs taken of the scene.

    Investigators on the case believed that the young woman most likely wasn’t from the area because at the time, Grundy County was predominately white. Moreover, they had compared her details to all missing African-American women in the area but came up empty handed. She remained unidentified in the funeral home refrigerator for weeks before being buried in an unmarked grave in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery on Thanksgiving morning. The only two peole in attendance was the then-Coroner, James Reeves, and a representative for the cemetery. The burial followed a Grundy County coroner’s jury verdict: Homicide by an unknown person.

    The case remained cold until 2017, when it was reopened with Grundy County Coroner John Callahan and Deputy Coroner Brandon Johnson working on the case tirelessly. With such an advancement in DNA technology and forensic science, it is hoped that these improvements could help lead to a positive identification of the young woman. In December of 2018, the body of “Grundy County Jane Doe” was exhumed from her unmarked grave in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery so that more DNA testing could be conducted. “We reached a corner with the initial DNA obtained from the victim’s sweater and felt that we stood a better chance of identifying this female by exhuming her and sending bones to The University of North Texas Human Center for Identification in Fort Worth, Texas. The lab specializes in mitochondrial DNA, something more enhanced. We also look forward to using genealogy in the near future,” said Johnson.2 Genealogy has aided in solving 18 cold cases in just the past year, including the infamous Golden State Killer case and the murder of April Tinsley. For a potential match to be made, all it takes is a relative to upload their DNA to one of the many genealogy websites.

    In addition, the office has also been working alongside the Illinois State Police Lab, NamUs, The Doe Network, The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children as well as numerous forensic artists which have created images of how the unidentified woman may have looked while still alive. Since the case has reopened, tips have trickled in. One tip came in from Mississippi when a woman contacted Grundy County Coroners to tell them about their sister who had been missing since the 1960s. When she disappeared, nobody reported her missing. Unfortunately, upon further investigation, it was revealed that Grundy County Jane Doe was not the missing family member as the dates didn’t add up. Another tip came in from Chicago when a mother speculated that the unidentified woman may have been her daughter who she reported missing four decades ago. The mother said when she saw a composite sketch of the victim along with the sweater, she thought the sketch looked similar to her daughter and she thought the sweater looked familiar. However, DNA soon ruled this identification out.
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  18. Sunburst

    Sunburst Bronze Member

    When I was driving to the Midwest last August, I drove through Grundy County. I was thinking of this Jane Doe as I drove, Grundy County is pretty isolated now. I can't imagine how much more desolate it was then. Mile after mile of 2 lane highway, with very few gas stations/ places to eat.
    Jane Doe could easily be from Iowa, Indiana, or Michigan as well as Illinois. How sad that her grave is unmarked.
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  19. The Coffeenator

    The Coffeenator Fluent in crapanese

    DNA Doe Project has taken on Grundy County Jane Doe. Her extraction is complete and shipped off to sequencing lab. Her DoeFundMe has currently raised $485 of the $2,300 goal.

    Link to Grundy County Jane Doe's DoeFundMe -->
  20. Keepingthefaith

    Keepingthefaith New Member

    Big win for the DNA Doe Project and this young woman, whoever she may be.


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