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WI RACINE DOE: WF, 18-30, found in cornfield, WI - July 1999 *GRAPHIC**Peggy Johnson*

Discussion in 'Identified!' started by Kimster, Apr 30, 2015.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  2. Advocate

    Advocate Ask me how to get your loved one in NamUs

    A gal named Shelly was at WS in March saying she thought Racine was her maternal 1/2 sister Erin. She logged in 2 days ago saying she had a DNA test that confirmed the match but for some reason LE did not want to announce the match. I believe it had something to do with who would get credit for solving the case. She got an attorney. She said semen was found, LE had a DNA match 10 years ago but did not prosecute.
  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Sounds pretty fishy to me! is the original detective still on the scene? Is he going to have to answer to the public for not following through in the beginning?
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  4. Advocate

    Advocate Ask me how to get your loved one in NamUs

    I'm not sure. I follow her but she's not one of my main cases. LE have said they did not share everything
  5. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    perhaps the killer is still alive and police don't want him knowing that they have the missing pieces and can track this UIDs movements finally? Ive always wondered if this girl was murdered by her father or a relative. Perhaps it is for the sisters protection that the match is not released publicly?

    im still convinced that there are many UID who have been matched, but b/c the case is ongoing after the match is discovered the match is not made public.
  6. spike

    spike Bronze Member

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  7. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member



    The unidentified female found deceased in a corn field in Racine, #Wisconsin in 1999 may be from Canada.

    Chemical isotope testing performed by the Smithsonian on a sample of her hair and bone suggest she may originally have been from or spent several years of her life in Alaska, Montana, or portions of southern #Canada.

    While Racine county authorities are expanding their search into missing females from those regions they are still open to receiving any leads the public may have on who this female may be.

    Link to her poster: https://goo.gl/4zuQm2

    Please call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST if you have any information that could help identify this female.

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  8. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member


    An autopsy indicated that she had died from multiple injuries, such as burning and beating, and had endured several weeks of neglect and abuse, which had increased a few days before she died. She showed signs of having been malnourished and sexually abused. A "cauliflower ear" deformity may have been caused by the abusive conditions in which she lived.

    The malnourished woman may have been mentally disabled. She had a "cauliflower ear" deformity, which likely resulted from abuse. It is believed that she was most likely 18 to 30 years old, although she may have been up to 35. Her teeth were not well cared for. Her front incisors protruded from the mouth, and decay was present on many teeth. Some teeth were missing. Her curly hair was reddish-brown, collar-length, and appeared to have blond highlights. Her eyes were either brown, green, or hazel. There were two earrings in each of her ears.

    She had visible bruises and cuts across her body, and a fractured nose.She wore a gray man's shirt with a floral design on the front. After contacting the shirt's manufacturer, it was learned that this type of shirt was first sold in 1984. She was also wearing black sweatpants. She was not wearing shoes.
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    Reinterred after they exhumed her body in October 2013. I hope one day soon she will have her name back, so her loved ones can say goodbye to her.

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    Racine County Jane Doe

    Racine County Jane Doe was a young woman who was found murdered in July 1999. She has been nicknamed "Crystal Rae." Her case is very conspicuous with unidentified persons in this country.

    It is possible that the victim was intellectually disabled, as she appeared to have a small brain cavity in the skull. She had been beaten and tortured for several weeks and possibly was starved during her ordeal.

    Her body was dumped near a corn field and found within hours.

    Racine County Jane Doe


    Sex Female
    Race White
    Location Raymond, Wisconsin
    Found July 21, 1999
    Unidentified for 17 years
    Postmortem interval 24 hours
    Body condition Recognizable face
    Age approximation 18-35
    Height approximation 5'8
    Weight approximation 120 pounds
    Cause of death Beating
  15. Akoya

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  16. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Wow! It was kind of them to have such a nice casket and flowers in her memory. That's not always done. In fact, some unidentified in the Los Angeles area were cremated together decades ago. :tears:
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  17. Scorpio

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    Forensic isotope analysis points cold case investigation north to Canada

    The old saying "You are what you eat" might hold the clue to unraveling the mysterious identity of a woman found dead nearly two decades ago in Wisconsin, who may have been raised in Canada.

    The young woman's body was discovered on the edge of a cornfield near Racine, Wis., by a man walking his dog on July 21, 1999, according to Caroline Schweitzer, supervisor of forensic services with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Virginia.

    "She had only been there less than 24 hours," Schweitzer said. "She was facially recognizable — if somebody saw her picture they would know who she was."

    The woman had many distinguishing features, including curly red-brown hair, ears pierced twice, and a Western shirt embroidered with red flowers she was wearing.

    But despite that, nobody came forward to identify her.

    And from the beginning there were deeply troubling signs about her origins: Her teeth were in very poor condition and her slight body was obviously malnourished.

    But even more alarming was the extensive physical abuse that appeared to have taken place over several weeks before her death.

    "When she was discovered, she was obviously beaten and horrifically tortured prior to her death," said lead investigator Tracy Hintz, with the Racine County Sheriff's Office.

    And that led investigators to the conclusion that she might have been held against her will for some time before she was beaten and left for dead.

    Stable isotope analysis points northward
    Over the years, Hintz and others searched multiple U.S. missing-persons databases, and used facial reconstruction software to create photographs, posters and Facebook posts.

    But they were never able to crack the case of the woman known only as Jane Doe 1999.

    Three years ago, they even exhumed her remains for DNA testing but still came up empty-handed.

    "We have her DNA, but if we don't know who she is, we are kind of stuck," said Hintz.

    So the decision was made to send fragments of her bone and hair to researchers at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., for a process called stable isotope analysis.

    Anthropologists have used stable isotope analysis for years to track the migrations of ancient humans. Criminal investigators also use it to trace the origins of explosives and drugs.

    And increasingly in cases like this one, it is used to try to determine the origin of unidentified individuals.

    No perfect matches

    But unlike DNA analysis, which can provide a near perfect match with an individual, stable isotope analysis cannot identify people.

    What it can reveal instead are subtle clues about diet, geography and movements of a person in the months and years before their death.

    It does this by using a device called a mass spectrometer, which measures variations in the molecular level of elements such as oxygen, nitrogen, carbon and hydrogen that are absorbed into our bones, teeth and hair from the food and water we consume.

    "Basically, you are what you eat," says Hintz. "Those stable isotopes stay in different parts of your body as you grow." And, she explains, the levels of these various isotopes will vary depending on where you live in the world.

    In the case of Jane Doe 1999, those clues led investigators to expand their search area far wider than before.

    What they learned was that the young woman, who they believed to be between the ages of 15 and 30, may have been from, or spent several years in, somewhere within a broad stretch of southern Canada between British Columbia and Newfoundland, or possibly even parts of the western U.S. such as Alaska or Montana.

    Tips are pouring in
    While the new clues expanded the search area to a huge swath of new territory, they also helped investigators refocus on new sources for clues.

    Hintz had hoped to receive tips from people north of the border — and they started pouring in after this information was released, she said.

    "Yes, I have been very busy," she said Tuesday morning. "[The tips] are all appreciated. They can lead to something or lead to ruling something out."

    Hintz says while it will take a long time to prioritize the new tips, and run down every clue, the cold case is one she is devoted to cracking one day.

    "If it is a sleepless night at home, I will pull out this case and work on it from there," she said.

    "This is why I came back to the detective bureau. I specifically asked for this case because she deserves more than this, no matter who she was or where she lived."

    Ultimately Hintz has two goals. The first is identifying the young woman found battered and left for dead on the side of the road nearly two decades ago, and give her back a name.

    "The other is to bring those who are responsible for this to justice," Hintz said.

    Anyone with a tip is asked to call 1-800-843-5678 or contact Hintz directly at (262) 636-3190.
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  18. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    So she may have been Canadian? We'll add that to the media gallery! Thanks, @Scorpio !
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  19. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Jane Doe could have connections to Montana


    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is asking for the public's help in identifying a Jane Doe who could have ties to Montana.

    The unidentified body was found in 1999 in Racine, Wisconsin. Officials recently discovered that the victim was either from or spent time in Montana, Alaska, and southern portions of Canada, all thanks to some chemical isotope testing at the Smithsonian.

    The Center has released a composite image to give an idea of what the victim looked like, and the shirt she is wearing in the composite is the same one her body was found wearing.

    She is believed to be between 18-30 years old, 5'7" tall, and weighed about 120 lbs. She had curly, reddish brown hair with highlights throughout.

  20. Redrover

    Redrover Well-Known Member

    For some reason with this doe, I get a vibe that she was living with someone who was taking care of her in order to collect her disability checks. After her death, they continued to collect her disability. I understand that there is no concrete proof that she was disabled, just a hunch by LE...
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