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LA RAPIDES PARISH JANE DOE: WF, 15-19, found in Rapides Parish, LA - 5 November 1980 *Donna Brazzell*

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  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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  2. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/1879

    Case Information
    Status Unidentified
    Case number LSU 80-05
    Date found November 05, 1980 00:00
    Date created June 02, 2008 15:22
    Date last modified February 07, 2017 12:01
    Investigating agency
    date QA reviewed June 03, 2008 05:00

    Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
    Agency LSU FACES Laboratory
    Phone 225-578-3906
    Case Manager
    Name Ginesse Listi
    Phone 228-578-3906

    Exclusions
    The following people have been ruled out as being this decedent:
    First Name Last Name Year of Birth State LKA
    Patricia Action 1953 Florida
    Kristy Booth 1960 Texas
    Sandra Butler 1962 Nevada
    Carla Corley 1965 Alabama
    Kimberly Doss 1962 Florida
    Rachael Garden 1964 New Hampshire
    Sandra Hopler 1955
    Deborah McCall 1963 Illinois
    Deborah McCall 1963 Illinois
    Audrey Nerenberg 1958 New York
    Jane Puckett 1971 Virginia
    Laureen Rahn 1966 New Hampshire
    Carol Roberts 1958 Florida
    Mary Rodermund 1962 Louisiana
    Cheryl Scherer 1959 Missouri
    Eddy Segall 1950 New Hampshire
    Mary Shinn 1953 Arkansas
    Jennifer Wyant 1958 Tennessee
    April Zane 1960 Illinois
     
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  3. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/1879

    NamUs UP # 1879
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    ME/C Case Number: LSU 80-05
    Rapides County, Louisiana
    15 to 19 year old White Female

    Case Report - NamUs UP # 1879
    Case Information

    Status Unidentified
    Case number LSU 80-05
    Date found November 05, 1980 00:00
    Date created June 02, 2008 15:22
    Date last modified February 07, 2017 12:01
    Investigating agency
    date QA reviewed June 03, 2008 05:00

    Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
    Agency LSU FACES Laboratory
    Phone 225-578-3906
    Case Manager
    Name Ginesse Listi
    Phone 228-578-3906

    Demographics
    Estimated age Adult - Pre 20
    Minimum age 15 years
    Maximum age 19 years
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Weight (pounds) , Cannot Estimate
    Height (inches) 63, Measured
    Body Parts Inventory (Check all that apply)
    One or more limbs not recovered
    One or both hands not recovered
    Body conditions
    Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton
    Probable year of death 1980 to 1980
    Estimated postmortem interval 2 Months

    Circumstances
    Location Found
    GPS coordinates
    Address 1
    Address 2
    City
    State Louisiana
    Zip code
    County Rapides
    Circumstances
    Found in a partially wooded rural area in Rapides Parish, LA.

    Physical
    Hair color Brown
    Head hair
    medium length and brown

    Left eye color Unknown or Missing
    Right eye color Unknown or Missing
    Eye description
    unknown
    No other distinctive body features

    Fingerprints
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Footwear
    Pair of grey cotton socks found near body.


    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    DNA
    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    Images
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    Facial/case ID
    Public viewable
    Computer-enhanced facial reconstruction.
     
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  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/65ufla.html

    Case File: 65UFLA
    The Doe Network

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    Artistic renderings of the victim

    Unidentified Female
    • Date of Discovery: November 5, 1980
    • Location of Discovery: Rapides Parish, Louisiana
    • Estimated Date of Death: 2 months to 1 or more years prior
    • State of Remains: Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton
    • Cause of Death: Unknown

    Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

    • Estimated Age: 15-19 years old
    • Race: White
    • Gender: Female
    • Height: 5'0" to 5'5"
    • Weight: Unknown
    • Hair Color: Brown, shoulder-length.
    • Eye Color: Unknown

    • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unfused metopic suture (fibrous joint, cranial suture between adjacent developing bones of the skull - this suture begins at nose and runs superiorly to meet sagittal suture and fuses in early childhood before all other cranial sutures).

    • Dentals: Available. Third molars are impacted. Amalgam fillings noted on teeth #3(O), 14(O), 19(OB) and 30(OB).
    • Fingerprints: Not available.
    • DNA: Available in CODIS.
    Clothing & Personal Items
    • Clothing: A pair of gray cotton or wool socks were found near the remains.

    • Jewelry: Unknown

    • Additional Personal Items: Unknown

    Case History
    A hunter found the victim's partial skeletal remains, along with skeletal remains of a dog, in a wooded area off Nichols Cemetery Road, about a quarter of a mile off Highway 28 West near Gardner.

    The dog had been shot. Investigators found who had shot the dog but did not know if the dog belonged to the victim. They were not able to establish the victim's cause of death, but do believe she was dumped at the location.

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


    • Agency Name: LSU FACES Lab
    • Agency Contact Person: Dr. Ginesse Listi
    • Agency Phone Number: 225-578-3906
    • Agency Name: Rapides Parish Sheriff's Department
    • Agency Contact Person: N/A
    • Agency Phone Number: 318-473-6700
    • Agency Case Number: LSU 80-05
    • NCIC Case Number: N/A
    • NamUs Case Number: UP #1879
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
     
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  5. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://unidentified.wikia.com/wiki/Rapides_Parish_Jane_Doe_(1980)

    Rapides Parish Jane Doe (1980)

    Rapides Parish Jane Doe was a teenage female whose partial skeleton was found in a wooded area in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.

    Case

    The Jane Doe was found within months or years after she died from an unknown cause. Skeletal remains of a dog were found at the scene, along with wool gloves and some hair. A man stated he had shot the dog but was not aware of the victim's presence at the scene.

    Rapides Parish Jane Doe

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    Sex Female
    Race White
    Location Rapides Parish,
    Louisiana
    Found November 5, 1980
    Unidentified for 36 years
    Postmortem interval 2 months - 2.5 years
    Body condition Skeletal
    Age approximation 15 - 19
    Height approximation 5' - 5'5
    Cause of death Undetermined(
     
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    The Jane Doe was found within months or years after she died from an unknown cause. Skeletal remains of a dog were found at the scene, along with wool gloves and some hair. A man stated he had shot the dog but was not aware of the victim's presence at the scene.

    This is crazy.
     
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    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSvcid=559314&GRid=156041395&

    Jane "Rapides Parish, Louisiana" Doe

    Birth: unknown
    Death: Nov. 5, 1980
    Rapides Parish
    Louisiana, USA
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    Rapides Parish Jane Doe

    On November 5, 1980, the partial skeleton of a young white female was found by a hunter in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. The victim, aged fifteen to nineteen, was approximately five feet to five feet five inches tall; her weight could not be estimated. She had received dental care, as some fillings were found in the teeth of the skull. The skeleton of a dog was also found near the Jane Doe, but it is not possible to confirm if it was hers. A local man stated he had shot the dog but did not know of the victim's presence at the scene. A pair of gray, cotton wool socks were the only clothing found at the scene. Shoulder-length brown hair was also found near the body, which was presumed to be the victim's. Her remains may have been at the location from two months to two and a half years and one or both of her hands and limbs were never found. Her cause of death has never been determined.

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    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_...ted_States#Rapides_Parish_Jane_Doe_.281980.29

    Rapides Parish Jane Doe (1980)[edit]

    On November 5, 1980, the partial skeleton of a young white female was found by a hunter in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. The victim, aged fifteen to nineteen, was approximately five feet to five feet five inches tall (152–165 cm); her weight could not be estimated. She had received dental care, as some fillings were found in the teeth of the skull. The skeleton of a dog was also found near the Jane Doe, but it is not possible to confirm if it was hers. A local man stated he had shot the dog but did not know of the victim's presence at the scene. A pair of gray, cotton wool socks were the only clothing found at the scene. Shoulder-length brown hair was also found near the body, which was presumed to be the victim's. Her remains may have been at the location from two months to two and a half years and one or both of her hands and limbs were never found. Her cause of death has never been determined.
     
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  10. Akoya

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    A hunter found the victim's partial skeletal remains, along with skeletal remains of a dog, in a wooded area off Nichols Cemetery Road, about a quarter of a mile off Highway 28 West near Gardner.


    Gardner, Louisiana

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    Louisiana Highway 28

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    spike Bronze Member

    That is one of the most isolated, scary parts of the world.
    She honestly could have come from anywhere.
    I used to travel I-10 to Hwy. 49 up to Shreveport, I-20 to Dallas by myself.
    That was in the late 90s and there was NOTHING. Nowhere to stop, nothing.
    Terrifying to imagine what may have happened here.
     
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    Akoya Bronze Member



    One of my best friends is from New Orleans. We drove on I-49 to I-20, through that area, when we made trips to visit her family. I comprehend exactly what you are saying.

    I think it's just bizarre that a hunter admitted shooting the dog, but did not remember the girl.
     
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  15. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Why in the world did he shoot the dog in the first place? It's not just crazy, it's hinky!
     
  16. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    https://www.kplctv.com/2019/08/19/two-arrests-made-decades-old-rape-homicide-cold-case-louisiana/

    Two arrests made in decades-old rape, homicide cold case in Louisiana

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    RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KPLC) - Authorities believe they have solved a cold case that dates to 1980.


    Skeletal remains were found in a wooded area near Nichols Cemetery Road and La. 28 in the Gardner area on Nov. 5, 1980, according to information from the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office.

    Skeletal remains were found in a wooded area near Nichols Cemetery Road and La. 28 in the Gardner area on Nov. 5, 1980, according to information from the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office.

    The investigation was originally assigned to Det. William E. Hilton. His investigation reviewed missing persons reports in the Rapides Parish area as well as surrounding states and was assisted by the LSU FACES Lab. It was the FACES Lab that was able to determine that the victim was a white female between 16 and 21. It also determined that her body had been in the elements at least two months. The FACES Lab documented a DNA profile and reconstructed a likeness of the victim, which was shared on missing person’s websites.

    But a positive identification was unable to be made and the case became cold. The Sheriff’s Office says it received new information in 2014, though, and Leo Laird, 64, and Gary Joseph Haymon, 54, both of Oakdale, were identified as suspects.

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    In July 2019, the body was positively identified as Donna Gayle Brazzell, a resident of the Alexandria/Pineville area who was around 18 at the time of her death.

    Authorities have not said what ties Laird and Haymon to the case, but says “sufficient probable cause was established” to issue arrest warrants for the men. Both were arrested on counts of first-degree murder, first-degree rape and aggravated kidnapping.

    Laird, who would have been in his 20s at the time of the alleged crime, was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on on Aug. 14. He is being held on $1 million bond.

    Haymon, who would have been in his teens, is currently serving a 49-year sentence for other convictions: second-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and public bribery. His projected released date is in 2047. Haymon, who is imprisoned at the Avoyelles Correctional Center, will be booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on the new allegations.

    Rapides Parish authorities say the investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.
     
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  17. KareBear

    KareBear Well-Known Member

    So glad she has been identified! I would not have thought that to be a match, mostly because of the wide jawbone in the recreation image.
     
  18. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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    A hunter found the victim's partial skeletal remains, along with skeletal remains of a dog, in a wooded area off Nichols Cemetery Road, about a quarter of a mile off Highway 28 West near Gardner.

    Body conditions
    Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton



    Considering the condition of her remains when she was found, I think it's an excellent match.
     
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  19. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Same here! I think anyone that knew her might be able to put two and two together. Aww
     
  20. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Did anyone ever see Donna listed as missing anywhere?
     
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