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MO ST. LOUIS DOE: BF, 8-11, found decapitated in abandoned building in St. Louis, MO - Feb 1983

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  1. WindStorm

    WindStorm Bronze Member

    Namus Case: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/3199

    Doe Network: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/54ufmo.html

    Can You Identify Me? http://canyouidentifyme.org/StLouisMissouriJaneDoeFebruary1983

    From Wikipedia:
    "The St. Louis Jane Doe is an unidentified girl who was found murdered on February 28, 1983 in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri. She has also been nicknamed "Hope" and the "Little Jane Doe."[1] The victim was estimated to be between eight and eleven when she was murdered, presumably by strangulation. The victim had also been decapitated and raped; the brutality of the crime has led to national attention. The head of the Jane Doe has never been located, preventing dental examination and a possibility of a facial reconstruction.[2]



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    Discovery[edit]
    The headless body of an African-American child was found on the afternoon of February 28, 1983 in St. Louis, Missouri.[3] She was believed to have been strangled three to five days earlier and was then disposed of in the basement of an abandoned house, which was found by looters after one lit a cigarette that created enough light to expose the body. She was initially believed to possibly be a prostitute until police had moved her body and discovered she did not have developed breasts, indicating she had not gone through puberty. Further examination was conducted within the next week.[4"

    (snipped) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_Jane_Doe


    Edited by Kimster to add media link: http://www.crimewatchers.net/forum/...now-of-a-little-girl-missing-before-1983.431/
     
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  2. WindStorm

    WindStorm Bronze Member

    -2_21525.50.jpg Little Doe's yellow sweater and red/white nylon rope
     
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    "The African-American girl was estimated to be 8-11 years old. She was well nourished and without sign of any previous abuse.

    An autopsy revealed she had been sexually assaulted and strangled before she was decapitated, probably with a large serrated knife. Because there was little blood at the scene, police speculate she had been killed elsewhere and dumped in the basement a few days before the discovery."

    "The investigation was intensive and exhaustive.

    Burgoon and other detectives scrutinized enrollment and attendance records in the St. Louis public schools and those of surrounding school districts."

    and

    "There were, however, many quirks, twists and promising leads that evaporated over the years. A few of them:

    • An abduction case from Chicago involving a young girl.
    • The recovery of a human skull at a storage rental shed on St. Charles Rock Road.
    • A mental patient convicted of beheading a woman in Alabama and suspected of beheading two women in East St. Louis.
    • The strange tale of a Kansas City insurance investigator who was convinced that Jane Doe was a Chippewa Indian who had relatives in Minnesota; she also said she knew the identity of the killer, a drifter in Texas.
    • A serial killer on death row in Texas; he had murdered a 13-year-old girl and claimed to have committed many other murders across the country including several in Missouri.
    • The case of "Precious Doe," a young unidentified girl found decapitated in Kansas City; the girl was later identified and her mother and the mother's boyfriend were convicted of murderlng the 3-year-old.
    • Burgoon even sat in on a seance in Maplewood, and detectives worked with a psychic in Florida who wanted to touch Jane Doe's yellow sweater. Police sent the psychic the sweater but it was never returned; the psychic said it must have gotten lost in the mail.
    Perhaps the most promising lead in the case is one that has not been discounted, but may never materialize because the suspect is dead.

    In 2005, St. Louis homicide detective Tom Carroll went to the state prison at Bonne Terre to visit a man on Death Row. Carroll said he hoped and prayed that a twice-condemned killer would confess to the Jane Doe case before his execution by the state.

    Vernon Brown was facing execution for strangling 9-year-old Janet Perkins in St. Louis in 1986. He also was under a separate death sentence for killing Synetta Ford, 19, in St. Louis in 1985; her head was nearly severed with a large knife.

    In addition, Brown was charged in Indiana was the killing of a 9-year-old girl in 1980; she was tied, beaten, sexually assaulted and strangled."

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    - See more at: https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/29664/unsolved_murder_jane_doe
     
  4. WindStorm

    WindStorm Bronze Member

    It should be noted that Little Doe's decapitation was unusual as she was cut all the way down to the collar bone, not straight across like you would expect. Her's was more like a "carving". Why? Could she have had a birthmark or mole or other identifying mark on her neck?
     
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  6. WindStorm

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    "Facedown amid the boiler-room rubble lay the headless body of an African-American female. Naked from the waist down, she wore only a yellow V-neck sweater fitted loosely around her torso. Fingers flecked with chipped crimson-red nail polish, her hands were bound behind her back with a strand of red-and-white nylon rope. Between her shoulders, where her neck used to be, there was only a hack-sawed hole."

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    http://www.riverfronttimes.com/2004-12-01/news/the-case-that-haunts/
     
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  9. WindStorm

    WindStorm Bronze Member

    A few YouTube videos dedicated to Little Doe



     
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  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Wow! This case is totally heartbreaking. The only silver lining is that the community buried her and didn't have her cremated so they are able to collect DNA. And people cared to make a grave site and headstone for her just like they did another doe who ended up being Tammy Jo Alexander.
     
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  11. WindStorm

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    The detective that worked on her case never stopped working on it. Even when he passed away, he said he would finally know who she was.
     
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  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    What an honorable man. ♡
     
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  13. Advocate

    Advocate Ask me how to get your loved one in NamUs

    Album on Never Forget Me - MO - St. Louis - Black Female Child Age 8-11, In Basement of Abandoned Bldg., Feb 28, 1983. Approximate height 4'10" and weight 70lbs.

    It has been 33 years since this little angel was found murdered in an abandoned building. Isotope testing done in 2014 suggests she may have lived in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee and the Carolinas.
    The victim a black female believed to be between the ages of 8 and 11 was located in a vacant apartment building on Clemens Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri on February 28, 1983. Two men who were in the basement of the building discovered the young girl. She was lying face-down in the furnace room with her hands tied behind her back with red and white nylon rope. The victim had been sexually assaulted prior to being strangled, which was the cause of her death. The victim's head had been removed with a large-bladed knife after her death. Her head has never been discovered. She had been killed elsewhere and brought to the vacant building after her death. There were no signs of previous abuse on the victim's body. There was no specific features that would give clues as to her identity. The St. Louis authorities have conducted extensive investigations into the victim's identity since 1983 and have received no clear leads. Her murderer(s) remain unknown, although several suspects have been under investigation. No arrests have been made in the case. Authorities believe she was probably from out of state as they checked school records around Missouri very thoroughly. They conducted a nationwide search, including running ads in every Africa-American newspaper and magazine in the country and corresponded with every state police agency.

    Unidentified Black Female Child
    • Located on February 28, 1983 in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri
    • Cause of death was homicide; the victim was strangled.
    • Estimated Date of Death: 5 days prior.

    Vital Statistics
    • Estimated age: 8-11 years old (DOB circa 1972-75).
    • Approximate Height and Weight: 4'10"; 70 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: She was well-nourished. She had no scars, deformities or irregularities. Medium complexion.
    • Clothing: She was wearing a yellow, v-necked, long-sleeved sweater and 2 coats of red and purple fingernail polish.
    • Fingerprints: Available
    • Dentals: Not Available
    • DNA: Available

    Case History The victim was located in a vacant apartment building on Clemens Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri on February 28, 1983. Two men who were in the basement of the building discovered the young girl. She was lying face-down in the furnace room with her hands tied behind her back with red and white nylon rope. The victim had been sexually assaulted prior to being strangled, which was the cause of her death. The victim's head had been removed with a large-bladed knife after her death. Her head has never been discovered. She had been killed elsewhere and brought to the vacant building after her death. There were no signs of previous abuse on the victim's body. There was no specific features that would give clues as to her identity. The St. Louis authorities have conducted extensive investigations into the victim's identity since 1983 and have received no clear leads. Her murderer(s) remain unknown, although several suspects have been under investigation. No arrests have been made in the case. Authorities believe she was probably from out of state as they checked school records around Missouri very thoroughly. They conducted a nationwide search, including running ads in every Africa-American newspaper and magazine in the country and corresponded with every state police agency.

    Investigators If you have any information concerning this young girl's identity or the circumstances surrounding her homicide, please contact: St. Louis Police Department Det Joseph Burgoon 314-615-8619
    Local Contact - St Louis City Med Examiners Office - Rose Psara, RN - Phone 314-622-4975
    NamUs Regional Administrator - Melissa Gregory Email - Melissa.Gregory@unthsc.edu Phone 1-855-626-7600

    NamUs - https://identifyus.org/en/cases/3199
    Doe Network - http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/54ufmo.html
    NCMEC - http://www.missingkids.org/poster/NCMU/1104360/1


    On February 28, 1983 a young female was found deceased in an abandoned building in St. Louis, Missouri. The female had been deceased for under a week prior to being found. Her head was not recovered.

    The female is estimated to be 8-11 years old. She was tall for her age standing approximately 5’05” in height. An anthropological exam revealed that she had spina bifida occulta to her sacrum but how that manifested itself in this child is unknown. The child might not have shown any outward symptoms.

    The female wore red fingernail polish on both hands and was found wearing a long sleeve yellow sweater as depicted above.

    Advanced forensic testing of her bones has also suggested that the female was not originally from the local St. Louis area but possibly spent most of her childhood in the following states: PA, OH, MI, MN, WI, IN, and WV.
    Have information? Call 1-800-843-5678.
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    Research unlocks some secrets about decapitated girl for St. Louis detective - January 21, 2014 12:30 am • By Christine Byers
    ST. LOUIS • Homicide Detective Dan Fox uses the cliché about trying to find a needle in a haystack when talking about identifying a little girl found decapitated in an abandoned apartment building 30 years ago — but, in his mind, the haystack just got a little bit smaller.

    Authorities exhumed the remains of the child last summer after volunteers and detectives spent years trying to find her grave at the defunct and overgrown Washington Park Cemetery in Berkeley.

    Since then, researchers from the University of North Texas and the Smithsonian Institution have examined the child’s remains at the St. Louis Medical Examiner’s Office, testing for DNA as well as for minerals to narrow down the girl’s origins based on the water she drank.

    DNA testing confirmed the profile St. Louis experts already had, but the mineral tests, or stable isotope analysis, revealed the child probably spent most of, if not all of, her life in one of 10 southeastern states: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee and the Carolinas.
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  14. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Came here to check on dates and decided to bump this for little St. Louis doe while I'm here.

    :vigil:
     
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  15. WindStorm

    WindStorm Bronze Member

    I still think possibly her guardian (mom, grandma, aunt...) passed away and she went to her next living relative, who didn't want her (dad, uncle...) and that's why she couldn't be placed in and around St Louis (missing from school, neighbors, etc) and why she wasn't reported missing by the people who knew of her.
     
  16. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    That's the only scenario that makes any sense to me. I'm curious to see what the story will be behind the Allenstown does tomorrow, though. I want to know exactly why those children haven't been identified, too.
     
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  17. guess who

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    Or like Precious Doe aka Erika Green, parents just got custody of her and moved as soon as it happened and gave stories about DCF taking her back.
     
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  18. WindStorm

    WindStorm Bronze Member

    This one has always made me so sad. She's the reason I got involved in these cases. I've seen the crime scene photos (and have some) and they just break my heart. It's always stuck out to me that her decapitation was so unusual....so precise and severe.
     
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  19. Advocate

    Advocate Ask me how to get your loved one in NamUs

    At some point the Smithsonian redid her isotope information. They did this with another case I follow. I don't understand how cases that had a southern result now have a northern result.
    Doe Network has the correct isotope information - http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/54ufmo.html

    New information - Full Anthropology exam and isotope analysis completed by NCMEC and the Smithsonian. Advanced forensic testing of her bones has also suggested that the female was not originally from the local St. Louis area but possibly spent most of her childhood in the following states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, and West Virginia.

    Additional tests showed that the victim may have also been from the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee.

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    Old information -
     
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  20. WindStorm

    WindStorm Bronze Member

    I didn't realize this. That's quite a large area now
     
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