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AZ SYCAMORE CANYON JANE DOE: WF, 20-40, found near Clarkdale, AZ - 14 Aug 1995*Identified*

Discussion in 'Identified!' started by DaisyChains, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    The Doe Network: International Center for Unidentified & Missing Persons
    Case File: 157UFAZ

    The Doe Network
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    Reconstruction of the victim (Charlie Hodges)

    Unidentified Female
    • Date of Discovery: August 14, 1995
    • Location of Discovery: Clarkdale, Yavapai County, Arizona
    • Estimated Date of Death: 6 months prior
    • State of Remains: Skeletal
    • Cause of Death: Unknown

    Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

    • Estimated Age: 20-40 years old
    • Race: White
    • Gender: Female
    • Height: 5'2" to 5'5"
    • Weight: Unknown
    • Hair Color: Brownish-blonde
    • Eye Color: Unknown

    • Distinguishing Marks/Features: She was at or near full term pregnancy. She was wearing a solar shield from recent eye surgery.

    • Dentals: Unknown
    • Fingerprints: Unknown
    • DNA: Unknown
    Clothing & Personal Items
    • Clothing: Gap jeans, a blue hooded sweatshirt, tennis shoes (size 8½), a straw hat, and sunglasses. A blue/green/black Catalina one-piece swim suit was found in a tree near the body.

    • Jewelry: Unknown

    • Additional Personal Items: A purple hair clip was also found.

    Case History
    A mountain climber found the victim's skeletal remains in the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness near Clarkdale. There was no identification found with the body, nor was any backpacking equipment was ever located.

    The trail where the woman was found is ten miles from Clarkdale. No vehicle was located near the beginning of the trail. Police say the area is popular with hikers and follows a creek at the bottom of a canyon. The trail itself is an easy hike, but the general nature of the canyon, off the trail, is extremely rugged. The victim's body was found near the top of a knife-edged ridge, several hundred yards up from the trail. This portion of the canyon is natural wilderness and is difficult terrain for the average hiker, let alone a woman who is nine months pregnant.

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

    • Agency Name: Yavapai County Sheriff's Department
    • Agency Contact Person: N/A

    • Agency Case Number: N/A
    • NCIC Case Number: N/A
    • NamUs Case Number: Not listed
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
    • America's Most Wanted
    • Unsolved in the News Blog
    • AZ Central News Archive

    Return to the Unidentified Victims' Index
    Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team
    Added: 7/22/10; Last Updated: 2/8/15 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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  2. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    One potential interests me greatly:

    Dawn Christine Haines

    Above Images: Haines

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

    • Missing Since: December 22, 1994 from Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Kentucky
    • Classification: Endangered Missing
    • Age: 27
    • Height: 5'5"
    • Weight: 116 lbs.
    • Hair Color: Brown
    • Eye Color: Brown
    • Race: White
    • Gender: Female
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: May have worn glasses. Scar on left cheek.
      Tattoo of heart and rose on left breast. Small roses on outside of ankle around a
      serpent, around a sword. Several piercings in ears, 4 or more piercings.
    • Medical Conditions: Two months pregnant.
    • Clothing: Blue jeans with sweatshirt, white & brown shoes.
    • Jewelry: Garnet earring in upper left ear, 4 others, 1 cupid,
      3 diamonds.
    • Case Number: 95-01-01

    Details of Disappearance
    Haines was last seen on December 22, 1994. She last had contact with a friend during a phonecall at 23.00.
    Her husband told police that the couple had an argument that night, and that Haines called someone to pick her up, packed a small bag and left the house.

    Her family reported her as missing on December 31, after not hearing from her. Foul play is possible.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Hardin County Sheriff’s Department

    Source Information
    Daily News - Jan 6, 1995

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  3. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member



    Authorities in Arizona have been trying to identify a Jane Doe who was found nearly 20 years ago. AMW aired the case in 1999 and 2001.

    On Aug 14, 1995, a mountain climber who was on a canyon trail 10 miles from Clarkdale, Arizona found the skeletal remains of a white female, age 25-40 who was at or close to nine-months into a pregnancy. She was found near the top of of a knife-edged ridge several hundred miles up the trail. That portion of the trail is difficult for the average hiker, let alone someone who is at or near full-term in her pregnancy. No vehicle was located near the start of the trail.

    There are some clues that may help in identifying her. She was determined to have died between the summer of 1994 and Feburary 1995. No cause of death was ever determined, but homicide is likely. A one-piece swimsuit was found near the body in a tree. She was also wearing a pair of solar shield sunglasses. In 1996, a clay reconstruction of the victim's skull was created (shown above).

    Thoughts? The circumstances behind this case are extremely unusual. I'm pretty certain she was murdered or died accidentally but did not walk up this canyon and die by herself. Why she was disposed in such a remote location is also bizarre. The closest city in this region is Flagstaff, Arizona which is where Interstate 40 and 17 meet, going in the directions of Las Vegas, Albuquerque and Phoenix but if someone was looking for a spot to get rid of this woman's body, it's still weird that they would choose this location. And if she was murdered, then who killed her, most likely the father of her child but anything's possible.

    Admin Note #1: According to online articles, if you have any information that may help identify "Sycamore Jane Doe," please call Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232.

    Admin Note #2: If you have news-related updates on this case, please contact us here: amwfans.com/thread/1662/website-contact-form


    Read more: http://amwfans.com/thread/569/sycamore-canyon-jane-arizona-1995#ixzz4gnqnLhis
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  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member



    One of her most haunting cases is the death of a pregnant woman a decade ago in Yavapai County.

    The woman had been dead about a year, trapped at the base of a ravine in Sycamore Canyon.

    She was wearing brand-name clothing: Gap jeans, a solar shield from recent eye surgery and matching everything.

    She was 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 5 inches, and brought along a straw hat, purple hair clip, hooded sweat shirt, size 8 tennis shoes and a day bag.

    Her bathing suit, which was black, green and blue, hung from a tree.

    Recovery workers needed climbing gear to bring out her skeletal remains. And those of her unborn baby.

    Someone had to be looking for her. Fulginiti took the case.

    "A person doesn't go missing at nine months," Fulginiti said.

    Fulginiti plays out all sorts of scenarios in her head. Perhaps the baby's father abandoned her in the canyon. Maybe she couldn't climb out. The swimsuit hanging in the tree might have been a signal for help.

    All these years later, the woman's remains are among the unidentified stored in her office mausoleum.
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  5. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    On the fifth anniversary of the discovery of a Mystery Death in the Arizona Wilderness, authorities renew pleas for help identifying the victim. 'Five years ago, a woman's skeleton was found on a steep, rocky mountainside in a pocket of wilderness so remote that only a dozen hikers visit it each year. The woman had been nine months pregnant, ready to give birth. Authorities say she was certainly in no shape to handle the exertion of what would have been a strenuous hike for even an athletic person.

    The remains were several hundred yards from the nearest trail, which itself is only
    accessible by four-wheel vehicle. The terrain is rugged, made up of red rock and juniper trees. A rescue team had to fly in by helicopter "We suspect that she went hiking with her boyfriend or husband, probably the father of the child, and he ducked out on her and left her there," Diffendaffer said. "She didn't have any idea how to get out on her own and ended up getting lost, probably dying of exposure."
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  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member



    Cold Case File: 'Sycamore Jane Doe'
    Thursday, March 05, 2009

    On Aug. 14, 1995, the decomposed body of a woman was found in a remote area of Sycamore Canyon, known as the Blue Hole, about 2.5 miles from the trail head. The hiker who discovered the remains said he climbed to a high ridge and while looking down into the canyon he noticed the remains below on a ridge above the canyon floor. Detectives from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office removed the remains and other clothes and belongings around the body.

    A Ranger helicopter lifted out the remains and investigators surveyed the surrounding area for a campsite but found no other leads.

    The remains were taken to the Maricopa medical examiner in Phoenix. It was determined the victim was a white woman between 30 and 40 years old. She would have been about 5-foot-5 and had brownish-blonde hair. The investigation also reveled the victim was pregnant and at or near-full term.

    In 1996 a clay reconstruction of the victim's skull was created.

    The clothing found in the area included a blue-hooded sweatshirt, "GAP" jeans, a size-14 blue, green and black one-piece swim suit, a straw hat, a pair of "Delaney Eye Clinic Solar Shield" sun glasses and a pair of "Prowing" size 8-and-a-half tennis shoes. The medical examiner determined that "Sycamore Jane Doe" had been dead from six months to a year when found.

    Investigators believe the victim was not accustomed to hiking and was not dressed for the rugged country.

    If you have any information that may help identify "Sycamore Jane Doe," please call Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232.
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  7. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member



    Police need help on cold case
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    Thursday, March 05, 2009

    Police are asking for the public's help in solving a 1995 case in which a hiker found a woman's decomposed body in a remote area of Sycamore Canyon known as Blue Hole.

    The hiker discovered the remains on Aug. 14, 1995, while standing on a high ridge looking down into the canyon, according to a Yavapai Silent Witness press release.

    The remains were on a steep ridge above the canyon floor.

    The Maricopa County Medical Examiner in Phoenix said the woman was white, between 30 and 40 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and would have had brownish blonde hair.

    The woman was pregnant and was near or at full term, the release said.

    Clothing found in the area included a blue hooded sweatshirt, Gap-brand jeans, a size 14 blue, green and black one-piece swimsuit, a straw hat and a pair of Delaney Eye Clinic Solar Shield sunglasses along with a pair of Pro-Wing-brand size 8 tennis shoes.

    The woman police are calling Sycamore Jane Doe had been dead from 6 months to a year.

    Investigators think the woman was not accustomed to hiking and was not dressed to be in such rugged country.

    In 1996, a member of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office made a clay reconstruction of the victim's skull.

    Anyone with information on the case should call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. Callers do not have to give a name.
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  8. Kimster

    Kimster Administrator Staff Member

    What an intriguing case! I'm really surprised that with all the media coverage, she still hasn't been identified.
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  9. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    She was nine months pregnant. Someone must have known her.
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  10. Kimster

    Kimster Administrator Staff Member

    And known her quite intimately!
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