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WI VERNON COUNTY JANE DOE: WF, 50-63, found with hands removed in WI - 4 May 1984 *GRAPHIC*

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  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    Vernon County Jane Doe

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    Forensic facial reconstruction of the Vernon County Jane Doe
    Born: Approx. 1919–1934
    Status: Unidentified for 32 years, 4 months and 1 day
    Died: May 3, 1984 (aged 50 to 65)
    Westby, Vernon County, Wisconsin, United States
    Cause of death: Homicide by blunt force trauma
    Body discovered: May 4, 1984
    Resting place: Viroqua Cemetery, Vernon County, Wisconsin
    Known for: Unidentified victim of homicide
    Height: Between 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
    and 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
    Weight: 150 lb (68 kg)

    Vernon County Jane Doe:
    is an American murder victim whose body was found on May 4, 1984. Her identity remains unknown. Her hands had been removed, probably to prevent identification by means of fingerprinting.

    The case has been heavily investigated since discovery of the body, with no progress toward finding either her identity or her murderer.

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  2. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon_County_Jane_Doe

    Discovery of the body

    The body was found on the night of May 4, 1984, near the town of Westby, Wisconsin at 11:15. It was found by three teenagers within 24 to 48 hours after her death. There was extensive damage to the victim's head, which left her face unrecognizable until mortuary procedures were conducted. After the case was broadcast on the news, a couple stated that they had seen a suspicious man near the location. He was returning to the driver's seat of a yellow car, believed to be a 1982 Datsun. When police went to the spot, they found tire tracks from a hasty U-turn. A broken denture, blood, and a man's watch were also found there. Because of this evidence, is believed that she was killed at another location alongside the same road, and that her body was then taken to the location where she was found.

    The victim had been murdered, as she suffered blunt force injury to her head, which had broken her jaw, an eye socket and the pair of dentures that she was wearing. There was also sharp-force trauma to the left side of the head, near the ear. Her hands had been removed, most likely to prevent identification through fingerprint matching.

    Description and clothing
    Vernon County Jane Doe was a white woman between 50 and 65 years old. She had graying brown hair, presumed to have been done in a perm. She was 5 feet 5 to 5 feet 6 inches (approximately 170 cm). She did not appear to have any unique physical features. She weighed 150 pounds (68 kg) and had worn dentures, probably those that were found with her body. The dentures, missing two teeth, had both raised and indented numbers upon them, believed to be serial numbers. Despite this, investigators have stated that serial numbers for the given product were not assigned to specific recipients, which would not yield clues to the victim's identity.

    She was wearing a multicolored coat, a black dress decorated with a blue-and-white paisley print, a blue turtleneck sweater, and nylon stockings. The brand labels of the clothing had been removed. There were distinctive buttons on her clothes; these had unique stitching.
     
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  3. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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    Jane Doe's clothing


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    Dress and coat

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    Shoe
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    Mirror image upside down (as would have been carved in the stone cast). It is believed to most likely be the 289 instead of this 682.
     
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    Scorpio Bronze Member

  5. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/vicap/unidentified-persons/jane-doe-32
    Age: 50 to 63 years old
    Hair: Brown/Graying
    Eyes: Blue
    Height: 5'5"
    Weigh:t 150 pounds
    Sex: Female
    Race: White
    Details:

    The victim was located on May 4, 1984, dumped along Old Line Road approximately six miles from Westby, Wisconsin. The perpetrator made no attempt to hide the body. A yellow, two-door compact vehicle was seen in the vicinity. The victim was wearing dentures with the numbers 420 or 4-20 inscribed and 289 in raised lettering.

    Submit a Tip:
    If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.
     
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  6. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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    Scorpio Bronze Member

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  8. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.news8000.com/news/catching-her-killer-new-possible-lead-in-jane-doe-case/20010074

    Catching her killer: New possible lead in Jane Doe case
    Author: Pauleen Le, ple@wkbt.com
    Published On: May 03 2013 06:42:30 PM CDT

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    VERNON CO., Wis. -

    It's what some say is as close as it gets to a perfect murder.

    • In 1984, a woman’s body was found brutally beaten on the side of a county road near Westby.

    Investigators are working on a new tip that could be the one needed to catch her killer.

    Saturday marks the 29th anniversary of her murder.

    To this day, 29 years later, she still remains a Jane Doe.

    The Vernon County Sheriff’s Department said the homicide rate in the county is virtually nonexistent.

    “I'm just surprised that someone out there doesn't know who she is,” said Sheriff John Spears of the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department.

    On the night of May 4, 1984, three teenagers found a woman's body off Old Line Road near Westby.


    Investigators are still waiting for the DNA results to come back to see if the two women are related or if it's a tip they need to rule out.

    In the meantime, they still need the public's help.

    This is the most up-to-date information we have on Jane Doe:

    Investigators said Jane Doe was in her 50s to mid 60s when she was found.

    She had brownish grey colored hair with blue eyes.

    She was about 5 feet and a half-inch tall and weighed around 150 pounds.

    Anyone with tips or information should contact the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department at 608-637-2123.

     
  9. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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  10. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    www.swnews4u.com

    Investigator Matt Sutton and Lt. Investigator Scott Bjerkos of the Vernon County Sheriff's Department seal the coffin of “Jane Doe” at the Viroqua Cemetery .


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  11. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://lacrossetribune.com/vernonbr...cle_7cc1aa23-8551-5772-9d25-329833e17132.html

    New forensic drawing released of Vernon County's 1984 Jane Doe
    Matt Johnson matt.johnson@lee.net Dec 16, 2015


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    The Vernon County Sheriff’s Department released an updated drawing of Jane Doe, a woman who was bludgeoned to death and left along a county roadside in May of 1984.

    A forensic reconstruction artist at Arizona State University used measurements of the skull to create an accurate likeness.

    “This is a very effective tool and this is the most accurate image that can be sought in this investigation,” Vernon County Lt. Investigator Scott Bjerkos said. “We hope that getting this to the public before the holidays, when people gather together, will lead to people being more thoughtful about their recollections and help us identify her.”


    Three youths driving on Old Line Road four miles west of Westby came across Jane Doe’s body lying by the side of the gravel road, May 4, 1984, at 11:15 p.m. They drove to a nearby farm and reported it to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department.

    The body was found without its hands, which had been cut from the body and were not recovered.

    Despite television reports of the murder at the time, no definitive information came forward regarding the woman, aged between 50 and 65, who had few distinguishing marks.

    Authorities believe whoever dumped her body was almost seen by witnesses during an earlier attempt to dump the body the same night. Somehow, the perpetrator avoided a close call.

    Since Jane Doe’s burial, several attempts have been made to revive the case in the media to find just one person who recognizes the facial reconstruction photo or circumstances regarding the case.

    In 2012, local law enforcement made a push to get the story into media in the areas or Rochester, Minn.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Eau Claire, Wis.; and Madison, Wis. Jane Doe’s body was dumped just off U.S. Hwy. 14 and it wouldn’t be a difficult task for someone to drive the body from a larger metropolitan area and dump it in rural Vernon County.

    In August, Jane Doe’s body was exhumed and DNA is still being tested by the University of North Texas, Bjerkos said.

    With all of the DNA profiles that have been gathered since testing started in earnest over the past 20 years, it’s hoped a possible match or partial match of Jane Doe’s DNA, or evidence from her body, can provide more clues.



     
  12. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://identifyus.org/cases/4786

    NamUs UP # 4786
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    ME/C Case Number: 324-84
    Vernon County, Wisconsin
    50 to 63 year old White Female


    Case Information
    Status Unidentified
    Case number 324-84
    Date found May 04, 1984 00:00
    Date created January 22, 2009 00:00
    Date last modified April 04, 2016 10:22
    Investigating agency
    date QA reviewed June 06, 2011 09:00

    Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
    Agency Vernon Cnty Coroners Ofc
    Phone 608-637-5284
    Case Manager
    Name Lori Bruski
    Phone 817-718-7904

    Exclusions
    The following people have been ruled out as being this decedent:
    First Name Last Name Year of Birth State LKA
    Audrey Backeberg 1942 Wisconsin
    Elizabeth Rogers 1931 North Carolina
     
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  13. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://identifyus.org/cases/4786

    NamUs UP # 4786
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    ME/C Case Number: 324-84
    Vernon County, Wisconsin
    50 to 63 year old White Female


    Case Report - NamUs UP # 4786
    Case Information

    Status Unidentified
    Case number 324-84
    Date found May 04, 1984 00:00
    Date created January 22, 2009 00:00
    Date last modified April 04, 2016 10:22
    Investigating agency
    date QA reviewed June 06, 2011 09:00

    Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
    Agency Vernon Cnty Coroners Ofc
    Phone 608-637-5284
    Case Manager
    Name Lori Bruski
    Phone 817-718-7904

    Demographics
    Estimated age Adult
    Minimum age 50 years
    Maximum age 63 years
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Weight (pounds) 150, Estimated
    Height (inches) 65, Estimated
    Body Parts Inventory (Check all that apply)
    All parts recovered
    Head not recovered
    Torso not recovered
    One or more limbs not recovered
    One or both hands not recovered
    Body conditions
    Recognizable face
    Probable year of death to 1984
    Estimated postmortem interval

    Circumstances
    Location Found
    GPS coordinates
    Address 1 Old Lane Road
    Address 2
    City Westby
    State Wisconsin
    Zip code
    County Vernon
    Circumstances
    Body found along rural gravel road. Both hands were severed at the wrist and have not been located.
    A yellow two door compact vehicle was seen in the vicinity.

    Physical
    Hair color Brown
    Head hair
    Brown - Hair is graying near temples.
    Body hair

    Facial hair

    Left eye color Blue
    Right eye color Blue
    Eye description


    Fingerprints
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Clothing and Accessories
    No clothing or accessories
    Clothing and accessories are described below
    Clothing on body
    Brown and blue plaid jacket (with pink/purple lining), black and blue dress, tan loafer shoes
    Clothing with body

    Footwear

    Jewelry
    Men's quartz SEIKO watch model 8620 0019 serial number 5498
    Eyewear

    Other items found
    with body
    Upper dentures with numbers 420 or 4-20 inscribed and 289 in raised lettering.

    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    DNA
    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete
     
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  14. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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  15. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://doenetwork.org/cases/261ufwi.html

    The Doe Network: International Center for Unidentified & Missing PersonsCase File: 261UFWI


    The Doe Network

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    Unidentified Female
    • Date of Discovery: May 4, 1984
    • Location of Discovery: Westby, Vernon County, Wisconsin
    • Estimated Date of Death: 24 to 48 hours prior
    • State of Remains: Unknown
    • Cause of Death: Blunt force trauma to the head




    Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate


    • Estimated Age: 50-63 years old
    • Race: White
    • Gender: Female
    • Height: 5'5" to 5'6"
    • Weight: 150 lbs.
    • Hair Color: Tinted brown with streaks of gray at the temples. She may have had a permanent shortly before her death.
    • Eye Color: Blue


    • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Toenails were left untrimmed with nails having a hooked appearance. Vertical abdominal scar (43/4") along her midline. Blood type O postive.


    • Dentals: Available. Full dentures with the following numbers on tissue side of upper denture - 420 inscribed with a burr tip instrument - 289 in raised lettering on denture when made at dental laboratory. Poor hygiene.
    • Fingerprints: Not available. Hands not recovered.
    • DNA: Available - mtDNA.
    Clothing & Personal Items
    • Clothing: Brown/tan/black/turquoise plaid 3/4 length coat lined in pink/purple, blue and white dress with a large paisley print pattern on a black background, light blue turtleneck top, nylons rolled just above the knees, and tan slip-on shoes (size 8 1/2). The coat and dress appear to be homemade.


    • Jewelry: Unknown


    • Additional Personal Items: Found at one of the scenes was a Men's quartz Seiko watch (model 8620 0019 serial number 5498).




    Case History
    Between 11:15pm and 11:30pm, three people driving along Old Line Road saw the victim's body lying at the roadside, about six miles from Westby, Wisconsin. Her hands were severed at the wrist and have not been recovered.

    The killer made no attempt to hide her body. She had been bludgeoned to death at another location. A yellow 2-door compant vehicle was seen in the vicinity.

    When the sheriff's deputy arrived on scene at 11:50pm, he noticed fresh tracks in the gravel indicating a vehicle had made a U-turn.

    After seeing the news report the murder, a couple stated they had seen a parked, bright yellow compact car with a man outside of it. The man was moving around to the driver's side from the passenger side at about 9:45pm on May 4th. When investigators checked the area the couple reported seeing the vehicle, they found a piece of the fractured denture, some blood, and a man's Seiko watch. The watch's band had separated from the watch at one end.

    Based upon the tire tracks, investigators theorize that the suspect had pulled of US Highway 14 and made an attempt to dump the body when the couple interrupted him. As he drove away, his tires spun. The car then went south then west on Old Line Road about three miles and dumped the body.





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



    • Agency Name: Vernon County Sheriff's Department
    • Agency Contact Person: N/A
    • Agency Phone Number: 608-637-2124 or 2123




    • Agency Name: Vernon County Coroner's Office
    • Agency Contact Person: N/A
    • Agency Phone Number: 608-637-5284




    • Agency Name: Wisconsin Department of Justice
    • Agency Contact Person: Division of Criminal Investigation
    • Agency Phone Number: (608) 266-1671




    • Agency Name: Wisconsin Clearinghouse For Missing Adults
    • Agency Contact Person: N/A
    • Agency Phone Number: 1-800-843-4673




    • Agency Case Number: LE: 324-84
    • NCIC Case Number: U540005706
    • NamUs Case Number: UP #4786
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
     
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    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://unidentified.wikia.com/wiki/Vernon_County_Jane_Doe


    Unidentified Wiki

    Vernon County Jane Doe

    Vernon County Jane Doe was an elderly woman found beaten to death on May 4, 1984. Her hands were severed from her body, preventing analysis of fingerprints.

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    2015 reconstruction

    Vernon County Jane Doe
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    Sex
    Female
    Race White
    Location Westby, Wisconsin
    Found May 4, 1984
    Unidentified for 32 years
    Postmortem interval 24 - 48 hours
    Body condition Recognizable face
    Age approximation 50-63
    Height approximation 5'5 - 5'6
    Weight approximation 150 pounds
    Cause of death Beating
     
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  18. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.c...JaneDoeSummary.pdf+&cd=15&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us


    Page 1
    SUMMARY
    Jane Doe 1984 – Vernon County, Wisconsin

    On Friday, May 4, 1984 between 11:15pm and 11:30pm, three area youth were driving along Old
    Line Road approximately 4 miles west of Westby when they encountered a dead human body lying at
    the side of the gravel road. The youth drove to a nearby farm and reported, by telephone, the finding
    to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.
    A patrol deputy was dispatched from the Sheriff’s Office in Viroqua and that deputy met the callers
    near the scene. After a brief discussion, the reporting persons led the deputy to the location of the
    body. Upon arriving at the body at about 11:50pm, the deputy noted vehicle tracks making a U-turn
    on the freshly graveled road. The body appeared to be that of an older female that had been
    murdered by bludgeoning about the head. The female’s hands were missing after being severed at
    the wrists. It also appeared that she was not killed where she was found and was likely dumped at
    the roadside by someone in a short wheel base vehicle that had made the U-turn. Once other
    officers arrived, the scene was photographed and processed with the assistance of the Wisconsin
    Crime Laboratory Bureau. After an autopsy was completed, it was determined that the woman died
    of head injuries. Her dentures, which contained some numbers, had been fractured in the course of
    being killed. In the following days and weeks, neighborhoods were canvassed, many tips pursued,
    the investigation was expanded to involve many outside agencies, and the female remained
    unidentified.
    The next evening after television reports of the homicide aired, a couple from rural Westby called and
    reported seeing something unusual on Cut-Across Road near US Highway14 between Westby and
    Coon Valley. The couple reported seeing a parked, bright yellow compact car with a man outside of
    it. The man was moving around to the driver’s side from the passenger side at about 9:45pm on May
    4, 1984. Investigators checked the area described by the couple and near some tire tracks, they
    found a piece of the fractured denture, some blood and a man’s Seiko wristwatch. The watch’s band
    had separated from the watch at one end. The tire tracks had fluffed up the gravel in an apparent
    rapid acceleration. Officers were able to theorize that the suspect had pulled off US Highway 14 and
    made an attempt to dump the victim there, when suddenly the couple interrupted him. As he drove
    away, the tires spun. The car then went south then west on Old Line Road about three miles and left
    the victim where she was found. The wristwatch was examined by Seiko and the Wisconsin Crime
    Laboratory. The couple was not able to determine the exact make and model of the compact car
    but did identify a bright yellow color associated with a 1982 Datsun from a color chart. Thousands of
    state DOT vehicle records and manufacturer archives were examined but no vehicle of significant
    interest surfaced at the time'

    In the following months and the next 28 years, over 400 leads to missing females from age 50 to 65
    have been investigated in trying to identify this homicide victim. She remains Jane Doe today.
    Bulletins have been designed and circulated through police and coroner circles, dental laboratory
    journals, and cold case groups across the country.
    The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, as well as other law enforcement partners, continues to pursue
    the identity of Jane Doe and her killer. Current Sheriff John Spears supports the initiative. The Cold
    Case Unit of the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation and Crime
    Laboratory Bureau are again assisting in the investigation
     
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  19. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Her killer has worked VERY hard to keep us from identifying her. :mad:
     
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  20. patsella

    patsella Bronze Member

    From looking at the map where she was found, I feel (just my opinion) that the killer was familiar with the area. It's off a smallish highway that goes between LaCrosse and Madison. Generally, if someone were to travel between
    those two cities it may be easier and faster to take the interstates.
    I also feel that it was someone close to her. Just a couple of thoughts after reading the posts here.
    So sad, I hope the DNA will yield some results and she can get her ID back.
     
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