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NV WASHOE COUNTY JANE DOE: WF, 25-35, found near Lake Tahoe, NV - 17 July 1982 *GRAPHIC**Mary Silvani*

Discussion in 'Identified!' started by Scorpio, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member



    On 07/17/1982 at approximately 1330 hours, hikers found the decedent on the East side of Sheep Flats, south of Mt. Rose Highway. She was found lying prone on the ground with defects to the back of her head. Mens underwear had been used to cover the defects. She was clad except for being barefoot. Her livor mortis was still blanching when she was found.

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  2. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    Post Mortem photographs.
  3. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    Reconstruction by Carl.

    2015 artist sketch.
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  4. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    Case#: G82-0433
    Victim: Jane Doe-White Adult Female
    Location: Sheeps Flat
    Date of Occurrence: July 17, 1982

    On July 17, 1982, a white female was found dead in the Sheeps Flat area of Mount Rose. This is the area commonly referred to as the Meadows, just over the Mount Rose Summit as you drop into the Tahoe Basin. It is a forested area in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

    The victim had not been there long and was clothed. She wore a bathing suit under her clothing. She also wore a blue top, blue jeans, and yellow tennis shoes. There was no identification and her identity is still unknown.

    The victim is believed to be of European decent based upon an inoculation scar and unique dental work. Although many leads have been pursued, her identity and whereabouts prior to her death are still a mystery.

    This agency is actively seeking anyone who may have knowledge about this case.
  5. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    New Details Released in 33-Year-Old Cold Case

    RENO, NV - After years of investigation, a young woman found murdered off the Mount Rose Highway is still only known as "Jane Doe", but investigators in the Washoe County Sheriff's Cold Case Unit have a new theory and want to access a new tool--social media.

    July 17, 1982, a young woman, 25 to 35 years of age, about 5 and a half feet tall with slender build, light brown hair and hazel eyes,
    walked across the meadow at the top of the highway between the Truckee Meadows and Lake Tahoe, an area known as Sheep Flat.

    She was with or met someone who sexually assaulted her and shot her multiple times in the back. Then as now, finding her killer begins with finding "Jane Doe's" real name. No identification was found, but investigators believed they had enough to go on. Extensive and distinctive dental work and a vaccination scar seemed to suggest a European background, but thousands of missing persons reports there and here were examined. No match. A recent reexamination of that evidence now questions that European connection and has led to a new theory.

    "Her teeth were in disrepair at the time she was murdered and appeared to have been in decline for a couple of years," says Dave Jenkins, a retired Reno Police detective now working in the Washoe County Sheriff's Cold Case Unit. "So we're looking at someone perhaps who may have had considerable family resources at one time, but this is someone who may have become voluntarily estranged from her family and friends and might have been believed to have left town."

    She was dressed for a day at the lake, jeans and t-shirt over a blue bathing suit. The t-shirt was sold only on the West Coast. "We think it's more likely that she may have been residing in one of the western states before her murder."

    Jenkins and fellow detectives also have tools investigators didn't have three decades ago. "We have DNA available both from the victim to identify her and from the potential suspect." And they have a new, more accurate sketch of her face, but until they can put a name to the face and that new possible profile, the case will remain unsolved. That's where the public and a new way of reaching them comes in. Tuesday, the Sheriff's office will be posting the sketch and information on its Facebook page and hoping it reaches far and wide.

    "I want them to share it with their friends and ask them also if it might have been someone they might have known. It's only appropriate that we make every effort possible to identify her and, in identifying her, that might bring us closer to identifying the suspect as well."

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Washoe County Sheriff's Office at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.
  6. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member


    : She wore a white lace bathing suit, size medium, underneath Lee Rider blue jeans and a powder-blue, size medium, sleeveless T-shirt. She also wore pale yellow tennis shoes, size 6.
  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I grew up south of that area and have extended family in Washoe County. It was once a wild area with lots of meth labs back in that time period. I've wondered if a man was on a meth rage and killed her. Just one scenario to think about.
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  8. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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  9. Buffalo77

    Buffalo77 New Member

    Does anybody know the gym shoe logo that you can see in the picture? Does the dentist know what country she is from based on her dental works?
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  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    It looks familiar! Are those Tom's? Still trying to find out.
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  11. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    I dont see that logo for Tom's.
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  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I looked and couldn't find it either. I really do think it looks familiar! I've Googled every which way and can't find it. I'm going to see if there's a scan app that might identify it.
  13. spike

    spike Bronze Member

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  14. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    I don't think so?
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  15. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Toms wasn't founded until 2006. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toms_Shoes

    They may be "Skips" shoes? I don't think that's a brand, but maybe just a type of shoe.
    Been looking at logos for a while. Even did a reverse image Google search. Couldn't find anything at all. (With the image quality, not surprising.)

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  16. spike

    spike Bronze Member

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  17. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Okay, I was confused when I said Tom's. I was thinking Vans. But, I can't find that either. Now I'm looking at all kinds of shoes from that era. @Buffalo77 started something!

    ETA: I put a request to identify the brand on Twitter. Maybe we need a bit more crowdsourcing!
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  18. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Don't forget European shoes! I was looking for a bit yesterday but didn't come across anything.

    Great idea on reaching out via Twitter!
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  19. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Good news! Sheep Flat Jane Doe's DNA results file has been received and uploaded to GEDmatch. It seems to be in good shape. We should start getting DNA matches tomorrow morning and should have a sense of what's ahead at that point.

  20. spike

    spike Bronze Member

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