MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio (WTNH) — A homicide victim who has never been identified after she was found dead in Ohio 35 years ago could be from Connecticut, officials say.
Authorities say a recent analysis of pollen on her clothing suggests that the female victim was from or spent a significant amount of time in the northeastern dry-oak forest region, which includes parts of Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
The Miami County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office says the female in her late teens or early twenties was found dead in a ditch on April 24, 1981. They say she was dead for less than two days before she was found near Troy, Ohio.
The sheriff’s office says ‘Jane Doe’ appears to have been white, was about 5’6″ tall, and weighed about 125 pounds. They say she had long reddish-brown hair that was styled in two side braids and a part down the middle. She had a ruddy complexion with freckles on her face, according to officials. They also say she had several scars: one beneath her chin, one on her left arm, two on her left wrist, right hand, right ankle, and right foot.
Officials say she was wearing bell bottom blue jeans, a brown turtleneck sweater with an orange crisscross design on the front, and a handmade tan buckskin pull-over jacket with leather fringe around the seams with a deep purple lining.
Anyone who recognizes or has any information about Jane Doe’s identity is asked to call Detective Steve Hickey with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office at (937) 440-3965 ext. 6629 or the Miami County Communication Center at (937) 440-9911.