On September 28, 2016, a man and a woman hiking along Highway 93 in White Hills, Arizona discovered the nude body of a deceased female. The mainly desert area was located in a unincorporated area of Mohave County, between Kingman and the Hoover Dam.
The area in which the body was located is known to be heavily travelled and is a main thoroughfare between southern Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. The town of White Hills is a popular pit stop for travellers.
An autopsy was conducted upon the body being brought to the Mohave County Medical Examiner, where it was learnt Jane Doe’s death had occurred approximately one to two weeks prior to being discovered. Due to exposure and the amount of decomposition, the body had entered a mummified state and, as such, a cause of death could not be determined.
Currently, police are of the belief foul play was involved and they are currently working on the assumption Jane Doe’s death was the result of a homicide.
Given the state of her body, Jane Doe’s ethnicity is unknown. Police are currently working on the belief she was either African American or biracial. She is believed to have been between 14 and 17 years of age, and stood 5’5″ to 5’7″, weighing in at approximately 105 to 130 pounds.
While her eye colour is currently unknown, police say she had thick, kinky brown or black hair that was approximately 5″ long. Her ears were pierced, and she didn’t have any tattoos or noticeable scars. When her body was found, Jane Doe had manicured fingernails and her toenails had remnants of pink polish on them.
A look through her dental records showed she had orthodontic work done at one point, possibly using Invisalign retainers.
A long-sleeve Hollister shirt was found near her body. However, it is unknown at this time if it belonged to Jane Doe or has any relevance to the case.
Police believe Jane Doe could have originated from Las Vegas or southern Arizona, given Highway 93 ran through both areas. They are currently working the theory that she was killed elsewhere and her body dumped along the highway.
1) Hailee D. Bogle, who went missing from Phoenix, Arizona on October 23, 2015.
2) Lashaya Stine, who went missing from Aurora, Colorado on July 15, 2016.
3) Aaliyah Bell, who went missing from Rock Hill, South Carolina on November 25, 2014.
4) Sheryia Grant, who went missing from Kilgore, Texas in August 2016.
5) Jasmine Moody, who went missing from Detroit, Michigan on December 4, 2014.
6) Brittany Robinson, who went missing from Mobile, Alabama on June 14, 2012.
CASE CONTACT INFORMATION:
Jane Doe’s dental records have been uploaded to national databases and DNA samples have been processed.
Those with information regarding the identity of Jane Doe are being asked to call the Mohave County Medical Examiner’s Office at 928-505-5888 or the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at 928-753-0753.
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