On September 19, 1990, a three-man inmate work crew discovered the decomposing body of an unidentified female along I-40 in Hillsborough, North Carolina. The body was over a guardrail, approximately 15 feet down an embankment, just east of the New Hope Church Road exit.
An autopsy was performed upon the body being brought to the medical examiner’s office, where it was learned that Jane Doe had died approximately three to six days prior to being found.
Her cause of death was deemed homicide by strangulation. Toxicology reports came back as negative.
Jane Doe is described as white, and is believed to have been between 14 and 25 years old. She stood approximately 5’3″ to 5’5″ tall, and weighed anywhere from 105 to 115 pounds.
Her hair, which featured a shoulder-length layer cut, was dyed either brown or strawberry blonde and frosted. Given the level of decomposition, her eye colour could not be determined. She had a 3″ appendectomy scar on her lower right abdomen. There are numerous notes regarding her teeth. While she had three fillings, tooth decay was evident in three others. Four of her teeth had tilted to the lingual and one had a lingual crossbite. Her wisdom teeth had not yet erupted.
When found, Jane Doe was wearing a pink sportswear sweater with three rabbits on the front, two of which were on bikes, the other on a unicycle; a Warner bra, size 34; white anklet socks; a thin twisted metal bracelet on her left wrist; and a thin yellow ring on her left ring finger. Given her socks were clean, it’s believed her killer may have taken her shoes, which are believed to have been either a size 6 or 6 1/2, as a souvenir.
There were no signs that she’d ever given birth. It also didn’t appear as though she’d suffered any previous bone fractures or breaks.
Witnesses came forward to say they’d seen a woman matching her description walking near the Ramada Inn along I-85, near NC 62. She may have also been seen at a truck stop in Alamance County.
Police have stated they believe Jane Doe could have been a victim of a taxi driver who was known to have murdered in the months before she was found. He was arrested in Guilford County, but died by suicide after declining an interview with Orange County officers.
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CASE CONTACT INFORMATION:
Jane Doe’s DNA and dentals are available for comparison.
Those with information regarding the identity of Jane Doe are being asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 919-245-2900. Tips can also be called into the North Carolina Office of the Medical Examiner at either 919-743-9000 or 1-800-672-7024.
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