At 11:35am on August 3, 1982, a young woman was attempting to cross I-95 in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida when she was hit by a passing tractor-trailer truck. The area she was trying to cross was near State Road 84, near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
After being struck, she was transported to Broward General Medical Center, where approximately three hours later she succumbed to her injuries.
Jane Doe is described as white, and is believed to have been between the ages of 12 and 25. She stood at 5’2″ and weighed 110 pounds, and is noted to have had a large bust and a slim figure. Her shoulder-length hair was dark blonde-to-brown in colour, with reports differing as to whether it was straight or curly, and she had brown eyes.
There were no scars, tattoos or other distinguishing identifiers noted. However, it did appear as though she bit her nails.
When she died, Jane Doe was wearing a pair of dark blue jeans, a blue or light brown blouse, and brown sandals. While she wasn’t carrying a purse with her, in her jeans pocket was $30 and three business cards from locations in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Canutillo, Texas; and West Monroe, Louisiana. Each featured a handwritten phone number and a man’s name.
Investigators contacted the numbers on the cards, hoping to figure out her identity. The one from Oklahoma belonged to a nightclub called Spur, but that and the card for Texas didn’t reveal any information. When the contact from Louisiana was called, investigators learnt he was police officer who had offered Jane Doe a ride to a bus station in West Monroe. She’d told him that she was a runaway who was heading to Las Vegas, Nevada, where either a friend or sister resided. According to the officer, she’d said her name was “Donna”, and she appeared to have either a Southern or Cajun accent.
It’s currently unknown if “Donna” is Jane Doe’s real name or an alias she used while travelling.
Further investigation into Jane Doe’s case revealed that she’d been seen on the Florida coast approximately three days preceding her death.
Two years later, in 1984, an employee with the telephone company, Southern Bell, located a nylon purse along the intersection of State Road 7 and State Road 84 in Fort Lauderdale, near a truck stop. The location is less than two miles from where Jane Doe had been struck by the tractor-trailer. It contained within in papers with information similar to that found in her pockets. As the police in Hacienda Village had thrown the purse away, the employee had to undergo hypnosis with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. The results of this are unknown.
In February 1986, Jane Doe’s body was exhumed to confirm some details about her appearance. The information was then sent to databases and organizations that work to identify missing and unidentified people.
The general consensus is that Jane Doe was a hitchhiker who had travelled the United States by grabbing rides with truck drivers.
1) Christine Teresa Huyer, who went missing from Orlando, Florida on July 3, 1982.
2) Eleanor C. Parker, who went missing from East Baton Rouge, Louisiana on November 10, 1981.
3) Emma Lorene Vaughn, who went missing from Orlando, Florida on July 10, 1982.
4) Teresa Gail Cupps, who went missing from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1977.
CASE CONTACT INFORMATION:
Jane Doe’s dentals and fingerprints are available for comparison.
Those with information regarding the identity of Jane Doe are asked to contact the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office at 954-357-5200.
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2 comments on “Fort Lauderdale Jane Doe”
Was there DNA taken. If so I would be happy to research the Genetic Genealogy to ID her family and hence her Identity.
I couldn’t find a source that said DNA had been obtained. Given she died in the early 1980s, I doubt they have it on file, given DNA testing didn’t really start until later in the decade. However, you never know with cases like these. They might have it, but have chosen to not make that information public.