San Clemente Jane Doe (2018)

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On August 9, 2018, motorists saw a young Hispanic female walking with her hand out to the oncoming traffic along the right-hand shoulder of the northbound lanes of I-5 in Oceanside, California. Eventually, and for reasons still unknown to law enforcement, she made an attempt to run across the busy freeway. This resulted in multiple vehicles having to swerve and slow down in order to avoid hitting her. Unfortunately, despite such efforts, she was hit and sustained serious traumatic injuries.

Those involved in the accident stayed at the scene and called 911. When paramedics arrived, she was airlifted to the emergency department at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla in San Diego, California. Despite aggressive live-saving measures that saw her being given advanced cardiac life support, she never regained conscious and was pronounced dead at just after 11:00am.

None of the drivers involved were cited for the incident.


The deceased is described as a Hispanic female between the ages of 13 and 20, with estimates leaning more toward the 16 to 19 age range. She stood at 5’1″ and weighed 111 pounds, a healthy weight for her height. She had 24″ long black hair that was straight and tied back with a dark blue scrunchie, and her eyebrows appeared to be growing into a unibrow. Her legs were also unshaven, with short dark hairs. She had brown eyes, and had a mole near the left side of her nose. Her earlobes also appeared to have been pierced.

When struck, Jane Doe was wearing very distinctive clothing. She had on a maroon tank top with multi-coloured figures and a black blow on the top; size 5 EMOCIONS dark blue denim jeans; a teal and hot pink Goobie-brand bra, size 34A; tan underwear with the words “HECHO EN P.R.C, ZA12 FREE” on the waistband; a single neon green, black and blue sock; and size 25 NITRAM grey, blue and pink athletic shoes. Her fingernails were painted red.

It’s currently unknown why Jane Doe was walking along the freeway, but investigators do not believe she was suicidal.

It’s possible Jane Doe may have recently entered the United States from either southern Mexico or Central America, with those involved in the case believing her to not be from the local area. Unfortunately, given the damage sustained to her shoes, any kind of soil analysis that could have better pinpointed a location of origin could not be conducted. They also don’t believe she was homeless at the time of her death, but have shared her diet suggests she came from a lower-socioeconomic background.

Despite her DNA being uploaded to CODIS and her fingerprints being sent to various government agencies around the world, investigators are no closer to uncovering her identity.


Jane Doe’s DNA, fingerprints and dentals are available for comparison.

Those with information regarding the identity of Jane Doe are asked to contact the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office at either 858-694-2895 or 858-694-2905.

Image Credit: NCMEC

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