On December 10, 2020, a motorist stopped at the rest area near the H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor when they came across a duffel bag along the banks of the Salmon River. When they looked inside, they found the remains of a female and called the authorities.
The area where the remains were found is approximately 75 to 100 yards away from the rest area’s parking lot, adjacent to a pile of downed trees and branches. The corridor winds through Oregon Route 18, from Lincoln County to northwestern Polk County, and sees approximately 8,000 vehicles driving it each day.
It’s currently unknown if the location near the rest area is where the body was dumped or if it was somewhere else downstream, given the heavy winter rains the area experiences.
Due to the state of the remains, it’s estimated Jane Doe died at least one month prior to being found. While police refuse to release information regarding the manner of death, they have shared they believe it to be the result of a homicide.
Due to the level of decomposition, the Oregon State Police and the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office teamed up with Parabon NanoLabs to extract DNA and develop a picture of what she looked like when alive.
It’s believed Jane Doe was white with Central American ancestry, with light brown to fair skin and no freckles. She was likely between the ages of seven and nine, and stood at a height of 3’10” to 4’6″. Her weight in currently unknown. She had 12″ to 14″ long dark brown or black hair, and either hazel or brown eyes. When found, she was wearing a pull-up diaper.
Police don’t believe she was ever reported missing by her caregivers and feel the likelihood is she hasn’t been seen since November 2020. Through information provided by the public and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, they’ve been able to rule out more than 60 missing children as potentially being Jane Doe.
1) Addyson Gibson, who went missing from Portland, Oregon on September 28, 2020. She was located alive in January 2021.
2) Alicia Christian Navarro, who went missing from Glendale, Arizona on September 15, 2019.
3) Breasia Terrell, who went missing from Davenport, Iowa on July 10, 2020. Her remains were located in March 2021, and 48-year-old convicted sex offender Henry Earl Dinkins has been charged with her murder.
4) Dulce Maria Alavez, who went missing from Bridgeton, New Jersey on September 16, 2019.
5) Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins, who went missing from Bedford, Virginia in 2010. She has since been located in Nicaragua, where she was living with her non-custodial mother.
6) Israel Burks, who went missing from Bethesda, Maryland on August 30, 2020. She has since been located alive in the company of her mother.
7) Mildred Old Crow, who went missing from the Crow Reservation, Montana in March 2019. Her remains were located on February 17, 2021.
8) Niayah Bylenga (Crawford), who went missing from Pendleton, Oregon in September 2020. She has since been located safe.
9) Noelle Johnson, who went missing from Portland, Oregon on September 28, 2020. She was located alive in January 2021.
10) Serenity June Dennard, who went missing from Rapid City, South Dakota on February 3, 2019.
11) Tarie Latressa Price, who went missing from Gretna, Nebraska on June 11, 2020.
CASE CONTACT INFORMATION:
Those with information regarding the identity of Jane Doe are asked to contact the Oregon State Police at 541-265-5354 or 1-800-442-0776.
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