Artist's reconstruction of the San Juan County Jane Doe from the front and the side

San Juan County Jane Doe

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While hiking in Fruitland, San Juan County, New Mexico on January 22, 1991, hikers discovered the partial skeletal remains of a deceased individual. According to reports, the bones were found in a shallow grave in a dead end canyon, about half-a-mile south away from APS Four Corners Plant Road.


Based on the state of the remains, it was determined the deceased had likely died between 1984 and 1990. A cause of death could not be determined.


The deceased is described as a Native American female between the ages of 20 and 40. She likely stood between 5’4″ and 5’7″. Given the amount of time the remains had been exposed to the elements, her weight and eye and hair colour could not be determined.

Attrition evidence on the occlusal and incisal surfaces of her teeth was noted.

Fragments of black cloth were found with the body, along with a spherical metal button.


1) Carol Lynn Roberts, who went missing from Sanford, Florida on August 15, 1976.


Jane Doe’s dentals are available for comparison.

Those with information regarding the case are asked to contact the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator at 505-272-3053.

Image Credit: The Doe Network

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