Tuesday, July 21, 2009

St. Louis Jane Doe

I'm not quite sure how I came across this case, and I won't lie...
I honestly wish I still hadn't!
However, now that I do know, I refuse to look the other way. I cannot pretend that I didn't read of a crime so horrific, that I find it nearly impossible to type out the circumstances.
The only picture I could possibly offer for St. Louis Jane Doe, is one of a blood stained sweater. There's no picture of a smiling little girl, braces, cute braids, freckles, or even twinkling eyes.




By Chad Garrison
Published on December 01, 2004
Most of what is known of Jane Doe came within days of her discovery. She was likely between the ages of eight and eleven. She was big for her age, around four-foot-ten. Without the head, she measured just over four feet. She had been raped and then strangled. Based on the lack of blood at the crime scene, police believe she was dumped in the basement after her beheading. Mold growing from the wound on her neck indicated she was there for several days before the two men found her.

Little else is known about the girl who has become the most notorious cold case in the nearly 200-year history of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.


ST. Louis Jane Doe deserves a name!
She deserves a proper marker!
SHE DESERVES JUSTICE!!!


The body went unclaimed on a slab in the city morgue for more than a week before it was given the name Jane Doe. For nine months she lay frozen. Finally, on a glum, rainy day in December 1983, she was buried in a pauper's grave in an historic black graveyard in north St. Louis county. At the funeral were a few homicide detectives, the chief medical examiner, and a half-dozen news reporters. Four muddy gravediggers served as pallbearers.


DESCRIPTION
DOB: Jan 1, 1972
Found: Feb 28, 1983
Sex: Female
Race: Black
Hair: Unknown
Eyes: Unknown
Height: 4'10" (147 cm)
Weight: 70 lbs (32 kg)
Found: ST. LOUIS, MO.


CIRCUMSTANCES
On February 28, 1983, the headless remains of an African American female were discovered by the St. Louis Police Department. The body had no scars, deformities or irregularities. There was no specific features that would give clues as to her identity. She was approximately between 8 and 11 years of age, so her estimated year of birth would be 1972-75. Her estimated height is 4'10" and her estimated weight is 70 lbs. Her eye and hair color couldn't be determined. She was wearing the sweater pictured at right. The "DOB" and "Age Now" fields are approximations.


National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

NCMEC Cold Case Review Unit 1-877-446-2632 , ext. 6235 or 6342

St. Louis Police Department (Missouri)Det. Carroll 1-314-444-5371


Sources
The Case that Haunts
NCMEC Printable Poster

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey think a minute. Why would 2 men go to a vacant house to find a pipe to repair a car in stead of a junk yard? Could they have seen more than they are letting on too? Could they have heard screaming and went to check it out and so the killer in action? the story of 2 mean looking for a pipe to fix a car just does not add up.... ummm... did they ever get the pipe to repair the car?

Anonymous said...

The little girl had mould growing from the wound in her neck so couldn't have been screaming...it is possible that the 2 men know more than they have let on...or it could be that they didn't want to pay for a length of pipe at a junk yard. I doubt it was much of a consideration after they found the body, though

mammabear said...

Although I think the 2 guys in question had more in mind than just snagging one piece of pipe, I am sure that the police would have questioned them thoroughly-given the circumstances.

Anonymous said...

Is it possible that this is Sharuan Cole missing from New York? Both incidents are Feb 1983. I believe those two men know more and have refused to talk. On the flip side why did they go to the police if they are guilty. Much prayers for Sharuan Cole and this little one.

Anonymous said...

Did the police check the national missing children cases? School records? If so, that leaves family...... I rest my case.

Adrienne said...

the two guys are ruled out

Sharuan Cole has been ruled out by DNA (I believe) I thought it might have been her as well.

Police have checked missing children cases, school records (which were incomplete because of the under funded over populated schools)

I also think it was family

Candiss Scott said...

Well, they finally located her real burial site late last week or early this one. They finally professed that they have not done any DNA testing on her tissue. With that being said hopefully someone in her family will have been in the database so there is a comparison sample. Her family definitely should know who she was. There is no way a child in a family can be missing for so long without any inquiries.