TROY — Miami County investigators have eliminated nearly all ties that an unidentified woman may have had to Ohio.
Jane Doe was found on April 24, 1981, strangled to death, but also suffered blunt force trauma to her head and also had a lacerated liver. She is believed to be in her late teens or early 20s at the time of her death, was found along Greenlee Road — west of Troy.
Jane Doe, also commonly referred to as “the buckskin girl,” is believed to have had some sort of tie to the Fort Worth, Texas, and southern Oklahoma area, said detective Steve Hickey with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.
Hickey believes Jane Doe had practically no ties to Ohio, other than being found here deceased. She was believed to have been dead for two days before her body was found.
Jane Doe is believed to have been a traveler, or a wanderer, but spent roughly four months in the Fort Worth, Texas, and southern Oklahoma area in the year preceding her death, according to Stable Isotope analysis.
The sheriff’s office says about the victim:
• She was approximately 5 foot 6 inches in height and 125 pounds in weight.
• She had long reddish-brown hair that was styled in two side braids and a part down the middle.
• The female appears Caucasian.
• She had a ruddy complexion with freckles on her face.
• The female had several scars; one beneath her chin, one on her left arm, two on her left wrist, right hand, right ankle, and right foot.
• The female had also been treated by a dentist in life as her top right central incisor had a porcelain-metal crown.
• The female was found clothed wearing bell bottom blue jeans, a brown turtleneck sweater with an orange crisscross design on the front, and a handmade tan buckskin pull-over jacket with leather fringe around the seams with a deep purple lining.
Miami County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy said in May that the murder has always remained an open case.
“We now have a third generation of detectives working the case,” Duchak said. “Somewhere there is a family who does not know what happened to a loved one and we would like to get her identified to bring closure to the family and help put us on the path of finding her killer.”
Duchak said Jane Doe’s information is listed in several missing person data banks, including A.F.I.S., the national finger print database, and C.O.D.I.S., the national DNA database. Duchak said the National Missing & Exploited Children’s Network has put out a release in the northeast party of the country, based on the new information linking her to other geographical areas.
If anyone recognizes or has any information in regards to Jane Doe’s identity, they are asked to call Detective Steve Hickey with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office at (937) 440-3965, Ext. 6629, or the Miami County Communication Center at (937) 440-9911.
— WDTN contributed to this story
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