Dorchester Jane Doe
Sex Female
Race White/Hispanic/Asian/Black
Location Dorchester, Massachusetts
Found October 14, 2005
Unidentified for 13 years
Postmortem interval 3 months to 5 years
Body condition Skeletal
Age approximation 25 - 35
Height approximation 4'11 - 5'5
Weight approximation Unknown
Cause of death Presumed homicide

Dorchester Jane Doe was an adult who was found dead on October 14, 2005 in a chimney in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Her cause of death is undetermined, but is being investigated as a homicide.


Dorchester Jane Doe was found in a chimney in an apartment complex in Dorchester, Massachusetts after a chimney sweep came to clean it and fix a heating problem. The chimney had originally been used as an incinerator in the late 1960s, but since that time there was an air conditioning unit placed at the opening where the remains were found. Investigators believe that Jane Doe has been there since 2002, as between January 2002 and January 2005, the access door was usually left unlocked and the remains found were skeletal.

Physical Characteristics

  • Long dark brown or black hair
  • No healed or broken bones or other injuries
  • Strong Caucasian genetics, but possibly Hispanic, Black, and/or Asian features
  • Had at least one child
  • No molars, lost posterior lower teeth, front lower teeth present. Had a partial upper denture plate that was probably black market.