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Grundy NCMEC
Sex Female
Race Black
Location Erienna Township, Illinois
Found October 2, 1976
Unidentified for 43 years
Postmortem interval Days
Body condition Recognizable face
Age approximation 15-27
Height approximation 5'7
Weight approximation 150 pounds
Cause of death Gunshot (homicide)
Grundy County Jane Doe was a teenager or young adult whose was body discovered alongside a roadway in Erienna Township, Illinois in 1976.

She is currently undergoing testing by the DNA Doe Project.

Case

The victims body was discovered along a roadway in Erienna Township, Iliinois. She was shot in the back of her head. She was discovered nude, which leads to the possibility that she was raped or sexually assaulted. Further evidence supports this, as a multicolored cardigan sweater (presumably belonging to the victim) was found wrapped around the victims head. Her head was covered in a green plastic bag and electrical tape, which she might have purchased.

In December 2018, her body was exhumed by the DNA Doe Project for testing, which proved to be a successful extraction.

Recent Developments

In November 2019, extended relatives of the victim, including a fourth cousin and a niece in Alabama had been identified through genealogy.

In January 2020, more information was publicly released with the hope that public assistance might produce more leads. The decedent was likely born between 1948 and 1960. She would have likely been missing by October 1976. Her parents may have come from Selma, Alabama and one set of grandparents is from that city. One of her grandparent’s was likely named Calhoun and one great-grandparent may have been named Harris.

Additional possible areas with relatives includes Dallas and Wilcox counties in Alabama as well as the state of Ohio where one branch of the family moved. She also may have siblings who are unaware of her existence.

Characteristics

  • Black hair
  • Brown eyes
  • A scar on her right hip
  • A mark on the lower abdomen which was either a scar or birthmark.

Clothing

  • Red, black, and white knit cardigan style sweater

Ruleouts

  • Lyrian Barry-Stalling, missing since 1960 from Columbus, Mississippi

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