Jenkins County Jane Doe was a teenager or young adult found murdered on February 14, 1988. She had been asphyxiated.
Three people discovered her body in a dumpster upon noticing a foul odor coming from there. There had been reports prior to February 14 about an odor coming from the dumpster, but the source of the smell was not investigated.
The victim was placed inside of a duffel bag after being wrapped in plastic. It is unknown if she was placed in the plastic before or after her death. Bedding items and other home goods were found with the body. The nature of the items suggests that they personally belonged to the victim, and some law enforcement investigators believe they probably came from her own bedroom. These included the following:
- A pale green pillow with a floral design
- Maroon bedspread with similar pattern to the pillow
- A towel with a butterfly design
No clothing has been reported to have been found with the victim. A rape kit produced negative results, but other forms of unconventional sexual assault have not explicitly been ruled out.
Decomposition made it difficult to impossible to determine much of her features, and her initial reconstruction is described to have "not depicted her as well as [investigators] would have liked." One of the features in question was her eye color, which was listed as impossible to determine by some sources, although the Georgia Bureau of Investigation claims her eyes were brown.
An autopsy failed to reveal a definitive cause of death, but it is generally believed that she was killed via asphyxiation, possibly by way of being smothered by one of the bedding items found alongside her.
Someone apparently confessed to her murder, but this suspect has since died.
- It is known that she was of an Asian race, although she could have had white ancestry. An initial autopsy report states that she was possibly Hispanic without mentioning any possibility of her being Caucasian. In the decades since her disappearance, some have posited that she was Native American.
- Some of her front teeth were crooked, but she had taken good care of her teeth. Not long before she died, she had one of her molars removed.
- Her hair was fairly long and was a brownish color.