Mary Jane Doe
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Sex Female
Race White
Location Fort Wayne, Indiana
Found May 15, 1992
Unidentified for 28 years
Postmortem interval Months
Body condition Decomposed
Age approximation 20-25
Height approximation 4'6 - 5'2
Weight approximation N/A
Cause of death Suspected exposure

"Mary Jane Doe" was a pregnant woman discovered in Indiana in 1992. It is believed she was a transient who died from exposure.

Case

The decedent, nicknamed "Mary Jane Doe," was discovered in a flooded basement by a contractor. The body was wrapped in a furniture blanket. She had died in late 1991 or early 1992.

Foul play is not suspected in her death, as a 1992 examination failed to discern signs of foul play. She may have died from exposure while living as a transient. Authorities possibly tested the remains for presence of drugs, but this information has not been released.[1]

In 2017, her remains were exhumed to obtain dental radiography and DNA information. A facial reconstruction was also created.

Characteristics

  • She was around 26 weeks pregnant
  • Below-average muscle mass
  • Healing fractures on both sides of her nose
  • She possibly suffered from back pain that may have affected her posture.

Clothing and accessories

  • Light blue or gray Windcrest jacket
  • Knit striped shirt
  • Black bra
  • White underwear
  • Black sweatpants
  • Pink Reebok sneakers
  • Gold-colored braided necklace
  • Gold-colored loop necklace with three star-shaped charms
  • A moving blanket

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Sources

Footnotes

  1. "Woman's Death Not Foul Play, Coroner Says." The Journal Gazette. 26 May 1992.
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