Navarro County Jane Doe was a child found in a creek in Texas in 1977.

Case

The victim was found by two fishermen, Jessie Gomez and James Moore, in Chambers Creek at around noon, about one mile south of where the E. 5th slab crosses the creek and three mile east of Corsicana. The fishermen walked out to the road and flagged down a passing deputy. At first, the body was believed to be of Ladina McCoy who disappeared on Valentine’s Day of 1977. However, McCoy’s body was later located in a Southwest Dallas creek in June 1977 ruling the identity out. When she was recovered by members of the Corsicana Emergency Corps at around 3:30 PM and examined by the medical examiner, her left foot was found to be missing and she likely died around two months prior, her cause of death unlikely to be natural despite the lack of physical trauma. While the case file is missing and the original investigators are now deceased, at the time no leads were obtained, and it was theorized she was an abuse victim or her family were transients who could not afford a burial.

Interestingly, the victim and McCoy were not the only little girls were found in a body of water in the area at the time. On November 12, 1977 the body of nine-year-old Barbara Marsh was found near Lake Ray Hubbard. In September, Suzie Mages was last seen talking with an unidentified man at a Denton fast food restaurant. Her body was found two weeks later in an Oak Cliff gravel pit. Marsh’s mother, Carrie, was convicted for her daughter’s mother, but the rest of the cases were not solved. As a result of the similarities, many theorize a serial offender was responsible.

The victim is now buried at Modrall Memorial Park in Corsicana with her head stone inscribed, “Small Girl, Identity Unknown, May 1977.” and “In Memory of a Little Girl Known to God, by a Friend Unknown to Her, 1980.”

Clothing

  • Montgomery Ward red denim pants with an elastic waistband.
  • Long-sleeved white shirt w/ red animals on it, size 4.

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