TN DAVIDSON COUNTY JANE DOE: WF, 20-45, found in abandoned house in Nashville, TN - 26 Nov 2020


The decedent was reportedly a Caucasian female of approximately 20-25 years of age who was found in an abandoned house in Nashville, TN on the night of 11/26/2020. A 911 call was placed at 1957 hours and Nashville Fire Department (NFD) District 17 and Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) responded to the scene. District 17 confirmed death on scene at 2020 hours.

Decedent had a tattoo on her left wrist of a heart above a comma forming a semi-colon. (picture of tattoo at above link)
Also had white metal stud earrings with clear stone in each earlobe

Height: 5'4
Weight: 225 lbs
Hair: Wavy, reddish brown hair approximately 12 inches in length
Eyes: Brown

edited by staff to add media link: #JaneDoe was a caucasian woman 20-25 years of age who was found in an abandoned house in Nashville, #TENNESSEE on the night of 11/26/2020
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Due to our metro form of government, our sheriff’s office duties doesn’t include criminal law enforcement, which includes your inquiry. Please contact the Metro Police Department.

I uhhhh. Am very confused about this response. Sheriff’s Office doesn't include criminal law enforcement. WHAT?! What do you do then?! I've never heard of this BEFORE! I venture to say they didn't give to much thought to wording in the memo.
From a detective with the Metro Nashville Police Cold Case-Homicide/Missing Persons Unit :praying:
This will more than likely take some time, but I will keep my eye out for any updates.

Thanks for contacting us and helping us solve some of our unidentified and missing cases. The case you referenced is still an open and active case. The majority of the unidentified cases in NamUs are managed by the Medical Examiner’s Office and so what information is disseminated on the NamUs website is at their discretion. I think it would be a good idea to do a forensic rendering of this person and place the picture in the public domain. As far as information is concerned, we know very little about this woman. She doesn’t appear to have any criminal history based on her fingerprints. DNA has been submitted for upload to CODIS and Forensic Genetic Genealogy.

I will see about getting a forensic rendering of her done and request the medical examiner update anything they possibly can.

Thanks again for your interest.
Oh FFS!. They don't seem to be solving anything themselves. It's "Active". It is?. Who is working on it?. I understand when you don't have much. But they will "See" About a composite. I realize it is a newer case. But I personally don't see much urgency from them. And it's from the department it should be with.

by: Sierra Rains
Posted: Jun 20, 2023 / 04:26 PM CDT
Updated: Jun 20, 2023 / 05:27 PM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Metro Nashville Police Department is continuing to try to identify a woman whose name has gone unknown for more than two years.

On Nov. 26, 2020, police discovered the woman’s body inside an abandoned house in the 7000 block of Highway 70, not far from Edwin and Percy Warner Parks. Investigators believe she died from an accidental drug overdose.

However, the woman’s identity, as well as the exact circumstances around her death has remained a mystery.

She appeared to be in her 20s with reddish-brown, wavy hair and brown eyes, according to Metro Nashville Missing Person and Cold Case detectives.

Authorities said she was 5’4″ tall and weighed about 225 pounds. She also had a tattoo of a red heart above a comma forming a semi-colon on her left wrist.

Anyone with information regarding the woman’s identity or circumstances surrounding her death is asked to contact Cold Case Detective Matt Filter at 615-862-7803.
If someone with access has a moment, would you mind posting the ruleouts for this UID please? (I'd sign up to look myself but NAMUS doesn't like my email address that I have had for decades and I'm not creating another one just to see the NAMUS ruleouts.)

Katie Mae Cawthorn - not an exact match, but she could have gained weight in the year + she was missing to the found date of this UID and also obtained the semicolon tattoo. Katie has a known addiction issue. NAMUS profile says brown hair, but in the photos it looks to have a reddish tinge? Katie seems to have had some connection to Tennessee, as she had traveled there just prior to her disappearance.

Facebook page: Help Find Missing Katie Cawthorn

Matt Masters

21 hrs ago

Metro Nashville Police Department Cold Case and Missing Person Unit detectives have released the sketch of a woman found dead near Bellevue in 2020 in hopes that the public can help identify her.

The woman's body was found on November 26, 2020, inside an abandoned house in the 7000 block of Highway 70, with police adding that it's believed she died from an accidental drug overdose.

Metro Nashville Police describe the woman as white, standing 5-foot-4, weighing 225 pounds, and who appeared to be in her 20s. She had "reddish-brown wavy hair" and brown eyes.

On Sept. 14, police released the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation sketch of the woman, having previously released a photo of a tattoo of a heart above a comma forming a semi-colon on the woman's left wrist.

Detectives ask that anyone with information about the woman’s identity or circumstances surrounding her death contact cold case detective Matt Filter at 615-862-7803.



Sierra Rains
Tue, October 10, 2023 at 2:26 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — While investigators are working to solve several cold cases in the Nashville area, there are some instances where, despite their best efforts, the victims have remained nameless.

In these instances, there are often few leads to pursue, leading the case to grow cold. However, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), determining their identities could be key to understanding the circumstances behind their disappearances and deaths.

Not only can the public play a vital role in providing tips, but over the last several years, law enforcement agencies like the TBI have seen measurable success in submitting skeletal remains of unidentified individuals for forensic genetic genealogy testing.

Just this year, the TBI has been able to identify previously unknown victims in multiple cases dating back as far as the 1980s through its Unidentified Human Remains DNA Initiative. In Nashville, the cases range from as early as last year to 1976.

Detectives have developed sketches of many of the people in hopes that someone might recognize them, with the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) recently releasing a sketch of an unknown woman found dead in an abandoned house the night of Nov. 26, 2020.

Those cases can be found in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUS), which maintains a database, and provides technology, forensic services, and investigative support to resolve missing person and unidentified remains cases.

Below is a list of just some of the cold cases where efforts remain ongoing to identify the victims. Anyone who recognizes them from a sketch or description is asked to contact the MNPD’s Cold Case Unit at 615-862-7803.


November 26, 2020​


A woman was found dead inside an abandoned house located off of Highway 70 on the night of Nov. 26, 2020. A 911 call was placed around 7:57 p.m. and Nashville firefighters and police responded to the scene.

Investigators believe the woman may have overdosed at the house. However, her name has still not been uncovered. She appeared to be in her 20s; was 5-feet 4-inches tall; weighed about 225 pounds; and had reddish-brown, wavy hair and brown eyes.

One specific identifying factor is a tattoo of a red heart above a comma forming a semicolon on her left wrist. She was also wearing a set of white metal stud earrings with a clear stone in each earlobe when she was found.

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