NY ELLERY JANE DOE: WF, 30-37, found in a ditch along Route 17 in Ellery, NY - 6 Dec 1983 - Maybe from Europe


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193UFNY - Unidentified Female
Artistic renderings of the victim; note found with victim. To view a postmortem photo of the victim, please click Photo 1

Date of Discovery: December 6, 1983
Location of Discovery: Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York.
Estimated Date of Death: Hours prior
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Homicide by gunshot

Physical Description
Estimated Age: 30-37 years old
Race: White
Sex: Female
Height: 5'04"
Weight: 128 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown, graying.
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: She had a wart above the left eye and a 15mm raised mole behind the left ear. Scar on throat. She had shoe size 5-6 and A+ blood type. According to an anthropologist she had at least one child 15 years prior to her death. The victim had an IUD which was foreign made (Finland, Belgium and Holland), used in Canada but not distributed in the USA.

Dentals: Available. She had bridge work on the right side of her mouth which appeared to be expensive European dental work. The gold appeared to be of European origin.
Fingerprints: Available
DNA: Sample available - Not yet submitted

Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: She was wearing a white V - neck camisole (inexpensive) that was found to have been made in Carpi, Italy and non exportable, a green, brown, red checked trench coat (expensive), reversible to olive drab wool, size 40 (this size is unavailable in Canada and USA, must be European, possibly Italian, as their sizes follow a different scale than European sizes), blue gray wool crew neck pullover, plaid wool skirt (handmade) various shades of brown blue and red.
Jewelry: None. Victim was not wearing any jewelry and there was no evidence that she had before she was killed.
Additional Personal Items: A hand written note from the Blue Boy Motor Lodge in Vancouver, British Columbia. There are abbreviations and numbers on the note but the investigators have been unable to determine what they mean.

Circumstances of Discovery
The victim was discovered in a ditch along Route 17, Southern Tier Expressway, eastbound lane, in the Town of Ellery.

The partially clad body was found by utility company employees at approximately 08:30. The victim had been shot once in the back, twice in the chest, and once inside the mouth. Chautauqua County is located in the Western most part of New York State between Buffalo, New York, and Erie, Pennsylvania.
It is believed the victim is from Canada or some European Country. Computer checks in the United States, Canada, and Interpol have been unsuccessful in locating any missing persons that fit the victims description. Attempts to identify the victim through fingerprints have also been unsuccessful.
Initial reports from law enforcement state the victim may have been sexually assaulted, yet this remains unconfirmed.

Investigating Agency(s)
Agency Name: Chautauqua County Coroner's Office
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 716-965-2941
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: C3468-83

Agency Name: Chautauqua County Sheriffs Office
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 716-753-4231
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: Unknown

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 15489

Information Source(s)
Chautauqua County Sheriffs Office
Vancouver Sun



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5/28/2023 1:28:32 PM
By Greg Larson


Forensic Artist Adds New Drawing in 1983 Ellery Cold Case​

5/28/2023 1:28:32 PM
By Greg Larson


The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office says clues are still coming in regarding a cold case involving the death of a woman in the Town of Ellery that occurred nearly four decades ago. The Sheriff's Office Unsolved Crimes Unit says a forensic artist from the Netherlands this week added an enhanced drawing of the victim, referred to as "Ellery Jane Doe." Her body was found on December 6, 1983 on Route 17 after she was shot and abandoned in a rain ditch. Genetic DNA has identified her origins as being from the Netherlands, West Germany, and Belgium. The Unsolved Crimes Unit says information on the Ellery Jane Doe cold case is welcome by e-mailing unsolvedchautauqua@sheriff.us or calling (716) 753-4579 or 4578.

Click here for more details about the Ellery Jane Doe cold case.

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