IL GRUNDY COUNTY JANE DOE: BF, 18-23, found in ditch at Route 6, IL - 2 Oct 1976

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Unidentified Body/Remains (Black Female)
Found October 2, 1976 in Grundy Co, IL
Body Condition: Recognizable face
Probable year of death: 1976 to 1976
Estimated postmortem interval: 1 Days

Vital Statistics
Estimated age: 18-23 (Adult - pre 30)

Approximate Height: 67 estimate
Approximate Weight: 150 estimate
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Scars and marks:
Scar on right hip, lower right abdomen, which could be a birthmark

Clothing & Accessories
Clothing:
Red, White and Black knit sweater
Jewerly: nothing
Footwear: nothing
Accessories:
Green plastic bag, along with black electrical tape

Identifiers
Fingerprints: Fingerprint information is available elsewhere
Dentals: Dental information / charting is not available
DNA:
Sample submitted - tests not complete

Case History: On October 2, 1976, an unidentified female black, between the ages of 18 and 23, was found deceased in a ditch.



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401UFIL - Unidentified Female
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Reconstruction of the victim by Kim Parkhurst, Carl Koppelman, NCMEC and Beth Buchholtz; images of sweater.

Date of Discovery: October 2, 1976
Location of Discovery: Erienna Township, Seneca, Grundy County, Illinois
Estimated Date of Death: 1 day prior
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Homicide by gunshot

Physical Description
Estimated Age: 15-27 years old
Race: Black
Sex: Female
Height: 5'7" to 5'9"
Weight: 130 to 150 lbs.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Scar on right hip, lower right abdomen, which could be a birthmark.

Identifiers
Dentals: Available.
Fingerprints: Available.
DNA: Available.

Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: Nude. A red, white and black knit sweater was around her head.
Jewelry: None.
Additional Personal Items: None.

Circumstances of Discovery
The victim was found in a ditch on US Route 6, 1.4 miles east of the LaSalle County line at around 3:00 PM on October 2, 1976. The body was not likely at this location for very long. She had been shot once in the back of the head with a .38 caliber revolver. Her head was covered with a green plastic bag bound with black electrical tape, along with a multi-colored knit sweater. Authorities ran the woman's photograph in the Chicago Daily Bullitin newspaper and submitted her fingerprints to the FBI and other crime labs in the United States but there were no results. After 54 days, she was buried in an unmarked grave. The DNA Doe Project, known for their research in genetic genealogy, was eventually contacted for assistance. In November 2019, the organization announced a fourth cousin or niece/first cousin were identified in Alabama.

Investigating Agency(s)
Agency Name: Grundy County Coroner
Agency Contact Person: Deputy Chief Coroner Brandon Johnson
Agency Phone Number: 815-942-3792
Agency E-Mail: bjohnson@grundyco.org
Agency Case Number: 10-76-36

NCIC Case Number: U910029125
NCMEC Case Number: 1339118
NamUs Case Number: 17621

Information Source(s)
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ABC 33

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On October 2, 1976 around 3:00 pm the nude body of an unidentified, black woman was discovered by a farmer and his young granddaughter in a ditch on US Highway 6 a couple of miles east of the LaSalle County line in Erienna Township near Seneca, Grundy County, Illinois. The woman had been shot with a .38 caliber revolver once in the back of the head. A multi-colored knit sweater had been wrapped around her head and covered with a green plastic bag tied off with black electrical tape. She had brown eyes and black hair, was 15-27 years old, stood 5’7 and weighed 150 pounds. The manner of death was determined to be homicide. After nearly two months of unsuccessful attempts to identify her, she was buried in an unmarked grave.

DNA Doe Project Status: Research in process


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The victim was found in a ditch on US Route 6, 1.4 miles east of the LaSalle County line at around 3:00 PM on October 2, 1976. The body was not likely at this location for very long.

She had been shot once in the back of the head with a .38 caliber revolver.

Her head was covered with a green plastic bag bound with black electrical tape, along with a multi-colored knit sweater.

Authorities ran the woman's photograph in the Chicago Daily Bullitin newspaper and submitted her fingerprints to the FBI and other crime labs in the United States but there were no results.

After 54 days, she was buried in an unmarked grave.

The DNA Doe Project, known for their research in genetic genealogy, was eventually contacted for assistance. In November 2019, the organization announced a fourth cousin or niece/first cousin were identified in Alabama.

The DNA Doe Project suggests the following: The victim was likely born between 1948 and 1960 and would have been missing by October 1976. Her parents may have come from Selma, Alabama. One set of her grandparents were from Selma, Alabama. One of her grandparent's was likely named Calhoun. One great-grandparent may have been named Harris. Other possible areas her relatives reside: Dallas County or Wilcox County, Alabama. At least one branch of her family moved to Ohio. She may have siblings, who were unaware of her existence.
 
Grundy County Jane Doe was added to Gedmatch by the DNA Doe Project. AS of February 22, 2021, she has just over 1,000 DNA matches. Her highest match is 253 cM - first cousin once removed, second cousin, half great aunt/uncle/niece/nephew, half first cousin range. She is on the Google Drive spreadsheet at;
 

by WKRC
Wednesday, February 1st 2023

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Investigators are working to identify a woman who was murdered 47 years ago in Illinois. Genetic genealogy has determined she likely had relatives in Cincinnati.

The Grundy County Coroner's Office said the woman was found dead in a ditch in unincorporated Seneca, Illinois on Oct. 2, 1976. She'd been shot in the head.

The coroner said she was African-American and was believed to be between 15 and 27-years-old. An artist-rendered image of how she may have looked was released in 2019.

She was buried in an unmarked grave in an Illinois cemetery.

Investigators from the coroner's office exhumed her remains in Dec. 2018, hoping that newer forensic science and DNA techniques might lead to her identification.

In 2019, the coroner's office began working with the DNA Doe Project which uses genetic genealogy to help identify the unidentified. They were able to find a close match to the woman they've called Jane Seneca Doe.

There is an extensive family tree and investigators are hoping someone can help.

Most of her family seems to have come from Selma, Alabama, including one set of grandparents and her parents. She likely had a grandparent named Calhoun. A great-grandparent may have been named Harris. She may have siblings who didn't know she existed.

They've been able to determine at least one branch of her family moved to Cincinnati.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Chief Coroner Brandon Johnson of the Grundy County Coroner’s Office at 815-941-3359 or e-mail: bjohnson@grundycountyil.gov.
 

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