CA HOLT JANE DOE: WF, 24-45, found inside refrigerator in irrigation ditch in Holt, CA - 29 Mar 1995 - Gorilla hiking boots

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320UFCA - Unidentified Female​

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Jewelry, bedsheets and bag found with remains.

Date of Discovery: March 29, 1995
Location of Discovery: Holt, San Joaquin County, California
Estimated Date of Death: Between August 1994 and February 1995.
State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
Cause of Death: Homicide by blunt-force trauma to the head


Physical Description

Estimated Age: 24-45 years old
Race: White
Sex: Female
Height: 5'5"
Weight: 110-130 lbs.
Hair Color: Strawberry blond or red
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: No visible tattoos or scars. Her nails were manicured.


Identifiers

Dentals: Available. Teeth virtually perfect with only a few fillings. Signs of regulare care.
Fingerprints: Unavailable.
DNA: Available.


Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: She looked as if she had been dressed to go to an outdoor event. Blue sweatshirt; Levi shorts, size 30-32; Victoria Secret bra, size 34B; Fruit of the Loom T-shirt; trendy multicolored knee-high socks with toes; Gorilla hiking boots worth approximately $120.00 in 1996.
Jewelry: A one-third carat wedding ring was found on her right hand and authorities believe that she may have been estranged, separated, or divorced from her husband. A leather band was found that detectives believe was a part of a charm necklace. The ornaments that would have been laced on the necklace were found in the victim's pocket. Investigators believe she quite possibly had her necklace broken in the scuffle and the ornaments were collected and placed into her pocket before she was murdered.
Additional Personal Items: White blanket, blue blanket, Hillary brand sleeping bag.


Circumstances of Discovery

The victim was discovered decomposed, inside a gold 1983 Frigidaire refrigerator, in an irrigation ditch along Bacon Island Road, in the Delta area west of Stockton. Individuals had been scoping the area for coins, cans, and other metal objects when they found a refrigerator tied shut with rope and dumped into the levee. They cut through the rope, opened the fridge, and dug through a patched faux fur waterbed quilt and a Hillary brand sleeping bag before reaching a woman's remains. She had been bound and gagged with a sock and electrical tape, and had blunt force trauma to her head.

Detectives say that the items found inside of the refrigerator lead them to believe that the fridge had resided in the East Bay. They came to this conclusion because the items that they found all had ties to that area. Some of the cities associated were; Richmond, Antioch, Pittsburgh, Oakley, and Brentwood. The electrician's tape used to tie up the victim had been purchased at the military surplus store in Oakley. There was an unopened bag of Ice from the Glacier Ice Co. which is produced in Freemont and shipped only to the East Bay. There were miniature milk cartons in the icebox that are used mainly in hospitals, schools, or institutions.

Based on the contents, police say the refrigerator was likely to have originated between the Highways 680, 580, 4, and Interstate 5.

The refrigerator's serial number revealed it had been manufactured in Pennsylvania and sold in Oakland, California.

There was a glacier ice bag inside the fridge with the date August 1994. It is surmised that the decedent was killed sometime between the date on the bag and 30 days before her body was found. Hundreds of leads have been followed-up with no success.


Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: San Joaquin County Medical Examiner's Office
Agency Contact Person: Dr. Michael D. Hunter
Agency Phone Number: 209-468-4300
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 95-172

Agency Name: San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office - Cold Case Unit
Agency Contact Person: Captain John Huber
Agency Phone Number: 209-468-5087
Agency E-Mail: coldcase(at)sjgov.org
Agency Case Number: 95-10064

NCIC Case Number: U821013310
NamUs Case Number: 68494


Information Source(s)

San Joaquin County Sheriff
Just the Facts Magazine (archived)
Recordnet (archived)
America's Most Wanted


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