NY MT VERNON JANE DOE: WF, 18-30, found in Mount Vernon, NY - 14 Feb 1988 *VERONICA WIEDERHOLD*

51UFNY - Unidentified Female
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Reconstructions of the victim by Carl Koppelman, NCMEC, Judy Reimer and Project EDAN. To view a postmortem photo of the victim, click here.

Date of Discovery: February 14, 1988
Location of Discovery: Mount Vernon, Westchester County, New York
Estimated Date of Death: 6-12 hours prior
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Homicide by asphyxiation and blunt force trauma

Physical Description
Estimated Age: 18-30 years old
Race: White, but possibly native to South America
Gender: Female
Height: 5'3"
Weight: 105 lbs.
Hair Color: Light brown, bleached blonde
Eye Color: Hazel
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Freckles and some moles on her face. Her underarms had about 2 weeks worth of growth. Recent shaving of pubic hair. No scars or tattoos noted. Both ears pierced but no earrings present. Press-on nails painted with reddish-pink fingernail polish. Untrimmed eyebrows.

Dentals: Available. Natural teeth with no fillings or decay.
Fingerprints: Available.
DNA: Sample submitted - Tests complete

Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: None.
Jewelry: None
Additional Personal Items: None

Circumstances of Discovery
The victim's nude body was discovered lying in a city street in Mount Vernon, approximately 10 miles north of Manhattan, New York at 11:54 AM.

She was bound at the wrists and ankles and her body appeared to be in a posed position.

Autopsy results indicated the victim had cocaine and broccoli in her stomach.

Police suspect she was the victim of a serial killer and that she may have been a prostitute.

It is also possible that she was from overseas, due to her unshaven underarms.

Investigating Agency(s)
Agency Name: Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office
Agency Contact Person: Detective Christopher DiMase
Agency Phone Number: 914-231-1600
Agency E-Mail: cdimase@pd.cmvny.com
Agency Case Number: MEW 88-410

Agency Name: Mount Vernon Police Department
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 914-665-2510 or 915-665-2573
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: Unknown

NCIC Case Number: U288016763
NamUs Case Number: 10229

Information Source(s)
Hellbeasts - A Blog About Crime and Injustice
Crime Watch Daily
Cold Case - Missing Female
Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office
Can You Identify Me: America's Unidentified

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Homicide by asphyxiation and blunt force trauma. The victim's body was discovered lying in a city street in Mount Vernon.
Jane Doe 1988 From Mount Vernon






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October 29, 2014

Mount Vernon Jane Doe

MT VERNON DOE: WF, 18-25, found lying in a street  - 14 Feb 1988 *GRAPHIC* 0Mmp9co


On February 14, 1988, a young woman’s naked body was found. She’d only been dead for about 6 hours, and her face was very recognizable, but still she was never identified. That’s just so sad.

The woman had been murdered. Her killer bound her hands and ankles, asphyxiated her, and inflicted blunt force trauma.

The body had been left in the street at 10 Carleton Avenue, Mount Vernon, Westchester County in the state of New York. Mount Vernon is only about 10 miles north of Manhattan.

The area where the victim was found is an industrial area, not residential. She was laid on the ground with her arms out to the side and her ankles crossed.

This Jane Doe was white, and between 18 and 30 years old. She was 5’3″ tall, and she only weighed 105 pounds. Her eyes were hazel. Her face had freckles. Her hair was long, straight, and blondish, maybe light brown. She had absolutely no cavities or fillings. She also had no tattoos or scars.

The victim had fake press-on nails that she’d painted reddish pink — a detail I doubt anyone would remember after all these years. Her face had some moles and freckles, and on the right side of her neck, just above her shoulder, she had a big, noticeable birthmark.

The victim, I think, had a surprisingly thick neck. Not freakishly thick, just thicker than I would have expected on such a slight figure.

The victim had pierced ears, but no jewelry was found on the body. Nothing was found on the body.

Now this Jane Doe, I must admit, confuses me a bit. Her eyebrows were in need of plucking. Indeed, she even had stray hairs on the bridge of her nose. Her armpits were unshaven. Those details make me think she wasn’t interested in getting herself a boyfriend. I remember the 80’s well enough to know armpits and legs were expected to be hair-free — especially when a girl was dating.

The confusing part is for me that the victim had recently shaved or waxed her pubic hair. I learned that Brazilian waxing arrived in New York in 1986, so this was a very recent trend. Now why would Jane Doe not shave her armpits and not pluck her eyebrows but remove all her pubic hair?

It is possible she shaved her pubic area for hygienic purposes rather than erotic ones. She might have had a case of pubic lice at one time, or wanted to avoid one.

It is also possible that her killer shaved the victim himself. There is no reason to think the poor woman wasn’t held for a period of time before she was killed. She’d been bound so she’d obviously been incarcerated by her murderer.

There have been many versions of the Mount Vernon Jane Doe’s face. That didn’t stop me, of course, from doing my own version. I chose to make her younger looking — closer to 18.

MT VERNON DOE: WF, 18-25, found lying in a street  - 14 Feb 1988 *GRAPHIC* Pi2SNny

Most of the other versions emphasize her eyebrows, making them very dark. I think, since she was blondish, that her brows would have been lighter. The post mortem picture of the victim shows her with dark, wet hair so she’d obviously been recently washed. The water may have darkened her brows too.

It would be totally awesome if, after all these years, this Jane Doe were identified. That might also lead to the identity of her murderer who hopefully led a life full of suffering and pain and then died excruciatingly.

If anybody has any idea of who this Jane Doe is, please contact the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office at (914) 231-1600, or the Mount Vernon Police Department at (914) 665-2510. Refer to case number MEW 88-410. The listed contact person is Detective Christopher DiMase.

This Jane Doe is also listed in other databases. Here are her other case numbers:
NCIC Case Number: U288016763
NamUs Case Number: UP #10229
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Westchester County Jane Doe (1988)

Another reconstruction of the Westchester County Jane Doe
On February 14, 1988, the "posed" nude body of a woman was found on a street in Mount Vernon, Westchester County, New York. The victim had been dead for approximately six to twelve hours, and was bound at the wrists and ankles and had died from ligature strangulation as well as suffering a beating.[9] She was aged 18 to 30, with hazel eyes and with bleached, light brown or blonde hair. She was 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighed 105 pounds, and had pierced ears without earrings. She had numerous freckles and moles (including a large and prominent mole on her neck). Her underarms had not been shaved for approximately two weeks, but her pubic area was recently shaved. This detail has led some investigators to presume she could have been a prostitute. The fact that the rest of the body showed an absence of shaving, it has also been suggested she was foreign to the United States, and could be of South American descent. Her nails were painted pink prior to her death.[10] No clothing was found at or near the scene.[11] An autopsy found that she had ingested cocaine and broccoli before her murder, which may have been the work of a serial offender.[12]
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