MN NEW SCANDIA TOWNSHIP JANE DOE: WF, 20-65, found on shores of Bone Lake in New Scandia, MN - 12 Jun 1993


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123UFMN - Unidentified Female​


Reconstruction of the victim

Date of Discovery: June 12, 1993
Location of Discovery: New Scandia Township, Washington County, Minnesota
Estimated Date of Death: Days prior
State of Remains: Decomposed
Cause of Death: Unknown

Physical Description

Estimated Age: 30-65 years old
Race: White
Sex: Female
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Hair: Dark brown to black hair, possibly worn in a "spiked" pattern
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Each earlobe had three holes pierced for earrings, Small amount of red nail polish on nails of the 4-5th toe nails.


Dentals: Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: None
Jewelry: None
Additional Personal Items: None

Circumstances of Discovery

The victim was located in rural Washington County on the shores of Bone Lake on June 12, 1993. Shortly after the head was found in Bone Lake in New Scandia Township, a left foot was found about 20 miles away on a Mississippi River bank near Pig's Eye Lake in St. Paul. The Washington County medical examiner believed that the foot and head belonged to the same woman, partly because they were both cut cleanly.

Authorities have sent the woman's description, including descriptions of her dental work, to the National Crime Information Center and every police department in the five-state area.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Ramsey County Medical Examiner Office
Agency Contact Person: Butch Huston, MD
Agency Phone Number: 651-266-1700
Agency E-Mail:
Agency Case Number: 93-638

NCIC Case Number: N/A
NamUs Case Number: 7308

Information Source(s)

Star Tribune 7/8/93

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After 30 years, a Jane Doe discovered at Bone Lake in Scandia, Minnesota could be closer to being identified.

“Our team at the DNA Doe Project is grateful to announce that a major donor has gifted funds to cover all remaining costs associated with seven John and Jane Doe cases, including two pre-fund cases that will proceed to the laboratory for testing,” said an update on the organization’s Facebook page.

Last fall, Wes Eisenchenk, a resident of North Branch, brought this cold case to the Country Messenger’s attention. In October, we published a story about a fundraising campaign to begin DNA sequencing for the Bone Lake Jane Doe - the victim of an apparent homicide. The fundraising campaign was organized by the DNA Doe Project, a nonprofit volunteer-based initiative that uses investigative genetic genealogy to identify John and Jane Doe unidentified remains.

On June 12, 1993, at 9:30 a.m., the head of a woman was discovered floating near the shore of Bone Lake in New Scandia Township, Minnesota. Authorities said an area resident who had recently purchased property on Bone Lake was walking along the shore on a Saturday morning and saw what he thought was the head of a mannequin floating in the water. The resident called the police after discovering it was a human head.

Shortly after the head was found in Bone Lake, a foot was found on the bank of Pig’s Eye Lake approximately 20 miles southwest in St. Paul. According to Washington County Sheriff’s Lt. David Heuer, who investigated the case at the time, the Washington County Medical Examiner believes the foot and head belonged to the same woman partly because they were both cleanly cut. DNA tests on tissue samples were done to determine whether they came from the same victim. Police ultimately connected the foot to the head and conducted further searches of the areas surrounding the two locations. No further body parts were located.

The woman was caucasian and had dark brown spiky hair and brown eyes. Her ears were triple pierced (with no earrings) and she had red toenail polish on her toes. At the time, Washington County Sheriff’s department reported that the woman had been deceased for two to four days before her head was found on the shore of Bone Lake. She was in her mid-20s to early 30s. The report indicated the victim was between 25 to 32 years old.

The only tip police received was from a phone call they received early June 21, 1993, from a man who said he killed the woman and left her body under the Mendota Bridge near the Minnesota River. Heuer said the police searched the area for eight hours that day before the river began flooding. The caller said the woman was from Wisconsin and “he was very sorry the police did not find the rest of her.” The man called on a tip line and the police hoped he all back with a more specific location. Heuer said the call could have been a prank but that the man “sounded real” and the tip “is all we have.” Authorities sent the woman’s description, including dental work, to the National Crime Information Center and every police department in the five-state area. Her dental work was compared with dental records in a computer bank. Nothing showed up.


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