CA NIPTON JANE DOE: WF, 18-30, found in mine shaft near CA/NV border - 30 May 1976


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Nipton Jane Doe was found in a mind shaft by hikers on May 3o, 1976. The location according to records was by Nipton Road not far from California/Nevada border at Stateline.

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Nipton Jane Doe

Nipton Jane Doe was a young woman found shot to death in a mine shaft in California in 1976.

She had shoulder length, reddish brown hair.
She was slightly obese.
Her two front teeth overlapped.
She had likely never been pregnant

Nipton Jane Doe


Sex Female
Race White
Location Nipton, California
Found May 30, 1976
Unidentified for 40 years
Postmortem interval Days
Body condition Recognizable face(B)
Age approximation 18 - 25
Height approximation 5'4
Weight approximation 150 - 160 pounds
Cause of death Gunshot (homicide)


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Reconstruction of the victim by Carl Kopplman. To view mortuary photographs of the victim, please click photo 1 and photo 2.

Date of Discovery: May 30, 1976
Location of Discovery: Nipton, San Bernardino County, California
Estimated Date of Death: Days
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Homicide by gunshot

Physical Description
Estimated Age: 18-30 years old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 155 lbs.
Hair Color: Reddish brown, shoulder length hair.
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: No evidence of prior pregnancies. Residual of orange or pink nail polish on fingernails.

Dentals: Available. Two upper front teeth overlap, missing for wisdom teeth. No fillings or cavities.
Fingerprints: Available
DNA: Not available - Insufficient DNA for profiling.

Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: Two-piece bathing suit, navy blue with white trim, "Carol Brant" brand.
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Discovery
The victim was located in a mineshaft in the remote Mojave desert near Nipton, California on May 30, 1976. Victim was shot in the back and dumped at location. Possibly transported there.

Investigating Agency(s)
Agency Name: San Bernardino County Sheriff - Coroner
Agency Contact Person: David Van Norman
Agency Phone Number: 909-387-2978
Agency E-Mail:
Agency Case Number: 38765808 (Sheriff); 47426 (Coroner)

NCIC Case Number: U760572472
NamUs Case Number: 2503

Information Source(s)
Unidentified Wiki

Admin Notes
Added: 9/24/08; Last Updated: 11/16/16


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The victim was located in a mineshaft in the remote Mojave desert near Nipton, California on May 30, 1976. Victim was shot in the back and dumped at location. Possibly transported there.

The mineshafts are scattered throughout the area, but someone was familiar with the remote mines and knew where to drop Nipton Jane Doe's body in the mine shaft.


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The body of a white female between eighteen and thirty was found on May 30, 1976 near Nipton, San Bernardino County, California. She had died from a shotgun wound to her back and was then deposited in a mine shaft in the Mojave Desert.[18] The victim was murdered approximately four to six days before and wore a blue swimsuit.[19] She was approximately 140 to 150 pounds at the height of five feet four inches tall. The victim's front teeth overlapped and none of her wisdom teeth were found. She is not believed to have given birth during her lifetime. She had auburn hair and had previously painted her fingernails pink or orange


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The Dark History of the Mojave Desert: Nipton Jane Doe

Ashley Nicole

Apr 15, 2019

On May 30, 1976, hikers discovered an 18 to 30-year-old woman in a Mojave mineshaft. She had been dumped just outside the town of Nipton. She was found not far from the Nevada border at I-15 and Cima Road.

Nipton Jane Doe was found wearing a two-piece Carol Brent bathing suit in navy blue and white. Internet sleuths have determined that Carol Brent bathing suits were commonly available at Montgomery Ward stores. No pools of water were nearby to prompt authorities to believe she’d been swimming near the area.

Jane Doe died as the result of a gunshot to the back. The discovery of her body was mere days after her death, and investigators do not believe the victim was shot at the scene. She was likely transported there and dropped off.

Nipton Jane Doe was approximately 5 ft. 4 inches tall and weighed about 155 pounds. She had red-brown hair that hit her shoulders (though all depictions of her I’ve found, including postmortem photos, show her having shorter hair). She also had two overlapping front teeth on top.

Some people believe Nipton Jane Doe may have been a guest at one of the nearby hotels with swimming pools. In the 1970s, these would have included Whiskey Pete’s and Gold Strike. Others have speculated serial killer William Bradford may have been involved. Unfortunately, so little information is available about Nipton Jane Doe that most ideas are based on pure speculation.

If you know anything about the Nipton Jane Doe, please call the San Bernardino County Sheriff coroner at (909) 387–2978.

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