TX PECOS JANE DOE: WF, 17-20, found dead in motel swimming pool in Pecos, TX - 5 Jul 1966 *JOLAINE HEMMY*


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Race / Ethnicity
White / Caucasian
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Estimated Age GroupAdult - Pre 20
Estimated Age Range (Years)17-20
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Estimated PMIMinutes
Height5' 4"(64 inches) , Measured
Weight130 lbs, Measured

Type: Unidentified Deceased
Date Found: July 5, 1966
NamUs Case Created: January 31, 2015
ME/C QA Reviewed--

Location Found Map
General Location--Pecos, Texas
County: Reeves County
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Circumstances of Recovery: On July 17, 1966, this female checked in to the Roper Motel in Pecos with an unidentified male. They were seen swimming together. Around 5:30 p.m. she was heard to scream and people rushed to the pool. She was pulled out, and attempts were made to save her life with no success. Her companion, meanwhile, checked out and left the motel. Her body lies in an unmarked grave in the Pecos Cemetery.

Details of Recovery
Inventory of Remains
All parts recovered
Condition of Remains
Recognizable face

Circumstance Notes
Police | Pecos, TX

Physical Description
Hair Color: Brown
Head Hair Description: Long
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Left Eye Color: Brown
Right Eye Color: Brown
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Distinctive Physical Features
4 inch burn scar on her right rib cage three inch scar on her left leg

Clothing and Accessories
Wearing a bright red bathing suit
On the Body

Also had been wearing dark shorts and a flowered blouse
Near the Body

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Pecos Jane Doe from 1966 has been identified as Jolaine Hemmy.

Othram, Pecos PD and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Team to Identify Pecos Jane Doe

After 55 years, Pecos Jane Doe is Identified!

"In 1966, a young woman drowned in the Ropers Motel pool in Pecos, Texas and for more than 50 years her true identity was unknown. The young woman, known until recently as Pecos Jane Doe, checked into the Ropers Motel with an unknown male companion, using the names, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Battoun. Hours later, a hotel employee found the woman’s body in the hotel pool. As the woman was being taken away in an ambulance, her companion checked out of the hotel and was never seen again.

More than 50 years later, Pecos Police Department Chief Lisa Tarango, continued the search for Pecos Jane Doe’s true identity. The victim is buried with a gravestone marked, "Unknown Girl Drowned July 5, 1966" and agency officials have continued to visit her grave and bring flowers.

Othram reached out to the Pecos Police Department in early 2020 to help identify the woman using advanced DNA testing. The laboratory work was funded mostly by Pecos Police Department, with a supplementary crowdfund established through DNASolves. Skeletal remains were brought to Othram in August 2020 and work on the case began, first to develop a DNA extract from the bone, and then to construct a DNA profile using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®."

"Jolaine was 17 years old in 1966, working at a drive-in diner in Kansas City, Kansas. She abruptly vanished one day and didn't pick up her last paycheck. Her family reported her missing and worked hard to find out where she had gone and despite tremendous efforts by family and law enforcement, they were unable to find her. At least one family member remembers a man that took particular interest in Jolaine around the time of her disappearance, but little is known about him. Pecos Police Department is continuing to investigate."

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