FL ROCKLEDGE JANE DOE: BF, 21-30, found off rural road in Rockledge, FL - 11 Oct 1980


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On October 11, 1980 a passing motorist found the body of a black woman on the east shoulder of an isolated rural road about 100 yards north of Barnes Boulevard in Rockledge, Brevard County, Florida. She had been shot in the head and the case is considered a homicide. She was 21-30 years old, weighed about 120 pounds, was 5’6, and had brown hair and eyes.

During the search for the woman’s identity the investigators discovered that she had been arrested in Pinellas County, about 150 miles to the west. The name she gave when booked was “Joanne English”, which turned out to be false, along with her Social Security number and date of birth. DNA, fingerprints, and dental records are available for comparison.

DNA Doe Project Status: Research in Progress

Physical Description
Hair Color: Black
Head Hair Description: Brown hair with black roots, through photographs it appeared the decedent may have colored her hair
Left Eye Color: Brown
Right Eye Color: Brown
Eye Description: Brown

Distinctive Physical Features

Through photographs it did not appear the decedent's ear's were pierced

Scars over the left and right buttocks, scars on back of both heals, one left ankle scar that looks like it had stitches

Clothing and Accessories

Decedent wore a "Red - Pringles Chip" T-shirt, blue jeans, and white shoes - On the Body

Footwear - White Shoes - On the Body

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Rockledge Jane Doe 1980 was added to Gedmatch by the DNA Doe Project. As of February 22, 2021, she had 312 DNA matches. Her highest match was 72.3 cM - this is not a substantial match. She is on the Google Drive spreadsheet at:

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