OH SANDUSKY JANE DOE: WF, 25-40, found on the shores of Lake Erie near Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH - 30 Mar 1980

Unidentified Person / NamUs #UP76029
Female, White / Caucasian



Case Numbers ME/C Case NumberI-338-20
Sex Female
Race / Ethnicity White / Caucasian
Estimated Age Group Adult - Pre 40
Estimated Age Range (Years) 25-40
Height 5' 7"(67 inches) , Measured
Weight 130 lbs, Measured

Type Unidentified Deceased
Date Body Found March 30, 1980
NamUs Case Created November 30, 2020

Location Found Map
Location Sandusky, Ohio 44870
County Erie County
GPS Coordinates (Not Mapped)--
Found On Tribal Land Unknown
Circumstances of Recovery On March 30, 1980, a badly decomposed female was located .

Details of Recovery
Inventory of Remains All parts recovered
Condition of RemainsNot recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
Clothing and Accessories
Accessories - Nylon pantyhose - On the Body
Clothing - Beige cocktail party dress - On the Body
Clothing - White lace slip - On the Body

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‘That is part of the mystery’: Police release new details on woman whose body was found 40 years ago​

Sandusky police detectives are hoping new DNA technology will help them finally identify a woman whose body was found on a beach more than 40 years ago.

“She was found wearing a disco-style dress. She had no identifying marks on her and her body was badly decomposed ,” said Detective Eric Costante. “She had some injuries on her body and it’s unknown if those injuries were caused from the ice in the lake or if those injuries caused her death and that is part of the mystery.”

“We really want to be able to identify her and hopefully find her family,” Costante said.

Sandusky Police Chief Jared Oliver says the department is teaming up with officials at the Porchlight Project to help solve the case. They are hoping DNA samples can now be tested with new technology.

“We just want that closure for the family,” said Lt. Scott Dahlgren. “We want them to be in peace and for them to know she was found here .”

If you have any information on this cold case, contact the Porchlight Project here or call Sandusky police detectives.

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