Detroit, Michigan Jane Doe

Jane Doe 8175 Skull
Unsolved

I found another skull photo of an unidentified Jane Doe. Surprisingly, this time there was no forensic sketch made. Maybe Detroit has too many unidentified bodies to create sketches for every single one. So here I go doing my bit to help out.

This unfortunate woman was found in an alley in Detroit on March 26, 2009. The address was 12933 St. Louis Street.

The remains were partially skeletal, partially mummified. The woman been dead an estimated 8 months, which means she was probably last seen alive in the summer of 2008. There were no clothes or possessions found with the body. What the authorities did find was a mass of long, fine hair, probably reddish in colour.

Detroit authorities have determined that this woman was between 25 and 45 years of age. She was white, and she was just under 5 feet tall. That’s short. From indications on her skeleton she probably had suffered from a painful back injury. As well, it was very possible that she’d given birth at some point. That means somebody is missing their mommy.

I can find no mention of cause of death, but I consider it highly suspicious that a young woman would wind up nude and dead in an alley. Doesn’t sound like a natural death to me.

The skull photo presented a bit of a challenge because it shows the skull looking slightly upward. This makes the cranium look very foreshortened. I compromised somewhat and tried to make the woman look as she would head-on.

This Jane Doe had a very strong jaw and a high-bridged nose. She also had pronounced cheekbones. From what I could gather from the WebSleuth forum, the teeth dropped out after she died, so she wasn’t toothless.

Also on the WebSleuth forum is another amateur’s facial reconstruction based on the same skull. It depicts the woman at an older age than my version does. I think the artist, identified as CarlK, did a decent job of it. You can check it out at the link below.

Detroit Jane Doe 8175I chose to make my version of the face on the younger side of the estimated age range. I figure it’s not much use making her look 45 if she died at 25.

I also chose to make this Jane Doe look well fed — motherhood tends to put on the pounds.

I hope somebody somewhere can put a name to this unfortunate woman. I hate the thought of her family, especially her children, not knowing what became of her.

The contact people for this case, ME/C Case Number 09-3204, are in Wayne County, Michigan. The Wayne County Medical Examiners Office contact is Carl Schmidt, (313) 833-2504. The case manager is listed as Sarah Krebs (313) 215-0675.

This Jane Doe is also listed as NamUs UP #8175.

If anyone has any idea of the identity of this Jane Doe or how she died, please contact authorities. She belongs with her loved ones after all these years. Her children deserve to have their mommy back.

IdentifyUs.org article
WebSleuths.com Forum

9 Responses to Detroit, Michigan Jane Doe

  1. moodymagic says:

    I do hope someone is able to identify this victim. Cleo you have quite gift for putting the human factor to these skulls. Keep up the great work.

  2. 2cute says:

    This is the second Detroit Jane Doe. Hope this one gets home. Awful to think of her kids not knowing where she was for all these years.

  3. awesomeblossom says:

    Good job again cleo.

  4. Jessice11 says:

    Great job Cleo! Hopefully someone identifies her :)

  5. Beth says:

    My ex husband and I believe this might be our daughter. we both submitted our DNA.

    • cleo says:

      Beth, I can’t even imagine what it has been like for you to have your daughter missing. I hope you get answers soon and I wish you all the best.

    • Bengalpuss says:

      Have to agree, there is a resemblance with cleo’s rendition and the missing girl in the link. Whoever it is i hope they can be returned to their family and have a proper burial, very sad.

  6. TimeToFaceFacts says:

    Speaking of Detroit – Erykah Badu, the r&b singer, has recently pledged to pay for the cities backlog of rape kits to be tested. Good for her – it’s nice to see some of these celebrities using their money for something good rather than just being greedy hyper-capitalists.

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