Odessa Jane Doe

Jane Doe sketch
Unsolved

I know, I know, I just did a facial reconstruction, but since I’ve been sick I haven’t had the chance to research and write about a hellbeast for today. I do, however, have a face I worked on before I got sick, and it belongs to an unfortunate murder victim found in Odessa, Delaware.

But Cleo, you say, we want another hellbeast story! I know. I totally promise I’ll have more nasty hellbeast stories for next week. In fact, I’m working on one that was suggested by a reader from New Zealand. That is so cool that I have readers from the far side of the globe!

Back to our Jane Doe. This young woman, aged between 20 and 45, died in 1993. She’d been dead for approximately 3 months before her skeletal remains were found just 30 feet south of Vance Neck Road.

Jane Doe 2212 skullThis Jane Doe was discovered on November 25, 1993. Aside from her bones all the investigators found was her dark brown hair. From her skeleton they figure her height to be 5’1″ so she’s a short person.

For over 20 years this woman has been unclaimed. It’s long past due that she is returned to those who loved her.

Investigators have made significant efforts to identify this woman. They had forensic artists create both 2-D and 3-D versions of what she may have looked like. One artist made both a smiling and unsmiling version. I’m including only the smiling face here.

The sketch at the top, I don’t think, fits the skull. The bottom jaw is much wider and more prominent than the sketch would suggest.

Jane DoeThese various facial reconstructions have sadly not resulted in success and to me they look totally different from each other. And the 3-D version doesn’t look, to me at least, natural at all.

I decided, naturally, to create my own version of the Odessa Jane Doe, because it’s what I like to do. My ego always tells me I can do better than what has already been done.

I couldn’t tell from the police information if her hair was long or short, but since all of the artists have given her long, straight hair I went along with that. I did compromise — I tried to make it look as though it’s tied back so that the shape of her face is more apparent.

Facial reconstructionI opted for darker eyes. Those seem to go with dark brown hair.

I tried to make her age around 30 with some laugh lines but no wrinkles. I made her smiling as well because this woman had a great set of teeth. The other artist’s version of her smiling forgot her gums, making her look like she had a gap between her front teeth.

If anyone has any idea of the identity of this unfortunate woman, please contact the Delaware State Medical Examiners Office (302) 577-3420. The listed case manager is Hal Brown. The case number is 1993-N-1995 or NamUs UP #2212.

And if anyone has any clue as to the murderer, please contact Delaware police.

My version of Jane Doe 2212I truly hope this woman is returned soon to those who knew and loved her. If she had children they’d be adults by now. Her parents would probably be retirement age now. After 21 years it’s time this Jane Doe went home.

And, as promised, here is my version of the Odessa Jane Doe.

Identifyus.org report

8 Responses to Odessa Jane Doe

  1. pj says:

    You made the woman look quite friendly and happy. And a helluva lot more human than that 3D version did. Any idea how she died?

  2. FlyingLeadChange says:

    For what it’s worth, Cleo, I don’t mind at all when you do these sorts of facial reconstruction posts. A lot of people reading blogs like this focus on the criminals, and I agree they need to be addressed. But you don’t forget the victims, and I admire that. It’s really about them, in the end.

  3. moodymagic says:

    The 3d version looks like an alien with hair how freaky looking. Don’t think you will ever find someone lookin like that. Cleo another great job.You nailed the human aspect again. I hope this helps find out who she is.

  4. 2cute says:

    That 3D one is like an egyptian mummy all dried out with no flesh. I don’t think the victim could have looked like that when she was alive. I think cleo’s version is like a real person. I hope somebody finally claims her and takes her home.

    • BENGALPUSS says:

      2cute, i have to agree with you, that 3D version looks horrendous, nothing like a human being, it looks like the witch from the “wizard of oz” the green one, only not green. cleo you should do this for a living, that’s if there is a living to be made from this, although i guess people that do these images and sculptures, donate their time for free, at least that’s what i think.

      • Leia says:

        I agree completely. Your rendition is BEAUTIFUL. You should have a career in that. You can help give the dead their identities back, their families some closure, and likely make a pretty penny too, You are incredibly talented!

  5. BENGALPUSS says:

    It would be good for cleo to do this professionally, but then would she still have time to do her blog hellbeasts? I would have withdrawal symptoms, if she didn’t. does that sound selfish? lol

  6. sarah says:

    How do you create these amazing 3D images?

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