Ormond Beach Jane Doe

Ormond Beach Jane Doe 3-D facial reconstruction


Well, old Cleo here has been in her glory. Thanks to Sgt. Thoman of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, I have in my possession skull photos of an unidentified murder victim. You know what that means — a new facial reconstruction effort by yours truly! I can’t begin to express how excited I’ve been.

This Jane Doe was discovered way back on April 23, 1990 in Volusia County, Florida. A man had been walking down a dirt path through some woods east of Clyde Morris Boulevard when he spotted her remains under some shrubs. She’d already been dead 3 to 8 weeks, and was badly decomposed.

There weren’t too many clues for investigators to work with. She had light brown hair tied in pigtails. There was no clothing save for a medium size nylon slip tied around her throat. Her wrists were bound with rope.

A forensic anthropologist concluded that this Jane Doe was a white woman likely in her early 30’s. She had a medium build and was 5’4″ or so. She was also a mother, having given birth to at least one baby.

That is so incredibly sad — the poor woman’s children had to grow up without a mom, and without knowing she was murdered.

The Volusia County investigators did what they could with what they had. In 2000 a forensic artist created a 3-D facial reconstruction, but that did not succeed in putting a name to the murdered woman.

I saw the photo of that reconstruction, and naturally, being so conceited, I figured I could do a better job. I contacted the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and my offer of a facial reconstruction was accepted. I was provided front and side views of the victim’s skull, and so I created front and side views of her face. And here they are.

Ormond Beach Jane Doe facial reconstructionThe Ormond Beach Jane Doe had a squarish jaw and prominent front teeth. I couldn’t make her smile because one of her front teeth was missing. The large, prominent front teeth might stir a memory with someone.

The woman also had a distinctive nose featuring a bump. Maybe that will ring a bell out there.

Because the woman was found with a slip, she must have been wearing a dress or a skirt. Because her hair was in pigtails, she was likely wearing something casual when she met up with her killer.

Ormond Beach Jane Doe died a terrible death — tied up and likely throttled by her murderer. It wasn’t a swift death, and she likely looked into her killer’s face as she was strangled. Maybe it was her boyfriend, or maybe it was her husband. Maybe the person who killed her went on to raise her children.

Ormond Beach Jane Doe facial reconstructionIt’s long past time this poor woman was identified and returned to her family. Her offspring deserve to know their mom hadn’t abandoned them after all.

If anyone has any idea as to the identity of this Jane Doe, please contact the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, or Crime Stoppers 1-888-277-TIPS. And if anyone has an idea of who murdered her, definitely contact the authorities.

P.S. I am thrilled to learn that the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office will be using my facial reconstructions! That is so awesome! Thank you, Sgt. Thoman!

Orlando Sentinel article
NCMissingPersons.org article

8 Responses to Ormond Beach Jane Doe

  1. Liza Lu says:

    Great job! You have great talent to really bring these people back to life. Hope this woman is reunited with her loved ones.

  2. moodymagic says:

    Cleo you have a true talent. I truly hope this women gets identified now as well.

  3. Bulldoggy says:

    Yours looks like a real person. The 3D version looks scary and unnatural. Good job Cleo.

  4. 2cute says:

    Haha, the clay model looks like a freak. No wonder she wasn’t identified with that. I sure hope she’ll get named soon and her killer caught. I feel bad for her children growing up without a mom.

  5. awesomeblossom says:

    Hey, is it just me or does the 3d look like Henry Chau Hoi-leung? Same scrawny neck even. Good job Cleo.

  6. michelle says:

    Not to sound like a hitch, but who do they getting to do some of these likenesses? My daughter could do better. Do they get paid? Damn nice job, Cleo. You SHOULD get paid for these likenesses, and well. It takes a rare talent to create such a true-to-life image from skeletal remains. You are one of, if not the best I’ve ever seen.

  7. Bengalpuss says:

    Nice one cleo, i’m really pleased that sgt thoman has used your offer which is really good likeness of a human instead of that other picture, which i have to say is horrendous. When i look on the doe network some of the facial reconstructions are appalling, you cleo make them look human, good job cleo!!

  8. SarBear88 says:

    Cleo that is wonderful work. I gotta ask how do you do these is it done digitally on a computer program? How do make the skin and eyes and hair look soo real. It looks like a photograph of a real person. The eyes look like they are a real persons eyes. Naturally, I’m very curious as to how this is done. How did you get into this ?

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