St. Charles County Jane Doe

On February the 1st 1968, the body of a young female child aged between 2-3 years old, was found inside a cheap, black suitcase that had been thrown into Lake Alton, Missouri. The suitcase was bound and had been weighed down with two ten-pound barbells inside the suitcase, and two more ten-pound barbells outside of the suitcase. The suitcase had been bound with a blue clothesline.

The distinctive features of the young girl were an abnormally large tooth and a scar above one of her eyes. She had long, blonde hair, but due to her decomposition, they were unable to determine an eye colour for her. The Jane Doe was approximately 2″8′ tall, and weighed between 35 to 40 pounds. The only item of clothing found on her was white underwear.

The young girl had been dead for up to a month before being found. Police have ruled that she died due to a homicide, but they have never publicly stated the method by which she was killed.

On either February 7th or 9th, 1968, Jane Doe was laid to rest in an unmarked grave in the children’s section of Oak Grove Cemetery.

In September 2015, her body was exhumed to extract DNA from her body. Unfortunately, this process was unsuccessful. However, her skull was used by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to reconstruct a more accurate reconstruction of her face.

Original 1968 Facial Reconstruction of Jane Doe. Credit: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
2016 reconstruction of Jane Doe by Carl Koppelman. Credit:


St. Charles County Jane Doe, Lake Alton, Missouri, 1968, the 1960s, Unidentified Child, Unidentified Person, Jane Doe, Unidentified, True Crime, Real Crime, Unsolved Homicide, Unsolved Murder, Unsolved Case, Unsolved Mystery, Mystery

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