Lady in the Fridge

On the 29th of March, 1995, the body of a young woman was discovered inside a gold, 1983 Frigidaire refrigerator that had been dumped inside of a ditch along Bacon Island Road, in the Delta area which is just west of the city of Stockton, California.

The fridge had been tied shut with rope, and the woman’s body had been wrapped in a quilt and a Hilary-brand sleeping bag. Jane Doe was found bound with electrical tape and gagged by a sock. She had died due to blunt force trauma to her head.

A bedsheet the Jane Doe was wrapped in. Credit: Wikipedia Commons

Jane Doe was between 24-45 years old at the time of her death. She stood approximately 5″5′ and weighed approximately 110-130lbs. She was a white female, and probably had strawberry blonde or red hair. Her nails had been manicured, and her teeth were in very good condition, she only had a few fillings and there were signs that she cared for them on a daily basis. She did not have any visible tattoos or scars.

It is estimated that Jane Doe died between 1 to 9 months before she was found.

She was wearing a blue sweatshirt, Levi shorts in size 30-32, a Victoria’s Secret Bra in size 34B, a fruit of the loom t-shirt, multicoloured knee-high socks with toes, and Gorilla hiking boots. In 1996, the Gorilla hiking boots were worth $120.00

Jane Doe was also wearing a one-third-carat wedding ring, and investigators found a leather band which they believe was part of a charm necklace. Ornaments that could have been on the necklace were found in her pocket.

Photos of the items found with Jane Doe. Credit: Never Forget Me/Facebook

Based on the evidence at the scene, detectives think that woman was either estranged, divorced or separated from her husband at the time of her death. They also think that her charm bracelet broke during a fight that occurred, and the victim must have put the ornaments from the bracelet into her pocket before she died.

Police have said that the items inside the refrigerator have led them to believe that the fridge at least came from the East bay area, some of the cities associated with the items are Richmond, Antioch, Pittsburgh, Oakley, and Brentwood.

The electric tape that was used to bound the victim was purchased at a military surplus store in Oakley. There was also an unopened bag of ice from the Glacier Ice Company Co which is produced in Freemont and shipped only to the East Bay. There were also miniature milk cartons inside the icebox which are primarily used in hospitals, schools, and institutions.

The Glacier Ice Bag was found with the victim. Credit: Wikipedia Commons

The refrigerator’s serial number revealed that it had been manufactured in Pennsylvania, and then sold in Oakland, California. Based on the contents, police think that the fridge probably originated between Highways 680, 580, 4, and Interstate 5.

Some investigators believe that Jane Doe may have fallen victim to serial killer Terry Rasmussen, who was active at the time of her murder. She was also killed in a similar manner to his other victims. However, this has never been confirmed.

Her DNA is available and has been added to the NamUs database.

Let’s hope that one day this woman gets her identity back.


Unsolved, Unidentified, Murder, Homicide, Serial Killer Victim, Investigation, True Crime, Bacon Island Road, Stockton, California, 1995, Lady in the Fridge, Unidentified Person, Jane Doe, Unsolved Murder, Unsolved Homicide, 1990s

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