Jenkins County Jane Doe (1988)

On the 14th of February, 1988, a man who was searching for cans discovered the body of a young female that had been placed inside a duffel bag. This discovery was made in a dumpster in Millen, Georgia.

Her body had been placed inside the duffel bag after being wrapped in bedding material and tape. Her feet had been bound. It has been suggested that the bedding could have come from the woman’s place of residence or employment.

The Duffel Bag Jane Doe was found in. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom

GBI officials have stated that due to the condition of her body the facial rendering may be “inaccurate”. Even with this, they received several tips from women who bore some resemblance to Jane Doe, and some even noted similarities with the bedding she was found in. One investigator even dabbled in the possibility that the bedding had originally come from Korea.

Jane Doe’s cause of death could not be determined due to the condition of her remains, but asphyxiation is suspected. Some people have suggested that the pillow that was found with her remains was used to smother her, however, no blood or signs of trauma were found on this item.

In 1991, investigators on Jane Doe’s case received a call from Johnny Young. Johnny had been a person of interest in the case since 1988. During the phone call, Johnny confessed to the murder. However, after he was located in New Jersey, Johnny denied making the phone call. Johnny has since passed away and was never charged with murder in relation to Jane Doe’s case. It is believed that Johnny was acquainted with a Puerto Rican woman who resembled the initial sketch from GBI.

The initial sketch of Jane Doe is now deemed “inaccurate”. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom

Jane Doe is described as being of East Asian descent, with potentially having some white ancestry. In the initial autopsy report, it states that she was Hispanic, whilst some people believe that she was actually Native American. She was between 16 and 25 years old when she died, weighed between 135 – 145 pounds and stood between 5″4′ and 5″6′. She had long dark brown/black hair, and she had recently shaved her legs.

She had good dental health, although some of her front teeth were crooked. Shortly before her death, she had one of her molars removed and the socket had healed. Her teeth alignment may be a characteristic of Asian and Native American ethnicity.

Jane Doe was found with no clothing or jewellery. Her body was kept in a tan, wheeled suitcase that resembled a duffel bag. Trash bags were also used to conceal her body.

The bedding she was wrapped in is described as being a maroon bedspread with a floral design, a pale green pillow with a floral design similar to the bedspread, a towel with a butterfly design, and bedsheets that lacked embroidery.

The bedding that Jane Doe was wrapped in. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom
The towel Jane Doe’s body was wrapped in. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom

Jane Doe’s remains have since been cremated, but additional information about her age and race could be established if bone fragments still exist. The evidence in her case was sent for additional examination in 2018.

It has been 34 years since her body was found. Do you know her true identity?

Facial Reconstruction of Jane Doe. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom

Tags:

Unsolved, Murder, Homicide, Unsolved Case, Unidentified Person, Jane Doe, True Crime, Jenkins County, Georgia, 1988, Jenkins County Jane Doe, Cold Case, Unidentified

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