Madison County Jane Doe (2016)

On the 17th of September, 2016, the skeletal remains of a young child or toddler were discovered inside a suitcase that had been placed along Interstate 45 in Madisonville in Texas.

The suitcase the child was found in. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The child’s skeleton had been wrapped in 3 garbage bags as well as having been put inside the suitcase. The child had likely been dead for 3-5 months before she was found.

Recent isotope and pollen testing have been conducted on the child, and it has indicated that she was originally from Southern Arizona, New Mexico or perhaps Northern Mexico. Police have stated that it is most likely she was originally from Southern Arizona.

The child had micrognathia, a condition that affects the size of jaw development, and it resulted in an inability to eat without assistance. A feeding tube with the serial number “AA4069F02” was implanted and found with her remains.

Her skull was also deformed and would have appeared flattened on one side.

Jane Doe is described as being a female, between the ages of 2 and 6 years old. She had long, thick, black hair that was shoulder-length.

Jane Doe was found wearing a pink dress with butterfly decorations with the phrase “follow your dreams”, a Parent’s Choice (Walmart brand) diaper size 4, a pair of socks (colour/description unknown), and a military-issue camouflaged shirt and a grey adult sweater.

The dress the child was wearing. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

A child’s silver bedspread and a small green blanket were also found with the remains.

The child’s cause of death has not been disclosed, but it is classed as a homicide.

After a reconstruction image of the child was released, a woman from Tucson, Arizona, contacted the police and said that her estranged granddaughter looked like the child. The woman also said that she had called the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children four times, but they refused to take her information. There are signs to suggest that her estranged granddaughter was ruled out as being Jane Doe.

Do you recognise Jane Doe?

Reconstruction of Jane Doe. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Tags:

Unsolved, Unsolved Case, Unidentified, Unidentified Child, Jane Doe, Madison County Jane Doe, 2016, True Crime, Homicide, Mystery

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