Grundy County Jane Doe

On the 2nd of October, 1976, the body of a female teenager or young adult was discovered near a roadway in Erienna Township, Illinois. She was naked except for a sweater that was wrapped around her head. Garbage bags and duct tape were also present.

The cardigan was found at the scene. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Wiki / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Her cause of death was a gunshot wound to the back of the head by a .38 calibre revolver, and her case is considered to be a homicide.

In December 2018, the DNA Doe Project exhumed her body for testing, which proved to be successful. In November 2019, a fourth cousin and a niece of the victim had been identified in Alabama.

In January 2020, DNA Doe Project was able to announce more findings about the victim. It appeared as though her parents were possibly from Selma, Alabama, as well as one set of birth parents. Jane Doe is estimated to have been born between 1948 and 1960.

It is likely that at least one grandparent had the surname Calhoun, and a great-grandparent’s surname could have been Harris.

Jane Doe had an extensive amount of relatives living in both Dallas and Wilcox Counties in Alabama, as well as Cincinnati, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan. It is also possible Jane Doe had siblings who were unaware of her birth.

Grundy County Jane Doe is described as being a black female between the ages of 15 and 27. She was 5″7′, weighed 150lbs, and had brown eyes and black hair. She had a scar on her right hip and a mark on her lower abdomen which was either a scar or a birthmark.

The only clothing found at the scene was a red, black and white knit cardigan-style sweater.

Do you recognise Jane Doe? If you do, please contact the Grundy County Coroner at 815-942-3792.

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


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