TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, Ala. (WBMA) — Forensic technology has provided new information in a 'Jane Doe' case from 1982 in Tuscaloosa County.
The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit said the county sheriff's office recently worked with the FACES Lab at Louisiana State University to create new images of the victim from the original photographs and medical records.
In April 1982, TVCU said a deceased white female was found in the Fosters area of Tuscaloosa County on the Black Warrior River. The body was found very near to the time of her death, likely within 24-48 hours.
TVCU said autopsy examination revealed that her death was criminal and that she suffered extensive trauma. Color 35mm photographs were taken of her and were used in an attempt to identify her.
Investigators spent a great deal of time searching missing person reports, and publicizing the case, but were unable to identify the victim. More recent investigation into her identity has included exhumation.
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The victim was 5’3” in height, with black/brown shoulder length hair, brown eyes and type “O” blood. She wore size 7 tennis shoes.
The medical examiner reported that she had previously been pregnant and/or given birth to a child sometime in her life.
If anyone believes that they recognize this victim, or has any information they believe may be relevant, you are asked to contact the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at (205) 752-0616 or the Violent Crimes Unit at (205) 464-8690.