1981 Ohio Homicide Victim Could Be From Connecticut

Jane Doe Ohio 1981
National Center for Missing and Expolited Children

Mystery surrounds the homicide of a teen or young woman found in Ohio 35 years ago, and new tests done on pollen from her clothing reveal that she could have been from Connecticut or had some connection to this region.

Authorities have not identified the victim, a teenager or woman in her 20s, who was found in a ditch along Greenlee Road near Troy, Ohio on April 24, 1981.

She was wearing bell bottom blue jeans, a brown turtleneck sweater with an orange crisscross design on the front, and a handmade tan buckskin pull-over jacket with leather fringe around the seams with a deep purple lining.

Lab results on pollen found on her clothing came back on Sunday and suggest that she was from or spent a significant amount of time in the northeastern dry-oak forest region of Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts or Rhode Island, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

A news release also says the tests showed a high level of soot from vehicle traffic or industrial activity found on her clothing suggests that she spent a significant amount of time in an urban area within the northeast or possibly from hitchhiking.

The victim had been deceased less than two days before she was found.

She was approximately 5-feet-6 and 125 pounds. She had long reddish-brown hair that was styled in two side braids and a part down the middle.

She had a ruddy complexion with freckles on her face and had several scars. One was under her chin, one was on her left arm, two were on her left wrist, right hand, right ankle and right foot and she had a porcelain-metal crown in her top right central incisor.

If anyone recognizes the victim or has any information about Jane Doe’s identity, call Detective Steve Hickey with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, 937-440-3965 ext. 6629 or the Miami County Communication Center at 937-440-9911.

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