Sarasota detectives hope new images help them ID 'Jane Doe' after 7 years

February 5, 2014 

SARASOTA -- Seven years after investigators found her bones in a shallow grave, Sarasota sheriff's detectives hope a new computer-generated images will help them identify a woman known only as "Jane Doe."

Jane Doe was found on Feb. 6, 2007, in a wooded area 50 yards south of a residence in the 5400 block of Ashton Court in Sarasota.

"She had been dead for up to a year," the sheriff's office said in a news release.

The manner or cause of death has not been released.

The sheriff's office turned to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, which developed the images using craniofacial reconstruction software.

The victim was a white woman in her 30s or 40s. She stood 5 feet, 4 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighed 145 to 165 pounds. She had long brown hair with blond streaks.

"Her eye color could not be determined and may be different than what is depicted," the sheriff's office said.

"The skeletal analysis indicated the victim may have fractured her nose and right wrist at some point in her life," the release states. "She had breast implants that were manufactured before the issuance of serial numbers. She was wearing a shirt 'Made in Italy' and a skirt with a leather belt made by 'Spice Wear.'"

An analysis of the victim’s teeth, bone and hair is currently being performed to understand water consumption and diet in order to determine in which areas of the country she lived. The University of South Florida is assisting with this part of the investigation, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office says it has entered her DNA and dental profiles into government databases.

"Detectives and crime scene investigators have used many resources to try to identify this woman for the past seven years to no avail," the release states.

Anyone with information on this case, or anyone who knows someone who disappeared prior to February 2007 who matches this physical description can call Criminal Investigations at 861-4900 or contact Crime Stoppers at 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at

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