7 years later, Sarasota deputies release new images in effort to ID 'Jane Doe'

HERALD STAFF REPORTFebruary 6, 2014 

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

Jane Doe was found 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," according to the sheriff's office 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 images using craniofacial reconstruction software.

The victim apparently was a white woman in her 30s or 40s. She stood 5-foot-4 to 5-9 and weighed 145 to 165 pounds. She had long brown hair with blonde streaks.

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

Skeletal analysis indicated the victim may have fractured her nose and right wrist at some point in her life. Her breast implants were manufactured before serial numbers were issued. She was wearing a "Made in Italy" shirt and a skirt with a leather belt made by Spice Wear.

An analysis of the victim's teeth, bone and hair is being performed to understand water consumption and diet in order to determine where in 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 also entered her DNA and dental profiles into government databases.

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

Anyone with information 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 sarasotacrimestoppers.com.

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