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33UFTX - Unidentified Female

Image of ring Sketch of ring
Artistic renderings of the victim; victim's ring.

Date of Discovery: October 31, 1979
Location of Discovery: Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas
Estimated Date of Death: Hours prior
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Homicide by strangulation

Physical Description

Estimated Age: 15-30 years old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 5'8" to 5'10"
Weight: 140 to 160 lbs.
Hair Color: Reddish brown, 10 inches long.
Eye Color: Hazel
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Legs were unshaven. Toenails were unpainted and extremely long. Fingernails were "dirty" and of medium-length, painted reddish-pink. She had a 1/4 inch-long hairline scar under her chin. Thick eyebrows. Healed scars from insect bites were visible on both of legs. Pierced ears. Suffering from chronic salpingitis, the result of gonorrhea. No previous fractures.

Identifiers

Dentals: Available. Her teeth were in very good condition and there was no evidence of dental work or cavities. All virgin teeth, but missing teeth 1 and 16.
Fingerprints: Available
DNA: Sample submitted - Tests complete

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: A pair of orange socks.
Jewelry: Large, elongated oval-shaped silver ring with an abalone shell or mother of pearl-like stone in the center.
Additional Personal Items: Two matchbooks were found at the scene; one was from a Motel 6, the other from a Holiday Inn in Henryetta, Oklahoma. The only other evidence was determined to be a makeshift sanitary napkin, which was labeled among the evidence as a bloody towel.

Circumstances of Discovery

The victim was located near Interstate 35 in a culvert 9.4 miles south of the Williamson and Bell County line.

Serial killer Henry Lee Lucas confessed to the victim's murder in 1982, three years after her death. He informed authorities that he picked her up while she was hitchhiking in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the day before her murder in 1979. He claimed that her name may have been "Judy" or "Joanie." Lucas was convicted of her murder in 1984 and sentenced to death; he recanted his confession shortly thereafter. Texas Governor George W. Bush commuted Lucas' death sentence to life in prison shortly before his execution due to the doubt which emerged in this case.

Aside from Lucas' possible involvement in this case, authorities are searching for an anonymous female caller who phoned them on three separate occasions with information regarding this case. The caller claimed that she saw the victim hitchhiking near Georgetown the day of her murder.

Nicknamed "Orange Socks," the victim is buried in a grave marked "Unidentified Woman" in Georgetown, Texas.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Texas Department Of Public Safety
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 800-346-3243 or 512-424-2810 Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: U8904002

Agency Name: Williamson County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: N/A Agency Phone Number: 512-943-1389
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: LE: 79-10-116; ME: PA 79-60

NCIC Case Number: U925334164
NamUs Case Number: 8056
NCMEC Case Number: 1213120

Information Source(s)

NamUs
TXDPS MPCH
Wikipedia
NCMEC
Abilene Reporter News Archive
TexNews.com News Archive
America's Most Wanted

Admin Notes

Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 10/21/2016


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