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Case File 455UFOH



Reconstruction of Victim by Wesley Neville

Unidentified White Female

  • The victim was discovered on July 2, 1983 in Columbus, Delaware County, Ohio
  • Estimated Date of Death: undetermined; may have been about a week.
  • Cause of Death: ligature strangulation

Vital Statistics

  • Estimated age: 16-25 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'4"; 102 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Dark hair; unknown eye color. She had a 3 1/2 inch scar over left quadrant of abdomen.
  • Dentals: Available extensive dentistry
  • Clothing: White shirt with red and yellow stripes, blue jeans, maroon - colored slip-on shoes. The clothing found on the body didn't fit properly, suggesting that it wasn't hers.
  • Fingerprints: Available
  • DNA: Not Available
  • AKA: Mary Rose Doe

Case History
The partially decomposed victim was located in the Hoover Reservoir, Columbus, Ohio by two fishermen on the morning of July 2, 1983.

Authorities believe the woman was killed somewhere other than the reservoir. It's likely she was dead about a week before her body was found; her body was too decomposed to determine whether she had been sexually assaulted.

High school students from four Roman Catholic parishes memorialized the unidentified woman who was found strangled in 1983. The students raised money to buy a grave marker to be dedicated October 31, 1998 at St. Joseph Cemetery, 6440 S. High St., at the grave of ''Mary Rose Doe,'' the name they gave an unidentified woman whose body was found in the Hoover Reservoir in Delaware County.
The victim's body spent 14 months in the Franklin County Morgue until St. Joseph Cemetery claimed and buried it in October 1984.
The victim's teeth and jawbone were extracted before she was buried, but efforts to make matches with dental records in national databases have proved fruitless.

If you have any information about this case please contact:
Columbus Police Department
Detective Larry Reese #1001

You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

Agency Case Number: 29-83, O.R. 31868-83

NCIC Number:

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Source Information:
Columbus Police Department
Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) - 10/28/84
Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) - 10/19/98

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