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54UFMO - Unidentified Female

Sweater Cord
Victim's sweater; cord used to bind victim.

Date of Discovery: February 28, 1983
Location of Discovery: St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri
Estimated Date of Death: 5 days prior
State of Remains: Not recognizable - Traumatic injuries
Cause of Death: Homicide by strangulation

Physical Description

Estimated Age: 8-11 years old
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Height: 4'10" to 5'6"
Weight: 61-70 lbs.
Hair Color: Unknown
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: An anthropological exam revealed that she had spina bifida occulta to her sacrum but how that manifested itself in this child is unknown. The child might not have shown any outward symptoms. There were no other scars, irregularities, deformities or other specific features that would give clues to her identity.


Dentals: Not Available
Fingerprints: Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Yellow long sleeve v-neck sweater.
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Discovery

Two men discovered the victim's body in the furnace room in the basement of a vacant apartment building on Clemens Avenue in St. Louis. She was lying on her stomach with her hands tied behind her back with red and white nylon rope. She had been sexually assaulted prior to being strangled.

The victim's head had been removed with a large-bladed knife after her death. Her head has never been recovered. She had been killed elsewhere and brought to the vacant building after her death.

There were no signs of previous abuse on the victim's body.

The St. Louis authorities have conducted extensive investigations into the victim's identity since 1983 and have received no clear leads. Her murderer(s) remain unknown, although several suspects have been under investigation. No arrests have been made in the case.

Authorities believe she was probably from out of state as they checked school records around Missouri very thoroughly. They conducted a nationwide search, including running ads in every Africa-American newspaper and magazine in the country and corresponded with every state police agency.

Full Anthropology exam and isotope analysis completed by NCMEC and the Smithsonian. Advanced forensic testing of her bones has also suggested that the female was not originally from the local St. Louis area but possibly spent most of her childhood in the following states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, and West Virginia.

Additional tests showed that the victim may have also been from the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: St Louis City Medical Examiner's Office
Agency Contact Person: Rose Psara, RN
Agency Phone Number: 314-622-4975
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: CITY-1983-0441

Agency Name: St Louis Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Detective Joseph Burgoon
Agency Phone Number: 314-615-8619
Agency E-Mail: [email protected]
Agency Case Number: 83-29584

NCIC Case Number: U470002710
NamUs Case Number: 3199
NCMEC Case Number: 1104360

Information Source(s)

Wikipedia: St Louis Jane Doe
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1/21/2014)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch News Archive - 3/2/93

Admin Notes

Added: 12/7/05; Last Updated: 10/27/16

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