Home » Teen Jane Doe No. 51: Shot & Killed In Los Angeles In 1975
Of the hundreds of stories I’ve covered for OurBlackGirls, the story of Teen Jane Doe No. 51 is particularly heartbreaking. On September 13, 1975, a motorist saw something strange while driving by Artesia Boulevard and Wilmington Avenue in Compton, California. It was a frightening sight: a young woman was thrown from a moving vehicle. The car reportedly sped off before the witness could process what occurred. The motorist sped to a nearby business, where they shared what they’d seen with a security guard. The pair called the police, who quickly arrived.
The Autopsy Findings Painted A Grim Picture
Later, an autopsy would uncover details of what happened to the victim. Teen Jane Doe No. 51 was said to be between 14 and 17 years old. She had been shot twice in the head. These injuries rendered her unconscious, but those weren’t the wounds that killed her. It was discovered that when she was tossed from the vehicle, the trauma from the impact ended her life. There were no signs of sexual assault despite her being found nude. Further, toxicology tests showed no signs of drugs or alcohol.
Still, no one has come forward to identify the teen, and few reports exist about her case. She was cremated the same year she was murdered.
Teen Jane Doe No. 51: What To Know
According to The Doe Network, Teen Jane Doe No. 51 is described as being 4 feet 11 inches to 5 feet 2 inches tall and 90 to 110 pounds. She had short, black, curly hair and brown eyes. She also had a 1 to 1.5-inch scar on the instep of her left foot. Although she wasn’t wearing any clothing, Jane Doe No. 51 was found with a gold ring with a large black stone and a gold-colored flower inside the black stone. She also had a silver or white metal ring with a white stone center and six more green stones along the outside. There was also a gold bracelet, a white metal or silver bracelet, and a white metal or silver keychain necklace.
Anyone with information regarding this mystery is urged to contact L.A. Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by texting “TIPLA” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or by calling their local authorities. They may also contact the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner at (323) 343-0512. The agency case number is 1975-11050.
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