Home » Marion County Jane Doe 1967: Florida Hunters Discover Remains
In 1967, hunters were walking through the woods in Ocala National Forest in Fort McCoy, Florida, when they stumbled across human skeletal remains. Although they found the gruesome discovery on September 30, the find wasn’t reported to authorities until the following day. The bones were recovered and explored by a medical examiner who determined the bones were of a woman. She had been killed by a gunshot to the head.
It was later determined that Marion County Jane Doe 1967 died anywhere from a few months to two years prior to being discovered. That leaves a large window, but at the time, it was as close to a timeline as the medical examiner could give investigators. Marion County Jane Doe was initially thought to be of Indigenous (Native roots in North American) heritage with a mixture of African ancestry. Still, it was later learned that she was most likely a Black woman born and raised in the Southern United States (consistent within Florida, specifically). Further, this Jane Doe has been listed as Hispanic and Black in some missing persons databases.
Debates Over Her Cause Of Death
Her cause of death is a subject of debate, as some reports state that she is the victim of homicide while some outlets list her as a suicide. Information regarding if there was evidence to support a suicide near the remains could not be found. Aside from the location of the gunshot wound, police have not publicly revealed why they had this theory of the fatal injury being self-inflicted. Still, the medical examiner determined that Marion County Jane Doe 1967’s cause of death to be a homicide.
Marion County Jane Doe: What To Know
She is described as 5 feet to 5 feet 3 inches tall with an unknown eye color. Her hair was black or dark brown and was possibly bleached to give an orange or red tint. Jane Doe’s hair was curly, and when stretched out, it was 2.5 inches long. Because she was fully skeletonized, distinguishing marks or features could not be determined. Jane Doe was reportedly anywhere between 25 and 40 years old.
According to The Doe Network, she was wearing a “Size 10 or 32 red and green plaid blouse” (described as ‘unusually made’), bra (32M wide style), and a black slip (lace top and bottom).” The organization further reported Marion County Jane Doe 1967’s dental records and DNA are on file.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact their local authorities or the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 352-843-1329, 352-368-3594, or 352-843-4205.
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