Hunters were making their way through the woods in Ocala National Forest in Fort McCoy, Florida in 1967 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 that the person the hunters found was a Jane Doe who had been killed by a gunshot to the head.
It was later determined that Jane Doe had died anywhere from a few months to two years prior to discovery. That leaves a large window, but at the time, it was as close to a timeline that the medical examiner could give to investigators. The Jane Doe was initially thought to be of Indigenous (Native ancestry in North American) heritage with a mixture of African ancestry, but it was later learned that she was most likely a black woman who was born and raised in the Southern United States (consistent within Florida, specifically). Jane Doe has been listed in missing persons databases as Hispanic and Black.
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. I couldn’t come across any report that stated there was a firearm nearby or evidence to suggest that Jane Doe had taken her life.
She is described as being 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 to 40-years-old. According to The Doe Network, she was wearing “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).”
Anyone with information regarding this decades-old mystery 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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