Home » Calumet City Jane Doe 1981: Strangled & Left In The Illinois Woods
Someone who stumbled upon Our Black Girls brought this case to my attention. It’s a peculiar case, to say the least, because while a postmortem photo is available, no one has claimed to know this unidentified young woman since she was found on Easter Sunday in 1981 in Calumet City, Illinois. I will refer to her as “Calumet City Jane Doe” throughout this article for identification purposes. She has also been referred to as the “Cook County Jane Doe.”
The Condition Of Jane Doe’s Remains
Details about Calumet City Jane Doe are scarce. The Doe Network has reported that she was located on April 19, 1981, about 15 feet off of a jogging path in Wentworth Woods. Investigators surmised that she had been there less than 24 hours. All of her remains were recovered, meaning her body was intact. Additionally, The Doe Network lists Calumet City Jane Doe as “unrecognizable” due to the state of decomposition. Still, the photo taken of her face seems clear enough for someone to recognize who she was. The outlet also claims that her cause of death is “unknown,” but a newspaper clipping from April 23, 1981—just days after she was found—reports her death as murder by strangulation.
In all of these years, no one has come forward to say that they knew who this girl was. Even in the newspaper report from 1981 (above), investigators were dumbfounded that they’d received no calls about identifying Calumet City Jane Doe. Police also theorized that she was killed at a separate location and later dumped in the wooded area. Where Jane Doe was found is right on the line between Illinois and Indiana, just a mile away from the latter’s Hammond High [School]. She may have been killed in one state, and her remains left in another to divert authorities.
Calumet City Jane Doe: What To Know
At the time of her death, Calumet City Jane Doe was measured at 5 feet 5 inches tall and 130 pounds. She had short black/dark brown hair and brown eyes. She’s believed to be in her mid-teens to early twenties, somewhere between 16 and 20 years old, specifically.
The only distinguishing mark listed was a scar on her right knee. Calumet City Jane Doe was found wearing a “white v-neck pull-over sweater, blue jeans, and a white bra.” It wasn’t noted if any personal items or jewelry were found with her body. Her fingerprints and dental records are available for identification purposes, but it is unknown if her DNA is on file.
Anyone with information about this mysterious case is urged to contact the Cook County Sheriff’s Office at 708-865-4700 or their local authorities.
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