It is important to continue sharing cases of the unidentified, so today we’re going to take a look at a woman whose remains were located 80 years ago. For the purpose of this article, I will refer to her as Stony Creek Jane Doe—named after the tiny Virginia town where she was located. Last year, the town boasted a population of 176.
The only information I was able to pull about Stony Creek Jane Doe came courtesy of the National Missing & Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), as this 1948 case was not even listed on The Doe Network. What I was able to gather was that on September 6 of that year, the remains of this young lady were found in a shallow, makeshift grave by highway workers. A medical examiner would later determine that she was under 30 years of age, most likely between 15 and 25, and she had been dead for approximately six weeks.
Unfortunately, a cause of death was not listed in the report but due to the nature of her burial, murder could be suspected. However, Stony Creek is a railroad town where most of the population lives far below the poverty line. It reportedly has a total area of 0.6 miles and it could be argued that this young lady’s death was the result of something not related to violence. She may have simply been buried there by a local family or by someone traveling by train with her when she passed.
Stony Creek also has a rich U.S. Civil War history and was supportive of the Confederacy, so the town’s racist roots run deep.
When she was alive, Stony Creek Jane Doe may have stood 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighed between 130 to 135 pounds. She had brown hair and her eye color is unknown due to decomposition. Her face was unrecognizable due to putrification. One or both of her hands were reportedly not recovered.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Central District at (804) 786-3174. There is no case number listed.
Please share this story about Stony Creek Jane Doe to help reignite the investigation into her case. She is our sister and her life matters.
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