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GBI exhumes 'Jane Doe' who died in 1985

Investigator rendering.

Investigator rendering.

NEWTON, Ga.: Investigators in Baker County on Friday exhumed the body of a woman found in a ditch near Newton in 1985, hoping to pursue a tip that could reveal her identity.

Baker County Coroner Andy Belinc confirmed Friday that there were new efforts to identify a woman known only as "Jane Doe" who was buried in the Newton city cemetery.

"Yeah, we're hoping to finally be able to put a name with this lady and to be able to provide some level of closure to her family," Belinc said. "This has been a case that I've been interested in since I became coroner and maybe now we can put it to rest."

The woman was found in a ditch off of Georgia Highway 91 north of Newton on May 24, 1985. Investigators believe she either fell from a vehicle or was was thrown from one.

Over the years, leads have been followed to attempt to identify the woman, with no success.

Kim Baker, the special agent in charge with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Sylvester field office, said that while there isn't a pending criminal investigation, it's important to get "Jane Doe" identified.

"There was a death investigation because she was found on the side of the road, but it was ultimately ruled accidental, but she was never identified. Today (Friday), Jane Doe was exhumed to get DNA to try and bring this case to a close," she said.

Baker said that the DNA collected from the unidentified woman will be entered into a database of missing people and will be stored so that if additional leads pop up, officials will be able to identify her.

"Our biggest thing is to put it on file, so we can compare. We've gotten tips over the years, but now we can use science to see if we can get this matter resolved," Baker said. "She's someone's family member. If we can make some family happy to at least be able to identify their loved one, that's our goal."

The Baker County Sheriff's Office website has information on the case and anyone with information about the woman is asked contact a local law enforcement agency.

Comments

alleebrin 1 year, 10 months ago

Well, after all this time I'm sure this gal's family has put the matter to rest, so why doesn't Baker County? Geez, must have some funds burning the pockets!!

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 10 months ago

What a cold hearted person you are!! What she is the family member of one of your friends? What is she is a relative of yours that you DIDN'T know you had? Wow,,,your coldness is frightening.

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cfcarroll64 1 year, 10 months ago

It is not a matter of money, it is a matter of respect for the deceased and the family of the deceased.

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Kenny36 1 year, 10 months ago

So alleebrin, just why don't you want this "woman's" identity and family discovered .... did you have something to do with her death ? You're not cold-hearted, you have no heart and no respect for yourself or anyone !

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 10 months ago

Did you even read the article? She's a freakin' "Jane Doe" which in laymans terms means she was never identified. How the heck could a family "put the matter to rest?" Somewhere there's a family that for 30 years has no idea what became of this person. Wow, what a stupid statement!

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SM 1 year, 10 months ago

They are "hoping to pursue a tip that could reveal her identity." If her family has been looking for her and they are able to identify her then her family will be contacted and they can know for sure what happened to their daughter. Maybe someone kidnapped her and drove her across several states before she was thrown from the car or before she jumped out of the car to get away from the person that took her. If it was my family member, I would like to be able to "put the matter to rest".

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Mel110103 1 year, 10 months ago

I think this is very sad - I pray that she is identified and her family can have a little bit of peace!! There will still be unanswered questions, but maybe this will help some.

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Margie 1 year, 10 months ago

It is my prayer that the availability of DNA testing will bring closure to a family somewhere in these United States or country. A few of the comments are sad. I'll just assume that either the person(s), has poor reading skills, poor reading comprehension skills, a child who doesn't really understand life, poor vision, heartless, or an empty wagon, that is making a lot of noise.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 10 months ago

Identify the person, identify the family, identify the perpetrator of the cime. It follows only if the person is identified. That's what these people do - catch criminals.

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