Ode To Doe: Tuscaloosa County Jane Doe


On April 18, 1982 the body of an identified woman was found in Slaughter Creek, near the Sipsey River in Romulus, Tuscaloosa County, in Alabama. She was 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed approximately 110 to 115 pounds. The white female aged thirty-four to thirty-eight had been beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted. She wore size 7 tennis shoes, knitted blue pants, a long-sleeved blue shirt, and a white bra and panties. A disturbance of the earth found at the location has lead police to believe that she may have been fishing in the area and was attacked at the scene. She likely spent much of her time outdoors, sporting a ruddy complexion. Thought to be aged thirty-four to thirty-eight years old, she was also found to be wearing an upper partial denture. Evidence of manual labor suggests she may have given birth to a child in the past. She had dark-brown, shoulder-length hair matching her brown eyes. She also had a visible scar below her right eyebrow. In 2013 her remains were exhumed for additional examination and to obtain a DNA sample in hopes of putting a name to the woman who had gone unidentified for more than thirty years. Despite this she has yet to be identified and remains as ‘Jane Doe’.

Anyone who can provide any information in this case, is urged to call the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit at 205-752-0616 or Tuscaloosa CrimeStoppers at 205-752-7867 or email Homicide@tuscco.com.


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