GRUNDY–On Oct 2, 1976, Henry Henderson informed cops he was “transporting beans to a baby crib with his granddaughter, Robin Henderson” in a field west U.S Route 6 in Erienna Township in Seneca, about 1.4 miles east of the LaSalle County line, when he discovered something depending on a north ditch.”
Assuming it was a deer, he stopped his tractor to reveal his granddaughter. As he neared the ditch, he found the body of a girl. Forty- 6 years later on, her identity stays a secret. Now, 5 years after Grundy County Coroner John Callahan resumed the case, the case stays active, however her identity stays unidentified.
“Jane Seneca Doe”, as she is described in the event file, is an unknown black woman, who was discovered lying naked with a green plastic bag, tapped shut with black electrical tape, and a black, red, and white sweatshirt covered over her head beyond the bag, according to cops reports.
She was discovered with half a bottle of white wine, and a partial cost was discovered inside the sweatshirt.
At the time the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department and the Grundy County Coroner’s Office identified she was in between the ages of 15 and 27 and had actually been shot when in the head somewhere else, and positioned in the ditch less than 24 hr prior to her death. The victim had no recognition.
After trying to recognize the victim, she was buried in an unmarked tomb at the Braceville- Gardner Cemetery on Thanksgiving Day 1976.
The case stayed cold for more than 40 years, then in 2017 Coroner Callahan resumed the case with the help of Deputy Chief Corner Brandon Johnson, wanting to use modern-day forensic science to offer the victim her identity back.
Johnson combed through old case files, went into the victim into several unknown individuals’ databases, and launched numerous artist-rendered images to the general public, in the hopes of getting brand-new info referring to the case.
After following every previous lead and reaching a dead end onDec 18, 2018, the coroner’s workplace exhumed Doe’s stays to use improvements in DNA.
Forensic Odontologist, Denise C. Murmann, computed her approximate age utilizing “the molar advancement technique” concluding her approximate age to be “20.90 plus or minus 5.25 years.”
In January of 2019, her thigh was sent out to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification in Fort Worth, Texas, utilizing a grant from the National Missing and Unidentified Person’s System (NamUs) and the Department of Justice.
The laboratory had the ability to establish a complete female DNA profile. It was participated in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS,) where the nationwide database continues to look for a prospective matches across the country.
Johnson partnered with the DNA Doe Project, an all-volunteer company, that utilizes genealogical DNA to recognize unknown people.
The Doe task has actually contributed in moving the case forward, finding “numerous close” DNA matches in Jane “Seneca” Doe’s ancestral tree.
Recently, the Doe task found what was “at first thought to be a half-sister” to the victim. However, a couple of weeks back, the task found out that individual is a very first cousin to the victim and she is presently from New York.
“We have actually had numerous close matches like this where it’s a very first cousin, 2nd cousin, someplace in the tree. It simply requires that best match, the best puzzle piece, so to speak. To discover who she is, within this ancestral tree, and what her name is. What they state now is it’s possible that our Jane Doe was born in either Selma, AL. or Cincinnati, OH,” Johnson stated.
Johnson stated the Grundy County Coroner’s Office has actually omitted 28 missing out on individuals from being a match, consisting of follow-up with out-of-state leads.
This case stays at the leading edge of the Grundy County Coroner’s Office’s minds, at the anniversary of the discovery of Jane ‘Seneca’ Doe, Coroner Callahan, and Chief Deputy Corner Brandon Johnson, keep in mind the victim by putting flowers and a picture of how she might have appeared near the website of her discovery.
Johnson stated it is necessary to continue the custom to “keep this case alive” and “reveal she is not forgotten”.
This case stays active. It continues to stay the topic of numerous real criminal activity podcasts, consisting of “The Vanished” and “Crime Junkie” It is noted on the FBI’s the majority of desired list, also.
“The total objective is to identify her identity and after that offer her correct closure to return her name back to her and ideally rebury her with household or near household or in Braceville cemetery with a headstone with her name on it,” Johnson stated.
A Facebook page dedicated to assisting recognize the lady @grundycountycoldcase, posts updates on the case and other cold cases that have actually been fixed.
The victim was in between 15 and 27 years of age, with black afro-type hair, brown eyes, weighing around 150 pounds, and standing 5-feet-7-inches high, and was discovered using a red, white and black cardigan-style knit sweatshirt.
Anyone who acknowledges her image or lost contact with a member of the family, good friend, or liked one aroundOct 2, 1976, is prompted to call Deputy Chief Coroner Brandon Johnson at 815-942-3792 or e-mail: email@example.com.