Officials hope facial reconstruction can ID woman found dead in 1992
Using clay facial reconstructions, the Allen County Coroner’s office is seeking the public’s help to identify a woman found dead on May 15, 1992.
Mary Jane Doe, white, approximate age in her early twenties, was about 4’6″ to 5’2″ tall ad less than average muscularity and stature and was found in a water filled basement in the 3500 block of Reynolds Street. Due to the condition of the remains, it’s estimated she might have died in late 1991 or early 1992.
In August of 2016, a new effort to identify Mary Jane Doe began. As the investigation progressed, it was determined an exhumation would be needed in order to obtain new dental radiographs, to conduct a complete autopsy, to complete an anthropology study, and to conduct deoxyribonucleic acid examinations.
On March 17, 2017, the body was exhumed. Dr. Scott Wagner, forensic pathologist, completed an autopsy of the remains, Dr. Craig Nelson, forensic odontologist completed a dental study, and members of the University of Indianapolis Anthropology Unit transported the remains to their department for Dr. Krista Latham to complete an anthropology examination.
The left femur was collected and submitted to the University Of North Texas Center Of Human Identification for deoxyribonucleic acid examination. Most recently additional skeletal remains have been submitted to the Indiana State Police Laboratory for deoxyribonucleic acid examinations.
Additional pathology found healing fractures on the right and left nasal bones and revealed Mary Jane Doe to be approximately 26 weeks pregnant.
The clay reconstruction was completed by Beth Buchholtz, in conjunction with NamUS. Anyone with information is asked to call 260-449-7389.