LaVergne Tenn Police Seeking Identity of Jane Doe

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A cold case file in LaVergne, Tennessee has been reopened thanks to new technology. Detectives are working to identify Jane Doe after finding only skeletal remains.

On November 14, 2007, Detective Bob Hayes was a field training officer showing the ropes to a new police recruit. While searching a remote area for the car of another missing woman, he came upon the skeletal remains of Jane Doe. Four and a half years later Jane Doe is the only unidentified death in LaVergne, Tenn. and is now a cold case. Thanks to new technology, however, police are hoping someone will recognize her.

Modern digital imaging can now take a clay model rendering of a face one step further. Jane Doe’s remains have been enhanced by forensic scientists at Louisiana State University to provide an image of the victim as she might appear in a photo. While many of Jane Doe’s features look the same as the original clay reconstruction, the image of what she likely looked like in real life is striking.

“Our original clay artist did a fantastic job, but it is very helpful to add a computer enhanced photo as we try to learn the identity of Jane Doe,” said Detective Hayes. “We know that somewhere her family or friends are missing her and we want them to be able to bring her home.”

According to reconstruction experts, Jane Doe is between 5’2” and 5’9” (most likely around 5’5”) and is between the ages of 30 and 45 (most like the mid- to upper-30s). Her race has not been confirmed, although her hair appeared to be dark-colored and curly.

“Based on the medical examiner’s report, we know her death was not natural and it is most likely a homicide,” said Detective Hayes. “There is a 50 percent chance that she is from somewhere else outside of middle Tennessee, perhaps a neighboring state or even another region.”

Detective Hayes will share the images and photos of the jewelry believed to belong to Jane Doe with the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Persons (ViCAP), the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), and the Doe Network, along with media in and outside of Tennessee.

If you have information about the identity of Jane Doe, please contact LaVergne, Tennessee police at (615) 793-7744 or the crime tip line at (615) 287-8740 to leave a message.

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