Author Topic: SAINT PARISH JANE DOE: WF, 25-35, hit by traffic on Interstate 10 - Dec 5, 1981 - Possibly European  (Read 113 times)

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Saint Martin Parish Jane Doe was a woman killed as she stepped in front of traffic in 1981. It is possible that she was foreign to the United States, likely native to a European country.

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https://www.namus.gov/UnidentifiedPersons/Case#/5819





Pedestrian/motor vehicle fatality accident. Occurred on westbound I-10 at milepost 110, near Beaux Bridge, LA. PMI based on original law enforcement reports. Remains exhumed in 2006 for anthropological analysis and DNA sampling. Subsequently reburied.

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http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/44ufla.html

Date of Discovery: December 5, 1981
Location of Discovery: Martinville, St. Martin Parish, Louisiana
Estimated Date of Death: Hours prior
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Auto/pedestrian accident

Physical Description

Estimated Age: 25-35 years old
Race: White
Sex: Female
Height: 5'0" to 5'4"
Weight: 130-140 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown and wavy, short.
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Surgical scar on abdomen. Healed fracture to the left cheek bone.
Identifiers

Dentals: Available. Teeth #1,16,17 and 32 not seen, possible congenital absence or antemortem loss. Amalgam fillings noted on teeth #2(O), 14(O), 15(BO), 18(BOL), and 30(BOL).
Fingerprints: Available.
DNA: Available.
Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Gray and black, Coronet Casual brand, cowl neck sweater with long sleeves and collar, size small. Wrangler jeans, size 30" X 31", white knee socks, a Gelmart bra and red and gray Pro Wings jogging shoes, size unknown. Clothing with body includes a short-sleeved plaid cowboy-style shirt, size 14.5; 3 pairs of Sears large-sized (Hips 38-40) underwear in blue, red and beige; Wrangler blue jeans, Misses size 10; white with blue dots night gown, no size given.
Jewelry: Unknown

Additional Personal Items: Bag from Howard's Supermarket in Port Arthur, TX.


Circumstances of Discovery

The victim was last seen alive at a truck stop trying to hitch a ride. She was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 10 near Henderson. Officials determined that her blood-alcohol content was 0.3 at the time of the impact, far greater than the legal limit. Her death was ruled an accident.

She is believed to be French speaking, based on her clothing and other things, but from Quebec or perhaps another French speaking area rather than from Cajun country.

Her body was exhumed in 2006 for DNA information and then reburied.

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Posted: Dec 15, 2017 9:56 AM Updated: Dec 15, 2017 10:06 AM

St. Martin Parish Sheriff's deputies are seeking information about an unidentified woman who died on Interstate 10 in 1981.

They provided a photo of her, and after deliberation we have decided to post it, in the hope that it will help identify her. Here's the information they have on the woman, who has been buried in Breaux Bridge:

On December 5, 1981, at 12:41 a.m., a female in her mid to late twenties was the victim of pedestrian fatality on 1-10 westbound in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Upon investigation of the incident, law enforcement officers were unable to locate any personal identification in her belongings that may have assisted them in regards to her identity. At the time of her death, she was wearing a gray and black cowl neck sweater (Coronet Casuals Brand), wrangler jeans (size 30-31), white knee socks and red and gray pro wings jogging shoes. She had brown hair, brown eyes and was approximately 5’3”, 130-145 lbs.

Despite several attempts to locate her next of kin, and after several months passed with no one coming forward to identify her, a tomb, casket and services were provided by Pellerin’s Funeral Home and the burial plot was provided by St. Bernard Church. She was ultimately laid to rest in the St. Bernard Cemetery in March of 1982. Two local residents agreed to act as her mother and father, Lester Guidry and Sophie Cormier, who looked after her grave site until their deaths. Another unidentified person has now taken over to ensure she has not been forgotten.

Several local and federal law enforcement agencies in adjoining States were provided the information both at the time of her death and again throughout the years to see if any of their missing persons cases were linked to this case, however, no match was ever established. Additionally, LSU FACES Laboratory also assisted in the investigation by creating a facial approximation in an effort to identify along with her registration being entered into their data base. Additionally, her body was exhumed several years ago and DNA was obtained to assist with identifying her next of kin.

Some additional information that was obtained through the investigation is as follows:

Based on information gathered from a trucker, she may possibly be from the Oklahoma City area and was traveling to Texas. He thought he may have encountered her prior to her death at a truck stop at the I-10/Henderson exit in LA. (He saw the 10thAnniversary story and provided the information). However, it was never confirmed officially that it was in fact the female in question. He also stated that she had told him that she had been dropped off by a trucker and the trucker kept her purse. He stated that he bought her some lunch and gave her $10.00.

Some of the clothing in her possession was manufactured in Canada.

She had one abdominal scar.

A brown paper bag in her possession from Howards Supermarket, 950 Ninth Ave. Port Arthur Texas, that contained the following along with several items of clothing and a jar of Noxzema:

One piece of chicken wrapped in paper marked “Champagne’s (which may correlate with the trucker who bought her lunch)

One pair of Wrangler jeans misses, size 10

One short sleeve plaid western type shirt

Various undergarments

Knee socks, maroon and brown

White nightgown with blue dots-size medium

"Last week marked the 36th Anniversary of her death and despite repeated attempts over the last several years to learn her identity, she remains unidentified," a spokeswoman said. "We are hoping that through the powers of social media, and the spirit of the Christmas Season, that perhaps someone may be able to identify her."

Due to the sensitive nature of some of the pictures, they are not being posted, however, they can be made available should they be needed to clarify her identity by law enforcement or family members, the spokeswoman said.

Should you have any information as to the identity of this young lady, please contact the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 394-3071.

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Saint Parish Jane Doe has been identified as 26-year-old Michele Oakes Boutilier-Gautreaux from Farmington, Maine. She moved to Louisana in 1975.


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https://wgme.com/news/local/former-mainer-identified-as-woman-killed-in-louisiana-in-1981

Former Mainer identified as woman killed in Louisiana in 1981

by Ariana St Pierre, WGMESaturday, July 30th 2022

A woman who was hit and killed by a car in Louisiana more than 40 years ago has been identified as a former Mainer, according to the Sun Journal.

For years, the dead woman was known only as Jane Doe. She was recently identified as Michele Oakes Boutilier-Gautreaux, a 26-year-old from Farmington, according to the Sun Journal.

The Sun Journal reports that Boutilier-Gautreaux’s remains were exhumed in 2006 and brought to the Louisiana State University Repository for Unidentified and Missing Persons to work her case and extract DNA.

It was the DNA samples that ultimately led to the official identification on July 18, according to the Sun Journal.

According to an obituary submitted to the Sun Journal, “Michele was born in Farmington, Maine on October 27, 1955, the daughter of Frank and Ella (Quimby) Oakes. She grew up in Rangeley and Dresden, Maine. She moved to the Lockport area in Louisiana in 1975 with friends where she lived until her death.”

KSLA reports Boutilier-Gautreaux was walking on I-10 in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, in the early morning of December 5, 1981, when she was hit and killed by a vehicle.

Police couldn’t find any identification in her belongings. Attempts were reportedly made to find next of kin to no avail. She was buried in March 1982 after a local church provided a burial plot and a funeral home provided a tomb, according to KSLA.

According to the Sun Journal, the search for the woman’s identity never ceased. The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office stayed on the case and in December of 2017, they posted a notice about the unidentified woman, which resulted in several hundred tips and inquiries.

The Sun Journal reports after learning of the case via Facebook Boutilier-Gautreaux’ daughter responded. DNA samples from family members were taken on Feb. 14 and findings were confirmed on July 18 that Jane Doe was Boutilier-Gautreaux.

Her family is planning a December memorial service in Louisiana, according to the Sun Journal.