Author Topic: NEW SCANDIA JANE DOE: WF, 30-65, found dismembered in Washington County, MN - 12 June 1993  (Read 215 times)


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St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN) - Friday, July 9, 1993

Authorities have released a tip they got about a woman's severed head, in hopes of eliciting more information about who she was - and who killed her.

``We still have no idea of who she is,'' said Capt. David Heuer of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The head washed ashore on Bone Lake in New Scandia Township in early June. Washington County authorities say a man called them saying he killed the woman and left her body under the Mendota Bridge near the Minnesota River. The caller said the woman was from Wisconsin and ``he was sorry we didn't find the rest of her,'' Heuer said.

The woman was in her 20s or 30s, with brown eyes and short dark brown or black hair spiked on top with a small pigtail in back. Each earlobe had three holes pierced for earrings. Heuer asked anyone with information that might be related to the case to call (612) 439-9381.

Heuer said police searched for about eight hours along the wooded banks of the Minnesota River before the river began flooding the area. A left foot was found a day after the head was discovered, about 20 miles away on a Mississippi River bank near Pig's Eye Lake in St. Paul.

The Washington County medical examiner believes that the foot and head belonged to the same woman, partly because they were both cut cleanly, Heuer said. DNA tests on tissue samples are being done to determine whether they came from the same person. The tests take four to six weeks to complete .
Caption: Photo: This is a computer enhanced photo of a woman whose head was found in Bone Lake .