Author Topic: NEW SCANDIA JANE DOE: WF, 30-65, found dismembered in Washington County, MN - 12 June 1993  (Read 214 times)

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The victim's head was found at 238th St. near Bone Lake. Her left foot was recovered from the North side of the Mississippi River at 935 Childs Rd. N., in St. Paul.

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NamUs UP # 7308

ME/C Case Number: 93-638
Washington County, Minnesota
30 to 65 year old White Female

Case Report - NamUs UP # 7308
Case Information
Status Unidentified
Case number 93-638
Date found June 12, 1993 00:00
Date created June 22, 2010 10:49
Date last modified February 22, 2017 08:27
Investigating agency
date QA reviewed June 21, 2011 14:51

Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
Agency Ramsey County ME Office
Phone 651-266-1700
Case Manager
Name Butch Huston
Phone 651.266.1700

Demographics

Estimated age Adult - Pre 70
Minimum age 30 years
Maximum age 65 years
Race White
Ethnicity Other
Sex Female
Weight (pounds) , Cannot Estimate
Height (inches) , Cannot Estimate
Body Parts Inventory (Check all that apply)
Head not recovered
One or more limbs not recovered
Body conditions
Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
Probable year of death 1993 to 1993
Estimated postmortem interval Days

Circumstances
Location Found
GPS coordinates
Address 1 238th St (Shore of Bone Lake)
Address 2
City New Scandia Twp
State Minnesota
Zip code
County Washington
Circumstances
Above address for location of head.
Left foot recovered from the North side of the Mississippi River 935 Childs Rd. N., St. Paul, Minnesota.

Physical
Hair color Brown
Head hair
Dark brown to black, possibly in a "spiked" pattern

Left eye color Brown
Right eye color Brown

Piercings
both ears pierced

Finger and toe nails
small amount of red nail polish on nails of the 4-5th toe nails

No clothing or accessories

Dental
Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

DNA
Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

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Washington County Jane Doe

In Scandia, Washington County, Minnesota, the severed head of an adult white woman was discovered on June 12, 1993, on the shore of Bone Lake. The woman had a short, dark hair, which may have been spiked when she was alive and she also had a short ponytail at the back of her head. The victim had brown eyes and likely wore earrings, as both of her ears were pierced three times. Soon after the head was discovered, a left foot was found in St. Paul, Minnesota, which was twenty miles away. Both cuts made to sever her head and foot had been made cleanly, possibly due to the killer having experience with butchering or hunting. Her remains may have been disposed of in the Mississippi river, as both locations where the parts were found are linked to the river. Medical examiners believe that the foot had belonged to the woman. The foot itself had fragments of red nail polish. Her age has been disputed, with some describing her to be as young as twenty. Others say she may have been as old as sixty-five.

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The Doe Network:
Case File 123UFMN




Unidentified White Female
The victim was discovered on June 12, 1993 in rural Washington County, Minnesota
Vital Statistics
Estimated age: 20-30 years old
Approximate Height and Weight: .
Distinguishing Characteristics: Short dark brown or black hair, spiked on top with a small pigtail in back.; brown eyes. Small amount of red nail polish on nails of the 4-5th toe nails.
Marks, Scars: Each earlobe had three holes pierced for earrings.
Dentals: Available
DNA: Available
Case History
The victim was located in rural Washington County on the shores of Bone Lake on June 12, 1993.
Shortly after the head was found in Bone Lake in New Scandia Township, a left foot was found about 20 miles away on a Mississippi River bank near Pig's Eye Lake in St. Paul. The Washington County medical examiner believed that the foot and head belonged to the same woman, partly because they were both cut cleanly.

Authorities have sent the woman's description, including descriptions of her dental work, to the National Crime Information Center and every police department in the five-state area.

Investigators
If you have any information about this case please contact:
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
651-793-7000
You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

Agency Case Number:
93-638

Source Information:
WCCO
Star Tribune 7/8/93

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Foot found in river may be linked to head from lake

Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities - Wednesday, June 16, 1993
Author: Conrad deFiebre; Staff Writer

A human foot found in the Mississippi River has been tentatively linked to the head of a woman discovered more than 20 miles away, but authorities said Tuesday that they were no closer to learning the victim's identity or how she died.

Washington County deputies again searched around Bone Lake , where the head was found Saturday, and planned to make an aerial search, as well. But nothing else has been found, and sheriff's Capt. David Heuer said he doubted that the woman was killed near the lake , in New Scandia Township.

"It could have happened out of state and somebody transported her up here," he said.

Authorities yesterday released an artist's drawing of the victim, described as a white woman in her 20s or 30s, with brown eyes and dark brown to black hair in a short, multilayered style, "spiked" on top with a small pigtail in back. Three holes were pierced in each ear.

Investigators are seeking to match the victim with reports of missing women, but there are "hundreds to thousands" of them nationally, said Dr. Michael McGee, the Washington County medical examiner. "We desperately need to find out who this young lady is," he said. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 439-9381 or the medical examiner's office at 224-7627.

Investigators already have received many phone tips, Heuer said. Most callers have named missing women, and all have been ruled out so far.

Investigators also have determined that this case is unrelated to a headless torso recently discovered in Litchfield, Mo., Heuer said.

The left foot , found Monday evening on the east bank of the Mississippi near Pig's Eye Lake in St. Paul, was severed just above the ankle, McGee said. He estimated it as size 9 and added that not enough of the body has been recovered to determine the height or weight of the victim.

Authorities cannot be sure the head and foot are from the same person, but they believe they are because the foot appears to be that of a young white woman.

In addition, both the head and foot were severed very cleanly, possibly with the same sharp instruments, Heuer said.

St. Paul police and the Ramsey County sheriff's water patrol searched the area along Childs Rd. where the foot washed up, but found no other evidence.

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WOMAN'S FOOT FOUND IN RIVER AFTER HEAD FOUND ON LAKESHORE

St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN) - Wednesday, June 16, 1993
Author: BYLINE: Mike Sweeney, Staff Writer

A human foot fished from the Mississippi River on Monday apparently belongs to a woman whose head floated to the shore of a Washington County lake over the weekend.

``We are assuming they are from the same person,'' Ramsey County Medical Examiner Dr. Michael McGee said Tuesday. ``We sincerely hope so.''

Samples from the head and left foot of the unidentified woman will be DNA-tested to verify that they match.

McGee released a police artist's sketch of the woman to the news media in hopes someone will recognize her.

``I think it's pretty accurate,'' he said of the sketch. ``I think it (the woman's likeness) is going to be close to that.''

Without an identification, authorities are stymied in their efforts to investigate the woman's death.

``We must establish the identity of this lady,'' McGee said. ``That is the most important thing right now.''

Washington County sheriff's Capt. David Heuer agreed.

``There is not much more we can do until we find out who she is,'' said Heuer, chief of the sheriff's investigative unit. ``Right now, we have nowhere to go.''

McGee and Heuer said there is little doubt someone killed the woman, dismembered her and placed body parts in at least two locations.

``There is definitely a real sick person who did this,'' Heuer said, adding, ``it could be more than one person.''

A man walking along Bone Lake in Washington County noticed the woman's head floating just off the north shore near 238th Street and an old boat access ramp at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday. He called the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Then, at about 8:40 p.m. Monday, a family fishing near Warner and Childs roads in St. Paul spotted the foot floating in the Mississippi River and called police.

Police conducted extensive ground and water searches for other body parts at both sites, but found nothing. An aerial search is planned later this week.

McGee said it appears someone killed the woman and disposed of her two or three days before her head washed ashore at Bone Lake, which is on the border of Chisago County a few miles east of Forest Lake.

The lake is about 30 miles from the site on the Mississippi River where the family found the foot. The two bodies of water are not connected.

McGee refused to say what type of instrument the killer might have used to dismember the woman. Police said Monday an extremely sharp blade cut cleanly through the woman's neck to the backbone, which had been sawed through.

The killer severed the foot above the ankle, McGee said. Police found red nail polish on the third and fourth toes of the foot, which the medical examiner estimated to be a size 9.

McGee said it is not possible to determine the woman's height or weight by viewing just her head and foot, so her overall size has not been determined.

Investigators described the woman as a brown-eyed, fair-skinned white in her 20s to 30s with multi-layered dark brown or black hair worn in a short, possibly spiked, cut with a pigtail.

Three small holes pierced each of her ears, indicating she wore multiple earrings. She also had several chin hairs.

The sheriff's department has received numerous calls reporting missing women, but none appear to be linked to the unidentified dead woman.

``They either have been located or haven't fit the description,'' said Sgt. Roy Childers. ``We haven't got one we're really zeroing in on yet.''

Police asked anyone with information about the woman to call Childers at 430-7823 or 439-9381.

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Woman's head, found in lake, is only clue in her death

Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities - Tuesday, June 15, 1993
Author: Conrad deFiebre; Staff Writer

A woman's head found floating along the shore of a northern Washington County lake over the weekend is the only clue in the gruesome case, authorities said Monday.

The head was found Saturday morning on the north shore of Bone Lake in New Scandia Township, about 20 miles northeast of St. Paul. It is believed to be that of a white woman 25 to 32 years old who had been dead for two to four days.

The head was described as having dark hair in a short, "spiked" style, brown eyes and three holes pierced in each ear, but no earrings. Cause of death is unknown, said sheriff's Lt. David Heuer. Searches by divers and bloodhounds produced no more evidence.

Other police agencies have been notified of the case and investigators have compared the head against the descriptions of several missing women, Heuer said. All have been ruled out so far. An artist's drawing of the woman's face will be completed today and released to the public, he said. Anyone with further information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at 439-9381.

A man who had recently bought property on the lake and was inspecting his purchase found the head and called authorities, Heuer said.

Meanwhile, St. Paul police are investigating a human foot that was found last night along the Mississippi River. It is too soon to tell whether there may be a link between the foot and the head found in Washington County, authorities said.

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HELP SOUGHT IN IDENTIFYING VICTIM OF DISMEMBERMENT

St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN) - Friday, July 9, 1993
Author: BYLINE: ASSOCIATED PRESS

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 .

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New Scandia Jane Doe

New Scandia Jane Doe was a woman whose severed head was discovered in Minnesota in 1993. A foot was found 20 miles away soon after her head was located, which is presumed to belong to the same person. The rest of the body was never found.
She had short, dark brown to black hair.
Her eyes were brown.
Her ears were pierced.

New Scandia Jane Doe



Sex Female
Race White
Location New Scandia, Minnesota
Found June 12, 1993
Unidentified for 23 years
Postmortem interval Days
Body condition Decomposed
Age approximation 20 - 65
Height approximation N/A
Weight approximation N/A
Cause of death Suspected homicide

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Her left foot was recovered from the North side of the Mississippi River at 935 Childs Rd. N., in St. Paul.



935 Childs Rd, St Paul, MN 55106

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The victim's head was found at 238th St. near Bone Lake.



238th St N, Scandia, MN 55073




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