Who Is Jane Doe?

ELLERY, NY (WNY News Now) – The Chautauqua County Unsolved Crime Unit is trying to answer a decades old question: Who is Jane Done and why would someone kill her?

Known as “Ellery Jane Doe” by investigators, the unidentified woman arrived to Chautauqua County on or about December 12, 1983. She was found by police beaten, shot and left in a rain-filled ditch alongside old Highway 17, now Interstate-86.

“She left us with some identifiable clues: extensive gold dental work from Europe, expensive clothing, a raincoat from Germany, skirt, blouse and camisole from Italy,” wrote investigators in a case memo released last week. “New work by the FBI indicates her DNA links to the Netherlands, Belgium and Western Germany.”

Doe did have a note in her pocket when found, linking her to a British Columbia Canadian motel.

“New research indicates the numbers on the note may match up to three phone numbers of Canadian airlines and/or Thomas Bothers map location codes,” investigators continued.

It is believed she was a mother, possibly leaving behind a child or children who would now be in their early or lates 40’s or 50’s.

“She was petite, with curly dark hair, brown eyes and distinctive marks on her left eye, face and behind her left ear,” explained investigators.

The cold case squad released new drawings of Doe, and are asking for the public’s help in trying to identify her. Anyone who may recognize the renderings, are asked to contact unsolvedchautauqua@sheriff.us, call (716) 753-4579 or call 716) 753-4578.


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