CALEDONIA — The Racine County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday exhumed the body of a woman known as “Jane Doe” in an attempt to learn the identity of the woman found dead in 1999, according to a release issued by the sheriff’s office.
On July 21, 1999, a body of a white female homicide victim was discovered on the edge of a cornfield located on 92nd Street in Raymond.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released an updated photo of the woman in December, but police have not been able to identify her.
New technology has come out that could potentially provide investigators with information about her life in the weeks, months and even years prior to her death, the release said. This information could help identify her and lead investigators to the people responsible for her death.
“The decision was not entered into lightly,” the release stated.
Regarding the exhumation, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office was in consultation with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
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Jane Doe’s body was exhumed under the direction of Rick Snow, a forensic anthropologist with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the release stated. The Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home donated its services for the exhumation process, and the woman’s body will undergo additional analysis at the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office.
“Sheriff (Christopher) Schmaling is determined to identify this young woman, arrest the persons responsible for this brutal crime and to bring closure to her family,” the release stated.
Anyone with information on the case can contact Investigator Tracy Hintz at tracy.hintz@goRacine.org. She can also be reached on Facebook at “Jane Doe Racine County, Wisconsin.”
About Jane Doe
The woman was 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 120 pounds. She had reddish brown, collar-length curly hair with highlights and most likely had brown eyes. Her ears were double pierced and her left ear had a deformation consistent with “cauliflower ear.” Her teeth were in poor condition, with her front teeth slightly protruding.
She was found wearing black sweatpants and a man’s grey country western-style shirt. The shirt had pearlized snap buttons and a red floral pattern. The woman suffered severe abuse prior to her death and has not yet been identified. She was found dead July 21, 1999, in a Raymond cornfield.