Body of 1999 Racine Co. 'Jane Doe' Exhumed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: Thurs 1:58 PM, Oct. 17, 2013

CALEDONIA, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities have exhumed the body of young woman found dead in a southeastern Wisconsin cornfield 14 years ago, as they try to identify her.

The woman has been called "Jane Doe." Her body was exhumed Wednesday.

The woman's body was found in a Raymond cornfield in July 1999.

According to the Racine County sheriff's office, new technology could help investigators learn more about the woman in the time leading up to her death. Authorities say the information could help identify her and lead investigators to those responsible for her death.

The body will be taken to the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office for analysis.

The woman was 5-foot-8, weighed 120 pounds and had brown eyes and reddish-brown hair. Her ears were double-pierced and her teeth were in poor condition.

ORIGINAL STORY: 4:33 PM, Dec. 12, 2012

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has released a new and more detailed artist’s rendering of an unidentified woman whose body was found in a Racine County cornfield more than 13 years ago.

The new picture and description include details that were not previously available since the woman’s abused body was discovered. Jane Doe had brown eyes, and reddish brown, collar-length curly hair with highlights. The Sheriff's Department says she is white female between 18 and 30, who weighed about 120 pounds and was around 5 feet, 8 inches tall.

Her teeth were in poor condition, suggesting she had received little to no dental care, according to the center. Both of her ears were pierced twice, and she was reportedly found wearing a grey/silver country western shirt embroidered with red flowers.

The woman was found 14 miles northwest of Racine on July 21, 1999 at around 6:10 by a man walking his dog.

According to a Racine newspaper, Jane Doe was repeatedly tortured a month prior to her death. She suffered burns and blunt force trauma to much of her body, a nose fracture, cuts to the head, abrasions to the forehead, a heavily battered left ear — often called a cauliflower ear — and showed signs of being both sexually abused and malnourished.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s forensic services unit at (800) 843-5678 and Racine County Sheriff’s Department investigators Tom Knaus at (262) 636-3367 or Tracy Hintz at (262) 636-3190.

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