Friday, April 15, 2022

Unidentified Women For Over 30 Years, Finally Has A Name


DNA heritage test results are simply people trying to find out more on their family tree. Nevertheless, these test results can help families in unexpected ways. In the case, Don Lawson, an off-duty firefighter plowing his field, noticed a body face down in a few inches of water in the drainage ditch. Sheriff deputies determined the woman had been in the ditch for almost a week, badly deteriorating the body. This is case is interesting, not to mention that they found out this unidentified woman's name for over 30 years. It was the determination of the Boone County Officers to find out who this woman is. The day Don Lawson found this woman was on May 3, 1992 along I-65 in Boone County. They have been stuck on this case trying to find someone who was related to this unidentified corpse. Meanwhile, one of Sniegowski's sisters had submitted her DNA to the biotech company 23andMe because she'd been wondering about her family tree. This shows how DNA test results can show them, results of something that they could not imagine.

During that case that the woman was described was only in local media. In which she was in between 20 and 40 years old, with a tattoo of the word "Mom" on her right arm, but authorities weren't able to figure out who she was, and the body was buried in a pauper's grave not far from the Boone County Sheriff's Office, marked "Unidentified Female." Now because of 23andMe test results the unidentified woman has been identified as Jane Doe a 17-year-old girl. DNA evidence can lead the police to her family members as well as the case being shifted to a homicide investigation. For what will come next, I don't know but at least the family members of Jane Doe can have some closure to their loss.

Gidman, J. (2022, April 14). A 'Jane Doe' discovered in an Indiana ditch 30 years ago now has a name. Newser. Retrieved April 15, 2022, from 

Burbrink, J. (2022, April 14). Boone County Jane Doe identified as 17-year-old girl. Fox 59. Retrieved April 15, 2022, from 

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