Authorities in Racine, Wis., seek assistance in identifying July 1999 homicide victim

A composite of “Jane Racine Doe 1999.”

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RACINE, Wis. — Authorities have exhumed the body of an unidentified woman found in a cornfield in Racine, Wis., July 21, 1999.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Office and the Milwaukee Medical Examiner’s Office have exhumed her body in hopes of gathering more information that may lead to her identity.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying “Jane Racine Doe 1999.” Anyone with information about the possible identity of this young woman is encouraged to call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). Calls may be made anonymously. Click here for more details.

Following are details on “Jane Racine Doe 1999”:

• The body of the female was found on July 21, 1999, in Racine, Wis.

• She was located along 92nd Street in a cornfield.

• It is estimated that she died within 24 hours of being found.

• She is a white female between the ages of 18 to 30 years old.

• She was 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighed approximately 120 pounds.

• She had reddish brown, collar-length curly hair that had highlights.

• Both of her ears were pierced twice.

• Her teeth were not in good condition, suggesting she may have received little to no dental care.

• She was found wearing a gray/silver country Western shirt embroidered with red flowers on the front.

Following is a press release from the Racine County 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 Racine County. She was 5 feet, 8 inches, 120 pounds with short brown hair. 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 clothed in black sweatpants and a man’s gray country western-style shirt. The shirt had pearlized snap buttons and a red floral pattern.

This female suffered severe abuse prior to her death and has not yet been identified.

The Racine County Sheriffs Office has been consulting with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS) regarding an exhumation of her body.

There has been much advancement in scientific testing since 1999. New technology has the potential to provide investigators with information about her life in the weeks, months and even years prior to her death. This information could help identify her and lead investigators to the people responsible for her death.

The decision was not entered into lightly.

Today, the body of Jane Doe was exhumed under the direction of Dr. Rick Snow, a forensic anthropologist with NCMEC. The Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home generously donated their services for the exhumation process. The body of Jane Doe will be transported to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner Office for additional analysis.

Sheriff Schmaling is determined to identify this young woman, arrest the persons responsible for this brutal crime and to bring closure to her family!

Please contact RASO Investigator Tracy Hintz at (262) 636-3190 with any information that may help with Jane Doe’s identification. You may also reach her on Facebook at Jane Doe Racine County, Wisconsin.

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Posted Oct. 24, 2013

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