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Bonus Episode #18: Perry County Jane Doe - Unidentified (1979)

Updated: Jul 18, 2021

The Perry County Jane doe, also known as the “Girl with the Turquoise Jewelry” was discovered June 20, 1979 in Watts Township, which is between Duncannon and Newport.

Perry County Jane Doe

Age: 15-38 - Found: 6/20/1979

Est. Date of Death: 1978-1979

Ethnicity: Caucasian - Sex: Female

Height: 5'6" - Weight: 125lbs

Hair Color: Strawberry Blonde - Eye Color: Unknown

Location Found: Route 322 Eastbound @ Junita River, 16 Miles West of Harrisburg (Perry County)

State of Remains: Skeletal - Nature of Death: Suspicous

Injuries: N/A

Distinguishing Characteristics: See Below

Clothing/Items Found: She was wearing a tan button up, white boots with silver buckles, red and gray socks, and blue pants that were made from a knitted wool with strands of red thread. She had two tops under her jacket: a white shirt and a blue tank top. Her shoes are believed to have been about 8 1⁄4 inches long. Her 9th left rib ad been fracture sometime in her life and was healed. She had several pieces of jewelry on. She had two silver rings with turquoise stones, one of which also had onyx in it, a bracelet on her right arm, and a turquoise necklace and earrings. Because of the amount of turquoise and the presence of the onyx in the one right, authorities believe there is a tie to the southwestern states, specifically Arizona or New Mexico.

Missing Persons Ruled Out: Paula Lynch &

DNA: Available- Based on an analysis of her bones, it is thought that she spent a lot of time living in the northwestern US or southern Canada, somewhere near the great lakes, when she was a child into her early teen years. There is a thought that she may have recently traveled to PA from having been in the southwestern US. I found a report from Ali Lanyon as part of the Midstate Mysteries series that ran on ABC27 news where she reported that Dr. Christine France from the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute had completed tests to identify the hydrogen and oxygen isotopes in samples from Jane Doe’s bones, teeth, and hair. This same report goes on to explain that teeth can tell a scientist where a person spent their adolescence, while the hair tells them where they were most recently. The bone, then, can give a snapshot of the last 15 years or so.

Fingerprints: Unavailable

Dental Records: Available- She had good dental hygiene practices, and there was no evidence of any sort of disease her teeth.

NamUs Case Number: UP5166

NCIC Case Number: U853394087

NCMEC: 1192091

Any one with information , please contact Perry County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-210-8477 or Trooper Donald Chewning at 717-567-3110


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