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Aug 10, 2017

Florida Jane Doe: Unidentified body found

The skeletal remains of a woman have been located in Florida, and now authorities are trying to identify her. There are no photos available in this case, and no identifying features can be made from the discovery due to the level of decomposition. These skeletal remains were reportedly located at the end of June of this year.

The Jane Doe's remains were located in a wooded location near 18001 Old Cutler Road -- which happens to be the area of the National Parks Service in the city of Palmetto Bay. The remains appear to be a woman between the ages of 14-years-old and 99-years-old -- meaning medical examiners have no idea how old this person was when she died. What also isn't known: Her ethnicity, her hair color, eye color, weight, height or any other identifying feature.

Even though the remains are skeletal, medical examiners have been able to determine that this Florida Jane Doe died after 1992. This is due to the fact that her remains displayed evidence of surgery that could not have taken place prior to October 1992. Some of that evidence includes a metal rod in her lower right leg (tibia). This metal rod was not manufactured prior to 1992. That does not necessarily mean that the surgery took place in 1992, just that it could not have taken place prior.

Furthermore, the skeletal remains of this unidentified woman were found with "Sasson" brand pants (size 15/16) and a "tag" from a clothing item that was labeled as "Partners/Mervyns" (size medium-M). The "tag" was from an unidentifiable article of clothing -- possibly a shirt or blouse of some kind. The tag could have also come from the dark-colored belt that was found with her remains, but it is not likely, since few belts are sized in the "small, medium, large" sequence. 

PARTNERS was trademarked by Mervyn's Brands, LLC. It was a brand they used for clothing, handbags and lingerie for many years -- starting in the mid 1970s, but most popularly in the 1980s through the 1990s. Their tops were sized in the sequence of "small, medium and large" -- or, more specifically, "s, m, l." 

Sasson brand jeans haven't been popular since the 1990s. The fact that this Jane Doe was found with a pair of Sasson pants really highlights a possibility that she had died in the 90s. However, it's very possible that she could have died more recently, and had been wearing thrift-store pants. On the other hand, the Sasson pants were paired with a clothing tag belonging to Partners by Mervyns, which was also more popular in the 90s than recent years.

Knowing that she may have worn a size (M) in shirt and a size 15/16 in pants, it's easier to build a possible image of this woman, though not an entirely accurate one without knowing her height. 

There are numerous women missing in the state of Florida -- many of which are presumed dead, and many of them missing in the 1990s. But that doesn't mean this Jane Doe came from Florida. She could have come from anywhere, making it even harder for detectives to identify her. It should be noted that this Jane Doe's Namus file doesn't mention any testing of known missing women over the past 25 years.

If you believe you can help authorities in this case, please contact the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner's Office at (305) 545-2400. Any information could prove useful in this investigation, and could help bring closure to those who are searching for missing loved ones.

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