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Artist's composite of Jane Doe. Several other composites can be found on the internet, however this composite is the only official version.

1980 Murder Case Still an Open Investigation

35th Anniversary of Jane Doe Murder case in Huntsville, TX


On Friday, October 31, 1980, a white female 15-20 years of age, arrived in Huntsville, Texas alone. She was seen by several citizens that also talked to her at two separate locations in town. The first location was a gasoline station located on the south side of Huntsville where she asked the owner for directions to the Texas Department of Corrections Ellis Prison Farm. The owner gave her those directions and she left on foot. The owner later gave investigators an accurate description of the girl and identified her body. The second location was a truck stop along Interstate 45 on the north side of Huntsville. At this location she talked to two employees of the restaurant at the truck stop. Again she asked for directions to the Ellis Prison Farm and was given written directions. During this conversation she was asked if her parents knew where she was and her response was, “Who Cares?” She told these people she was from the Rockport/ Aransas Pass area. Again, the witnesses gave a good description of her and identified her body.

On Saturday, November 1, 1980, at 9:20 A.M., a Walker County Sheriff’s Office Deputy responded to a call of a body located on the shoulder of IH-45 north of Huntsville, One half mile south of the FM 1696 exit. The body had been reported by a passing trucker.

The body was nude and Harris County Medical Examiner ruled the death asphyxia due to strangulation by ligature.

The initial investigation focused of identifying the girl and determining any possible relationship she had with the Texas Department of Corrections Ellis Prison Farm. Employees and inmates of the Ellis Prison Farm were canvassed with negative results. A search of missing person’s reports revealed no leads and media reports of the case resulted in no information concerning the girl’s identity. Investigators traveled to the Rockport/ Aransas Pass area and checked with schools and law enforcement with negative results. The girl remains unidentified.

There have been attempts made through the years to identify the girl and many leads have been pursued, all with negative results. November 1, 2015, marked the 35th year since the body was found and Sheriff Clint McRae and members of the Walker County Sheriff’s Office remained committed to identifying the girl and clearing the case.

Physical description:

5 feet 6 inches, 108 lbs
Hazel eyes
15-20 years old
Brown hair 10 inches in length
Toenails painted pink with nail polish
Fingernails not painted
Ears pierced (no earrings or studs)
Inverted right nipple


Blue jeans
Yellow pullover shirt
Dirty white colored knit sweater with big pockets, length pass the waist line
Leather sandal shoes
Rectangular penchant with brown stone (some described as smoky stone) on gold chain

If anyone may know this girl, or have information on this case, please contact the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Huntsville, Texas, at 936-435-2400. Case reference number is 8011476.

Information provided by WCSO.

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