Lucas Ohio Jane Doe 1987 once had a real name. She was a daughter, a granddaughter, perhaps even a niece or an aunt, but she made a terrible decision one night that cost her that life and changed the lives of everyone she knew.
Her likeness, thanks to Amy Sanderson, appears online at the website “Can You Identify Me?” (CYIM) along with information about where and how she was found, her age and other pertinent knowledge that should help anyone who knew this young lady, to contact those who can help.
CYIM was a brilliant idea built out of a desire to help those who have no name in death, to get it back.
By combining forensic artistry, know-how of a former “America’s Most Wanted” producer, knowledge of a victim’s mother who found her unidentified child thousands of miles away from home and that of a deputy coroner; they can glean enough information to put composites together that could help solve cases all across the nation.
Lucas Ohio Jane Doe 1987 was found in Toledo, Ohio behind an abandoned auto-shop, near I-75 on June 16, 1987. Her poor body had been wrapped in a tan tweed carpet and a pool cover, then dropped there and burned.
Detectives believe, from what evidence they did have, that she had died of a drug overdose and that whoever she had been with had been panicked into doing what they did. Although they haven’t ruled out homicide, it was fairly easy to ascertain what had happened.
Although she had been burned almost beyond recognition, a team from CYIM was able to come up with a composite of what she would’ve looked like.
Other Statistics Include:
- Estimated age: 16-21 years old
- Approximate Height and Weight: 5’4″-5’8″; 110 lbs.
- Distinguishing Characteristics: Possibly some Native ancestry. Light brown/dark blonde hair of fine texture, 6-7 inches long. Slender build. Bright pink polish on her toenails and fingernails.
- Dentals: Near perfect alignment of front teeth. Lower first molars and upper right first molar extracted in late childhood. Third molars not present (upper left impacted). No fillings or restorations.
- Clothing: Jordache jeans. Five pearl earrings in each ear.
- DNA: Yes, in CODIS
They were able to share that she had picked a bright pink nail polish for her fingers and toes, drawing a sad kind of picture in your head of a young girl bending over to reach her toes, admiring how pretty they looked.
It isn’t just her young age that catches your attention alone. No, it is also the thought of her painting her nails in the days before her death, that show her as the human-being she was and the young lady who belonged to a family.
If you have any information about this case please contact:
Toledo Police Department
Detective Bart Beavers: 419-936-3724
– Lucas County coroner’s Office: 419-213-3900
You may remain anonymous when submitting information.
Agency Case Number: A270-87
NCIC Number: U-448521459. Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
For more info: for those who live Ohio and want more information, please contact the Ohio Attorney Generals Office at: 800-282-0515 or local: 614-466-4986. They are located at 30 E Broad St #14, Columbus, OH 43215 (Transit: E Broad St & N High St). For directions, please see Google Maps
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Sources: Can You Identify Me, canyouidentifyme.org/LucasOhioJaneDoeJune1987; The Doe Network, http://doenetwork.org/cases/335ufoh.html