Mystery over severely decomposed body of young girl with crucial clue that could reveal her identity

Mystery over severely decomposed body of young girl with crucial clue that could reveal her identity


POLICE have shared pictures of the distinctive clothing found on a severely decomposed body as part of efforts to identify the remains.

Jane Doe – who was thought to have been between 15 and 25 years old – was found dumped by the side of a road in Nashville, Tennessee in 2018.

She remains unidentified but police have pointed to the Vanderbilt University clothing she was found in as a crucial clue in identifying her.

Those clothes included a black Under Armor sweater,black and gold ZooZatz leggings with the Vanderbilt “V” and a white metal necklace.

She also wore a green and black bra, white socks, and no shoes.

The necklace was made by brand From the Heart, police said.


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Forensic teams have confirmed the woman was black or possible Hispanic, between 5 foot and 5ft 5 inches tall and with black, curly hair.

A new facial reconstruction has indicted what experts think she may have looked like.

A cause of death has not been established but police say there was no suggestion it was a road accident.

The students reported missing to Vanderbilt University do not match the description.

Detective Matthew Filter told News Channel 5: "Certainly, there's somebody out there that's missing a family member.

"She had a Vanderbilt pullover on, she had Vanderbilt leggings."

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"She even had a Vanderbilt like waistband that's used by runners to carry their ID and maybe money and stuff," Filter added.

"We want to get her name, we need to know who she is because without knowing who she is, we have no idea why she was found where she was found."

Metro Nashville police said in a statement: "Due to the condition of her body, the Medical Examiner was unable to determine a cause of death.

"There was no evidence of a traffic/hit and run crash on the roadway."

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Police added: "A review of missing persons’ cases, including discussions with Vanderbilt University, did not show anyone who matched this description."

Anyone with information should contact Detective Matt Filter at (615) 862-7803 or The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

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