Walker County Jane Doe; a 36 year mystery

walker county jane doe
walker county jane doe
walker county jane doe
walker county jane doe

Walker county Jane Doe has been unidentified since 1980.

A young girl who is known only as Walker County Jane Doe was found murdered on November 1, 1980, and it was believed she had been murdered on Halloween night.  A truck driver found her naked body near the Sam Houston National Forest, about a half mile south of the FM 1696 exit near Huntsville. 36’s years later and it is still unknown who she is.

The police determined from witnesses that prior to her death she was asking for directions to the Ellis Prison Farm.  Where she was found was about 14 miles from there.

New potential lead

On December 12, 2015,  a photo from the 1980’s showing a 14-year-old girl named “Cathleen or Kathleen from Corpus Cristi, Texas surfaced from siblings who met the girl at a motel in Beesville, Texas.  She told them that she wanted to go see her friend who was in Sugarland Prison.   The brother and sister made friends with the girl over the course of a few days while staying in the same motel. They remember that the photo had to have been sometime in 1980 after April. At first the brother thought the motel was in Richmond, Texas. But on further thought, they said it might have been in Beeville. They found on Google Maps a motel on 3764 N Saint Marys Street in Beeville (now called the Esquire Inn) that they believe to be the same motel. She remembers that the motel was owned by a Korean family. The girl was staying with a couple who may have been in their mid 30s. She told the brother and sister that she was a runaway, and that she was from Corpus Christi. The girl also mentioned to the brother that she was heading to visit an inmate at the Sugarland Prison, although the sister couldn’t confirm this. It should also be noted that ‘Walker County Jane Doe’ was seen the day of her murder asking for directions to the Ellis Prison Unit in Hunstville TX. The siblings believe that the photo of the girl could be Walker County Jane Doe.

Walker County Jane Doe
Photo of unknown teen (left) with sibling that met her at a motel in Texas.



Potential Witnesses

There was a few people that stated they saw a young girl that was asking directions to the prison that was wearing a yellow shirt and white sweater with a necklace with a smoky stone. The manager of a gas station, positively identified the victim as a girl who came into the gas station on Halloween around 6:30 p.m.  The manager said someone in a 1973 or 1974 blue Chevrolet dropped her off.  The description of the clothes were blue jeans, yellow t shirt, white  sweater and carrying high-heeled sandals.  She asked for directions to the Ellis Unit that is located Huntsville.  He last saw her walking north on Sam Houston Avenue.

Another account is from a waiter at the Hitching Post on I-45.  She described the same girl and said she asked for direction to Ellis Unit.  She said she was going to visit a friend who was there.  The waitress asked her how old she was and she said 19, but the waitress didn’t believe her.  She asked if her parents knew where she was and she replied, “Who cares?”  She told the waitress she came from the Pass Rockport area that is near Corpus Christi.

Authorities have gone to Ellis Unit to see if anyone knew her and have gone through high school year books for Pass Rockport but came up with nothing.


WCJD was 5′ 6″ tall, and weighed 105 lbs. According to NAMUS she is between 14-18 years old.  She had long wavy light brown hair and brown or hazel eyes. She had a vertical scar about 1½ inches long above and to the side of her right eye that transected her right eyebrow, (See post mortem photo below.) She was wearing a gold necklace with a rectangular  smoky glass stone, and wearing red leather strapped high heel candles, according to NAMUS case 4630. Because of the two stories Walker county Jane Doe is sometimes said to be wearing the Yellow shirt and white sweater, but note she was found unclothed.

The following people have been ruled out as being WCJD:

Maria Anjiras 1961 Connecticut
Kristy Booth 1960 Texas
Joyce Brewer 1955 Texas
Kimberly Doss 1962 Florida
Roxane Easland 1956 Alaska
Rachael Garden 1964 New Hampshire
Cindy King 1962 Oregon
Deborah McCall 1963 Illinois
Angela Meeker 1965 Washington
Laureen Rahn 1966 New Hampshire
Mary Trlica 1957 Texas

Investigators could not make a match between the bite mark on her left shoulder and with Henry Lee Lucas.

Walker county jane doe
Walker County Jane Doe
walker county jane doe
Walker County Jane Doe

Agency Name: Walker County Sheriff’s Office
Agency Contact Person: Criminal Investigation Division
Agency Phone Number: 936-435-2400
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 80-11-476

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