Orange Socks murdered on Halloween in 1979, still unknown

A Jane Doe was found on Halloween, October 31, 1979 in Georgetown, Texas near Interstate 35 in a culvert almost 10 miles south of the Williamson and Bell County line.  After 38 years, she still remains unidentified.  She had been strangled and had no clothes on except for a pair of orange socks.  She became known as Orange Socks.

Serial killer Henry Lee Lucas confessed to her murder in 1982.  He was convicted of her murder in 1984.  He recanted his confession, and the court heard that on the date of her murder a timesheet showed he was at work in Jacksonville, Florida. Governor George W. Bush commuted his death sentence to life in prison.

An anonymous caller stated she saw the Jane Doe hitchhiking near Georgetown the day she was killed, but they have not been able to identify who the caller was nor have they come forward.

Post mortem photos

Estimated Age: 15-30 years old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 5’8″ to 5’10”
Weight: 140 to 160 lbs.
Hair Color: Reddish brown, 10 inches long.
Eye Color: Hazel
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Legs were unshaven. Toenails were unpainted and extremely long. Fingernails were “dirty” and of medium-length, painted reddish-pink. She had a 1/4 inch-long hairline scar under her chin. Thick eyebrows. Healed scars from insect bites were visible on both of legs. Pierced ears. Suffering from chronic salpingitis, the result of gonorrhea. No previous fractures.

Clothing: A pair of orange socks.
Jewelry: Large, elongated oval-shaped silver ring with an abalone shell or mother of pearl-like stone in the center.
Additional Personal Items: Two matchbooks were found at the scene; one was from a Motel 6, the other from a Holiday Inn in Henryetta, Oklahoma. The only other evidence was determined to be a makeshift sanitary napkin, which was labeled among the evidence as a bloody towel.

Nancy Jason, Kathleen Rodgers, Pinkie Davis-Herron and Susan Cooke, Sharon Pretorius and Brenda Davidson have been rule out.

Anyone with information about Orange Socks can contact the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 800-346-3243 in Texas or 512-424-5074 if calling from outside of Texas.

Walker County Jane Doe killed on Halloween in 1980.

 

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