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Who is Arroyo Grande Jane Doe

Arroyo Grande Jane Doe

Jane Doe Arroyo Grande Jane Doe

Arroyo Grande Jane Doe was found nude, beaten to death with a hammer, stabbed in the back and dumped off state Route 146, near the intersection of old Lake Mead Drive and Arroyo Grande Blvd on October 5. 1980, reports the Review Journal.

Detective John Williams has worked on the case since he found her on his day off, and stated, when he found her she was laying and “posed.”  On each anniversary of her death Williams goes to her grave and places flowers and even bought a headstone for her grave, eEven though he doesn’t know who she is, she has become part of his life and his family.

Jane is believed to be between 14-25 years-old and has a homemade “S” tattoo on her right forearm.  She is 5’2” tall, 103 pounds with light reddish/brown shoulder length hair, blue eyes and was a non smoker.  Jane had on silver colored fingernail polish and a vaccination scar on her left bicep.  She had a gap between two teeth on the upper right side of her mouth.

Arroyo Jane Doe
Credit: Natasha Schroder

Fingerprints come back with no match to any missing person in the system.  In 2003, when the body was exhumed, a DNA sample was taken and better dental records were obtained.

Coroner statement

“Hi, in 1980, State Route 146 went from I-15 to Boulder Highway
with few roadways crossing, little traffic and almost no houses for
miles. The area was very rural and used to shortcut going all the way
through LV. It was mostly used by truckers bypassing when going from AZ
to CA or CA to AZ. The intersection of SR 146 & Arroyo Grande had
desert area on all sides. Where she was found, she was very close to
the roadway and she was left to be found. She was not hidden from the
road. When she was found as you can see in the photo’s of her, she was
still very fresh. I’ll pull the file for any additional pictures I can
send you. Have a great weekend. Rick (Clark County Coroner Investigator)”

If you have any information about this case, please contact Det. John Williams of the Henderson Police Dept. at 702-565-2204.  NCIC Number U-898928671

Ruled out as a match:
Rachael Garden
Karen Lynn Zendrosky
Cheryl Ann Scherer
Terry Collier

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