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 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 16-year-old girl named “Cathleen or Kathleen or Kati who said she was from Corpus Cristi, Texas surfaced from siblings who met the girl at a motel in Texas. I spoke with the brother, Michael, who sent me the picture and told me the story. He told me that he remembered that the girl told them she was 16. She told them that she wanted to go see her friend who was in 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, Michael thought the motel was in Richmond, Texas. His mother thought it may have been Richland or Rosenburg, Texas. And he remembers that they stayed for awhile in Madisonville, Texas. 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 prison. 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. Michael has many more stories about Katy, and said she even carried her shoes around in her hands like it was described the WCJD would do.
The family also remembers other bits about their meeting with “Cathy.”
The motel was rectangle and you could drive into the center of it. The office was in front of the motel. The office of the motel looked like one in Beeville, but it is NOT in Beeville, said Michael. Michael also remembers in the photo of Cathy she had just gotten out of the pool and had her hair pulled back. Michael remembers her wearing a white hooded top and later she was seen wearing a yellow top and styling her hair in a Farrah Fawcett style. Kathye told them she was from Corpus Christi and that she was a runaway and she was trying to go to the prison to meet a boyfriend. She was with a couple staying at the motel across the street that were “different,” said Michael.
They owned a dark maroon or brown colored Dodge Diplomate. The woman was very thin with very long hair and the man had a beard. They would keep tabs on Cathy, but she would sneak away to go across the street to visit the family. The owners of the motel that Cathy stayed in were Vietnamese and would go to Houston to go shopping. Cathy asked everyone for a ride to the prison. She didn’t like to wear shoes and would carry them. She said she was 16-years-old.
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 the 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, 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 sandals, according to NAMUS case 4630. Note, that because of the two stories, Walker County Jane Doe is sometimes said to be wearing the Yellow shirt and white sweater, but 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
Carla Corley, 1965, Alabama
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.
Agency Name: Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Contact Person: Criminal Investigation Division, Phone Number: 936-435-2400, Case Number: 80-11-476