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1952 Gilpin County Jane Doe

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  • Last updated: March 20, 2023
  • Blackhawk, CO
  • September 30, 1952

Overview of 1952 Gilpin County Jane Doe

Who is 1952 Gilpin County Jane Doe?

The victim's charred remains were found under a seven foot charred log in an unused gravel pit in the woods by a man who was on a hunting trip. The body was found approximately 100 yards from Highway 119 and about 25 feet from Clear Creek. A three-foot stick with blood on it was found about 20 feet from the recovery site. Additionally, a third earring was located. An autopsy revealed that the victim had suffered blunt force trauma to her head, but it is unknown if this was the cause of death or if she was still alive when set afire. The victim is refferred to as the "Pyre Case" or "Maria."

Additional Information:

Estimated Date of Death: 20 days to a month prior

State of Remains: Not recognizable - Charred partial skeletal parts only

Cause of Death: Homicide

Dentals: Available. She had a prominent overbite.

Fingerprints: Not Available

DNA: Not Available

Clothing: A fragment of a turquoise sequinned blouse, metal rivets of blue jeans, and the sole of one shoe.

Jewelry: Rhinestone necklace and earrings.

Additional Personal Items: A small electric razor, a purse, and an empty lipstick container. Also found near the remains was a man’s ring with no setting.

The Doe Network Case Number: 1083UFCO


  1. Date Found:September 30, 1952
  2. NAMUS Number:14826
  3. Race:Unknown
  4. Gender:Female
  5. Height:5'7"
  6. Weight:Unknown
  7. Hair Color:Brown/Black
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