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1972 Hernando County Jane Doe

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  • Last updated: March 22, 2023
  • Brooksville, FL
  • July 19, 1972

Overview of 1972 Hernando County Jane Doe

The victim was recovered in a wooded area off State Road 50, three miles west of I-75, in Hernando County, Florida on July 19, 1972. She was located by an area resident, near Withlacoochee State Forest, under a bedspread. The victim may have been seen alive a few days prior, as three individuals were witnessed in the area exiting a white 1961 or 1962 Ford Falcon. Only two people returned from the woods. The body was exhumed in 2015 for examination, additional testing, and to create a facial reconstruction. Isotope analysis indicated the woman had lived in the United States for at least 5 to ten years and also indicated she consumed nutrients consistant with an American diet. She had spent at several years in Florida before she died. She was nicknamed "Edna" by investigators based on her facial features.

Estimated Date of Death: 3-5 days State of Remains: Decomposed Cause of Death: Homicide by strangulation

Dentals: Available. Her teeth were in poor condition; only the 6 upper and 6 lower front teeth remained. Fingerprints: Available. DNA: Available.

Clothing: White bra and white bikini-style panties Jewelry: Unknown. Additional Personal Items: She was covered in a multi colored, flower patterned, bed spread or quilt.

The Doe Network Case Number: 776UFFL


  1. Date Found:July 19, 1972
  2. NAMUS Number:6043
  3. Race:White
  4. Gender:Female
  5. Height:5'0" to 5'1"
  6. Weight:130 to 140 lbs.
  7. Hair Color:Brown
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