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1982 Columbia County Jane Doe

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  • Last updated: March 20, 2023
  • Caledonia, WI
  • May 8, 1982

Overview of 1982 Columbia County Jane Doe

A passerby discovered the victim's remains about 60 feet of Petra Road, near Highway 78, not far from I-90/94. It was determined that she died from blunt force trauma to the head. At the time, there were no missing persons reports in southern Wisconsin matching the victim. Investigators believed she may have been dumped at the location.

She was buried in Wyocena on September 1, 1987 as a Jane Doe. On April 21, 2014, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the FBI, reopened the case and her body was exhumed in hopes of collecting DNA, which was successfully obtained.

Investigators believe she and her killer may not have been native to the area where she was found.

Tips may be submitted to Crime Stoppers via email or text by visiting Crime Stoppers, or by texting the word "CRIMES"(274637) with the keyword "TIPCOSO."

Estimated Date of Death: Up to a year prior State of Remains: Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton Cause of Death: Homicide - blunt force trauma to the head

Dentals: Available. She had an unusual partial denture and unusual crowns. Fingerprints: Not available. DNA: Available.

Clothing: Multi-colored blouse and brown Chesterfield pants (size 12). Jewelry: Unknown Additional Personal Items: Unknown

The Doe Network Case Number: 1188UFWI


  1. Date Found:May 8, 1982
  2. NAMUS Number:12533
  3. Race:Caucasian / White
  4. Gender:Female
  5. Height:5'5" to 5'7"
  6. Weight:Unknown
  7. Hair Color:Unknown
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