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1982 Tuscaloosa County Jane Doe

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  • Last updated: March 22, 2023
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
  • April 18, 1982

Overview of 1982 Tuscaloosa County Jane Doe

The victim as located in April 1982 in Slughter Creek, on the banks of the Black Warrior River, in rural Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. She was sexually assaulted, strangled, and severely beaten. Investigators believe the victim was possibly fishing in the area at the time of the attack, based on what she was wearing. It was likely she was not local to the area, investigators surmise.

Courtesy of Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office and FACES Lab

Witnesses saw a woman matching the victim's description on April 16, 1982 with a man about 35-40 years old. The pair's vehicle, a 1973 or 1974 Ford LTD with a dark vinyl top with possible front-end damage, was stuck in a muddy area along Robert Cemetery Road. The woman asked the two witnesses for help, while the man remained in the vehicle and was visibly upset. He swore and blamed the woman for the accident. He was further described as white with a ruddy complexion and was about 6'1" tall at a weight between 180 and 200 pounds. The woman was buried on December 9, 1982 in Sunset Memorial Park. She was nicknamed "Miss X" by the press.

Additional Information:

Estimated Date of Death: Hours prior

State of Remains: Recognizable face

Cause of Death: Homicide by strangulation

Dentals: Available. Partial upper denture plate. The partial denture replaced the upper right central and lateral incisor teeth.

Fingerprints: Available

DNA: Unknown.

Clothing: Preppy button-up, long-sleeved light blue shirt; blue knit pants with an elastic waistband; a white bra; white panties; size seven grey tennis shoes.

Jewelry: Unknown.

Additional Personal Items: Unknown.

The Doe Network Case Number: 108UFAL


  1. Date Found:April 18, 1982
  2. NAMUS Number:61157
  3. Race:White
  4. Gender:Female
  5. Height:5'4"
  6. Weight:110 to 115 lbs
  7. Hair Color:Dark brown to black, shoulder length
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