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1983 Manatee County Jane Doe

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  • Last updated: March 24, 2023
  • Tidy Island, FL
  • April 9, 1983

Overview of 1983 Manatee County Jane Doe

The female was located by construction workers on the edge of Sarasota Bay, ten feet off Tidy Island, in the Cortez area, on April 9, 1983. She was found floating face down in about a foot of water. Foul play has not been ruled out, although the medical examiner believed her death was accidental. There was, however, an injury to her head and the sheriff's department is treating the case as suspicious. The location where the female is buried in the Manatee County Cemetery is unknown, as there were no grave markers put in place for indigent burials until 1986. Efforts were made to locate her body in the late 2000s for DNA testing and additional examination but were unsuccessful.

Estimated Date of Death: 1 day prior State of Remains: Recognizable face Cause of Death: Drowning under unknown circumstances

Dentals: Not available. Natural teeth. Noticeably crooked. Crowding of the upper and lower teeth, most prominent anteriorly. No fillings in place, but the first molars on the right and left in the lower jaw both had cavitary defects which were smooth-walled, deep and slightly discolored brown-black. The wisdom teeth were not erupted. Fingerprints: Not available DNA: Not available

Clothing: None Jewelry: None Additional Personal Items: None

The Doe Network Case Number: 488UFFL


  1. Date Found:April 9, 1983
  2. NAMUS Number:1265
  3. Race:White
  4. Gender:Female
  5. Height:5'4" to 5'5"
  6. Weight:100 to 110 lbs
  7. Hair Color:Brown
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