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1988 Yakima County Jane Doe

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  • Last updated: March 12, 2023
  • Union Gap, WA
  • February 16, 1988

Overview of 1988 Yakima County Jane Doe

The victim was found on tribal land along the Yakima River, near Parker Dam in Yakima County, Washington on February 16, 1988. She was left near a dirt road.

Examination indicated the victim was of Native American ancestry but she is not believed to be part of the Yakima Nation.

There may be as many as 32 unsolved cases that occurred on the reservation in the 1980's and early 1990's involving missing persons and deaths that cold case detectives have re-opened.

Serial rapist John Bill Fletcher Jr. was convicted of at least two murders in the area, which occurred in 1987.

In December 2018, it was announced her remains would be exhumed at some point for DNA testing. It would be possible to test items kept in evidence, including hair and fingernail samples along with the clothing, yet it was agreed the woman's body itself would be the best source.

Estimated Date of Death: 2 to 10 months prior State of Remains: Skeletal Cause of Death: Presumed homicide

Dentals: Available. Fingerprints: Not available. DNA: Not available.

Clothing: Lavender pants and a long sleeved shirt with Mexican label. Brown, "bowling-type" shoes, one with a white sole an one with a black sole. Jewelry: Unknown Additional Personal Items: Unknown

The Doe Network Case Number: 918UFWA


  1. Date Found:February 16, 1988
  2. NAMUS Number:16335
  3. Race:Native American / Indigenous
  4. Gender:Female
  5. Height:4'11" to 5'1"
  6. Weight:Unknown
  7. Hair Color:Black/dark brown, bleached in front
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