Overview of 1993 Miami-Dade County Jane Doe
The victim was located in a wooded vacant lot at the corner of 74th Street and Dickens Avenue on Miami Beach, FL in March 1993. Julio Cesar Ortiz was convicted of killing her. He did not know who she was. Ortiz said he grabbed the woman by the throat for about two minutes and held on. He went to a gas station to buy gas. He returned to the scene and poured gas on the woman, not knowing whether she was dead or alive. He used a lighter to set her ablaze. He and the woman had been together for two or three days before the slaying, possibly smoking crack cocaine. She apparently lived on the streets. The wooded lot is known as a frequent hangout for homeless people. There were several cans scattered around that had been used as crack pipes.
Estimated Date of Death: Same day State of Remains: Not recognizable - Charred/burned Cause of Death: Homicide by strangulation
Dentals: Available. Posts and root canals. Silver caps on her lower and upper back teeth. It seemed like some of the dental work had been done in South America. Fingerprints: Available. DNA: Available.
Clothing: White t-shirt with the word "Sweet" in orange above each of several green hearts. It is possible a cartoon design was also featured on the shirt. She also wore pants (description unavailable). Jewelry: Unknown Additional Personal Items: Two rings an oval ring with a lavender rose on a white stone, of sterling silver, and another that looked like ivory with a painted design of a bird emerging from a flower.
The Doe Network Case Number: 563UFFL