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1996 Bay County Jane Doe

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  • Last updated: March 27, 2023
  • Southport, FL
  • May 30, 1996

Overview of 1996 Bay County Jane Doe

The woman, known only as Jane Doe 96, was found murdered in the tall reeds of the backwaters of Warren Bayou on May 30, 1996 at 11:00. She was raped and killed on a dirt road near the Steam Plant canal six weeks before her discovery. Her remains were so deteriorated that it made visual identification impossible. She was last seen alive leaving Tan Fannie's, a topless bar, on Beck Avenue the night of April 20, 1996 with a man who was convicted of her murder, Billy Frank Hansen. Investigators have reason to believe that the woman tried to contact a friend at an apartment on Beck Avenue the night she allegedly was killed, but that person has not been located or identified as of this date. Hansen said he and a friend were out drinking at Tan Fannie's topless bar on Beck Avenue when they met the victim. Hansen said he and his friend arrived at the bar around 22.00 and left around 3:30. He said that the woman asked for a ride home, but was so drunk that she didn't notice when they bypassed it. Hansen's friend was driving and Hansen sat in back. The woman sat in front, Hansen said. His friend said that the woman told Hansen that she would have sex with him, but then she demanded money. Hansen was sentenced to 21.8 years of prison time for the second-degree murder of this woman. She may have been native to the Czech Republic.

Estimated Date of Death: 4 weeks prior State of Remains: Decomposed Cause of Death: Homicide

Dentals: Unknown. She had some dental work performed. There was nothing unique about the dental work that would point authorities to a specific region. She had all of her front teeth, but was missing a right lower tooth and her upper wisdom teeth. She also may have been missing two molars. Fingerprints: Available. 2 complete fingerprints and a partial. DNA: Unknown

Clothing: Blue or bluish-green pullover sweatshirt with a Laguna logo on the front and an L.A. Gear red and white striped sports bra. Jewelry: 7-inch, gold-plated bracelet on her left wrist. The bracelet, which was about 2½ inches in diameter, indicates that the woman probably had a small build. Additional Personal Items: Unknown

The Doe Network Case Number: 150UFFL


  1. Date Found:May 30, 1996
  2. NAMUS Number:1111
  3. Race:White
  4. Gender:Female
  5. Height:5'6" to 5'9"
  6. Weight:Unknown
  7. Hair Color:Brown with blond highlights
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