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1996 Palm Beach County Jane Doe

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  • Last updated: March 27, 2023
  • Clewiston, FL
  • May 23, 1996

Overview of 1996 Palm Beach County Jane Doe

A man searching for scrap metal and cans found a baby's body in a wooded area on the canal bank on old U.S. 27, two miles east of the Hendry County line. She was partially wrapped in a maroon and white blanket and a woman's black and white sweater. The infant's mandible and maxilla were fractured. An autopsy revealed the baby died of either accidental or intentional injuries, but the case is being treated as a homicide investigation. Detectives reviewed hundreds of hospital footprint records and visited 70 to 100 homes in search of parents missing a girl of that age, but with no results. The infant has been dubbed "Baby Belle."

Estimated Date of Death: A few days prior State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction Cause of Death: Homicide

Dentals: Not available. Fingerprints: Not available, but footprints are. DNA: Available.

Clothing: Unknown Jewelry: Unknown Additional Personal Items: Red/white/gray/blue Indian or Mexican style blanket, four green towels, a black and white sweater, and a red bucket were found with her.

The Doe Network Case Number: 160UFFL


  1. Date Found:May 23, 1996
  2. NAMUS Number:1112
  3. Race:White and/or Hispanic
  4. Gender:Female
  5. Height:1'0" to 1'5"
  6. Weight:5 or 6 lbs
  7. Hair Color:Black or dark brown
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