Overview of 1998 Hancock County Jane Doe
A truck driver discovered the victim's body off I-10 East near Exit 2 (Stennis Space Center), Mile Marker 4 in Hancock County at 10:40 a.m.
She had been hit by a car and was flung 230 feet from the road. She was found face down with her head toward a wooded area, slanting in a grassy area. A group of teenagers came forward when they heard about the incident. They had been traveling through the area earlier the same morning, between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. in a 1998 green Mitsubishi when they hit something that they assumed was a deer.
An autopsy revealed that she suffered several injuries as a result of the accident: fracture of the cervical spine, compression-contusion of the spinal cord, lacerated abraded scalp, a deep laceration of the right popliteal region (knee-joint) and left heel, a fractured right femur and multiple deep abrasions of the trunk, extremities and face. There was a hair resembling the scalp hair entangled in the fingers of her left hand. She suffered 21 broken ribs as well as a lacerated liver. The autopsy also revealed that she had recently eaten french fries and pickle slices, as well as a thick brown liquid, but no meat. She had numerous small hydatid cysts in her oviducts. Hydatid cysts are caused from a parasite that is accidentally ingested when consuming contaminated/unsanitary food.
In October 2013, the Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk received permission to exhume the woman's remains to gather DNA samples to compare to two missing women from Louisiana, Nelda Louise Hardwick and Faye Aline Self. During the exhumation in December 2013, it was determined that the remains in the grave were that of a man and not the unidentified woman. Since the exact location of the remains is unknown, plans for future exhumations have been halted.
Estimated Date of Death: Hours prior
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Auto/pedestrian accident
Dentals: Not available. Edentulous. Dentures not located.
DNA: Not available.
Clothing: Bongo jeans, a black hooded Spalding Activewear sweatshirt with "Florida" on the front, and blue velvet slippers. She was not wearing socks or underwear.
Additional Personal Items: Unknown
The Doe Network Case Number: 178UFMS