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Authorities Seek Help Identifying “Jane Doe”

Posted/updated on: February 12, 2014 at 11:08 am
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Jane Doe Gregg CountyGREGG COUNTY — Authorities in Gregg County release a reconstructed image of a woman found murdered in 2006 in an attempt to identify her. Sheriff Maxey Cerliano and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office are requesting assistance in identifying “Jane Doe.” On October 6, 2006 the burning body of Jane Doe was discovered on an oil field right-of way off Fritz Swanson Road in Kilgore. The body was that of a white female, 17 to 22 years of age, 5’3″ to 5’5″, 100 to 120 pounds, with reddish brown hair and blond highlights. She was wearing size 7/8 jeans and a mauve or purple colored pull-over sweater.

The body was burned beyond recognition. DNA and dental records were obtained at autopsy and those records have been compared with hundreds of missing persons throughout the US and North America without success. A reconstruction of the skull was conducted and that reconstruction image was displayed in the local media and internationally on the internet. Again, no viable information was obtained as to her identity.

On October 2, 2013, an exhumation was conducted at Jane Doe’s grave and her skull was used for another reconstruction with new 3D technology. The reconstruction was completed in January, 2014 and recently was made available to the Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lt. Kirk Haddix at kirk.haddix@co.gregg.tx.us or (903) 236-8411. An advisory received Tuesday from the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office notes that numerous calls have been received regarding the possibility of Jane Doe being Brandi Wells. Officials say Wells has been eliminated through DNA/dental information. Wells, of Tyler, went missing after leaving a Longview night club August 2, 2006. Her case was reopened last September.


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