Jane Doe’s badly decomposed body was discovered on August 14, 1977 by blackberry pickers in the south Everett area off 112th St. SW and 4th Ave. W (which was called Emander Road at that time). She had been strangled and shot several times in the head.
Officials originally reported Jane Doe between the ages of 17 to 37 years old, but new technology shows Jane Doe may actually be much younger. They believe she is between the ages of 15 and 21 years old (most likely 16 to 19 years old).
In 1979 David Roth was picked up by Gold Bar police on a weapons charge. An informant told police Roth had described picking up a hitchhiker days before and they drank beer. She told him she lived with two men. The suspect corroborated story and confessed to picking up Jane Doe, who was hitchhiking near Silver Lake where he had gone to swim. From there, they went to an area near where her body was later found. He stated; after drinking some beer, he offered her marijuana, but she declined. He then made sexual advances towards her, but she refused. She expressed she was anxious to go home. He then strangled her and shot her. He was convicted of the crimeand has since served his time and been released in 2005. He has been cooperative with cold case detectives, but he hasn’t been able to help them much with the victim's identity, since he did not know the victim or even her first name.
In 1992, Sheriff’s Det. John Hinds (now retired) used a plaster cast of Jane Doe’s skull to create a facial reconstruction, in hopes of identifying her. Despite his efforts, no one was able to identify her.
On April 1, 2008, cold case detectives James Scharf and David Heitzman along with the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office, had Jane Doe’s remains exhumed from her unmarked grave at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Everett in order to get DNA samples extracted from her bones. King County anthropologist Dr. Kathy Taylor examined the bones and determined that Jane Doe was likely much younger then originally thought. She believed Jane Doe to be between 15 to 21 years old at the time of her murder.
Note: Often runaways might be dropped from NCIC when they reach adulthood by the calender -- even though they had not yet been accounted for or recovered.
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