Jane Doe

Date Published 04.04.07
She lived for a day after the incident, but was badly hurt and never spoke. She never got the chance to tell anyone her name. No one knows her age. Medical experts estimate she is between thirteen and eighteen. At first glance she looks closer to thirteen. But another look at the morgue photo, at the overly tweezed eyebrows, the worry circles under her eyes, and she could be eighteen. She has a tattoo of a blue heart on her chest, and a navel ring. There appears to be a scar running lip to ear on the right side of her face.

There is a story, released to the public. The story says she is Jane Doe, case #99-0305. The story says that on January 26, 1999, Jane Doe fell, jumped or was pushed from a moving vehicle. She was located alive in the vicinity of I-10 eastbound at milepost 173 in Pinal County, Arizona. She died the following day at the hospital. No one ever came forward to identify her.

Milepost 173 where Jane Doe was found

But there is more to the story, details never before released to the public. According to a source at the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s office, the investigating agency, officials know the identities of the two people in the car with Jane Doe when she fell, jumped or was pushed. They are a young man and woman. According to them, they met Jane Doe in a convenience store parking lot. Though she didn't say so, she seemed like a runaway, and they agreed to give her a ride. A short time later, according to the couple, the girl threw herself from the moving car for no apparent reason. They never got her name.

Do investigators believe the story? “We don’t have enough information right now not to,” the source said. “Whether or not the guy tried to rape her, or something bad went down, we just don’t know.”

A call to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office reveals that the male subject in the car has a criminal history, though exactly what for is not currently known.

However suspicious they are of what transpired, investigators are relatively certain the couple is telling the truth about not knowing the girl's identity. So who is she? After sifting through dozens of reports of missing girls, here are three possiblities, each theory with its advantages and disadvantages:

Jessie Kay Peters

Jessie Kay Peters disappeared from Glendora, California on March 29, 1996. She would have been eighteen in 1999, in the upper range of Jane Doe's age limit, but at 5'4" and 110 pounds she matches the physical description. Also notable is that she went missing near Interstate 10, the major east-west interstate highway that runs across the southern United States and is coincidentally the same highway where Jane Doe was found. However, recent evidence suggests Peters may have been raped and killed on the day of her disappearance by a couple who are currently incarcerated for a similar crime.

Brandy Lynn Myers

Brandy Lynn Myers and a friend were collecting money for a school fundraiser in Sunnyslope, a working class neighborhood in north-central Phoenix. It was about 8:00 p.m. on May 26, 1992, when Brandy’s friend decided to run into a store to buy something. Brandy agreed to wait outside. When the friend returned, Brandy was gone.

Thirteen at the time of her disappearance, Brandy would have been twenty in 1999, older than Jane Doe’s estimate. However, two details about Brandy make her an intriguing possibility. She is described as having a scar on her cheek. Also, Brandy had been diagnosed with brain damage, which could account for Jane Doe’s alleged inarticulateness about her identity and where she was going.

On the other hand, Brandy's disappearance in 1992 is so close to where Jane Doe was found in 1999 it's hard to believe someone would not have recognized Brandy as a local missing girl during those seven years. Still, police currently have no leads in Brandy's disappearance, so the connection is worth investigating.

Alice Georgievna Muromtseva

Websleuths, the online crime sleuthing community, has a thread dedicated to Jane Doe. On December 3, 2006, a poster wrote the following message:
I'm from Sweden. This girl is a Russian girl who was abducted from Moscow in 1995 or 1996. She was, at the time, 12-13 years old. It makes her to be between 15-17 years in 1999. I don’t really know for sure if she and the unidentified girl are one and the same person, but they are very similar to me and everyone I show the pictures to.
Further investigation by members of Websleuths reveals the poster is most likely referring to Alice Georgievna Muromtseva, a Russian girl reported missing in Moscow in the 1990s. Very little is known about Alice's disappearance, but she would have been sixteen in 1999, and she bears a striking resemblance to Jane Doe's morgue photo. Trafficking in Russian girls and young women became more common in the 1990s as Communism fell and borders dissolved. Also interesting to consider is Alice's photo next to a composite drawing of Jane Doe:

However, a source in the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office says neither of the two people last seen with Jane Doe ever mentioned she had an accent, something Alice presumably would have had.


A chance encounter. A fatal car ride. A pretty girl with a blue tattoo. Pieces of the puzzle, but without Jane Doe’s name investigators can’t close the case. It’s been eight years since she was found on the side of the road. They get a lot of calls about her, said a source close to the investigation. “It’s interesting - people really want to see this one solved,” said the source. “So do we.”

If you believe you have any information regarding this case, please contact the Maricopa County Medical Examiner at 602.372.1126.

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