Saturday, June 9, 1973

SOLVED: FL - UID female located June 9, 1973

SOLVED! St. Petersburg Police Department WHO IS JANE DOE? IINVESTIGATOR SOLVES 42 YEAR MYSTERY On the early morning hours of June 9th, 1973, a teen aged girl was struck by a vehicle in the 800 block of 11th Avenue South and died from her injuries. Detectives who investigated the death eventually charged a man with having pushed the girl in front the car after an altercation, but the charges were later dropped by the State Attorney who was unable to prove the man’s intent. The girl, who detectives were certain was not from the area, was unable to be positively identified despite having been in contact with police officers in the days before her death. She remained as a “Jane Doe” to police and the medical examiner, and she was eventually buried at Memorial Park Cemetery in an unmarked grave. Through the years the case remained open and the victim, unidentified. In 2006, Investigator Brenda Stevenson began looking into cold case for the St. Petersburg Police Department. She reviewed the case of Jane Doe and searched missing person’s cases from throughout Florida and across the country in an attempt to bring a name to the young victim and closure to a family in search of a loved one. By 2010, Investigator Stevenson discussed with the Medical Examiner’s Office the possibility of exhuming Jane Doe’s body in the hope that evolving DNA science might finally identify the teen. The Medical Examiner’s Office contacted University of South Florida Anthropology Professor Erin Kimmerle, and a joint effort was undertaken to exhume the bodies of Jane Doe and two other unidentified victims, all buried in so called pauper’s graves at Memorial Park. DNA samples were taken from the remains and a profile was established for each. Investigator Stevenson continued to search out cases of missing young women that might prove to be Jane Doe. In 2013, Investigator Stevenson was contacted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). It publicized the case of Jane Doe in the hopes that someone might recognize the girl. The National Center placed a post on FaceBook On October 8, 2014, titled: “Do you recognize this teenage girl who was in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1973?” The post provided key information about the unidentified girl, including the name she had given police during the encounter in the days before her death: Janice Marie Brock. More than three months passed, when January 28, 2015, the St. Petersburg Police Department received a call from Timothy Young in Monroe, North Carolina. Young told Investigator Stevenson that he had been searching for his sister, Janice Marie Young, also known as Marie, since 1973. Mr. Young said that his sister ran away from their home in Newport News, Virginia, and was never seen or heard from again. He went on to tell Investigator Stevenson that the siblings had been adopted in January 1969, and that their birth last name was legally changed from Brock to Young. Mr. Young had searched for his sister under their adopted name of Young through the years, until he decided to search the Internet using his sister’s birth last name of Brock. He found the artist composite of Jane Doe and realized the composite looked like to be his sister. He agreed to give a DNA sample and it was confirmed, Jane Doe was his 17 year old sister, Janice Marie Young, who ran away in 1973. He plans to take her remains home and give her a proper memorial and burial. Hear some of Investigator Stevenson's comments on the case: ------------------------------------- Previous Report:
Police in St. Petersburg, Florida, are hoping you recognize this
face. She died after a car accident June 9, 1973, and had no official
identification with her. The girl had only recently come to the area and was
not local to St. Petersburg. Police had stopped her just a few weeks before her
death, and she provided the name Janice Marie Brock and a birth date of June 17,
After her death, people she’d been staying with in the area told
police she said she was from North or South Carolina and made her way to St.
Petersburg traveling through Georgia, Virginia and Birmingham, Alabama. She used
various names, going by Maria, Marie, Sonja, Janice and Cindy.
St. Petersburg Police Cold Case Investigator Brenda Stevenson, who
has been working the case since 2006, stated that the original 1973 police report
indicated that officers located an unfinished letter belonging to and penned by
the Jane Doe. The letter was dated May 29, 1973, and it mentioned that Jane Doe
came to Florida with a person named Bill. The letter also mentioned a person by
the name of Theresa. The following is an excerpt of the letter:
"To Gloria, ... call Mark and say hello and also that I was planning on going to see Mark in Virginia... Signed, Marie"
“Who are the Gloria, Mark, Bill or the Theresa she mentioned? Who
is Marie?” Investigator Stevenson asked. “Help us identify her and bring her
Jane Doe is estimated to have been 14-17 years old. She had reddish brown hair approximately 12 inches long that would have come down around her shoulders.
with blue eyes and freckles on her shoulders. She stood 5
feet 1 inch tall and weighed about 110 pounds. Her fingernails were short from
biting, and she had three brown, flat birthmarks on her back. She also had mild
scoliosis. The medical examiner noted that her teeth were in very good
condition. Though her ears were pierced, the right ear hole had closed up. She
wore an earring in her left ear and a white metal ring that was missing its
stones. When she died, she was wearing a long dress with a multicolored upper
bodice with fringe and flowers.
If you were in the St. Petersburg area at that time or remember
seeing this child in Georgia, Virginia or Birmingham, Alabama, prior to her
death, please take a closer look. Anyone with information is asked to call the
St. Petersburg Homicide Unit at 727-893-7164 or the National Center for Missing
& Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST. Reference case No. 1973-046814.

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  1. The artist rendition looks nothing like the actual girl. The eyes are even a completely different color. Why?

    1. Also, I found this: It contains the story of a blue-eyed girl, a runaway who chewed her fingernails short and wore her auburn hair long. She drifted from Virginia to St. Petersburg, flopped in a house on 11th Avenue S, told lies about her age and her name.

      On June 9, 1973, a man pushed her into traffic in southern St. Petersburg. A car dragged her more than 100 feet. "Her features were destroyed beyond recognition," the Times reported.

      So you can see, the recreation is actual very good considering they could only go by her skull to determine looks. By the way, the man who pushed her was charged with murder...then all charges dropped. Read the above link.

  2. The identified girl's photo may not show her true eye color. The medical examiner notated the Unidentified had blue eyes...thus it is possible that is just the only photo of the identified girl and her eyes appear dark, but are in fact, blue. The lips, nose and face shape are identical. The hair is lighter ...but then again, the real girl's photo just may be so dark from photography of that era that it gives a more dark appearance than what her hair truly was. Fact is, the girl was identified because her brother saw the recreated photo and recognized his sister in it. I hope that explains. Thank you for asking.


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