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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