Knoxville Investigators Ask For Public’s Help To Solve Cold Case

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Sketches by an artist of what the woman might have looked like in her teens (L) and between 20 and 30 (r). (Images provided by Knox County Sheriff's Office)

Sketches by an artist of what the woman might have looked like in her teens (L) and between 20 and 30 (r). (Images provided by Knox County Sheriff's Office)

Sketches by an artist of what the woman might have looked like in her teens (L) and between 20 and 30 (r). (Images provided by Knox County Sheriff’s Office)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) – The Knox County, Tenn. Sheriff’s Office is hoping the public can help them identify a ‘Jane Doe.’  The woman was murdered in 1987 and they’ve never been able to determine who she was.

Investigators provided two sketches of what they believe the woman may have looked like in her teens, around age 15 or 16, and between age 20 and 30, when she was murdered.

The woman was shot to death on June 1, 1987.  Investigators say she was picked up by truckers at a truck stop in Bulls Gap, Tennessee, and taken to a party where she was shot and killed.

The people behind her death went to court, but investigators have never been able to determine the woman’s name.

She had the initials ‘BH’ tattooed on her upper left arm and a scar on her abdomen that could have been from a C-section or a hysterectomy.  She also had several healed fractures that could be consistent with a car accident and she had a metal plate in one of her legs from the injuries.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office recently had help from the Smithsonian, one of three labs in the United States that is able to perform specialized testing that can narrow a possible region where the unidentified woman could have lived as a child.

Experts analyzed a tooth sample from the unidentified woman and determined she may have spent significant time in the central-southeastern United States.  The data indicates a broad region where the woman may have spent a lot of time.  Scientists believe the woman may have been from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, or Florida.

If you have any information on who the woman might be, please call the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit in Tennessee at (865) 215-3705.

This skeletal drawing shows some of the woman's injuries/fractures. (Image provided by Knox County Sheriff's Office)

This skeletal drawing shows some of the woman’s injuries/fractures. (Image provided by Knox County Sheriff’s Office)

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