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UPDATE: DNA Connects Fond du Lac Co. "Jane Doe" to New Mexico

Police Backtrack Connection to West Mesa Murders

FOND DU LAC, Wis. -  


TUESDAY 8/21/2018 2:16 p.m.

Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office has new information regarding a story Local 5 has been following in tandem with our Albuquerque sister station KRQE.

According to Fond du Lac County officials, a chemical isotope analysis provided a geographical region where Jane Doe may have previously resided.

Police say those tests showed Jane Doe was a resident of a region spanning from Las Cruces and Albuquerque, New Mexico to Flagstaff, Arizona for the majority of her life.

The test results also indicated to investigators that she likely resided in the regions of South West Wisconsin, Southern Minnesota, and Northern Iowa for less than a year prior to her death.

In a phone call with KRQE, Local 5 learned police in New Mexico are backtracking after initially connecting Jane Doe to the West Mesa murders.

According to a KRQE report, investigators were looking into Jane Doe as part of their investigation through lifestyle, or prostitution, elements.

However, Albuquerque Police now say the suspect in the West Mesa murder investigation died two years before Jane Doe’s approximate time of death.

As a result, police have concluded these two incidents are not related.

Jane Doe's remains were discovered by deer hunters in a shallow creek in the southern part of Fond du Lac County on November 23, 2008.

For more stories on Jane Doe, view "Previous Jane Doe Stories" at the top left of this article.



TUESDAY 8/21/2018 5:53 a.m.

A young woman's body was found in November 2008, in a case that has yet to be solved. She was between 15 and 21 years old when she was killed.

And now, nearly a decade later, the Fond du Lac 'Jane Doe' could be linked to the West Mesa murders in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

For those unfamiliar with the murders, the remains of 11 women (one carrying an unborn child) were found in 2009.

There was never justice in the case, and police believe a serial killer is responsible.

Fond du Lac's 'Jane Doe' was found in a shallow creek one year before the bodies in New Mexico.

And new confidential evidence reveals she had ties to New Mexico around the time of the West Mesa Murders.

"We're not sure if she's from Wisconsin, she moved here recently, or if she was only here a short time," said Detective Ryan Murphy from the Fond du Lac Sheriff's Office.

The Albuquerque Police Department says it is possible the Fond du Lac Jane Doe was a prostitute, just like the other victims.
But it is going to be difficult to confirm much more about her until they can actually identify who she was.

You can check out the original story from our sister station KRQE here.

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