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Reported by: Dave Benton / WCIA 3
Thursday, Aug 6, 2009 @10:38pm CST
New developments could help investigators in the case of a woman found dead in Champaign County. Most of her skeleton was found near Thomasboro in May 1995. The sheriff's office has been checking on leads since. But hasn't been able to find Jane Doe's real name.
We featured this cold case back in May and tonight have an update. Champaign County investigators are now using a new tool in their investigation. A new nationwide database. It links missing persons to cases involving unidentified victims. Authorities believe Jane Doe was murdered and have now entered her information on the NamUs.gov website. It's already found more than 100 potential matches.
Champaign County Investigator Dwayne Roelfs says it's helpful. He adds, "You take what limited information we have, which is really not a whole lot of information to go on and try to find a piece for the puzzle." Some of the potential matches have been ruled out. But a few new names have shown up. Nothing concrete yet. But as more cases are added to the system, there is a better chance of finding something.
Meanwhile, the coroner is updating Jane Doe's dental records, which will be added to the NamUs website. And investigators will also re-test her bones for DNA. Testing has changed since 1995 and they can now learn more from a smaller sample. And while the sheriff's office looks for clues, you too can help. If you know anything about Jane Doe, call The Champaign County Sheriff at 217/384-1204. Or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-TIPS.