Monday, March 21, 2016

Who is "Valentine Doe?" - 25 Years Later

BY DARK SLEUTH


(Updated 3/29/16: Added The Doe Network link with additional composite photo & details to this case)
(Updated 4/16/2016: Added NamUs, NCMEC & Doe Network Case ID #s)

                                            "Valentine Doe" was found murdered on February 15, 1991 in
                                                 in a wooded area near the shoreline of the Florida Keys.  
                                          Composites by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 

South of Bahia Honda Channel Bridge, in an area known as the "horseshoe" in the Florida Keys, the body of a young woman was found on February 15, 1991.

She had died a violent death.  She was sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled.    

For the past 25 years, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) have tried to identify the victim, known as, "Valentine Doe," and her killer(s). 

Authorities determined that the young woman was between the ages of 16 and 25.  She had been dead for less than 24 hours when her body was discovered. She was most likely killed on Valentine's Day (February 14) 1991.  

Given the date and way in which she was killed, it is a sad irony that the young woman had a tattoo of a heart with the word, "Love" on her upper left shoulder.  


"Valentine Doe" was last seen by witnesses on the day she died, hitchhiking near the Mile Marker 17 along U.S. Highway 1. This is the only major roadway linking the Florida Keys to Miami.  
Composite of how "Valentine Doe" was dressed on Feb. 14th

Her body was later found approximately 18 miles from where she was last seen near Mile Marker 17.  Authorities believed that she was heading north before her brutal death.

Interestingly, authorities have discussed that "Valentine Doe" may not have been from the Florida Keys and was not there for long. Monroe County Sheriff's Office Detective Manuel Cuervo explained in an interview with Crime Watch Daily, "We believe that she is from a northern territory, due to the fact that she did not have any tan lines."

Along with the "Love" tattoo and her lack of tan lines, there are additional clues that may help identify "Valentine Doe" and her killer(s):

- As shown in the composite picture, she had 4 piercings in each ear
- She was 5'5" tall and weighed approx. 130 lbs. She had brown eyes and brown hair
- She had one additional tattoo, a "radiating" cross on her left hand

- According to Det. Cuervo, she had "carried a child full-term." 
She had been pregnant sometime before her death and had stretch marks on her abdomen.  
- She suffered from pelvic inflammatory disease and had a large cyst on her right ovary. She would have experienced pain with both conditions and sought medical help.
- She wore clothing not typical for South Florida. This includes black moccasins with turquoise-style bead work and a "Forenza" brand cardigan.  
 

- The "horseshoe" area where she was found was a recreational area, known to be popular with windsurfers & campers. 



Crime Watch Daily has a short, but very detailed video on this case, featuring great interviews with investigators from NCMEC & Monroe County Sheriff's Office.   
WARNING: I'm not embedding it on my blog because it contains graphic images of postmortem photos of "Valentine Doe's" face.  
However, I am providing the link if you feel comfortable:  



As investigators discussed in the Crime Watch Daily segment, it is possible that "Valentine Doe" had a child who would be at least 25 years old today.  Let's bring justice to her and her family!


If you have ANY information on this case, please contact:

Monroe County Sheriff's Office: (305) 853-3211

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: 
1-800- THE- LOST


Case Profiles:
NamUs Case: UP # 6182

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 
NCMEC Case # 1103868

The Doe Network, Case # 49UFFL


Sources of Information:

Help ID Me- NCMEC Facebook page: "Who Is "Valentine Doe?" Feb. 12, 2015

NCMEC Blog- "Who Is "Valentine Doe?" Feb. 12, 2015
http://blog.missingkids.com/post/110734406285/who-is-valentine-doe

The Doe Network, Case #49UFFL - Unidentified Female:
http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/49uffl.html

HLN TV Article, "After 25 years, police continue to search for ID of 'Valentine Doe'", by Cortney Peltz, Feb 15, 2016 
http://www.hlntv.com/shows/nancy-grace/articles/2016/02/15/valentine-doe-cold-case

CBS News, "25 years later, push continues to ID, 'Valentine Doe'" by Erin Donaghue, Feb 12, 2016
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/25-years-later-push-continues-to-id-valentine-doe/

Crime Watch Daily, "'Valentine Jane Doe,' Murdered in Florida Keys, Remains Unidentified 25 Years Later," Feb. 12, 2016

2 comments:

  1. I think she was hispanic and was in a gang, possibly spent some time in jail. I say this because of her Pachuco cross tattoo on her left hand. If she was white maybe she dated a hispanic guy in a gang.

    "The Pachuco Cross, also known as La Cruz del Barrio (Barrio Cross or Cross from the Neighborhood), popularized by the Pachucos of the 1940s. Traditionally worn on the left forearm or on the left hand, between the thumb and the forefinger, with lil’ lines or rays radiating out from it. Some stamp on 3 rays to signify the Trinity of God ~~> Father, Son and Holy Spirit, some stamp on up to seven rays to represent time done in La Pinta / La Torcida (The Penitentiary and Prison). Each jet-ray represented a stint of time served in La Jaula (The Cage), and when a Vato reached the “seven rayas” He was all-pro ~~> a true veterano of the streets. "

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  2. Thank you. When I researched Valentine Doe's case, I did come across suggestions that her tattoo might be a Pachuco cross. However, I did not include it in the blog post as I have not seen a police dept or official profile designate it as such.

    However, I'm glad you mentioned it and and I do think all possibilities should be considered. Hopefully someone will recognize her and call a tip in. Thanks!

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