Friday, April 15, 2016

"Teddy Bear Watch" Jane Doe - 1996 Highland Park, Michigan


Three composites of "Teddy Bear Watch" Jane Doe.  
Found deceased on May 20, 1996 in Highland Park, Michigan.
(Sources: NCMEC: Left & Center Composites,
FBI ViCAP ALERT poster: Right Composite)

Who is "Teddy Bear Watch" Jane Doe?

Her body was found on Monday, May 20, 1996 in an alley behind a house on Cortland Street, near the Lodge Freeway in Highland Park, Michigan.  She had a gunshot wound to the throat. 

For nearly 20 years she has remained unidentified, despite several potentially identifying clues.

Physical Description:
- between 15-25 years old 
- Estimated Height: 5'3"  
- Estimated Weight: 191 lbs
- Dark Brown (reddish) curly hair in a ponytail held by a white bow
- Brown eyes
- Biracial (FBI ViCAPS poster states, "possibly bi-racial")
- Blood Type O (FBI ViCAPS)
- Freckles 
- Dental: She had 3 dental fillings
- Old & small linear scar on her right kneecap
- Nails:  Long fingernails painted purple.  Toenails painted pink.
- May have smoked cigarettes
- NamUs case profile adds that she had "pelvic inflammatory disease noted

One of the most distinctive items Jane Doe wore was a "teddy bear" watch with a brown strap:

She wore a white t-shirt with yellow smiley faces and red lips prints.  She also wore a "JXP Designs" white skirt, white bra and size 8 1/2 black sneakers. 

In October 2015, her remains were exhumed and DNA was collected thanks to funds provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  

An article from The Detroit News in January 2016 revealed that authorities believe Jane Doe may have been traveling with her killer since her remains were found in an alleyway of a house near the Lodge Freeway.  

The Lodge Freeway runs from downtown Detroit (southern terminus at Jefferson and Randolph Street in Detroit) to West Bloomfield (northern terminus at Orchard Lake Road).  

Police need your help to identify this young woman. 

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

Highland Park Police Dept, Detective Dupuis: (313) 600-9205

FBI ViCAPS: (800) 634- 4097

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: 
1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)

Submit a tip online by emailing Michigan State Police:

Case Profiles:


It will be held at the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters (1301 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48226) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  

Please read the following links with more information, including what family members should be prepared to bring (police reports, documents, etc.)

Please share this official poster on social media to raise awareness of this event:
"Missing Persons Day" from the Michigan State Police:

For more information on Michigan missing persons, including what to do if your loved one goes missing, please visit the Michigan State Police site:

Sources of Information:

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, NCMEC case # 1228681:

FBI ViCAPS Alert Poster, released 2/26/2014:

NamUS profile case # UP # 11787:

The Detroit News article, "Body exhumed in hopes of giving 1996 victim a name," by Christine Ferretti, January 26, 2016:

Michigan State Police - Missing Persons Division:

Detroit Historical Society, "John C. Lodge Freeway":

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