Sunday, April 17, 2022

Margaret Fetterolf was "Woodlawn Jane Doe"

By Dark Sleuth



WOODLAWN JANE DOE was identified in October 2021 as  Margaret Fetterolf via genetic genealogy.  Not much is known about Fetterolf, other than she was a young woman who went missing from Virginia in 1975.  The investigation into her murder remains ongoing.

Original Dark Sleuth post from December 2015:

Found on September 12, 1976

Who is "Woodlawn Jane Doe?"

It has been nearly 40 years since Sunday, September 12, 1976, when the body of a young woman was discovered along an access road in Woodlawn, Maryland, near the Lorraine Park Cemetery. She suffered greatly before dying. She was drugged and tortured.

Although her body was found in Maryland, there are several clues that suggest a link to Massachusetts.  Police in Baltimore and Boston are working closely to identify her and solve this case.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, her age was estimated to be between 15-25 years old when she was found.  She had brown hair and brown eyes and was approximately 5'8" in height.  Her estimated weight was 159 lbs. Her skin was of a dark, olive complexion.  She had a tattoo, with the letters "JP," which detectives believe may have stood for "Jamaica Plain," a neighborhood in Boston. 

She had been drugged with the sedative Chlorpromazine, an anti-psychotic medication. 

Additional Composite of Woodlawn Jane Doe

She may have been wearing a dark leather shoe that was found near her body.

She wore a thin leather strap necklace with a blue turquoise bead.

She had two keys, one of was made by ILCO in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.  The keys were fastened to a pin, pictured below.  

Over her head were bandanas, as well as a "Farm Bureau Association" grass seed bag.  This type of seed bag was sold in only 5 retail locations in Massachusetts: Waltham, South Weymouth, Rochdale, Lowell and Greenfield.

Forensic pollen analysis tests conducted by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol on "Woodlawn Jane Doe's" clothing revealed a blend of cedar and mountain hemlock pollen associated with the Arnold Arboretum in Boston.  This blend of cedar and mountain hemlock occurs in only one more location: the New York Botanical Garden.

In an interview with WCVB 5 ABC News in December 2015, Boston Police Sgt. Detective Bill Doogan said the Arboretum was a "place for young people to hang around, just lounge around, goof off."

Was "Woodlawn Jane Doe" one of those young people?

In 2015, police received a tip that Woodlawn Jane Doe may have been from Jamaica Plain in Boston.  The tip suggested that she may have moved there with her family from Puerto Rico. 

All possibilities are being considered and police need your help in solving this case. 

If you have any information, contact:

Baltimore County Police Dept (410) 307-2020

Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP
* You can remain anonymous with Crime Stoppers*

NCMEC: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)

Case file #s:
NamUs UP Case # 1895

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
(NCMEC) Case # 1106539

Doe Network Case # 279UFMD

Sources of information:

Update 04/17/2022:

Original Post December 2015:

WCVB 5 Boston ABC News report:

WCVB 5 Boston ABC News report, "Boston Police join hunt for Woodlawn Jane Doe's ID, killer," December 20, 2015:

Baltimore Sun article, "Pollen analysis helps renew interest in 1976 'Woodlawn Jane Doe' case" by Alison Knezevich, March 8, 2016:

Baltimore County Gov't article, "Detectives Receive New Information on Decades-Old Murder Case," December 30, 2015:

Center for Missing and Exploited Children:

Boston Globe article, "New clues emerge in 40 year-old murder mystery," by Evan Allen, March 16, 2016:

Boston Police Department Official Website:

WJZ 13 CBS Baltimore Report, "New Evidence Could Bring Answers In 40 Year-Old Cold Case," March 26, 2016: