Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Sandra "Sandy" Morden was Fly Creek Jane Doe - Clark County, Washington 1980

By Dark Sleuth

UPDATE:  As of 10/29/2019, "Fly Creek" Jane Doe has been identified as Sandra "Sandy" Renee Morden.   Investigators used the firm, Parabon NanoLabs, to create a DNA profile for genetic genealogy.  According to news reports, Sandy Morden had ties to Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.  "Investigators don’t know where Sandy was between May 1977 and when her remains were found in February 1980."  

From KOIN News

 Sandy Morden, identified as "Fly Creek" Jane Doe.
(Source: KOIN News)

Original Dark Sleuth post from 2017:

"Fly Creek" Jane Doe
(Source: NCMEC)

On Sunday, February 24, 1980, a father and son were panning for gold in the Chelatchie Prairie area of north Clark County, Washington when they made a sad discovery.

Investigators found the partial skeletal remains of an unidentified teenage girl in a "dumping area near Fly Creek."  Another source described the location as "a shallow grave... near Canyon Creek Road."

The victim's intact skull was recovered, helping authorities generate facial reconstructions and chart her dental records.  "Fly Creek" Jane Doe had "regularly visited the dentist and her mouth had some unique characteristics." 

"Fly Creek" Jane Doe had another unique and noticeable characteristic: "enlarged" or "well developed" neck muscles. According to The Doe Network case profile, this indicative that she may have been "an athlete or laborer."

Sadly, because her remains were only partially recovered, authorities could not determine her height, weight or other identifying characteristics such as hair color and eye color.

Her race has been described as "biracial," with The Doe Network elaborating that she, "was white, with possibly Asian or Native traits."

She was between 13-18 years old.  A 2014 article from The Columbian lists her manner of death as a "gunshot wound to the back of the head."  She may have died between November 1978 and April 1979.   

It has been nearly 37 years since Jane Doe was found.  Time to give her back her name. 

If you have any information that can help identify "Fly Creek" Jane Doe or solve her murder, please contact:

Clark County Medical Examiner's Office:
(360) 397-2595 

Clark County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Tip Line:
(360) 397-2036

"Fly Creek" Jane Doe Characteristics:

- 13 to 18 years old
- Race: White, Biracial (possibly Asian or Native)
- Enlarged neck muscles 
- Dental chart and DNA are both available for identification

Case Profiles:

NamUs:  #UP 10779

The Doe Network: # 427UFWA

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: #1105074

Additional Sources of Information:

The Columbian article, "Leads sought in Clark County cold case murder," by Emily Gillespie, December 19, 2016:

The Columbian article, "Cold Case unit off and running,"  by Emily Gillespie, June 30, 2014:

Clark County, Washington, Medical Examiner's Office release:

DNA testing helps ID Jane Doe found murdered in 1980