New Leads Sought in Cold Case / Forensic Artist Recreates Image of What Victim May Have Looked Like
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation into the murder of a woman whose decomposing body was found in a field near Irving Road in Bel Alton on June 16, 1998. The woman, who had no identification, has remained unidentified for 20 years, despite many efforts to establish her identity. A CCSO forensic artist has created a new sketch to enhance images of what she may have looked like in 1998 with the hopes of learning her identity and finding her killer. The facts of the case are as follows:
On June 16, 1998, the body of a deceased woman was located in an overgrown area off Irving Road in Bel Alton. According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, the woman was the victim of a homicide.
CCSO detectives have worked with numerous police agencies throughout the country but have been unable to determine the victim’s identity. The victim’s fingerprints were compared to fingerprints on file with the FBI and other fingerprint databases with negative results.
A facial reconstruction was done in 2005 (the B&W sketch) and then again this year (color sketch), and the results have been distributed in hopes someone will recognize the victim. DNA and other scientific testing have been pursued in this case, but the victim continues to be unidentified and listed as “Jane Doe.”
The victim is described as a black female between 25 and 35 years old. She was between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed between 115 and 135 pounds. She had a light complexion and no visible scars, marks or tattoos.
Anyone with information about the victim’s identity or this crime is asked to contact Lieutenant D. Stahl at (301) 609- 6505. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, or submitting an online tip at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app, which can be found in the Android Store and Apple store by searching P3tips. A cash reward of up to $1000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app, which can be found in the Android Store and Apple store by searching P3tips. For more information about the P3 program, click on this link: www.p3intel.com.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.