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"Today is Wednesday October second two thousand nineteen on this day in nineteen seventy six a body was found along the Seneca highway in Grundy County Illinois. The woman was never identified and Jane Seneca Dough. Oh remains grundy. County's only unidentified murdered person for forty years. Her death has remained unsolved. Although one police officer has vowed to change that welcome to today and true crime podcast original everyday we tell a timely story from true crime history then analyze allies the historical impact of that day's events. I'm Vanessa Richardson and today I'm joined by our guest host Rebecca lavoix Rebecca Echo the author of four true crime books host of the podcast crime writers on and editor of the podcast undisclosed. She's here to discuss some of the historical aspects of the Jane Seneca Doe Case Hello Everyone. I'm thrilled to dive into this mysterious murder. Let's go back to the afternoon of October. Second Nineteen seventy-six along a lonely patch of highway ninety minutes southwest of Chicago. It was the beginning of harvest season. Robbins grandfather had taught her to recognize this telling in jail in the prairie air. She felt the familiar crispness on her cheeks. As he drove her on the tractor their lunch. Break was over and the twelve of your old was excited to see the bounty in their soybean field as they made their way through their farmland. Robin spotted something along the road and pointed out to her grandfather robin assumed it was a deer probably hit by a car but her grandfather grew eerily quiet and immediately mmediately turned the tractor around. He drove her back along route six cryptic then he left Robin with her father. Tom and asked asked Tom to call the police. Robin wasn't sure what was going on but she knew it was bad when her father took the tractor out himself Alf. Tom Drove the tractor toward the patch of Road Robin had pointed out to her grandfather. The heap along highway six wchs sometimes called Seneca highway in that part of the county did look like a deer but as tom grew closer he could see that it was something thing far more sinister a human body around three. PM Two policemen arrived at a grisly scene and joined Tom on the edge of the road. The three of them peered down at a woman's naked body lying in the ditch along the Seneca highway. They all felt sick. The woman had been discarded like trash. A green plastic bag was wrapped around her head secured cured with black electrical tape inside the bag was a colorful knits sweater so new. It still had a price tag on it. Initially initially police wondered if the woman had been suffocated with her own shopping bag the murder investigation launched into action. Police started with the basics. The woman was five seven about one hundred fifty pounds around twenty years old and black. An autopsy revealed that she had died from a single gunshot wound to the back of her head. Her death was violent. Her final moments were likely terrifying. Her fingerprints failed to return a match and for whatever reason her dental record wasn't investigated further her nevertheless police were certain that someone would quickly come forward to claim their Jane Seneca Dough but in the coming days nobody did in the weeks following police had a few flimsy leads but after two months of dog investigation Gatien the woman remained unclaimed and the case went cold the county coroner at the time took pity on her and bought a a cemetery plot for her in Brace Ville Gardner Cemetery in Grundy County on Thanksgiving Day. She was buried in an unmarked grave. The coroner and grave digger were the only ones in attendance soon young Robin would learn exactly what she'd seen on the side of the Seneca Zenica Highway. She'd think about it for the next forty years wondering what happened to that poor girl and where was her family coming up investigators get their first real lead beat on the identity of Jane Seneca Dough now back to the story after Robin Henderson Mitchell pointed out a body on her family's farmland on October second nineteen seventy six the Jane Seneca Doe case would scarcely be touched for forty years despite being unsolved her case was not forgotton when John Callahan joined the Grundy County Coroner's office in Nineteen eighteen ninety four. He was made aware of her case. He said it always just bothered me knowing that we had someone unidentified fide and buried Callahan often visited Jane Seneca does gravesite laying wreaths in lieu of a headstone but throughout out his time with the Grundy County Coroner's Office Callahan found himself frustrated by the lack of available resources to try and identify her rebecca. Our guest host is here to discuss the recent developments in the Jane Seneca Doe case thanks Vanessa in two thousand fifteen eighteen after almost twenty years of waiting coroner. Callahan was finally granted the resources he needed to reopen the case when Grundy County hired a deputy coroner brandon didn't Johnson beginning in early two thousand Seventeen Corner Callahan and deputy coroner. Johnson reopened the case of Jane Senate Godot. They poured over the leads needs and minimal forensics that had previously led police to a dead end. They begged the county to allow them to resume Jane's body for her dental records and once all the necessary paperwork was filed the county granted their request in late two thousand eighteen the men thought they would have to wait until the following spring debris ground but they were lucky the third week of December two thousand eighteen. It was unseasonably warm. The ground was soft enough to excavate and they were able to Zoom Jane Senate Cadeau just before for Christmas in January two thousand nineteen her mandible and Femur were sent to the University of North Texas Center of Human Identification Callahan. Eliana Johnson hoped that the center would be able to build a DNA profile that could potentially match any family members in the area a sketch artist was also able to use a US her remains and crime scene photos to render a new image of what Jane Senate Cadeau looks like the time of her death with the hope that any remaining family members might recognize her her. Come forward and sure enough. A single call came in in late January two thousand nineteen eighty year old woman from the Inglewood would neighborhood in Chicago reached out to Grundy County police she had seen the updated sketch of Jane Senate Cadeau and felt compelled to call she told Deputy Corner Brandon Johnson that her daughter went missing around the same time as Jane Seneca does body was found and she prayed the body might belong to her daughter if for no other other reason than a sense of closure the prospect Phil Johnson with hope perhaps finally Johnson Cadeau could be laid to rest alongside family where she belonged he made the ninety minute trip northeast to Chicago's south side and met with the woman who had called he took a cheek swab to be matched against the DNA then held held his breath but sadly the DNA wasn't a match in April two thousand nineteen. Jane's DNA profile was completed and run through cody's use the national DNA databank but it didn't paying any matches both coroner's. Johnston and Callahan worry that they are on a ticking clock with Jane Senate Cadeau. Oh any remaining family in the area might pass away before getting the chance to identify their loved one. If Jane were alive today she would be well into her sixties. He's it's unlikely her. Parents are still living. She could have siblings or other relatives but they might not live in the area without knowing who she is. It's impossible to say how Jane even got to Grundy County. Perhaps she lived in the area and was killed by a close relative who never wanted to be found. She could have been abducted and killed while on a road trip. She might have been a runaway or have sever ties with her family altogether but Corner Johnson has hope he truly believes that Jane Zeneca Joe has family out there possibly closer to Chicago that would love to know what happened to their beloved daughter sister or friend to date. Jane's Ames case remains unsolved deputy coroner. Johnson taped the artist rendering of Jane Seneca Dough above his desk to act as a constant set reminder that she deserves to be named he hopes to make contact with any remaining relatives before the year is out as he put it. Everyone needs to be home for the holiday. I'm Vanessa Serve Richardson. Thanks again Rebecca joining me today. Thanks for having me you can find my podcasts crime writers on and undisclosed on spotify or wherever wherever you listen to podcasts and you can find my books on Amazon today in true crime is of park has original you can find more episodes of today in true crime and all other podcast originals for free on spotify not only does spotify already have all of your favorite music but now spotify is making it easy for you to enjoy boy all of your favorite podcast originals like today in true crime for free from your phone desktop or smart speaker to stream today in true crime on spotify edify. 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