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Over 30 years later, new reconstructed images of Irondequoit Jane Doe come out

Apr 25, 2019

Credit National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Skeletal remains found in Irondequoit in 1988 have yet to be identified, but hope has resurfaced thanks to newly reconstructed images by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

A 12-year-old boy discovered the remains while playing in his backyard on Bay Knoll Road on July 31st 1988. They’re believed to be the remains of a young Caucasian female, approximately in their late teens to early 20s.

It’s also estimated the female was approximately 5 feet, 1 inch tall, had gold foil restoration done to several teeth and one front tooth slightly overlapping the other.

This information, as well as the new images, was gathered by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children with help from the Irondequoit Police Department.

Colin McNally, supervisor of the forensic imaging unit at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children says a lot of that information comes from examining remains and help from forensic anthropologists.

"Some people might look at a skull and see a skull and that’s about it and it’s hard to pull details, McNally said. “But the more you look at skulls of different ancestries and all different time periods, you really start to see distinct characteristics come through and that’s how we start actually sculpting the face."

Irondequoit Police Department Captain Mark Bean says after 30 years, it’s a long shot, but they just want to give this Jane Doe some closure. 

Credit National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

"We've used the DNA bank and profile to compare it to everybody who has DNA on file that is reported missing and we have not been able to find a match,” Bean said. “So we're hoping that this re-spurs some people to say 'hey gee, we haven’t seen so-n-so in years' and that could be a person of interest and we'll follow up with that kind of stuff."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Irondequoit Criminal Investigations Unit at (585) 336-6016.