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  1. #1
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    Apr 2006

    MD - Baltimore, WhtFem 615ufmd, 13-17, stunted growth, short limbs, Dec'79

    Unidentified White Female

    The victim was discovered on December 6, 1979 in Baltimore, Baltimore City County, Maryland
    Estimated Date of Death: Days prior
    Vital Statistics

    Estimated age: 13-17 years old
    Approximate Height and Weight: 4'7; 89 lbs (40 kg)
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown, short, straight, 2 1/2 inches long hair; blue eyes. She was short limbed due to abnormal development.
    Dentals: Available.
    Clothing: She was wearing a long sleeve blouse with white, blue and beige print.
    Case History
    The victim was recovered from Cabana Road in Fort Smallwood Park on December 6, 1979.

    If you have any information about this case please contact:
    Baltimore Police Department
    Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
    You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

    Agency Case Number:
    79-2216A / 79-75U / 098676

    Source Information:


  2. #2
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    Mar 2010
    It seems surprising that she has blue eyes. The pic makes her look African American or African American/Asian. The eyes look very dark.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2006
    Quote Originally Posted by Essbee View Post
    It seems surprising that she has blue eyes. The pic makes her look African American or African American/Asian. The eyes look very dark.
    Or Hispanic. That's what I thought.

  4. #4
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    Jul 2013
    I wish they'd be more specific about "abnormal development". It looks from the drawing like she may have had achondroplasia. If that's the case, then others in her family may have it too. It should be really easy to ID someone with an obvious genetic condition... of course, so many of these "should be" easy.

  5. #5
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    Sep 2012
    Could be "abnormal development" as a result of thalidomide during the mother's pregnancy as well.

  6. #6
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    May 2012
    Quote Originally Posted by airplanelamp View Post
    Could be "abnormal development" as a result of thalidomide during the mother's pregnancy as well.
    There were not more than a handful of Thalidomide babies born in the US, all probably well accounted for because it was studied so much afterwards. Her earliest estimated conception year is around 1961. Canada still had Thalidomide as late as 62, but it was never approved in the US. It is possible but not the first thing that should be considered. My money says look for others in the area with the same condition. Also, many conditions like this have support groups. One of these groups could help find the identity.

    I just wish LE would let loose of more information. Anyone know the COD?

  7. #7
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    Mar 2005
    I agree with Sidneyia , that she looks like she may have had Achondroplasia. Most people born with Achondroplasia are born to average size parents so looking for families with this disorder may prove useful it is not a sure bet at all. I wonder if Little People of America had conventions back then and if any old timers might recognize this person? Seems like this case should be solvable.

  8. #8
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    Mar 2015
    NamUs UP # 2258

    ME/C Case Number: 98676
    Baltimore City, Maryland
    13 to 17 year old Female

    Ruled out:
    Karen Zendrosky 1963 New Jersey

    Estimated age - Adolescent
    Minimum age - 13 years
    Maximum age - 17 years
    Race - Unsure
    Sex - Female
    Weight (pounds) - 89, Estimated
    Height (inches) - 55, Measured
    Body Parts Inventory - All parts recovered

    Body conditions - Recognizable face
    Probable year of death - 1979 to 1979
    Estimated postmortem interval - 1 Days

    Subject was found at the edge of a pond in a park on the Patapsco River.

    Hair color - Brown
    Head hair - Brown, short, straight, 2 1/2 inches long
    Facial hair - Some facial hair noted over upper lip
    Eye description - Blue

    Deformities - Short limbs; Forearms slightly bowed.
    Other distinctive physical characteristics - Feet are small and broad.

    Skeletal findings - Abnormally developed - short limbed; Forearms slightly bowed. Feet are small and broad.
    Other medical information - Blood type AB (unknown if AB Pos or AB Neg)

    Clothing and Accessories
    Clothing on body - long sleeve blouse with cream, light blue and beige print
    Other items found with body - Yellow Blanket, Green and Tan Sheet

    Fingerprints Status: Fingerprint information is available and entered
    Dental Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered
    DNA Status: Sample available - Not yet submitted

  9. #9
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    Sep 2014
    are there any post mortem pictures for this jane doe?

  10. #10
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    Mar 2015
    Quote Originally Posted by JayFletcher6493 View Post
    are there any post mortem pictures for this jane doe?
    Unfortunately so far I have been unable to locate it.

    Even though the location of JD found is stated as Baltimore, Maryland, Fort Smallwood Park is actually only 15 min drive from Pasadena and about one hour from Baltimore City. For some historic reason Fort Smallwood Park belongs to Baltimore and is only city park which is located outside of the actual city. I assume because of this Baltimore LE deals with this case.

    Fort Smallwood Park location

  11. #11
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    Mar 2015
    I have always thought there have been some unfortunate accident in recreation park as child was discovered with blanket however I came across the post with description from 1979 news article describing scene as more sinister. Unfortunately I do not see the link to the original there and I have been unable so far locating the exact same 1979 original news article.

    Please mod do amend if appropriate/non appropriate.
    Articles/Cabana Road Jane Doe

    Baltimore Sun
    December 7, 1979


    A city park maintenance worker discovered the almost nude body of an unidentified woman yesterday in Fort Smallwood Park in Anne Arundel county, city homicide detectives said.

    The body of a woman, who appeared to be in her late teens or early 20s, was discovered shortly before noon, lying under two blankets in a puddle near a partially frozen pond in the park, in the 1000 block Fort Smallwood road.

    Police said it appeared the body, which bore no obvious signs of violence, had been dragged to the area and had been there at least 24 hours.

    The victim, nude, except for a blouse, weighed about 100 pound, had blue eyes, brown hair and "crooked teeth," investigators said. Anyone with information that might lead to identification of the woman was asked to telephone the city homicide squad at ........

  12. #12
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    Oct 2015
    Washington state
    If she did have achondroplasia, that, combined with her young age, makes me think this was the work of guardians. Maybe she could have been kept away from the outside world by parents, who were ashamed of her. JMHO.
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  13. #13
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    Sep 2014

  14. #14
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    Apr 2017
    The short limbs and bowed forearms reminded me of this condition: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3...chondrosteosis

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