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TX TX - Bastrop Co, WhtFem, 17-40, On Hwy 290 6 Miles East of Elgin, 21 Jun 1979

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  1. Gardener1850

    Gardener1850 Well-Known Member

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    NamUs #UP57657
    ME/C Case Number 79-06-000688

    Circumstances

    Unidentified Deceased
    Date Found June 21, 1979
    NamUs Case Created May 29, 2019

    Location Found Map
    General Location approximately 6 miles east of Elgin Texas on Hwy 290 Elgin, Texas 78621
    Bastrop County

    Circumstances of Recovery
    On 06/21/1979 on Hwy 290 approximately 6 miles east of Elgin Texas the remains of an unidentified female were found. The unidentified female was in an advanced stage of decomposition.

    Condition of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction

    Physical Description
    Hair Color Brown
    Eye Color Unknown or Missing

    Sex: Female
    Race / Ethnicity: White / Caucasian

    Height 5' 0"-5' 2"(60-62 inches) , Estimated
    Weight90-130 lbs, Estimated

    Estimated Age Group: Adult - Pre 30
    Estimated Age Range (Years) 17-40
    Estimated Year of Death 1979

    Clothing
    located dressed in white pullover shirt with red trim around the neck, shirt labeled "Evian JRS" brand and dark colored blue jeans with no label. The blue jeans did have a tag that read "styled in California, size 13-14"

    The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
     
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    PastTense Well-Known Member

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    "Authorities on Wednesday exhumed partial remains of a woman buried in an Elgin cemetery nearly four decades ago and hope to learn the name of the “Jane Doe.”

    Bastrop County District Attorney Bryan Goertz said officials think the woman may have been hit by a car on Texas 95 between Bastrop and Elgin. Her cause of death could not be determined at the time because her body was badly decomposed.

    Officials said they are hoping to obtain enough evidence to possibly build a DNA profile of the woman and locate her family. Law enforcement officials also want to rule out the possibility that her death was linked to serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, although they say they have no evidence that leads them to think so."

    Bastrop officials try to learn identity of woman 40 years later

    Another article:
    Body exhumed in Bastrop Co. 39 years after mysterious burial
     
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    YaYa_521 Every Body's Name Matters

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    I believe these articles are referencing the same case but some of the LE comments are quite different. In the first article linked below there's mention of a supposed confession by someone in custody and that an outside agency believes the UID could be a victim of H. L. Lucas. The other story states they believe she may have been hit by a car, but LE wants to ruleout the Lucas connection even though there's "no evidence that leads them to think so". A supposed confession of someone in custody would be considered evidence usually, although not hard, physical evidence. I wonder why they think she was hit by a car? Perhaps the location she was found and the broken pelvis? Just odd to me that the stories (theories) seem so different.

    I've not followed the Lucas cases. What's his MO? Does he hit vics with cars or travel with them any lengthy distance? I'll be watching this interesting case as it develops. Whomever she is I hope the mystery surrounding her death is soon solved so some sort of peace and comfort comes to her family/friends.

    Bastrop County investigators, anthropologists working to ID woman found dead 40 years ago

    Bastrop County law enforcement officials are relaunching an investigation into the identity of the woman, whose badly decomposed body was discovered along U.S. 290 east of Elgin by law enforcement officers 40 years ago. An autopsy on the body was performed by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office at the time, but there was no finding on the cause of death nor on her identity.

    SNIP

    Details surround Jane Doe’s death are scarce. Investigators determined her sex based off the morphology of the skeleton’s pelvis, which they said was broken at the time they found her body.

    In 1984, five years after the bones were discovered, Texas Rangers and Bastrop County sheriff investigators reopened the case after someone in their custody confessed to the woman’s murder, according to an inquest order executed earlier this month. That defendant divulged details of the body’s condition and location “to sufficiently convince law enforcement at the time that he was the party responsible for the death,” the district attorney office’s motion for inquest read.

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    Cook said that investigators aren’t suitably confident in the veracity of that confession,

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    the outside agency is speculating that Jane Doe’s death may be linked to the notorious serial killer Henry Lee Lucas,

    Bastrop officials try to learn identity of woman 40 years later

    officials think the woman may have been hit by a car on Texas 95 between Bastrop and Elgin.

    SNIP

    Law enforcement officials also want to rule out the possibility that her death was linked to serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, although they say they have no evidence that leads them to think so.
     
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    YaYa 521: start with his Wikipedia article. While he definitely killed some people he also confessed to killing a massive number of others whom he didn't kill.
    Henry Lee Lucas - Wikipedia

    This was apparently a win-win: Henry Lucas reportedly received preferential treatment rarely offered to convicts, being frequently taken to restaurants and cafés and improved living conditions for doing this while LE got public praise for clearing cases.
     
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    YaYa_521 Every Body's Name Matters

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    TY, PastTense! Now I think I understand why one official's comment seemed as though it was an attempt to distance the investigation away from Lucas and the supposed confession. I hope they succeed in their efforts to identify her. Doing so most likely will be able to answer lots of lingering questions.

    Thanks again.
     
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    YaYa_521 Every Body's Name Matters

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    The Doe Network: Case File 1506DFTX

    The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

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    I would imagine that LE investigated whether these remains belong to Pinkie Mae Davis-Herron. She disappeared just 30 mins. away from Del Valle, TX in January 1979. She was driving, not walking (LE believes the UID may have been hit by a car), and headed toward a motel. I wonder who she went to meet (if anyone) or whether someone carjacked her then drove 30 mins away to Elgin where they forced her out of the car? At that point the carjacker or a driver of another vehicle could have run her over then continued on their way.

    Neither of her profiles mention whether or where her car was ever located nor what she was last seen wearing, except for a ring which isn't mentioned for the UID. The remains were found in an advanced state of decomp and 6 spring and early summer months in Texas would certainly be enough time for adv. decomp., if not more depending on temps/weather conditions that specific year. All other descriptors except "caucasian/white" match fairly well, imo.

    I wonder if she was ruled out as a match or if they simply assumed a "no" due to the discrepancy in race. We've seen those errors affect the investigations of UID cases before so it wouldn't surprise me if this is the case here too. Whomever it is, I hope they get her home soon. She's been missing way too long.
     
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