On Sept. 27, 2001, officers found the skeletal remains of a Black woman near a drainage ditch in the 1500 block of Lincoln Circle in McLean. Detectives believe the victim, found behind an apartment complex, was in her late teens to early 20s. She stood 5’5” and had partially-dyed red hair. At the time of her death, she was wearing a red pullover turtleneck sweater with a yellow and beige stripe. The victim was also wearing a costume-style ring with a large blue stone, featuring three clear stones in a triangular pattern on each side. Detectives found additional clothing and jewelry they believe belonged to the victim as well. None of the evidence found led to the identification of the victim.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the woman sustained a gunshot wound to the head. This discovery classified the investigation as a homicide. Detectives were not able to determine how long the victim was in the wooded area. They believe her murder may have occurred months to a year prior to the discovery of the remains.
Detectives hope advancements in technology can identify this Jane Doe. The identification of the victim will provide a family with some closure and could provide new leads in this investigation.
FCPD continues to work with its community partners, including Othram Inc. and DNA Solves. They are assisting with crowdfunding (https://bit.ly/3LdLIHq) for advanced DNA testing and Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing.
"Cold Cases never truly go cold, as the detectives in Fairfax County keep a close eye on any potential developments and opportunities for a breakthrough," said Major Ed O'Carroll of the Major Crimes, Cyber and Forensics Bureau. "Advancements in DNA evidence and genealogy research offer insight into cases that have baffled investigators for years. The goal of re-examining these cases is to provide answers to victims and family members who have lived too long with only questions."
Detectives continue to ask anyone with information about this case to submit tips through Fairfax County Crime Solvers. Tips can be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477)