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Woman remains a 'Jane Doe'

August 16, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The identity of a woman found beaten to death in a Berkeley County subdivision last week remains a mystery, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said Monday.

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Without any clue to the woman's identity, investigators have been unable to try to match dental records, fingerprints or DNA, Games-Neely said.

"Until somebody steps forward with who this woman might be, she'll forever be a Jane Doe," Games-Neely said.

The woman's body was discovered Aug. 10 in the Greystone on the Opequon subdivision after a man walking through the area found a pair of shoes lying along Christian Tabler Drive.

The body was found in a wooded area just off the edge of the road.

An autopsy in Charleston, W.Va., showed the woman died after being struck in the head an undetermined number of times.

The autopsy also indicated the body was that of a white woman between 20 and 45 years of age, Games-Neely said.

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The time of death has been placed from three weeks to seven months before the body was found, Games-Neely said.

The woman was not clothed from the waist down and tests are still being conducted to determine if she was sexually assaulted, Games-Neely said.

The advanced state of decomposition of the woman's body and the lack of new leads has made it difficult to identify the woman, Games-Neely said.

"Without any knowledge of who she might be, we have nothing to compare against. Her identity is a big factor right now," she said.

Investigators have gone through missing persons reports filed in the area but have so far come up empty, she said.

Tests will continue on the body in Charleston but Games-Neely said the biggest thing now is for someone to offer some clue to the woman's identity.

"If anyone knows something about this woman, we need to hear from them," she said.

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