The Baltimore County Police Department tried to figure out what this young woman’s name was, and they even made some black and white sketches of her face that they publicly released.
Years went by, and she became known only as Woodlawn Jane Doe since the county she had been found in is called Woodlawn.
As DNA came about and then became more advanced, detectives still working her case asked that DNA that had been collected from the crime scene be sent out for testing in 2006.
Baltimore County Police Department; pictured above is the necklace the young woman had been wearing when she was found
Then in 2015, the Baltimore County Police Department partnered with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to test some pollen that had been collected from the scene of the crime to the Boston area.
“Authorities say the blend of cedar and mountain hemlock pollen, identified by a scientist with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, suggest a connection to the Arnold Arboretum in Boston,” the Baltimore County Police Department said about the results from the pollen testing.
Authorities suspected that the pollen being connected to the Boston area meant that this young woman had perhaps lived in the area.
Although it seemed they were getting closer to giving the Woodlawn Jane Doe her name back, it would end up taking 45 years to do that.
At the beginning of 2021, the Baltimore County Police Department was able to work in connection with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Bode Technology to do further DNA testing.
4 days ago, the Baltimore County Police Department finally announced the real name of Woodlawn Jane Doe.