The only thing on her headstone was a drawing of what she may have looked like in life, the date she was discovered dead in the creek, and the phone number for the sheriff to call in case anyone had information on her.
The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office tried over the years to give her back her name. They even made posts on Facebook thinking it would catch the attention of someone who knew who she was.
“Every missing person is somebody’s child………This “cold” case from 2008 remains a mystery,” the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a post dated November 16th, 2015.
“Fond du Lac County Jane Doe, also known as Jane Fond du Lac Doe, is an unidentified female that was discovered by deer hunters in a creek on November 23, 2008, in the Town of Ashford, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.”
“The victim was found in a secluded, wooded area in rural Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin,” the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office continued.
“The location is approximately halfway between Fond du Lac and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.”
Facebook; pictured above is a post from the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office
Despite asking the public for help in solving the mystery of who this young woman was, it would be 6 years after that post that her identity would finally be revealed.
Today, the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference announcing her identity as Amy Yeary.
13 years to the day she was found in that icy creek, Amy was given her name back. She was just 18 years old when someone took her life from her, and genetic genealogy was used to figure out who she was.