Could this Doe be one of Samuel Little's victims?

Updated: May 29, 2020

Guest post by Dana Poll

Growing up in the 70’s, I saw my share of missing faces on milk cartons, was repeatedly reminded of stranger danger and read news stories about several disappearances that hit very close to home. It was difficult for me to look at their faces, read their stories, imagine how scared they must have been, and how terribly distraught their parents and siblings must have felt. For whatever reason, I understood that the “not knowing” must have been the worst part for everyone involved.

In 1996, in the midst of the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation, I became a mother. The following year, a young man from a neighboring town disappeared. His body was discovered a little less than 2 months later. Being a new mom with a heart so full of love for my one-year-old son, I could not bear to think about what this family was going through.

Then in 2009, I began watching the TV series, The Forgotten. At the end of each episode, information about the newly created NamUs database and the Doe Network was shared. I immediately created a NamUs account and began to research cases on the Doe Network. Advancements in technology and the dedication of so many have given us the tools we need to solve these cases. My goal is to help give the unidentified back their identities and to bring closure to the families who live day in and day out carrying the unbearable burden of “not knowing."

In light of the Samuel Little sketches released by authorities last week and my recent move from Colorado to Georgia, I am sharing this case:

Jane Doe compared with Samuel Little's sketch depicting a redheaded, white female he claims he killed in 1984 in Atlanta. Little said she was about 26 years old. The Jane Doe depicted on the left was found near Atlanta. She wore a red wig, fit the age range of Little's victim, and vaguely resembles his sketch. The unidentified woman is believed to have been a sex worker, which fit the serial killer's MO.

On May 10, 1984, the skeletal remains of a white female between the ages of 18-25 were discovered in a wooded area near the Chattahoochee River in Southwest Cobb County, GA. She was found lying face down in a bed of pine and briars that had grown up around her. Investigators estimated she had been deceased for at least several weeks but her death could have been as early as 1983. The exact cause of her death could not be determined but it was ruled a homicide.

The remains indicate that the victim was 5’ 0” to 5’4” and weighed 105 to 115 lbs. At some point, she had reconstructive surgery on her right eye that included the placement of a plastic orbital plate. Her left ankle had been fractured and repaired with a metal pin and she wore a metal plate in her left boot.

Several articles of clothing were found with her body including a short sleeve t-shirt with a playboy bunny on the front and a man’s work shirt with an embroidered name patch that read George and the company name, Doug Hyde Unlimited. Investigators followed up on this lead but it did not prove to be helpful in the investigation.

If you have any information about Case 10724, please contact:

Shana Wooldridge

Cobb County Medical Examiner's Office



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