03/01/2019: John Degnan III ruled out
02/20/2019: John Higham ruled out
12/28/2018: Case added to theunidentified.org
ESTIMATED YEAR OF DEATH: 1988
HEIGHT: 5'10", estimated
WEIGHT: 170, estimated
Found in a wooded area in the Green Swamp area.
Hair: Brown, long and bleached blonde.
This decedent may have been in the process of, or had undergone gender reassignement.
Wearing blue-green tank top; acid washed denim skirt (label Manisha) and panty hose
[2 missing person exclusions]
From The Doe Network:
Cause of death: undetermined, suspected homicide
Transgender female (assigned male at birth to later undergo gender confirmation surgery)
Presumed to have undergon gender reassignement surgery, likely being performed in 1984 or prior. Had 250cc silastic breast implants that were discontinued in 1983. Long manicured nails. Evidence of hormonal treatment. Robust, athletic build. Possible healed fracture of anterior left 7th rib. Healed fracture of the right cheek bone secondary to blunt trauma. Healed fracture to the right 5th toe. Evidence of a surgical rhinoplasty.
A passerby looking for cypress wood to build lawn furniture, discovered the decednt's remains in a wooded area in the Green Swamp area known as Four Corners in the vicinity of Hwy 474, four miles east of Hwy 33.
It appeared that the body had been dragged from the roadside to the location it was found. The victim's pantyhose and skirt had been rolled down, indicating a possible sexual assault.
Initially, the decedent was believed to be a cisgender woman and it was thought she had given birth. When the remains were tested again, DNA revealed that the decedent was a transgender woman who had gender reassignment surgery, which was uncommon for the era.
The victim is known to investigators as "Julie Doe." In 2018, it was announced the DNA Doe Project would take on the case to identify potential relatives of the victim.