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Victim in 1976 Illinois cold case to be identified: coroner’s office

Victim in 1976 Illinois cold case to be identified: coroner’s office

Victim in 1976 Illinois cold case to be identified: coroner’s office

GRUNDY COUNTY, Illinois.A decades-old cold case is one step closer to being solved after authorities identified the victim who was found dead in unincorporated Seneca, Illinois, in 1976.

On October 2, 1976, a local farmer found the body of a black woman between the ages of 15 and 27 in a ditch along U.S. Route 6 near Holderman Hill.

The Grundy County Coroner’s Office said the victim was shot in the head and abandoned in a rural area.

After some time passed with no major leads, the victim, known as Jane Seneca Doe, was buried in an unmarked grave in the Braceville-Gardner Cemetery on Thanksgiving Day 1976.



<div>An artist-rendered image of how Jane Seneca Doe may have appeared in life.  Image courtesy of volunteer artist Carl Koppelman.</div>
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An artist-rendered image of how Jane Seneca Doe may have appeared in life. Image courtesy of volunteer artist Carl Koppelman.

(Carl Koppelman)

The case was reopened in late 2017 by the coroner’s office. Her remains were exhumed in December 2018 when they partnered with the DNA Doe Project to use modern forensic science techniques and technology to identify her.

The Grundy County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the victim during a press conference on Thursday, June 27 at 1 p.m.