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New Lead In Knox County Cold Case

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It's a mystery that the Knox County Sheriff's Department has been trying to solve for 17-years. Now the department has one of their strongest leads in a "Jane Doe" case. A facial reconstruction shows what "Jane Doe" might of looked like.

"Jane Doe's" skeletal remains were found by mushroom hunters in the East Galesburg Brickyards in 1996. Detectives believe she died between 1984 and 1996. Investigators don't suspect foul play. They think "Jane Doe" went into the brickyard kiln to warm up and died from exposure.

All these years later detectives are hoping the facial reconstruction will help solve the case. They know "Jane Doe" is between 55 and 85 years old. When her remains were discovered investigators found these items: tan kangaROOS shoes, a white "Laurie Mae" brand blouse, and blue hooded zip up sweater.

Detectives are interested in talking with certain people about the case. One of the theories is "Jane Doe" was a patient at the Galesburg State Research Hospital/ Galesburg Mental Health Center and investigators would like to speak with former employees. They are also looking for dental professionals who may have provided dental care to residents of the facility between 1980 and when the facility closed. Detectives are also trying to find people associated with charities that might have helped homeless or disadvantaged people between the mid 80's and mid 90's. They also want to speak with anyone who has a female friend or family member missing.

While trying to solve this mystery over the past 17-years, detectives ended up solving another one. When "Jane Doe" was found back in 1996 investigators thought she was a Galesburg woman who had been missing for years. Then in 2007 when DNA testing was much more advanced, the bones were tested. In 2011 authorities found out the missing Galesburg woman was not "Jane Doe". It turns out the missing Galesburg woman was living in Florida, putting investigators back to square one in the "Jane Doe" case.

If you have any information about the case you can call the "Jane Doe Tip Line" at 309-345-6790 or email the department at tips@knoxcountysheriffil.com