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Jun 25, 2013 1:27 AM by Lupita Murillo

New technology helping in '81 cold case

TUCSON - A fresh set of eyes and new technology may help solve a 32-year-old Cold Case.

It's taken a combination of science and new technology to come up with a composite of Jane Doe. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was brought in because Jane Doe looks to be between 18 and 22 years old.

Detective Mark O'dell says, "I was able to to set up an exhumation where they were able to take her skull and get a facial reconstruction done."

Unique to the victim, crooked teeth and an opaque spot on her front tooth.

When she was found on April 8, 1981, Jane Doe was wearing a pair of "earth shoes" with white socks and pink pom poms.

A jean jacket was found hanging from a tree. Detectives say she'd been sexually assaulted.

Investigators think her body had been dumped near the Pima County fairgrounds. It was found by two people offroading.

"She died a very violent death. She had obvious signs of trauma about her body and her head."

The case was investigated in 1981, 1992, and 1997. In 2006 with the advancement of DNA her clothes were tested. And in 2007 a DNA profile of a suspect was developed.

"Only identifying a possible investigative lead for us, but again it's more important for us to identify who she is so we can track down that circle she was within. To get more information about her and who her killer might be."

The technology is also helping Detective O'Dell possibly narrow down where Jane Doe may have lived.

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