Belle in the Well

Belle in the Well


Belle in the Well aka Chesapeake Jane Doe is the name given to a Jane Doe who was found in a rural well in Windsor Township, Lawrence Co., OH, in April 1981.  She was weighted down by a rope around her neck that was tied to a cinder block.  She had been strangled.

Based on the absence of her 12-year-old molars and some evidence of gum recession, Belle’s age was estimated at between 30-60 years old.  She had a noticeable overbite.  She was 5’4″ and weighed about 140 pounds.

The woman was found wearing a pair of grey flannel pants, and a lightweight shirt under a gray pullover.  She also wore a red cable-knit cardigan sweater, with rubber bands around her wrists.  The only items found on her body were the key to a locker at a Greyhound terminal in Huntington, WV, a bus ticket, a pay stub, and a Jerry Falwall commemorative coin.

Authorities say that these leads have not been useful in identifying the woman.  Because of the advanced state of decomposition, her facial features were not recognizable, and no fingerprints were available.  As of February 2018, a total of 241 women have been ruled out.

Agency of Jurisdiction
Lawrence County Coroner’s Office
Kurt Hoffman

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DDP Status

DoeFundMe successfully raised the funds needed to cover expenses for Belle in the Well.  DNA has been sequenced and DNA Doe Project has uploaded Belle in the Well’s results to GEDmatch.  Genealogical analysis is in progress.