On October 11, 1991 a survey crew found a woman’s badly decomposed body in garbage bags near the railroad tracks in the area of Myrtle Street across from what used to be the Fafnir Bearing Company in New Britain, Connecticut. She died of a gunshot wound to the head. Investigators estimate she was dead for three weeks to four months before she was found. She is believed to be white or Hispanic, and to have been in her late 20s. She was approximately five-feet, five-inches tall, weighed between 130 and 135 pounds and was wearing a jumper-style dress with a panda bear print with umbrellas. She had straight black hair, about 10 to 12 inches long. Due to the state of decomposition police were not able to tell how she wore her hair. No one in New Britain reported her missing. In 2011 New Britain Jane Doe’s body was exhumed by court order so that the FBI could use her skull to create an updated likeness, which was again updated in 2018. In the new approximation a small tooth is clearly visible protruding from her mouth giving her a distinctive smile. After exhumation, she was laid to rest in an unmarked grave.
Facial approximation image provided by: Visual Arts Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Agency of Jurisdiction
New Britain Police Department
Capt. Jeanette Portalatin, CID Commander
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New Britain Jane Doe’s DNA is currently undergoing genealogical analysis.