New Buffalo Jane Doe 1988


On April 8, 1988, the decomposed body of an adult woman was recovered from Lake Michigan near the small seaside city of New Buffalo, Michigan, located just over the Indiana border. The woman appeared to be Caucasian and estimated to be between 43-53 years old. She was approximately 5’5” and 165 pounds with brown eyes and was wearing a brown wig with braided extensions.  

She had a long scar on her abdomen, possibly from a C-section, and she was found to have had a hysterectomy. Her teeth were in overall excellent condition, with a cantilever porcelain bridge implant to replace a front tooth, two gold crowns, and a gold inlay.

The woman was wearing men’s blue jeans, size 38, with a striped cloth belt, dark blue shorts with red and white stripes, pantyhose, a beige bra and black, zippered ankle boots.  

She is believed to have died within the previous year; however, her cause of death could not be determined.

NamUs ID: UP8228

Date Body Found: 4/8/1988

Race: Caucasian

Sex: Female

Estimated Age: 43-53

Agency of Jurisdiction: 

Michigan State Police

Hanna Friedlander


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More Information:

Status: Undergoing Testing

Doe-Nate Fund Goal: $1562

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Last Updated: June 12, 2023

Posted on

October 4, 2022