Penny Doe Found July 22, 1990 in Monroe Twp, Clarion County Estimated Time of Death: 4-8 weeks prior to discovery.
Estimated Age: 15-22 years old Estimated Height: 60" (5'), estimated Estimated Weight: Pathology reports put her at 105 to 110 lbs, but in life she may have weighed as much as 120 lbs. Hair Color: dark brown, long Eye Color: Unknown Race: White Dentals: Available. She may have come from an area with flouride in the water since her teeth had no fillings and no sign of decay. Despite the perfect condition of her teeth, there were several distinctive characteristics that could help to identify her: A tooth in the upper right side of her mouth was chipped, but it is unknown if the chip occurred before or after death. One front tooth was short and stubby compared to the same tooth on the other sign (unknown which tooth). She still had one of her upper baby teeth behind the adult tooth, i.e. the adult tooth had grown in but the baby tooth had not fallen out (unknown which tooth). She also had one upper tooth that was 90% rotated (unknown which tooth). Clothing: Size 9-10 Gitano Jeans. Fruit of the Loom panties, size 7. A short-sleeve, black, button-down shirt with attached floral vest, Stop Light California brand. No socks, shoes, bra or jewelry. There was a penny in each jeans pocket. It is unknown if the pennies were left on purpose, or simply disregarded when her killer was emptying her pockets.
On Friday, July 22,1990, two children were hunting for berries in a remote area of Monroe Twp, about 3 miles south of I-80 near Reidsburg. As they were crossing under a railroad trestle, they saw what they thought was a deer lying in a stream bed. As they got closer, they found that it was a body, lying face down in the muddy water.
An autopsy showed that she had suffered blunt force trauma to the right side of her skull. It also revealed that her right leg was broken.
Authorities do not believe that she is from the local area or the county, but they do think that it's likely her killer is, since the area where she was found is so remote and the nearby road is only lightly traveled. There are railroad tracks nearby though, so it is possible that the killer may have followed the tracks and found the area by chance.
In the summer of 2002, authorities received an anonymous letter about the girl. Law Enforcement put out a plea, asking the author of letter contact them again, but the writer never responded.
On Sunday, May 27 - Memorial Day Weekend - about 5,100 people attended a day-long, outdoor rock concert about 15 miles from where Jane Doe was found. The concert, called Music Alley, featured rock bands The Stand; Down To The Wire; Lawyers, Guns & Money; B.E. Taylor and Cleveland. It was held on a farm only 5 minutes from Exit 6 of I-80 and drew crowds from Pittsburgh, Ohio and beyond.
Could Jane Doe have attended the concert? The timing of the event would fit into how long she was dead before her body was found, but there has never been any indication that she was there.
Newspaper advertisement for Music Alley published in the Titusville Herald on Friday, May 25, 1990. Click on the image for enlarged view.
If you have any information about this case, please contact:
Clarion County Coroner's Office 814-275-1773 or Pennsylvania State Police Troop C - Clarion Criminal Investigations Unit 814-226-1710
Trooper David Ray
NCIC # U-438952997 Please refer to this number when submitting information about this case.
Sources The Doe Network PA State Police - Troop C, Clarion The Clarion News Pittsburgh Post-Gazette NewsLibrary.com NewspaperArchive.com Titusville Herald NamUs Thanks "Talisman" for naming her "Penny Doe"