Cause of Death: natural causes, hardening of the arteries
On Thursday, June 19, 1997, the mummified body of this unknown woman was discovered over a hillside behind the Ponderosa restaurant at 920 Ohio River Blvd (Route 65) in Avalon.
The woman was in a blue sleeping bag, wrapped in two black plastic trash bags. One was tied over her head, the other tied over her feet. Inside the sleeping bag, the body was wrapped in what is believed to be a plastic mattress cover. Her head was lying on a pillow, a towel covered her face and her body was covered with a green blanket.
She was dressed in beige slacks, a light green adult diaper, a long-sleeved, yellow sweatshirt, a white (but yellowish discolored) bra and two pair of socks - one pink, the other green.
The sweatshirt had the letters "USA for Africa" in big, blue block letters. A musical note was on the "A" in USA and a leaf or tree was on the first "A" in Africa. Also on the shirt was red script lettering which read "United Support of Artists for Africa".
Because the body was mummified, it was likely she had been deceased for sometime, roughly 6 weeks to a year, in a sheltered place. It is unknown how long she was on the hillside where she was found.
Unnamed and unclaimed, her remains were eventually cremated.
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Above is a Google Earth image of the area where Avalon Jane Doe was found. Click on the image for a larger view.
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