It was the first cold case for the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office he began investigating back in 2005.
She’s still unidentified eight years later. Her case file still says Devil Dog Doe.
“I can’t shake her,” said retired FBI Agent Chuck Jones.
Her body had been found by hunters in October 2003 off Devil Dog Road west of Williams. She was naked, and there was no jewelry. She died from a single blow to the head that cracked her skull.
“And she’s very clean, like she’s been washed,” Jones said.
The exit, heading east is the first exit past Welch Road on Interstate 40 that is forested.
“You can get in and you can get out,” Jones said, adding that the killer or killers were likely not from the area, because Doe’s body was left in an area just off a well-maintained road in a prime spot for hunters.
What has been done to identify her?
“What havent we done?” Jones said.
A sample of her DNA has been placed into national and even international databases. A composite sketch was made of her face and placed with her description on missing person’s websites. Fingerprints were not possible, but her dental information was passed to dentists. There was a magazine article printed on the details of her dental work, which was considerable and expensive. There was even a costly isotope analysis of her bones to determine where she may have lived most of her life.
She was probably western European. An X-ray analysis revealed she likely had diabetes and was a heavy smoker based on the condition of arteries in her legs. Jones went through 277 missing persons reports. He checked with Immigration in Washington, D.C. on women who fit her profile who might have overstayed a visa.
And still, no idea of who she is.
Jones said he believes she was killed in what she considered a safe place for her. She has no defensive wounds. The person who did it knew her -- perhaps a relative or a close associate.
His hypothesis is that if she is identified and her family can be found, an answer to who killed her is not far off.
“You’re going to be very close to what happened,” he said.
His next move, although he’s still working out logistics is combing through death certificates. He will be looking for death certificates issued without a body, which happens sometimes when families want to declare a person dead although there is no body to confirm the death.
“There can’t be that many,” he said. Then, he added, “I don’t know. It’s the last rabbit I can pull out of the hat on this one.”
Devil Dog Doe’s body now resides in Citizens Cemetery where she waits to be identified.
If anybody has information about this case, contact the sheriff’s office cold case division at 774-4523, or visit the Facebook site.
Larry Hendricks can be reached at 556-2262 or email@example.com.