On Nov. 14, 2007, Detective Bob Hayes was a field training officer showing the ropes to a new police recruit. While searching a remote area for the car of a missing woman (34-year-old Nikki Sisounong whose body was later found in Montgomery County), he came upon the skeletal remains of another woman.
Four and a half years later Jane Doe, the only unidentified death in La Vergne, may be closer to finding her way home thanks to new technology that better defines what she might have looked like.
Several years ago the University of Tennessee, Knoxville reconstructed what she might have looked like in clay form. Modern technology can now take her rendering one step further and the La Vergne Police Department contacted Louisiana State University to do just that.
Jane Doe’s remains have been digitally enhanced in order to provide an image of the victim as she would appear in a photo.
While many of Jane Doe’s features look the same as the original clay reconstruction, the image of what she might have looked like in real life is striking.
“The University of Tennessee did a fantastic job, but it is very helpful to add a computer enhanced photo as we try to learn the identity of Jane Doe,” said Detective Hayes. “We know that somewhere her family or friends are missing her and we want them to be able to bring her home.”
According to reconstruction experts, Jane Doe is between 5’2” and 5’9” (most likely around 5’5”) and is between the ages of 30 and 45 (most like the mid- to upper-30s). Her race has not been confirmed, although her hair appeared to be dark-colored and curly.
“Based on the medical examiner’s report, we know her death was not natural and it is most likely a homicide,” said Detective Hayes. “There is a 50 percent chance that she is from somewhere else outside of middle Tennessee, perhaps a neighboring state or even another region.”
Hayes will share the images and photos of the jewelry believed to belong to Jane Doe with the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Persons (ViCAP), the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), and the Doe Network, along with media in and outside of Tennessee.
If anyone has information about the identity of Jane Doe, please call the LaVergne Police Department at 615-793-7744.