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Did you hang around downtown Frederick in the summer of 1991? Namely Market and 7th Street? Jane Doe did - I recognize her. Please call Sgt. Tina Becker with Maryland State Police at 410-386-3029 if you recognize her. $1,000 reward payable by the Maryland Missing Person Network if you can give information to identify her.
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Who is Jane Doe?

Help identify Maryland's unknown child

*note this story is free to be used by the media with acknowledgement.

- By Eileen Bennett and Kylen Johnson

FREDERICK, MD. - The year is 1991. Mullet hair and tight Jordache jeans are the rage, as is Def Leppard and Billy Ray Cyrus. Guns and Roses and MC Hammer blares from tape decks, big hair is still quite in vogue. Marlboro Reds are less than $2 a pack.

It�s a warm July day, and the United States declared victory in the Desert Storm conflict. Just weeks earlier the country celebrated its 216th birthday with picnics and family gatherings and fireworks.

A Rag Doll

Tossed away, like a used Kleenex, was the body of a young woman, between 15 and 25 years, old, in a thick standing of weeks near lonely Southbound 170, near the Baker Road underpass in Frederick County here.

It was July 31, 1991. Today, 13 years later, her killer remains at large.

Her death was not an easy one. She was found battered and bruised, blackened eyes, swollen jaw from a beating. She was wearing a pink anklet bracelet.

The identity of the girl remains a mystery, perhaps even to her killer. She looked like a girl who could have been anyone�s daughter, sister or friend.

She sported wavy hair and had some serious dental needs. Her face was accented by a slightly bulbous nose, for which her high cheekbones compensated.

Not stunningly pretty by the day�s standards, and perhaps not a popular teen. One could also picture her as a polite childhood friend, though, maybe offering you a lemonade on a sultry summer day.

Maybe she was on the verge of legal freedom and tempted fate before its time. Perhaps she was a bit too wild. And she paid her youthful mistake with her life.

Maybe she was just trying to get down the road, and her extended family is all dead. Maybe she was trying to escape an abusive relationship, but didn�t quite make it.

There are many things about this girl that may remain a mystery forever: What she did each day, what she prayed for at night, where she was born, her hopes her dreams. All these are snuffed out.

Officials do annual required case perusals, but for the most part, many people will always remember her as one of the many "Jane Does," that dot the countryside, an unfortunate lot that met tragedy and then went on to be unclaimed, perhaps the subject of a dinner conversation for a while in the local diner.

The young woman was no Laci Peterson or Elizabeth Smart. She didn�t capture the curiosity of the nation. Soon she became a memory, or a story distorted with time and morbid details.

But the young girl found on the side of the road 13 years ago does lay claim to a dubious honor. She is one of over 5,200 unidentified bodies in the United States.

If you want to help this young woman - and the thousands of other identified victims known as "Jane" or "John Doe," you can contact

If we can�t identify their killers, at the very least, we can identify the victims.