Boulder's Jane Doe - IDENTIFIED!

              Mystery solved!  Boulder sheriff IDs 'Jane Doe' as Dorothy Gay Howard
              
                                       
Identity gives important link in piecing together 1954 homicide


































This is the facial reconstruction of "Jane Doe," a woman found murdered in Boulder Canyon in April 1954, that was created by Frank
Bender, a forensic artist from Philadelphia. Members of the Vidocq Society, based in Philadelphia, teamed up with the Boulder County
Sheriffs Department to reconstruct the skull of the woman to create the likeness. Boulder County authorities on Wednesday confirmed they
had identified Jane Doe as Dorothy Gay Howard. ( JOSHUA LAWTON )











































                                       
Photo of Dorothy Gay Howard, who has been identified as Boulder's
                                          "Jane Doe."  The picture was taken when she was 17, circa 1953.
                                                                      (Boulder County Sheriff's Office)





Boulder Daily Camera article
10/28/2009

www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_13658937


                            Mystery solved: Boulder sheriff IDs 'Jane Doe' as Dorothy Gay Howard
                                     Identity gives important link in piecing together 1954 homicide


By Brittany Anas, Camera Staff Writer


Photo of Dorothy Gay Howard, who has been identified as Boulder's "Jane Doe." The picture was taken when she was 17, circa 1953.
(Boulder County Sheriff's Office)Boulder County's famed “Jane Doe” — the homicide victim whose identity has been a mystery for more
than five decades — was identified today by the sheriff as a woman who went missing from Arizona.

Boulder County's famed "Jane Doe" -- the homicide victim whose identity has been a mystery for more than five decades -- was identified
Wednesday by the sheriff as a woman who went missing from Arizona.

Sheriff Joe Pelle announced that the woman's identity has been confirmed as Dorothy Gay Howard, who was reported missing from
Phoenix, Ariz., in March 1954. She was 18 at the time of her disappearance.

The Sheriff's Office received lab results that showed a match between Howard's DNA and samples provided by a long-lost sister, confirming
the family's suspicion that their relative, known as "Dot," was Boulder's "Jane Doe." Detectives think the identification will help them finish
piecing together the murder case.

Howard's naked and battered body was discovered along the banks of Boulder Creek -- near Boulder Falls, eight miles west of Boulder --
on April 8, 1954.

Investigators, along with local historian and Camera columnist Silvia Pettem, have, for years, doggedly tried to identify the woman --
exhuming her body from her grave and publicizing an artist's re-creation of "Jane Doe's" face. Her reconstructed skull provided a DNA
profile.

The case was featured in an episode of "America's Most Wanted."

Meanwhile, Howard's great-niece had been following Pettem's Web site, boulderjanedoe.com, but put her suspicions aside that "Jane Doe"
could be her great-aunt because investigators had initially believed the woman was Katharine Farrand

This is the facial reconstruction of "Jane Doe," a woman found murdered in Boulder Canyon in April 1954, that was created by Frank
Bender, a forensic artist from Philadelphia. Members of the Vidocq Society, based in Philadelphia, teamed up with the Boulder County
Sheriffs Department to reconstruct the skull of the woman to create the likeness. Boulder County authorities on Wednesday confirmed they
had identified Jane Doe as Dorothy Gay Howard. ( JOSHUA LAWTON )Dyer.

Last month, Dyer was discovered alive, living in an assisted living center in Australia. That discovery prompted Howard's great-niece to
come forward with information about Howard and her disappearance. The younger sister of Howard provided a DNA sample that was then
compared against "Jane Doe's" profile, establishing a match.

"I'm looking forward to learning more about her," Pettem said. "After all of these years, I feel like I know her. But to the family, I'm a stranger."

Pettem is the author of the book "Someone's Daughter: In Search of Justice for Jane Doe," which chronicles her journey to identify the
young woman.

Sheriff Pelle commended Pettem's skills as a researcher and her persistence in pushing the investigation forward, while complimenting
Detective Steve Ainsworth, who has pursued and documented every lead in the case.

Together, they built a compelling circumstantial case for naming serial killer Harvey Glatman -- who was executed in California in 1959 for
the murder of three other women -- as Howard's murderer.

"With her identification, a major piece of the puzzle has been added," Ainsworth said in a news release. "I'm confident now that we will be
able to find the missing links that will tie this all together."

The Sheriff's Office is not releasing information about Howard's family because they've requested privacy.

Pettem said that when she started on the quest to discover the identity of "Jane Doe," her goal was to be able to return the remains to her
family and put her name on the gravestone.

Howard's surviving family members have expressed their preference that she remain buried in Boulder's Columbia Cemetery. Pettem said
she feels sadness for Howard's tragic death but relief that her family has closure.

Pettem, with Pelle's cooperation, has announced a fund drive to purchase a new headstone for Howard. Donations can be made to the
"Jane Doe Fund," c/o the Boulder History Museum, 1206 Euclid Ave., Boulder, CO 80302.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Brittany Anas at 303-473-1132 or
anasb@dailycamera.com.



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                                                     This segment was on  America's Most Wanted


                                         TV show to feature Boulder's Jane Doe
                  'Most Wanted' plans to tape segment on 51-year-old mystery


By Bill Scanlon, Rocky Mountain News
October 8, 2005

BOULDER - Jane Doe, the subject of one of the city's enduring mysteries, will be featured on a national television show and during a
simulated resurrection at a very old cemetery.

Jane Doe is the petite blonde whose body was found by hikers near Boulder Falls, west of the city, 51 years ago.

She had been flung down a 29-foot highway embankment, and her identity remains unknown.

"America's Most Wanted" is doing a segment on Jane Doe and will come to Boulder on Oct. 23 to film the annual "Meet the Spirits"
resurrection at historic Columbia Cemetery.

Thirty of Boulder's most notorious and famous dead people will be represented. Among the scholars, scalawags and shady ladies are
bounty hunter Tom Horn; photographer "Rocky Mountain Joe" Sturtevant; the University of Colorado's first female professor, Mary Rippon;
and prostitute Marietta Kingsley.

People who pay their $10 to watch the re-enactments - and who dress in black as mourners - may be part of the upcoming segment of
America's Most Wanted.

Jane Doe's description was sent across the nation in the 1950s, and several families made the trip to Boulder to see if she was the
daughter, sister or mother they had lost.

But it seemed she didn't have a friend or family member in the world.

This June, forensics experts made public the reconstructed skull and facial features of the woman, based on an exhumation of her body
and careful work by renowned forensics sculptor Frank Bender.

They hope the publicity will lead to someone finally identifying her, or even to the killer's capture.

Eleanor Wedum, a senior at Fairview High School in Boulder, will portray Jane Doe both during the cemetery tour and on the television
segment expected to air in November.

Wedum has played a part ever since her mother, Kathryn Keller, originated Meet the Spirits in 1993. Wedum first played a 7-year-old
mountain girl who died of typhoid, then played a 14-year- old whose suicide over a troubled romance was front-page news decades ago.

"But all her life, she aspired to play Jane Doe," Keller said.

Meet the Spirits started as a fundraiser to pay for repairs from the almost annual damage done to Columbia Cemetery by high school and
college students each Halloween, Keller said.

Former Boulder County Sheriff George Epp played Boulder's first sheriff; the city manager played a long-dead city manager, and so forth.

"We're showing that the cemetery is filled with people who had real lives and real stories, as a way to say 'Please don't vandalize,' " Keller
said.

Meet the Spirits is sponsored by Historic Boulder and the city of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department. Proceeds benefit Columbia
Cemetery and Historic Boulder.

There will be a display of a two-toned 1954 Pontiac, near the grave of Jane Doe. The headstone marking the young woman's final resting
place was removed in 2004 for safekeeping.

          
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Past Event


Boulder's most famous dead people

• What: "Meet the Spirits" resurrection

• When: Noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 23.

• Where: Historic Columbia Cemetery, Ninth and Pleasant streets on University Hill.

• Tickets: Historic Boulder, 4735 Walnut St., Boulder, beginning Oct. 17 and by calling 303-444-5192 (credit card); also, the day of the
event at the cemetery gates.

• Costs: $5 for seniors and people under 16; and $8 for groups purchased in advance.


www.historicboulder.org

info@historicboulder.org

www.boulderjanedoe.com         








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