A white metal turquoise stone ring and a cross medallion necklace were discovered on or near the body of an unidentified white female victim near the Des Moines River on May 26, 1980. (Courtesy photo NamUs)

Jane Doe

Unidentified Body

Jane Doe
Estimated Age:
White / Caucasian
Cannot Estimate
Cannot Estimate
Des Moines River Area SE
Des Moines, IA
Investigating Agencies: Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office
and the Des Moines Police Department
NCMEC Case Number:
Des Moines PD Case Number:
NamUs Case Number:
Body Found:
May 26, 1980
Estimated Year of Death:

An unidentified female body was found in the Des Moines River in southeast Des Moines on May 26, 1980. The Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office classified the conditions of remains as “Not recognizable – Partial skeletal parts only.”

Polk County in Iowa
Polk County in Iowa
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Further testing, however, classified the victim as a white caucasian female between 19 and 25 years of age. The decedent’s hair may have possibly been red or auburn.

A “tube top” of unknown color was discovered near the victim’s body.

Jewelry near or on the victim included one size 8 ring — white metal with a turquoise stone and “coils” around the center — along with hair pins and a white metal cross medallion necklace with the “Avon” brand.

Information Needed

If you have any information about this unidentified female, please contact the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4864 or the Polk County Medical Examiners Office at 515-286-2102.



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