Baby Jane Doe cold case may be brought back to life after 15 years


A dirt road off State Road 121 in Gainesville leads back to a pond where, investigators found, who they named, baby Jane Doe lying dead in the water.

Doe's cold case turns 15 years old on Monday, and investigators are hopeful that this year they may find answers.

To this day, her parents have not been found, and no one has been held accountable for her death.

There was no trace of the killer, just some random baby toys found in a nearby abandoned house.

“We processed both of those to find DNA, but with negative results,” said Kevin Allen, a cold case investigator for the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

That was in 2003, and now investigators hope new technology will lead them to her killer.

“What law enforcement is trying to do today is access the private DNA data bases like an or a 23-and-me,” Allen said. “That’s what they were able to do with the golden state killer case and that’s what we’re trying to do with our baby Jane Doe case.”

In 2017, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office resurfaced baby Jane from her grave to take a tiny piece of her jaw bone for DNA.

“It may take a couple of months,” Allen said. “But I hope we may be able to locate some of the DNA cousins of this victim.”

They’re hoping her DNA will fall within someone’s family tree on these websites, so they can sift through and maybe find her parents.

“What we would like to do at this point is reach out to those parents,” Allen said. “We’re not saying what occurred, but if they see this on TV, and wish to come forward, we would love to talk to them.”

If you have any information on this case, you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 352-372-STOP.

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