Who Are Jane Doe B-10, Jane Doe B-17, and Jane Doe B-20?
With this article, I decided to talk a bit about the 3 victims of Ridgway that have yet to be identified. These 3 victims go by the names Jane Doe B-10, Jane Doe B-17, and Jane Doe B-20. Who were these women? This is a question that continues to stump investigators.
As a whole, there are a lot of aspects about the Green River case that are upsetting. So many lives were cut short, and so many families are still hurting to this day from the loss. To me, being unable to identify three of the victims is another aspect of the case that is especially upsetting. All three of these women had lives. They had families. They had hopes and dreams. They had friends. They had memories. They had childhoods. When you research these crimes, you really just have to take a minute and and put yourself in the victims shoes. In the unidentified victim cases, I have to ask myself, what if someone murdered me and I was found but no one could ever identify me? No one knew who I was. No one knew my history. No one knew my hopes for the world. When we look at the identified victims, we can learn about who they were. We can listen to stories from their families and learn all about who these victims were. Going back to the basis of the site, we can remember the victims for who they were and not how they died. When we think of these 3 unidentified victims though, we can’t do that. The few facts that we know about these 3 were that they were women, and they were murdered. Somewhere, someone must miss them. To me, searching for the identities of these victims is a big reason why it’s so important to continue to focus on the green river case, and to continue to try to find answers and bring more closure to the families that must be out there looking for closure.
So, let’s take a look at the three victims that remain unidentified.
Jane Doe B-10
Jane Doe B-10 was found on March 21st, 1984. She was found near the north airport ball field near Cheryl Wims. She is Caucasian. She is believed to be around 5’2″-5’7″ with brown hair. She is estimated to be around 15 years old but could possibly be as young as 12.
When Ridgway was interviewed about Jane Doe B-10, he said he believed she had been Caucasian, had brown hair, and was in her early 20′s. He said he believed he picked her up in the Tukwila area. This would likely mean she was picked up near Pacific Highway South. Ridgway said she was murdered sometime in spring-summer 1983.
Jane Doe B-17
Jane Doe B-17 was found on January 1st, 1986. She was found near Mountain View Cemetery, not far from where Kimi-Kai Pitsor and Jane Doe B-16 were found. She is Caucasian. She is believed to be around 5’4″-5’7″ with an undetermined hair color. She is estimated to be between 14-18 years old. Ridgway said she was murdered sometime in spring-summer 1983.
Jane Doe B-20
Jane Doe B-20 was found on August 21st, 2003. She was found near Kent-Des Moines Road, not far from the Green River. Her race and height are undetermined. She is estimated to be between 16-26 years old. Not enough bones were found to create a composite.
During interviews, Ridgway gave some more specific information about Jane Doe B-20. He said she was Caucasian, between 16-20 years old, and she had brown or blonde shoulder-length hair. He described her as weighing around 135 pounds. He claims to have picked her up off Pacific Highway South. Ridgway gave multiple answers as to when she may have been murdered and admitted that she may have been murdered as early as the 1970′s. An anthropologist who has studied the bones believes that the murder likely took place in the 1970′s.
Originally, I wrote this article as a blog posting over a year ago. Back when I wrote that posting, there was a Jane Doe B-16 who has since been identified. I had commented some on her case. To me, it’s an interesting opportunity to look back at what I wrote before Jane Doe B-16 was identified. Here were some of the observations and guesses I made about the original four Jane Doe’s. I also included comments written today as to the accuracy of my original guesses.
1. The victims were likely to have disappeared near where they were found. This goes back to some of the other victims that Ridgway murdered that had been found near their location of disappearance.
- This was inaccurate. Sandra disappeared in Northern Seattle. This was over 25 miles from where she was discovered. As I stated in the original posting, Ridgway displayed a pattern early on in his killing spree of taking his victims near a location that they were picked up at. Sandra Major had disappeared in late 1982, so one would guess that her murder fell within this pattern. I think this is a great example that Ridgway didn’t always stick to some of the patterns that he exhibited.
2. It was unlikely that the victims were reported missing. If they were, they were reported missing in a completely different state.
- This could go either way. It is believed that Sandra Major was reported missing, but the report never made it’s way to the Green River task force. In addition, it appeared that the report never made it’s way into any missing persons database. Also, there has been no word as to if any investigators ever investigated Sandra’s disappearance. No trace appeared to exist of her case on the internet before she was identified.
3. The victims may have traveled to Washington State.
- This was accurate. Sandra Major had traveled to Washington from New York. This resulted in Sandra being isolated from her family, which would decrease the likelihood that she was reported missing.
4. The victims were likely runaways or heavily into prostitution.
- Sandra Major was associated with prostitution. When I originally stated that these victims may have been heavily into prostitution, I used the word “heavily” to state that they may have been isolated from their family or very deep into the world of prostitution. It appears that Sandra was more isolated from her family due to the move across the country. Sandra was also old enough that the runaway theory would not apply.
5. The victims may not have formed any lasting friendships.
- When I originally stated this theory, I stated that it may explain why the victims might not be reported missing. Sandra Major was reported missing by a local friend to the police. So I would consider this theory inaccurate.
6. The victims may have been completely removed from their family and friends.
- Like I stated above, Sandra’s family was across country. She did have at least one local friend.
Looking back at the original theories that I presented, I feel that they are still the most likely theories with the three remaining Jane Doe’s. While we now know that some of the theories were wrong about Jane Doe B-16, some of them were also accurate. It is always possible that some of these other theories may apply to the three Jane Doe’s. One theory that I hadn’t thought of at the time that was evident with Sandra is the opposite of theory number 4. It is possible that the victims were involved in prostitution, but had started only recently. This would explain why police may not be able to find arrest records of women that match these victims. This appeared to be the case with Sandra Major.
So, another question to ask is what should police do to further try to identify the 3 Jane Doe’s? To me, the police are doing all they can do. I think media attention with these 3 Jane Doe’s may be the best shot at identifying these 3 victims. Sandra Major was identified as Jane Doe B-16 due to a Green River killer movie that aired on TV. Sandra’s family back in New York had seen the movie earlier this year, and suspected that Sandra could have been a possible victim. After contacting authorities, it was determined that Sandra was Jane Doe B-16. Raising awareness about these cases continues to be one of the best bets for potentially answering some of the unsolved questions about this case.
Finally, to end this article on a positive note, police in 2012 announced that they had finally obtained DNA samples from Jane Doe B-10, and Jane Doe B-20. Police had also obtained DNA samples from Jane Doe B-16, which were used to identify her as Sandra Major after her family called in the tip. In the future, police will be able to compare these DNA samples to any missing persons cases. Hopefully, this development will finally lead to the identities of Jane Doe B-10, and Jane Doe B-20. Unfortunately, it appears that police were not able to obtain a DNA sample from Jane Doe B-17.